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How can you avoid a crash while driving during storms?

Spring is here, and for people in Tennessee, that means being vividly aware of the risk of severe storms. Being part of Dixie Alley, an area of the southern state prone to tornadoes, you must have the knowledge to stay safe if one of the severe storms that can produce tornadoes occurs while you're on the road.

The most important thing to remember in severe weather is that it's okay to pull over on the side of the road, find a parking lot to wait out the storm in or wait under an underpass. Many people realize that the weather is too dangerous to continue traveling in.

You may be able to hold 3M accountable for your hearing loss

To say that hearing is important would be an understatement. You probably enjoy listening to your children play. You might like going to hear live music. And whether in business or your personal life, communication is vital.

But most Americans suffer from hearing loss at some point in their lives. And if you have served in the military, you could be one of over 2.7 million veterans receiving disability benefits due to problems related to hearing loss or ringing in your ears, even after the diligent use of earplugs.

Recognize these 3 kinds of invisible abuse

Nursing home abuse and neglect can take place right under your nose. Many types of abuse and neglect are invisible; Unless a resident tells you about the abuse, it may be hard to know it's taking place.

As someone who wants to make sure your loved one is safe and cared for, knowing the signs of abuse is important. Here are three kinds of invisible abuse to look for.

Yes, your broken bone can be catastrophic

When you think of a catastrophic injury, you probably think of head injuries or spinal injuries. Interesting, even something as common as a broken bone can be catastrophic.

How? Consider a severe break. A bone might be shattered, breaking in several places. In some cases, these breaks require surgery. In worst-case scenarios, there's little that can be done to restore the bone, so patients have to have metal rods and other medical devices inserted to help them heal.

Head-on collision case heads to grand jury in Tennessee

A case involving a fatal collision has been sent to the grand jury in Knoxville. According to the news, the son of a Knoxville fire captain was killed when a Chevrolet pickup truck crossed into the southbound lanes of Chapman Highway.

This resulted in a chain reaction that caused the captain's son to run head-on into the Chevrolet. Next to him in the second lane was the witness, who also stuck the victim's vehicle. He said he could not avoid it when the first two vehicles collided.

3 types of defects could lead to injuries for users

When a product is defective, it means that it is imperfect in some way. Perhaps the connection to the battery is poor, so it won't start up. Maybe the medication you ordered was contaminated.

In most cases, a product will be considered defective if it could cause harm to the user who purchases it. For instance, the child trying to use the toy with a defective battery could end up with burns from battery leakage or if a fire starts due to a malfunction, and a person who takes a contaminated medication could end up with another serious illness.

What you should do if you encounter a drunk driver

Every year there is a renewed effort to lower the number of drivers operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. While these efforts certainly do help provide awareness and education about the dangers of driving under the influence, there are still excessive numbers of arrests and crashes due to drunk drivers.

Combating DUI

Are nursing homes as dangerous as they seem?

Nursing homes are supposed to be safe spaces for the elderly to receive the care they need as they age. Many people who reach the need for a nursing home are unable to perform some of their daily tasks on their own. They may have advanced health conditions that lead to confusion or weakness, memory difficulties or other problems that require around-the-clock care.

When you place a loved one in a nursing home, you want to know that the staff is experienced and trained well. You want to know that your loved one is safe. If you do your research, you can find a nursing home that provides the care you expect. However, there are many that do not reach the standard of care you would want your loved one to experience.

Protect yourself after a catastrophic injury by filing a claim

Catastrophic injuries are injuries that change your life forever. They're so serious that you may never fully recover. They include injuries to the spine, trauma to the brain and other serious wounds.

If you're in a crash and suffer catastrophic injuries, it's likely that you'll know right away. The stories of people who couldn't see, couldn't feel their legs or who were left without hearing all come to mind as injuries that are devastating and instant in crashes.

You should always report a defective product

Defective protects can become a huge hazard in your home. For example, a device like a pressure cooker with loose latches or no way to release pressure in an emergency could explode and cause harm. A coffee pot that doesn't regulate itself correctly could spray hot water or coffee on those around it.

In any situation where a defective product is present, it's necessary to take steps to eliminate the risk to consumers. Most commonly, this comes in the form of a recall. Recalls may be voluntary or not, but the end result is the same: The products are no longer sold if they are dangerous.

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