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The potential saving graces of dash cameras

Driving accidents in Michigan don't always leave tell-tale evidence of exactly what happened and the drivers involved often give conflicting versions of events. The use of dash cameras may be a great source of evidence in automobile crashes without witnesses, or when the facts of who caused the accident are in dispute.

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Three ways to build your case when you are hospital-bound

Sustaining an injury can be a serious and life-threatening event. Whether you are recovering from broken bones or severe whiplash, you will likely be dealing with the consequences of these injuries for a while. If they resulted from a motor vehicle collision, accident at work or slip and fall, it is especially imperative that you take the steps necessary to advocate for yourself and your case.

If you happen to be in the hospital and cannot leave, there are still options for building your case, and it is important that you do not wait to do so. Consider the following three tips for both making a full recovery and recovering your damages. 

Medical care following a low-impact collision is critical

If you are in a low-impact collision, you may see nothing that looks remotely like a severe injury. You check yourself and you seem to be intact. You may feel fine, if a trifle shaken, and more concerned about the cost of repairing the dent in your back bumper than you are about the cost of any medical treatment you might need.

Thinking about medical treatment, however, is a very good idea, and you may want to see a doctor immediately, for more reasons than one.

Economy tied to increase in motor vehicle accidents

Earlier this year, the Detroit Free Press reported that 2016 was the deadliest year for auto drivers in Michigan since 2007. A total of 1,021 people died in more than 300,000 crashes across the state. Experts speculate that there are three core reasons that caused this increase: texting and driving, lower gas prices, and an economy which is improving.

A researcher with U of M believes that the Great Recession caused a decline in the number of younger drivers, who tend to take more risks. Nationally, this is also true. There was a decline in traffic fatalities between 2007 and 2011. The number of fatalities leveled out for a few years, then they began to rise in 2015. Although texting and driving is one possible cause for more fatalities on the road, the bigger cause might be that drivers are spending more time on the roads. It is cheaper to go places, more people have jobs and take to the roads more often. Lower gas prices mean more people taking pleasure trips.

The OSHA standard that is most often violated

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets standards of safety for the construction industry and provides training courses to help companies institute and follow safe practices. Among all the many OSHA regulations, fall protection is the one that is the most ignored and violated. This is a serious oversight, as falls are a leading cause of death in the construction industry.

Security gaps in nursing homes: What to watch out for

Selecting a nursing home or assisted living facility is a big decision. There are countless factors to consider: the quality of care, the condition of the facility, the spaciousness of the rooms and the activities offered, to name a few. Yet one critical factor often gets overlooked - the security of the facility itself.

Security gaps can expose residents to assault, burglary and other crimes. Residents who are prone to wandering are also at risk if appropriate security measures aren't in place.

10 most dangerous intersections in Washtenaw County

The Michigan State Police compiles data from motor vehicle accident reports to determine some of the most dangerous roads and intersections in the state. Authorities hope that providing this information helps drivers be more aware when approaching these locations to prevent accidents and injuries

Here are ten of the most dangerous places in Washtenaw County for accidents: 

Knowledge is the best defense against medication errors

Medication errors injure hundreds of thousands of people each year. These mistakes - known as "adverse drug events"- can happen in prescribing, dispensing or administering medications.

As a patient, you depend on professional health care providers for your well-being. You're not trained to evaluate medications. You should be able to count on doctors, pharmacists, nurses and other health care providers to do their jobs.

4 of the most common slip-and-fall injuries

Did you know that slip-and-fall injuries are the second most common cases that personal injury attorneys litigate? They're surpassed only by motor vehicle accidents.

Chances are you've suffered a slip-and-fall incident at some point, and perhaps it only wounded your pride. However, many people sustain serious injuries from falls. The most common include:

When should you hire a personal injury attorney?

If you were unfortunate enough to be in a car crash, you might be tempted to pursue an insurance claim on your own. However, you should keep in mind that insurance companies have teams of high-powered lawyers. Are you qualified to go up against these professionals?

You have ample insurance, so you might think you won't have any trouble obtaining compensation that is just and reasonable. The reality is that you may be facing a tremendous uphill battle. Any number of roadblocks can make your life difficult during an already challenging time. 

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