Fallen Power Lines

It is common understanding that power lines are very dangerous and should be kept safe and properly maintained to prevent accidents or injuries. Those who have been in contact with electricity can attest to the danger that even a small charge can give. There are many complications that can come with being in contact with open or live wires, the worst being fatality. In order to completely protect yourself from electrical lines, you have to understand the difference between transmission lines and distribution lines.

Transmission lines are the ones that carry electricity across states, and are generally held up by metal towers. Because the majority of the voltage ranges between 60 kV and 500 kV, they are managed by the best management of Wire Zone Border Zone. Meanwhile, distribution lines are the ones that deliver to communities and thus have shorter distances between each line as compared to distribution lines. They are also often supported by wooden poles and can be shorter than transmission lines. Likewise they carry a much lower voltage, yet still strong enough to cause serious injuries and even death.

According to the Mokaram Law Firm website, electrocution is not only the problem when power lines fall; road accidents, fires, and many other problems and injuries can occur. This is the reason why the state of California has strict rules regarding the maintenance and upkeep of power lines. Those who have been injured, no matter how minor or serious, has the right to file a personal injury claim against the agency who is in charge of maintaining the power lines. If the fallen power lines is caused by another party, then that party should be held accountable and the power lines should be immediately fixed to avoid further accidents and injuries. Additionally, people should also be aware of the rules regarding maintenance and growth of trees and other vegetation around power lines as they can likewise cause problems if they are not properly kept under control. California has strict laws regarding power lines, therefore any incident that involve them will always be taken seriously.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

The website of The Law Offices of Williams Kherkher says that accidents can cause a significant amount of consequences to the parties involved. One of these possible consequences is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Essentially, CRPS is a chronic pain condition that typically affects limbs. CRPS can also cause damage to the peripheral and central nervous system.

Men and women are equally as likely to develop the condition. The average age people get CRPS is 40 years old. Children under five years old cannot get CRPS and it is very rare for the elderly or anyone under ten to get it as well.

There are two different categories of CRPS: CRPS-I and CRPS-II. The two categories have the same symptoms and treatments. The only difference is CRPS-II confirms damage to nerves.

The intensity of the condition varies from person to person. In some cases the condition does not affect a person’s day to day life and gradually goes away over time. In other cases, however, severe symptoms continue for the rest of a person’s life.

Skin texture change is a common symptom of CRPS. More specifically, the skin of the affected area becomes shiny and thin. The affected area also develops uncharacteristic sweating patterns. Changes in hair and nail growth speed are a tell tale sign to look out for as well. As far as how CRPS affects someone internally, people with the condition usually have stiffness in the joints within the region of the affected area as well as abnormal posture, jerking, and tremors.

There is currently no specific test that doctors use to diagnose CRPS, but they usually base the diagnosis off of medical history. 90% of the diagnosed cases had clearly experienced trauma. People with autoimmune and inflammatory diseases such as asthma make up the majority of people diagnosed with CRPS.

Signs of Rabies and Causes of its Transmission

Rabies is a lot closer than a stray dog foaming at the mouth in a back alley. It can effect your pet or even you, but keeping yourself aware of the signs is one step closer to keeping yourself safe.

Rabies is a virus that first effects your central nervous system. It can cause brain disease and eventually death. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rabies is most often reported as coming from raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.

The early signs of rabies are much like those of most sicknesses: a fever and headache. Later on, the disease effects the victim’s mental health with symptoms such as insomnia, hallucinations, hydrophobia, confusion, anxiety, and agitation.

Rabies should be treated as a medical emergency, meaning you should not put off getting medical attention. However, it is not an emergency. If it is inconvenient to seek out medical attention the moment you are bitten, rinse and wash your wound thoroughly.

In the United States, the vaccination process includes one does of immune globulin and four doses of postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) over the course of fourteen days.

Almost all of the rabies cases reported have been the fault of animals. There have only been a handful of human-to-human transmission cases, caused by cornea and organ transplants. There has never been a recorded case of a human receiving rabies from another human through a bite.

If your pet contracts rabies, whether or not they received a vaccination determines their fate. If they did not receive a vaccination before contracting rabies, they should be euthanized as soon as possible. An alternative to this is isolation for six months along with a vaccination given to your pet a month before they are released. Vaccinated animals are under observation for 45 days, and the treatment of animals with expired vaccinations are determined case by case.

The website of the Chris Mayo Law Firm says that having pets is a rewarding experience, but when a pet bites someone, its owner is liable for the injuries that may occur as a result. This includes paying for the victim’s hospital treatments.

