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The Deadly Six

Longshoremen and maritime workers have an increased risk for bodily harm while on the job. It is the duty of the company to provide not only a safe work environment but also to ensure that safety measures, such as the buddy system, are in place and are followed. When the system fails, men get hurt.

Here are the top six injuries suffered by maritime workers:

Damage to the brachial plexus a common birth injury

Labor and delivery is tough on both mom and baby. Sometimes, babies get stuck or struggle to get through the birth canal. When they do, they may damage their brachial plexus. This type of birth injury is fairly common, and it can have long-term consequences for the baby. Those in Louisiana whose children have suffered this type of birth injury, due to the negligence of medical staff, may be entitled to seek compensation.

The group of nerves that surrounds the shoulder is called the brachial plexus. When a baby's neck and shoulder are stretched while passing through the birth canal, it can damage these nerves. This can also happen if too much pressure is put on a baby's arm while being delivered in a breech position.

Louisiana wrongful death: Head-on crash claims 3 lives

An auto collision in Louisiana has claimed three lives. This wreck occurred at the beginning of December in the New Orleans area. The surviving family members of the victims may pursue compensation for their losses by filing wrongful death claims in civil court.

According to a recent news story, on Saturday, Dec. 4, around 9 a.m., a pickup truck crossed the center line of traffic while on the Highway 11 bridge and collided head-on with a car. In the car was a 34-year-old male and a 29-year-old female who was seven months pregnant. The victims were transported to an area hospital for treatment. Sadly, both adults and the fetus died shortly after arrival.

Does yoga help a sore back?

We see lot about the benefits of yoga: that it can calm the mind, ease stress and heal the body. But is there any evidence to support that yoga is good for our backs?

Most of us think of yoga as leggings, pan flute music and that "airy fairy mumbo jumbo" that hippies were into. Believe it or not, yoga is over 5000 years old and does have scientific evidence to support the health benefits of its practice.

A legendary longshoreman: Eric Hoffer

"It is often the failure who is the pioneer in new lands, new undertakings, and new forms of expression." - Eric Hoffer

Longshoremen have been long held as the "backbone" of this country. On their backs the ships (trains, trucks and airplanes) get loaded and unloaded. Without these men commerce as we know it would stop. 

Do not wait forever to file that wrongful death claim

After losing a loved one, the last thing on most people's mind is going to court. Closing out his or her estate and grieving is generally at the top of the list, and that is okay. If the deceased lost his or her life due to the negligent actions of another individual, filing legal claims may be on one's radar, however. Wrongful death claims may be filed in such instances, but according to the state of Louisiana, one cannot wait forever to pursue this type of action.

Believe it or not, there is a statute of limitations on wrongful death claims. It is the same for most legal claims. Why? It is the state's way of protecting those who may be held responsible, and it helps preserve evidence.

Head trauma common in motor vehicle accidents

Every year, numerous Louisiana residents end up in emergency rooms with head traumas due to auto collisions. Children, teens, adults -- it does not matter. It happens to them all. When victims of motor vehicle accidents suffer severe head trauma, they or -- if unable -- their loved ones may pursue compensation for any resulting losses.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are a number of complications associated with significant head injuries. Some victims may enter an altered conscious state from which they may never wake up. Those who do wake up may suffer severe impairments. Such impairments can make it difficult, and sometimes impossible, for them to return to life as they knew it.

Distracted drivers behind numerous motor vehicle accidents

Distracted drivers: they are easy to spot and are seen on Louisiana roads every single day. The sad truth about distracted drivers is that, for the most part, they don't think that what they are doing is harmful -- but it is. In fact, distracted driving is behind numerous motor vehicle accidents every year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day in the United States alone, roughly 9 people lose their lives in distracted driving-related auto collisions and over 1,000 people suffer injuries in such events. Think about that. That means that over 3,000 people die due to the actions of distracted drivers every year and hundreds of thousands get hurt. This is a significant problem that certainly deserves attention.

Louisiana maritime law: Boating accident claims a life

A boating accident in Louisiana has left one person dead and several others injured. This incident is said to have occurred near Bayou Segnette. The surviving victims of this tragic event, as well as the family members of the deceased, may turn to an attorney with experience in personal injury, wrongful death and maritime law in order to seek compensation for their losses.

According to a recent news report, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was called to investigate the cause of a boating accident that occurred early in the morning of Nov. 19. It is believed that a boat carrying four people hit a parked barge. After impact, the boat hit land and came to a stop. A woman was ejected from the water craft and died at the scene. A male and two other females were transported to medical facilities for the treatment of their injuries.

Louisiana truck accidents: Trucker arrested following fatal crash

A young woman in Louisiana recently died in a crash with an 18-wheeler. The truck driver has been arrested and charged for his role in the incident. When fatal truck accidents happen, it is okay for surviving family members of the victims to seek answers and relief.

According to a recent report, a 29-year-old woman was a passenger in a pickup traveling on I-55 near Kentwood that was rear-ended by a big rig. She suffered critical injuries in the wreck and died at the scene. The driver -- the victim's 51-year-old mother, and another passenger -- a 9-month-old baby, suffered minor injuries.

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