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Will You Recognize When Someone Is Drowning?

With summer months fast approaching, children and adults alike will soon try to take a break from the heat by visiting pools, ponds, rivers and other recreational swimming spots. As a casual onlooker, however, will you be able to recognize the signs of someone struggling to stay above water from harmless horse-play?

What are the physical signs of drowning?

Active drowning can begin within 20 seconds of a person showing the first signs of distress. It is unlikely that this person will be able to call for help. There are numerous other facts to remember, including:

  • Even if a drowning victim remains vertical in the water, he or she will not be able to move toward safety.
  • Once drowning has begun, he or she will likely lose arm control - thus, the victim will not be able to wave or otherwise signal for help.
  • Active drowning victims will typically only struggle on the surface for 20 to 60 seconds before being submerged.
  • As an instinctive reaction, active drowning victims will tilt their heads back so the mouth and nose are above water.

Proposed law would see lower speed limits for large trucks

Louisiana is a large state with a great variety of roadways that can make it very difficult for commercial truck drivers to maintain safety behind the wheel. Fortunately, Louisiana lawmakers take the dangers of commercial vehicle accidents very seriously, and regularly examine the law to find ways it might be altered to save lives.

Drugs On The Highway

While it's no secret that truck drivers are held to a higher standard of professionalism, the means used to achieve results can be disturbing. In the past, there was a commonly held belief that long-haul drivers were forced to use amphetamines to maintain a higher level of production. Staying awake all night to beat a tight deadline might require chemical aids. And while many drivers might rely on coffee, soda or energy drinks, still others might rely on illegal methods.

Ladder falls can create several kinds of liability

Ladder falls are a very common way that individuals can suffer very serious injuries. However, in many cases where private citizens slip and fall on ladders, determining who may hold legal liability (and more specifically what party may actually be able to pay for damages) can be very difficult. Often, a ladder fall may not qualify as a premises liability suit, and if it does, the suit may be against the estate of an individual, rather than against the individual's insurer. Of course, each case is different, and it is always wise to consult with an experienced attorney who understands the specific laws of Louisiana before moving forward.

Can I file a wrongful death suit for an unemployed person?

When a person you love is killed before his or her time, a wrongful death suit is often appropriate. However, despite the immense loss of the one you love, it may be difficult to understand how a wrongful death may proceed if the person who was killed never held a job. Wrongful death suits primarily reward survivors some monetary approximation of income lost because of the death, but a person who did not provide income still has value.

Appeals court rules in favor of victim's children

The fourth circuit court of appeals, which covers Louisiana, recently rejected a motion to reduce damages awarded to the survivors of a man killed by a collapsing wall. The court chose to uphold the lower court's decision, moving forward with the nearly $1 million award to the children of the man killed in the accident.

Woman sues animal shelter in unique product liability suit

Product liability suits are not merely constrained to defective home products or dangerously false advertising. A case currently playing out in Iowa may have interesting implications for the legal community as well as animal shelters throughout the country.

Donut shop faces wrongful death suit

Wrongful death suits can arise nearly anywhere, but some still manage to surprise. In a sad turn of events for a business built on offering joy than heartache, a Louisiana donut shop is facing a wrongful death from a man from Georgia. The suit demonstrates just how a wrongful death suit may not be limited to the places you'd expect.

Motorcyclists face unique dangers

Riding a motorcycle presents some specific risks that other motorists may never have to endure or consider. If you ride a motorcycle, you should always understand these risks before getting on your bike and hitting the open road, for your safety and the safety of others around you.

Wiman sues New Orleans medical care facility after injury

A woman living in New Orleans has filed a lawsuit claiming that the health care facility where she lives is not, in fact, qualified to operate as a health care provider according to the stipulations of the Louisiana Medical Malpractice Act. Her suit alleges that the facility and its staff are guilty of negligence in their medical care, following a painful incident that occurred last summer.

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