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The CSX train collision shows how suddenly a crash can occur

No one traveling aboard an Amtrak passenger train on a February night in 2018 suspected that it was on the same track as a stopped CSX freight train.

The resulting collision resulted in injury and death and illustrated how suddenly a train crash can occur.

Falls kill about 1,800 U.S. nursing home residents annually

Deciding to place an aging loved one in a nursing home is often difficult, and so is selecting a home where you believe that your loved one is going to receive a high level of care. If you are like many others who came before you, you may have decided to move your loved one into a nursing home because you had concerns about his or her mobility. However, it may alarm you to learn just how common falls are in American nursing home environments.

According to Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, falls now account for about 36% of all preventable emergency room visits among the elderly, with the typical U.S. nursing home reporting between about 100 and 200 falls every year. This number refers only to the falls that nursing home staff members formally report, though, so the actual number of older adults falling and hurting themselves each year in nursing homes may be significantly higher.

Do not let your body’s stress response fool you

Automobile accidents are inherently stressful events. Following a crash, you are apt to worry about yourself, your passengers and your vehicle. You may even feel uneasy about interacting with the other driver, police officers, emergency responders and others. You must realize, though, that your body’s stress response may play tricks on you. 

During moments of stress, the human body prepares either to fight off danger or run away from it. To do so, your brain signals the release of adrenaline and other stress-related hormones. Unfortunately, however, your body’s stress response may induce you into believing that you have not sustained a serious injury when you have. 

What to do when you get to the hospital after a car accident

The vast majority of auto accidents that occur in South Carolina result in injuries rather than fatalities. While most people focus on lane closures in the aftermath of a traffic collision, the truth is that people in those cars may have sustained serious injuries in the aftermath of a crash.

Even if you feel all right, you want to go to a hospital immediately after any kind of car crash. You may have suffered injuries that you are unaware exist at the moment. You need to see a doctor to ensure that you are all right and to help bolster your claim in the event that you need to file a lawsuit. 

Could you identify top causes of medical injury?

When visiting a doctor, you believe the doctor has your best interest in mind. A doctor's top priority is ensuring you get the care you need to recover.

However, there are situations when you may believe that the doctor is not doing everything possible to help you address and manage your symptoms. It may help to familiarize yourself with the top incidents that may lead a doctor to become involved in a medical malpractice suit.

The most dangerous highways in South Carolina

Driving on the highway in South Carolina always comes with some risks. However, certain roadways pose greater dangers than others. Parents should make sure that kids learning to drive have adequate preparation so that they may avoid a car accident

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration puts out a report for each state concerning the most dangerous roadways and how many injuries and fatalities occur on each annually. Looking at the data from the last few years, it is easy to see a pattern and pinpoint the most dangerous highways in the state. Here are the areas to watch out for and be particularly vigilant in.

How understaffing leads to nursing home abuse

While you may have heard horror stories about nursing homes, such as staff members assaulting patients, the truth is that not all abuse happens as the result of malintent. Many facilities try their best to care for residents but lack the necessary resources. This leads to unintentional, but still inexcusable, neglect that harms the innocent. 

One of the most rampant problems across nursing homes is not having sufficient staff. Weekends suffer the most, reports PBS, when some staff has nearly double the number of patients to care for. Understaffing is a major contributing factor in several types of neglect and abuse.

Do you have whiplash after a car accident?

If you are in a car accident, it is likely you will suffer from whiplash. When your head abruptly jerks forward and/or backward, it can damage your neck. Anything from a fender bender to a catastrophic crash can result in neck injuries. Whiplash can result in various short- and long-term problems. 

Thankfully, you may be able to get compensation for the medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages you incur due to the at-fault motorist. Here are some important facts to know about whiplash so you can build an effective case. 

Attorney focus areas in the Upstate

Most people who practice law are focused, educated and have the ability to adapt and learn as the situation demands. However, the direction of that focus and aptitude also plays a role in which cases a specific lawyer or firm may excel at handling.

The Upstate has no shortage of qualified attorneys. Therefore, many firms and individual practitioners of the law focus their efforts on resolving issues in a single area of South Carolina or federal legal dispute. Even single areas of the law are sometimes full of complexity. As an illustration of this, here are some of the types of personal injury cases common in the Greenville area, along with some details explaining how each is unique.

Signs of malnutrition for nursing home patients

The vast majority of nursing homes in South Carolina are safe places for elderly citizens to live. However, there are always a few bad residences no matter what state you are in. Numerous complications can arise in patients due to abuse or neglect, and one of the most common for nursing home residents is malnutrition

When family members visit a loved one in a nursing home, they should keep an eye out for any signs something is not right. The nursing home resident may not feel comfortable divulging such information for fear of upsetting the family. Therefore, it is up to family members and friends to watch out for common symptoms of malnutrition. 

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