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Why seniors are more likely to slip and fall

If you identify as a senior, you have a higher chance of suffering injury because of a slip-and-fall accident than the rest of the general population. In fact, falls are the single biggest reason seniors go to the hospital each year, and AgingCare.com also reports that falls are the leading cause of injury and death among people within your age group.

What risk factors do you face as you age that make you more likely to take a tumble? Such issues might include:

New York's "serious injury" threshold for no-fault car accidents

New York is one of many states with no-fault insurance laws. These regulations mean you first seek compensation from your own insurance for medical expenses and lost income, unless you sustain a “serious injury.” If your injury passes a certain threshold, you can file a lawsuit or liability claim against the negligent driver.

How can you know if your injuries meet this lawsuit threshold? For answers to this question, keep reading below.

3 important steps in filing a workers’ compensation claim

Workers who suffer injuries on the job may be hesitant to file a claim against their employers, whether because they think their injuries are not compensable or they fear retaliation from the company. On the other hand, there are those who want their financial awards right away and file without preparation.

If you are in the second category, you may benefit from knowing these three important steps in filing a workers’ comp claim. Doing them will increase your chances of a quick and successful outcome.

New York car accidents: Types of damages

New Yorkers who sustain car accidents know they will suffer financial loss as a result. However, it can be hard for many people to come up with an accurate estimate, especially at an early stage in the case.

Understanding some basics about damages calculations can help you field eager insurance representatives calling soon after the accident and trying to push a settlement. Often, people who do not know the value of their case accept lowball offers and then find themselves struggling with medical expenses and job loss later on. An experienced lawyer can assist you further by strategizing a path towards fair compensation.

The underestimated dangers of drowsy driving

While the majority of people know that extreme sleep deprivation can make driving unsafe, most still do not consider drowsiness to be a major problem. People who are vigilant about not getting behind the wheel after even one drink often think nothing of setting out when feeling a bit sleepy.

According to experts, even losing as little as one or two hours from a regular night's sleep (seven to eight hours for most adults) can produce dangerous effects, including decreased attention span, mental fog and delayed reaction times. All of these can prevent a driver from avoiding road hazards in time to prevent an accident.

Spring driving dangers you should be aware of

Spring is a busy time for almost all parents. Dance recitals, track meets, soccer practice and end of year activities abound, and it is likely that you will spend a lot of time in the car with kids talking and distracting. Unfortunately, the more you are on the road, the higher chances you have of being in an accident. As snow and ice melt and sun and rain begin, there are a few spring driving dangers you should watch for.

 

Know the risk: 3 types of workplace injuries

No matter if you work in a factory, on a construction site or behind a computer all day, you may face certain risks on the job. However, know that no matter what your job is, you have the right to go to work without sustaining serious injury or illness. No one should ever think that he or she deserves an injury because of the type of employment.

Follow these steps after any type of auto accident

An accident is more than just an accident; it often ends up being a financial transaction between you and the other driver. After a collision, you may have to deal with the person for everything from vehicle repairs to medical treatments for injuries you sustained during the crash. If you have not handled the accident appropriately, it may hurt your chances of proving that it was not your fault.

5 tips to reduce distracted driving

Distracted driving is more than just looking away from the road. Common reasons drivers are distracted include cell phones, eating, drowsiness and virtually anything else that takes your focus from the road at any time. Distracted driving can lead to serious injury or even death in extreme situations. While you may not be able to control the actions of others, every driver must take responsibility for being fully engaged on the road.

4 tips on preventing road rage

If you spend significant time driving for leisure or work purposes, you have likely witnessed or experienced road rage in some form. Road rage typically involves yelling, cursing, gestures and tailgating due to losing one's temper during driving. In extreme cases, it can result in confronting another driver, physical violence and motor vehicle accidents. Learning how to stay calm and de-escalate aggressive driving can help stop violence and accidents from occurring.