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What causes malnutrition in nursing homes?

Putting a loved one in a nursing home was a big decision. After being a long time recipient of their love and support, you came to realize that with your busy schedule, you alone could not provide for them. Mixed emotions often follow decisions like these. You’re happy that they’ll be provided for, but morose that they’re in their final years. The last thing you want to feel is regret.

Over the past several years an uptick in reports of nursing home negligence has caused panic and general concern about the state of assisted living facilities and the people who work there. One of the many topics in the conversation about is malnutrition.

Are birth injuries common?

Few things in life are more exciting and memorable than the birth of a child. Like every parent, you want the childbirth process to go smoothly. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen.

Birth injuries do occur. Sometimes, these are unpreventable acts, while other times they are preventable and attributable to someone's negligence.

What leads to birth injuries?

Childbirth is a joyous, stressful, exciting, and overwhelming life event. Unfortunately, sometimes it is overwhelming for the wrong reasons. Hospitals have dedicated teams of doctors trained in birthing children, but that doesn’t mean that issues never arise. Birth complications sometimes lead to birth injuries.

These complications run the gamut. Sometimes, it’s due to an unpreventable circumstance and other times it’s related to issues with the child or with the mother. You may be able to find out the probability of birth complications as early as the ultrasound, but unfortunately it may occur during birth itself. Though reading about birth injuries sounds stressful, knowing more about their causes can be helpful and reassuring, rather than facing an unpleasant surprise in the delivery room.

What is a traumatic brain injury?

Individuals who follow the news may be aware that over the last several years, the brains of many former deceased National Football League players have been tested for a condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Also known as CTE, this condition is caused by repeated head trauma and may result in serious health problems for sufferers before their deaths. Because of the nature of their work, football players are exposed to repeated head trauma, and despite the use of helmets in sanctioned NFL games, many still develop the sometimes deadly and often devastating condition.

CTE is a disease caused by a traumatic brain injury. A traumatic brain injury may be caused by an impact injury, such as one that occurs when two football players slam into each other or a victim hits their head during a car accident. It may also be caused by a penetration injury, such as when a foreign object pierces the skull and presses into the brain.

Commercial drivers need to prepare for these fall events

Summer may have the highest motor vehicle accident rate of the year, but fall can still be a chaotic season for commercial drivers. High school and college students are going back to school, and the colder weather and decreasing sunlight is making more residents spend more time in their houses.

Whether you’re delivering food, going to someone’s house to fix a leak or are updating a resident’s power system in New Jersey, you’re likely already adjusting to the different road hazards such as school buses and early sunsets. However, there are certain times in autumn where the roads can get incredibly dangerous for your job. It is important to be aware of these hazardous weeks early so you can take the necessary precautions.

Ways to prevent drowsy driving in teens during the school year

Health specialists often emphasize how important it is for a teenager to get enough sleep at night because it’s been getting progressively more difficult to do so lately. Not only do laptops and phones give them plenty of distractions to keep them up right before they go to bed, but they may end up staying up extra hours to get all their homework done after a busy day at school with their extracurricular activities.

Not only does a lack of sleep impact their performance in the classroom, but it also puts them at risk on New Jersey’s roads. If they are awake for too many hours, they can get just as dangerous as drunk drivers. As the first month of the school year wraps up, you need to start making plans to make sure your teen doesn’t fall asleep behind the wheel.

Construction workers face many dangers on the job

According to the federal Department of Labor, around 6 million people are employed in the construction industry. This population makes up about 4% of all workers across the nation, but surprisingly, construction workers suffer a disproportionate number of on-the-job fatalities than workers in all other fields. In 2012, around 4,100 American workers were killed in work-related accidents, and about 800 of those fatalities claimed construction workers' lives.

One of the reasons that construction workers suffer many fatal and life-threatening injuries is because of the nature of their work. Construction sites have heavy materials, heavy machinery and many moving pieces. Falls and crushing accidents are unfortunately common on construction sites and can result in serious and fatal injuries to their victims.

What are critical bus safety tips for your child?

With the school year well under way, the school bus makes its presence on roadways known. You might rely on bus services to bring your child to and from school. This arrangement conveniences you and allows you to arrive on time to work, but school buses are not without their risks.

While it's true that school bus accidents account for less than 1% of all traffic fatalities nationwide, it's also true that they still occur every school year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 128 deaths resulted from school bus-related accidents each year from 2007 to 2016. 98 of those who tragically lost their lives were under the age of 18. Some accidents happen when motor vehicles and school buses crash, but others take place when school buses strike pedestrians.

Distracted driving is a huge problem in New Jersey

Distracted driving is deadly. That's a fact. Based on figures reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from 2017, distracted driving was responsible for 3,166 fatalities nationwide. In many cases, distracted driving is only slightly less dangerous than drunk driving. For example, if you're texting while driving 55 mph, you might as well drive "the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed."

It's a huge problem in New Jersey. In 2017, the Garden State saw roughly 47,021 people injured in distracted driving accidents. The New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety recently enforced a new driving protection campaign called "U Drive. U Text. U Pay." Put simply, it's illegal to drive and use any handheld device. This means that distracted drivers in the state of New Jersey can face up to $400 for a first offense, and up to $800 for subsequent offenses. That's an expensive selfie.

Legal action for birth defects is different than birth injuries

Many parents in New Jersey are relieved once the baby is delivered safely after nine hard months of pregnancy, but it may not take long before a medical emergency occurs. For some, bigger problems arise once the baby comes out. The doctors may come across a physical oddity or notice that the newborn has a hard time breathing or functioning. Before the parents know it, the child they were looking forward to raising now must deal with a lifelong disability.

While some parents may be quick to blame the doctors delivering the child for birth injuries, that’s not always the case. Several of these conditions are known as birth defects, which means that something went wrong during the fetus development. According to the CDC, birth defects are the leading cause of infant deaths in the U.S. and affect one out of every 33 babies. Parents should know which conditions qualify as defects and who is liable for their child’s medical issues.

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