Due to its strategic location, Atlanta is a major hub of commerce. This is particularly evident around the holidays, when companies like UPS (headquartered in Atlanta) are abuzz with activity. To meet the season’s elevated demand for goods being shipped around the country and the world, many warehouses and distribution centers hire seasonal employees. This is good for the hire-ees, because many people need additional income around the holidays. Read the rest »
The removal of a bodily appendage is called an amputation. Amputations are serious and life-changing, and in the Atlanta area they occur at an unfortunate rate. They can be caused by traumatic injuries, illnesses, and surgical practices. In many cases, the victims can use a prosthetic limb to make their lives manageable, but little can be done to relieve the pain, discomfort, and inconvenience of living as an amputee. Read the rest »
Car accidents and personal injuries are a frequent occurrence in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Most resulting injuries can be easily treated, however, some have more serious consequences. When excess pressure builds up inside an area of the body and affects circulation, the resulting condition is called compartment syndrome. When compartment syndrome gets especially bad, it may require surgery to prevent permanent injury. It can be extremely painful and has potential to cause permanent damage to affected body parts.
Loss of hearing and vision are catastrophic injuries which can have a devastating and long-term impact on victims and their families. If your loss of hearing or vision was caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be able to seek compensation for your damages and losses. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we encounter. Read the rest »
The National Institutes of Health is currently conducting a new study on a drug called tranexamic acid that may help improve the chances of recovery after a traumatic brain injury accident. The drug has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
As part of the study, at least 10 trauma centers throughout North America will participate by randomly assigning qualifying patients to one of three test groups. One group of patients will be given the drug once at the scene of the injury accident, such as a car crash or slip and fall, and then again at the hospital. The second group will receive the drug at the scene of the incident, followed by salt water once at the hospital. The third group will receive salt water both at the scene and at the hospital. Read the rest »
Despite some strange muck ups with its infrastructure, such as plumbing and, well, living facilities in general, the Sochi Winter Olympics is going strong, and people the world over are enjoying their favorite winter sports. There are the popular classics like skiing, hockey, sled racing, and figure skating. There are also relatively young thrillers like snowboarding. Whether you’re excited to see superhuman feats of speed, strength, finesse, or just plain craziness, you’re bound to find something you love.
The Winter Olympics hasn’t always been this way. Throughout its history, various sports have come and gone. Some of them were sensible sports that just didn’t catch on while others were plain crazy. Here are the five most notable former events in the Olympics history books. Read the rest »
It’s only a few weeks into 2014, and surely some people are dropping the resolution they were so adamant about at their New Year’s cocktail party. But of course, this is all expected. Many promises are easily made at the beginning of every year and many are just as easily broken.
For example, it is a well known fact that gym memberships spike in January … and membership cancellations spike a few months later. We all know that change is tough, that old habits die hard, but most of us probably don’t know the statistics surrounding New Year’s resolutions. Read the rest »
On June 26, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued its annual report on fireworks injuries and deaths at the National Mall. The data contained within the report was troubling, to say the least.
In 2012, six men were killed by firework devices, both legal and illegal. Around 8,700 suffered fireworks-related injuries; more than 5,000 of those injuries occurred between June 22, 2012 and July 22, 2012. In other words, the injuries that occurred during the 30 days surrounding Independence Day constituted 60 percent of the year’s total.
CPSC investigations into these incidents revealed that many of these injuries occurred due to malfunctioning fireworks or improper use. Most victims sustained only minor injuries and recovered fully or were expected to in a short time; however, there were several reports of victims sustaining more serious, long-term injuries. Read the rest »
The number of traffic accident fatalities in the United States is at its lowest since 1949. According to a news report in The Associated Press, deaths of bicyclists and occupants of large trucks increased significantly despite the overall reduction in the rate of traffic fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that traffic fatalities dropped 1.9 percent to 32,367 in the year 2011. That is the lowest fatality rate ever recorded with 1.10 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. However, you wouldn’t know it from reviewing the number of fatal bicycle accident and truck occupant fatalities.
Bicycle fatalities jumped up 8.7 percent in the year 2011. The Associated Press report says that this increase may be a reflection of the increase in the number of bicyclists on the roadway. In cities such as Washington, D.C., which has recently added bike lanes, the number of bike riders has increased by 175 percent since 2004. Read the rest »
More than 20 people were injured and 42 buildings were damaged in a natural gas explosion that was initially blamed on a utility worker. According to a news report in The Associated Press, the worker was following the correct procedures when he damaged the underground pipe. A flood of gas built up in a Springfield building and a spark set off the blast. In the explosion, 42 buildings housing 115 residential units were damaged and three of the buildings were condemned. Many of the injured victims were gas company workers, firefighters, and police officers.
According to the American Gas Association (AGA), the leading cause of natural gas explosions is damage caused by digging near existing pipelines. Accidents are particularly common when unapproved excavating occurs near pipelines. Excavation damages accounted for nearly 60 percent of all pipeline incidents between 1995 and 2004. In the year 2004, 95 of the 288 total incidents along the natural gas system involved excavation damage. Many of these accidents resulted in serious injuries and damaged homes. Read the rest »