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The repercussions of a closed head injury could be lifelong

Anytime someone suffers from a head injury, a possibility of lifelong repercussions exists. If your doctors told you that you suffered a closed head injury, you may wonder what that could mean for the rest of your life. It all depends on the severity and type of injury.

The main characteristic of a closed head injury lies in the fact that no penetration of the skull occurred. They occur in motor vehicle crashes, falls and other accidents. More severe injuries could involve intracranial pressure or swelling of the brain, which may lead to permanent brain damage. One of the most dangerous aspects of a closed head injury involves the victim being unaware that significant damage occurred.

When a trip on an escalator ends in a trip to the hospital

You could take the stairs, but why? A perfectly good escalator is right next to the stairs, which would get you to the next floor more quickly. You've probably used an escalator thousands of times, but it only takes one time for an accident to occur that could send you to the hospital with serious injuries. Occasionally, news outlets report that someone suffered injuries while using an escalator, but that seems to do little to stem the flow of people using them on a daily basis.

Across the United States, escalators make approximately 105 billion, yes billion, passenger trips up and down each year. These moving stairs often see continuous use in many retail, public and commercial buildings. Like any other mechanical device, this causes wear and tear on their many parts and mechanisms. Even the smallest defect, malfunction or broken part could easily lead to disaster. 

Traumatic brain injuries are prevalent in many occupations

How safe is your workplace? Safe work environments are an often-unrecognized contributor to the bottom line, but many Pennsylvania employers fail to prioritize employee health and safety. For this reason, you might be responsible for keeping a lookout for hazards that could cause you life-changing injuries or worse.

Did you know that there are risks of suffering traumatic brain injuries in any occupation? Whether you earn your income in an office, on a construction site, driving a big rig or any other workplace, a fall in which you strike your head could have devastating consequences.

Preparation for an injury claim may help you find the right help

Not only can involvement in a truck accident leave you feeling frightened, but it may also have left you with serious injuries. Because big rigs often haul heavy loads and have a greater size that other vehicles, an accident with a truck can cause significant damage. Though you may first place your attention on recovering successfully from your injuries, you may soon find yourself wondering whether you could recover damages for monetary and other losses.

If you feel that pursuing a civil legal claim could suit your circumstances, you may wish to prepare for your case ahead of time, even before speaking with an attorney. Though an attorney can provide valuable assistance in the pursuit of compensation, your ability to provide information regarding the incident may help you find the best legal counsel for your case.

Don't take a denied workers' comp claim lying down

If you spend your days working in an industry in which the likelihood of suffering a debilitating on-the-job injury is high, you may naturally be concerned about providing for your family if you are unable to return to work. Your employer might reassure you about workers' compensation benefits that will be available to help you financially by paying medical expenses and lost wages.

However, did you know that your employer or the insurer could deny your workers' compensation benefits claim? There is no guarantee that you will receive the benefits to which you might be entitled. Insurers tend to treat every claim with suspicion, and yours might be one of those they decide to reject.

Are you accumulating expenses due to a cumulative trauma injury?

Pennsylvania workers know that they have the right to workers' compensation benefits if they suffer injuries in a work-related accident. However, you may be unaware of your rights if you are suffering from a physical ailment that developed over time as a result of the duties required by your job.

Cumulative trauma injuries are painful injuries that result from damage done to nerves, tendons and ligaments over time. While unseen, they can be quite painful and debilitating, ultimately impacting a person's ability to perform everyday activities. If you received a diagnosis of one of these injuries, it could be because of your job, and therefore, you could have a rightful claim to certain benefits.

Kick your opioid habit before it kicks you

The opioid epidemic that has swept across our nation threatens the lives of people in Pennsylvania and across the country. Business owners in all industries have expressed concern about the threat and the impact it could have on their profits. Sadly, if you are a victim of opioid addiction, you will likely have more pressing concerns than profits. Along with jeopardizing your job, opioid addiction can threaten your life as well.

You might have first started using opioids after suffering a workplace injury. Because they are powerful medications that effectively reduce pain, physicians might inadvertently start a worker's downfall. Opioids act on a person's nervous system, and typically include prescription hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and others.

How will your family cope if you are debilitated by a work injury?

As a member of the Pennsylvania workforce, you might be concerned about the welfare of your family should you suffer serious injuries in an on-the-job accident. Even with workers' compensation insurance coverage, your fears are not without ground because there can be many pitfalls in navigating a benefits claim. Knowing your rights may prepare you for such an event.

The Pennsylvania workers' compensation program covers any injury, illness or death that was caused by your employment. However, some circumstances may revoke your right to compensation. Any injury or death that a worker intentionally inflicts on him or herself may not be compensable. The same can go for injuries, illness or death that resulted from illegal drug use or alcohol consumption.

Steer clear of drivers who exhibit these behaviors

Perhaps you're planning on visiting a beautiful lake, state park or historical town in Pennsylvania and want to research traffic information before finalizing your plans. A continual flow of tourists share state roadways with full-time residents on a daily basis. This state has so much to offer that the tourist season typically extends throughout the year. From those who drive long distances hoping to see the perfect autumn foliage to those with season tickets to Pirate baseball games, out-of-state visitors seem to have no problem filling their itineraries.

When it comes to road travel, however, no matter what state you visit, certain dangers exist that can place you and your family in harm's way. Drunk driving is one of the biggest traffic menaces on Pennsylvania roadways and those throughout the nation. People who make the poor choice to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol place you, other motorists and pedestrians at risk for serious injury or, in worst cases, death.

Did you survive a Pennsylvania truck accident?

If you frequently travel through Bedford, Philadelphia or Chambersburg, you understand what it's like to navigate busy, often chaotic roadways. Along with drunk drivers, one of the greatest menaces on the road is a negligent tractor-trailer driver. There's simply no way of knowing when one of these massive vehicles is going to cut you off or barrel toward the rear of your car as it speeds downhill behind you.

Intersections are some of the most dangerous places on the road. Some are controlled by road signs and/or traffic lights, while others are not. Catastrophic injuries and complete devastation are often the result of tractor-trailer collisions that occur at crossroads. There are several things you can do to possibly avoid truck accidents, some of which are listed below:

  • Forget about using your headlights to signal that you are changing lanes. Since flashing headlights is not a universal traffic sign, it's typically best to avoid using it to inform a nearby trucker you're about to change lanes. He or she may think you're indicating that you want the truck to move over, at which point, a serious accident can occur.
  • Even though there may be a gap between the truck and the curb as the truck navigates a right hand turn, trying to squeeze your vehicle through to avoid delays is typically not the best decision.
  • Do you know where a trucker's blind spots are? Basically, if you can't see the truck driver in the driver's side view mirror, he or she cannot see you either.
  • Although all motorists are obligated to remain alert and attentive behind their wheels, it's best to be at the top of your driving game when tractor-trailers are nearby.