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January 2014 Archives

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Most industry accidents are made up from slips, trips, and falls. They make up nearly 15% of all accidental deaths per year with roughly 12,000 per year. Slips, trips, and falls are the second leading cause of accidental death behind motor vehicle accidents. Slips, trips, and falls are the most commonly reported injuries in the workplace. Most can be prevented from happening.

Do I have a medical malpractice claim?

Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor harms a patient by failing to perform their medical duties properly. Medical malpractice claims must be proven and have basic requirements. There must have been a doctor-patient relationship, meaning the doctor was hired and agreed to be hired. The doctor had to be negligent in the diagnosis or treatment of the patient. The doctor's negligence has to be the cause of injury. The patient has to show where the injuries, more likely than not, were directly caused by the negligence of a doctor or medical professional.

Slips and Falls on Sidewalks

Clearing the sidewalks on your property is important for safety, especially during the winter months when snow and ice become an issue. Many areas have a 24 hour time limit to remove snow and ice. If not done within 24 hours of the snowfall, property owners could be subject to fines depending on where one is located.

Take the Pledge to be Sober this Super Bowl

On Super Bowl Sunday alone, roughly 40% of all fatal motor vehicle wrecks were in direct connection with drunk driving. Take the pledge with Manchin Injury Law Group to not drive under the influence of alcohol on Super Bowl Sunday for a chance to win a $100 gift card. Don't get into a car with someone who is impaired. Keep friends and family safe, encouraging them not to drink and drive. Be sure to designate a sober driver before consuming alcohol. Here are some tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for Super Bowl Sunday.

Failure to Clean Off Your Vehicle Can Cause a Collision

Failure to remove snow and ice from your vehicle before travel can lead to a fine in some states. Being a peephole driver reduces a driver's field of vision down to 2%-3% of their normal field of vision. Peephole driving increases the chances of a collision. Ignored ice or snow may fly off and hit other vehicles, causing damage, or strike pedestrians, causing injuries.

January Is Radon Action Month

Radon is an invisible, odorless, and tasteless gas that comes from uranium deposits in rocks, soil, and ground water. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking and is responsible for 15,000-21,000 deaths per year. It's important to have your home tested before your health is affected.

New study highlights disconnect between parents and kids during divorce

A recent survey highlights how divorce impacts children. The study by U.K. parenting site netmums.com, surveyed 1,000 parents and 100 children separately about divorce. Of those surveyed, thirty-nine percent of children said they hide their feelings about the divorce from their parents. Twenty percent said that they can't communicate their feelings about the divorce with their parents because the parents were too "wrapped up in themselves." While fourteen percent said they felt as if they couldn't be honest with their parents about how upset they felt.

How to Keep Warm during the Winter Months

During the winter months, it can be difficult to keep warm at home or if you're on the go. If you prepare your home and car before winter hits, you can increase the heat in your home and safety when traveling. Here are some things you can do to help increase the heat in your home:

Study: West Virginia Leads Nation in ATV Deaths

A new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety concluded that West Virginia has the highest rate of ATV deaths on public roads throughout the nation. The study concluded that between 2007 and 2011, rider deaths on public roads throughout the nation totaled 1,701.

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