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What does a school need to do to protect children?

It can be difficult to keep your children safe at home, even if you know the dangers that are on your property. When you send your child to school, it is equally difficult to make sure your child stays safe. Truthfully, it is not your responsibility to keep your child safe at school. It should be the school district, the teachers and other professionals who keep your child safe while he or she is on the premises.

Your number one priority is likely getting your child to school, getting him or her an education and making sure he or she comes home safely. There are several things that could happen at school that put your child at risk, though. One thing that your child may suffer from is bullying.

How impacts affect the brain

While one of the most common brain injuries is a concussion, there are also other kinds that you could suffer if you're in a car accident or another kind of accident.

A concussion is the main form of injury you can expect to suffer if you hit your head. When this happens, the brain suffers trauma from an impact or sudden movement. It is possible for the brain to stretch, for the blood vessels to rupture or tear and for the cranial nerves to be damaged. While many people think that concussions are all closed injuries, the truth is that an open head wound can produce a concussion as well.

What are some facts about motorcycle crashes?

In 2014, there were 4,586 people who were killed in motorcycle crashes. While that's down 2.3 percent from the year before, that still leaves thousands of people affected by the death of their loved ones. If you are one of those people, you know that you can seek compensation for the losses you've suffered, but you may still be wondering why motorcyclists are at such a high risk of injury.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 39 percent of the people killed in these motorcycle accidents were not wearing helmets. The number of people wearing helmets was actually up by 2 percent, which is expected to have saved lives.

Can you recover from an incomplete spinal injury?

In the early days of an incomplete spinal cord injury, patients will make much progress if they're treated appropriately. With an incomplete injury, the entire spinal cord is not cut off, so there's still a chance for healing and for the patient to regain some movement or sensation. It's vital that patients receive care to help reduce swelling and to help set bones as necessary as soon as possible after an accident; failing to take steps to reduce the risk of further damage can lead to a malpractice claim.

Incomplete injuries range in severity from those barely noticeable to injuries so severe that they're similar to a complete injury, where patients have little to no sensation at all. Normally, the average person falls somewhere between extremely mild or severe.

You deserve all the best care for your spinal cord injury

After you suffer a spinal injury, your entire life could change. You might be struggling with daily tasks or have multiple appointments with medical providers just to stabilize your condition. Around 250,000 people in the United States live with a spinal cord injury, so you should not think you're on your own. Of those people, about half have quadriplegia, which means that all four of their limbs are affected to some degree.

How much does it cost to manage spinal cord injury care?

Shopping injuries: What you need to know to get the care you need

Shopping injuries happen when you're at a store or business. These injuries can range from slip-and-fall accidents to head injuries from hitting the ground after falling or from hitting your head on a display. Shopping cart injuries can occur if you pinch your fingers in the grating, and overcrowding can lead to trampling injuries. Even parking lots can be dangerous, particularly if there is snow or ice that could lead to slipping.

What should you do if you've been injured in a shop?

Why do personality changes happen with some brain injuries?

Brain injuries do more than affect a person's ability to speak or move in the way that they did in the past. Some traumatic brain injuries may result in a complete change in a person's personality, which can be hard for a family to understand. How could an impact significantly alter a person's behavior?

Personality changes aren't uncommon following a traumatic brain injury, and there are a few reasons for that. First, the brain has been disrupted. Since the brain takes in information and uses its various mechanisms to process and respond to that information, any changes in how the information is processed can result in changes in behavior. The limbic system may be affected, changing how much control a person has over his or her emotions. The cerebral cortex could be affected, altering the person's ability to think through a problem or situation.

Spinal fractures: The challenges of a spinal injury

With an arm or leg, fractures are simple breaks in a bone that heal relatively easily and with little pain in most cases. A fracture in the spine is different. It can lead to bone fragments pinching and putting pressure on the spinal nerves or spinal cord; this can lead to permanent damage.

Some common reasons for spinal fractures include falls, car accidents and sports injuries. When the spinal column takes the impact from the fall or collision, it can crack under pressure. Fractures of the vertebrae may be minor or lead to full dislocations, which can be damaging and debilitating. If the injury is bad enough, it can be difficult to walk, move the arms or legs or result in chronic pain.

Lane-splitting drivers: Dangerous or safer for motorcyclists?

A highway maneuver known as lane splitting gives motorcyclists the ability to pass other traffic by weaving in and out between the lanes. This is illegal in all states except for California. The problem with this act in California is that there is no research being performed to see if lane splitting is dangerous or to find out how many accidents are a result of this action.

In one incident, a man who decided to travel between two vehicles ended up in a fatal accident. The vehicles got closer together in their lanes than expected, catching him off guard and leading to a crash. It draws concerns because the act is legal; the liability in the collision can be harder to determined. In other states, a crash would be attributed to dangerous driving on the motorcyclist's part.

Hotels and safety: You can make a claim if you get hurt

Hotels are supposed to be safe for people who visit them. You expect to walk in without tripping on rugs, slipping on wet floors or being injured by other things around you. Unfortunately, slip, trip and fall accidents do still happen, and the premises may be liable for any injuries suffered due to those accidents if there wasn't a warning about the risk of the wet or dangerous flooring.

Slip and fall injuries are particularly common in the hospitality injury, resulting in around 40 to 50 percent of all costs for accidents involving guests at hotels. In addition to that, many of the people who become injured are over the age of 50, since around 80 percent of all luxury travel is purchased by that age group.



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