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Why Are Brain Injuries Often Life-Threatening?

Published on Jan 17, 2019 at 3:17 pm in Brain Injury.

A brain injury can completely change your life. You may have to adjust to a new normal—which means you may not be able to return to your job or participate in activities and hobbies you did before the injury. Many traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are also life-threatening. Why is this? Let’s take a look at how serious injuries to the brain can be.

Steps to Mentally Recover After Surviving a Car Accident

Published on Jan 10, 2019 at 3:21 pm in Car Accidents.

When people think of a car collision, they usually associate it with severe physical injuries, but the concern usually stays within that area. But these accidents can do more than cause physical injuries. Often, the people involved in an accident may also find that their mental health has been suffering, too. These symptoms need to be taken seriously and treated just as a broken bone or concussion would.

How Dangerous Are Commercial Trucks During High Winds?

Published on Jan 3, 2019 at 2:37 pm in Truck Accidents.

When motorists think about the dangers associated with commercial vehicles, blind spots, improperly loaded cargo, and fatigued truckers are often first to come to mind. One of the lesser-known hazards, however, is high winds. High winds can put the safety of the trucker and other drivers at risk for a number of reasons.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were well over 1,000 large truck crashes as a result of severe crosswinds in 2016. While the majority resulted in only property damage, hundreds resulted in injuries and eight caused fatalities. Truckers need to know how to safely navigate and operate their trucks in windy conditions; however, it’s just as important for all other motorists to be aware of the risks high winds pose and how to avoid dangerous situations.

How Can You Prevent Serious Injury During a Car Accident?

Published on Dec 27, 2018 at 1:59 pm in Car Accidents.

When a negligent driver is in your path, there’s not always a way to avoid an accident. This is evident from the thousands of crashes that occur every year on Ohio’s roads. While you may be unable to prevent the collision from happening, it’s important to know there are ways to prevent or reduce your risk of serious injury before, during, and after impact.

Precautions to Take Before Getting Behind the Wheel

While crashes and the related injuries aren’t always avoidable, there are steps you can take before driving away to reduce your risk of injury if you do find yourself to be the victim of a crash.

  • Wear Your Seatbelt. Seatbelts are designed to save lives and reduce the severity of injuries in the event of a wreck. Buckling up is one of the most important things you can do when entering any vehicle. It’s also important to ensure your passengers are properly restrained. Young occupants should have the right safety restraint system for their age and size.
  • Sit Up Properly. A vehicle’s airbags and seatbelts work best when you are sitting properly. As the driver, you should be sitting up straight, have both your hands on the wheel, and be a safe, comfortable distance away from the steering wheel. Passengers should never have their feet on the dashboard and should also remain in an upright position.
  • Store Items Safely. You most likely have a number of loose objects in your car, like your cell phone or water bottle. To avoid these objects becoming airborne during a collision and causing injuries, make sure they are secured properly.

How to Prevent Pressure Sores in Nursing Home Residents

Published on Dec 20, 2018 at 2:22 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

While we expect our loved ones to receive the best care in their nursing home facility, this is not always the case. When neglect or abuse is present, the consequences can be severe and even deadly. One of the more common results of neglect is pressure sores. These develop when there is too much pressure on the skin. Discomfort, pain, and infection can quickly set in.

If you have a loved one in a long-term care facility, it’s a good idea to evaluate their health and wellbeing every time you visit them. If you are able to understand the causes and consequences of pressure sores, you’ll be able to assist in the prevention of them.