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5 complications of spinal cord injuries

You never thought you'd suffer a spinal cord injury, but after you were involved in a serious crash, you've been left with one so serious you're unable to walk. You have no sensation and don't know what to expect.

A spinal cord injury is bad enough on its own, but did you know that they often result in complications? When the spinal cord can't transmit signals to parts of the body, it's more likely for the body to become dysfunctional. These are five complications you should know about.

Taxi crash tips for passengers

It is no surprise when accidents happen in New York City. With so much traffic on the roads, there's bound to be a taxi accident at some point. Unfortunately, this time involved you as a passenger.

Taxi accidents can happen at any time, day or night. Taxi drivers travel, on average, 70,000 miles per year. That's enough travel in a single year to make it around the world close to three times. With 485,000 trips taken each day, the statistics alone make it obvious how so many crashes could happen.

Scaffolding: A serious risk to workers and pedestrians

One of the things that people who work in construction come across is scaffolding. Scaffolding is extremely important to the industry, as it provides a safe platform for workers. However, if scaffolding isn't set up properly, there's a high risk of falls and other accidents.

It's important for workers to stay safe, and the best way to do that is to know how to work securely on scaffolding. Here are a few tips to help keep your work environment hazard-free.

Broken bones: Myths you should know

As someone who has experienced ankle or foot injuries in an accident, you should know that there are many myths about treatment and recovery. Broken bones have the potential to significantly impact you and to cause disabilities in your life if not treated well.

After any accident, you should see a medical provider. He or she can give you more information about your specific injuries. It's also a good idea to see a second provider for a confirmation of your diagnosis and to make sure you fully understand every treatment option.

Warmer spring weather brings with it the risk of a bike accident

For many people, the real sign that spring has sprung is the ability to cruise around town on a bicycle without a dozen protective layers of warm clothing. In many respects, New York is a relatively bike-friendly city. New York City has carefully tracked bike accident statistics and taken steps to reduce serious injuries and deaths to cyclists around the city. It's no wonder that so many people enjoy two-wheeled transportation in the City.

Roughly a quarter of New Yorkers ride a bike at least once a year. Of that group of cyclists, a little over a third only ride a few times a year. Roughly 17 percent ride at least one time a month, and the remaining 49 percent of bike enthusiasts ride at least a few times each month. Sadly, at least some of those people will experience a bike crash before the fall removes most cyclists from the public roads again.

Tips to stay focused behind the wheel

Driving, especially in New York, can be very dangerous. This is why it is important to stay focused behind the wheel. While cellphone use has brought distracted driving to the forefront when it comes to accident causes, the reality is that anything that causes you to take your eyes off the road is a distraction.

In the few seconds that it takes you to change the radio station in your car, you could become involved in an accident that you might have been able to avoid if you had not taken your eyes off the road.

Is a plea bargain appropriate in your case?

There are many decisions that come when you are facing criminal charges of all sorts. One of the first ones you will be presented with is what plea you want to enter in your case. This might not seem like a major decision but it really is.

There are three pleas that you can enter in a criminal case. You can plead no contest, which means you don't admit guilt but you do admit that the prosecution has enough evidence to lead to a conviction. You can plead guilty, which means that you admit you did the crime. You can plead not guilty, which means that you aren't saying that you committed the crime. Defendants usually choose to plead not guilty and move on from there.

3 tips to help you negotiate with an insurance adjuster

Imagine driving across New York on your way to work when suddenly, out of nowhere, another driver runs a red light and slams into the side of your car. Now, you have to miss work, figure out where to take your car for repairs and make a trip to the doctor to have your injuries assessed. The was certainly not how you intended to start your week.

Once you start the claims process with the other driver's insurance company, you will have to talk with the insurance adjuster. This person will attempt to assess the damage to your car and other property and offer you a settlement. Fortunately, you do not have to accept the first offer. With these tips, you can successfully negotiate with the insurance adjuster.

Sports Can Combat Addiction And Crime

Drug addiction can not only wreak havoc on someone's personal and professional life, it can also lead to criminal charges. For example, someone who was injured in a construction accident through no fault of their own could become addicted to prescribe opioid painkillers.

When the prescription runs out, sometimes the pain persists, and people seek out heroin or other hard drugs to self-medicate. When getting access to the drug becomes more important than anything else, sometimes people turn to robbery or other crimes to get the money they need to buy drugs. It can be a vicious cycle.

Falling ice from buildings can cause injuries and property damage

Most people know that winter in New York has a unique set of risk factors. Controlling a vehicle after snow fall or a melt and freeze cycle is more difficult. Sidewalks and parking lots, as well as foyers to buildings, become dangerous places where you could slip and fall. There's also the potential threat of falling ice from one of the massive buildings around town.

While many people understand that icy sidewalks are the responsibility of building owners, fewer realize that falling ice is also the responsibility of property owners or managers. After all, those on the streets and sidewalks have no ability to remove the ice from those buildings. When people get hurt by falling ice, there may be grounds for a premises liability claim and a personal injury lawsuit.

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