What to Do After an Earthquake

Posted by on Jul 8, 2017 in Natural Disasters | 0 comments

We have all heard it before. During an earthquake, you are recommended to stay under a table and hold on until the shaking stops. This can protect you from any debris or collapsing parts of the house. But what are you going to do after the earthquake? It seems like the after part has always been overlooked.

Check for injuries

The first thing you should do is to check yourself and the others around you, whether they are family members or officemates, of any injuries. It is important to know your condition and how you have managed the natural disaster, because it can also determine how you are going to act.

If there are injuries, tend to them if they are manageable, but it is better to call for authorities. However, take note that many may be calling the authorities as well.

Check the lines

Even after the earthquake has passed, there are still possible hazards around you, and one of those hazards involve damages from your utilities, including your electric, gas, and water lines. Make sure to check them for damages, and to prevent fires, explosions, and other risks that may arise from these damages, be sure to turn them off.

You should pay particular attention to gas. If you can smell gas, it is best not to attempt to fix it, leave the windows and doors open, and leave the area.

Look for structural damages

Structural damage is another hazard you should be concerned about, especially those that may be severe enough to cause collapse. Take a good look at the walls and ceilings for cracks. You may not be an expert on buildings, but some damage may be obvious even for a non-professional.

Leave damaged buildings and stay away from damaged walls.

Turn on the news

Get access to local news immediately, so you will have an idea of what really happened and how the local authorities are acting. You should always follow the recommendation of local authorities. If they advised you to stay away near shores, do so. If they advised you to evacuate, do so.

The best way to get into the news is through the radio.

Call your insurance

After everything is said and done, you also have to think about the financial aspect of things. Call your insurance and inform them of what happened. However, it is best to not be extensive until you have properly appraised the value of your property and assessed the damages, so you know the rightful compensation.

According to the website of K2 Consulting & Services, insurance providers may send their own adjusters to estimate damages, and they may not be as extensive as you would like. So, it is better to have an idea of the value of your property and damage first yourself.

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Bicyclists: How to Stay Safe

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Bicycles have various advantages. Compared to other modes of transportation, they cost less and require less maintenance. They also promote fitness and avoid pollution. Because of these advantages, many Americans have bicycles as their transportation method of choice, especially if their destinations are not that far. This has one negative consequence – many Americans are also at risk of bicycle accidents and injuries.
According to the website of this Fort Worth personal injury attorney at the Benton Law Firm, those who have been hurt in bicycle accidents because of somebody else may have legal options, such as getting compensation. This means that, legally, bicyclists and other motorists on the road should ensure that no bicycle accidents happen.

Before the Ride

There are some safety tips you can follow before and during the ride to minimize the risks of accidents. Before the ride, it is important to consider the following:

  • Wear the right gears – There is a reason why bicyclists you see on the road always wear helmets and pads for their elbows and knees. These are their only protection in case an accident occurs.
  • Inspect your bicycle – Bicycle defects are some of the most overlooked causes of accidents, especially those that involve bike frames, brakes, pedals, and tires. Always check for damages before riding.
  • Make sure you are visible – If you are going to a place with limited lighting, make sure that you will be visible to other motorists. You can do this by wearing reflective clothing and having functional bicycle lights.
  • Avoid impairments – Don’t consume products that may physically or mentally impair you, such as alcohol, illicit drugs, and medications.

During the Ride

  • Follow traffic rules – The most basic thing you can do is to follow traffic rules. They are implemented to ensure the safety of all kinds of people on the road, including bicyclists.
  • Be mindful of obstructions and slip hazards – Compared to other vehicles, bicycles are more vulnerable to small obstructions like traffic cones and rocks and slip hazards like leaves, because their tires are smaller and thinner, and therefore they are more likely to crash even on simple things. Watch out for these.
  • Be alert – Be alert of possible collisions, especially on intersections and turning maneuvers. Also be particularly wary of pedestrians who suddenly cross the street and vehicle doors that suddenly open.
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Not all Children’s Toys Meet CPSC Standards

Posted by on Feb 11, 2017 in CPSC Standards | 0 comments

Every year, around 3,000 to 5,000 locally made or imported new toys are introduced and made available in the market. Due to this number of toys, plus all the other products under the jurisdiction of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), consumers, most especially parents, should know that the CPSC cannot test all toys, and that not all toys on store shelves meet CPSC standards.

To keep harmful and injurious toys out of children’s reach, the government has passed federal regulations against use of toxic substances, such as lead paint, and choking parts, like magnets and small parts. Despite these regulations, however, toys that contain these harmful elements continue to slip through and show up on store shelves, continuously putting children’s lives in great potential danger.

There are more than 15,000 different types of products in and around the home and schools that are under the watch of the CPSC. The CPSC is tasked to protect the American public from unreasonable risks of injuries or death associated with the use of consumer products. It accomplishes this task by:

  • Banning any type of consumer product that causes danger or has the potential to cause danger;
  • Issuing product recalls; and,
  • Formulating product safety requirements.

