Fire Hazards and Burn Injuries

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Fire Hazards | 0 comments

Fire Hazards and Burn Injuries

Fire hazards are everywhere, may it be at home, office, or even outdoors. This also means that you are at risk of sustaining burn injuries anywhere. Burns can be classified depending on their severity:

  • First-degree burns: Burns that affect the epidermis, or the outer layer of the skin. These burns are typically sustained from touching hot surfaces or objects, such as heated metals.
  • Second-degree burns: Burns that affect both epidermis and dermis, or the next layer of the skin. These burns are typically sustained from hot liquids, such as boiling water.
  • Third-degree burns: Burns that affect the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissues. These burns are typically sustained from direct contact with fire.
  • Fourth-degree burns: The worst kind of burns, affecting even the bones and muscles. These burns are typically sustained from huge fires and high-voltage electricity.

The website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® says that those who have been affected by explosions and fires may have legal options, such as demanding compensation. This is particularly viable on instances where somebody has been negligent, like when a construction company has failed to enforce safety precautions.

Common Fire Hazards

As said earlier, fire hazards can be seen anywhere. It is not exclusive to inherently hazardous areas such as construction sites. Below are some of the most common fire hazards that you should be cautious of:

  • Appliances, particularly those that involve fire and heat, such as stoves and microwaves
  • Defective appliances, even though they do not necessarily involve fire and heat, as defects and malfunctions can also cause fires
  • Equipment that may overheat, like desktops, laptops, and even televisions
  • Extension cords, outlets, and even entire building wiring systems, especially those that are overloaded
  • Flammable materials like curtains, bed sheets, mittens, and papers, especially if they are near fire sources
  • Other fire sources, such as candles and matches
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The Worst Effects of Minors in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) or Possession of Alcohol under the Legal Age (PAULA)

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Alcohol Related Offenses | 0 comments

A serious criminal offense, such as a drug-related crime or driving under the influence (DUI), requires a tough lawyer and a pretty good defense. Actually, the fact is any type of criminal accusation, even a simple case of misdemeanor, calls for a good defense lawyer.

Legal professionals know how a criminal record, regardless of how serious the crime is, can be a huge hindrance to life’s opportunities and pursuit of one’s dreams. A mere criminal charge can have serious effects on every aspect” of life; it can result to loss of job, denial in employment applications, and difficulty in finding an apartment to live in, as well as when applying for professional licenses. This is because employers, landlords and license providers always ask about possible criminal convictions or can access public registries to check possible criminal record.

The National Minimum Drinking Age Act, a law that was passed in 1984, is one example of a federal mandate that constitutes a criminal offense if violated. This law strictly prohibits the possession and purchase of alcoholic beverages in public by individuals under the age of 21, except under certain circumstances. Those who will be caught violating this law will be charged either with , or Minor in Possession (MIP).

Punishment for violators of PAULA or MIP differs from one state to another. For first time offenders, so long as the offense does not involve DUI / DWI or public intoxication, fines may range from $100 to $200. Repeat offenders can suffer fines, besides participation in an alcohol education program or rendering of community service. Other states also apply a suspension on the offender’s driving privileges.

As explained in the website of the law firm Truslow and Truslow, no matter the offense, criminal charges at any level should be taken seriously . Though PAULA or MIP may only be a misdemeanor, it can stick on one’s records, and affect his/her future life. Hoping to be acquitted from the charge, or in the event of a conviction, working to have such conviction expunged from your record, can be possible, but only with the help of a seasoned criminal defense lawyer.

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Ways to Mitigate Bicycle Accidents

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

The AAA’s Bicycle Safety tips highly advise all bicyclists of all age to protect themselves by wearing a helmet during rides, but there are also other ways for bicyclists to possibly prevent catastrophic injuries in accidents that often translate to hefty financial loss.

According to the website of  Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C. in Louisiana, some states, like Louisiana, have created several laws to protect bicycle enthusiasts from other vehicles while on the same roadways. Protective bicycle helmets are enforced to bicyclist children age 12 and below. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA), bicycle crashes and injuries are lessened by wearing properly fitted helmets for children and older bicyclists. Vehicle drivers are required to exercise due care when passing or overtaking a bicyclist who is going to the same direction. Dooring laws are also created to prevent bicyclists from accidentally crashing open doors of vehicles. Though state laws are created, bicyclists can do other things to possibly protect themselves from serious or fatal injuries.

