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Are you feeling excessively tired after a recent car accident?

AdobeStock_247824306.jpegWhen something stressful happens in someone's life, it is common to want to go home, lie down and sleep for a bit. Getting some rest is often the body's way of resetting, and it can allow you to wake up feeling less stressed, more relaxed and more alert. Of course, that is not always what happens, and after a recent car accident, you may have found yourself wanting to sleep more and more.

Car accidents certainly are stressful and traumatic events. You may have tossed around inside your vehicle more than you even remember, and though the adrenaline in your body had you feeling overly alert, it may have also masked some symptoms of serious injuries. If, after the accident, you went home thinking you did not suffer injuries but felt excessively tired for several days, you may have reason to worry.

Operators of vibrating hand-held equipment risk irreversible HAVS

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Are you one of the millions of workers in Minnesota and other states who risk developing Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome? If you spend hours each day holding a vibrating jackhammer or other hand-held tools, you might want to learn more about HAVS. "White Finger" is another name for this condition.

It is not entirely clear how the vibration of hand-held tools causes HAVS. However, the tingling, numb feeling is believed to result from repetitive microscopic injuries to the blood vessels and nerve endings in the fingers. Even if your co-workers or employer tell you that it is your imagination, you would be wise to see your doctor at the first sign of tingling or a "pins and needles" sensation. HAVS is irreversible, and it could cause the loss of feeling in your fingers, hands and arms. This syndrome could easily compromise your ability to work.

Do drivers use the advanced safety features in their vehicles?

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These days, various vehicle manufacturers boast about the in-vehicle technology that can help drivers remain safe while on the road. Hands-free features like voice command and Bluetooth capabilities, as well as buttons on the steering wheel that allow drivers to change the radio or answer their phone without taking their hands off the wheel, have shown up in various vehicles in recent years.

Of course, manufacturers do not plan to stop there, and you have likely seen numerous new features intended to help drivers remain focused, know when dangers exist and avoid collisions. However, as appealing as the idea of these features may be, they are not helpful if drivers do not use them.

Fatigue could put you at risk of work-related injuries

AdobeStock_256388813.jpegMost people in Minnesota experience fatigue at some point. You may be someone who dreads getting up early in the morning (or in the evening if you work night shift) because you always feel as if you have to drag yourself out of bed. Plus, you know you will have a lot of hard work ahead of you, which can be draining just to think about.

While many people simply brush off fatigue as a usual feeling, it can actually be dangerous to workers. Feeling tired, sluggish or sleepy can diminish your abilities, and in some cases, that could put you at risk of facing work-related accidents and injuries.

Are there aggressive dogs in your Minnesota community?

AdobeStock_225239640.jpegAre you a dog lover? Maybe you have one or more furry friends in your household. Perhaps, you're adept at training dogs or have a service dog that is specially trained to assist you in some way. On the other hand, maybe you've never really been an animal lover and do not have a pet of your own.

No matter what your personal opinions happen to be about dogs, there are no doubt people in your neighborhood who have one (or more than one). Even if you're not a dog owner, it pays to learn as much as you can about these canines, especially regarding which breeds are known for being most aggressive. It's also good to know about Minnesota laws that govern ownership of dogs, in case someone's pet or guard dog attacks you.

A denied workers' comp claim: what's next?

It can be devastating to learn that your workers' compensation claim came back denied. After all, you filed your claim because you suffered injuries in a workplace accident. You need financial support to help you and your family during this difficult time. While this is a frustrating setback, it is not the end of the road for you.

If your claim came back denied, the next step will be to move forward with the appeals process. The first part of this process is to understand why the claim was not successful and what you need to further validate your claim to workers' comp benefits. When it is your financial well-being on the line, you will find that it is helpful to work with a Minnesota attorney who understands how the workers' comp process works. 

Undoubtedly, health care workers face serious risks on the job

Even though it can be easy to forget when Minnesota residents are ill or injured and need medical attention, few of them would deny that health care workers put their lives at risk when they go to work, especially now. If you work in the health care industry, you certainly know that you could suffer serious injuries or illnesses as a result of your chosen profession.

You rely on your employer and those you work with to help keep you safe, but that may not be enough to protect you. Regardless, you got into this industry because you wanted to help people despite the risks.

Do hands-free laws prevent motor vehicle accidents?

Modern technology is meant to improve people's lives, and in most cases, that is exactly what it does. However, there are instances where the misuse of technology can endanger the person using it and others around them. Nowhere is this more evident than in distracted driving.

Fortunately, the state of Minnesota implemented a hands-free law late last year, prohibiting motorists from using mobile devices while operating a vehicle. Many studies show that these laws reduce the rates of motor vehicle accidents. However, some critics remain doubtful and say that these laws do little to prevent distracted driving. No matter where your opinion on the matter lies, what do the facts actually say and how can you keep your family safe?

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