February 2019 Archives

The most common reasons for mining deaths are revealed

Because of the state's long coal mining history, residents of West Virginia have a vested interest in knowing the main reasons for fatal mining-related accidents. Annual fatalities in mining have nearly doubled in the U.S. since 2005. Though the figure is far less than it was at the beginning of the 20th century, even one death is too many.

Dealing with dangerous or drunk drivers on the road

People in West Virginia face serious threats from drunk drivers on the roads. Drunk driving is implicated in thousands of serious car accidents each year, including many fatal crashes. As a result, people may be very concerned about how they can spot drunk drivers and avoid them on the road. There are a number of signs that can indicate that someone is intoxicated behind the wheel. For example, sometimes people can even see a driver imbibing alcohol behind the wheel. There are other telltale signs in the way a driver operates the car. For example, a drunk driver may swerve in and out of a lane, stop at random times, fail to respond to traffic signal changes or even drive down the road in the wrong direction.

Mild traumatic brain injuries have long-term effects

Every year, there are over 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries that occur across the United States. An estimated 7 percent of these cases are in children. Mild brain injuries are often called a "silent epidemic" as the symptoms can go unnoticed. The month of March each year is dedicated to raising awareness in West Virginia and throughout the nation about TBIs, preventing TBIs from occurring and encouraging people to seek help when a brain injury occurs.

Solutions to fatal truck crash increase are in truckers' hands

Truckers in West Virginia and across the nation can do something about the rise in fatal large truck crashes. During the Transportation Research Board's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. in early 2019, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released some alarming figures. While the organization never said that truckers are behind the rise, the data suggests that several kinds of negligence are a factor.

Businesses have a duty to keep properties safe for customers

The legal concept of premises liability obliges West Virginia businesses to maintain safe properties. They have a legal duty of care to monitor their properties for hazards, warn people about dangers and fix problems like broken handrails, bunched up carpet or rugs, wet floors, and icy sidewalks. This responsibility arises because companies generally actively encourage people to enter their properties.

New TBI test designated as breakthrough device by FDA

A rapid test for confirming traumatic brain injuries has received the FDA's designation as a breakthrough device. The test, called the Tbit™ Blood Testing Platform and developed by medical device company BioDirection, can diagnose a concussion in less than 90 seconds using nanotechnology-based sensors. West Virginia residents will want to know more.

Woman dies on subway stairs in station without elevator

Some West Virginia residents who have struggled with stairs when no elevator was available might have heard about a woman who died while trying to carry her baby's stroller down a flight of stairs in a New York City subway station. There was no elevator in the station, and this is the case for approximately three-fourths of the 472 subway stations throughout the city.

Mild TBIs raise risk for PTSD, other mental health problems

A study published in JAMA Psychiatry has linked mild traumatic brain injuries to a higher risk for mental health problems like post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. West Virginia residents should know that the CDC defines a TBI as any injury, either caused by a bump, blow or jolt or by something penetrating the head, that disrupts normal cognitive function. TBIs range from mild to severe.

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