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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.

There are options if you're injured on the job in Pennsylvania

A Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index (LMWSI) report published earlier this year outlined what the leading causes of serious on-the-job injuries are. The researchers working on the project defined "serious" as any incident that causes workers to miss five or more days from the job.

The data compiled as part of the LMWSI report shows that overexertion injuries are the leading reason that workers have to take off five or more days from work each year. At least 23.65% of the serious injuries reported by employees each year are these types of injuries.

The many types of traumatic brain injuries

Even though your skull is extremely strong, it's possible you could suffer a traumatic brain injury in an accident. For example, a motor vehicle crash or fall from height has the potential to cause serious injury to your brain and surrounding areas.

There are many types of traumatic brain injuries, including the following:

  • Concussion: It's not as severe as other traumatic brain injuries, but it can result in a temporary loss of function. In the event of a more serious concussion, symptoms have the potential to linger for many months or longer.
  • Hematoma: A hematoma is the clotting of blood outside the vessels. When this occurs in the brain, it can lead to excess pressure inside your skull. Too much pressure can cause loss of consciousness and permanent brain damage.
  • Hemorrhage: Uncontrolled bleeding in the brain can cause serious symptoms such as loss of consciousness, vomiting and headaches. Any amount of bleeding on the brain can cause pressure build-up.
  • Skull fracture: Since the skull doesn't have bone marrow, it's extremely strong. Even so, it can fracture or break as a result of a serious blow. Depending on the type of fracture, it can cause damage to the brain.
  • Edema: Any type of brain injury can cause edema, also known as swelling. When brain tissues swell, your skull doesn't have enough room to accommodate the additional size.
  • Diffuse axonal injury: While this type of injury doesn't cause bleeding, it does damage the cells of the brain. This impairs their ability to properly function, thus resulting in permanent damage. Diffuse axonal injury also increases the risk of death.

Intersection accident injures 1 and kills 3

Pennsylvania roads can get extremely busy, with everyone from commuters traveling from work to families getting their children from school navigating traffic throughout each day. Many of the drivers successfully navigate the traffic, but on occasion there are motor vehicle accidents. One of them was especially devastating, and left three of the people involved dead and another seriously injured.

The people involved in the accident were from multiple cities of Pennsylvania. The accident happened around 11:50 p.m. at a five-point intersection. It happened when a Honda Pilot was traveling westbound at high speeds on Ridge Pike. The Honda was going at about 100 mph in a zone that had a posted speed limit of 35 mph. It failed to make a key turn as it approached Chemical Road and instead went racing across the median, and from there, went into the eastbound lane. There, it smashed head-on into a Dodge Grand Caravan.

Working on scaffolding is as dangerous as it sounds

As you gain more experience working on scaffolding, it's easy to believe you'll never run into trouble. However, scaffolding is as dangerous as it sounds, as a simple mistake can cause a serious injury or even death.

Many types of workers regularly use scaffolding. This includes construction workers, painters and warehouse workers, among others.

4 mental symptoms of a serious brain injury

People often understand some of the physical symptoms associated with brain injuries. These include not being able to keep your balance, severe headaches or seizures. While it is very important to know what these symptoms mean and when you need to get medical help, remember that it is not all about the physical issues. Many mental symptoms can also show up, even if you seem fine physically.

Every case is unique, and brain injuries can look different in different people. There are too many variables, such as the severity or the part of the brain that suffered an injury.

Pay attention to these delayed symptoms after a car accident

Imagine driving through Pittsburgh on your way to work when your morning commute takes an unexpected turn. Another driver runs a red light and the next thing you know, you have a totaled car. And, while you might feel fine the first day after the accident, that does not mean you are injury-free. The adrenaline that is often released due to a vehicle collision can mask even serious injuries and it may take several hours, days or even a week before you begin to feel the symptoms that indicate an injury.

If you begin to feel pain, soreness or other symptoms after a car crash, do not ignore them. They could indicate that you have a serious injury that requires treatment. Here are a few delayed injury symptoms you could experience after a wreck.

Brain injuries can mean the end of your current profession

The human brain is an incredible organ that is responsible for all of our conscious decisions and unconscious bodily functions that keep us alive, like breathing. Unfortunately, the brain is also delicate, meaning that it is easy to injure in certain circumstances, including situations the average American experiences every day.

Traveling at high speeds inside a metal box is a perfect recipe for a serious brain injury. Between the many surfaces on which you can strike your head and the potential for jarring, shaking motions that could also damage your brain, there are many ways for someone to wind up with a brain injury in a car crash.

1 injured and 1 killed in freak accident

On a recent Pennsylvania weekend, there was a freak accident involving multiple vehicles and a utility pole. The accident resulted in a personal injury and a fatality, as well as extreme damage to the vehicles. Sadly, the accident happened when one person was trying to help another.

The first motorist involved was in an accident and was stopped to deal with the problems that accident caused. A second motorist, who was not involved in the original accident stopped to help. This was a pure act of kindness that the second motorist's friends and family members can take great pride in.

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