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Dog Bites Biggest Cause of Postal Worker Injuries Last Year

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Dog bites were a leading cause of injuries involving postal employees in 2012. The risk to postal workers from dogs does not seem to have changed much from previous years. Almost every year postal workers are at some of the highest risks of dog bites.

In 2012, apart from dog bites, slip and fall accidents were one of the leading causes of postal worker injuries.The information came from a new report released by the Government Accountability Office. According to the report, in 2012, United States Postal Service workers reported an injury rate of approximately 5.44 injuries for every 100 employees. Most injuries that postal workers suffered on their mail route between 2009 and 2012 were due to slip and fall accidents and dog bites.

In fact, letter carriers and mail workers are some of the biggest victims of dog bites every year in the United States. The only other category of Americans who are at a higher risk than postal workers are children.

Every year, the United States Postal Service draws attention to the fact that its workers are at a high risk of dog bites. The agency specifically requests owners of dogs to make sure that their animals are restrained, or confined in the yard, or in a room in the house, during the postal worker’s daily rounds. It is also important to place warning signs at the entrance of your property, informing mail workers that you have an animal on the premises.

In spite of all these efforts, and in spite of all precautions, every year, mail workers suffer a disproportionate number of injuries in dog bite attacks. Most of these injuries may be minor to moderate, but few can be very serious and can even result in fatalities.

Tips on Choosing a Motorcycle Helmet

Monday, September 23, 2013

Every motorcycle accident lawyer would agree that wearing a helmet offers the greatest degree of protection during an accident. However, it is not enough to wear a helmet. It is equally important to make sure that you wear a helmet that is built to adhere to federally approved standards, is comfortable to wear, and strong enough to protect your skull from injuries in an accident.

To make sure that your head is protected at all times while riding, wear a helmet that adheres to the standards set by the Department of Transportation. The helmet must be certified and approved by the federal agency. Many motorcyclists make the mistake of choosing a helmet based on the look and style, and not on whether these have been approved by the DOT. An approved helmet has been tested to make sure that it adheres to the standards set by the DOT, and therefore, is likely to protect your head from brain injuries in an accident.

When it comes to the style of a helmet, choose one with maximum protection for your head and neck. As much as possible, try to avoid helmets that expose large areas of the back of your head or your neck. Half helmets and quarter helmets fall into this category because they offer minimal protection. Flip up or modular helmets are most effective because they offer full face helmet protection, while also being convenient to wear.

Check if the helmet fits you well. Try it on for size, and make sure that the helmet is not too big or too small. A helmet that is too small will be uncomfortable to wear, while one that is too big may not cushion your skull adequately.

Connected Trucks Spell Next Level in Safety

Friday, August 16, 2013

In the near future, heavy duty as well as light duty trucks may be able to communicate with other trucks as well as other vehicles in the vicinity that are equipped with similar vehicle communication technology. These vehicles may be able to transmit data that can result in an accident warning for a motorist or a truck driver. The technology has the potential to save many lives every year.

The National Transportation Safety Board recently focused on connected vehicle technologies, or vehicles that transmit data using Wi-Fi technologies. In these vehicles, the technology is contained in a device that can be mounted inside the vehicle either on the dashboard, or as part of the car’s components. The device can also be inserted as part of the smartphone.

The technology will transmit data signals with similar technology in other vehicles that are also equipped with the same devices. Once the data has been received, these devices can deliver appropriate warning signals, cautioning the driver to apply the brakes, or to slow down speeds. The warning may be delivered in the form of a glowing light, an audible alert, or a vibrating of the steering wheel. Those details will be left to automakers to implement. In the future, all vehicles will be able to communicate with each other, and this will substantially help reduce the risk of accidents except those caused by drunk drivers.

What is really important for Sherman Oaks truck accident lawyers to learn however is that now that the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that the federal administration start working on standards for the technology, it could ultimately lead to a mandate for such technology in all vehicles.

Older Patients Play Critical Role in Fall Prevention

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Senior citizens, who have already suffered a fracture as a result of a slip and fall accident, can play a very important role in helping reduce the risk of future slip and falls and fractures. According to new research, people over the age of 50 who have suffered a fracture, often play a very central role in preventing future fractures.

The researchers say that the study that they have conducted on senior citizens, will have a substantial impact on elder care and prevention of slip and falls involving senior citizens, because thus far, the efforts made to help reduce the risk of slip and fall injuries involving seniors after a fall, have proved to have limited success.

According to the researchers, a senior citizen who has already suffered a slip and fall accident understands the risks involved, and is much more likely to understand the potential risk of another fracture in the future. He therefore, is much more likely to actually do something about it. Older patients who have suffered fractures as a result of slip and fall accidents have what are known as fragility fractures.

According to the study, which was published recently online in the Journal of Osteoporosis International, it is very important that senior citizens understand the results of tests for bone mineral density. According to the researchers, it is only when the patient and patients understand these risks that they're able to take steps to prevent another slip and fall. Seniors are therefore seen as playing a very critical role in their own care. Slip and fall accidents are widespread among the senior community. Approximately 50% of all women above the age of 50, and one in five men of the same age will suffer a slip and fall accident.

Bicyclists at High Risk for Suffering Maxillofacial Injuries

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Maxillofacial fractures, or fractures of the face and jaw, can lead to long-term physical disability, debilitation, discomfort as well as a range of functional problems that can prevent the person from chewing or eating properly. A new study finds that young bicyclists may be at a much higher risk of suffering these injuries.

The researchers found that most of these injuries occurred in auto accidents, with a higher proportion of these accidents involving bicycles. Males were much more likely to be admitted into the hospital with maxillofacial fractures, compared to females.

Besides, males admitted into the hospital for maxillofacial fractures were on an average much younger than females. A male who was admitted into the hospital with a maxillofacial fracture was likely to be between 21 and 30 years of age.

The study also found that most maxillofacial injuries occurred during the spring months of April, May and June. That is not so surprising to Woodland Hills bicycle accident lawyers to understand, when you consider that spring time is when many people are out bicycling.

More than 36% of the patients who reported maxillofacial fractures also suffered from other injuries, most frequently orthopedic injuries. Persons who suffered from a bicycle accident and suffered a maxillofacial fracture were also likely to report neutotrauma.

Maxillofacial fractures can also result in long-term adverse health effects. For instance, very often these injuries result in aesthetic problems. A person who suffers from these injuries may also suffer from psychological and emotional distress, and require frequent visits to the hospital in order to deal with the consequences of the injury. In all these cases, a person may have to be off work for many days, losing income in the process.


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