Aside from helmet use, bicyclists may also wear other protective gears like eye protections, hand gloves, shoes, or padded shorts to possibly lessen impact injuries during crash. Before going out for a ride, make sure that all bicycle parts are properly working and check for any parts that are unusually loosen. Bicycle parts like brakes, cables, wheels, or the frame itself should be thoroughly inspected before use. Bicyclists should also use lighting accessories for them to be easily seen by other vehicles while on the road especially when riding during night times.

In unfortunate situation that a bicyclist has been injured in a vehicular accident, it is important that he or she should consider working with a skilled personal injury lawyer. Bicyclists who suffered brain damage or concussions in accidents may consider filing for damage claims. In some states, bicyclists who have been injured in accidents may possibly get treatment funds even if they are at fault in the accident.

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Emphysema: Its symptoms, causes and diagnois

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Medical Dangers | 0 comments

Emphysema is a lung condition that occurs when the lung’s air sacs (alveoli) are damaged. Air sacs are where gas exchange occurs. When air sacs are damaged, bloodstream may carry in less oxygen, compromising the body’s oxygen supply. According to Healthline, approximately 4 million people were diagnosed with emphysema in 2008.

Smokers are most prone to emphysema. But they are not the only ones that could develop this disease. People who are constantly exposed to second hand smoke and are living in areas with poor air quality may also develop emphysema. Unfortunately, some car manufactures couldn’t care less about the air we breathe. In fact, the website of the Driscoll Law Firm says that Volkswagen deliberately installed software in its newer line of diesel cars to circumvent federal emissions tests.

Signs and symptoms of emphysema may include the following:

  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Depression
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Fast and irregular heartbeat
  • Fatigue
  • Cyanosis, or the discoloration of the lips and the fingernails due to lack of oxygen

In diagnosing emphysema, doctors would have to check first your symptoms and review your medical history. After that, they may recommend some tests to detect emphysema. Imaging tests, such as chest X-rays and computerized tomography (CT) scan, can be helpful in diagnosing emphysema. Blood test may also be helpful in determining the volume of oxygen in your bloodstream. Finally, a lung function test can measure how much air you can breathe in and out, which assesses how well your lungs function.

Although emphysema is a chronic condition, it is not a life sentence. When diagnosed with this condition, there are still many ways on how you can live a normal and productive life. You can do this by avoiding respiratory irritants, such as tobacco and car exhaust, exercising regularly, eating healthy, and keeping away from diseases that may cause lung infections. You may also consider seeking help from different emphysema groups near you for coping and support.

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Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Medical Dangers | 0 comments

Exposure to the once widely used building material, asbestos, has now been linked to causing the cancer Mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a fatal cancer that is most commonly seen in industrial workers who inhaled asbestos fibers. Although Mesothelioma is a deadly and dangerous cancer, the symptoms can be hard to spot and are often confused with less serious illnesses.

Common symptoms of Mesothelioma are dry cough and wheezing, chest pain, fever, and weight loss. However, the symptoms can vary based on the kind of Mesothelioma. The most common type is Pleural Mesothelioma and affects is the lining of the lungs and chest wall. The inhaling of asbestos fibers can cause fluid buildup along the lungs. This type is associated with the symptoms of coughing, reduced chest expansion, shortness of breath, and pleural effusions, which is the buildup of fluid between the tissues that line the chests and lungs. These symptoms can all occur at once, but usually occur in small stages, leading to individuals not raising alarm at them.

Another kind of Mesothelioma is Peritoneal mesothelioma which affects the lining of the abdomen. Individuals suffering from this experience abdominal swelling, loss of appetite, weight loss, hernias, and fatigue. Although less common than pleural mesothelioma, this kind can be just as fatal.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, pericardial mesothelioma is one of the rarest forms of mesothelioma and affecting the lining of the heart, thickening it. Symptoms include difficulty breathing and chest pains.

Testicular mesothelioma is the rarest form and can be the hardest to detect, as the only common symptom found is a lump in the testes. There is no other recognized symptoms of this type of mesothelioma.

Although there are symptoms of mesothelioma, they are often misdiagnosed by doctors not used to dealing with mesothelioma. It can be misdiagnosed as bronchitis and pneumonia, leaving symptoms to become worse. Some symptoms may even take years to become serious enough for individuals to suspect something serious. This is one of the reasons the disease can be so fatal to those exposed to asbestos over prolonged periods of time.

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