Important Rule Could Save the Lives of Truckers, Other Motorists

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An important rule to screen and assist truckers with obstructive sleep apnea could save lives and prevent injuries to countless motorists. However, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced this summer that they would table the new rule. The decision to table the proposed rule is a significant step backward that could leave drowsy commercial truck drivers behind the wheel. The Proposed Rule In 2016, the Federal Motor Safety Carrier Administration (FMCSA) began working on new rules aimed at screening and treating drivers for sleep apnea. The proposed rule was introduced following recommendations from their internal Medical Advisory Board that indicated such a rule was necessary. The rule would require truckers be screened and treated for sleep apnea if they met the following criteria: A body mass index in excess of 40. A body mass index greater than 33 and were older than 42, had diabetes, high blood pressure, or were a postmenopausal female. A history of heart disease, small airways, untreated hypothyroidism, or a history of snoring. These criteria are significant indicators and risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea. The rule would allow drivers to continue operating their vehicles if they underwent treatment and achieved positive results as monitored

Predicting the Outcome of Whiplash Injuries

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According to researchers, the outcome of whiplash injuries that are suffered by people in Nevada might be predicted by post-accident reported pain and disability. Whiplash is the leading type of injury that people suffer in collisions. People who experience the most reported pain and neck stiffness from whiplash injuries following car accidents are the most likely to still be suffering from disabilities one year after the accident, according to research. Other prognosticating considerations include psychosocial factors such as anxiety, seeking medical and legal help early and the tendency to catastrophize. Factors that were not associated with how quickly the patients recovered included the results of their x-rays, MRIs and CAT scans as well as collision factors. A personal injury attorney may help whiplash victims recover damages for medical expenses and other losses. Studies of Whiplash Outcomes Researchers from Aarhus University’s Danish Pain Research Centre reviewed data from 141 people who had sought medical care for headaches or neck pain within two weeks of being struck from behind in rear-end accidents. The patients had not previously had histories of neck or back pain or of severe headaches. The researchers found that of those who reported low initial stiffness and pain scores,

OSHA Cuts Back Workplace Fatality Reporting [Infographic]

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OSHA recently changed its fatality reporting requirements on its website and will report fewer workplace fatalities in the future under a new policy. This change in reporting standards may make it more difficult for researchers to find accurate fatality data and to make safety recommendations. The policy is a change from the past few years, during which OSHA maintained a list of fatalities on its homepage with locations, names and dates. The change was made on Aug. 25 when OSHA removed the data from its homepage. This may make it much more difficult to determine how many workplace fatalities truly happen each year. When workers are killed on the job, a workers’ compensation attorney may help their families to recover benefits to replace a portion of their incomes and to pay the reasonable costs of their funeral and burial expenses. Policy Change: What it Affects In the past, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration included a list of all workplace fatalities that were reported to the agency regardless of whether or not the companies were cited. Under the new policy, only fatalities that involved citations will be reported. According to Debbie Berkowitz, who advised OSHA during the Obama administration, this

Car Accidents: Does Size Matter?

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Despite safety improvements in all types of vehicles, small cars in Nevada still carry higher injury risks when they are involved in accidents. Because of the safety features that are included in late-model small cars, they are better than older, larger cars in accidents, however. The safest passenger vehicles on the market are SUVs because of their greater weights and sizes. Even when people opt for safer vehicles, they may still be involved in injury accidents. A car accident lawyer helps the victims of car accidents to recover monetary compensation. Safety Risks of Small Cars Small cars weigh less and have smaller front ends than do larger vehicles such as SUVs. When they are involved in front-end crashes, the engines and hoods are smaller and offer less protection from the physical forces that are released. This means that the people inside of the vehicles will be exposed to more of the crash forces and are likelier to suffer serious injuries. Smaller cars are lighter and do not take as long to come to complete stops. By contrast, larger, heavier vehicles such as SUVs require greater braking distances. When large vehicles crash into smaller cars, they may still be moving fairly

Those at Greatest Risk for Adolescent Sports-Related Injuries

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Adolescent football players in Nevada are not the only high school students carrying a higher risk of suffering concussions. A recent study reveals that female soccer players have the highest risk of all adolescent athletes of suffering these traumatic brain injuries. While high schools and junior highs across the country mandate that football players wear helmets, girls who play soccer do not have similar requirements and are just as susceptible to injuries. Injured athletes who suffer concussions may have lasting damage, resulting in potentially lifelong disabilities. An injury lawyer may help victims to recover damages to compensate them for their losses. Prevalence of Adolescent Sports-related Concussions An estimated 300,000 adolescents suffer concussions in the U.S. every year. Researchers wanted to examine sport- and gender-related differences in the risk of suffering concussions while adolescents are involved in high school athletics. They reviewed injury data for adolescent athletes that were reported to the High School Reporting Online system from 2005 to 2014. Between those years, there were 18,745,000 sports-related injuries and 6,399 reported concussions. The overall concussion rate increased during the study period. The researchers also looked at the rates of injury in eight different high school sports, including football, girls’ soccer,

