According to expert bikers, chances of avoiding accidents and staying safe is higher if bicyclists observe the following road rules on how to ride a bicycle properly.

  • Be part of the traffic and never ride on the right edge of the road, very close to the gravel shoulder, as this may be covered with sand or other debris that can make your bike’s wheel to to skid and cause you to fall;
  • Ride on the right side of the street, at least three to four feet from the gravel shoulder. Along this path, other drivers, even pedestrians, will easily see you. Traffic is also slower at the right side of the road, so this will be a safer path, than at the left, where vehicles run faster;
  • Ride, at least, three feet away from cars parked at the side of streets. This is will keep you safe from car doors suddenly being opened or from cars starting and trying to merge back into the flow of traffic;
  • When riding downhill and your bike begins to run as fast as cars, ride in line with them. Pull a bit to the right, when you begin to fall behind. When passing a car, however, make sure that you pass on its left side; a driver normally expects to be passed on its left side; and,
  • At a red light or at stop signs, stop behind the car that is already stopped awaiting the green light. Never stop at the right side of a vehicle, especially a truck as it may crush you if it makes a right turn.

There are many other precautions that bikers need to observe when riding, especially at night. But there is no safer and smoother way ever to ride than by observing traffic safety rules and riding with the flow of the traffic. Riding this way is also a guarantee that, if ever an accident occurs, your personal injury lawyer will be able to fight for your rights and earn for you the maximum compensation that the law allows, since you will clearly be without fault in the accident that occurred.

In 2009, about 51,000 were injured and as many as 600 were killed in bicycle accidents. These numbers continue to increase, showing the great danger bikers are exposed to. In fact, in 2013, fatal bicycle accidents increased to 900, while about 494,000 were rushed to emergency departments due to injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the most common causes of collisions between motor vehicles and bicycles include:

  • motor vehicle drivers directly and abruptly turning in front of bikers;
  • drivers, from parking areas or driveways, driving into traffic and cutting a biker’s right of way
  • drivers failing to slow down at intersections
  • drivers running a stop sign or traffic light
  • drivers not taking time to double-check for incoming bikers
  • reckless driving due to negligence or alcohol influence

The (NHTSA) continuously reminds all motorists of their duty to respect the rights of bicyclists on the road, as this is one of the best ways to make transportation smooth and safe for all. Legally, bicycles have the same rights on the road as any other type of motor vehicle. Unfortunately, though, many bicycle riders get involved in accidents because many drivers refuse bikers the space they need on the road. These accidents often result to severe injuries or death.

In its website, the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier says, “bicycles are a fun form of exercise and recreation. For others, they serve as an alternative form of transportation with significant economic and environmental benefits. Whether they are riding for transportation or purely for fun, cyclists face significant risk of injury if they are involved in an accident with a car, truck, or other vehicle.”

Sad to say, but “even cyclists who are extremely diligent about their safety run the risk of being involved in an accident and sustain injuries, such as cuts and bruises, sprains and broken bones, internal organ damage or spinal injuries. Bicyclists who sustain these and other injuries due to another person’s irresponsible actions shouldn’t have to deal with the consequences by themselves. Contacting a personal injury lawyer immediately after an accident may help an injured bicyclist understand his/her legal rights and the possible legal actions he/she can pursue against the liable motorist.

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One U.S. once praised the great American worker for his or her continuous endeavor in making the U.S. a strong and prosperous nation; a fitting acknowledgement to workers’ untiring contribution to the continuously growing industry, which is the manufacturing business.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, an arm of the U.S. Department of Labor, said that, in 2010, almost 12 million individuals were employed in manufacturing firms all across America; their number still continue to rise every year.

As manufacturing firms continue to grow and increase, however, the number of injuries and deaths of workers likewise increase. A manufacturing business, as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is work involved in the transformation of components, substances or materials into new products. The equipment and tools, the materials used, the processes of manufacturing, the working environment, and the daily exposure and proximity of workers to dangerous tools and substances, are all part of the work which, without doubt, always put workers’ safety and lives in danger.

