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Drilling Rig Workers are included under the Jones Act

There are many offshore oil and gas rigs in and around Louisiana, which means that a good portion of the state’s population works as offshore workers. Jobs with drilling operations are often highly paid because they are inherently dangerous. Nevertheless, employers are still expected to take reasonable measures to ensure the safety of their workers.

Unfortunately, many drilling companies continue to cut corners when it comes to compliance with safety regulations. Because there are not enough inspectors to regularly check on the thousands of rigs in Louisiana alone, they rely on employers to police and self-report on compliance. Inevitably, accidents happen that can have serious consequences for the workers.

This is why the Jones Act is such an important piece of legislation. It protects people who work on a vessel or ship as well as offshore workers that work on rigs, barges, drill ship, construction barges, and recreational boats…in other words, anyone who works on any surface that is on the water. The Jones Act is 46 U.S.C. 688 passed by Congress in 1970 and details the liability of operators of any movable structure on water for worker injuries. Since it is a federal law, it applies to all US-based operators.

However, the Jones Act is different from the workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation law is a not fault-based. It does not require the worker to prove that the employer or any person in management was at fault or negligent, or that there was a defect in equipment, machinery, or safety gear. Under the Jones Law, the worker is required to prove negligence in some form on the part of the employer or fellow workers which put the seaworthiness of the vessel in question.

According to the Mokaram Law Firm, claims under the Jones Act can be extremely complicated. It would be fatally easy to make a mistake that would get your negligent employer off the hook. If you believe you have a claim under the Jones Act, make sure that you consult with an experienced maritime injuries lawyer.

Easy Tips, Tricks And Advice For Personal Injury Case Improvement

Personal injury is a devastating experience for both you and anyone who depends on your income and ability to take care of things around the house. Most people don’t realize how debilitating it is until they face it. If you are in this situation, find a good lawyer and read the following article; both will help you through.

Make sure that you gather all of the information you can from anyone that was involved in your injury. This means that you should get the addresses, names and phone numbers of the party that injured you as well as any witnesses that were on the scene. You should also take note of anything that is said during the time of the accident.

Get a detailed police report regarding an injury you receive, for future reference in court. Not only will the information gathered by the authorities be very credible, it can help prove that you were wrongfully injured and win your case. Failure to collect credible evidence means your claim may be viewed as hearsay, and that won’t win you anything!

If none of your friends or family members have been through a personal injury case, search the Internet for valuable information about personal injury attorneys. There are many organizations and forums that rate lawyers based upon client reviews. These sites can also show you the attorney’s track record for winning personal injury lawsuits. Their own websites may also have testimonials from clients they have helped, as found at http://www.pohlberkattorneys.com.

Take a second to ask your friends and family about any recommendations that they might have. Personal injury lawyers come in all shapes, sizes, and varieties: you might need a trusted friend’s opinion to find the right one for you. Make sure it’s someone you know is trustworthy and has no financial motivations.

Personal injury can stop a life in its tracks; you’re no longer able to do anything the way you once did. Make sure you don’t suffer more than you have to by going it alone in court. Use the above information along with hiring a top-notch lawyer. The outcome of your case could affect you for life.

Understanding Chemical Exposure

Chemicals are not always bad for you. We are exposed to chemicals all the time, so technically this would be considered chemical exposure, but not all chemical exposure will make you sick or have any effect on your health.

But there are definitely chemicals in our environment which can cause serious harm, and they can be anywhere. You could be breathing it in, drinking it in your water, eating it in your food, or absorbing it through your skin without being aware of it. Examples of some harmful substances that you may be in contact right now are carbon monoxide (from car exhausts and defective furnaces), methyl mercury (contaminated fish), and lead (in old paint).

