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4 pregnancy injuries you may sustain in a car crash

If you are expecting to welcome a new baby into your home in the next few months, you are likely unbelievably excited. Few things are more thrilling than getting to know a new child. Still, if you have a car crash during pregnancy, both you and your unborn baby may sustain serious injuries. 

In 2018, there were nearly 280,000 car accidents in the Garden State. Unfortunately, some of these accidents involved expectant mothers. If you have even a minor car crash during your pregnancy, you should seek immediate medical attention and take other steps. Here are four pregnancy-related injuries that may occur in a collision with a negligent driver: 

Do you have a concussion? Let your doctor decide

If you suspect a concussion, such as after a car crash or slip-and-fall accident, keep in mind that it's best to consult with a qualified medical professional. This is a serious brain injury that requires medical treatment.

There are multiple signs and symptoms associated with a concussion, including:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble with your memory
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Mood changes

How to work safely outdoors this winter

If you live in New Jersey, you understand that the winter months will bring cold temperatures, snow, ice and many other conditions to the area. And if you work outdoors, you know that maintaining your safety in inclement weather is easier said than done.

Here are four tips you can follow to work safely outdoors this winter:

  • Wear warm clothing: Even if you'll only be outdoors for a few minutes at a time, it's critical to wear warm clothing. For example, wearing layers will allow you to add and remove clothing as necessary.
  • Take breaks: The more time you spend in the cold, the greater chance there is of a cold related injury or illness. Get into the habit of taking regular breaks throughout your day, as this gives you time to warm your body.
  • Protect exposed skin: For example, the face, hands and ears are at high risk of frostbite. Take special precautions with these parts of your body.
  • Drink warm beverages: While working, do your best to drink warm beverages such as coffee, tea or hot chocolate. And of course, make it a habit to do so during your breaks.

How to maintain your safety on a long distance trip

You're excited about embarking on a long journey in your vehicle, but that doesn't mean you won't have any concerns. Above all else, you must take steps to maintain your safety from the minute you leave home until the minute you arrive at your destination.

Here are several tips you can follow:

  • Bank your sleep: You're excited about your trip, but don't let it keep you up at night. You should get as much sleep as you can before hitting the road, as drowsy driving is responsible for thousands of accidents, injuries and deaths throughout the United States every year.
  • Take breaks when necessary: If you find yourself becoming tired or distracted, pull to the side of the road or a parking lot to rest your mind and body. You'll be surprised at how much better you feel after you get out and walk around for a few minutes.
  • Drink plenty of water and eat healthily: Don't shy away from drinking water because you don't want to take restroom breaks. Staying hydrated allows you to feel your best while maintaining maximum energy for as long as possible. Combine this with the consumption of healthy snacks.

Is a workers’ compensation denial a possibility?

After suffering a workplace injury, your doctor may suggest that you spend time away from work to recover. Furthermore, your injury may be so serious that there's no way you can return to work in the near future.

This leads you to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits, but then something happens: You receive a denial letter in the mail.

How to protect against an accident with a commercial truck

Sharing the road with commercial trucks is easier said than done, as these large vehicles take up a lot of space. When you combine this with the fact that some truckers don't follow the rules of the road, it's not always easy to maintain your safety.

Here are five steps you can take to protect against an accident with a commercial truck:

  • Avoid blind spots: The areas behind and directly next to a commercial truck have limited visibility. You don't want to drive in these areas for too long.
  • Illegal passing or lane change: For example, never pass a commercial truck in the right lane. Also, don't abruptly change lanes in front of a commercial truck.
  • Don't drive between two commercial trucks: There are times when you get stuck in this position, but you should remove yourself as quickly as possible.
  • Don't merge too slowly: If you don't get up to speed quickly upon merging, a truck may not be able to stop before striking you from behind.
  • Avoid aggressive truckers: Most truckers obey the rules of the road, but some are entirely too aggressive. Let these individuals go up the road ahead, as doing so creates enough distance to keep you safe.

Moving patients a common cause of injury in health care

Today’s nurses, certified nursing assistants and other health care workers face unique work-related health hazards. While some of them arise due to regularly working around ailing patients, others are more environmental in nature. Healthcare Business & Technology reports that the leading work-related threat affecting today’s nurses is moving or lifting heavy patients, which can cause serious back and musculoskeletal injuries when repeated over time.

In fact, back and musculoskeletal injuries have become so prevalent among this group of workers that nurses, alone, suffer more than 35,000 such injuries every year that are bad enough to keep them home from work. This figure highlights a troubling industry trend. It also highlights the fact that today’s health care employers need to do far more to protect their staff members from lifting-related injuries.

5 ladder safety tips to follow at all times

The more you work on a ladder, the more likely you are to assume that you'll always be safe. Even with many years of experience, it only takes a minor mistake when using a ladder to cause a serious accident.

Here are five ladder safety tips to follow at all times:

  • Inspect the ladder before use: If you recognize any type of safety hazards, such as corrosion and cracks, move the ladder out of the way and mark it as damaged.
  • Find firm and level ground: Placing your ladder on uneven and/or soft ground increases the risk of it tipping.
  • Maintain three points of contact: Make it a habit to have three points of contact on the ladder at all times. This includes one foot and two hands, or two feet and one hand.
  • Don't set the ladder near traffic: This includes both pedestrian and vehicular traffic, as a small bump is all it takes to knock you off a ladder.
  • Never carry a heavy load: It may be okay to carry lighter tools on a ladder, but never carry anything that could cause you to lose your balance.

How do you fully recover from a concussion?

A concussion is a serious injury that results from a blow to the head, such as in motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall accidents or falls from heights.

Upon presenting at the hospital with a suspected concussion, your medical team will run a variety of tests, such as a CT scan and MRI, to make an accurate diagnosis. These tests also allow them to rule out other injuries, such as a skull fracture and bleeding on the brain.

Neck fracture: Symptoms and diagnosis

A neck fracture is among the most serious type of injury, as it can result in pain, discomfort, paralysis and even death.

If you suspect a neck injury, such as after a workplace accident, you should not attempt to move. Instead, call 911 and remain where you are until help arrives.

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