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Do you have a first aid kit in your home? What about in the car or on your boat? For many people, a few boxes of adhesive bandages tossed in the cupboard account for the entirety of their “kit.” If you want to be safe, no matter where you go, a portable first aid kit is one of the easiest things to put together. Instead of making several separate kits, you can make one and take it with you on the go.

Box

The first thing to decide is what you will be using to keep your supplies together. A soft-sided lunch box, a child’s backpack, or even a tackle box make great portable containers. Chances are you can find one of these things at the local dollar store or on sale at your favorite big box store.

Supplies

The size of your kit will depend on the number of people in your family. The Red Cross has released its recommendations for building a first aid kit for a family of four. Supplies should include:

One Each of:

  • Adhesive cloth tape
  • Space blanket
  • Breathing barrier
  • Instant cold compress
  • 3-inch roller bandage
  • 4-inch roller bandage
  • Thermometer
  • Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet

Two Each of:

  • Absorbent compress dressings
  • Packets of aspirin
  • Pairs of non-latex gloves
  • Hydrocortisone packets (or one large tube)
  • Triangular bandages

Five Each of:

  • Antibiotic ointment packets (or one large tube)
  • Antiseptic wipe packets (or one container of hand sanitizer)
  • Sterile gauze pads 3×3
  • Sterile gauze pads 4×4

Your first aid kit may be larger or smaller, depending on the size of your family. While not officially recommended by the Red Cross, having an extra supply of any prescription medications that a member of your family is regularly on is an excellent idea. If anyone in your family has asthma, an extra inhaler is a good thing to include in your kit.

When constructing your kit, don’t forget any furry family members! The basics in a human kit are great to have on hand for your pets, but be sure to also include any medications that your pet is on. Throw in a roll of adhesive wrap…bandages won’t stick to your pet’s fur.

If you have been injured and need an attorney, call our offices today. Our personal injury attorneys are here to help you. Call for your free initial consultation and let us review the facts of your case so that we can begin to assist you as soon as possible.

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It is not unusual to see people driving down the road with a dog in the car. Maybe you have even grinned to yourself after witnessing the joy on a dog’s face as it hangs its head out of the window, wind whipping through its ears. As fun to see as this is, it is actually a dangerous practice for both the driver and the animal.

Many pet owners do not stop to consider that their pets can become projectiles in car crashes. Owners often fail to realize that hanging a head out of the window can be damaging to a pet’s eyes. Here are tips for traveling with your pet the right way.

Carriers

Cats and small dogs should be secured in a carrier in the back seat of your car. The carrier can be secured with the seat belt, and the animal can be locked safely inside. This prevents your pet from sliding or flying forward when you are forced to slam on the brakes.

Harness and Seat Belt

If you prefer to let your dog have a bit of freedom in the backseat, use a harness and seat belt combination instead of a carrier. There are specially-made, padded harnesses on the market that are sold with a seat belt attachment. This can be a great way to keep your pet in place.

Crate

A crate is the perfect choice if you have an SUV. Your dog only needs enough room to lie down, stand up and turn around. Whether you choose a wire crate or a plastic crate is up to you. Consider securing the crate into the back of the SUV with bungee cords if possible.

Lock the Power Windows

Many a dog has been known to put its paws on the arm rest of a vehicle, sending the power windows either up or down. Both directions can have dangerous consequences for your companion animal. Lock the power windows to prevent your pet from inadvertently operating them.

Traveling with your pet safely involves more than just putting your animal in the backseat and shutting the door. Driving with an unsecured pet can be distracting, causing you to get into an accident. Do yourself and your pet a favor: Travel safely.

If you have been injured in a car accident, our team of attorneys is here to assist you. Call our offices today for your free initial consultation.

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download (24)Emergency crews were called to a construction site to assist an injured construction worker on Tuesday morning in the uptown area of Charlotte.

The worker had fallen and was suffering from potentially life-threatening injuries on the four story building. Fire crews used a basket top bring the worker down after nearly a half an hour after their arrival. The injured worker was transported to an area hospital.

