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Changes in family dynamics make brain injuries challenging

Catastrophic injuries can quickly devastate families because they change the entire dynamic of the home. When you suffer one of these, you must ensure that you are doing what you can to adjust to the changes that are occurring.

A brain injury is one type of catastrophic injury that can dramatically change a person's life and their abilities. There are many ways that you might be able to make things easier on the victim once they come back home.

WTRF includes horrific accident recap in year-end stories

It's hard to conceive of a worse life-ending scenario than a pedestrian being struck by one vehicle and then dragged for miles by another. Yet, that was the fate of one local resident who met her demise earlier in November 2019.

In its recap of the year's top stories, Wheeling media outlet WTRF included this sad tale. On Nov. 7, shortly after 6:30 a.m., a pedestrian was walking along Route 2 in Warwood, just north of Wheeling.

Can you make night driving safer?

Generally speaking, driving at night is more dangerous than driving during the day. S-some of this added risk has to do with drunk driving, which is more common after dinner and after dark. You can't change that, but are there some other things you can do to lower the risks and make night driving safer?

There are. Here are a few easy steps to take when staying off the road after dark just is not an option for you:

  • Slow down. Things may take you by surprise and the limited visibility means you do not have as much stopping time. Slowing down gives you more time and helps you avoid accidents.
  • Check your lights. Clean them if needed. Aim them properly if you've never adjusted them. Make sure your car is ready for those dark drives.
  • Try to reduce glare and protect your own night vision. Two things you can do are to avoid looking right at oncoming lights and dimming your own interior dash lights.
  • Keep your windshield clean. You can't see streaks much during the day, but they really catch the glare at night.
  • Invest in a pair of anti-reflective glasses. They help your vision, and they're much cheaper than getting into an accident.
  • Leave more distance between cars at night and try not to ride side by side with other cars on multi-lane roads. All of this gives you more time and space to react if something occurs.
  • If it is raining at night slow down even more and leave even more distance. Lines on the road are harder to see with rain and the surfaces are much more slippery.

    The most common surgical errors can leave people disabled

    The thought of needing surgery is often enough to scare the average person. Even though it is well-known that doctors use anesthesia to prevent any sensation of pain during surgery, many people have a deep-set fear of going under the knife. It turns out that statistical evidence validates that fear.

    Doctors make major mistakes in surgery far more frequently than you might imagine. In fact, so-called never events, medical mistakes so drastic that they should literally never happen, occur dozens of times every week across the country. Each of these mistakes is so severe that it can lead to permanent disability for the victim of the surgical mistake.

    What are the injury dangers that oil and gas workers face?

    Most people who look at oil and gas industry pay rates think that workers in this field are paid quite well. What these individuals don't seem to realize though is that this line of work isn't easy. It's dangerous too. Employees in the oil and gas industry have some of the highest injury rates of all professions here in West Virginia and elsewhere in the United States. The types of injuries that this industry's workers face are varied.

    Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) data shows that oil and gas industry workers are particularly vulnerable to having body parts amputated or suffering bone fractures.

    The importance of the Consumer Product Safety Commission

    If you've ever had to return a product because of a recall, you likely know of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This government agency is vital to the health, safety and well-being of Americans when it comes to preventing them from suffering injuries due to defective or unsafe products. The agency succeeds when citizens report unsafe products.

    The CPSC is responsible for warning the public about defective, unsafe or otherwise dangerous products. Recalls are issued by the agency in an effort to prevent the public from suffering injuries, some of which can be fatal. It is up to the consumer to follow the recall alert issued by the CPSC.

    Car accidents and crush injuries

    A car accident can easily lead to a serious injury that can change your life in an instant. One such injury is known as a crush injury. Crush injuries are serious and can require a lot of rehabilitation. You could wind up missing a lot of time at work and have trouble paying the bills. Let's explore the crush injuries that can be caused by a Wheeling car accident.

    A crush injury in a car accident can range from minor to tragic. An example of a minor crush injury would be having your finger slammed in a car door or closed in a window. It's still an injury, but it's not as severe as some other crush injuries that could change your life.

    The rights of a surviving spouse after a fatal car crash

    The unexpected loss of a loved one in a preventable accident turns your life upside down. Many people experience strong emotions, ranging from depression to anger, while also needing to deal with planning a funeral and trying to maintain normalcy at home.

    Not only will you need to find a way to process the impact of this loss on your family, but you will need to consider the financial consequences of such a death. The expectations of the world will continue to hurtle forward, even as you are still reeling with the shock of an unexpected loss.

    Drunk driving realities in West Virginia

    Most drivers in West Virginia do a good job of following the traffic laws when they are on the roads and highways. There are, however, enough people who choose to ignore laws and basic safety principles when they are behind the wheel of a vehicle. This unfortunately puts a lot of innocent people in harm's way for no good reason. Driving after drinking is one of the behaviors that many people refuse to give up.

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk drivers were responsible for one out of every two traffic deaths in Ohio County, West Virginia between 2013 and 2017. During those five years, 10 out of 20 people in the county lost their lives at the hands of intoxicated drivers. This is a significantly higher number of alcohol deaths compared to the county's closest neighbors. Together, Marshall, Wetzel and Brooke Counties recorded 13 drunk driving deaths in the same period.

    Reducing injuries in the oil and gas industries

    When people think of West Virginia, oil and gas may not be the first industries that come to mind. Nevertheless, many people working in these areas suffer injuries in the state every year. In fact, these injuries are not state-specific. The oil and gas industry remains one of the most dangerous fields to work in nationwide.

    One example comes from Forbes. It reports that in 2010, the deadliest U.S. drilling accident occurred in the state of Oklahoma. The explosion claimed the lives of 11 workers. While this is the worst of the lot, it is not a standalone incident. The industry claims 100 lives on average every year. These workers die from not just explosions and structural collapses, but also falls, chronic illnesses and more commonplace workplace accidents.

    [GAG1]Oil and gas is seen as one industry in WV. They are pumping oil and gas from the same wells. Is it really one industry?

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