The cruise is a very popular vacation choice, boasting over 20 million passengers per year globally. With almost 14 million of those passengers being Americans, it is clear that the United States keeps the cruise business afloat. And in return, the U.S. sees over $37 billion each year pumped into its economy. The relationship between the cruise industry and the United States is definitely symbiotic, but it could begin to decline if health and safety issues are not swiftly corrected aboard many of the major ships visiting U.S. ports. Read the rest »
Seattle is a popular launching point for many of the world’s biggest cruise lines. It’s the home base for Holland America, and sees arrivals and departures from Carnival, Norwegian, Celebrity, and Royal Caribbean International. With so many cruise ships in Seattle ports and Puget Sound, you’d think the issue of cruise ship safety comes up a lot.
But it usually doesn’t—until someone gets hurt. Read the rest »
Emerging onto the high-tech recreational scene just a couple of years ago, hoverboards were all the rage—with consumers and in emergency rooms. That’s right: the hottest gift of the last few holiday seasons could end up sending you or your kids to the hospital with some serious injuries.
In case you didn’t know, “hoverboards,” or self-balancing scooters, are two-wheeled battery-powered devices that you ride like a sideways skateboard. To move forward, you lean forward; to move backward, you lean backward; to stop, you stand up straight. What could go wrong? Did we mention that they can travel at a clip of 10 to 12 miles per hour and be stopped by something as small as a twig or a crack in the sidewalk? Read the rest »
Traveling is an American tradition. Each year, millions of families across the country buckle up and head off to visit family members and friends in other cities and states. For all the excitement, traveling does come with a certain degree of risk. In unfamiliar settings, drivers are more likely to have accidents, and in unfamiliar towns, you may not know who to contact if you are injured. If you intend to go out of town in the coming months, or anytime for that matter, keep reading to learn how you can stay safe and avoid trouble.
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When patients visit a hospital or clinic, they typically need urgent care. Things like prescription refills and regular check-ups can all be taken care of by a family doctor, but when there’s an emergency, people head to the nearest emergency room or urgent care facility. But even when in distress, once patients get there they often have to wait, sometimes hours! This is seen both around Washington and the rest of the country, so why is it such a big problem?
Of course, the most obvious problem with long waiting times is that any condition might get worse the longer it’s left untreated. Conditions that are easily preventable and treatable, such as asthma, might not be that difficult to treat when the patient first comes in. But if that patient is left to wait, their breathing might become increasingly short and shallow, and soon they might not be able to get any air at all. In cases of severe cuts or scrapes, any time that passes is time that infection can set in, making the entire situation worse, and creating new conditions on top of the initial problem.
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The recent news of a fatal drowning at a Seattle-area waterpark
has once again highlighted the dangers posed by bodies of water of all kinds. Over the past ten years for which the CDC has data,
the United States saw an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) each year. That is just about ten per day. An additional 332 people died each year from drownings in boating-related incidents
Children are especially prone to such accidents. More data from the CDC: almost one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger; and for every child fatality from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. Read the rest »
Medical devices can improve or save lives. However, sometimes these devices fail, are misused, or are defective. Knowing your patient rights and responsibilities can help you find a personal injury lawyer who can aid you in recovering losses from defective medical devices.
Types of Defective Medical Devices
Many medical devices can cause injuries. Some medical devices that can have defects are breast implants, eye implants, transvaginal meshes, pacemakers, stents, and artificial joints such as hip replacements. Of these devices, metal-on-metal hip replacements have the most failure rates. The failure rates are two to three times higher than hip replacements with other materials. Complications with metal-to-metal hip replacements are bone fractures and dislocations, causing consequences such as inability to walk. Surgeries to correct problems occur frequently. Other complications of metal-to-metal hip replacements are tiny metal fragments from the metal rubbing together being released into the blood. This damages tissues around the joint and causing pain. Read the rest »
There may be nothing worse than watching your child have to endure an injury, no matter what kind it is. Numerous Seattle parents go through this every year when their children get hurt while playing their favorite sports. Though some bumps and bruises are to be expected, proper precautions should always be taken to avoid ending up in the emergency room. Whether participating in an organized school or recreational activity, your children should be kept as safe from harm as possible. Unfortunately, the negligent actions of those who are supposed to be protecting youth athletes can result in serious, sometimes even life-altering, injuries.
Many of the sports-related injuries that children sustain are found to have been preventable. In cases like this, the careless party may be held accountable and ordered to pay restitution. Read the rest »
is a devastating condition that can radically change the lives of the victim and their family. Victims suffering a paralyzing injury need extensive medical treatment, physical therapy, and other types of long-term care. They will likely need to use a wheelchair or other assistive devices. In many cases, they may have to find a new job, or they may possibly not be able to work at all. Paralysis comes with severe physical, emotional and financial hardships that can be difficult to overcome.
Here are three major types of catastrophic injuries that can lead to paralysis:
• Traumatic brain injuries – Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) result in permanent neurobiological damage that can produce lifelong difficulties of varying degrees. It affects nearly 1.4 million Americans per year. Of that number, 50,000 will die, 235,000 will be hospitalized, and more than 80,000 will be left with life-long disabilities, such as paralysis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. TBI accounts for 23 percent of paralysis victims in the U.S. Read the rest »
Construction sites are intrinsically dangerous, despite worker and employer precautions. Working at places where sharp tools, heavy equipment, and being at tall heights are common can put workers into dangerous situations. Knowing your rights as a worker can help you recover medical and other costs from injuries sustained at a construction site.
Types of Construction Accidents
According to the Washington Department of Labor & Industries, the most common types of construction accidents that lead to injuries are being caught in, between, or under objects where the body is pinched, squeezed, or crushed by machinery, falls from elevations such as roofs, ladders, or other heights, and falls from the same level such as slipping, tripping, or falling on a flat surface. Other injuries are being struck by or against a stationary object or hit by moving objects. This includes noise injuries to the ear. Read the rest »