Can Changing Vehicle Design Save Pedestrian Lives? [Infographic]

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If car manufacturers made some design changes to the front ends of vehicles in the U.S. and in Nevada, fewer pedestrian deaths might occur. European countries follow more stringent design regulations and are rated under the New Car Assessment Program standards. In the U.S., by contrast, cars do not have to comply with these pedestrian-focused design regulations and do not follow the NCAP ratings. A comparison of one European country with the U.S. and India revealed that the different front-end designs that are used in Germany help to save a much higher percentage of pedestrians than in either the U.S. or in India, neither of which have these types of regulations in place. If these design changes were made in American vehicles, accident lawyers would likely see fewer fatal pedestrian accident cases. Impact of Front Design Changes Researchers reviewed data from the Global Burden of Disease project and the International Road Traffic and Accident Database in order to determine the baseline rates of pedestrian fatalities and injuries in 2013 in Germany, the US. and India. They were interested in determining the effect of the heavy motor vehicle front-end design standards that are followed in Germany as compared to countries in

Do Minorities Suffer From More Workplace Injuries?

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African-Americans and other minorities are much more likely to work in jobs with high workplace injuries, and they also have the highest injury rates when compared to other workers. Because minorities may have fewer economic opportunities, they may be more likely to take higher-risk jobs, increasing their risks of suffering disabling injuries. When they are injured at work, the workers may face mounting expenses coupled with income losses. A workers’ compensation attorney may help injured workers to recover the benefits to pay for their medical expenses and to replace a portion of their incomes if they are temporarily or permanently disabled. Prevalence of Workplace Injuries by Race Researchers from the University of Southern California and Boston University reviewed two data sets containing similar demographic information. The first set was the Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau from 2006 to 2013 and contained 11.6 million respondents. The second data set was Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Survey of Income and Program Participation included 198,000 respondents and covered the years 1996, 2001, 2004 and 2008. In their data review, the researchers found that Latino immigrants between the ages of 18 and 64 had the highest workplace injury rates at 13.7 per 1,000

Keeping Workers Safe in Confined Spaces In Residential Construction

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Because of the dangers involved in working in confined spaces during residential construction projects, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued guidelines that Nevada employers must follow on job sites. Confined space work may cause workers to suffocate, suffer heat exhaustion or to be entrapped. The regulations governing work in confined spaces are designed to prevent the types of injuries that might otherwise occur during construction projects. If workers are injured or killed when performing work in confined spaces, a workplace injury attorney may help to recover compensation for their losses. Hazardous Conditions in Confined Spaces Under OSHA’s standard, certain types of confined spaces require permits before work can begin. The affected spaces are confined areas containing certain hazardous conditions, including those that: Have or carry the potential to contain dangerous atmospheric conditions; Contain materials that could potentially entrap or engulf workers; Have floors that slope downward or that have walls that slant inward, which could trap workers and cause them to asphyxiate because of their configurations; and Have any other condition that may potentially be hazardous to the workers’ health or safety According to OSHA, basements, crawl spaces, and attics will generally not need permits before work can

Could Self-Driving Cars Introduce More Dangers to the Road?

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While driverless cars may make the roads safer while reducing commute times, they may also bring new dangers to the roads. Google, which is developing its own self-driving car, recently stated that its vehicles may be available to consumers in just five years. Experts predict several issues may make self-driving cars introduce new dangers to the roads, especially when they are newly available. If an accident is caused by a self-driving car, a personal injury attorney may help to determine who the liable parties might be. (Article continues below Infographic) ______ Potential Dangers Associated with Self-Driving Cars Self-driving cars are complex and have multiple technological systems that allow them to travel around other vehicles with little input from humans. Because of the complexity of the systems, it is foreseeable that they could fail. Since they rely on their connections, there is also the potential for hackers to hack into driverless cars which could lead to multiple simultaneous failures or takeovers of these vehicles. IHS Automotive predicts that as many as 54 million self-driving cars will be on the roads worldwide by 2035. Sometime after 2050, it is predicted that almost all of the vehicles on the world’s roadways will be

The Cost of Car Crashes in Nevada: By the Numbers

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Each year, motor vehicle accidents in Nevada injure or kill hundreds of victims and cost millions of dollars worth of losses to the state’s residents and businesses. Most car accidents are preventable, and there are several safety measures that Nevada could implement that could help to reduce the number of car accidents that happen. In addition, drivers should take precautions when they drive to reduce the risk of becoming involved in a crash. With improved preventative efforts on the parts of drivers and of the state, the car accident rate could decline. When people are injured in accidents that are caused by negligence, a car accident lawyer may help them recover damages. Costs of Nevada Fatal Car Accidents The costs associated with fatal accidents in Nevada each year are staggering. Medical expenses associated with these serious accidents average $3 million and work-loss costs average $352 million for a total annual cost of $356 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Injured occupants of vehicles account for 14 percent of the average annual costs at $51 million. Motorcyclists account for 28 percent of the total costs at $99 million annually while pedestrians account for 22 percent of the

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