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Car accidents often leave victims with hidden injuries

The first several moments after a car accident may involve many different emotions and sensations for the victims. If you recently experienced a car accident, you may have felt anger, surprise, fear and relief in a matter of seconds. For many accident victims, the sense of relief they feel after the initial shock of the experience can be more dangerous than they realize.

If a victim does not feel any pain or see signs of injury like bleeding or broken bones, they may assume that they got lucky and managed to survive the accident without any injuries at all. Unfortunately, a variety of injuries may not cause pain for several hours or even days after a car accident.

Proving that a truck was liable in a collision

If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a collision with a truck, you will know the pain and upset that such an event can cause. Trucks are huge vehicles, and as a result, they have the potential to cause a disastrous accident involving multiple vehicles.

If you believe that the truck was to blame for causing the accident and you want to claim the compensation that you deserve, you must waste no time in taking action. Trucking companies can be aggressive in defending themselves and their drivers, so it is vital that you can make a compelling case. The following are some ways that you may be able to show that a truck was responsible for causing an accident.

Who can you hold liable after a bus crash?

Bus accidents can result in severe injuries. These accidents may involve dozens of victims, and they can be disastrous.

As someone who was on a bus when it crashed, you may be unsure of how to pursue compensation. Do you seek it from the bus driver? What about their employer? Is it the driver who was at fault in another automobile that you should turn to for aid?

Oil rig workers face serious head injury risks

Oil rig workers face a lot of hazards at work, many of which are frightening. The risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury has to be taken seriously. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible to eliminate the risks that something will happen, but it is imperative that all employers in this industry take the time to reduce them as much as possible.

One way to minimize risk is to require workers to wear a hard hat when on the rig. This provides a level of cushion and some shock absorption that can protect the brain. Still, they might suffer a brain injury on the rig in a fall or if something strikes them on the head. Explosions are another risk on an oil rig that can lead to a traumatic brain injury.

Are you working in one of these dangerous oilfield jobs?

If you work in the oil and gas industry in Texas, you probably already know that you face danger every time you set foot in the oilfield. While this industry does carry significant risk, it also typically pays wages that make the risk worth it. However, not every oilfield job carries the same amount of risk. For instance, a geographic information system (GIS) specialist may not face the same kind of dangers as someone that does maintenance on the derrick.

Where does your oilfield stand compared to other positions? Are you at a greater risk of an on-the-job injury than other workers? You could be if you work in one the most dangerous oilfield jobs described below.

4 common dangers motorcycle riders face

There is no question about it, riding a motorcycle is exhilarating. The wind in your face, the open road stretched out in front of you and the promise of adventure around the next bend are some of the reasons why riding a motorcycle is so thrilling for many people. However, part of the thrill that comes with riding a motorcycle is the danger that is also involved which is why safety should always be a priority.

One of the best ways to stay safe when you are riding your motorcycle in Texas is to know the most common causes of accidents. Being aware of the common causes of motorcycle accidents can help you identify a threat and avoid it.

Child deaths: Understanding the possible outcomes

It's heartbreaking to imagine a child being killed, especially when the accident was preventable. Whether it's a child who was struck by a stranger's vehicle backing out of a driveway or one who was involved in a serious collision with their parents, the loss is something that will take time to recover from.

One thing parents can do after losing a child is file a wrongful death claim. Understandably, there is no amount of money that can bring back your loved one, and there's no amount that can assuage the monumental grief. However, families can seek compensation to help cover their financial losses related to the death of their loved ones.

The risks associated with oil and gas industries

While the government has many initiatives in place to try and keep all employees safe at work, some industries inherently have more risk than others. The oil and gas extraction and support industries tend to include high-risk activities and environments.

In 2011, more than 450,000 people were employed in these industries, and between 2003 and 2010, 823 workers were killed while at work. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries found that workers in these industries had a fatality rate of seven times the national average.

Defective products include HP laptop battery packs

Consumers in Texas who use laptops may be impacted by a recent recall of these devices' batteries by the company HP. According to officials, HP recently discovered that tens of thousands of its laptop batteries are, in fact, defective products that may cause harm to consumers. Specifically, more than 78,000 batteries are being recalled.

However, this is not the first time that HP has recalled laptop batteries. The company previously recalled around 50,000 lithium-ion batteries back in January for the same reason. According to the company, the batteries can easily overheat and thus catch fire.

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