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Watch for these symptoms after a car accident

If you've been in a car accident in which you hit your head, but seem to be more or less fine, you may hope that whatever bruise or bump that appears will be the end of the story. However, brain injuries can be sneaky, and sometimes don't make themselves known for some time after the original injury. So how do you know if your brain was injured more than you may have realized? 

Whatever your initial injuries seem to be, it's important to see a doctor as soon as possible after your crash. This is important not just for health reasons, but also for documentation. If you end up pursuing compensation for medical and other expenses after a car accident, it is in your interest to have a paper trail of evidence starting right after the injury that demonstrates the timing and extent of your injuries. 

Is your workplace too loud?

Workplace injuries aren't limited to painful neck or back injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome. There are injuries that can accumulate over time and be invisible to the naked eye. One of these is hearing loss. 

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 22 million workers are exposed a level of noise in the workplace that has the potential to lead to permanent damage. To minimize hearing loss, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Heath (NIOSH) has recommended that for an eight-hour workday, noise levels should not rise above 85 dBA, which is the equivalent amount of noise you would hear coming from a freight train at 100 feet away. 

Banner year for car accidents spells danger for motorists

If there ever was a year where getting in a car accident seemed like a distinct possibility, this would be it. An October report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals a 10.4 percent increase in traffic deaths in the first half of 2016 compared to the first half of 2015.

While it is still unclear what is behind the 2016 increase in traffic-related deaths, analysis of similar numbers from 2015 were found to have resulted from deaths stemming from motorcyclist, pedestrian and pedalcyclist accidents. 

Federal oversight possible for workers' compensation programs

Workers' compensation is a state-run program. As such, benefits can vary widely from state to state, even for the same injury. Unfortunately, in a number of states, legislatures have taken action in recent years that make it more difficult for injured workers to receive benefits after an injury. For many this has meant extreme financial difficulty for the injured worker and their family, and a lack of access to the resources needed for surgeries or other medical interventions. Now the U.S. Department of Labor is taking note of this trend, in part triggered by an award-winning joint ProPublica/NPR series on the topic. The result: a report that recognizes how workers' protections have been eroded over the years in many states, and acknowledges that those who suffer a work injury could be unwittingly set on a path to poverty. The report also suggests that federal oversight of state workers' compensation programs could provide minimum benefits to protect injured workers and their families from financial ruin. 

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Can self-driving cars ever truly be safe?

This week the Obama administration issued guidelines for automakers that are wading into the world of self-driving cars. While not prescribing technological limitations, the guidelines emphasize the essential importance of safety. 

In the still-early stages of the technology, however, there are still clear challenges to achieving such safety. In short, there are a number of things that self-driving cars cannot do: most notably, react well to surprises or make quick ethical decisions

Diabetes can complicate a workers' compensation claim

Recovery from a work injury is rarely simple. But for those workers who also have diabetes, it can prove particularly complicated. For injured workers with diabetes struggling to recover, effectively managing diabetes may be a key component of a successful recovery. 

That's because diabetes can interfere with the healing process in several ways. Persistently elevated blood sugar levels can encourage infection, prolong the healing process and extend recovery times. Some workers may not even know that they have diabetes at the time they become injured. 

Amputation leads to fines at chicken processing plant

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) isn't playing chicken with fines for willful safety violations on the job. When a worker at Birdsboro Kosher Farms Corp. in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, lost a thumb while operating a mixer, OSHA decided to investigate. After making two citations for willful safety violations related to unexpected machinery start-up and eight citations for serious health and safety violations, OSHA fined the bird processing plant $314,477.

Birdsboro Kosher Farms had also been investigated in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and had faced previous citations. The company now has 15 days to pay the fine, request a meeting with OSHA or officially challenge the citation.

Skull surgery can save lives, but at what cost?

After a traumatic brain injury, the brain often swells within the skull, which can cause further damage if the swelling is not reduced. There are two ways that physicians can reduce the swelling in such a patient: with drugs, or with surgery. A Cambridge University study now shows that the surgery could prevent half of deaths following a traumatic brain injury. However, survival after the surgery could come at the cost of a reduced quality of life, which in some cases could be significant. 

The surgery is an old one which some might find barbaric, if it weren't for its efficacy. It involves simply removing a part of the skull to relieve the pressure on the brain. After the surgery, it can take months before the skull can be closed with a bone graft. 

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