The top causes of injuries in manufacturing firms include:

  • Exposure to harmful environments and toxic substances. This includes working in environments where there is danger of radiation, electrocution and/or inhalation of toxic fumes. Though this is the least common cause of injury in this list, its effects are always severe;
  • Repetitive motion. Carpal tunnel syndrome is the number one injury sustained by workers due to repetitive motion.
  • Falls. This can be falling to a lower level or same level falls. Losing ones’ balance or tripping over an objects along walkways, falling off ladders, scaffolds, loading docks and stairs, are some examples of falls that lead to serious injuries;
  • Overexertion. This is due to excessive physical motion while lifting, pushing, pulling, throwing or carrying a heavy object. Overexertion is the second leading cause of injuries in the manufacturing industry; and,
  • Contact with objects. This occurs when a worker runs into stationary objects or the reverse, which is moving objects striking a worker. Being caught in or rubbing against machineries (in operation) is one of the major causes of accidents in manufacturing sites.

Though wages and benefits of workers in manufacturing firms are now generally more appealing and substantial compared to other jobs. However, the physical labor demanded by the job, as well as the danger workers are always exposed to, put workers’ lives in constant danger. This exposure to great risk not only necessitates workers to know their right in claiming benefits from Workers’ Compensation in the event of an accident, but also reminds them of their right to demand from their employer a safe and healthy working environment.

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The brain and the spinal cord form the nervous system, which controls various functions and activities of the human body. The brain is protected by hard bone (the skull or cranium), the meninges (membranes), and the Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which causes the brain to float inside the skull and provides a cushioning protection for this very delicate, yet, complex organ- especially during sudden head movements.

Despite the layers of protection, there are certain instances where a blow to the head is too forceful and violent, rendering these layers incapable of providing the actual needed cushion. These violent blows can cause the brain to collide with the skull’s internal wall, resulting to bruising of the brain, bleeding or torn nerve fibers which, in turn, can lead to intracranial injury, more commonly known as traumatic brain injury (TBI).

A traumatic brain injury is a very serious injury; it can damage one or more areas of the brain, resulting in temporary/permanent functional disability or psycho-social impairment, which can affect one’s reasoning, memory, abstract thinking, judgment, processing of information, cognition, problem-solving ability and language. It can also make a person more vulnerable to serious illnesses, like Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy and other illnesses that can affect the circulatory, respiratory or digestive system.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TBI can result from any of the following accidents which can cause a violent blow or a sudden jolt to the head:

  • Accidents involving non-motorized pedal cycles, like bicycles;
  • Violence, assaults or gunshot wounds on the head;
  • Falls (which are very common among senior citizens and children 4 years old or below);
  • Sports-related accidents;
  • Blast or explosion; and,
  • Motor vehicle accidents

The website of the Tuscon personal injury attorneys of Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C. mention the intensive emergency and prolonged medical care needed in treating TBI – a situation that can exhaust a family’s financial resources. Serious deliberation needs to take place in order to deal with this unfortunate situation in the best and most acceptable way possible.

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First Aid Measures for Drowning

Posted By on Apr 30, 2015

Swimming is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable recreational activities. A quick dip in a hotel or public pool can be extremely refreshing and satisfying, especially during the hot summer months. Despite all this, it’s still important to remember that swimming can pose plenty of risks. The threat of drowning is particularly alarming, especially when children are involved in such accidents.

The enjoyment drawn from swimming should not overshadow your ability to respond to emergency situations. First aid measures can make a huge difference when the worst happens. CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation is an essential lifesaving technique that can prevent drowning fatalities.

To successfully perform CPR, one will need proper training. Luckily, plenty of hospitals and organizations offer CPR courses. These are open to the public and anyone interested in learning can attend. If you are not properly trained in this lifesaving technique, you will need to contact emergency medical assistance right away. The following is a guide to help CPR beginners respond to quickly in case a child or adult drowns.

