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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.

Jet ski dangers: What people don't know about jet skis

As a first-time rider of a jet ski, it's extremely important that you understand how it works. It's not the same as a motorized boat, in that you have to use water jets to propel yourself. That's the reality even when your reaction would normally be to put on a brake or stop. On a jet ski, you need to use the throttle to get out of harm's way and avoid a hazard.

Did you know that a jet ski doesn't have a rudder? As a result, you must use the throttle to give yourself the power to control the vehicle. Taking your hand off the throttle will take away your ability to steer and avoid a hazard, so you must, instead, keep the same speed and steer away from the hazard. Essentially, there is no way to stop in the same way as on a traditional boat or in a land vehicle.

Get the help you need after suffering a brain injury

Traumatic brain injuries will change the way a person lives, at least in the short term. For the majority of people who suffer moderate to severe brain injuries, there is a likelihood that they will always have some form of disability or symptom of the original injury.

Brain injuries are very common, with over 200,000 people suffering from them each year in the United States. To test for one, a patient needs to go to a hospital and have an X-ray, MRI, CT scan or other imaging performed.

Know your rights if you're hurt on a cruise

When you travel on a cruise ship, there is a chance that you could get hurt. Whether you're working on board or are traveling as a passenger, you want to know that you will be cared for and have the ability to pursue a claim to cover your expenses.

In cases where you're hurt as a result of the cruise ship owner's negligence, you may be able to file a lawsuit. For example, if you are a passenger and are hurt due to debris hitting you while in your room, you could argue that the items in your room weren't properly secured for bad weather. Similarly, if you trip in a hallway on a carpet that has bunched up, you may be able to hold the cruise liner responsible.

The dangers of hydrogen sulfide in shipyard work

Shipyard workers face many of the most hazardous work conditions every single day. From slips and falls to heavy equipment, most of these dangers are easy to see. However, one potentially deadly hazard can be hard to detect until it is too late: hydrogen sulfide gas.

Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) exposure usually occurs while working on a ship's sewage systems. The colorless gas, which is described as smelling like "rotten eggs," can render someone unconscious in a matter of seconds or even kill them.

ExxonMobile's offshore platforms neglected, corroded before close

In 2015, ExxonMobil's offshore drilling platforms located off the California coast were shut down. What was more shocking was that the platforms were widely corroded and suffered from gas leaks and emergencies long before the Refugio Oil Spill that required them to close down operations.

Several reports and inspections were collected by the Center for Biological Diversity in California, which has been raising questions about the condition of the oil-drilling platforms off the coast of California. The agency believes that the drilling platforms need to be shut down.

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