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Fiery crash on Interstate 65 injures 2, kills 1

It may be possible to avoid a car crash in Ohio by simply following the rules of the road. One of the most basic rules is maintaining one's vehicle in a forward motion when driving in traffic lanes. Unfortunately, one driver on Interstate 65 in Indiana appears to have disregarded this rule, not only paying the ultimate price but sending two others to the hospital as a result. 

The accident occurred late Friday afternoon. Authorities have not released any identifying information about the driver who died, not even in regard to gender. Witnesses describe the driver in the left northbound lane of Interstate 65 in Bartholomew County with the car in reverse, traveling in a southbound direction. The reasons behind this strange alleged behavior are not entirely clear, but reports indicate that the driver may have been heading toward a cross-over. In any case, another vehicle containing two occupants struck the first.

What to do after a concussion

A blow to the head in Ohio can result in a concussion. The resulting decrease in neurologic function is usually temporary, and a concussion does not cause structural damage to the brain. Nevertheless, a concussion is still a traumatic brain injury and requires certain responses to help ensure a full recovery. 

Conventional wisdom used to hold that a person with a concussion should not go to sleep. However, as explained by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, doctors generally no longer recommend that a person remain awake after a concussion. Sleep and rest can help a concussion patient to recover. In the absence of symptoms like difficulty walking or dilated pupils, a concussion patient who is arousable and able to engage in conversation is probably safe to go to sleep. 

Construction site brain injuries: What you should know

Construction site brain injuries are some of the common worksite injuries in the industry. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reported that in 2016, the construction industry had the most nonfatal and fatal traumatic brain injuries when compared to all U.S. industries that year. Traumatic brain injuries can occur from falls, vehicle accidents and falling objects. The number one cause of TBI in the construction industry is falls from scaffolds, ladders, high beams and roofs. Educating yourself on these types of brain injuries may help to minimize your risk at obtaining a TBI. 

A sharp blow to the head or a sudden jolt can cause the soft tissue of the brain to hit into the skull bone. This impact can cause brain swelling and inflammation, bleeding and bruising. Depending on the area of the brain that is damaged and the severity of the damage, you may experience a wide-range of symptoms. Mild to moderate brain injuries may present the following signs:

How does burn depth relate to degree?

The severity of a burn injury in Ohio depends upon how deeply the damage extends beneath the surface of the skin. In the past, doctors classified burn wounds according to degrees. First-degree burns are the least serious type, involving only the epidermis. Second-degree, third-degree and (according to some scales) fourth-degree burns are more serious. 

The problem with this type of classification system is that the terms first-degree, second-degree and so on are not descriptive. In other words, you need to have prior knowledge of how serious a second-degree burn is for the diagnosis to have any meaning to you. 

Bedsore risks for nursing home residents

Watching a parent grow older and more immobile can be difficult. So, too, can deciding to move your parent into a nursing home where he or she can get the level of care he or she needs to get by. Once your parent loses the ability to easily move about on his or her own, it becomes increasingly important that others help him or her shift positions and otherwise move about as much as possible.

When your parent does not get the mobility assistance he or she needs from nursing home or assisted living facility staff members, his or her health can suffer. One condition that often develops when an older adult remains stationary for too long is bedsores. While, in some instances, bedsores go away on their own in time, in other cases, they never completely go away. They can lead to several complications, some of which can be life-threatening.

Key facts about the new scooter craze

Over the last year, electric scooter companies have worked hard to popularize their product, and it is working. All over the country, more and more people find convenience and fun entertainment on motorized scooters.

Unfortunately, with the influx of riders has also come an increase in accidents. As such, legislators now work to create proper regulations fitting this growing craze.

Convertible rolls over on Ohio interstate

Authorities continue to investigate a rollover crash on Interstate 70 that occurred in Preble County, Ohio, last Thursday evening. The accident caused the death of one of the vehicle occupants and sent the three others to the hospital. Additionally, the accident and the subsequent investigation caused a temporary shutdown of the eastbound traffic lanes in the vicinity of the crash. 

The crash has left authorities somewhat mystified, claiming it is unusual for a tire blowout to result in such catastrophic damage. In addition to the tire failure, witnesses also report the car driving at a high velocity. Therefore, authorities are considering speed as a potential contributing factor as well as driver inattention and lane change. 

The link between road construction and car wrecks

Encountering road construction can lead to long delays and feelings of frustration, but it can also lead to serious injuries and fatalities. Your chances of getting into a fatal car crash may be higher in work zones than in other areas of the roadway. Even if you are lucky enough to live through a serious construction-related car crash, you may suffer severe, life-changing injuries after involvement in one.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, fatal car crashes in construction zones are on the rise across the nation, even though fatal car crashes that take place outside of these work zones are, in fact, declining. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of fatal car wrecks taking place in road construction zones rose 3%, while the number of fatal car wrecks taking place outside construction zones decreased by 1%.

Recovering from a traumatic brain injury

Sustaining a traumatic brain injury can have extensive consequences on your livelihood. TBIs can impact your emotions, physical abilities and information processing capabilities. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may be in recovery for years, possibly even a lifetime.

Thankfully, there are plenty of ways that health care professionals can treat brain damage and rehabilitate you. Plus, you can seek reimbursement for these medical costs through a personal injury claim. Here is some information on the healing process. 

Boy's skull fractured following physical assault

Many personal injury cases in Ohio arise from negligence. In other words, someone acts in a way that is irresponsible or fails to do what is necessary, and someone else gets hurt as a result. However, negligence is only one possible reason that personal injuries can occur. They can also arise because of the willful misconduct of others. To put it another way, someone knows that his or her actions could result in harm to others but carries them out anyway. 

A 13-year-old boy in Montana sustained skull fractures as a result of an alleged assault by a 39-year-old man at a county fair. Witnesses describe the boy lying on the ground in the aftermath, unable to form coherent speech and seizing uncontrollably, with blood coming out of both ears. According to his parents, the bleeding from his ears continued for another six hours. 

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