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jones act

Yes, a seaman may be entitled to money damages if he is injured in a maritime accident. The Jones Act specifically allows for a seaman to recover for injuries suffered during the course of his employment while at sea. The family of a seaman who is killed while he is employed at sea is also […]

jones act

If you have been injured on a commercial fishing or crabbing boat, while working on or near a dock, or some other vessel on the sea you may need to seek the help of a maritime injury attorney. He or she will make you aware of your rights and help you understand how best to […]

medical malpractice

The four elements of negligence in medical malpractice law are duty, breach, injury, and damages. A medical malpractice attorney must prove that each of these four elements exists to have a winning case. Medical Malpractice: Negligence Duty A duty of care is owed to the patient once a doctor/patient relationship is established. The physician has […]

sauna safety tips

Spending time in a sauna is a relatively safe and, many would argue, a health-promoting activity. The world was shocked in August, 2010 when a man died in that year’s World Sauna Championships in Finland. There were more than 100 participants in the championship, which was setup in 1999 to celebrate a tradition that goes […]

tip-over accident

In an effort to curb childhood deaths and injuries from tip-over accidents, in June 2015, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) launched a national public education campaign called “Anchor It!”. Tip-over accidents from TVs and other furniture are one of the top hidden hazards in the home. Parents should try to look at their […]

airplane safety

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) strongly recommends that parents keep their infants and toddlers strapped into a government-approved child safety restraint system (CRS) or device. It is not certain that a parent can hold an infant securely in their arms throughout a flight, especially during unexpected turbulence. It can also be difficult to keep toddlers […]

child restraint

When Washington State upgraded its booster seat law in 2007 it was awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s top rating. This law is designed to keep toddlers and children safe in the event of a car accident by attempting to hold them in their seat. Without a booster seat, a child can be flung […]

child restraint

Washington State’s Infant and Toddler Car Seat Laws The American Academy of Pediatrics updated their recommendations for car and booster seats in March of 2011, as follows: Keep infants and toddlers in rear-facing car seats until at least two years old (previously one year old*) or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed […]

car seat safety

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 46 percent of children ride in car seats that are incorrectly installed in such ways that crash protection is reduced. One of the most common forms of poor car seat installation and use is loose harness straps. In Bellingham winters, most days are cold enough […]

winter road conditions

How do poor weather conditions affect car accidents on roadways? Poor weather can create visibility impairments and affect vehicle performance through lost traction, stability and maneuverability. It may also create road hazards that can delay travel, close roads, and increase the risk of car accidents. Poor Weather Conditions have an impact on road safety On […]