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Did the circadian rhythm affect the trucker who hit you?

The circadian rhythm, the wake-sleep cycle that goes on each night and day in the human body, affects everyone.

The problem for a trucker is that inadequate sleep may result in a lull in the circadian rhythm that could endanger not only the driver but everyone in the vicinity of the big rig, including you.

How can you better understand your prescription medication?

If you have had to visit your health care provider in Connecticut to get help managing symptoms that have been causing you discomfort, you may have been prescribed some type of medication to facilitate your healing. The success of the treatment that your doctor has recommended will be dependent on your ability to take your medication the correct way. 

Understanding how your prescription medication works, what symptoms it should help alleviate, side effects to be aware of, general dosage amounts and other information is imperative to your ability to protect your safety and wellbeing while taking your medication. 

What should I know about informed consent?

Perhaps the most important right of a patient is to be able to make his or her own choices regarding medical treatment. This right is part of the concept of informed consent. If you are to make the best decisions concerning your health, your Connecticut physician should give you all the information you need so you can make those choices.

As emedicinehealth.com explains, informed consent occurs when a doctor provides information about a medical treatment to a patient, coupled with the statement that the patient can give voluntary consent or deny it and refuse the treatment. This same standard also applies to many medical tests, although for a large number of doctor-patient interactions like physical exams, consent is considered implied and does not need to be formally given.

Steps to take if you are in an accident with a drunk driver

Every year, residents of Connecticut lose their lives to drunk driving. In 2017, 120 fatalities occurred from drunk driving, according to data from the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration. This is a substantial increase from the previous few years. 

Many drunk driving accidents do not result in fatalities, but they can result in significant property damage and injuries. You may naturally feel shaken up after a collision of any kind, but here are the steps to take following a collision of this nature. 

Tips for safe walking around cars:

  • Stay alert - Don't be distracted by electronic devices, including smart phones, MP3 players, headphones, earbuds and other devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
  • Always cross within the crosswalk when available.
  • Use a 'walk' signal at intersections when available.
  • Always look LEFT, then RIGHT, then LEFT again before starting to cross
  • If you are in a crosswalk when the orange 'don't walk' signal starts flashing, complete your crossing.
  • Continue to watch for traffic while you cross
  • Be predictable - Do not cross in the middle of a block or between parked cars
  • Be alert for turning vehicles and those that may not stop at stop signs or traffic signals.
  • Make eye contact with drivers when possible - make your presence known to drivers, and don't assume that drivers see you.
  • Always walk on sidewalks when available; if not available, walk facing oncoming traffic.
  • Avoid alcohol or drugs when walking - they impair your judgment and coordination. Almost 50% of pedestrian collisions involve alcohol.

Pedestrian Fatalities on the Rise - Connection to Cell Phone Use?

Everyone is a pedestrian at some point in the day. Alarmingly, recent nationwide data demonstrates that pedestrians are experiencing increased fatalities on roadways as compared with other road users. On average, a pedestrian was killed every 1.5 hours in traffic crashes. Traffic Safety Facts: Pedestrians, March 2018. In Connecticut, in the year 2016, there were 293 traffic fatalities: 54 of those were pedestrian fatalities (that's almost 20% of all traffic fatalities). This rise in pedestrian versus car collisions seems to coincide with the rise of mobile phone use. The fact is that while a lot of attention has been directed toward distracted driving, including education campaigns, laws and public information ads, very little attention has been focused on distracted walking.

Workplace Injuries Resulting in Claims Against Third Parties

If you are injured on the job, whether it is in a car, a construction site, or office setting, your sole remedy is through Connecticut's workers' compensation law - Right? Well, not always. Although the Workers' Compensation Act essentially limits any claims arising from workplace injuries to the workers compensation administrative

Who is Responsible if You Are Injured on the Job?

Under Connecticut's Workers' Compensation Act, an employer is responsible for injuries to a worker that arise out of and in the course of the employment. The Act requires the employer's workers' compensation insurance carrier to pay for all related medical bills, lost time from work, and for any permanent injuries sustained by a worker.

Risk Factors for Connecticut Residents Involved in a Car Crash

Ever wonder why some people get more injured than others in the same car crash? There may be many reasons, but some reasons are well documented by doctors, first responders, accident reconstructionists and other professionals.

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