The extent of the health effect from exposure to harmful chemicals depends on a number of factors. Some chemicals are downright dangerous to everyone, while some are only harmful to those who are sensitive to it. The risk of getting sick from chemical exposure will depend on what kind of chemical it is, how long and frequent the exposure is and at what concentration, the means of absorption into the body, and your general health. People with compromised immune systems, for example, are at higher risk of getting sick than those who are in robust health. According to the website of Goings Law Firm, LLC in Columbia, exposure to toxic substances can have serious and debilitating consequences, including death.

In some cases, we are not aware that we are being exposed to harmful chemicals because the effects don’t manifest immediately. Those who are exposed to asbestos in the workplace, for example, will only develop symptoms as much as 40 years after, and then the disease typically progresses rapidly after that. If you suspect that your disease has been caused by chemical exposure due to the negligence of others, you should immediately consult with a personal injury lawyer in your area with experience in handling this type of case to discuss your eligibility to receive compensation from the responsibility party.

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

Think of the spinal cord as the bridge over a bottomless pit connecting two cities which trade with each other. In order for there to be any trade, everything has to pass through the bridge. If that bridge is destroyed either from natural causes or because a huge rock fell on it and smashed it to bits, it would mean the end of trade. The chances of rebuilding the bridge will depend on the location and extent of the damage.

The spinal cord serves as the bridge between the brain and the rest of the body, bringing electrical signals to and from the brain, determining an individual’s ability to move and to feel sensations. Spinal cord injuries result not from disease but from physical trauma such as from a fall or from a car crash, and when it involves serious damage that precludes total recovery, these are considered catastrophic injuries.

There are two major types of spinal cord injuries: complete and incomplete. Complete denotes a total loss of motor and sensory function, indicating an injury between sacral segments S4 and S5, and is usually permanent. There are several levels described under incomplete ranging from no loss of function to loss of motor function but preserved sensory function. Under the standards established by the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA), the extent of function loss is classified as A for complete loss of function to E in which motor and sensory responses are normal. However, even when everything seems to be normal, trauma to the spinal cord may still result in neurological damage.

The spinal cord is sensitive, so it’s critical to minimize the damage it may suffer after an injury. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, spinal cord trauma is one of the chief concerns of emergency medical technicians in accidents, which is why victims are often stabilized using special equipment to keep the damage from getting worse. If you sustained spinal cord injury because of the negligence of others, you may have a cause for action. Consult with a personal injury lawyer at the earliest opportunity to get compensation for the consequences of serious injury.

The Legal Litmus Test for Vaginal Mesh Defects

Going to trial is often a risky business, which is why most plaintiffs choose to accept settlements rather than take their chances before a jury. This was confirmed when the judge in West Virginia dismissed a product liability case against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) which alleged that the vaginal mesh defect caused serious injury to the plaintiff.
The West Virginia case was a win for J&J, and an encouraging sign for other transvaginal mesh manufacturers, who collectively are facing 43,000 more cases that are awaiting trial. But it may be too early to celebrate.

A more recent case heard in Texas came to verdict for the plaintiff, and the jury awarded the plaintiff $1.2 million in damages. The cases and allegations were similar, but the difference in outcome may have been due to how well the case was presented.

Transvaginal mesh products were first approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a solution to stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapsed in women in 1998. It is based on the design of the surgical mesh, which has been successfully used for hernia repair with no serious adverse consequences. However, because the mesh is placed the vaginal area, manufacturers should have conducted tests and accordingly modified the design of the mesh to take into account the unique issues of the location, including sterility and movement. Because they failed to do this, thousands of women implanted with the mesh has suffered serious side effects, including erosion of the mesh, organ perforation from mesh displacement, pain during intercourse, and scarring.

It was only in 2012 when the FDA ordered an investigation into the matter after thousands of cases were filed alleging defects in the design of the various transvaginal mesh products, but it was too late for the millions of women who had already had the procedure done. But it is not too late to get compensation.

If you or a family member has suffered pain or injury from a transvaginal mesh, you may be qualified to get compensation for the failure of these manufacturers to warn you about the dangers. Consult with a product liability lawyer in your area with experience in handling this particular type of case to get more information.