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What to do if you get a personal injury as a tourist in Alaska

When you are on vacation in Alaska, the last things on your mind are accidents and injuries. You are too busy taking in the beautiful landscapes and enjoying the adventurous attractions during your visit to the largest U.S. state.

But getting hurt on vacation is a real risk, especially in a place like Alaska where there is a lot of outdoor dangers, such as wild animals, recreational activities, small planes and cruise ships. If you receive a personal injury while touring the area, this is what you need to know.

What are your rights on an oversold flight?

Flights being oversold is simply reality in the airline business. Because a certain number of passengers don't show up at boarding time, airlines calculate their percentage and oversell tickets to protect their bottom line. As we all know, they sometimes oversell too much.

We've all experienced being bumped from a flight. If we're lucky, we've experienced an upgrade due to overselling. What we all hope we never experience is the rough de-planing of a United Airlines passenger earlier this month. He was not denied a seat but forcibly removed from the plane after being seated. He has now filed a personal injury lawsuit after suffering a broken nose and two lost teeth.

MAIB urges better protection for Clipper Round the World racers

"The Clipper Round the World Race is an adventurous activity; operating with largely amateur and some novice crews, the yachts are often required to operate in some of the most hostile weather and sea conditions on earth," said Captain Steven Clinch, chief inspector of marine accidents for Britain's Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

"However, in such circumstances, there is a practical limit to how the safety of crews can be monitored and therefore, much reliance is placed on the expertise and judgement of each boat's skipper to ensure a strong safety culture is followed by everyone on board. This places a huge responsibility on one person, given the enduring challenges presented during the Clipper Round the World Race."

Do American Airlines' uniforms pose a serious flight hazard?

American didn't get quite the reaction it was hoping for when it rolled out its new look last September. Instead of applause for their new, snappy-gray flight attendant uniforms, the reaction was ... a reaction. Wearers report itching, rashes, hives, respiratory issues and even migraines and thyroid problems.

These problems may seem relatively minor and temporary, but they might not be. One flight attendant interviewed by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Sky Talk blog needed more than an antihistamine. After wearing the uniform just twice, with a wash in between, she needed a prednizone pack and a steroid shot and was given an EpiPen to keep handy. Worse yet, others have reported that just working with others wearing the new uniforms can set off a reaction. In other words, a flight attendant's scratchy uniform could potentially set off a reaction among the flight crew.

Ford recalls 570,000 vehicles for engine fire risk, doors opening

Ford Motor Company has announced the recall of some 360,000 vehicles in North America and Europe due to the risk of engine fires and another 210,000 vehicles because the doors may suddenly fly open. The door latch issue has been plaguing Ford for the past three years, with a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation resulting in recalls of over 3 million vehicles due to the problem.

According to the Associated Press, Ford has received reports of 29 engine fires in the U.S. in Canada, but no known injuries so far. The problem appears to be poor coolant circulation, which causes the engine to overheat. This burns off coolant, potentially exacerbating the problem. The overheated engine may create cracks in the cylinder head. If that occurs, pressurized oil can seep through the crack, causing fire if it reaches a hot surface.

Families of missing crab boat crew begin the resolution process

Commercial fishing is a big industry in Alaska, but it comes at a price. Even the most experienced crab fisher cannot prevent malfunctioning equipment or storms on the high seas that turn deadly. When vessels are not maintained properly, it can cause major problems for everyone on board.

New NTSB info debates pilot's reputation before deadly 2015 crash

It typically takes several years for the National Transportation Safety Board to make a final determination on what caused an aviation accident. Along the way, the agency often releases preliminary reports and other information it gleans, just as you would expect from a federal agency seeking transparency.

Recently, the NTSB released a new batch of data on the June 25, 2015 plane crash in Southeast Alaska that killed the pilot and eight cruise ship passengers who were on a shore excursion. Although the agency still hasn't made its determination of what caused the accident, the information it released this week paints a picture of a hard-working, dedicated pilot who just may have been flying too much on the day in question.

Complications from a traumatic brain injury

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that "a (Traumatic Brain Injury) is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain." The most common type of a TBI is a concussion, which is considered mild in severity. However, TBIs range from mild to severe.

Investigating fishing boat accidents: complex but crucial

Crab fishing is an important industry for workers and consumers here in Alaska and across the country. However, it is also extremely dangerous, as accidents have the potential to be deadly. Boats can capsize or sink and fishermen can get seriously injured or drown if a boat is unsafe or crashes.

Considering all the damage that can be done in a crab boat accident, it is crucial that every incident is thoroughly investigated. In some cases, an investigation can reveal serious problems with the boat, evidence of failed repairs or operation, or other indications of negligence, which is crucial to identify in terms of collecting damages.

Damages that may be awarded in wrongful death claims

There may no more devastating event than the unexpected loss of a loved one. Friends and family members can be shocked, overwhelmed by grief and struggling to make any sense of the situation. While there is certainly no way to replace that person or undo the loss, there are things you can do to take control of the situation and try to find some closure.

Filing a wrongful death claim is one option if recklessness or negligence of someone else led to your loved one's death. It is a means of acknowledging your loss, the pain that your loved one experienced and the bad behaviors that caused the loss through various types of damages.

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