The Dangers of Ignoring Sleep Apnea

The Dangers of Ignoring Sleep Apnea

Sep 21

I will freely admit, sleep is not something I consciously think about. Sure, I want to sleep when I am tired or have had too much pasta. Never have I thought about sleep illnesses or diseases. Sleep apnea is a daunting term that I have heard of, but it’s hard to say if I will ever have it without undergoing a sleep study. Sleep apnea is when breathing stops in your sleep; this paused breathing can last a couple seconds to several minutes. While you may not wake up, I discovered some haunting facts that we should pay attention to, according to WebMD.

According to the article, it is dangerous to ignore sleep apnea, even for a brief time. Having sleep apnea and not knowing can increase your stress and cause hypertension, causing heart problems in the long run. Essentially, sleep apnea may kill you since breathing ceases. One of the ways you can protect yourself is using a continuous positive airway pressure tool to help you breathe throughout the night. What is concerning to read is that about 20 to 30 percent of adults have sleep apnea, which causes your airway to shut off while you sleep. Because of unnoticed sleep apnea, you may feel drowsy throughout the day. There isn’t a clear, direct correlation to what causes sleep apnea. Researchers are trying to understand if it is linked with diabetes, obesity, or even heart disease. There may be unknown correlations with sleep apnea. Dr. Jun from John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, conducted a test to see how 31 obese patients slept. Most of the demographics were 51-year-old white men. Through a sleep study, they tested the mens’ blood levels, blood sugar, and stress hormones. They discovered that the levels were higher with those with the more severe sleep apnea cases.

Because there are so many sleep diseases and general “sleeping” conflicts, I feel as though there is an extra blur to truly understand what causes sleep apnea. It may also be the case that the one with sleep apnea needs to have a partner or spouse to inform them of any breathing cessation during their sleep. There are signs that inform you, such as drowsiness or mood swings, but those signs can overlap with perhaps another diagnosis. Other signs include awakening with a sore throat or having headaches in the morning.

It is important to take care of your health, especially if sleep apnea is related to elevated blood pressure and stress hormones. It is important to eat a correct diet and find some form of exercise to stay in shape. I know yoga and getting my blood flowing helps wring out my body and helps me get a better, deep sleep. While yoga isn’t for everyone, it is important to know the signs and encourage the practice of mental health and self-care.

 

The Dangers of Construction Work

The Dangers of Construction Work

Sep 01

For people in many professions, the workplace can be hazardous. Nearly any job that requires physical labor entails a multitude of different risks. Even jobs that are not inherently dangerous can result in injuries and accidents under unsafe circumstances. Although all workplaces are supposed to follow guidelines to keep their employees safe, some companies fail to take the appropriate precautions to prevent accidents. This is particularly dangerous on construction site where heavy materials and machinery are frequently in use. Failure to properly train employees, post adequate safety signage, and appropriately maintain the work site can lead to a dangerous and even deadly accident. The Twin Cities Pioneer Press recently reported on one such construction accident that resulted in the death of a worker.

Construction worker Enrique Rosas Murga was killed on the job in August of 2017. He was working on a project in Farmington for Valmont Industries when the accident occurred. Rosas Murga and another employee were operating a machine that turns metal pipes into flagpoles and light poles, at the time of the crash. The pole came loose of the machine and hit Rosas Murga on the head. Although he was wearing a hard hat, he sustained several serious blunt force injuries to the head. The medical examiner stated that these injuries could be from the impact of the pipe itself, or the pipe could have caused Rosas Murga to hit his head on another object. Valmont Industries is working with OSHA and manufacturing experts to understand what caused this accident and how to prevent accidents of this kind in the future. However, a retired employee of Valmont Industries commented that this death was likely caused by one of three problems: operator error, machine malfunction, or Rosas Murga’s assistant was not pay close enough attention.

Rosas Murga’s fellow workers are devastated by this loss to their team, and undoubtedly Rosas Murga’s family and loved ones are feeling a similar sense of grief. This accident shows just how dangerous a construction worksite can be when even small errors are made. It seems likely that Rosas Murga’s death could have been prevented has the company taken steps to ensure that their machinery and their employees were prepared for the job. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done retrospectively to help Rosas Murga, but hopefully, the company will change their actions moving forward.

For Rosas Murga’s family, not only does this loss come with significant grief and sorrow, but they must also manage the financial loss that this accident has caused. They must now take on the financial burden of a lost income and any additional expenses that this accident has created. However, they may be entitled to worker’s compensation, which can help cover these costs. Although this money will not help end the pain they must be experiencing, it will ensure that they can remain financially stable during this difficult time. Overall, more needs to be done to ensure a safe workplace for people in this line of work.

Unsafe Trucking Practices

Unsafe Trucking Practices

Jun 08

Everybody on the road should make the effort of avoiding traffic accidents, and each person can do this by following traffic rules and avoiding reckless behaviors. But it can be argued that trucking companies and truck drivers should exert greater effort than everybody else, because trucks are more dangerous when they are involved in an accident compared to other vehicles such as sedans.

Also, according to the website of these Houston truck accident lawyers, those who have been hurt because of the negligence of truckers may have legal options. So, these trucking companies and drivers are not just dealing with hospitals and insurances, because they may also be dealing with courts. Below are some of the most common trucking practices that can be considered negligence and may be grounds for legal action.

Negligent Hiring

Trucking companies should be strict in their hiring process. They should hire only those who have the proper driving licenses and prefer those who do not have multiple driving violations under their names, such as drunk driving.

Failing to do so may result into driving errors that reasonable professionals will not commit and reckless driving behaviors that may cause accidents such as DUI.

