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What should you do if you're bitten by a dog on the job?

You have to complete a route for your job, and part of doing that route is being out in public. You have to go to people's homes, and that means that you're exposed to their pets.

One of the biggest risks to those delivering packages or mail is that a dog will snap and cause a bite injury. Bites can quickly become infected, and depending on the incident, they may be severe enough to cause massive bleeding, tissue damage and worse.

ALDI fall leads to brain injury

Injuries can happen anywhere, and some can be severe. Take, for example, this shocking story of a woman who fell at the local McHenry ALDI.

The woman, who was said to be in her late 70s, was shopping in the ALDI store when she fell and hit her head on the ground. At around 4:00 p.m, the police were dispatched to the scene to provide assistance. They, along with the McHenry Township Fire Protection District, reported that the woman had suffered a traumatic brain injury. Flight For Life was called to the scene to transport her by air to the local Level I trauma center at Advocate Condell Medical Center.

Get to know the 4 stages of pressure sores

If your loved one is in a nursing home and develops a bedsore, that's a significant sign of neglect. When an elderly person can't move around on their own well, it's up to the staff to help them adjust and move each day. Without good circulation, bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, can develop and lead to pain and infection. In the most severe cases, they can cause death.

Not all bedsores are the same, so it is helpful to know the stages and how far along your loved one's injury is. Early stages are much easier to treat, while late stages may require surgery and intensive care. There are four stages that you should know.

What are three common causes of collisions?

Motor vehicle accidents can take many forms, from rear-end collisions at low speeds to high-speed front-end crashes. In most cases, people never see these crashes coming, even though there may be some signs of trouble up ahead.

Many collisions are caused by distractions, drowsiness and drunken driving. These three D's are among the most common causes of collisions leading to injuries and death. Each one of these actions impairs drivers in some way, making them more prone to causing accidents.

Recognizing neglect and abuse can help you protect your loved one

In a nursing home, there are many vulnerable adults who need assistance in their everyday lives. They may need help getting from their beds to chairs or wheelchairs, moving from a bed to the restroom or getting from a bedroom to a dining room. Mobility is a major challenge for may elderly people in nursing homes.

It is neglectful to ignore someone who cannot move around freely when they call for help. It might be that a call button went off and there were not enough staff members to respond, or it could be that a certain staff member does not want to participate in the care of a particular elderly resident.

Poor ergonomics can result in trouble for employees

When you're working in an office, you may not think that you're prone to injuries. Sadly, there are still a number of injuries that you could suffer from working in an office. Anything from poor ergonomics to faulty electrical outlets can result in employee injuries.

One thing that people often overlook is how important ergonomics are in the work environment. From adding padding to the floors where people walk for hours on end to making sure seating is designed for people to sit the most comfortably, good ergonomics do make a difference.

Insect bites and stings could be covered by workers' compensation

When you're working outside, one thing you may have to watch out for is bug bites. While they may seem minor, stings and bites can lead to life-threatening situations for some people. Additionally, some bug bites can cause serious diseases.

A few common side effects of bug bites include:

  • Lyme disease
  • Allergic reactions
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Rashes
  • Palsies

Neglected patients deserve better: Fight back

Nursing home abuse and neglect are among the worst things that can happen to a vulnerable loved one. You entrust their care to those who should know how to protect them, yet this is so often not the case.

If your loved one is hurt at a nursing home, it is your right to pursue answers. You deserve to know who harmed them and how. You deserve to know why they were left sitting so long that they developed a bed sore or why they were delirious from infection but no one had noticed.

Falls are a part of getting older that nursing homes can prevent

Getting older takes its toll on people's bodies and minds. Everything from the strength of the skeletal system to the flexibility of the joints declines as people age. Older adults have a harder time moving around and are more at risk for serious injuries to their bones and connective tissues.

Cognitive function, ranging from executive functioning abilities to memory, also begin to decline in later decades of life. The combination of more difficulty interpreting information and decreased agility often lends itself to the increased risk of falls in older adults, which are a leading cause of injury and death.

Teacher files claim for attack at work and receives a denial

Teachers have a difficult job. They're exposed to hazards every day, including disgruntled students and parents in some instances.

In this case, a teacher's workers' compensation claim was denied in Illinois, even though he was attacked by an intruder in his classroom. The reason for the denial was that the incident "didn't happen in the course of his work," but he and students claim that he was in the classroom at the time and had to step between the intruder and five students to protect them.

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