Scarred for Life

One of the most common aftereffects of accidents is scarring, and while external scars seldom pose physical health problems, they do have an adverse effect on a person’s quality of life. Some scars can make it physically uncomfortable or even painful to do certain movements, such as burn scars over joints, and limits an individual’s range of movement. But perhaps the biggest motivation for plastic surgeons to manage scars is their psychological and emotional effect on a person, especially when they are on the face, disfiguring, or both.

Most people are visual animals; they are seldom able to look past the exterior into the person under the scars on first acquaintance, which can be disconcerting for all concerned. Even if many people can ignore or don’t care about the scars, people with facial and other noticeable scars often feel uncomfortable in social situations, imagining that people are talking about them, and many lapse into depression and low self-esteem. Some experience posttraumatic stress disorder especially when the scars were acquired in a violent manner.

There are procedures to eliminate or at least minimize facial scarring but not all are good candidates for them. There are many factors to consider in cosmetic surgery, and the results may not be what patients expect or hope to get. Plastic surgeons encounter these problems for patients with acne scars, but it is even more distressing with accident victims. In most cases, there is nothing that can be done to put them back to the way they were before.

What is even more difficult to accept is when the scars are a result of the negligent acts of others. According to the website of law firm Crowe Mulvey, it could be due drunk driving, an unsafe work site, an improperly restrained animal, or a defective product. In each of these cases, the adverse incidents are preventable, and this makes the third party liable for any injuries and other consequences of their actions. If you have sustained extensive or severe scarring due to a negligent accident, you may have the right to compensation for the pain and suffering you were made to go through. Consult with a personal injury lawyer to find out more.

Safety – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Highest Priority

As an arm of the US Department of Transportation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which oversees the commercial trucking industry, continues to enforce trucking regulations intended to ensure safety in motor carrier transportation.

The enforcement of various federal regulations, such as the truck’s braking system standard regulation, tire’s tread depth requirement, commercial driver’s license (CDL) program and hours of service (HOS), runs in harmony of the administration’s highest priority, which is safety.

According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®Operation of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), like a big rig or an 18-wheeler truck, which has an 80,000 lb. or 40 ton-weight and which measures up to 70 feet long, requires advanced skills, physical abilities, experience and knowledge. Since an 18-wheeler can practically crush anything in its path (still objects or other vehicles) in a ramming accident and, thus, cause greater damage and more severe injuries due to its speed and huge size, a driver should be equipped with the skills and knowledge that will enable him/her to avoid such situations. Thus, anyone applying for a CDL should first pass advanced knowledge and skills tests prior to obtaining a license.

No matter how good a truck driver might have become in performing his or her job, fatigue and sleepiness will not save him or her from a possible road disaster, such as a trucking accident. To make sure that no driver renders more than an 11 consecutive hours on duty, the FMCSA has mandated an 11 hours maximum hours of service. And to ensure that drivers get the sleep they need even while on the road, trucks have been designed with a sleeper berth area where drivers can take their much-needed rest.

Concerning manufacturers, DOT requires them to strictly observe the quality standards in the design and production of tires and brake parts. This is because recent records from the FMCSA show that the most common causes of big rig accidents is defect in either truck brakes or tires. Defective truck parts, unless checked and replaced by the driver, can cause worse accidents. Many lives have already been lost due to such defects and many more lives will still be lost if production of defective and poor-quality truck parts continues.

Dog Bites – A Negligent Act of Dog Owners

Dogs are the most common household pets in the United States and families having as many as a dozen dogs in their homes are a familiar sight to many. These animals are simply adorable and, though, some may not really look charming, this lack is compensated by their playfulness and loyalty to their masters or caretakers.

The lovable characteristics of these animals, which have even been depicted in some films, present a startling contrast, though, to reports of dog bites around the country which, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) number to 800,000 every year.

Since majority of those bitten are owners’ young children and older adults, some consider dog bite injuries as simple, minor wounds. In reality, however, many bites cause lacerations, nerve damage and, as mentioned by the car accident lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., scarring, broken bones, disfigurement and even death.

Dog bite injuries are most commonly suffered by young boys aged four to nine years, but the worst and most traumatic bites, which are on the head or neck, are suffered by children below four years old. In fact, due to the severity of these bites, many children are no longer able to recover.

Only certain breeds of dogs cause bite injuries, however, and these breeds have been identified, even by dog experts, as naturally more hostile than other dogs. Topping the list of these “more hostile” canines are Pit bull terriers (and their mixes) and Rottweiler. In many states, Pit bulls have even been identified as lethal weapons and police have been authorized by courts to shoot these dogs if these threaten to attack or bite anyone. Between 2005 and 2012, at least 250 fatal attacks on senior citizens and children involved Pit bulls alone.

Though dogs can be trained, CDC still strongly enforces the Leash law, which requires dog owners to put a leash on their dogs, especially if they will take their dogs for a walk. In all states, dog owners are also held responsible for any harm or injury that their dog/s will cause.