Monitoring over 15,000 different types of products, however, but with only 163 employees (as of March 2012), the CPSC finds it very difficult, if not impossible, to police or test every toy in order to make sure that defective and dangerous ones never make it to store shelves.

Making sure that children’s toys are safe is, first and foremost, the duty of manufacturers. It is these toy makers’ legal responsibility to comply with the standards set by the CPSC, standards which require children’s toys to be free of choking and strangulation hazards, excessively loud noise, projectiles and small parts, like magnets, which may be swallowed, sharp edges that can cause cuts, punctures or lacerations, and toxic chemicals (such as lead, cadmium and phthalates or toxic additives). When buying a toy for their kids, parents have to guard against and keep away from electric toys, and toys with: button batteries and buckyballs (tiny magnets); cords and strings, which can cause strangulation; sharp edges; small parts; loud noises, which can damage hearing; sharp points; and, propelled objects, such as arrows, darts, missiles, and other projectiles.

According to the law firm Mazin & Associates, PC, “When a defective product has caused injury to you or a member of your family, it can be incredibly distressing. It is especially frustrating if you later learn that such an ordeal could have been prevented if certain parties had not acted negligently. To make a claim against a defective product, you must prove that you were not mishandling or misusing the product in a way that would cause injury or negative side effects.” A seasoned personal injury lawyer may be able to help greatly in a legal pursuit against the maker of a defective toy.

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Safety Equipment Every Boat Must Have

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Boating Safety | 0 comments

Boating provides people with a great way to explore the sea. However, while it can be a fun experience, boating trips are also full of risks. For this reason, boat owners need to ensure the safety of all your passengers. One of the best ways you can keep everyone safe while exploring the sea is to have the necessary safety equipment.

According to the website of Hankey Law Office, not having safety equipment on your boat can jeopardize the security of guests. Here are some of the most important safety equipment your boat must have:

Floatation Device

The life jacket in your boat must comply with the US Coast Guard requirements. You must have one approved Type I, II, III, or V floatation device to board on water skis, tubes, etc.

Visual Distress Signal

Boats must also have its own visual distress signal (VDS). The VDS must contain one orange distress flag and one electric distress light, or three hand-held floating orange smoke signals and an electric distress flight, three combination red flares, and others.

Fire Extinguisher

For boats that have inboard engines, it is necessary to have one marine type fire extinguisher. In the case of motor boats, it should be not less than 26 feet long. Again, the fire extinguisher should be approved by the US Coast Guard.

Ventilation

There should be two ventilation ducts effective enough to ventilate every compartment containing gasoline engine and/or tank. The exception is those who have boats with permanently installed tanks.

Sound Producing Device

Sound producing devices are designed to make a sound signal. It does not make sounds for human produced noise

Navigation Lights

Navigation lights are necessary for displaying sunset or sunrise

These are just some safety equipment that you need to have to ensure the safety of your passengers or yourself as well.

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Subsys: A Powerful and Powerfully Addictive Opioid (Narcotic) Pain Medicine

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in Subsys Spray Lawsuit | 0 comments

Medication Guide for prescription drugs that contain fentanyl warn users against misuse of these drugs, as well as against giving this drug to children or any one whose pain is not cancer related and who is not opioid tolerant, otherwise, the consequences can be fatal.

Subsys is one of the drugs that bears this warning. Though approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of late-stage breakthrough cancer pain, the FDA also strictly orders that it should only be given to cancer patients who have developed a tolerance for opioid drugs.

Subsys was introduced by Insys Therapeutics, Inc. in 2012. This sublingual spray medication contains fentanyl, an extremely potent opioid painkiller that is 80 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. Fentanyl is usually the next option when morphine and other types of painkillers can no longer provide relief from breakthrough pain due to cancer. Being a powerful and powerfully addictive opioid (narcotic) pain medicine, Subsys is declared as a federally controlled substance (CII) due to the high possibility of it being misused and abused.

Despite claims that Subsys effectively controls breakthrough cancer pain and Insys Therapeutics’ expressed commitment to developing products for the supportive care of patients, more that 250 individuals have already died, with their deaths being reported (to the FDA’s Adverse Events Reporting System) as adverse reaction (with another drug) triggered by Subsys.

There are many other side-effects associated with the use of Subsys, including nausea, vomiting, somnolence, constipation,respiratory depression (which can lead to apnea),circulatory depression, hypotension, shock, slow heart rate, feeling like passing out, loss of appetite, dizziness, worsening tiredness or weakness, and fatal breathing problems.

According to a Subsys attorney, so many individuals, who are not even cancer patients, have been prescribed with Subsys due to Insys Therapeutics’ aggressive marketing strategy and claim that their drug may be used for non-approved treatments (or off-label use).

Those who have been harmed by Subsys, especially those who, in the first place, should not have been prescribed with this drug, should file a lawsuit to bring this drug’s manufacturer, as well as those who inappropriately prescribe this drug, to justice.

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