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Spinal cord injuries: Depression can make life more complicated

A spinal cord injury has various impacts on the victim. One that most people won't think about is the mental effect that a catastrophic injury has on them. Dealing with this impact can be a challenge, but it isn't impossible as long as you are up for putting forth the effort.

The first thing that you must realize is that it is normal to grieve the loss of the abilities that you are dealing with now. Once you come to terms with your new normal, it will be easier for you to find ways to adjust.

Safety must be a priority for all businesses

A trip to your local store should never entail having to fight for your life. However, hazards can exist when retailers don't use proper safety procedures. When a shopper suffers an injury at one of these businesses, a lawsuit can follow. The victim has the ability to seek compensation for the damages they suffered because of the incident.

One point that comes up in these cases is who holds the liability for the accident. Often, California's negligence laws will come into the picture. This involves taking a look at the circumstances of the accident and determining whether the representatives of the business should have had knowledge of the hazard, as well as what steps the company took to warn consumers or prevent accidents.

What dangers exist while shopping sales at big box stores?

The winter holiday season is slowly winding down. While the thought of heading out to the mall or a big box store to go shopping is likely the last thing on your mind right now, it will soon be Valentine's Day and then Easter. Countless consumers will head out to the stores en masse once again to buy supplies to commemorate these holidays. 11 individuals lost their lives on Black Friday in 2016 just over shopping. We can all stand to take note of why these incidents happened so that we don't get hurt while shopping in the new year.

Big box retailers have become smarter about how to manage the crowds that pour into their stores during sales and the holidays.

Scaffolding used in construction creates injury risks

Construction often requires workers to do their job far above the ground. Instead of teetering on top of ladders, it is common practice for workers to use scaffolding to reach the worksite. Scaffolding is better than ladders in a number of ways.

A single scaffolding unit can support multiple workers safely and provide a broad base from which to work. It can also have guardrails and other safety devices, such as points of connection for safety harnesses. Scaffolding can also be built up over time to allow for safe access to ever hire work sites at a job. Unfortunately, scaffolding also presents some risk of injury to those working on construction sites.

How a business' negligence plays a role in your slip and fall

It only takes a second for a routine visit to a business to become a life-altering ordeal. All of a sudden, you find yourself falling, and the result is a head injury, back injury or broken bone. Now you can't work and have to worry about massive medical costs.

Thankfully, you usually have the right to bring a premises liability claim against a property manager or business owner who failed to properly maintain their facilities in a manner that ensured public safety. You may find yourself wondering what mistakes can lead to a successful slip-and-fall claim against a business.

These 3 tips can help you avoid a drunk driving crash

Thanksgiving is nearly here, and with it comes an increased risk of collisions with drunk drivers. It's fairly common for people to have a few drinks with Thanksgiving dinner, but the entire holiday weekend is problematic as a result of people coming to visit family and many going out to celebrate with drinks.

If you're also traveling to be with friends or family and plan to drink, you need to remember to take steps to avoid a DUI and to stay out from behind the wheel while intoxicated. Here are a few things you can do to stay safe.

Catastrophic injuries are costly, compensation might help

People who are involved in accidents can suffer from a host of injuries. Some of these are worse than others, and they are known as catastrophic injuries. These are injuries that have a host of impacts on a person's life. They are sometimes temporary, but they can also be permanent. We know that dealing with a catastrophic injury isn't easy, partly because of the cost associated with them.

If you are living with a catastrophic injury, you will find that the medical care costs are often exorbitant. The emergency care that you need when the injury first occurs is usually very expensive. The regular medical care costs might be less; however, there is a good chance that you will need care for the remainder of your life.

Addressing the Fatal Four improves construction site safety

There are so many things that can go wrong at a construction site. It is imperative that all employers who have employees in these areas have a proper safety protocol in place to reduce the risk that something is going to happen that leads to a worker injury. While employees should take the necessary steps to stay safe, the onus is on the employer to ensure safety.

There are many hazards on these sites; however, there are four specific ones that account for the majority of the fatalities in this industry. If employers address these, they can greatly reduce the number of construction workers who don't make it home to their family members.

Do not run away from a charging dog

When a dog that you do not know charges you on the street, your instinct is to run away. Don't do it. This is only going to make the situation worse.

For instance, imagine that you go out for a jog. You do not see the dog in the yard before you run by the house, but it's clearly not on a leash or a tether. Since you're running, the dog wants to chase you. Maybe it felt surprised. Maybe it thinks you're a threat. Maybe it's just following that natural chase reflex that dogs are born with.

Lesser known impacts of spinal cord injuries

Thinking about a spinal cord injury often conjures up thoughts of paralysis. What many people don't realize is that there are many things that happen beyond the inability to move the arms and legs that can occur in these cases. Sometimes, these are the effects that have the greatest impact on the person's life.

The areas of the body that are impacted by a spinal cord injury are always at or below the level of the damaged area. For example, an injury in the upper back or neck could lead to respiratory issues. Christopher Reeve had a respirator to help him breathe because he was unable to do so on his own after his cervical spinal cord was damaged in a fall. Individuals with this effect are more likely to suffer from pneumonia and respiratory infections.

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