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Understanding the effects of whiplash

Although there are many ways for a person to experience whiplash, one of the most common explanations involves being in a car accident. Some reports estimate that as many as two million people suffer from whiplash each year in the United States alone. 

Whiplash occurs when soft tissue in the neck becomes damaged. In an auto wreck, a person's head jerks back and forth suddenly with immense force. It can cause ligaments and muscles in the neck and shoulders to tear or bruise. In extreme cases, bones can break or bruise. Therefore, it is critical to seek medical attention immediately after a car crash to limit symptoms. 

4 injuries welders may be susceptible to

Welding is among the most dangerous jobs. It can be lucrative, but you face exposure to a range of risks that people in other professions never have to worry about. Nonetheless, yours is an important occupation. 

According to the United States Department of Labor, OSHA is actively working to reduce the many risks that welders face. In the meantime, you should be aware of the injuries that welders are particularly susceptible to. If you are a welder who suffers an on-the-job injury, you have rights and legal recourse.

How do you protect yourself against an attractive nuisance claim?

Like many homeowners in Texas, you are proud of your yard and property. Also like many residents living in a warmer environment, you have a swimming pool and other features to make it comfortable to relax outside. While this is convenient and enjoyable for you and your family, you might not have considered that some of the features on your property might be dangerous for neighborhood children.

Children should not be trespassing in the first place, you reason. Why should it be your problem if a kid sustains an injury on your property when he or she was not supposed to be there? Although your argument might make sense, you need to remember that the law might not side with you if you failed to take precautions to make your property inaccessible to children.

3 common anesthesia errors

If you have ever had to undergo medical treatment that involved the use of anesthesia, or if you have ever had to watch a loved one do so, you may have a firm understanding of just how nerve-wracking it can be. Anesthesiologists must exercise extreme care and use very precise measurements when treating patients using anesthesia, or a wealth of problems and complications can result.

Many anesthesia-related errors occur because of similar circumstances, and many anesthesia mistakes involve:

Roundup: kills weeds, could kill you, too

Spring is here in Texas, and with it comes weeds. Whether you are a farmer with crops in the ground or a homeowner with a lawn and garden, weeds somehow sprout up everywhere you do not want them. You must constantly kill them, and you may use Roundup, Monsanto’s flagship weed killer, to do so.

However, a 2015 study conducted by a World Health Organization agency reported that glyphosate, Roundup’s main ingredient, is a probable carcinogen. Since then, nearly 1,000 lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto claiming that it causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a deadly type of cancer.

Common household objects can present a premises liability hazard

When you are checking out a potential daycare or preschool, taking your child to a playdate at a friend’s house or childproofing your own home, you probably pay attention to such dangers as electrical outlets and hazardous items in cabinets. It can be easy to overlook objects that you would not suspect to present a threat, but could still be just as harmful. You and other parents in Texas should understand the potential hazards of heavy and unsecured household objects.

You are likely familiar with the tragic story of a little girl who was killed recently at a Payless shoe store when an improperly mounted wall mirror fell on her. Investigators believe the mirror was held in place by a single screw. This tragedy highlights the often-unconsidered risks of objects that could topple over or fall onto young children. To reduce the chances of your child being harmed by a common household object, you may take the following measures:

  • Ensure bulky picture frames and mirrors are mounted to wall studs at several points with sturdy nails or screws.
  • Place heavy decorative objects, such as stone vases, out of your child’s reach.
  • Only keep child-friendly items on low surfaces like coffee tables and side tables.
  • Do not let the cords of heavy appliances like microwave ovens dangle over countertops, where your child may use them to pull the appliance off the surface.
  • Secure tall cabinets, dressers and television sets to the wall with strong brackets specifically designed for furniture safety.
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