Working on board a ship or other vessel is a difficult job. Not only are you often isolated for weeks or even months at a time but you are also confined to a small area and working around very dangerous equipment. It is no surprise the maritime industry is one of the most dangerous in Louisiana. When you work in this industry, you really cannot rely solely on someone else to keep you safe. You need to watch out for yourself.
Louisiana drivers are well aware that they share the highways and freeways with large trucks. Of course they are careful when passing them and never cut back in front of them too quickly, but what they might not be aware of is that approximately 10 percent of highway deaths involve a large truck. So says the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Imagine being on the highway during a busy rush hour. You already don't like being on the roads with truck drivers, and now they're all around you. You're being extremely cautious, but in only a few minutes, you've noticed drivers changing lanes without using their turn signals and weaving in and out of traffic.
Accidents in construction zones are unfortunately a common occurrence in Louisiana. Construction zones are a dangerous place due to the nature of the work and the many dangerous machines and equipment used. However, accidents can often be prevented through the vigilance of employers, workers and others around construction zones. Despite best efforts, though, accidents still occur all too often, many resulting in catastrophic injuries or death.
While you may be aware of the immediate effects of a spinal cord injury, there are more consequences that may occur. Paralysis is typically the immediate affect people think of when they think of the injuries due to spinal cord damage. The amount of paralysis and the other effects from the injury may depend on where the damage is located and whether it is complete or incomplete.