If you are injured on the job, you may be able to collect financial damages for a workplace injury or accident. Injured workers and their families need to keep detailed and accurate records of the entire incident and their treatment. Some of the things that need to be documented are:

  • The time or number of days you are off the job.
  • Keep all correspondence between your employer and yourself regarding your injury or illness.
  • Records of all medical treatments including dates, names of physicians, out of pocket costs or those that you turn in to your insurance company.
  • Keep record of all of the mileage traveled both to and from your medical treatments and doctor’s appointments.
  • Keep all receipts for any and all out-of-pocket prescription costs and other related medical expenses and costs that you incur as a result of your on-the-job injuries.

An important thing that injured workers and their families especially need to be wary of are insurance agents or companies that want them to sign a statement or settle a claim right away. Don’t do it. It’s important not to sign anything regarding your on the job accident or illness until you speak to an attorney first.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury or been in an accident in the workplace, give the offices of Auger & Auger a call. Our attorneys have years of experience in representing clients who have been injured on the job.

When you have been injured on the job, at Auger & Auger, we feel it’s important that you get the most compensation possible for your injuries. We also believe that it’s important for you to be compensated for all of the expenses connected to your on the job accident such as lost wages, medical treatment, ongoing rehabilitative care, and pain and suffering. Call us today to schedule your free initial consultation and legal analysis. We can help.

When you take your children in the car, you make sure they are secured into the proper restraint system. When you brought your new bundle of joy home, you made sure your house was baby-proof. Boating with infants and toddlers is no different.

Before you step aboard the boat with your little ones, you need to prepare for travel by following tips such as:

Childproofing Your Boat

Just like you made your house baby and toddler-proof, do the same to your boat. Look for any loose or dangerous objects and secure them properly. Topside equipment should be placed out of reach of interested hands. The same goes for safety gear like flares and flare guns. Areas where your safety gear is stored should be off limits to your little ones.

Be alert to trip and fall hazards on your vessel. Anything that you need to use regularly should be within your grasp, but not that of your child. Don’t forget to get down to your child’s level and cruise around your cabin. This is a great way to spot things that you may have missed.

Life Jackets

Life jackets made for adults are not safe for children. Make sure that each child has their own safety vest that has been properly fitted. If you plan on allowing friends and family to bring their children on board, make having a life vest on a requirement.

Food and Fluids

When you are traveling with kids in tow, make sure that your cooler is packed with plenty of fluids and snacks. Water, fruit juices, fruits, and granola bars are great choices. Remember to have a sippy cup or two on board and, if necessary, a few bottles.

Diaper Bag

You know all of those essentials you have in your diaper bag? They need to be on your boat as well. Some parents choose to pack a separate diaper bag and keep it on board at all times. Packing a few plastic shopping bags will ensure that you have a place to store wet items.

Entertainment

Your children aren’t going to be impressed by the sunset. In fact, they may not be impressed by the boat ride. Bring along some entertainment in the form of bathtub books and any toys that can stand up to water.

Boating with children does not have to pose a threat to anyone if you prepare properly. Follow these tips to make sure your family outing is just as pleasant as the ones you take for two.

If you have been involved in a boat accident, call our offices today. Our compassionate attorneys are here to help you put the pieces of your life back together. Call now for your free initial consultation.

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Accidents are just an unfortunate fact of life. Most of us will be involved in at least one at some point.  There are a great many of these accidents that are caused by someone being careless or disregarding the law, but there are just as many that could be avoided if people only take the proper precautions before driving. Remembering safety at all times is very important. In fact, it can save lives. Whether one is riding an ATV, driving a car, or on a bicycle, the proper procedures must be followed at all times. Car drivers should always be aware of off-road vehicles or motorcycles. If driving a car, it’s important to slow down when seeing an off-road vehicle out on the road. They may be preparing to turn off the road to follow a trail. Or they maybe be preparing to drive onto the road again. Keep a close on them and slow down until it’s clear what’s about to happen next. ATV drivers should always remember the following:

  • Wear a helmet.
  • Check your tires regularly.
  • Use hand signals on the road.
  • Do not ride an overloaded vehicle.
  • Always wear protective boots.
  • Never drink alcohol while using any vehicle.

If you’ve been the victim of an accident, you should not have to pay for someone else’s mistake. You deserve compensation and we can help you get it at Auger & Auger. Call us today for a free consultation. When we take a case, there’s no charge until you get your settlement.

