Burns are Physically and Emotionally Painful Injuries

Anyone who has had even the most superficial burn can attest to the fact it hurts, quite deeply in fact. Even for those who have never had a burn at all (those the number must be low), they still know this simply by the idea of being burned. There is a visceral reaction to the act of someone getting burned. Seeing in on-screen gets people to wince and turn away. Seeing one on a person produces a shudder and deep sympathy.

But, in this sense at least, a burn is like any other injury. After all, seeing a broken bone or dislocation produces the same reaction. People turn away, shudder, wince, express deep sympathy.

The difference lies in the long-term results of burns. When burns are serious, they leave a mark that most other injuries do not. A broken bone heals and it seems like nothing ever happened. A dislocation is the same way. Surgery leaves scars, but they are usually strategically placed and as small as possible so it is rare they leave the same marks as burns.

Burns do leave makes, and they are, of course, not strategically placed. In fact, burns often cover large swathes of skin. Since they cannot be minimized, they leave a permanent reminder of pain as well as a permanent cause of discomfort for others.

This would be bad enough, but there is a psychological toll that can be taken by having an injury so viscerally exposed. There is, of course, the initial feels of ugliness and self-disgust that come from burns, but there is also a difficulty in being able to emotionally move on from what must always be a traumatic event. Whereas other injuries, by healing completely, can in some sense move away from the center of the conscious mind, burns remain present to the mind whenever there is a mirror nearby. They are inescapable.

Such emotional pain is harder to heal than for other injuries. This fact should mean more attention is paid to those who suffer from burns. On a personal level, more effort should be made to help friends or family members who have suffered serious burns to adapt to life and come to terms with their physical change. For those in the medical community, more should be done to urge burn victims to seek psychological help. Psychologists can help equip burn victims with the tools necessary to move past the worst of their emotional troubles.

There is also a burden on legal professionals to do more to press cases where burns are the fault of others. Law firms that deal with burn injuries should prosecute cases severely and look for maximum damages in order to help limit future burn victims. Receiving compensation could also provide some needed closure for victims.

Everyone can do more to help those struggling to return to a normal life after suffering serious burns. Taken together, these efforts can reduce the burden to heal on the victim and can help ensure more is done to help healing go more than skin deep.

What you need to know about proper tree inspections

The biggest question to ask when surveying trees near one’s house is: are my trees safe? If a low hanging or leaning tree falls on your house, it will take down the house with it. A tree shouldn’t cause tens of thousands of dollars in property damage if it was easily avoidable. A tree should be a benefit to its community and local environment. Ideally, a certified tree expert or arborist should come out and inspect each tree. However, we can run down some key things to look out for when inspecting one’s own trees.

The most important thing is to make sure one’s trees are not particularly low hanging or leaning as we have previously mentioned. The property costs alone are staggering. If a tree in your yard falls on your neighbor’s property, determining who is at fault can be a legal nightmare. There are other risks besides tree falling and property damage. The International Society of Arborists (or ISA) outlines a list of risk factors to look out for when owning a tree.

  • A tree having a forked trunk
  • A tree in a wet with shallow soil
  • Open trunk or branch cavity
  • Nearby and potentially hazardous electrical lines
  • Branches that are broken or partially attached to the trunk

There are many more risks to look out of. A tree inspection is to make sure that the tree is healthy but also that the tree doesn’t harm you or your property. Hamlin Tree Care recommends having one’s trees inspected every three to fours years. Since trees live hundreds of years, this is a good frequency of inspection. There are always many different fungi and diseases that can destroy a tree from the inside. Oak Wilt is a disease that affects oak trees in central Texas and was considered an epidemic back in the 90’s. It spreads through the root system to neighboring trees and is almost always fatal. Oak wilts telltale sign is that is premature changes a healthy tree’s color to brown regardless of the season.

Trees create their own ecosystems around them and breath life into every living thing. It’s vital that they are checked every year or so for any issues that may be brewing within their bark. Doing a preliminary inspection as a homeowner can be beneficial in pointing out the problem to an arborist. Arborists know exactly what to look out for when inspecting a tree. Many diseases and pests are within the tree or the root system and need special equipment to diagnose properly.When you have a tree in your yard, you’re taking on the responsibility to keep a piece of nature healthy. It can be a lot of work, but also very rewarding. If a tree is potentially dangerous or sickly it’s not the end of the world. It’s an arborists job to ensure that a tree can be as healthy as it can and back to swaying in the wind.

When you have a tree in your yard, you’re taking on the responsibility to keep a piece of nature healthy. It can be a lot of work, but also very rewarding. If a tree is potentially dangerous or sickly it’s not the end of the world. It’s an arborists job to ensure that a tree can be as healthy as it can and back to swaying in the wind.