Abusive Working Hours and Quotas

Trucking companies also have the tendency to maximize productivity for maximum profit. But these are sometimes done in dangerous ways, such as giving truck drivers unreasonable quotas. These drivers will have no choice but to reach them, so they may rely on tactics that can potentially cause a truck accident, such as driving while fatigued.

Poor Truck Maintenance

Maintaining trucks is important, because it ensures that the vehicles do not have defects and have less tendencies to malfunction. Defects are underrated causes of accidents, even though they can be extremely dangerous, especially those that involve brake systems, tires, and trailers.

Overloading

The website of Williams Kherkher lists several negligent acts wherein truckers can be held liable, and an overloaded trailer is on the list. The federal government has regulations regarding cargo limits, so breaking that limit can be considered an act of negligence. Overloading can make the truck harder to control, not to mention the excessive weight’s effect on the tires.

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury: Accidents that Can Alter Your Life

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury: Accidents that Can Alter Your Life

Jan 05
  • There are many types of brain injury or traumatic brain injury (TBI), including:
  • Concussion, which is the most common type of traumatic brain injury. This occurs when the blood vessels in the brain are stretched and the cranial nerves are damaged;
  • Contusion, which is bruising and swelling of the tissues of the brain;
  • Coup-Contrecoup injury, which occurs when the brain is slammed into the opposite side of the skull due to the force impact to the head;
  • Diffuse Axonal injury. Also known as Shaken Baby Syndrome or Abusive head trauma (AHT), this injury is usually caused by violent shaking of the head, resulting to torn brain nerve tissues. This can lead to brain damage or death.
  • Locked in syndrome, which is a rare neurological condition resulting from stroke. Due to damaged part of the brainstem, most of the facial muscles, except the eyes, become paralyzed.
  • Penetrating injury or open head injury, which occurs when a sharp object, like a bullet, enters the brain and causes a wide area of damage. This is injury is serious and is considered a medical emergencies as it can cause ermanent disability or death.
  • Acquired brain injury. This injury to the brain occurs after birth.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 5.3 million people in the U.S. are suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and, every year, about 185,000 are added to their number, while at least 50,000 die. TBI is, actually, a major cause of death and disability in the U.S. and in the rest of the world.

Causes of TBI include falls, collision with a moving or a stationary object, assault, accidents involving a bicycle or any non-motorized pedal cycles, a smashed piece of skull penetrating the tissues in the brain, an explosion, a sport or recreation-related accident, a car crash, or anything that can cause a violent blow or a sudden jolt to the head which, in turn, can make the brain collide with the skull’s internal wall. This collision can severely harm the brain and result to torn nerve fibers or bruising and/or bleeding which can lead to intracranial injury, more commonly known as TBI.

The severity of a traumatic brain injury depends on the part of the brain that is affected and whether the injured area is widespread or affects only a certain part. Based on severity, TBI can be mild, moderate or severe. Mild TBI usually causes only temporary headaches and confusion; a severe case, however, can cause amnesia, coma, disability, unconsciousness or even death.

New Jersey personal injury attorneys explain that “a traumatic brain injury can be a life-changing event, requiring major alterations in a person’s work life and home life, not to mention long-term rehabilitation and attention from medical experts. In the aftermath of an accident resulting in a traumatic brain injury, the victim and his or her family is likely asking questions about financial resources as they try to come to grips with the situation. If the accident was caused by another person’s negligence, carelessness, recklessness or intentional misconduct, then the victim and his family can file a claim for compensation against the responsible party or parties.”

Take Action Against Manufacturers Who Deceive Consumers with Their Defective Products

Take Action Against Manufacturers Who Deceive Consumers with Their Defective Products

Oct 21

“Prevention is better than cure,” is one very applicable adage where product safety is the issue. For although a person may be awarded compensation by a manufacturer, whose defective product may cause injury, there is no telling what the extent of such injury can be; thus, rather than cause harm, making sure that manufacturers comply with government safety standards, in order to eliminate any risk of injury, will always be a much better alternative.

Manufacturers have the legal duty to make sure: that their products are safe and will never cause harm; that their products’ labels contain all vital instructions or warnings that consumers need to know; and, that the labels clearly and accurately identify the product’s ingredients. False claims regarding what a product can do is considered a deception, an act that can result to a lawsuit, especially if instead of giving its claimed results, the product ends up harming users.

Defective products are the bases of thousands of tort suits or product liability claims against manufacturers in the U.S. Obviously, despite laws that require compliance with quality standards, so many defective or poorly made products still get past authorities and end up getting displayed in stores to sold to millions of unsuspecting American consumers who trust that what they purchase are safe and without defects. This is not the case, however, as can be proven by the injuries and deaths that have already been reported, traced, proven and documented by the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). Some of the reported cases include:

  • The 2003 recall of nearly 30,000 electric blankets which, when folded or bunched, had a tendency to overheat and burn the user;
  • Dell’s 2005 recall of about 200,000 laptop batteries, which showed risks of overheating and causing fire;
  • The 220,500 toy-related injuries in 2006;
    development of blood clots which, eventually, led to the death of a number of young women who used the Ortho Evra® birth control patch; and,
  • Toyota’s 2006 recall of more than 1.4 million of its cars due to defective parts.

Millions of other products, from children’s food and toys to house appliances, vehicles, machinery and chemicals have caused either injuries or death to their users. Though a seeming failure on the part of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, the branch of the government tasked to ensure product safety, total responsibility cannot be blamed on it. This is due partly to the limits in its jurisdiction plus the billions of different products made available in the market every day. Thus, checking and ensuring product safety need to be a concerted effort by the different branches of the government and the active participation of the public in reporting products that are defective and harmful.

West Palm Beach injuries due to product defects allow harmed individuals to take legal action against individuals and companies responsible. These include product designers, manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and advertisers who play a role in delivering a product into the hands of consumers. All these parties bear a responsibility in ensuring that the product is safe for use.