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Did you suffer a mild brain injury in a car accident?

Car accidents often cause more serious damage than we may immediately realize, especially if a person suffers a blow to the head in the course of the accident itself. In some cases, victims may not even realize they suffered the injury, or may not remember striking their head at all.

Mild brain injuries, known as mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can create sudden changes in personality as well as cognitive function. These may affect many areas of a person's professional and personal life, and may bring disaster if the injury does not receive proper treatment.

How often do people fall asleep while driving?

There are many threats that drivers and passengers face on a daily basis. However, it is especially dangerous when someone falls asleep behind the wheel or is too tired to safely operate their vehicle. Every year, far too many people are involved in drowsy driving collisions in Bowling Green and around Kentucky, which often lead to serious injuries and even the loss of life. Sadly, drivers fall asleep while they are supposed to be in control of their vehicles far too frequently.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published upsetting information on drowsy driving. The CDC reports that an estimated one per 25 drivers over 18 admits to falling asleep behind the wheel over the last 30 days. Moreover, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that an estimated 800 people passed away due to distracted driving in 2013, while 44,000 injuries were sustained as a result of this problem over the same year. There are many factors that can contribute to drowsy driving which drivers should be aware of, such as insufficient sleep, working during the night, medication, and working for an excessive amount of time.

How are residents hurt in nursing homes?

If you have recently helped your loved one relocate to a nursing home, or are living in a facility yourself, you could have different concerns, from the cost of living in the facility to the emotional impact of relocation. However, there are other problems that can arise in nursing homes and it is essential for you to keep an eye out for any instances of wrongdoing. Sadly, many nursing home residents have sustained an injury due to the negligent behavior of someone else inside a nursing home.

On their site, the State of Michigan has offered a number of examples of nursing home abuse. For example, a resident may be physically assaulted or subjected to illegal sexual conduct at the hands of someone who works for a nursing home. Residents may be neglected, whether they develop bedsores, become extremely dehydrated, lose a significant amount of weight, or are hurt under questionable circumstances.

Preventing MRSA with soap and water

Checking into a Kentucky hospital, most people are probably aware that hospital-acquired infections are a risk. According to WebMD, staph bacteria may be carried by people who do not currently have an infection, and can be transmitted through contact. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, in particular, is easily spread.

When a person does develop a MRSA infection, it may not respond to treatment--a factor that has led the medical community to refer to it as a "super bug." MRSA is resistant to many common antibiotics, such as the following:

  • Penicillin
  • Amoxicillin
  • Oxacillin
  • Methicillin

Additional trailers make large trucks more dangerous

Seeing one tractor-trailer swaying on the highway may make a fellow Kentucky motorist nervous. However, when there are two or three trailers on the same truck, it may be even more nerve-wracking to try to pass. There is good reason for extra caution: These combination vehicles are actually more dangerous.

Not every state allows double and triple trailers, but notes that it is legal in Kentucky. Because of the dangers, a special test is required in addition to the one that all commercial vehicle operators must take to get their license. 

Social media and car accident claims

There are many factors that can come into play when someone takes their case to the courtroom after a car accident or files a claim with their insurance company, such as whether the person who collided with them was under the influence of alcohol. However, some people do not realize that certain behaviors, such as sharing information online, can also affect the outcome of a case. If you were hit by a negligent driver and are struggling to recover, we know that you should take all aspects of your situation into consideration, such as not sharing potentially damaging information on social media sites.

Following a crash, victims may be angry, worried about how their life will change, or unsure of their rights and what to do next. Sometimes, people reach out to others they are connected to online for assistance. However, sharing certain types of sensitive information on a social networking website or another digital platform could potentially be problematic for a car accident victim. If you are trying to prevent a car accident you were involved in from further disrupting your life, it may be helpful to watch what you share on the internet, especially if you plan to take legal action.

Kentucky insurance rules and how they affect you after a crash

Many people look at car insurance as an expensive obligation, when, in fact, it helps protect them. While insurance can't stop an accident from happening, it can minimize the impact a crash has on your life, if you have the right coverage. Liability insurance offsets the financial risk associated with driving.

Collisions happen every day, for a range of reasons. Whether it's due to inclement weather or a sudden mechanical issue, a crash can create thousands of dollars of property damage and result in major medical bills. In order to legally drive in the state of Kentucky, you need to have a current no-fault insurance policy. However, not every policy is created equal. Some cover more or less than others.

Can income sources reduce Social Security disability benefits?

When you cannot hold a job in Kentucky because of a disability, you rely on certain income sources to keep you afloat financially. Some of these are independent and not affected by other income sources, but some may be reduced based on the combined total. In the case of Social Security disability benefits, whether the amount is lowered depends on the particular source of income.

According to the Social Security Administration, some public benefits do not reduce the amount of your SSD benefits. These include payments from the Veterans Administration and Supplemental Security Income. If you worked for a state or local government agency and your Social Security taxes came out of your earnings, then that will not affect your SSD payments, either.


Nursing home abuse is underreported according to an ongoing U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Inspector General audit. There is a federal law that requires calling the police when incidents occur, but only about 28% of serious abuse cases are reported by nursing homes. The full report is due out in 2018.

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