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5 surprising facts about spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries are among the most devastating. They have a big impact on all areas of life, from victims' physical and emotional well-being to their career goals and financial outlook to their day-to-day mobility and quality of life.

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, these injuries tend to affect people in the prime of their lives. The average age of all victims at the time of injury is 29. The most common cause of these injuries, not surprisingly, is motor vehicle accidents.

How the 'what if?' game helps drivers focus

Truck drivers face all of the same distractions that other drivers do, from the allure of cellphone use to the simple distraction of daydreaming.

In some ways, though, the risk may be higher. Truck drivers are on the road for 40 hours per week. They are very good at driving and very used to doing it. This can lead to complacency and boredom, which could cause them to engage in distractions.

Summer holidays are coming. You need to know the risks

As spring hits full swing, many people are looking forward to the summer months. There is a carefree, relaxed attitude to the summer, in part because it contains numerous holidays that give adults and children alike the chance to put responsibilities on hold and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Holidays in and of themselves can be great, but it is important for people to know the risks. Studies have found that the biggest summer holidays can be some of the deadliest days in America. The problem is that risks on the highway increase dramatically.

Key statistics about construction and traumatic brain injuries

The construction industry is infamous for the high risk of injury that workers face on the job. Many injuries are relatively minor, such as small cuts, bruises and sprains

However, workers also suffer very serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries. These can be fatal. To help show the scope of the issue, here are a few key facts from the American Journal of Industrial Medicine:

  • Men face greater fatality risks than women. They are seven times as likely to pass away as the result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
  • Small construction companies saw 2.5 times the fatality rate as large corporations.
  • Workers who were 65 years old and older were about four times as likely to pass away after a TBI, when compared to younger employees.
  • Native-born workers seem to be in less danger, as their fatality rate was "significantly" lower than that observed for foreign-born workers.
  • More than 50 percent of the fatal brain injuries, as you may expect, came from falls. These falls occurred while workers were on ladders, roofs and scaffolds.
  • The highest rate of deadly brain injuries was found among steel workers, structural iron workers and roofers. In fact, fall-related TBIs were the leading cause of accidental on-the-job death for these groups.

Explaining delayed onset of pain in a car accident

If you ever find yourself involved in a car accident, it's always best to accept medical care. You never know when an injury might develop after a Pasadena car accident. That's why you need to know about delayed onset of pain.

It is quite possible for you to feel zero pain after an accident due to your adrenaline pumping. Once the adrenaline wears off, pain could begin to set in all throughout your body.

The true danger of falling tools

Construction workers face many risks, and the most significant is suffering a fall from elevation. Workers are encouraged to use fall safety gear to prevent this from happening, as deadly accidents continue year after year.

Falls are a serious threat, but they're not the only one. Dropped objects, from hammers to power tools, can also be deadly. It could be argued that fall protection is needed for tools at any elevation, as well.

Report: Most street racing deaths don't involve the driver

Street racing has become very popular in California. Some officials point to the rise of movies that popularize these races, like the "Fast and the Furious" franchise, while others blame news stations for putting police chases on TV.

No matter the reason, it's a very dangerous activity, leading to fatal accidents. Those on the outside may assume that most people who get killed in these wrecks are the drivers. They chose to drive recklessly, crashed their cars, and passed away.

Unnecessary surgeries keep happening

When your doctor tells you that you need surgery, do you argue, or do you just assume the doctor knows what he or she is talking about and go along with the procedure?

For most people, it's the second option. We trust medical professionals and willingly admit that we do not know all that much about our own conditions and treatment options.

Why does the brain have such trouble healing?

You can break your arm and have full function restored in a matter of weeks. You can cut yourself, and your skin heals over in days; even a bad cut that takes weeks to heal and leaves you with a scar is still going to heal.

The same isn't always true with the brain. Injuries can have a lasting impact. Many people with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have life-long disabilities. The brain may heal to a degree, but why doesn't it heal completely in all cases?

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