What is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death occurs when a person loses his life because of another person, usually involving negligence, recklessness, or misconduct. In other words, a person has undeservingly died. The only positive thing that comes with a wrongful death is the possibility of the victim’s family members to receive compensation from the responsible party.
The website www.habush.com has listed the elements needed in a legitimate wrongful death case:

  • The death of a human being
  • Caused by negligence of another person, company, or entity
  • The survival of family members who are suffering monetary injury as a result of the death
  • The appointment of a personal representative for the decedent’s estate

The monetary injury stated above can come in many forms. First, there is the obvious medical costs while the person has not yet died and the funeral costs when he has finally succumbed. Second, there is the lost wages, especially if the victim is the primary financer in the family. Third, there is the lost benefits, including healthcare, social security, and pension plans.
Lost companionship, though considered as one of the damages of wrongful death, does not necessarily translate to compensation from the responsible party, but it helps as an argument in winning the case, and possibly, increasing the settlement.
But how does wrongful death even occur? Usually, it comes in the form of traffic accidents involving reckless drivers, medical accidents involving incompetent or negligent medical professionals, product accidents involving designers who have created inherently dangerous designs and manufacturers who have used poor materials and manufacturing techniques, premises accidents involving property owners who have failed to make their places safe, and workplace accidents involving employers who have failed to make safety regulations or supervisors who have failed to enforce the regulations.
Losing a loved one, especially because of somebody else’s fault, is always a tragic experience. But the legal concept called wrongful death at least gives surviving family members some hope that justice will be served.

Holding Cruise Ships Liable for Errors Committed by Their Medical Staff

Before 2014, many cruise companies that faced medical malpractice lawsuits were able to get these legal actions dismissed even before trial. Prior to 2014, courts decisions have always been in the favor of cruise companies, exempting them from any legal responsibility (even if the medical team that these have on board has failed to provide passengers the treatment they need) and telling patients that they should not demand from ships’ doctors and nurses the same level of medical care as on land; besides, ship doctors and nurses are beyond the direct control of cruise lines since they are private contractors.

This aura of immunity from medical malpractice is a result of decades of court decisions that have consistently acquitted cruise liners from medical negligence/liability. One case cruise companies rely upon is the 1988 Barbetta v. S.S. Bermuda Star lawsuit, wherein the court ruled that the duty of a carrier is to make sure that it employs a competent and duly qualified doctor; failure to do so would be violation of its duty. If the doctor hired, however, commits an act of (medical) negligence, then he/she alone, not the carrier, will be held accountable for whatever harm or injury such negligence results to.

A 2014 incident that occurred onboard one famous cruise ship, however, led judges to reconsider the soundness of exempting cruise ships from any medical liability. This is based on the following facts:

  • Doctors and nurses are presented as ship personnel or employees and that their wearing of the cruise ship uniform is direct proof of this;
  • Today’s cruise ships have advanced laboratories, intensive care units and technologies which will easily enable their medical personnel to link with medical experts on shore through live video conferencing; and,
  • Cruise ships take pride in their onboard medical center, making sure that this is included in their promotional materials.

Fortunately, the only treatment required by most travelers is remedy for bruises, indigestion, sea sickness and sun burns. But, though safe from any serious medical condition, they will definitely not be safe from expensive infirmary bills, which most health plans do not cover, by the way. As regards those whose condition really needs emergency attention (like drowning, stroke, heart attack, allergic reactions and appendicitis) the major issue is that most likely they will not receive the treatment they need on time or, even if they would be treated, in many instances, treatment will be from the hands of those who lack training or who are more panicky than in control of what they are doing.

In its website, the law firm Louis A. Vucci, PA, points out the unnecessary risk of injury suffered by many cruise passengers at the hands of members of a ship’s medical staff who lack training, especially for emergency situations, or who are not just capable of providing the standard of care that passengers should receive.

Though the laws governing cruise ship accidents are much more complex than the laws governing land accidents, there will always be a legal means for passengers, who get injured in cruise holidays, to get the compensation that they legally deserve. There are different ways through which injured passengers may seek and receive compensation; however, the best means may be by being represented by a highly-qualified cruise ship injury lawyer.

Slip and Fall Accidents in Schools

Tripping, slipping, and falling are very common accidents, and they may result into injuries such as head trauma, neck strains, back problems, fractures, especially in the arm, leg, and hip area, and sprains. Property owners may be held responsible for these kinds of accidents. According to the personal injury website alimokaramlawfirm.com, a negligent party may be held liable for the injury of an innocent party. In the case of tripping, slipping, and falling, the negligent party may be the property owner, and the innocent party may be the visitor.

This kind of accident can be very devastating for children, especially because they can be energetic and trigger a more forceful accident and they can be very fragile and get injured easily.

Indoor slip and fall

Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, may it be indoor or outdoor. They are generally triggered by certain factors. In the case of indoor slip and fall accidents, these factors include but are not limited to the following:

  • Cylindrical objects such as pencils, pens, and markers
  • Defective railings, stairs, escalators, and elevators
  • Loose cables
  • Obstructions like loose cabinets and chairs
  • Platforms and other elevated spaces
  • Slippery substances such as drinks and air condition leaks
  • Poor quality floor wax
  • Worn carpets and rugs
  • Outdoor slip and fall

Causes of outdoor slip and fall accidents are generally associated with the property owners’ poor maintenance. The factors that may be involved in outdoor slip and fall accidents include but are not limited to the following:

  • Buildup of snow and ice on the roof
  • Leaking pipes
  • Pile of leaves
  • Pool of water
  • Potholes and other uneven surfaces
  • Snow and ice on pavement
  • Trash and other debris
  • Duty of care

Schools have the duty of student safety, so if a student has been hurt, that duty is breached, and they may be held liable, especially if the injury has been sustained because of the schools’ negligence. School staff, such as teachers and janitors, should also know better. They should be aware of possible hazards and keep them away from the students.