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Chemical exposure concerns for oil and gas industry workers

While it is no secret that certain West Virginia work environments are more dangerous than others, those who live and work near the state's oil and gas developments may face particularly high risks of chemical exposure and related health risks. At Gellner Law Offices, we recognize that prolonged exposure to certain chemicals and substances can have considerable effects on your overall health.

According to Scientific American, living near oil refineries has the potential to lead to a range of health complications, including elevated risks of migraines, dizziness and shortness of breath. If those who simply live near oil and gas developments face increased risks of health complications, those who work directly on these sites are even more at risk.

Identifying the signs of traumatic brain injuries

Whether people have been involved in a fender bender or a catastrophic collision, they may have acquired a traumatic brain injury as a result of the accident. Traumatic brain injuries may go undetected for several days, as the signs and symptoms could be mistaken for other illnesses. However, the sooner brain injuries are treated, the better chance patients have at achieving a full recovery. 

Brain injuries are caused by a  sudden blow or jolt to the head, which sends the soft tissue of the brain into the hard bone of the skull. Upon impact, the brain may become bruised, inflamed and start to bleed. Over time, the brain may swell, causing excessive pressure in the skull cavity that can lead to additional damage. 

Protecting your children by using car seats the right way

If you have children, chances are you own a car seat or two. Even though they are bulky, may be difficult to secure in your vehicle and inconvenient at times, their use is imperative to the safety and well-being of your children while traveling in a vehicle. At Gellner Law Offices, we are committed to helping people who have been victims of automobile accidents in West Virginia. 

One of the most common myths about car seat use is that as long as you are using a car seat of some kind for your child, he or she is safe. In reality, that car seat has to be the right size, style and model to accommodate your child's height, weight and physical needs. You may need to even account for the make and model of your vehicle to verify that the car seat you own can be properly fastened onto the bench of your car. If improperly installed, or if the car seat you have is expired our outdated, it can be counterproductive to your child's safety. 

Study highlights age-related distracted driving risks

For most people in West Virginia, Ohio, or anywhere in the United States, the thought of leaving home every day without their mobile phone in their hand, a pocket, a purse or other bag is all but nonexistent. Phones today are a part of everyday life but they can can cause dangerous situations problems for people while driving. Certainly, texting and driving is only one of a myriad of things that can be identified as distracted driving but it continues to be a problem across the nation.

USA Today recently provided a report summarizing the findings of a survey conducted by The Zebra, a company that provides rate quote comparisons for automobile insurance coverage. The survey found that texting continues to be the most common action taken by drivers on their phones. Taking photos and using social media are the next two most common actions taken by people while driving. Amazingly, watching videos or streaming other shows are also done by people while they are actively driving.

Why catastrophic injuries often occur a semi collision

It is almost impossible to avoid driving down I-70 or any number of backroads in West Virginia without coming across a tractor trailer. Without these essential transport vehicles, many goods would not get to their final destination.

However, with the rise in traffic on every road, the incident of collisions that occur with a semi-truck has risen. 2018 was the deadliest for drivers of cars and trucks with an estimated 9% increase in fatalities from the previous year. Catastrophic injuries occur most often when a tractor trailer is one party in a crash. 

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.

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