Crazy Winter Sports That Lead to Excessive Injuries

Winter sports that make the most of the snow and ice may be exciting, but they also tend to be among the most dangerous outdoor activities. These can lead to a variety of injuries, including everything from broken bones to concussions. The following winter activities are especially risky: Skijoring Nordic skiing provides a great workout and a winter version of runner’s high, but it can be even more fun when accompanied by man’s best friend. Skijoring brings dogs (and sometimes, horses) into the mix, with incorporated animals towing their human companions through the snow. This can be exceedingly dangerous, as…

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Anxiety and Depression After an Injury: How Common Is It And What Can You Do?

There are many facets to post-injury recovery, including not only rest and healing, but also, regaining long-term strength and dealing with oft-ignored mental health concerns. If the potential for anxiety and depression are not tackled early on, these issues could add significant difficulties to the already challenging prospect of physical recovery. Keep reading to learn more about the prevalence of mental health issues following physical injuries — and to discover how these concerns can be addressed. How Common Are Mental Health Problems After Injury? The potential for developing depression or anxiety largely depends on the nature of the injury. These…

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Washington Gas Fined $750,000 Following Deadly Flower Branch Apartments Explosion

  On August 10, 2016, an explosion rocked the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring, Maryland, killing seven people and injuring dozens more.  Following a lengthy investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the cause of the explosion was likely due to a disconnected vent line and the failure of a mercury service regulator, equipment that controls the pressure of natural gas entering a building. In 2003, Washington Gas sought a rate increase to launch its mercury service regulator replacement program.  It estimated that more than 66,000 mercury service regulators, each 40-60 years old, would be replaced with…

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What Happens When You Get Hurt Inside a Hospital?

Hospital-acquired infections represent one of the greatest sources of danger in today’s health care system, but many other hazards place patients at risk. Surprisingly, personal injury issues associated with small business premises often occur within hospitals and clinics. Hospital-based negligence can involve everything from uneven walkways to puddles. When such injuries occur, the personal injury process sometimes looks different than a typical medical malpractice lawsuit, as we explain below: Premises Liability Versus Medical Malpractice Don’t assume that you’re automatically eligible for medical malpractice damages simply because you were injured while visiting a hospital. You may be surprised to discover that…

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The Biggest Auto Accident Stories of 2020

  While COVID-prompted remote work has some of us staying at home and away from our local freeways, negligent drivers are as common as ever in 2020. If anything, negligence is even worse among some drivers, who assume that they can get away with irresponsible behavior when roads are less crowded. In other cases, road rage leaves drivers and passengers vulnerable to deadly collisions. A few of the year’s most noteworthy accidents are detailed below: Ashley “Ms. Minnie” Ross Dies in Disputed Accident In April, reality star Ashley Ross was involved in a head-on accident. Known as Ms. Minnie from…

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Halloween Guidelines Announced – How to Stay Safe During the Pandemic

  While the global pandemic has postponed many events, one thing we don’t have to lose is Halloween. With the holiday on its way, the Halloween and Costume Association together with the Harvard Global Health Institute have announced the tools and resources you and your loved ones need to celebrate safely. How safe is your area? The posted guidelines break down the COVID-19 risk levels for each county in the United States. By using the interactive map, you can discover your county’s level of risk. Depending on your county’s risk color code (green, yellow, orange, or red) you can learn…

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How to Avoid the Most Common Fall Sports Injuries

From football to cross-country, a variety of fall sports encourage athletes to stay active, even as the chill of autumn begins to take over. These sports encourage us to move our bodies when we’d rather stay cozy inside. Unfortunately, they can also prompt their fair share of injuries. That being said, a variety of preventative measures can be employed to keep the risk of such injuries to a minimum. An effective regimen begins with knowledge, so we’ve highlighted a few of the most common conditions—and reliable prevention methods—below: ACL Tears Easily the most common knee injury among football players, ACL…

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Common Leaf Raking Hazards — And How to Avoid Them

The beautiful spectacle of fall colors has arrived — and with it, the opportunity to marvel at nature’s majesty. Enjoy the scenery while it lasts, for your future likely involves a whole lot of leaf raking. This might seem like one of the least dangerous of the various outside chores you’re subjected to each year, but it’s not as innocuous as you might think. A few common — but oft-forgotten — hazards are highlighted below: How to Avoid Repetition Injuries The repetitive nature of raking can leave you prone to a surprising array of injuries, particularly if you attempt to…

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More Companies Recall Inclined Sleeper Cribs

Dorel Juvenile Group USA has become the third company to voluntarily recall inclined sleeper crib models after reports of infant fatalities in similar products. The voluntary recall through the Consumer Product Safety Commission affects about 24,000 units sold by juvenile product stores such as Target, Kmart, Ross, Marshalls, TJ Maxx. Reason for Recall As we have previously highlighted, inclined sleepers are unsafe for children and do not follow the guidelines for safe sleep supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In April, Fisher-Price recalled 4.7 million Rock ‘N Play sleepers that have been linked to 30 deaths and Kids II…

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The Three Most Common Workplace Injuries According to OSHA

Workplace injuries occur more frequently than you might think. In fact, many thousands of workplace injuries happen each year. While the most workplace injuries occur in construction, these injuries can affect anyone in any industry. Here are the three most common workplace injuries according to the statistics. Slips, Trips, and Falls Slips, trips, and falls account for the majority of workplace injuries. Slips, trips, and falls most often occur due to unsafe work conditions. Wet floors that are not marked properly, objects in walkways, and not using fall protection are the most common reasons for slips, trips, and falls. While…

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