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Living with pain after suffering an injury

Thousands of Americans are injured in different types of accidents every day. For many, car accidents are the issue, while for others household or workplace accidents cause significant injuries. A personal injury can be devastating for an Ohio resident - wiping out financial resources and leaving the victim to face a completely unexpected set of circumstances in life.

For some accident victims, their injuries will be so severe that even the best and most consistent medical treatment will not address an ongoing and persistent issue: pain. Many accident victims face the pain of their injuries for months and even years after the accident occurred. It is important to understand pain and its cause for victims to be able to attempt to live with the issue in post-accident life.

Alcohol consumption may be involved in hit-and-run incident

By now, every driver knows that getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking alcohol is a bad idea. Not only could such behavior result in criminal charges, it could also lead to motor vehicle accidents that could leave someone else injured, or even result in death. Unfortunately, the latter was the result in an alleged hit-and-run incident that occurred in nearby Warren County.

According to the reports, an 18-year-old man was walking down the road on November 23 in Warren County when he was struck by a car. The young man died as a result of the collision. To make matters worse, the driver who was involved in this auto-pedestrian collision reportedly fled the scene. Fortunately, the driver was later located at his residence in the next county over, Montgomery County.

Signs you might have a concussion

Imagine shopping at your favorite store in Cincinnati. You turn down an aisle to pick up the last item on your list when you step directly in a puddle of water and slip. The impact left you with some seemingly minor bumps and bruises along with a headache. But, are you sure the headache is as minor as it seems? What if it is actually more serious? What if the impact caused you to suffer from a concussion?

In general, a concussion is actually a traumatic brain injury that can affect how your brain functions. In most cases, the symptoms of a concussion are temporary and will fade over time. Sometimes they result from a hit to the head, such as in a fall, and other times violent movement, like in a car wreck, can cause a concussion. It is easy to have a concussion and not actually realize it, which is one of the reasons why it is such a dangerous injury. To learn more about the symptoms of a concussion, read further.

Facing the aftermath of a sudden injury

Nobody plans to be injured in an accident. But the reality is that accidents happen, as the saying goes. For Ohio residents, it could be a car accident, an animal bite, a slip-and-fall accident or even medical malpractice, among many other causes. When accidents do occur, the victims are left to try to face the aftermath.

What does the aftermath of a sudden injury in an accident look like? Well, for most people, it means that they can't return to work right away, which means that the household income could take a massive hit. Losing funds like this can add insult to injury.

How common are injuries in recreational vehicle accidents?

Most people in Ohio have seen the results of a car wreck on the side of the road. These accidents can range from simple fender-benders to more serious crashes involving severe injuries. And car accidents have all kinds of causes. But what about accidents involving recreational vehicles? How often do these types of crashes occur, and how often do injuries occur in these accidents?

According to one source, in one year alone an estimated 70,000 people were involved in car accidents that included recreational vehicles. Fortunately, deaths are not all that common in recreational vehicle accidents. In a seven-year period of time, only 212 people died in accidents involving recreational vehicles. Compared to the rate of death in other car accidents, it appears that driving or being a passenger in a recreational vehicle is relatively safe.

Winter storms can lead to increased risk for serious car crashes

The holiday season is fast approaching, and people everywhere are already starting to prepare for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. There's another kind of preparation you can undertake at this time of year that is quite important. It's time to start planning for safety on winter roads. Crashes and resulting injuries and fatalities often increase during inclement weather. Knowing that there are risks can help you take steps to protect yourself on the road.

Even if it doesn't snow very much where you live, colder overall temperatures can result in frost, slush and even black ice on the roads. Fog and big storms can reduce visibility, especially in the early morning and late afternoon. Low light and shorter days can also increase the risk of a crash. When you throw alcohol-soaked holiday parties into the mix, winter roads can be downright treacherous.

Work credits and Social Security Disability benefits

Anyone who has ever applied for Social Security Disability benefits could tell our readers that, in many cases, there is quite a bit that goes into the application process. Of course, that makes sense, when you think about it - applicants are seeking a long-term financial benefit from the federal government, and it is important to ensure that these financial resources go to those who need and deserve them. But if you have been paying into the system and you truly have a disabling medical condition, there is a good chance that your application will be approved.

There are two main parts to an application for SSD benefits: work credits and medical information about the disability. Information about the medical condition usually receives all of the attention, but it is important for applicants to not overlook the necessity of showing that you have enough work credits to receive benefits.

You have the right to appeal a workers' compensation denial

You've worked for years, perhaps giving your employer the best years of your life. Whether you've been with a company for two weeks or twenty years, you deserve protection from job site injuries. Although certain industries, including construction and delivery driving, have higher risks for work-related injuries, anyone can sustain a work injury. Office workers, teachers and even sales clerks in a retail setting could end up severely injured in the course of doing their jobs.

Harm ranges from severe injuries related to a car accident, machinery malfunction or fall to moderate injuries due to repetitive stress that make working difficult, painful or impossible. Regardless of the nature of your injury, you probably have the right to workers' compensation if it is directly related to your work or sustained while you were at work.

Slip-and-fall injuries are more serious than people may think

Popular culture and modern media would have you believe that a slip-and-fall accident is something to laugh at and not worry about. In reality, slip-and-fall accidents pose a serious threat to the well-being of people of all ages, from children to the elderly. In fact, more than a million people every year end up seeking treatment at emergency rooms in the United States for injuries related to slip-and-fall injuries.

Slip-and-fall accidents can happen just about anywhere. They can happen in a parking lot where snow and ice wasn't properly cleared. They can happen on sidewalks for the same reason. Inside stores and buildings, leaks, spills, excess floor wax and other messes could result in dangerous conditions for the people moving around. Building owners and property managers are legally responsible to maintain safe facilities for the public. When they fail and it results in an injury, they incur what is called premises liability.

Those receiving SSD benefits can use the "Ticket to Work" program

There is quite a bit of a negative perception out there today about people who receive Social Security Disability benefits. The news media doesn't exactly shed the best light on this important financial safety net, and politicians can be overly broad and biting in their critique of the program and how the Social Security Administration runs it. But the fact is that many people who are receiving SSD benefits view the arrangement as temporary - they want to get back to work as soon as possible.

For these individuals, this is where the "Ticket to Work" program may prove to be useful. As a recent article noted, the "Ticket to Work" program that the SSA runs is intended to help those who receive SSD benefits and who want to get back into the workforce. Specifically, the biggest benefit of the program is that it allows SSD recipients a trial period whereby they can attempt to work and earn an income, while at the same time seeing no change to the status of the SSD benefits that they receive.

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