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Cruise line worker may get settlement after five-year battle

35-year-old Genti Jankula, an Albanian man who worked as a waiter on the Carnival Valor cruise ship, may finally receive the money the company owes him after a tragic accident back in 2014.

December 7th, 2014 was Jankula's first day aboard. While climbing up to his bunk, the handle he was gripping snapped off and he fell backwards, landing flat on his back. He had to go back home to receive medical treatment in Albania, where it was confirmed that he had sustained multiple spinal fractures. 

You can prevent boating crashes by understanding the risks

If you love boating, then you should be aware of the risks of being on the water. Recreational boating accidents can, and do, happen.

There are lots of reasons why these boating accidents happen. Some include:

  • Environmental causes, like sudden waves or storms
  • Inattention
  • Operator error
  • Alcohol use
  • Equipment failure

What is an anoxic brain injury, and can you recover from it?

Brain injuries can occur from any number of causes, but one of them that is important to know about is an injury caused by a lack of oxygen reaching the brain. Unlike a traumatic injury caused by a blow to the head, an anoxic brain injury happens when the brain is unable to get enough oxygen. When that happens, the neural cells begin to die in a process named apoptosis.

Anoxic brain injuries can be caused by injury or illness.  A near drowning from a boating accident can result in an anoxic brain injury.  Many diseases can lead to anoxic injuries, as can a significant loss of blood in the body. Acute hemorrhage, or massive bleeding, caused by a gunshot wound or severe laceration, for instance, could lead to such heavy blood loss that the brain is unable to receive as much oxygen as it needs to work well. If the lack of oxygen lasts for too long, the brain cells begin to die.

Conception sinks, taking 34 lives with it

Officials have been looking into what caused the fatal fire that resulted in the deaths of 34 people off Southern California while at sea. They were aboard the Conception, a dive boat, when the boat caught on fire. It eventually sank 60 feet into the sea.

Now, obtaining evidence will be difficult. Clues about the cause of the fire may have been carried away by the current and tides or burned away completely. Reports state that the remains of those on board were so badly damaged that DNA had to be used to identify them.

What are the types of life jackets?

You may know that not all people are required to wear life jackets when boating, especially when they're over the age of 13. However, many marinas and lakes require that everyone wears them when a boat is in motion as a way to make people safer and to prevent drowning accidents. Every state has different regulations when it comes to wearing personal floatation devices, too, which is important to discuss before you head out on the water.

Over two-thirds of boating fatalities are a result of drowning, and in 90% of those cases, the victims were not wearing their life jackets. You may not like wearing a life jacket due to the restriction to your movement or because it feels hot, but there are a few different kinds you could try.

Water hazards: If you're going in, know the risks

When you work with cruises or near the water, there may be a time when you need to use scuba gear to work on your marina or on a vessel. If your job is to be in the water, the most important information for you to have is how to avoid the serious hazards that come with being in the ocean.

There are several serious risks that scuba divers face including:

  • Decompression sickness
  • Drowning
  • Nitrogen narcosis
  • Marine life
  • Malfunctioning equipment

Brain injuries: Different types have various impacts on patients

It is hard to imagine being perfectly healthy one minute and struggling to do the things you love the next, but that's what happens to those who suffer from brain injuries. People who suffer from brain injuries may have difficulties with speaking, their memories or other aspects of their health.

There are many kinds of brain injuries that could impact you. These include:

  • Edema (swelling on the brain)
  • Concussions
  • Hematomas
  • Hemorrhages
  • Skull fractures
  • Diffuse axonal injuries

Understand maintenance, cure and unearned wages

Maritime workers are treated differently when it comes to workplace injuries. They are entitled to maintenance, cure and unearned wages when they're hurt on the job. These are rights that exceed traditional workers' compensation benefits, which makes them attractive to those who work at sea.

On the whole, workers who are hurt are usually entitled to payments that cover their medical care, lost wages and potentially partial disability payments. Maritime law is different.

Brain injuries can impact your life: Get help

Brain injuries can impact everything from the way you speak to the way you move. They can cause you to have forgetfulness, changes in your behaviors or attitude and more. Overall, they're dangerous and can cause lifelong changes that you may never recover from.

Brain injuries happen in many ways, from boating accidents to bumping your head at work. Whether you're on the dock or out at sea, it's important that you're able to make a claim to get the medical care you need. A head injury is nothing to take lightly. Good medical care is essential.

Know where to turn if you're in a recreational boat crash

Boating accidents are horrible because people could be badly hurt and also be thrown into a life-threatening situation where they risk drowning. Someone with just a moderate head injury may not be able to coordinate themselves long enough to swim to shore, or someone who has been trapped under debris may not be able to come up for air.

Although people often think that boating accidents won't be that serious, the reality is that they can lead to serious wounds and death. Just hitting another boat at 10 or 20 mph could be enough speed to cause people to go overboard or to cause injuries.

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