After moving the person out of the water, turn them on their side and immediately open the mouth and clear it of foreign material. Observe the chest area for movement and quickly check the mouth and nose to see if they are still breathing. Next, move two fingers to their neck and feel for a pulse. If the person is not breathing or has little to no pulse, lay them flat on their back and place the heel of one hand firmly on the lower third of the breastbone and do 30 quick compressions. If the victim is an infant, place two firm fingers on top of the breastbone. After the compression, open up their airway by placing one hand on the forehead, the other on the chin, and gently tilt the head back. You can then pinch their nose and place your mouth over theirs, giving two slow and steady breaths. Repeatedly give compressions and rescue breaths until you see the drowning victim respond and start breathing.

Drowning can cause devastating injuries and even be fatal. It’s important to learn proper emergency response in case such accidents occur. Those suffering from injuries caused by drowning can pursue legal action against property owners responsible for maintaining the swimming pool where the accident occurred. According to the website of the The Mokaram Law Firm, pursuing just compensation can help victims cover the cost of medical bills and other finances required by treatment and recovery. Ravid & Associates, P.C. also states on its website that the stakes become even higher when the victims involved are children.

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Surgical procedures pose several risks. The benefits from these procedures usually outweigh the risks. Still, many doctors prefer to perform minimally invasive procedures as much as possible. To significantly reduce the risk of infections, doctors make use of specialized surgical tools that allow them to operate using smaller incisions. Among such tools is the laparoscopic power morcellator, which was originally manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and saw widespread use starting the 1990’s.

Morcellators are used to remove benign growths called fibroids inside a woman’s uterus. While these are noncancerous growths, uterine fibroids can still lead to some level of discomfort. Most of the time, these fibroids cause women to experience heavy menstrual bleeding, longer menstrual cycles, pelvic and back pain, frequent urination, and constipation. Depending on the size and location of the fibroids, women can also experience issues with fertility.

The use of morcellators has proven to be very effective. In fact, a good number of doctors prefer to treat patients with fibroids through morcellation due to its quick recovery time. However, recent findings have shown that morcellators can cause a lot more harm than good. In particular, a campaign led by Dr. Amy Reed indicates that morcellators can be exacerbating the spread of undiagnosed cancer in some women.

A statement issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April 2014 warned doctors of the potential dangers morcellation can cause for patients with undiagnosed uterine cancer. This specific type of cancer can be hard to diagnose prior to surgery, and the growths it cause can be hard to distinguish from benign fibroids. Since morcellation uses a fast-spinning blade to slide down fibroid tissues, doctors can end up inadvertently slicing malignant growths and cause the cancer to spread even more easily.

Still, morcellators the use of morcellators continues to be rampant in the medical community. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, several doctors continue to use morcellation for lower risk patients. On top of that, morcellator manufactures continue to market the dangerous device. The website of Williams Kherkher emphasizes that the correlation between mocellator use and cancer growth will continue to affect peoples’ lives unless the medical community is held accountable for these devastating incidents.

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We typically face the risk of injury in our daily lives. For people working in high risk industries such as construction and transportation, these risks double while on the job. Unfortunately, workplace accidents are an all too common occurrence. According to data from the U.S. Department of Labor, accidents in the private industry have caused about 2.9 million injuries in 2013. In some cases, these injuries lead to debilitating disabilities.

People left disabled by workplace accidents are robbed of an opportunity to earn an income. Even worse, their condition will often require medical treatment and specialized care that could cost a lot of money. These l burdens can result in significant effects for their families, as well as the stability of their lives. Anyone suffering from a disability caused by a workplace accident can only rely on certain benefits and compensation plans to help ease their financial situations.

According to the website of the Hankey Law Office, workers with disabilities can turn to benefits provided by Social Security. Depending on specific details of their situation, they can be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income. The first option is applicable for individuals who have been able to make regular payments on Social Security or Federal Insurance Contribution. The second option is meant for those who have not earned enough Social Security credits during the period of their employment.

Workers’ compensation benefits provided by employers can provide another viable solution for financial problems resulting from injury and disability. Unfortunately, the process of filing a claim for workers’ compensation can often become long and complicated. Employers and their insurance providers will often impose a complex claim process that will make it harder for workers to pursue compensation. For such cases, it’s best to work with an experienced legal counsel to ensure that benefits are received promptly.

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