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Lithium Battery Explosions on Planes
Every 10 or 11 days, a lithium-ion battery causes a fire on an airplane in the United States. Flight crews are trained on how to handle these fires, but questions remain about the safety of devices powered by Li-ion batteries. These batteries can malfunction when their thin internal separator is damaged and the anode and cathode make contact. When that happens, the battery short-circuits and begins to overheat, reaching temperatures of more than 1,000 degrees, at which point it may catch fire or explode. The Federal Aviation Administration requires all spare Li-ion batteries to be carried on-board, not stowed in luggage. Battery terminals must be covered with tape, or stored in packaging that prevents the…
Austin Personal Injury Lawyer
Consumer Reports’ latest Consumer Voices Survey found that, since January, consumer confidence has dropped 5 percentage points regarding healthcare, data privacy, and government regulation of the automobile industry. In January, 38 percent of respondents said they weren’t confident the government will hold automakers accountable for safety standards, but the April survey found 45 percent of respondents lacked confidence about this issue. Other notable changes from January to April include: Privacy and security of online information: In April, 70 percent lacked confidence about this issue, up from 65 percent in January. Access to quality healthcare: 41 percent of April respondents lacked confidence about their own healthcare access, up from 35 percent in January. Loved ones’ access…
Texas Auto Wreck Lawyer
Skid marks, a dented guardrail, and shards of red plastic on the road, when viewed together, tell a story. These remnants of traffic accidents can help investigators determine exactly what happened, but when a crash occurs, it may not occur to the parties involved to get pictures of the immediate surroundings. If you are involved in a car accident, or any other type of accident that causes injury, take as many pictures as possible. They might just help you, or your attorney, prove an important point. Documenting the Scene If you’re at the grocery store with a friend, and your friend slips, falls, and seriously injures her back, she might be angry if you snap…
TX Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer
Every June, during National Safety Month, the National Safety Council focuses on specific safety topics for each week. This year, the weekly topics are: Stand Up to Falls – week 1 Recharge to Be in Charge (dangers of fatigue) – week 2 Prepare for Active Shooters – week 3 Don’t Just Sit There (the importance of workplace ergonomics) – week 4 Road Safety for Workers (specifically for members of the NSC) – week 5. People who sign up online can access promotional materials, such as posters and tips sheets, for each of the first four topics; only members have access to the week 5 materials. Read on to learn more about some of the safety…
Texas Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Do you need medication to control your blood pressure? According to Consumer Reports, the answer depends on whom you ask. Blood pressure consists of two measurements – systolic pressure and diastolic pressure. The normal systolic pressure range is 90 to 120, and the normal diastolic range is 60 to 80. Consumer Reports says that the American College of Physicians recommends blood pressure medications for people age 60 and older only if systolic pressure is above 150, whereas the American Heart Association advocates blood pressure medicine when systolic pressure exceeds 140. High blood pressure and high LDL cholesterol levels increase one’s risk for heart attack and stroke. When LDL cholesterol levels are high, doctors may recommend…
Texas Workplace Injury Attorney
Before the age of cell phones and computers, most of the United States workforce reported to work at a certain time, and when they clocked out and came home, they put the workday behind them. But today, many people seem to be always “on the clock” – for example, checking email after dinner and before bedtime. Maintaining that kind of hectic lifestyle may undermine healthy sleep patterns. So, in an effort to accomplish more in a day – to be more productive – workers may be missing out on valuable hours of sleep, which in turn makes them less productive throughout the day. Most adults of working age need seven to nine hours of sleep…
Texas Teen Driving Accident Attorney
Memorial Day is a time for remembering fallen service members. It’s also the unofficial start of summer, with people firing up their backyard grills in record numbers, and kids heading to water parks and community pools on opening day. But the holiday weekend also marks the beginning of what traffic safety experts call the “100 Deadliest Days.” In June 2016, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported that in the previous five years, 5,000 people died in crashes involving teens, during a 100-day period beginning on Memorial Day. The foundation also reported that distracted driving is a factor in about 60 percent of crashes involving teens. If you have a teen driver in your family,…
Texas Motorcycle Injury Lawyer
The Republic of Texas Biker Rally is the largest ticketed-admission motorcycle rally in the United States, drawing upwards of 40,000 visitors every year. The four-day event – which, this year, is June 8 through 11 – is normally a peaceful gathering. But every year, there are least a handful of incidents that require police involvement. If you’re participating in ROT Rally this year, or attending as a spectator, make sure you’re aware of the kinds of incidents that have happened in the past, so you can steer clear of danger. Previous ROT Rally Accidents and Arrests The 2014 ROT Rally was the first since 2009 to end without a motorcycle-crash fatality. But there were at…
Texas Medical Mistake Lawyer
If you were headed to the hospital to undergo surgery, you probably wouldn’t want your surgeon to be sleep-deprived and sluggish. But two studies have found that sleep deprivation isn’t the biggest threat, when it comes to increasing the risk of medical error. Rudeness toward medical staff has been proven to cause more medical errors than sleeplessness. One study conducted in Israel, set up two types of training scenarios, each involving a neonatal intensive care unit medical team, attempting to resolve a medical crisis involving an infant. Each scenario also included a person pretending to be one of the infant’s parent. For the control groups, the parent said something about being worried. For the test…
Texas Brain Injury Lawyer
A mild brain injury may result in a headache that improves after a few days, but a traumatic brain injury that causes bleeding on the brain may be fatal without immediate surgery. The challenge for doctors is that these vastly different injuries may, at first, cause the same symptoms. A cranial topography scan can detect brain bleed and hematomas (blood clots). But first, a patient must be transported to a hospital and examined by a doctor before the doctor orders a CT scan and waits for the results. Researchers in Sweden say they may have a way to speed up the diagnostic process for TBI: a helmet that uses microwave signals to assess the severity…