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What firefighters should know about PTSD

Firefighters risk their lives day in and day out to put out dangerous fires and protect those in need. To a firefighter, a potentially deadly blaze is merely another day at work. When people talk about firefighters, many discuss bravery, sacrifice and work ethic. Very few people ever mention workplace injury, mental illness or disability.

These little-discussed issues plague many firefighters every day in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder. Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a risk that many firefighters encounter, but very few people discuss.

Louisiana has one of highest distracted driving rates in U.S.

There is more handheld technology available to consumers than ever, and many consumers have taken to using handheld devices in their car while driving. Sometimes, it seems impossible to drive down the road without seeing another driver texting, taking selfies or talking on a cell phone. Distracted driving is incredibly dangerous, but that does not stop many drivers from doing it anyway.

Distracted driving is prevalent throughout the country, and Louisiana is no exception. In fact, new data show that Louisiana has one of the highest rates of distracted driving in the entire United States.

Tips for dog owners to prevent dog bites

Dogs have become an integral part of life for many Americans. They can be beloved companions who provide much-needed unconditional love. But no matter how friendly a dog seems, they still pose the risk of injury if they bite an unfortunate human.

No one wants to believe that their friendly Fido is capable of attacking someone. However, data from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) indicates that millions of Americans are bitten by dogs every year. And according to the AVMF, most of these bites are preventable.

Am I liable for a trespasser's injuries?

You are probably familiar with the holiday movie about the child whose family leaves him behind when they go on vacation, and he fends off burglars with homemade weapons and booby traps. While the movie may make for delightful viewing, in reality, the tricks the child plays on the would-be robbers could likely kill them. Still, as you watch the movie, you may feel the boy has justification.

While you may not have a problem with bumbling bandits breaking into your house, you might have the occasional trespasser on your property. Perhaps your yard is a perfect shortcut for kids walking home from school, or you live in a Louisiana neighborhood where people don't respect property lines. In any case, if a trespasser becomes injured on your property, how liable are you for their injuries?

Five Louisiana anglers struck and injured by drunk driver

Fishing is a popular pastime in Louisiana. With spring and summer fast approaching, many people are dusting off their fishing gear and heading to the nearest body of water to catch a bite. Compared to many other water activities, fishing is not considered dangerous. However, a recent incident involving a drunk driver and some unfortunate teenage anglers is a reminder that injuries can occur even during a peaceful pastime like fishing.

Roadside fishing and a drunk driver

Injury symptoms are sometimes delayed after a crash

Let's say that you are dealing with the aftermath of a car accident. The immediate aftermath of a car accident can be disorienting and frightening. You get out of your car and check yourself for injuries; everything seems fine, and you barely feel any pain. After exchanging information with the other driver, you decide not to call an ambulance or go to the hospital. There does not seem to be any physical damage, so you get back in your car and drive away.

Several weeks later, though, you start experiencing some strange symptoms. Your head hurts, you get dizzy frequently, and your neck is stiff. The car accident was such a long time ago that it couldn't possibly be responsible for these symptoms, could it?

What are OSHA’s “Fatal Four” construction injuries?

Construction is a very dangerous line of work. Construction workers must do manual labor with heavy machinery in less-than-ideal weather conditions. As a result, the construction industry sees an abnormally high rate of workplace injuries.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified four injuries that are particularly dangerous for construction workers. These four types of accidents claimed the lives of 631 workers in the United States in 2016. The administration even has a nickname for these deadly injuries: The Fatal Four.

Whose injuries am I liable for on my property?

As a homeowner, you are largely responsible for the safety of other people when they are on your property. Depending on the circumstances, if someone on your premises is injured, you may be held liable if they file a lawsuit.

However, your level of responsibility can vary widely according to the situation. Homeowners are liable for many of the injuries that may occur on their premises, but not necessarily all of them. A homeowner’s liability is largely determined by whether the injured party is an invitee, a licensee or a trespasser.

Are you at risk when you drive among trucks?

It is no secret that big rigs on Louisiana highways create an element of danger that is often difficult to avoid. Whether it is rush hour traffic or the middle of a Sunday night, tractor trailers rule the road with their formidable size and weight. You are probably also aware of the consequences of an accident between a truck and your car, and the likelihood that you will be the one to suffer harm.

The risk factors that make a trucker susceptible to an accident are not all that different from those you face behind the wheel of your car or pickup. Nevertheless, the potential for disaster multiplies when a truck driver succumbs to the common errors drivers may make.

Boating safety tips for the upcoming spring and summer

While many states in the country are still covered in snow, Louisiana is warm and sunny. As the spring and summer approach and bring even nicer weather, no doubt residents will be pouring out in droves to partake in one of the state’s favorite pastimes: Boating.

As boating season draws near, it is important to review some fundamental safety tips for boaters and passengers alike. After all, improper safety techniques run the risk of derailing an otherwise fun time on the water—or even causing catastrophic injuries. To ensure you have a fun, safe spring and summer on the water, here are a few need-to-know boating safety reminders.

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