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Take precautions for your swimming pool

Most of the country is covered in snow, but it’s still (fairly) warm in Louisiana. That means that many Louisiana homes still have their pools open and running. Taking a quick dip, even in the winter, is a pastime that many pool owners enjoy. Most people associate pools with harmless fun, but they can also pose serious liability risks. A guest slipping and falling near your pool could lead to a major lawsuit. Not to mention accidental drowning, which is the second leading cause of injury-related deaths in young children.

The burden of responsibility for securing a pool or spa falls on the owner. Guests, swimmers or even trespassers may have grounds to file suit if they are injured on your property. Fortunately, taking some simple precautions can significantly reduce the likelihood of accidents on your premises.

Do roundabouts have your head spinning?

Among the most dangerous places to drive is through an intersection. Even when lights control who stops and who proceeds, the design of the intersection may result in a catastrophic wreck when someone makes a mistake. Accidents between cars in traditional intersections are frequently T-bones or head-on collisions, and these often mean devastating injuries and even death for the drivers and passengers involved.

Recently, Louisiana has been replacing dangerous intersections with roundabouts in an effort to lessen traffic congestion and reduce the number and severity of accidents. However, roundabouts are confusing for many drivers, and there is still the opportunity for accidents and injuries when municipalities opt for these interchanges.

Recognizing the symptoms of traumatic brain injury

Have you ever bumped your head and wondered whether you should go to the doctor? If you are reading this blog post, the injury was probably minor. But in some cases, head injuries can lead to a type of serious wound called traumatic brain injury.

Traumatic brain injury occurs when the skull comes in contact with an external force, resulting in brain dysfunction. There are several accidents that can result in traumatic brain injury, such as slip and falls, motor vehicle accidents, boat crashes or falling objects. At the time of the accident, a head injury may not seem severe enough to warrant medical attention, but this could be a deadly mistake. In case you or someone you care about suffers an accident, you should know the symptoms of traumatic brain injury.

Workplace fatalities increase for third year in a row in US

When you are working hard at your job, the last thing that you should have to worry about is becoming injured. Unfortunately, workplace injuries are a reality for thousands of workers across the United States. What’s more, workplace accidents don’t only result in injury—they can sometimes lead to death.

A new report has revealed that workplace fatalities are all too common, and their occurrence is only increasing. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics has released its Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries, which summarizes the 2016 statistics of workplace fatalities. The census shows that last year the United States saw 5,190 workplace fatalities—a distressing seven percent increase since 2015.

Is your company boat covered by liability insurance?

If your company uses boats to conduct business, you may not be aware that you are at risk for premise liability lawsuits. Most liability policies contain specific exclusions regarding watercraft. That means that if you carry out company business on a boat, you could be doing so without the protection of insurance, leaving you vulnerable to litigation.

Whether owned by you or your firm, it is crucial that your boat is covered by liability insurance. Let’s say that you and your colleagues are taking a business meeting on the boat when someone slips and falls. If this person sustains injuries, they could have grounds for a lawsuit—and that spells big trouble for your company. If the company boat is not covered by liability insurance, you stand totally unprotected when it comes to legal damages.

Do you know the most common reasons for car accidents?

The year 2015 saw the first increase in deadly car accidents in 50 years. The number of car crash fatalities increased in 2016 as well: Last year, approximately 40,000 people were killed in car accidents in the United States.

Why do these crashes happen, and what can motorists do to prevent them? The technology that is used to analyze car accidents is becoming more precise, leading to a better understanding of the scenarios that result in car crash injuries and fatalities. The website Slate.com recently analyzed several scientific studies of car crashes. According to their findings, these are some of the most common reasons for automobile accidents.

Think outside the building with exterior property maintenance

Owning property or running a business on a piece of property could result in your holding liability for any incidents that take place on that property. While most of the time you may have little to worry about in regard to the safety of others who visit the premises, you could find yourself in a difficult situation if a safety issue arises and a person suffers injuries. In such cases, the injured party may feel the need to take legal action against you.

Premises liability claims could cause difficulties for you and your business. Therefore, you may want to do your part to prevent reason for such a claim to come about. One issue in particular you may want to remain aware of is exterior property maintenance.

Am I required to take Louisiana’s boating safety course?

Boating is one of the most popular pastimes in Louisiana for a reason: With our warm weather and gorgeous bodies of water, it makes for a wonderful afternoon. The last thing that you want is for a safety violation, accident or injury to ruin your trip.

One way that the state of Louisiana prevents accidents is by requiring boaters who were born after January 1, 1984, to take a boating safety course. If you or your friends were born after this date, you are required to take this course. In this post, we will go over a few more important things that you should know about taking the state's boating safety course.

A primer on OSHA and the right to a safe workplace

In 1970, President Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act in order to reduce workplace injuries and protect the rights of workers to a safe workplace. The same year, Congress established the Occupational Safety and Health Administration—otherwise known as OSHA. OSHA is an agency within the Department of Labor that implements workplace safety standards across the United States.

OSHA is crucial to creating safe work sites and preventing workplace injuries. Many people may have heard of OSHA, but few know the specific rights that OSHA guarantees. In this post, we’ll go over the rights that OSHA grants to both employees and employers.

What are the most common causes of spinal cord injury?

Spinal cord injuries can be particularly catastrophic because of the significant role that the spinal cord plays in the human body. The spinal cord is a crucial part of the central nervous system, which relays messages regarding sensory information to the rest of the body. Damage to the spinal cord can seriously impair the muscles and nerve fibers that control everything from arm and leg motion to bladder control.

A spinal injury is not something that anyone hopes for, but, unfortunately, they do occur. The first step in dealing with these injuries is identifying them. In order to do that, we’ll go over some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries and how they affect the body.

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