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Your best manners may save a life

When your loved one died after a routine surgery, prolonged hospital stay or medical procedure, the death certificate probably did not include doctor error as a contributing cause of death. Nevertheless, with over 250,000 deaths due to physician's mistakes across the country, medical error ranks unofficially as the third leading cause of death in the United States.

In an effort to reduce the occurrence of medical mistakes, researchers are trying to figure out why doctors make so many grievous errors that cost the lives or health of patients like your loved one. Recent findings may cause you to recall the interactions between you and your loved one's physician just prior to your loved one's treatment.

Don't Let Your Summer Be Ruined By Distracted Driving

Memorial Day weekend has come and gone and many graduation ceremonies for high school and college students are wrapping up throughout West Virginia. In the coming days, most school children will experience the joy that is the last day of school for the year and will begin what is, hopefully, a safe and enjoyable summer break.

Handling a motorcycle crash caused by another party's negligence

Motorcycles have been surging in popularity for the last decade. The number of registered motorbikes in the United States, including traditional bikes, 3-wheelers, pocket bikes, mopeds and scooters, has climbed by around two million units since 2006. There are now approximately 8.5 million registered motorcycles across the country.

Fairmont, West Virginia is a particularly fine place to own a bike. If you are a biker, the winding roads and stunning scenery provide great escapes for you, and the nearby I-79 allows you easy access to points north and south. Motorcyclists share these roads with other motorists, however, and sometimes accidents happen. Seldom do the outcomes favour the riders.

Marion County Car Accident Sends 6 to Hospital

A car accident on I-79 near mile larker 139 in Marion County, West Virginia, sent six people including a Marion County deputy, to local hospitals. The collision occurred on Monday around 8:45 p.m.

Gas Well Incident Causes Fatality

A Lewis County, West Virginia, man has died following an incident at a Tyler County, West Virginia, natural gas drilling site.  The incident which occurred last Thursday took place at a U.S. Well Services Site in Tyler County.  Various news agencies are reporting that the incident occurred when the individual was pinned between a truck and a stationary object. 

Has your workers' compensation claim been denied?

If you have been involved in a work-related accident that resulted in your needing medical attention for injuries, you may wonder how you will pay for the medical expenses and other financial difficulties resulting from the incident. In many cases, workers' compensation can help you fill the financial gaps created by such a scenario. However, you may feel at a loss if your workers' compensation claim has been denied

Various reasons could lead to the denial of a claim, and if you would like to address your rejection, you may first wish to determine what may have led to your predicament. In some instances, a simple clerical error may have resulted in a mix-up, and speaking with your employer may clear up the matter. In other cases, you may need further action.

Traumatic Brain Injuries: What You Need To Know

In recent years, there's been a lot of talk about sports-related traumatic brain injuries and the dangers these types of injuries pose to the athletes-especially those who are young and whose brains are still developing. TBIs can also result from being involved in car, workplace and slip-and-fall accidents.

Consider the following alarming TBI statistics:

  • 1.7 million - The number of people in the U.S. who suffer TBIs each year
  • 52,000 - The number of people who die each year as a result of a TBI
  • 275,000 - The number of people who are hospitalized each year for TBIs
  • 1.4 million - The number of people each year who are treated and released for TBIs at emergency departments throughout the U.S.

Follow the law: Stop for School Buses

School bus.jpgWith public school starting in Marion County, West Virginia, today and with other local school districts already in session, there are a few things that drivers need to be aware of and take extra caution towards to ensure the safety of bus drivers and school children. While school buses are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in preventing injuries when involved in a crash, it is important that drivers stop for school buses to ensure a child's safety when getting off the bus. Here are a few things to keep in mind as our kids go back to school:

I-79 Tractor Trailer Crash Causes Fatality

A multi-vehicle car accident that occurred in Monongalia County on August 9th, 2016, left one dead. The accident occurred on I-79 near mile marker 150 at around 4am. According to West Virginia State Police, a PAM tractor trailer and tow truck were pulled over onto the side of the interstate when a PPG tractor trailer crashed into the vehicles. An individual inside the PAM truck was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. West Virginia State Police are still investigating the cause of the incident.

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