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Tips for driving in a school zone

Drivers always need to be cautious in school zones. However, now that the school year has started again, it's particularly crucial not just to obey all posted signs and crossing guards, but to keep your eye out for kids who might run into the street unexpectedly.

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, about 100 children lose their lives every year in this country while walking to school or walking home after school. Another 25,000 are injured by drivers in school zones.

Things you can do to avoid becoming a pedestrian statistic

Pedestrians rarely come out on the winning end of a pedestrian-versus-vehicle encounter. As pedestrians, we can't control drivers who are reckless or negligent. You may have been taught that pedestrians always have the right of way. However, don't count on drivers always giving you that.

Nonetheless, there are a number of things that pedestrians can do to minimize their chances of being struck by a vehicle. Let's look at some crucial steps recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that you can take to protect yourself when you're getting around on foot.

What should you look for when choosing a nursing home?

Choosing a nursing home for a loved one is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make. Unfortunately, some people don't take the time to adequately research their options. A hospital may inform you of the imminent discharge of an elderly family member who will need care you can't provide. That can pressure you into finding a facility right away.

One attorney who works in nursing home reform advocacy says families can ask hospitals to keep the patient until they've found a facility with which they're comfortable. He says, "You have more time than you think . . . don't feel pressure to go to a place that you haven't vetted."

How parents can reduce distracted driving among teens

All new teen drivers know that using their phones to text, talk, check social media or post photos or videos is dangerous. They need to keep their attention on their driving and their eyes on the road.

However, many of them use their phones while driving anyway. In fact, in one survey, over three-quarters of teens (78 percent) reported that they checked their phones at least once every hour. Some 72 percent said they felt that they had to immediately respond to texts and other messages and notifications, even when they're driving. Half admitted that they were addicted to their devices.

Report: Nursing home staffing levels have been overstated

If you have a family member in a South Carolina nursing home, you've likely been concerned at times about whether there were enough qualified staff members available to provide the level of care and personal attention your loved one needs and deserves. A recent study by The New York Times and Kaiser Health News confirmed what many people already knew: Staffing levels at many facilities are too low.

One reason for the low numbers, according to the report, may be a change in how facilities report staffing data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). At one time, nursing homes self-reported their staffing numbers. When an inspection from the federal agency was anticipated, they could staff up temporarily or "game the system," in the words of the report.

Family sues nursing home for death of elderly man after fall

The family of a World War II veteran is suing the Cherryville, North Carolina, nursing home for his death in January 2017, a week after suffering a fall in which he broke his leg. The 98-year-old grandfather, who had once been a Teamsters union leader, had been living in Carolina Care Center for over six years.

The lawsuit for pain and suffering and wrongful death was filed last month on behalf of the man's estate by a South Carolina attorney. According to the suit, when the man moved into the facility, he had mobility issues. By the time he died, he was also suffering from cognitive deficiencies including memory loss and disorientation and was blind in one eye. He had difficulty communicating verbally as well.

How do you treat a ruptured disc?

There are many kinds of back injuries that can take place on the job, but understanding the most common and how to avoid them could help you significantly. From herniated discs to strain from overworking the joints, back injuries can happen at almost any time and to anyone.

One of the most significant injuries a person can suffer without paralysis is a disc herniation. This is when the jelly-like material between the vertebrae ruptures, causing pressure on the nerves. This pressure may result in weakness in the limbs, pain or other symptoms.

Proving a slip-and-fall case in a nursing home

Leaving a loved one in a nursing home is hard enough, but realizing that there was danger you didn't know about is devastating. When you place a loved one in nursing care, you expect him or her to receive care and to be monitored for safety. You don't expect to find out that your loved one has fallen or slipped in the facility because of neglect or other problems.

Nursing home cases aren't always easy to go through with, because you'll have to prove that an incident happened in the way you understand it. Unless you're there at the time of an accident, have many witnesses, receive an admission from the nursing home or have video of an accident, it could be hard to show that your claims are valid. Residents may be scared to report an incident because of the potential for retaliation, which is something no one should have to live with.

Summer driving: The risks you face each day

Summer is a great time to go out and have fun with family and friends, but it's also a threat to those on the road. Summer driving isn't just dangerous because there are more people on the roads. The addition of teens with new licensing, the possibility of dehydration and heat exhaustion behind the wheel and other issues make summer a dangerous time as well.

July and August are two of the most dangerous months during the year, leading to the most deaths compared to any other. Why are the roads so dangerous, though, and is there anything that can be done to prevent crashes?

Office hazards: A potentially dangerous environment

Even though an office seems like safe environment, there are still some hazards that could lead to you suffering serious injuries. Yes, some parts of an office-based life are more comfortable than working in construction or industry, but in some ways, an office is just as dangerous.

Take for example the risk of slip-and-fall accidents. These are the most common incidents in offices, and they account for the greatest number of injuries overall. Other common office-related work hazards include poor ergonomics, random acts of violence, electrical hazards, air-quality problems and poor lighting. Each of these hazards creates risks that could put you in danger.

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