Given the great year-round Florida weather, you are probably accustomed to having guests over for an enjoyable evening. Food and drinks served out by the pool may be popular with your friends, and you might be used to having quite a crowd. However, as host, you must be concerned with the issue of driving safety once the party is over. You may think that appointing designated drivers solves this problem, but did you know that DDs are not always sober?
There are swimming pools everywhere in Florida, and children love being in them. Most parents are aware of the danger of drowning, a silent death that only takes seconds to occur. Many times, this tragedy happens in just inches of water. Unfortunately, toddlers may drown because they are simply not aware that they cannot open their mouths and breathe while underwater. In addition, children might trip at the edge of the pool or suffer slip-and-fall injuries while running. The pool drain is yet another potential source of injury, even death, but it is something parents might not think about.
You may be a novice motorcyclist or you may have years of experience, but either way, you must be constantly alert when you take to the road. Precautions include making sure your bike is in good operating condition, that you have taken steps to become as visible as possible to motorists and that you refrain from alcohol before and while riding your bike. There are many safety tips to consider, from what you wear to how you drive. Here are a few to think about.
It is encouraging to know that since the 1980s, alcohol-related deaths on our highways have continued to decrease, according to the National Institutes of Health. However, the NIH also reports that alcohol is still related to 40 percent of all traffic deaths in the U.S. Learning how drinking affects the body makes it easier to understand that even a small amount of alcohol can impair driving skills.
Driving is a privilege, sometimes a necessity and often a pleasure. However, because distractions are all around, operating a vehicle can also be dangerous. Driving is a responsibility that everyone should take seriously, and that means eliminating as many distractions as possible.
Texting-while-driving has become an epidemic. The statistics are nothing short of ghastly. Indeed, the National Safety Council estimates that a quarter of all accidents on American roads last year - 1.6 million - were the result of texting-while-driving. Texting behind the wheel accounts for nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year.
Florida is not exempt. Distracted driving led to 45,000 crashes in our state last year, and more than 200 deaths. More disturbing still, the problem doesn't seem likely to go away, despite the fact that 46 states have placed a ban on texting-while-driving. 25 percent of teenagers admit to responding to at least one text message every time they drive.
An estimated 10 percent of adults over 60 suffer some form of elder abuse. Unfortunately, fewer than 10 percent of these cases are reported to the authorities.
The majority of elders who are abused face harm from a family member. More and more, however, nursing homes are the sites of mistreatment; ABC news reports that roughly one-third of nursing homes in the U.S. have experienced abuse cases. Common types of abuse in nursing homes include dehydration, malnutrition, bedsores that went untreated, poor hygiene, poor sanitation, and lack of sufficient medical care.
There are 2.5 million older adults in nursing home facilities, rehab facilities, and long-term care facilities. Data released by the National Center for Biotechnology Information shows that older adults face increased risk of elder abuse when they are in one of these settings. The more a nursing home resident depends on staff for their care, the higher their risk of abuse.
Drowsy driving - to say nothing of falling asleep at the wheel - is the cause of thousands of auto accidents each year.
With this in mind, in 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enacted a rule requiring operators of commercial vehicles to take a 30-minute break within their first eight hours of duty each day. As expected, there were - and still are - rumblings within the trucking industry. Simply put, not everyone is happy with the rule.
A recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) names the United States as the country with the highest rate of fatal motor vehicle accidents among 20 developed countries with similar populations. What puts the U.S. in this unenviable position is the more than 32,000 annual car crash deaths - about 90 a day. More than two million others are injured.
At 10.3 deaths per 100,000 residents, the U.S. is significantly ahead of runner-up Belgium, which has 6.5 deaths per 100,000. The U.S. also showed the least improvement in reducing traffic deaths from 2000-2013.
Florida exceeds the national average, with a fatality rate of 13.6 per 100,000 in 2009. In that same year, more than 1,200 people were killed on northern Florida roads.
The woman worked at a consulting firm in a corporate office park - an anonymous job in an anonymous place. One day, as she stepped outside for a break, a snake bit her on the foot. "I felt a ting on my big toe," she said. A baby copperhead had attached itself there.
The woman received two doses of anti-venom. She spent three days in the hospital and has since undergone physical therapy. Her company refused to pay her workers' compensation claim. "We reported the incident to our Workers Compensation [sic] insurer," the consulting firm said in a statement, "and have a preliminary response that the injury did not arise out of the course and scope of the Injured Worker's [sic] employment."
The interesting question is not whether the woman will have to pay her own medical bills, but whether, because her workers' compensation claim is denied, she can actually get much more money out of her employer's insurers.