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What is amnesia?

Amnesia is an often-misunderstood condition that involves different types of memory loss. Effects can be mild or severe and for some people, the ability to retain important facts and information can be impacted for life. Healthline offers the following information on amnesia, including why it occurs and how it can be treated.

Types of amnesia

Are hands-free devices safe to use when driving?

It’s no secret that texting while driving is dangerous, for both yourself and other drivers. Because of these dangers, many motorists rely on hands-free devices, which allow you to operate your smartphone via voice alone. But are these devices any safer and can they actually prevent accidents? According to many, the answer is a resounding no.

According to the National Safety Council, a staggering 94 percent of car accidents result from errors made by the driver. Of these, a large portion of crashes entails some type of distracted driving, whether they involve texting and driving, eating behind the wheel, or even daydreaming. The problem is not the method used as much as the practice of multitasking. While often touted as a skill, splitting your attention between two activities decreases your ability to process information.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that can be both debilitating as well as painful. People in all sorts industries and workplaces can experience this condition, especially those frequently using hand tools or computer equipment. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers the following information, including risk factors and what to look for in terms of symptoms.

What is the carpal tunnel?

Sleep deprivation and fatigue could factor into truck accidents

If you have ever driven across the country or just all day, you probably don't have a problem understanding how it can be exhausting. Otherwise, you would more than likely wonder how sitting behind the wheel all day could cause fatigue.

Truck drivers often suffer from serious fatigue and sleep deprivation. Despite federal regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration dictating how many hours truckers may drive, along with how much rest they should get, drivers are still often sleep deprived, which puts your life in jeopardy.

How can I ensure kitchen safety over the holidays?

Families all over New Haven will soon be busy preparing holiday meals for friends and family. Along with the many tasty dishes and camaraderie comes a risk of a kitchen accident, especially when home cooks don’t take the proper safety steps. In this case, Everyday Health offers the following kitchen tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this holiday season.

De-clutter your kitchen

How many pedestrians die in traffic accidents?

Every year, motor vehicle crashes result in the loss of many innocent lives. Sadly, some of these incidents involve pedestrians who may have been walking to work, trying to get some exercise or walking alongside the road for any number of reasons. It is very important to watch out for reckless drivers if you go for a walk or someone you love regularly walks to work or takes to the road for any other reason. Tragically, it is too late for many pedestrians whose lives were cut short by an irresponsible driver.

Statistics that were provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that in 2016, more than 5,980 pedestrians passed away in traffic accidents. This number is especially upsetting because it also reflects an increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities in recent years. During 2014, 4,910 pedestrians lost their lives and 4,109 pedestrians passed away in accidents over the course of 2009.

Determining seat belt usage liability

Most in New Haven do not need to be told of the benefits that come (or perhaps more importantly, the consequences that are avoided) by wearing seat belts. Plenty of evidence exists to show why wearing a seat belt might a good idea. Indeed, information shared by the Connecticut Department of Transportation shows that seat belt usage reduces accident fatalities by as much as 60-70 percent and the overall occurrence of car accident injuries by 50 percent. Yet still, some refuse wear them. This opens the door to the discussion of whether or not drivers can be held liable for injuries sustained by passengers that were not wearing their seat belts. 

Section 14-100a(c) of Connecticut's General Statutes shows that while all drivers and front seat passengers are required to wear seat belts, drivers are only legally required to ensure that passengers between the ages of seven and 18 are are wearing seat belts. They are also responsible for ensuring that children six years of age or younger are secured in an approved safety restraint or harness. All passengers in a vehicle are required to wear seat belts when its driver is less than 18 years old. 

Beware of the hazards of winter if you are a construction worker

Construction company owners in and around the cities of Bridgeport, Waterbury and New Britain here in Connecticut will likely be preparing their workers for the hazards that come with the cold of winter. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration does not have specific standards and regulations to keep outdoor workers safe, employers must protect employees from any known hazards. One such a known danger is exposure to temperatures that could cause serious physical damage or death.

If you work out in the cold, your body will use almost all of its energy to maintain the temperature of the internal body. However, keeping the core temperature warm jeopardizes the blood flow to extremities like the skin, arms, hands, legs and feet. If you stay out in the cold too long, you could suffer severe health problems that could even cause your death.

How can I avoid inadequate lighting in my business?

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when setting up your business in Connecticut is not planning out adequate lighting. If your business is not well lit, you face the risk of injuries to employees and customers. This is a huge liability. By simply ensuring that your business has the proper lighting, you put in place a safeguard. However, figuring out what the right lighting is can be a major undertaking if you have never set up a business space before.

According to Business.com, adequate business lighting will illuminate areas where customer sand employees frequent to prevent the chances of falling, tripping or other accidents. Think about lighting in layers. You need to start with strong general lighting. This is the main lighting that will illuminate the bulk of your store.

What should I know about workers’ comp in CT?

If you’ve been injured at your job in Connecticut, filing a workers’ compensation claim is the next reasonable step. However, this process can seem complex to many people, especially when suffering from the after-effects of your injury. WorkplaceFairness.org offers the following insight on how you can file a claim when hurt at work.

Who can file for workers’ comp in Connecticut?

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