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Can a brain injury impact your sense of smell?

Depending on the type of brain injury you suffer from, it can have all manner of negative impacts on your health and your life. Some people struggle with their memory, their mobility and their emotional state. Even within these common areas, the specific issues someone suffers can vary dramatically from person to person.

So, as you may have guessed, it stands to reason that your sense of smell could absolutely be reduced thanks to a brain injury. In fact, some studies have looked at it and found that it's common in a majority of brain injury patients.

Top reasons you may find yourself in a dispute with your neighbor

In an ideal world, you and your neighbor will get along. You may even become friends. You'll share dinners in the backyard or you'll talk over the fence.

Unfortunately, we do not always live in an ideal world. Many people end up having some serious disputes with their neighbors. If you're interested in why this happens, here are a few of the main reasons:

  • You do not agree on where the boundary lines are. The dispute revolves around who really owns a fence or a piece of land.
  • One of you has a pet that the other believes encroaches on their property or damages it.
  • Your neighbor is either too loud, leading to calls to the authorities, or they file noise complaints against you. Even if you stay on your own sides of the boundary lines, you can drastically impact each other's quality of life.
  • You think that your neighbor is violating health codes and doing something that actively makes you unsafe. This could be improper handling of hazardous materials, for instance, or the use of unlawful substances, like lead-based paint.
  • Your neighbor is violating the building codes. If he or she breaks fire codes, for instance, that could be a serious risk to you. This is only made worse if you live in a duplex or some other type of shared dwelling.

Personality traits and dangerous driving habits

Some people seem to have dangerous driving habits that they just cannot shake. They make the same mistakes and take the same chances over and over again. If you have to ride with them or drive around them, you feel like an accident is simply bound to happen at some point.

This may not be as random as it feels. In fact, experts have linked these dangerous driving habits with a number of major personality traits.

Falling asleep at the wheel? These tips can help

Have you ever nodded off behind the wheel? If you have, you know how frightening it can be. In most cases, it just lasts for a second. But, as your eyes snap back open and you realize you almost fell asleep, adrenaline surges through your body. You know how close you were to a car accident.

The best way to avoid this, of course, is not to drive when you're tired. Unfortunately, it's something we all have to do from time to time. How can you keep from falling asleep? Here are a few tips:

  • Turn on the AC or open the windows. This is especially effective when it makes you uncomfortable. It keeps you awake.
  • Chew gum. Eating snacks may help, but then you risk distraction by eating while you drive. Chewing gum gives you a minor physical task that keeps you awake without the distraction.
  • Talk to a passenger. If you have someone in the car with you, just make small talk. Have them ask you questions to keep you engaged.
  • Focus on your health. Eat well. Drink enough water. Make sure your body has what it needs so that you're not extra sluggish and worn out.
  • Sing along with the radio or a playlist on your phone. While listening to music can make you tired, casually singing along keeps your brain working and keeps you awake.

How can workers avoid slip-and-fall accidents?

We often make light of slip-and-fall accidents, but the reality is that they can lead to very serious injuries on the job. They're also more common than many people realize. Risks that workers face include changes in flooring surfaces, unexpected hazards and a general sense that they need to hurry and rush to get a job done on time. All of those things can lead to an accident that puts a worker in the hospital.

To stay safe, here are a few things workers should do:

  • Never leave cables and cords lying across a walkway or cover them up if they have to be there.
  • Clean up anything that spills right away.
  • Sweep up and mop at the end of the day and whenever debris creates a hazardous condition.
  • Never leave clutter on the stairs or in the walkways.
  • If a rug or a mat does not lay down flat on its own, the workers should secure the corners.
  • Always close drawers for desks, file cabinets, storage containers and more.
  • Make sure that the walkways and working areas are well-lit at all times.

Family hit by car during police chase

Police in New York attempted to initiate a traffic stop with a gray Mercedes-Benz, but the driver decided to run from the officers. Police started to follow but then decided it was too dangerous and stopped pursuing.

The gray car did not slow down, though. Breaking the speed limit and running through at least one red light, the car careened down the street until it slammed into a family of five in their Mazda.

Head injuries: What is edema?

You suffer a head injury in a car accident or a fall. You wind up in the hospital, and the doctors know it's serious. They diagnose you with edema. What exactly does this mean?

Essentially, it is swelling of your brain tissue. The biggest issue with edema, other than the initial injury that caused it, is that the skull is too rigid to accommodate it. As a result, the tissue presses dangerously against the inside of your skull, which can lead to further injury or even death in the worst cases. The pressure buildup is too much for the fragile organ to withstand.

Recent trends in modern real estate

For those interested in real estate, the value can shift dramatically for a variety of reasons, so it's important to understand exactly what makes a property valuable. One of those potential reasons is the impact of modern real estate trends. When a certain type of property becomes a hot commodity, the price tends to skyrocket.

As a buyer, you want to make sure you don't overpay for something that winds up being a fad. As an investor, you want to get in at the beginning, while the value is still low.

Do insurance companies spy on workers?

You get hurt at work and file a workers' compensation claim. You take all of the proper steps to show proof that you got involved in an accident and suffered an injury: You report the incident, you go to a doctor and you get copies of your medical files. Everything checks out. You did get hurt on the job and you deserve compensation while you heal.

But does anyone keep watching? Say you're out of work for the next three months. Does anyone check up on you, perhaps without telling you, to see if you really got injured?

Personal injury cases: What kinds of damages can you pursue?

Sometimes, an accident is just an accident. It's nobody's fault, and you just got hurt. Other times, the accident happens due to the fault of another party. Perhaps a negligent driver failed to follow the rules of the road and hit you while you were a pedestrian. Maybe a food manufacturer didn't keep its premises clean, and the food you bought was dangerously contaminated. A lot of things can go wrong that cause you to get hurt, and when another party is to blame, you might be able to pursue financial damages in court.

Here are the kinds of damages that personal injury plaintiffs might be able to pursue:

  • American Association for Justice
  • NYCOSH-New York Committee for occupational Safety & Health
  • NYSTLA
  • Queens County Bar Association
  • Society of New York Workers' Compensation Bar Association, Inc | 1945
  • National Organization of social security claimants Representatives
  • NYSBA

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