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PTSD and traffic collisions

Those who are hurt in a traffic collision could have a long road to recovery for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes, victims are left with deep physical pain and injuries that will last for the rest of their lives, such as a permanent disability that leaves them unable to continue their job. Moreover, people also pass away in car accidents. However, these wrecks can have additional consequences that may not be immediately clear in the aftermath of a collision, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental challenges.

If you are suffering from PTSD after a car crash, there are many potential ways the disorder could have turned your life upside down. For example, the stress you are trying to work through could interfere with your ability to perform your job properly. Or, you could be suffering from flashbacks, losing sleep, or experiencing other mental hardships. Moreover, you may find that you are too traumatized to drive, which can interfere with your life in many ways. For example, you may not be able to transport your child to his or her school, drive to work, or participate in hobbies that you used to enjoy.

How much time does your doctor actually spend with you?

Like most people in Upper Marlboro, you likely understand that diagnostic medicine may always involve some degree of uncertainty. Despite the many technological tools available to doctors today, they often cannot visualize exact what is wrong with you. Rather, they rely on such tools, as well as their experience, expertise and the information that you give them to come to a diagnosis. Yet you may be right to question how such elements can be adequately employed in treating you when it seems as though a doctor rarely sits down to communicate with you face-to-face. 

An average visit to the doctor typically involves a quick review of your vital signs and statistics (typically taken by a nurse or medical assistant), an explanation of your symptoms (again, recorded by a nurse), and then brief interaction with the doctor him or herself. That may be followed by imaging studies or lab work (once again, done by a someone other than the doctor), after which the doctor may come in and quickly speak to you before you are discharged or sent elsewhere. Out of all that, how much time do you actually get with the doctor? Information shared by Becker's Hospital Review estimates that to be an average of 13-16 minutes. 

Regulation waiver encourages veterans to get their CDL

Current and former military personnel who are transitioning to a civilian career in Maryland may want to consider becoming a commercial truck driver. A waiver to the current commercial driver's license regulations is designed to assist veterans.  

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, drivers who want to operate tractor-trailer or other heavy trucks must obtain their CDL in order to meet federal and state standards. This increases safety on the road and cuts down on the number of vehicular accidents. Along with residency and medical requirements, getting a CDL also involves skills and knowledge requirements, which differ based on the type of vehicle one will be operating. The skills test is made up of three parts: 

  • Road test
  • Basic controls test
  • Vehicle inspection test

The ripple effect of workplace injury

If you experience a workplace injury in Maryland, you and your family could suffer from its effects for years to come. The physical, emotional and financial repercussions could be staggering. Here at Wilson & Parlett, we understand the gravity of workplace injuries, and we seek to ease the burden of the recovery process.

Getting injured at work could have a tremendous effect on your finances. According to the Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America, suffering an injury, and thereby missing work in order to recover, could result in significant loss of your salary. In fact, many victims of workplace injuries make substantially less money even up to a decade after their accidents. Throughout the recovery process, you could already be losing money, since workers' compensation often only covers a portion of your earnings. You could end up paying for half of your total medical bills and related expenses out of your personal funds.

Eating: an important but overlooked source of driver distraction

Drivers being distracted behind the wheel is a huge problem, not only in Upper Marlboro but throughout Maryland and across the United States. However, when it comes to distracted driving, most of the focus in the media and by lawmakers is on texting and the use of phones and other eletronics. A form of distraction that is equally important but garners much less attention is drivers who eat and drink behind the wheel.

Practically everyone has been in a situation where they were in a hurry and had to a grab a bite to eat on the go. In fact, according to Thrillist, 80 percent of drivers drink beverages in their cars and 70 percent have had a meal or snack. When traffic is slow or barely moving, it may seem innocent enough to dig into that hamburger or sandwich. But doing so is incredibly dangerous.

Finding the best nursing home for a loved one

Nursing homes are a critical aspect to providing care for Maryland seniors who need around the clock nursing care. Many need long-term care, while others are more temporary, perhaps while recovering from a medical event. But all nursing home facilities are not of the same quality.

Nursing home neglect involving elderly people is a very unfortunate phenomenon that the state of Maryland takes very seriously. Elderly residents and others in need of nursing home care can take some steps ahead of the decision-making that can reduce the chance of falling prey to a neglectful nursing home.

How to I help my child cope after a car accident?

If your children have experienced a car accident in Maryland, they may need help dealing with their emotions and fears for a long time afterward. Even adults may struggle with trauma after car crashes, but young people could suffer more because they often do not know how to process their feelings. If your kids are very young, they could even develop irrational fears based on their experience.

Child Trauma Academy offers some tips for how to help your kids cope with an accident. Above all else, communication is key. Even if your children do not know how to put their feelings into words, it may be helpful for you to talk through the event with them. However, they should initiate the conversation. If they express interest in what happened, your willingness to provide answers may help them feel more secure. During the conversations, be sure to use simplified language whenever necessary, and help the children understand that they are not at fault for what happened. Often children assume unnecessary responsibility for negative experiences, and alleviating their guilt may help them to recover more quickly.

How can I spot bedsores?

One of the most common signs of nusing home neglect in Maryland is bedsores. Unfortunately, these are not always easy to spot. The painful, unsightly sores can occur without you ever knowing they are there, even if your loved one is silently suffering. 

According to Mayo Clinic, your loved one is more likely to develop bedsores if he or she has health problems that affect the flow of blood, such as vascular disease or diabetes. Dehydration and poor nutrition can also increase the risk of bedsores. Even if there are no signs of these conditions, an immobile patient, especially one with limited sensory perception, is much more likely to develop bedsores than one who is frequently moving around.

What factors lead to a fall accident at work?

Many workplace injuries in Maryland are the result of slips and falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 798 workers died from injuries they sustained in job-related fall accidents in 2014. Falls are the most common type of workplace accident. More workers should make themselves aware of the hazards that contribute to them. 

Falls that happen in the workplace can lead to serious injuries. Injured workers can receive bruises, broken bones, fractures, head trauma and other severe wounds that can lead to death. Employees who do not die from their accidents may end up with temporary and permanent disabilities that can interfere with their ability to support themselves and families and manage their medical expenses. 

Hospital negligence: where to draw the line?

Hospitals are largely seen as symbols of reviving health, physical or mental recovery and even hope. Yet when statistics begin to show that many hospitals fail to follow correct procedures and patients' wishes, this symbol can transform into one of fear. In Maryland, a number of recent cases have, unfortunately, pointed toward medical malpractice and general hospital negligence. Who, many Maryland natives ask, is to blame, and what can be done about this serious issue?

Statistics are recently revealing the shocking incidents many patients face upon receiving treatment at certain hospitals. The Baltimore Sun covers one such incident, but also shows that hospital administrators in the Baltimore area hope to see more doctors immediately admitting fault in the case of errors. When doctors immediately address issues, hospitals are better able to work out compensation plans and cover medical bills without involvement of the court. However, experts in the area warn that such changes in the law could leave patients in a vulnerable position, and accuse the proposal an attempt to keep malpractice cases out of court and away from juries. Furthermore, doctors ask patients in such situations to agree to the arrangement while recovering, where patients are not always in the best states to make serious decisions or may not be familiar with their legal rights.

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