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The financial side of losing a loved one

When a loved one dies suddenly, it is often all you can do to cope with the emotional loss. Many survivors note that it feels like a bad dream where they keep expecting their loved ones to come home or wake up. The toll it takes is dramatic, and it may take months or years to work through completely.

Unfortunately, bills and financial obligations do not stop. One woman's companion of two decades and the father of her four children died in a motorcycle crash. She noted that he was the main financial provider for the family. The woman left her job for more than a year, unable to deal with the emotional strain, her caretaking responsibilities and her job duties all at the same time.

The opioid epidemic spills over into car accidents

Many have called the illegal use and abuse of prescription opioids an epidemic. It can lead to criminal activity, injury and even fatal overdoses. People get addicted to these medications and cannot break it, doing things they never would have done while sober.

It is important to note that experts have now linked the opioid epidemic to car accidents. Researchers noted that there has been a "significant increase" in the amount of people who get involved in accidents and then test positive for these high-caliber painkillers. They called it an "urgent public health concern."

Trucks face some physical limitations on the road

Semi accidents are incredibly dangerous and much has been done to prevent them, from setting lower speed limits for truckers to mandating rest breaks to get rid of drowsy driving. Even so, accidents continue to happen.

One reason for it is that trucks simply have some serious physical limitations on the road. They are not nearly as nimble and agile as smaller cars. They weigh in at around 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. Many other drivers do not realize the risks this creates.

Workers Comp Low Back Pain - Nonsurgical Rehabilitation

For acute workers comp low back pain, two to four weeks of physical therapy may be prescribed. Chronic low back pain aggravations might need to continued therapy for two to four months. Treatments are designed to ease pain and to improve mobility, strength, posture, and function. One also learns how to control symptoms and how to protect the spine in the future.

3 reasons people get so angry while driving

If you have ever witnessed road rage, you know just how incredibly angry people can get over the smallest things. People may drive recklessly and aggressively or even initiate accidents because of something as simple as forgetting to use your blinker when you change lanes.

It's interesting to look at why driving makes people so angry, compared to most other daily activities. Why is "road rage" even a term that we all know and understand so well? Below are three reasons:

Workers Comp Low Back Pain - Fusion cont.

Fusion surgery for workers comp low back pain is a reality for some injured workers and McCormick Law Office has years of experience representing these men and women in workers compensation claims. These are serious cases and require expert opinions and proper documentation to be successful. Following lumbar fusion, many workers have doctor assigned permanent work restrictions. If the workers comp related work restrictions preclude a return to work earning at least 85% of pre-injury wage rate, the worker has a claim for loss of earning capacity benefits. This is in addition to the temporary total disability benefit paid while off work and still in the healing period. There may also be permanent partial disability benefits.

4 signs of a distracted driver

Distracted driving is a huge issue. It can cause many of the same problems as drunk driving. Someone who is distracted also has slower reaction times, makes avoidable mistakes and puts other people in danger. Drunk drivers may never see a stop sign and blow right through an intersection, for instance, and the same thing can happen when a distracted driver is looking down and texting.

So, how do you spot these people in advance? Are there any signs you can look out for so that you know to keep your distance?

Workers Comp Low Back Pain - Fusion Surgery

Fusion surgery for workers comp low back pain is generally a last resort for an injured worker with a herniated disc or degenerative disc disease. It's a medical decision, with legal implications.

Dehydration is similar to drunk driving, experts claim

It's obvious that drunk driving is illegal for professional truck drivers — along with everyone else — but what about simply not drinking enough water? While that's not illegal, some experts have found that it makes drivers feel the same way they feel when they are drunk.

Dehydration leads to serious driver errors. This can inhibit their performance, and it can lead to poor judgment calls and accidents.

Do you have to wear a motorcycle helmet in Wisconsin?

Motorcycle helmet laws vary from state to state. So, do you need one in Wisconsin? You may, but only in select situations. Most drivers are not required to wear a helmet at all if they so choose.

That said, drivers who are still minors -- under 18 years old -- need to have helmets on whenever they use Type 1 motorcycles within the state. This applies on all state highways. The law also expressly notes that the person must have the chin strap fastened while wearing the helmet.

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