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5 major risk factors for teen drivers

Your teen, along with his or her friends, can legally get a driver's license at 16. That may feel way too young to you; as a parent, you still feel like it was only yesterday that you brought that little baby home from the hospital. But lawmakers have decided that 16-year-olds are mature enough to handle these 3,000-pound machines.

Unfortunately, teen drivers do pose a lot of risks, primarily because they do not have experience behind the wheel. Some would argue that they're not as ready to drive as lawmakers believe they are.

Distracted driving is more than texting

You tell your children not to text and drive. You mention it every time either one of them, both teens, decides to leave the house. They roll their eyes, but you keep saying it.

You also resolve never to do it yourself. You don't even check your messages at stoplights, as many people do. Often, you turn the phone off until you get to your destination. You've heard about the dangers of distracted driving, and you never want to feel distracted behind the wheel.

Beware of construction hazards when you are working

Hazards present at construction sites are very serious and can kill or cause significant injuries. It is imperative that construction workers keep an eye out for these hazards and that employers take a proactive stance to address them. Without both approaches, workers can have accidents with horrifying outcomes.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) keeps track of on-the-job injuries and accidents. Here are some points to remember based on the information OSHA has gathered for the construction industry.

What qualifies as an on-the-job injury?

In order for an employee to recoup workers' compensation damages, an accident and related injuries need to have happened while the worker was carrying out his or her job duties. In other words, the incident needs to have happened in the course and scope of the workers' employment.

If an employee, for example, gets hurt while driving home from work – and he or she was off the clock – then it's highly unlikely that a viable claim for workers' compensation damages can be made.

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.


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