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Older drivers are susceptible to distracted driving, too

When you think about distracted driving, you probably have the mental picture of a young person driving down the road with his or her cell phone in hand. Young people do have a reputation for being more likely to engage in reckless actions, but they may not be the most dangerous drivers on the road. There are studies that revealed that older people may actually be more prone to distraction than younger drivers.

There are many reasons why this may be the case. For example, there are more things than ever before that are capable of causing distraction. Hands-free technology can also give a false sense of security, as a driver may have both hands on the wheel but still be cognitively distracted

Misdiagnosis continues to rank high among malpractice claims

Whether you are the kind of person who seeks a medical opinion as soon as you sense something is wrong, or you prefer to monitor your symptoms, try home remedies and go to the doctor as a last resort, you may expect to obtain educated and sound advice from a medical professional. If your symptoms are serious or worrisome, you may feel there is more at stake.

Unfortunately, if your symptoms do not point to an easy diagnosis, you may find yourself suffering needlessly, taking unnecessary or destructive medication, or undergoing ill-advised procedures. In fact, over one third of all medical malpractice cases stem from a wrong diagnosis, and 65% of those cases result in the death or disabling injury of the patient. If you or a loved one is the victim of a wrong diagnosis, you are likely exploring your legal options.

How impairment affects your ability to safely operate a vehicle

It may come as no secret that being involved in a major collision can be a traumatic experience. As you prepare to travel on Pennsylvania roads, you may choose to take every precaution to reduce the chances such an incident will occur, but you might not always be able to count on others to do the same.

As you may share the road with countless others each day, the potential of encountering a negligent driver is ever present. While there are a variety of circumstances in which the actions of another could place your health at risk, few scenarios may be as dangerous as finding yourself in the path of a drunk driver.

Research aims to prevent spinal cord damage after injury

A spinal cord injury is one of the most complex injuries an accident victim may suffer. The brain communicates to the rest of the body through the neurons in the spinal cord, and once those neurons suffer damage, you may lose many basic functions, such as walking, using your arms or even breathing.

Once the delicate neurons sustain damage, there is little doctors can do to reverse it. However, many spinal cord injuries do not occur the way you may think they do. If you imagine a break in the spine that also snaps the spinal cord within, you are only partially right. Many spinal cord injuries occur as a result of the body's own immune system response to the injury.

Is fatigue placing you at risk on the job?

You are no stranger to late nights. Whether you stay up binge-watching a TV series, trying to reach one more level on your favorite game or simply tossing in bed trying to relax, you pay for it the next day. No amount of coffee can compensate for those lost hours of sleep. While you may stay up late once in a while, many people never get enough sleep.

Did you notice a difference in your production during those shifts following a night of little sleep? Did you make more mistakes or have more close calls? You are not alone, and chances are that among your co-workers are some who perform their jobs while chronically fatigued. If you work construction, distribution or another industry that requires your undivided attention, someone's lack of sleep can place you in danger.

Is your landlord keeping the property safe for your kids?

Renting a home or apartment has its benefits and drawbacks. While you do not have financial responsibility for major repairs or renovations, you also do not have control over many circumstances on the property. In a multi-unit dwelling, you may deal with neighbors who are loud or inconsiderate. You may also be at the mercy of a landlord who is not always quick about taking care of important matters around the property.

If your landlord is not mindful of the fact that children live and play on the property, you may have concerns about safety. Children think differently than adults do, and where you see danger, they only see adventure. This is the basis of attractive nuisance laws.

On foot, what are your chances of arriving safely?

You may feel fortunate to live in an age where technology constantly allows for improved safety devices in vehicles. Airbags, automatic braking systems and advanced restraints increase the chances of surviving a motor vehicle accident and even escaping without serious injuries. However, the same cannot be said for pedestrians.

If you walk anywhere near traffic, even across the parking lot to the grocery store, you are at risk of an accident that may result in catastrophic injuries. In fact, studies show that the rate of pedestrian accidents has reached record numbers in recent years. Even more alarming is that more people are dying from their injuries. Analysts have their theories about how to change this trend, but it may come down to changing the behaviors of drivers.

Taking action for your child who suffered injuries during birth

The birth of a child is a joyful, happy time for most Pennsylvania families, and discovering that your child suffered an injury during the birth process is devastating. Learning that your child suffered harm during birth can mar the excitement you and your family are feeling, instead leaving you with questions and concerns about your child. A birth injury can have significant consequences for you and your baby. 

Birth injuries can range in type and severity, and you may have to deal with everything from surgery to at-home care to therapy. If the injuries that will affect your child's quality of life are result of the negligent or reckless actions of the doctor, a nurse or another care provider, you can take action on behalf of your child. You may take legal action to secure appropriate compensation for his or her needs and your financial losses.

Cell phones growing contributor to distracted driving

It is hard -- if not impossible -- to imagine a life without smartphones. You probably use your phone for far more than just making and receiving phone calls, such as accessing social media, tracking your daily calories or recording your exercise. Since you are a safe driver, you never do these types of activities behind the wheel, but what about everyone else in Pennsylvania? As it turns out, distracted driving is on the rise.

Doing anything that takes a driver's attention away from the road is considered distracted driving. This includes things like fiddling with the radio, speaking with passengers and, yes, manipulating cell phones.

What support can you get after a work accident?

The aftermath of a work accident can be complex. One minute you are doing your job, and the next you may have injuries that keep you from going back to work for an extended period of time. It can be confusing and overwhelming for Pennsylvania workers, and it is in your interests to learn how you can protect your rights if you suffer injuries at work or get sick because of your job.

One of the most helpful steps a worker can take to protect his or her rights is to seek an understanding of how workers' compensation works. You have the right to certain types of support and benefits in case you are hurt at work, and it is useful to know what to expect from your claim. You do not have to walk through the aftermath of your work accident alone.

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