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Early care after car accidents equals early cure

Are you a victim of a car accident in Florida? Various factors will determine the severity of your injuries. These include the speed of the vehicles when they collided, where you sat in the car, the location of the impact and whether you wore a seat belt. Most crash victims experience significant mental trauma after a crash, even if they escape severe physical injuries.

A shattered windshield can cause cuts and lacerations, and loose objects in the car can strike the occupants. However, these injuries could be insignificant compared to potential major orthopedic and other traumatic injuries, and if you decline an ambulance trip to a hospital for a medical examination, you could suffer long-term consequences.

How to protect eyesight at work

There are over 700,000 eye injuries that occur on the job each year. However, there are ways that workers in Florida and throughout the country can keep their eyesight intact. For instance, it is good to keep exposure to blue light to a minimum as it can help workers avoid digital eyestrain syndrome. This is a condition that is common among those who use a computer or similar device for several hours each day.

Those who use computers at work are encouraged to use an anti-glare screen or take frequent breaks. Ideally, a worker will look away from a computer at least once every 20 minutes. If individuals perform tasks such as chipping or hammering, it is a good idea for them to wear goggles or other types of face shields. Premium shields or visors should be used when handling chemicals or performing tasks with nail guns. Employers should make sure that employees are using equipment as directed at all times.

Hospital staff errors with gowns, gloves leads to contamination

For hospital staff who treat infectious patients, there are guidelines on the donning and doffing of personal protective garments like gowns and gloves. Healthcare workers in Florida should know about a new study that shows how the incautious removal and disposal of these garments can raise the risk for bacterial contamination. The study was conducted by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

Researchers observed the actions of 125 healthcare workers, including 83 nurses and 24 doctors, as they treated 95 patients with contact precautions for antibiotic-resistant bacteria like MRSA and Enterococcus. After six months of observation, researchers discovered that over one third of the healthcare workers had their garments or equipment contaminated with a multidrug-resistant organism.

IIHS: passengers in newer pickups at higher risk for injury

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been performing small overlap front crash tests (where the left corner collides with a vehicle or object) since 2012. Only in 2017 did it start to test the passenger side, after which it came to several conclusions that may be of interest to Florida residents.

It appears that in newer two-row pickup trucks, the passengers have a higher risk for injury or death than the drivers. The majority of pickups tested "struggled to maintain their structure," as IIHS researchers put it. The Toyota Tundra scored the lowest and received a "poor" mark. Part of the reason seems to be that the Tundra saw its last major redesign in 2014, whereas others have since been overhauled.

Misdiagnosis claims top cause of malpractice suits

Misdiagnosis is a major problem in Florida and other states across the country according to two new insurance industry studies. The studies find that misdiagnosis cases are the top source of all medical malpractice claims.

The first study, conducted by Boston-based malpractice insurer Coverys, involved a review of 1,800 closed claims filed against doctors from 2013 until 2017. The analysis found that 46 percent of the claims involved a diagnosis-related issue. It further found that 68 percent of paid indemnity costs involved diagnosis-related claims. Finally, the study found that 45 percent of all diagnosis-related claims involved the death of a patient.

Why drivers should keep their eyes on the road

Most Florida drivers understand how serious driving while distracted can be. Simply turning their gaze away from the road or placing their attention elsewhere, be it on a text message, a passenger in the car or a telephone call, could lead to a major accident.

Driving the car at high speeds can be deceptive, especially if a person is driving in a newer vehicle. From inside the vehicle, driving at 55 miles an hour seems relatively slow. However, the reality is that when a driver is cruising at that speed, they cover a distance a little bit longer than a football field in a span of five seconds. If they take their eyes off the road for just a few seconds, they could potentially be driving the length of a football field blind or distracted.

How to move forward after the loss of a loved one

Losing a loved one unexpectedly can devastate your Florida family. Whether your loved one died in a car accident or as the result of a medical malpractice incident, it can leave you dealing with emotional duress and financial loss. You may be wondering how you will ever pick up the pieces and move forward from this point. 

In your time of grief, you may not be aware that your family could have legal options, including the right to move forward with a wrongful death claim. If you suspect that your loved one's death was the result of the actions of another person, you may have a case. These cases are time sensitive, and it can be beneficial to move forward with learning more about this option as soon as possible.

AAA: daylight saving time raises car crash risk

Losing one hour of sleep for daylight saving time can cause many drivers in Florida to become drowsy at the wheel. This means more car crash risks as drowsiness is known to impair judgment and slow down one's reaction time. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety had a survey where three in 10 drivers admitted to driving in a severely fatigued state at least once in the prior month.

Yet in that same survey, 95 percent of drivers acknowledged how dangerous drowsy driving can be. Most also know that the usual recommendation is for everyone to sleep at least seven hours every night. According to AAA, those who miss one or two hours of rest in the previous 24 hours will nearly double their car crash risks. Driving after sleeping only five hours in a 24-hour period will make one as impaired as a drunk driver.

Warning signs of a drunk driver

When Florida motorists get behind the wheel, they may have good reason to be concerned about the dangers posed by drunk drivers. Driving under the influence is linked to thousands of car crashes each year and a high number of fatalities. Therefore, people can benefit from tricks and strategies that can help them drive defensively and avoid an incident in case they encounter a drunk driver.

One way that drivers can protect themselves is by being aware of the signs that another driver is drunk.

Construction workers exposed to dangerous silica dust

Construction workers in Florida may be exposed to particularly high levels of silica dust when chipping and crushing concrete and other materials. In some cases, the level of exposure could rise to over 10 times the permitted amount according to federal OSHA workplace safety regulations, one study indicates. Researchers collected samples from the breathing zones of 51 workers at demolition, bridge repair and crushing job sites in the construction industry. They also collected 33 samples from nearby areas to measure the distribution of silica dust particles in the surrounding environment.

Some of these samples were taken from job sites with dust suppression controls in place while others were not. The results indicated that workers chipping concrete during bridge repair, especially to substructures, faced the highest level of exposure to respirable crystalline silica. They faced an average exposure of 527 micrograms per cubic meter of air, over 10 times the limit of 50 micrograms per cubic meter under workplace safety regulations. Other workers also faced dangerous silica exposure levels, such as those operating crushing machines. On the other hand, laborers and operating engineers at these sites typically had exposure levels of only 17 micrograms per cubic meter.

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