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Similar packaging often causes accidental poisonings

Accidental poisonings are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that nothing causes more accidental injury deaths overall, year in and year out. For anyone older than 25, nothing is a greater danger.

Surprised? Other common causes of injury-related deaths are car accidents, unintentional drownings and things of this nature. But many people feel shocked to see poisoning at the top of the list.

7 brain injury symptoms in children

Your child got injured in a freak accident. You're afraid he or she has a brain injury, and you want to get proper treatment. You know that brain injuries are best treated right away, and you don't want to delay.

The problem, though, is that your child is too young to effectively communicate regarding symptoms. It's making it very hard to figure out exactly how he or she is doing or how you should proceed.

Florida car crashes injure thousands each year

Most of the time when you get into a motor vehicle, either as a passenger or a driver, you arrive at your destination safely. Every time you're in a car, truck, van or SUV, however, you risk the possibility of getting into a serious collision with another vehicle.

Even if you drive as carefully as possible, the mistakes of another person could end up translating into injuries for you and your passengers or even a fatality. Distracted drivers can pose as much risk to others on the road as intoxicated drivers. Even a moment of negligence, caused by a ringing phone or a yelling passenger, could result in a crash.

5 critical reasons for accidents and injuries on the job

One of your co-workers was seriously hurt on the job. The accident caused production to slam to a halt, it was chaotic until emergency services arrived, and you haven't seen your co-worker since. He's in the hospital, recovering from serious injuries, and workplace rumors say he may never be able to return to his job.

It was a wake-up call. You never took workplace dangers all that seriously before, but now you're wondering how accidents happen so that you can avoid the same fate. Below are five key reasons.

Workers' compensation - The basics

Imagine lifting a heavy box at work and feeling a pop in your back. The next morning, you were in the hospital and neurologist was explaining the surgery he would be doing on your back the following day. It turns out that you had slipped a disc in your lower back when you lifted the box at work.

Due to your injury, you are facing several days in the hospital, major surgery and weeks of recovery. You are also facing the possibility that you will never fully recover from the injury. How will you pay the medical bills? What happens if you cannot return to work? How will you pay your rent if you do not have income?

Workers' comp denied? You still have options

Imagine working in a retail store as a stocker. You are in the back bay pulling product when a tower of improperly stacked boxes falls on top of you. After getting to the emergency room, you find out you have a concussion and some cracked ribs. Now, you are facing a high emergency room bill, multiple other medical expenses and you will have to miss work for more than a week.

It seems like it should be relatively easy to file a claim and receive workers' compensation benefits. You were injured while on the clock and on the store premises. Why would the insurance provider deny your claim? Unfortunately, even in cases that seem very simple, an insurer can deny a workers' compensation claim. However, a claim denial does not have to be a final ruling.

Brain injuries and personal injury: What you need to know

Losing the full function of your brain translates into losing the full function of your life. As such, even a partial loss of brain function - as happens in the case of a traumatic brain injury - could mean losing a portion of your former life. Serious TBI can result in the loss of intelligence, emotion, movement, sensation and consciousness.

In their efforts to further understand traumatic brain injury and the way it affects our lives, physicians have classified TBI into four primary types. Before we define these types, though, let's look at how TBI might affect the typical Florida resident's life.

Concert venues have duty to protect fans and performers

You just scored some concert tickets for one of the hottest shows of 2017. Maybe it's the Rolling Stones on their umpteenth tour of the United States, or the Red Hot Chili Peppers coming off the European leg of their tour. Whatever genre of music is your favorite, you're excited to have floor seats only a few rows from the stage.

Without dimming your excitement at the opportunity to see some of your favorite musicians playing live, , you should consider the security that will be in place at the concert venue on the night of the show.

Retaliation for workers' compensation claims

If you have been injured while performing work-related tasks, you may qualify for workers' compensation. However, if you decide to file a workers' compensation claim and your employee fires you or threatens to fire you because of it, you have grounds for legal retaliation.

Florida state statutes state that "no employer shall discharge, threaten to discharge, intimidate, or coerce any employee by reason of such employee's valid claim for compensation or attempt to claim compensation under the Workers' Compensation Law."

Social Security Disability requirements

If you have been injured and your injury prevents you from working, you may be able to get approved by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to receive disability benefits. These benefits are designed to provide assistance to individuals who are no longer able to work to support themselves due to an injury or disability.

For many people, the benefits they receive from Social Security Disability can be an enormous help, but before you begin applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits you will want to make sure you meet the basic requirements.


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