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What factors may impact recovery after a spinal cord injury?

Spinal cord injuries can impact people in different ways. There are several factors that might have an effect on how a person's abilities change after the injury. Trying to find out as much as you can about your injury can help as you embark upon the therapy process.

One factor that has a significant impact on how the injury will heal is the type of injury. Spinal cord injuries are divided into two broad classifications - incomplete and complete. An incomplete injury has some feeling or movement below the level of the injury. A complete injury doesn't have either of these. Typically, incomplete injuries are associated with a greater recovery than complete ones.

Why hard hats are integral to safety on job sites

When you look at a typical hard hat worn on construction sites all over America, admittedly, it doesn't look like a whole lot of protection for the head. But hard hats do, in fact, provide a great deal of protection to those who wear them.

Hard hats are typically made from polythylene (HDPE) or polycarbonate thermoplastic since these materials are strong, easily molded and lightweight. They protect workers from electrical exposures, impacts from falling objects, and bumps and scrapes. They offer far more protection than their appearance belies.

A misdiagnosis can lead to injuries or fatalities in children

When you have a young child, something you want to do is to make sure that they receive the right care all the time. You found a pediatrician in your area that had great reviews.

The first few visits seemed fine, but when you went in over concerns about your child's breathing, the doctor said that your child likely had a viral illness. They did no tests, and they sent you away telling you to use simple techniques, like steam, to loosen up mucous.

Pedestrian accidents can be avoided by following traffic laws

When you are out walking, you should feel relatively safe and protected from harm as long as you obey the New Jersey statutes that apply to pedestrians.

Of course, the flip side of that situation is that you are only as safe as the drivers around you. If they flout the safety laws, you could be in real jeopardy.

The rights and responsibilities of New Jersey pedestrians

Getting hit by a car while you are walking can result in catastrophic injuries - if you are lucky enough to survive the impact.

As a result, and also because there is a higher percentage of pedestrian deaths and injuries in New Jersey, law enforcement and the courts have partnered with the Division of Highway Traffic Safety to develop and promote programs to increase pedestrian safety in our state.

What are the many forms of medical malpractice?

When you seek medical attention, you assume that your entire medical team will provide high quality treatment that meets the standard of care for your condition.

Unfortunately, there are times when things don't go as planned, with your treatment (or lack thereof) having an adverse effect on your health and well-being.

Avoiding the "Fatal Four" on a construction site

Working in the construction industry in New Jersey can be extremely dangerous and, in some cases, deadly. The leading causes of construction worker fatalities are falls, electrocutions, being hit by an object or getting caught between objects. In the construction industry, these are known as the "Fatal Four."

You may be wondering what you can do to avoid one of the "Fatal Four" when you are working on a construction site. By understanding where the greatest risks are, you can take steps to stay safe on construction sites.

Seek prompt treatment after a brain injury

One of the most serious potential consequences of an auto accident is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Our fragile brains are contained within the strong bones of the skull and protected from harm. But if the skull gets penetrated in an accident or the brain is violently shaken within the skull, the injuries that result can be life-altering and permanently disabling.

During the car accident, your brain may have suffered trauma. Surviving the injury is your first hurdle, but there may be a long road to recovery ahead of you. Whatever the trajectory of your recovery, it starts with seeking immediate medical attention after your accident.

Staying safe on your bicycle commute

Bicycling's popularity is on the upswing. About 12.4 percent of Americans cycle on a regular basis and there were 47.5 million U.S. biker riders in 2017 alone. Biking is a fun, healthy and ecofriendly way to get around.

With cities around the country implementing new bike-sharing programs, it's become easier than ever to commute to work on a bike. Bicycling has a lot of advantages, but there is also a potential for danger. In 2016, 840 bicyclists died in traffic accidents. But taking precautions will help you mitigate risks and allow you to enjoy your ride.

Can walking the dog lead to a fractured hip?

Pet owners love their animals; they ensure their pets have the best life by feeding them, giving them attention and talking them out on daily walks. However, there is new evidence that a daily walk with a pet may put your hip at risk.

A recent study at the University of Pennsylvania found elderly dog owners are more likely to sustain severe injuries while walking their pets. Notably, the researchers found dog walking increases the risk for hip and upper arm fractures due to slipping and falling.