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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.

Involved in a car accident? What to discuss with your doctor

Even minor car accidents have the capability to seriously injure all parties involved. More serious accidents routinely cause some injury and anyone involved should look out for their own health after a crash. 

One of the most important things to do following an auto accident is to see a doctor right away. You should see a medical professional within 24 hours of the incident. After that, you need to maintain follow-up appointments and adhere to the doctor’s guidelines precisely. Failure to do so can jeopardize your personal injury claim, and more importantly, delay your recovery from the injuries.

What is Medicaid fraud?

Many people in West Virginia rely on Medicaid to supply them with medical insurance. If you are one of these people, this coverage is probably very important to you. However, it can be taken away if abused. It does not even have to be you who abuses it. Medicaid fraud put everyone at risk of losing benefits. There are several ways a doctor may commit this type of fraud.

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Medicaid fraud often happens through deceptive billing practices. For example, a doctor may bill for unnecessary services or even bill for services he or she never provided. Some doctors may unbundle services to get higher rates or bill at a higher level for services performed.

What do you need to know to work in the oil and gas industry?

The oil and gas industry in West Virginia provides you with many career opportunities. This growing industry is a great place to establish yourself in a job that offers great pay and future possibilities. To know if this field is right for you, you need to take a look at what it means to be an oil and gas worker.

According to Offshore Energy Today, one of the first things to think about is what you want to do as it relates to oil and gas. There are many jobs in this field. While you mind may first go to the physical jobs, such as working on an oil rig, there are many job options. Figure out what position best matches your skills.

Vehicle strikes pedestrian at intersection near hospital

When a vehicle strikes a pedestrian in West Virginia, the hospital is often the next stop for the pedestrian. In an ironic turn of events, an intersection near a hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia was recently the scene of an accident in which a vehicle hit a pedestrian. Responders did not take the woman to the nearby hospital for treatment; due to the extent of her injuries, they instead took her to the trauma center of another facility where she remains in serious condition.

The accident occurred Thursday morning at an intersection in an area that sees a lot of foot traffic from hospital employees crossing the street between the facility's campus and an adjacent parking area. Representatives of the hospital released a statement expressing concern for the parties involved in the accident but did not confirm whether the pedestrian is an employee of the hospital. 

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