The holidays are a wonderful time in all of our lives. But between climbing ladders to hang decorations and driving to and from holiday parties, there are many uniquely dangerous scenarios that we need to be aware of. The National Safety Council has put together a very handy guide to Holiday Safety Tips. Among the highlights are tips on how to safely: Use lighted candles, fireplaces, and artificial snow Prepare holiday food safely Prepare vehicles and homes for winter I encourage you to read, save, and share these tips for a safe and wonderful Holiday Season.

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What Can You Do To Drive Safely In Heavy Fog?

It doesn't matter if you're one of our Louisiana readers or live in another part of the country, you know that road conditions can change without notice. One second the weather is clear and you're feeling good. The next second, however, things can take a turn for the worse. If you find yourself driving in heavy fog, you need to change your approach to ensure your safety. Here are some things you absolutely need to do: -- Slow down. Since visibility is reduced, you need to slow down as to give yourself more time to stop. -- Use your headlights. This makes it easier to see the road in front of you. Furthermore, it helps other drivers locate your vehicle....

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The Challenges Associated With A Motorcycle Accident

If you enjoy riding a motorcycle, there's not much that will keep you off the road. Unfortunately, you know one thing to be true: not everybody likes sharing the road with motorcyclists. As you may have encountered in the past, some drivers don't care if you're involved in an accident or not. To protect against serious injury, it's a good idea to wear as much protective gear as possible. This includes but is not limited to a helmet, leather pants, and the appropriate footwear. If you're involved in a motorcycle accident, regardless of the reason, your health should take priority over everything else. You'll have time in the future to worry about what happened. For now, make sure you get...

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For What Reasons Are Workers’ Compensation Claims Denied?

If you are injured on the job, you should never hesitate to receive medical attention. Also, once you are in the right frame of mind, you must consider the steps for making a workers' compensation claim. By doing so, you may be able to receive benefits while you are out of work recovering from your injury. Unfortunately, there are times when a workers' compensation claim is denied. If this happens to you, it's important to know the reason. This is the only way to determine which steps to take next. Here are some of the primary reasons for a workers' compensation claim denial: -- You did not report the injury on time. Remember, you need to report the injury to...

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What Is The Possible Long-Term Impact Of Traumatic Brain Injury?

There is nothing worse than the thought of a loved one suffering a serious injury. For example, a traumatic brain injury can change a person's life forever. While there is no way of knowing the exact impact of a traumatic brain injury, there are some long-term effects that are consistent with this type of injury. Of course, this depends on many factors, such as: -- The severity of the injury. -- The age and overall health of the person when he or she was injured. -- The types of functions that were affected by the injury. -- The amount of time between the injury and treatment. -- The type of treatment the person has received. -- The type of ongoing...

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Things To Know About Workers’ Compensation

If you live in the state of Louisiana, you're probably aware of the fact that there are both federal and state laws meant to protect workers. But even with these laws in place, you know one thing to be true: You could still be involved in an accident at some point. If you're injured on the job, there's nothing more important than your health and well being. For this reason, you must not wait to receive medical treatment. At some point, as soon as possible, you want to learn more about workers' compensation and your other legal rights. For example, as long as you were injured on the job, you should be able to file a workers' compensation claim. With...

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What Impact Does Weather Have On The Road And Drivers?

As a driver, you hope that the skies are clear every time you hit the road. Of course, as somebody who lives in Louisiana, you know that this won't always be the case. Instead, severe weather can and will pop up from time to time. There's nothing wrong with driving when weather conditions are less than ideal, but you need to know how this will impact the roads and the decisions you make. First things first, it's essential to slow down if faced with bad weather. For example, you shouldn't drive as fast on dry pavement as you do wet pavement. Weather can impact roads and drivers in many ways, such as: -- Visibility impairments. -- Vehicle performance, such as...

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What Should You Do If You Are Injured On The Job?

When you arrive at work, you realize that you have a job to complete. You may also realize that you could be injured at some point. Even when you do your best to remain safe, you never know if an accident could cause an injury or illness. For this reason, it's important that you know which steps to take should you be injured. First things first, don't wait to receive medical attention. For example, you may need to prompt a coworker to call for an ambulance. The sooner you receive treatment the greater chance there is that you can avoid a serious injury. Also, don't delay in reporting the injury to your employer. You don't want to give them any...

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Were You Injured In A Drunk Driving Accident?

When a person uses drugs and/or alcohol and then gets behind the wheel of a car, they are taking a big risk. Not only could they be arrested and seriously punished for their action, but they could cause an accident that harms or kills another person. As a responsible driver, you know that you should never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. While it's good to know that you're doing everything you should to remain safe, you can't assume that other drivers are doing the same. It only takes one impaired driver to cause a serious accident that changes your life forever. For example, a drunk driving accident could lead to a variety of injuries, ranging from a...

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Medical Scans Can’t Always Predict Brain Injury Ramifications

When you suffer a brain injury, the doctors may give you an MRI and/or a CT scan. These scans can prove helpful in showing the extent of the injury and the exact area of the brain that has been hurt. This may be useful in predicting what impairments you could have or what the ramifications will be. However, experts warn that some of these skills are controlled by more than one area in the brain. These could include memory, information processing skills, language skills, and more. These experts say that this makes it impossible for a doctor to know exactly what ramifications you'll face just by looking at the scans alone. Don't expect doctors to tell you exactly what challenges...

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