January 2016 Archives

Can brain injury result from exposure to toxic chemicals?

A sobering statistic may seem hard to believe: work-related illnesses take the lives of more Americans every year than gun-related incidents. Specifically, occupational illness claims about 50,000 lives annually, compared to 30,000 by guns.

Many parents don't realize the costs of raising a child with cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is a birth injury caused by partial oxygen deprivation to the brain of the fetus. It can be the result of medical malpractice at numerous points during the birthing process. While the financial cost of raising the child is not a parent's first thought after a birth injury, it is, unfortunately, something they must consider.

Is texting or using a cell phone while driving against the law?

According to data maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, distracted drivers take the lives of at least 9 Americans and injure over 1,153 more every single day. Such statistics may be one reason that over two-thirds of drivers agree that distraction is a serious safety issue on America’s roads and highways.

Another Record Year for Auto Recalls

Automakers recalled a record 51.26 million vehicles in the U.S. in 2015.  According to a Wall Street Journal report, that makes the second year in a row automakers have recalled a record number of vehicles for a slew of safety issues.

Brain Injuries, Neglect and Abuse in Nursing Homes: Part 1

When it comes to brain injuries, many readers may think of causes like a slip and fall, a car accident or other types of head trauma involving an external force. However, it is important that understand that brain injuries can also result from other types of negligence.

Hoverboard fires continue, but there may be hope for safer batteries for them

By now, you may have heard about the dangers of the popular toy hoverboards that are catching fire, causing burns and property damage. They continue to make news as additional fires have been reported, possibly due to many children receiving the toy as a holiday gift.

Why is Alabama's car accident fatality rate higher than the national average?

For nine years -- 2003 through 2012 -- the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded the number of automobile accidents in Alabama and across the country, and the rate of auto-accident deaths in Alabama was nearly two times higher than the national average. But why?

Why are semi trucks prone to fires?

Semis and 18-wheelers have many dangers when you compare them to passenger vehicles. Their enormous size and weight are the most obvious. A semi can legally weigh up to 80,000 pounds in the U.S. The average passenger vehicle weighs approximately 5,000 pounds. In addition, the engine in a semi is six times larger and heavier than a car engine.

Is diagnostic imaging the solution to nursing home neglect?

Perhaps no equipment is as iconic in the medical community as a stethoscope. Traditionally, doctors may have used a stethoscope to listen for cardiac or lung conditions. Yet according to a recent article, the skill and training required to correctly use this medical instrument may be sorely lacking.

Tips for motorcyclists to safely navigate traffic conditions

Drivers may owe a duty of care to others sharing the road, but even that mutual responsibility may not be enough to protect motorcyclists. Unfortunately, when a motorcycle collides with a larger motor vehicle, size often dictates the outcome. Even with a helmet, the risk of being thrown and suffering a head or brain injury is great.

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