Our world is full of distractions. Everywhere we turn there are images and information bombarding us. This onslaught of information can cause us to lose focus in many aspects of our daily lives, especially in those tasks which require undivided attention, including driving a motor vehicle.
Recently a 16-year old in Brick, NJ, was struck by a motor vehicle when the driver was using her cell phone. The injuries included a broken leg and required hospitalization. This is just one example of “distracted driving”; and unfortunately is quite common despite the availability of “hands free” technology allowing the use of cellular devices with less attention to the device and its functions.
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Millions of automobile accidents occur in the United States each year. There is a high likelihood that at some point most of us will be involved in one type of motor vehicle accident or another. Injuries that occur in car accidents range in their severity. Regardless of the extent of the injuries, those who are hurt in a car accident should see a doctor as soon as possible to assess the extent of the injuries and to document the conditions and how they were sustained.
Most car accidents in New Jersey happen on county or municipal roads, and not the highways. Rear end collisions tend to be the most prevalent types of accidents. Other common types of accidents occur on blind curves, involve parked vehicles or fixed objects, or occur when one vehicle sideswipes another in an attempt to pass on either side. Read the rest »
New Jersey roads are frequently-travelled by truck drivers delivering goods and services. These trucks range in size. No matter the size of the trucking vehicle, damages can be quite significant if involved in an accident with a smaller vehicle.
The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrations) is a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and frequently teams up with the Federal Highway Administration to institute regulations in the interest of the safety of truck drivers and those who share the road with them.
The FMCSA frequently adds to their already lengthy list of rules and regulations for the trucking industry. Many of these regulations reiterate what would be considered “common-sense” relative to the operation of a trucking vehicle. Other rules and regulations are a bit more obscure, but still detail and direct various precautionary measures. Read the rest »
A Cesarean Section (C-Section), is a surgical procedure in which a doctor cuts through the mother’s pelvic tissue to deliver a child.
Prenatally, healthcare providers should appropriately monitor the health of the mother and fetus. If circumstances arise which preclude a vaginal delivery, the healthcare providers need to timely deliver the child surgically by C-section.
C-Sections are significant surgical procedures and may be performed electively in non-emergent situations. However, if a doctor delays in performing a C-section in light of an emergency such as fetal distress or certain maternal conditions, it can lead to serious injuries to the mother and child. Read the rest »
The thought of suffering an accident that leads to the amputation of a digit or limb is understandably frightening, and hopefully something you will never experience. Unfortunately, such amputation accidents, or accidents involving injuries which ultimately progress to medical conditions mandating amputations to protect a patient’s health are common.
The National Amputee Coalition notes:
• There are nearly 2 million people living with limb loss in the United States.
• Among those living with limb loss, the main causes are vascular disease (54%), trauma (45%), and cancer (less than 2%).
• Approximately 185,000 amputations occur in the United States each year.
• In 2009, hospital costs associated with amputation totaled more than $8.3 billion. Read the rest »
Construction sites are hazardous environments for workers. Statistics show that fatalities are more common in construction than in most other industries. There are numerous factors which make construction workers particularly vulnerable to potentially severe injury or death.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has created several regulations to try and prevent the injury and death of construction workers, but workers are at risk when an employer chooses not to comply with rules, regulations and codes. Four of the most prevalent causes of construction worker injuries include: Read the rest »
Broken bones are one of the most common injuries people experience after being involved in a New Jersey bus accident. Though not generally an immediately life-threatening injury, broken bones can result in debilitating conditions affecting a person’s daily function, abilities and activities. An injured party may have a long road to recovery in front of them that will include many expensive medical/therapy bills and possibly lost wages.
With public transportation utilized by so many residents and commuters in the New Jersey area every year, the well-being of millions of people is in the hands of bus drivers. When a bus accident occurs resulting in orthopedic fractures or other significant injuries, the victims may be entitled to monetary compensation. However, it must first be proven that the bus driver or bus company was in some way negligent, which led to the accident causing the injuries in question. Read the rest »
Unfortunately, while we’ve all been living in the 21st century for nearly two decades, many still view men in society as the torchbearers for cardiac arrest. How often do we see a commercial, a television episode, or a movie in which a man clutches his chest and suffers a heart attack? Almost every time. But the reality is, woman have the exact same odds as a man when it comes to dying of heart disease. In fact, heart disease is the number one killer in America, impacting 44 million people each year, outranking all types of cancers combined. So if heart disease is such a problem for women, why are women less likely to be diagnosed?
Some believe it could be due to a centuries old bias. A recent article in the Atlantic explores the idea that society – especially medical professionals – has long viewed the disease as a man’s problem. Despite clear evidence to the contrary and vast amounts of research, stretching back to the 1950s, many people are more inclined to believe that only men suffer heart attacks. The article also suggests that doctors may be missing some major warning signs. Women are more likely to have subtle signs of heart failure – such as nausea, severe anxiety, or slight back pain. This means doctors and emergency room technicians are more likely to confuse it with another ailment. Read the rest »
Over the past few months, health officials around the globe have been sounding the alarm about the Zika virus. Originally discovered in 1947 in the Zika forest of Uganda, the virus is contracted through mosquito bites and thrives in tropical areas. While the Zika virus itself is not deadly, it can lead to severe complications for pregnant mothers and their unborn children in the form of microcephaly – a congenital condition that is characterized by underdeveloped heads and brains. In Brazil – the epicenter of the current Zika virus outbreak – over 850 children have been born with microcephaly this year. This, of course, has lead American businesses to cut back on their travel to the area and offer stern warnings for any employees planning to fly there in the near future. Read the rest »
If you’ve lived in New Jersey during the transition from winter to spring, you know how easy it is to lose your footing just about anywhere. Slick snowy conditions eventually give way to a wet thawing situations, giving pedestrians little time to catch their breath. Snow banks remain piled up in the most inconvenient of spots and enormous puddles of April showers take up whole sideways.
From your driveway to your work place or even your neighborhood grocery store, there are endless places in which you could suffer a slip, trip, or fall. But if you do end up slipping and falling – who is responsible? Just about everywhere is treacherous, so how can one individual be at fault? Read the rest »