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5 facts about spinal cord injuries

A spinal cord injury can be caused by a number of factors. These injuries can come from car accidents or impacts in sports. Understanding spinal cord injuries can be difficult because this area is so complex, but it is important that you have a basic understanding if you or a loved one has one of these injuries.

Spinal cord injuries can be either complete or incomplete. A complete injury means that there isn't any function below the injury level. An incomplete injury has at least partial function below the injury level. A person with a complete injury has a lesser chance of recovery than a person with an incomplete injury.

Duration and intensity of rehabilitation after a brain injury

Medical care is crucial after a brain injury, but insurance companies often place strict limits on how long services like rehabilitation can last. Recent studies have shown that longer rehabilitation might actually help victims of traumatic brain injuries to recover more function than what is possible with the abbreviated services that insurance companies allow.

Through intensive rehabilitation that is ongoing, the damaged nervous system has a chance to regenerate. Researchers turned to rats to learn how intensive therapy affected the brain. The results provided an interesting insight into how the inability of a person to get appropriate rehabilitation after a brain injury might have a negative impact on the rest of his or her life.

Do you know why commercial truck accidents happen?

As the driver of a passenger vehicle, it's imperative that you learn how to share the road with others. Depending on your location, this often means driving in close proximity to commercial trucks.

Unfortunately, even if you're sharing the road, an accident can still happen. This often comes into play when a truck driver makes a poor decision.

Motorcyclists must watch out for drunk drivers over the holidays

The holidays are here and that means a lot of people are going to head out to parties and drink. For motorcyclists, the issue of drinking and driving is especially harrowing since these accidents can be deadly or involve very serious injuries.

The drunk driving problem isn't limited only to people who drive cars and trucks. In fact, 29 percent of motorcyclists who were involved in fatal accidents in 2014 had a blood alcohol concentration level at or above .08 percent. Car and passenger truck drivers in fatal accidents had a BAC of .08 percent or above in 22 percent of the cases.

Do you know how to drive safely at rush hour?

For many people, taking to the road at rush hour adds a lot of stress to their daily lives. Unfortunately, you may not have any way of avoiding this.

Here's the good thing: There are steps you can take and tips you can follow to ensure that you drive safely during rush hour. Here are three ideas to consider:

Drunk driving accidents are preventable and horrible

When a person who has been drinking alcohol decides to drive a vehicle, that person is making the decision to put his or her life and and the life of any other person on the road with them in danger. This is simply unacceptable. If you are injured in an accident that was caused by a drunk driver, you can opt to seek compensation from that driver, as well as other parties that might be legally liable.

Out of the people who drink and drive, 80 percent are men and 85 percent of drunk drivers are reported by binge drinkers. Binge drinking means drinking more than four drinks for a woman or five for a man within a short period of time. Binge drinking can lead to significant effects in the abilities of the drinker.

Is there treatment for a spinal cord injury?

Researchers and medical professionals continue to seek new ways to treat serious spinal cord injuries. While there may not be a cure for this type of injury, there are many treatment options that have been proven effective.

First and foremost, emergency care is of utmost importance. With the right treatment upfront, such as immediately following a motor vehicle accident, it's possible to minimize damage.

Loss of smell is possible after a brain injury

Every sense that humans have is controlled by the brain. When a person suffers from a traumatic brain injury, the senses that are controlled by the portion of the brain that was injured can be affected. In some cases, the portion of the brain that controls smell might be affected. That would mean that the person could suffer from anosmia, or loss of smell.

Think about how much you rely on your sense of smell. If something is burning, you would likely smell it before you saw it. If you smell a delightful meal, your mouth starts to water. Now think about what your life would be like if you couldn't smell.

Know what to do when you encounter a threatening dog

How to avoid dog bites ... and what to do if a dog does attack

Many circumstances can lead to a dog bite. Whether it happens when a homeowner opens the door and the family pet escapes, or when an improperly socialized dog views a visitor as an intruder and attacks, the harm may be minimized if the victim understands how to react.

Every year, more than 800,000 Americans suffer dog bites serious enough to require medical attention. About half of victims are children. Here we will provide not only tips for how to react to maximize your safety, but also the basics of Ohio legal remedies for those who do get bitten.

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What are the warning symptoms of a serious brain injury?

Nobody wants to suffer an injury to any part of his or her body. This is particularly true when it comes to the brain. Unfortunately, if you are involved in an accident, there is a chance that you could suffer a serious brain injury. Furthermore, this could change your life forever, calling for many years of treatment and follow-up medical care.

In some cases, the symptoms of a serious brain injury present right away. However, this is not always the case. There are times when a brain injury doesn't show immediately, meaning that you can be tricked into thinking that everything is okay.

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