Knowing the stressors involved with boating can help keep you safe on the water. Many people mistakenly think that boating is no different than driving. Unfortunately, they quickly find out that it is much different indeed. While driving great distances can encourage fatigue, there are more stressors on a boat than in a car such as:

Sun Glare

The sun bouncing off of the water and into your eyes is tiring. Think of driving into the sun for hours on end with no visor to help you. Anyone driving a boat is encouraged to wear a pair of sunglasses that blocks the sun’s rays from the front and the sides to help reduce glare and fatigue.

Motion

You have seen mothers rocking babies to put them to sleep. Imagine what driving a boat all afternoon can do to you. The persistent rocking of a boat can cause you to become drowsy quickly. For some people, this rocking can cause motion sickness, a problem in and of itself.

Vibration

Feeling a constant vibration under your feet and beneath your hands can make you tired. It is suggested that you stand on a shock-absorbing mat or take frequent breaks from standing still at the helm. Turn the controls over to someone else from time to time if it is safe to do so.

Noise

Many people use white noise to fall asleep at night. Falling asleep is not what you want to do when you are piloting a boat, but the consistent humming of the engine can make your eyes heavy. If the noise gets to you, pop in your ear buds and listen to some of your favorite tunes to break up the monotony.

Boating stressors like these put you at an increased for accident. They are natural and cannot be avoided, but they can be lessened with the right equipment and a proper plan. Fatigue is a danger to anyone operating a boat and all those on board.

If you have been injured in a boating accident, we are here for you. Our personal injury attorneys have experience retrieving compensation for accident victims of all types. Call us today and let us review the facts of your case at no charge to you. We are here to help you get the compensation you may be entitled to by law. Call now.

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If you plan on entertaining anyone on your boat, or you plan on renting a boat for you and your family, it is important to remember that everyone’s safety begins with you. As the operator of the vessel, you may think that whether or not your guests have a good time is your responsibility. Not so. Your primary objective is to make sure that everyone returns to shore healthy and well. Here are your responsibilities:

Maintenance

Before you head out on your boat, make sure that it is in proper working order. Take a look at the inside of the boat, and clear any tripping hazards, any dangerous chemicals, and anything else that could cause injury to your guests.

Weather

You cannot control the weather, but you can be prepared for it. Never leave the dock without first checking the weather. Very few boaters have the experience to handle a major storm in the middle of the ocean.

Safety

All safety equipment that is required by law should be on or in your vessel. Make sure that the equipment is in good condition. You and any guest aboard your boat should be outfitted with a life vest.

Float Plan

Always let someone know where you are going to be. Construct a float plan and give it to a friend or family member to hang on to.

Know Where You Are

Do not get so lost in entertaining your guests that you aren’t aware of your location. As the operator of the vessel, you should always know where you are. If something happens to your boat or someone on board, knowing your location may be vital.

Know the Law

Know the laws of the water. Practice navigation rules at all times, and obey waterway markers. Always maintain a safe speed for the conditions, and be respectful of other boaters.

There are some accidents on the water that cannot be avoided. That being said, it is always the responsibility of the operator to ensure that everyone returns back to shore as healthy as when they left. Follow these tips to have a fantastic, safe day out on the ocean.

If you have been injured in a boating accident, you need a competent, skilled attorney you can trust. Reach out to our team today for assistance. Our personal injury attorneys will fight by your side to get you the compensation you may be entitled to.

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downloadA woman has been placed under arrest and charged with driving on a suspended license after she ‘huffed” chemicals from an aerosol can in front of Del Ray police.

According to Del Ray police records, Cheyenne Wall, 24, of West Palm Beach, crashed her Acura Integra into a cement pole. Witnesses at the scene said they saw Wall slumped over the steering wheel of the vehicle when it crashed into the pole.

Wall told police she didn’t know how the crash took place. She also claimed being tired after having been up the previous night after being evicted from a recovery house in Latana.

Police did a background check on Wall and found that her Indiana driver’s license was currently suspended. Police had Wall’s vehicle towed from the scene and impounded.

Officers were writing a traffic citation for Wall and she had been instructed to sit on the sidewalk. The officer heard a loud hissing noise and found Wall laid out on the sidewalk with a can of computer dusting solvent in her hand.

The canned solvent is used to clean computers and computer parts and is readily available at office supply and box stores. Drug abusers will often use the solvent as a means to get high in a process referred to as “huffing”.

After huffing the solvent, Wall, the officer found her incoherent and her pupils were constricted. She is currently facing charges of both driving on a suspended license and inhaling or ingesting harmful chemicals.

Authorities have released Wall on her own recognizance.

