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When is it time to change doctors?

Having a good relationship with your doctor is a must. Of course, you want your medical staff to have skill and knowledge, which ensures you receive quality care. There are many other factors that come into play when looking for a doctor, including personality types and listening ability. Everyday Health explains a few of the many valid reasons you might consider changing doctors.

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Two fatal crashes occur within hours at same location

It is strange enough that two car crashes took place at the same Interstate 64 interchange in Newport News, Virginia, within hours of each other, but the other coincidences involved in the two unrelated accidents become eerie. Each vehicle was traveling in the same direction, each crash resulted in the death of the driver and each involved the same make and model of vehicle. 

Authorities have not cited any connection between the two crashes or common factors that could have contributed to both. Each of the crashes is still under investigation. 

The dangers of working on an oil rig

If you work on an oil rig in West Virginia, you need to be aware the job is fraught with risk. From injuries to long-term diseases, the work conditions can lead to a variety of issues. Safety must be of utmost concern in and around oil facilities.

According to the Chron, working on oil rigs presents a higher risk than average of nonfatal injuries. Because workers are around petroleum and other flammable chemicals, fire and explosions are major hazards. The types of machinery used on rigs also present a variety of dangers. Spinning machinery and drills are noisy, which makes it hard to communicate clearly with each other, and heavy support units can cause crushing injuries. Falling off high levels and dropping equipment below also cause many injuries.

Liability may extend to several parties in a truck-car crash

West Virginia motorists see a lot of big rigs on I-70 and other busy highways. It can also be a little intimidating to meet an 18-wheeler on a curve on one of our winding roads. The trailer portion of these rigs often follow the truck on a shorter path and end up left of center on turns.

An overloaded truck, or one carrying unsecured cargo, is a big accident threat. If you are the victim of a truck-car crash, several parties may be liable for any injuries you suffer.

Using communication to prevent medical malpractice

Even though incidents of medical malpractice may vary in regards to what actually happened, many of these situations have one thing in common: communication was lacking. Health care professionals in West Virginia must communicate with each other and streamline their efforts to disseminate information between parties in a way that is concise and thorough.

Poor communication almost immediately threatens the safety of patients if their doctor has received incorrect information or misunderstood facts about the patient and his or her medical history and condition. According to the New York Times, if people are concerned about the lack of communication they are feeling with their health care provider, they are better off finding someone new to see. Positive communication requires doctors to listen to their patients, encourage dialogue, answer questions and ask for frequent feedback.

Head-on collision in West Virginia kills 2

A head-on collision can be the scariest type. The drivers of the vehicles may see that the danger is imminent but be unable to prevent the crash from happening. A two-vehicle accident in Malden, West Virginia last week killed two occupants and sent three others to the hospital with critical injuries. Authorities have not released any information as to the cause of the crash. It is unclear whether the investigation is still ongoing at this time. 

The crash occurred late in the afternoon last Wednesday at the intersection of Jonquil Drive and U.S. 60. For reasons that are still unclear, a pickup truck traveling eastbound allegedly crossed the median into the westbound lanes and collided with the car. 

Traffic fatalities in U.S. top 40,000 for third year in a row

Driving in the United States is quite dangerous - likely the most dangerous thing the average person will do on a daily basis. And recent trends indicate that the United States is going in the wrong direction when it comes to driving safety.

According to the National Safety Council, traffic fatalities topped 40,000 in 2018, 2017, and 2016. For comparison, the population of Wheeling is 27,758, while Huntington is 46,811, and the population of Morgantown is 31,950.

Additionally, 4.5 million people were seriously injured in car accidents in 2018.

Why do brain injuries have such variances in symptoms?

A traumatic brain injury is something that you must always take seriously. While they are often mild, there is always a chance the injury is severe and could be life threatening. If you suffer a brain injury, even your doctor in West Virginia may not know the severity right away. That is because the symptoms of a brain injury vary so much.

According to the Mayfield Clinic, brain injury symptoms vary greatly because of a few factors. First, the location of the injury plays a huge role in what symptoms you may have. Different parts of the brain do different things, so if you suffer an injury in a certain area of the brain, it affects the body functions and parts of the body that area controls, but may not affect other body functions or areas.

What are the dangers of using a snow blower?

When the sky opens up and dumps snow down on West Virginia, everyone's minds turn to the cleanup. After a large snowfall, you and your neighbors begin to dig out. You could use a shovel, but it's more likely that you will grab your snow blower. A snow blower can get the job done in a matter of minutes whereas a shovel could take hours to clean up the snow. While a snow blower is certainly handy, Consumer Reports notes it can be a dangerous piece of equipment if you do not use it properly.

The biggest risk with a snow blower is that is can throw rocks and other debris up to 30 feet. When you are clearing an area, you should make sure there is nobody in the path of the blower that could get hit by flying debris. It is also helpful to clear the area before the snow falls so it is safe to clean up the snow. Keep in mind that if you live next to a state road that the plows often throw snow back on to your property and when they do they also plow debris and small rocks on your walkways so you need to be very careful in these areas.

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