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Watch out for road rage during the holiday season

Holiday travel is one of the most frustrating times people deal with each year. There is a massive increase in the number of people on the roads, and travel can be extremely slow. Congested roads add to the delays, and traffic jams can be common in cities and on highways.

For the most part, people take these issues in stride, but there is one thing that you have to watch out for: road rage. Road rage can turn a slow drive into a terrifying drive as a driver tries to weave in and out of lanes, rides too closely to you to stop safely if you have to slow down or behaves in other reckless ways.

What kind of injury risks do private hospital workers face?

Data compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 captured how private hospital work is particularly dangerous. BLS researchers determined that six out of over 100 full-time workers in this industry are hurt on the job. This injury rate can be likened to other more traditionally dangerous job roles. The nonfatal illnesses or injuries that occur in these types of facilities are varied.

Overexertion and bodily reaction injuries accounted for at least 45.1% of all nonfatal worker injuries that occurred at private hospitals in 2015. Slips, trips and falls were found to be to blame for at least 24.8% of workers who were hurt in these same types of facilities that same year.

Cold weather doesn’t slow down bicycle commuters in Pittsburgh

When winter weather moves into Pittsburgh, temperatures drop and snow is seemingly always in the forecast. While this change alters the life of many residents throughout the area, some continue to commute to and from work on their bicycle.

As someone commuting on their bicycle during the cold winter months, here are several tips to follow:

  • Keep an eye on the sky: Is there snow in the forecast? How about rain or ice? Or maybe fog? Cold temperatures are one thing, but precipitation is a different beast entirely. For instance, icy roadways require special caution to avoid a situation in which your tires skid out from under you.
  • Wear the appropriate gear: Regardless of the time of year, you'll want to wear a helmet at a minimum. During the winter months, it's essential to wear warmer clothing, without restricting your movement.
  • Watch for distracted drivers: Cold weather can distract drivers in a number of ways. Maybe someone is on their phone to check the forecast for the drive home. Or maybe someone is struggling to see the road ahead because they didn't clear their windshield. If you spot a distracted driver, take special caution to prevent trouble.
  • Pedestrians are dangerous, too: Winter weather has a way of distracting pedestrians, as they only care about one thing: getting to their destination as quickly as possible. This can cause them to make mistakes, such as walking in a bicycle lane or neglecting to look twice before crossing the road.
  • Get off and walk your bike: If road conditions turn dangerous while you're on the saddle, jump off your bike and walk it to your destination. Sure, it may slow you down, but safety always comes first.

Defendant in lawsuit claims plaintiff got the wrong company

If you've been hurt recently, chances are that you didn't feel the need to sue anyone over the cause. Injuries can happen for countless accidental reasons, and insurance among other supports is there to help people recover from the consequences. Lawsuits regarding personal injury need some specific relation between the defendant and the cause of the pain and damage.

It all comes down to liability. The two main forms of liability when it comes to personal injuries involve people doing things they should not have done and people who did not do things they should have done.

A hip fracture typically requires surgery

When you arrive at work, the last thing you're thinking about is the safety of your hips. However, depending on your profession, you may be at risk of suffering a hip fracture among a variety of other injuries.

If you injure your hip on the job, such as the result of a slip-and-fall or fall from height, you may have concerns about a potential fracture. This is even more so the case in the event of extreme pain, discomfort in the area, the inability to walk and swelling.

Injuries and a death occur after driver speeds into wrong lane

Pittsburgh streets can get very busy, with traffic to and from businesses mixing with families traveling between school, shopping and home. Unfortunately, the sheer number of cars and trucks out on the roads can make for dangerous driving conditions and motor vehicle accidents and personal injuries. That happened recently in a fiery multi-vehicle crash in eastern Pennsylvania.

The Berks County crash occurred at about 10:55 a.m. on a recent morning. A BMW driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was driving at high speed in the northbound lane of a two-lane road. In a misguided attempt to pass northbound traffic on a downhill curve, the BMW driver suddenly veered into the southbound lane.

A neck fracture is a severe injury that can alter your life

A neck fracture is not the most common on-the-job injury, but it's one that every worker should be fully aware of. From office workers to construction workers to individuals who drive delivery trucks, anyone and everyone is at risk of this serious injury.

A neck fracture, also known as a cervical fracture, occurs when there is a break in one or more of the seven cervical bones, ranging from C1 to C7. Not only do these bones protect the spinal cord, but they also allow for normal range of motion of the neck.

Is surgery always required after a traumatic brain injury?

A traumatic brain injury can change your life in an instant. From a slip and fall at your place of employment to a motor vehicle accident, this type of injury has the potential to pop up when you least expect it.

No two injuries and no two people are the same, so there's no way of knowing what type of treatment you'll require in the event of a traumatic brain injury.

A suspected drunk motorist kills 1 in Beaver County

A suspected drunk motorist is believed to have caused a deadly head-on crash in Beaver County on the afternoon of Oct. 10.

Pennsylvania State Police were summoned the scene of a crash near the intersection of Langham Drive and Lincoln Highway (Route 30) just after 4:30 p.m. on that fateful day. It was upon their arrival there in Greene Township that police officers discovered the mangled mess left behind by two vehicles that had collided into each other.

Will your personality change after a brain injury?

You get injured seriously in a car accident. You lose consciousness and the first responders think you may not make it. While they are able to save your life, doctors quickly tell you that you suffered a traumatic brain injury.

As you recover in the hospital, you begin researching brain injuries so that you will know what to expect. You find that all brain injuries are different and have different symptoms. It's hard to predict what will happen because it depends on many factors, such as the severity of the injury and what specific part of your brain got injured.

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