Month: April 2017

Does that dog in the window indicate a distracted driver?

It isn't unusual -- especially on a nice day -- to see a car rolling down the road with a dog hanging its head out of the window.Could that also be the warning sign of a distracted driver? Maybe. It's definitely wise to be careful around that driver. You don't know if the dog's owner has his or her full attention on the road or is partially distracted by the pet. More than 46 million American households have at least one dog, and more than half of their owners say that they travel with their furry buddies from time to time. They'll also admit that the dogs are a distraction. Even though four...

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What’s the biggest danger to high school athletes?

Competitive cheerleading has exploded in popularity, with modern high school cheerleaders taking on tasks that combine gymnastics and dance in ways that their pom-pom waving predecessors couldn't imagine. Their predecessors probably also couldn't imagine the sheer number and magnitude of the injuries being suffered by today's cheerleaders -- an issue that's finally attracting more attention. While cheerleading itself has seen a 70 percent increase in popularity over the last two decades, emergency room visits by cheerleaders have risen 189 percent in the same period of time. Although the...

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Bad medical news? Get a second opinion before you act

The most common type of medical mistake that patients suffer from is a misdiagnosis. Sometimes, that means that people with serious health conditions are left unaware of the cancer growing inside their bodies or without any idea that they need urgent treatment for infections that later cost them their eyesight or a limb. In one case, a woman went from doctor to doctor complaining of chest pain -- and they all missed the fact that the pain was caused by compression on her spinal cord. She ended up a paraplegic. Other times, perfectly healthy people endure painful, needless treatments that...

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What are wrongful death claims and survival actions?

When someone dies in a needless event that's the result of carelessness, negligence, or outright reckless behavior, that's called a wrongful death -- it's a death that could have been easily prevented if the proper precautions had been taken. Many people don't understand, however, how wrongful death claims work -- which can cause them to miss out on important benefits. While no amount of money can bring your loved one back to you, compensation for his or her death can help you raise your family, pay off debts accumulated after his or her death and give you time to recover emotionally. Here...

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Filing an insurance claim: There’s a right way and wrong way

Imagine that another driver rear-ended you on your way from work. First responders arrived and you received medical attention. The police showed up and took statements from witnesses and the other driver. Now, you are back home, your car is in the shop and you are realizing that you do not really like wearing a neck brace. It is time to call the insurance company and report the accident. Contacting your insurance company seems like it should be the easiest part of the entire process. Do not allow yourself to become complacent. Keep in mind that there are definitely some "do's and don'ts"...

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Learn how to defend against distracted driving

It's Distracted Driving Awareness Month -- so let's talk about what's going on in our country when it comes to traffic accidents and fatalities. First, auto accident-related fatalities rose in 2015, and early estimates for 2016, indicate that the trend will continue -- which is disheartening because they'd been on a general decline since 2007. Second, distracted driving has gotten worse -- and it now scares or concerns people more than even drunk driving. So, how do you defend yourself against distracted driving? -- Drive defensively. You've probably heard that before, but it takes on new...

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