Thankfully, in this accident, no one was seriously injured. Driving under the influence does not only mean driving under the influence of alcohol. It can also apply for someone who gets behind the wheel when they are under the influence of illegal drugs, or even legal or prescription drugs.

If you or a loved one has been involved in any type of an accident through no fault of your own, that is when you need an attorney to give you sound advice about your rights and how best to proceed.

Before you talk to an insurance claims adjuster or anyone else after an accident, call the offices of Auger & Auger.

Our goal is to help you to get every dollar you deserve by helping you to recover the cost of your medical treatment and ongoing care, loss of work from time off the job, damages, pain and suffering or even wrongful death.

At Auger & Auger, we are focused in all areas of both accident and personal liability law. Call us today for a free initial consultation about your case.

Have you ever wondered why more people don’t choose to commute to work or school by bicycle? It seems a valid option, particularly when living in a big city. You may think that people are just too lazy to pedal on two wheels instead of driving four, but you may be wrong. Here are the top five reasons people give for sticking with the car.

Danger

The number one reason often given is the danger factor. There is undoubtedly a risk associated with cycling, but it is far less than people may think. A group called Exponent conducted a study of cycling safety. The number of fatalities, per million of hours of exposure, was less for cycling than it was for driving.

Distance

Some have simply determined that they work or study too far away from home to make cycling a sensible option. This may be true, but successful commuters have determined that taking the bus or train halfway and biking the rest is an easy thing to do.

Expense

There is a general train of thought that goes something like this: “If I want to commute, I need an expensive bike.” This is not the case at all. Anyone interested should be able to find a new or used bike for under $500. Visiting a bike shop and speaking to someone knowledgeable can make choosing a budget-friendly bike easier.

Cleanliness

No one can deny that riding a bike will make you sweat. Your office or school may not have a shower available for you to use. Have you thought of baby wipes? A couple of wipes and a bathroom stall are all you need to freshen up. You can also look for a gym or fitness club nearby that offers “shower-only” memberships.

Impotence

This does have a bit of truth to it. Impotence is a risk among serious bike riders who race on bicycles with seats that are not properly fitted. Choose a bike with an ergonomically-designed seat and you will be fine.

Commuting to work by bicycle is not only healthy for the environment, it’s healthy for you. Don’t use these popular excuses to talk yourself out of cycling. There are ways around anything.

If you have been injured in a cycling accident, our attorneys are here for you. We can help you get the compensation entitled to you by law. Call our offices today for a free initial consultation.

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You are the type of person that researches big purchased. When buying a new car, one of the first things you look at are the safety features included in the various models. Before you get dazzled by a shiny brochure or fast-talking salesperson, you should know that not every new safety feature has been tested, nor has every new feature proven to be worth the money.

The following five features, on the other hand, have been shown to be helpful and worth the money. Keep your eyes peeled for one or more of them on any car you are considering adding to your fleet.

Adaptive Cruise Control

Cruise control is nothing new, but the newer systems have great safety features. Adaptive cruise control uses cameras and forward-looking sensors. The system will automatically slow your car down to adapt to traffic and provide you with a safe distance between your car and the one ahead of you. When it is safe to do so, your car will automatically resume the preset speed.

Forward Collision Avoidance System

Using the same sensors that are utilized for adaptive cruise control, the collision avoidance system will alert you with an auditory or visual signal when you are getting too close to the vehicle in front of you.

Autonomous Braking

A car that hits its own brakes? If you fail to respond to the warning your car gives you, it will brake automatically. This feature, combined with the forward collision avoidance system, is one to look for.

Adaptive Headlights

Imagine headlights that allow you to see more clearly as you round a curve. That is exactly what these do, and the Highway Loss Data Institute found them to be incredibly useful. Adaptive headlights have contributed to property damage liability claims dropping by close to 10%.

Sideview Assist

Do you forget to look in your blind spots? If turning your head to look over your shoulder is a habit you have yet to form, sideview assist is for you. Sensors at the sides of your car will alert you with a visual or auditory clue when there is something next to you that you may be unable to see.

There are dozens of other safety features on today’s market, but these are the ones to be on the lookout for. While nothing is guaranteed to keep you safe, these will go a long way toward ensuring your commute goes smoothly.

If you have been injured in a car accident, our compassionate attorneys are here for you. Call the team you can trust for a free consultation today.

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