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Knowing the measures to take in the aftermath of a collision

Being involved in a car accident can be a stressful and daunting experience. Along with the potential of damaging your vehicle and rearranging your schedule for the time being, a collision may also pose a threat to your health, subsequently prompting a need for medical attention and treatment.

While you probably don't begin your day with the idea of being in a collision, unfortunately, they do occur. Preparing for the possibility of a collision before it takes place could help you be more prepared to handle such a challenging situation.

Busting the myths may eliminate MSDs in nurses

Considering the weights they have to lift, roll over and move, it is not surprising that musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are par for the course for many nurses. Manually repositioning, lifting and transferring patients can cause overexertion to your body that often leads to MSDs. The fact that a large percentage of hospital patients are obese serves to exacerbate the threat of damage to your health and welfare.

In conversations about the effectiveness of safe patient handling equipment, there is never a shortage of excuses of why not to use it. In some cases, hospitals have purchased costly mechanical lifting equipment, but the failure to provide sufficient training in properly using it and neglecting to establish procedures and policies for it have resulted in the equipment turning into very expensive white elephants.

Get life back on track after a job-related spinal cord injury

Every year, numerous Illinois residents suffer neck and back injuries while on the job. In severe cases, these injuries can damage the spinal cord. Such injuries can have either temporary or permanent effects on the body. If you or a family member has suffered a spinal cord injury while on the job, you may access workers' compensation benefits in order to get the medical care and monetary help you need moving forward.

Depending on the severity of a spinal cord injury, treatment can be costly and extensive. How do spinal cord injuries occur? What treatments are available? What can I do if my employer cuts off or denies work comp benefits?

If you see this on the road, watch out!

Driving through Illinois can go from being rather uneventful to disastrous in a moment's time if a distracted driver is in your midst. This is a growing problem throughout the nation, with more injuries and deaths caused by drivers not paying attention to the road than ever. When you drive, you're obviously obligated to obey all traffic regulations and act with caution to keep yourself and those around you as safe as possible. There's little you can do, however, about another person's choices.

To increase your chances of avoiding a distracted driving motor vehicle collision, it may help to review some of the reasons motorists take their focus off the road. It also helps to have a plan in mind for what to do if you see a distracted driver in your vicinity. While you never want to perform any type of driving maneuver that might wind up creating an even more dangerous situation, you may be able to avert disaster if you think ahead and pay close attention to your surroundings.

Should you settle your personal injury case or go to trial?

After suffering serious injuries in a car accident, you may want to seek justice and compensation from the driver considered at fault. This type of action occurs on a fairly common basis after serious injury-causing accidents, and many individuals find success when it comes to gaining the recompense they desire. Of course, if you have never taken this type of legal route before, you may wonder whether your situation will involve a complex legal trial.

Not all personal injury cases go to trial. In fact, many parties settle claims early on in the legal proceedings or even before an injured party files suit. If you think this type of arrangement may work for your situation, you may want to consider certain factors.

While helping others, EMS workers put themselves at risk

As an emergency medical service worker, you undoubtedly get great satisfaction from helping other individuals suffering from injuries or illnesses who need immediate attention. Often, your actions could allow those parties to receive life-saving treatment while on the way to the hospital. Though this type of profession may offer enjoyment and a sense of accomplishment, you could also face risks of injury yourself.

Because you carry out duties in hopes of caring for other wounded parties, many individuals may not think of the risks at which you put yourself during the course of your activities. EMS workers face various situations that could result in their suffering serious or even fatal injuries.

A lack of sleep could make you dangerous on the road

All of the technological and societal advances that we enjoy should allow for more free time. Instead, we seem to be moving at a faster pace than ever, which means that most of us don't get an adequate amount of sleep each night. You might even say that your professional and personal lives leave you feeling as though you never get enough sleep. Not only does a sleep deficit, or sleep deprivation, harm your health, but it could also make you a danger to yourself and others on the road.

The challenges of fire-fighting go beyond the flames

You probably remember the day you graduated from your Illinois firefighters' academy. Such memories likely fluctuate between feeling as though it all just happened yesterday to feeling like it was another lifetime altogether. Perhaps you've kept a record of every fire to which you've responded since then; perhaps not. Chances are, you've faced some very frightening situations and have bonded with your fellow firefighters to forge friendships you'll enjoy the rest of your lives. Fighting fire is definitely not for the faint of heart.

In fact, going to work often entails putting your own life on the line to save others. Courageous is a term often used to describe people in your line of work. Many firefighters not only face immediate challenges associated with responding to a call, but they often suffer injuries in the process or other adverse consequences that have long-lasting effects.

Put down the phone: The dangers of distracted driving

The temptation to look at the phone while driving is strong, and, for many Illinois drivers, it is impossible to overcome. Even just a passing glance at the screen or one moment to adjust a GPS device can have devastating consequences. Distracted driving is a serious problem, but what can be done about it?

PTSD is an unseen stress factor for emergency workers

Emergency workers help people in crisis get the care they need quickly. When the job is done, victims of accidents and disasters are treated by a team of healthcare professionals in a hospital while the emergency workers return home. While most people see this routine as "just doing the job," emergency workers need help after traumatic events too.

A victim's physical pain can be passed on as psychological trauma to those responding to crisis situations. Health care studies estimate that as many as one in three emergency workers will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during their career. That means you are eight times more likely to experience PTSD as an emergency worker than the average person.

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