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Treating a dog bite injury

Louisiana residents who run afoul of aggressive dogs will have to take quick action to care for their injuries. If they don't, infections can occur, and the injury a person ends up dealing with could be much more of a headache than it otherwise would have been.

WebMD has a section dedicated to the treatment of dog bite wounds. If a person has been bitten, they should first compress the area with a towel to prevent further bleeding. The area should also be cleaned and, if possible, elevated above the heart level. Bandages should be applied to keep the wound sterile, as well as antibiotic ointments. Despite how serious or mild a person thinks a dog bite is, it might be best to see a doctor about it as well.

The ongoing risk of distracted driving

Most residents in Louisiana have likely heard people talk about distracted driving and how dangerous it can be. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that a 2015 study by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis found that over 1,000 injuries and one death on U.S. roads per day are attributed to distracted driving. 

While the local and national focus on distracted driving has largely centered around handheld use of mobile phones, it is important for people to understand that there are many other forms of distraction that are equally as dangerous. In additional to manual distractions that take a driver's hands off the steering wheel, visual and cognitive distractions take a person's eyes and minds away from driving which can be highly risky.

What do drivers need to know about railroad crossing safety?

You know that school buses always stop at train track crossings before moving on, regardless of the caution lights being on or not. You don’t need to be quite as cautious when driving across the railroad tracks, you tell yourself, as long as you are careful enough. However, you and other Louisiana residents should understand that it may be easier to get in an accident with a train than you might think.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development points out that our state is fourth in the country for highway-rail crossing deaths: 13 people died in railroad crossing accidents in Louisiana in 2015. Most fatalities involve someone trespassing on the tracks or a driver attempting to beat a train. You may want to take note of the following safety tips:

  • Always yield to an oncoming train at a railroad crossing.
  • Stop behind the safety arm or warning lights, and never stop over the tracks at a red light.
  • Never try to beat a train across the tracks.
  • Don’t walk on railroad tracks; this is trespassing and can earn you a fine.
  • Only cross the tracks on foot at designated points, and remember that trains are at least three feet wider than either side of the tracks.

Racial discrimination alleged in class action suit

Even though it is now 2018 and the topic of racial equity and discrimination has been highlighted for a long time in the United States, people in Louisiana continue to experience unfair treatment possibly related to the color of their skin. In some situations, this discrimination can impact multiple people or groups versus just a single individual at one time. When this happens, those people may choose to band together to take action.

This is precisely what one group of African American farmers have done recently. According to reports from AGWeb.com, a new class-action lawsuit has been filed by the group against a company from which they all purchased soybean seeds. After experiencing incredibly low yield crops, the farmers had the seeds tested at a university and learned that the seeds were not actually the ones they believed they had been buying or had paid for.

What to know before renting

When Louisiana residents decide to rent a house, they may sometimes be so excited about moving into a new home that they may not always consider the fine details. There are a few things people should usually make sure they do when they rent a property.

Realtor.com says that people should read their lease before they sign it. This document typically contains all of the fine details about a house, such as the ways tenants can decorate and who is liable for damage to the property. It is important for people to understand all of these details and ask questions. Many people may think they are finished once they sign the lease. However, people usually need to make sure they set up the utilities. It is a good idea to speak to the landlord if people are not sure which utilities they will be responsible for.

How do you report nursing home neglect?

As a resident in Louisiana with aging relatives, you likely rely on a nursing home to help meet the needs of your loved ones. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes are the same, and your loved ones may experience abuse or even neglect. But what do you do once you suspect abuse or neglect is occurring?

Medicare has a list of things to do when reporting nursing home problems, which can include suspicions or abuse or neglect. The first step is to speak with the staff, as they may not even be aware of the fact that a problem exists. However, if you do speak with staff and the problem is not resolved there, then you can make a report to a higher authority. This can include:

  • Social workers
  • Director of nursing
  • The supervisor
  • Your doctor
  • The administrator

What should you know about class action lawsuits?

As a resident of Louisiana, you have the option to participate in state or countrywide class action lawsuits. But what are they? Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South, LLP, is here to explain the basics of class action lawsuits.

A class action lawsuit takes place when one or more people sue an entity on behalf of a group of people. Every member of the group must share the same or similar complaints, and their number must be high enough to make it inefficient to take each claim to court one by one.

What should you know about Zofran?

Louisiana residents who have used Zofran may have heard that legal actions have been taken against its parent company. But why were these actions taken? Is Zofran unsafe? And if you have suffered from negative side effects because of Zofran, can you receive compensation?

Zofran is an anti-nausea medication that was originally marketed for women who were undergoing chemotherapy. However, later on, it became marketed illegally as anti-nausea aids for pregnant women who had morning sickness. Unfortunately, because of this off-label use, some pregnant women discovered that their children had birth defects.

Even if you walk away from a car crash, seek medical care

Perhaps you were never involved in a vehicle accident until a hefty SUV rear-ended your small hybrid. You felt a bit shaky as a result, but otherwise the only serious damage appeared to be to your car.

Symptoms of physical damage may not show up right away, and even if you feel fine after a collision, you should consider going for a medical evaluation.

What are myths and truths about post-crash insurance?

Louisiana residents who get into a car crash will soon have to deal with insurance companies. You may have heard warnings about this before, or stories about how tricky handling insurance can be. While some of these tales may be true, some can also be fabricated or exaggerated. Here are some true facts and untrue popular myths or misconceptions about dealing with an insurance company after a crash.

FindLaw lists the basics of making an insurance claim after a crash. This includes quick reporting and contacting the at-fault driver, if you were not at fault. Many people believe that you need to act quickly when reporting an insurance claim and this is true. Most companies require the crash to be reported within 24 hours. 

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