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Beware of delayed pain after any car accident

If you have a car accident and think that your vehicle is the only thing that suffered any damage, you may have injuries that don't cause pain until hours or even days later. These are known as delayed pain injuries, and they can prove just as destructive or even deadly as other injuries that are much easier to identify and treat.

Our bodies are not built to withstand the impact of a car accident, even though most of us are so familiar with driving or riding in cars that we rarely think about just how unnatural it is. Car accidents often serve as a harsh reminder that we are much more vulnerable to injury than we might think.

Pedestrian accidents during the Fourth of July

At any time of year, pedestrians face the risk of being struck by a reckless driver. Whether someone veers off of the road or fails to stop at a crosswalk, there are different ways that pedestrians are hit by reckless drivers and these accidents can prove fatal or lead to a severe injury. During certain occasions, such as the Fourth of July and other holidays, the risk of a pedestrian accident may be especially high and we will look into some factors related to July Fourth pedestrian accidents in this post.

People celebrate the Fourth in many ways. For some, backyard fireworks or a large firework display are a tradition, while others enjoy taking their boat on the water or celebrating with friends and family members. Unfortunately, there are a number of reasons why pedestrians may be especially likely to be hit by a car during this holiday. In certain areas, there may be a significant and unusual increase in pedestrian traffic as people walk back to their cars from a firework show. Many people light fireworks off near the road and walk around for other reasons. Furthermore, some drivers get behind the wheel while they are intoxicated, an especially concerning aspect of Fourth of July accidents.

Why are recalls issued for drugs you may be taking?

Recently, your doctor prescribed a new medication for you to try to help treat a preexisting condition you have suffered for quite some time. Now, you have found out that the exact drug he prescribed is under mandatory recall in the state of Kentucky. Understanding why drugs are recalled may enable you to be better aware of the side affects you should be looking for if you begin to suffer unexplained symptoms. 

According to Web MD, the Federal Drug Administration puts every drug through rigorous testing before releasing it to the public for consumption. While the tests they run are conclusive most of the time, there are situations when issues become clear after the drug is already being used by people like yourself. When this happens, a recall is immediately issued and the drug's use is suspended until modifications are made to make it safer and more reliable. 

Monitoring the safety and well-being of your elderly loved one

You have recently made the decision to put your elderly loved on in a nursing home facility in Kentucky. You and other family members are concerned about being able to provide your loved one with the day-to-day needs of living, as well as guaranteeing that quality medical care is readily accessible at a moment's notice. At Debra L. Broz, we understand the concerns that families face when they turn the care needs of their elderly family members over to someone else. 

As soon as you make a decision about where your loved one will reside, your next concern is probably going to be whether or not he or she will be compassionately cared for and receive personalized assistance based on individual preferences. According to Dr. Phil, one of the most effective ways to protect your loved one's safety and well-being is to thoroughly research reputable facilities at the beginning. 

What is unnecessary surgery, and why is it still happening?

Your Kentucky health care provider has reviewed all your symptoms and given you a diagnosis. Now, he is suggesting that your best treatment option is a surgical procedure. While you are somewhat anxious about scheduling it, he has assured you that, weighed against your other treatment options, this is the course of action most likely to restore your health. But is it?

According to the National Institutes of Health, there are many surgical procedures that have been proven less effective than other treatment methods, yet doctors continue to recommend them. In many cases, the procedures have been proven to have little or no benefit at all, or to create an unjustified risk to the patient. Even so, such surgeries are often labeled "routine," and are performed regularly. 

Trucker fatigue isn't always caused by lack of sleep

Trucker fatigue is one of the most common causes of crashes involving semi-trucks on Kentucky highways today. However, that fatigue is not always a direct result of not getting enough sleep. The Congressional Research Service reports that numerous truck crashes have been found to have been a result of sleep apnea. Truck drivers who suffer from sleep apnea can get a full night’s sleep, but still feel exhausted throughout the day.

More than 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Nearly a third of truck drivers are included in that number. There are three types of sleep apnea, but the root problem is the same: people affected will stop breathing in their sleep several times throughout the night, usually without waking. This deprives people of a proper sleep, making them feel fatigued all the time.

Your ombudsman's role in addressing nursing home issues

At Debra L. Broz, Attorneys at Law, PLC, in Kentucky, we often provide answers for people who fear that loved ones are in an abusive or neglectful situation in a nursing home. You may want to take an active role in preventing abuse and negligence, or help to ensure that any signs of these are investigated. What can you do to help?

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services explains that the state provides a representative for nursing home residents and their families: an ombudsman. Any time you notice a potential issue, you can take your concern to the certified ombudsman who serves the county in which the facility is located. Your report is confidential, so you do not have to worry about staff labeling you and your loved one as trouble and retaliating. The ombudsman will investigate the issue and contact you with the results. Unless it is a matter of immediate danger or a health risk, which would be addressed right away, you and the ombudsman can discuss what options are available to resolve the issue.

8 signs of a brain injury after a car accident

A car cuts you off on the interstate on your way home. It hits the corner of your car, sending you into a spin as you slam on the brakes. Your momentum carries you across the thin median and into oncoming traffic, where you get hit by a pickup truck.

That's the last thing you remember. That moment of terror as you see the truck coming straight at your car, the brakes screeching. Then you wake up in the hospital.

How can you help someone with a diagnosed mental illness?

Whether you have a friend or family member who has been diagnosed with a mental illness in Kentucky, it can be challenging to determine how to continue to be supportive despite the changes in his or her demeanor. Behavioral traits and personality characteristics that may have been normal in the past may now be obsolete and you may be left wondering if the person you love will ever be the same. Fortunately, when you understand how to effectively help someone with a mental illness, you can provide encouragement and stability in his or her journey to healing. 

While you may feel silly looking for resources about mental health issues and coping mechanisms, your proactivity can be incredibly beneficial to your loved one. According to mentalhealth.gov, when you make the effort to learn more about various mental conditions, you may be able to recognize your loved one's need for intervention and get him or her the help needed before problems worsen. 

The causes of an accident may not be immediately obvious

When a vehicle collides with another vehicle at a Kentucky intersection, there may be a number of opinions about who was at fault. The drivers and witnesses may all have different accounts. However, each of these people has only one perspective. Before it can be determined what factors actually caused the accident, experts may need to be called in to investigate.

Investigations can be important for determining fault for insurance or litigation purposes; they can also reveal safety issues that should be addressed by engineers, vehicle manufacturers or even legislators.

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