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Why do people run red lights?

Stopping for a red light, for most drivers, feels like one of the naturalist parts of driving a car. It's second nature. They'd never just drive through, putting themselves and others at risk.

However, the statistics show that people actually do this all the time. For instance, 771 people died in accidents where one driver ran a red light in 2015. There were so many of these accidents that around 137,000 people got hurt, even when they survived.

Workers Comp Low Back Pain - Causes

There are many causes of low back pain. Workers compensation cases come in two types: immediate traumatic injury or wear and tear over time. At McCormick Law Office we handle both types of causation every day. The wear and tear type is called degeneration. Over time, the normal process of aging can result in degenerative changes in all parts of the spine. Injuries to the spine, such as a fracture or injury to the disc, can make the changes happen even faster. The intervertebral disc, the jelly doughnut shock absorber, changes over time. At first, the disc is spongy and firm. The nucleus in the center of the disc contains a great deal of water. This gives the disc its ability to absorb shock and protect the spine from heavy and repeated forces.

One of the most dangerous assumptions a motorcyclist can make

For motorcyclists, defensive driving is one key to staying safe on Wisconsin's roads. To do this, riders need to overcome one of the most basic -- and dangerous -- assumptions that people tend to make:

Other drivers will see motorcycles.

Workers Comp Low Back Pain - Spinal Segment

Low back pain can often be explained by changes in a spinal segment. A spinal segment includes two vertebrae separated by an intervertebral disc, the nerves that leave the spinal cord at that level, and the small facet joints that link each level of the spinal column.
The intervertebral disc normally works like a shock absorber. It protects the spine against the daily pull of gravity. It also protects the spine during heavy activities that put strong force on the spine, such as jumping, running, and lifting.
An intervertebral disc is made up of two parts and can be visualized as a jelly doughnut. The center, called the nucleus, is spongy. It provides most of the disc's ability to absorb shock. The nucleus is held in place by the annulus, a series of strong ligament rings surrounding it. Ligaments are strong connective tissues that attach bones to other bones.
Between the vertebrae of each spinal segment are two facet joints. The facet joints are located on the back of the spinal column. There are two facet joints between each pair of vertebrae, one on each side of the spine. A facet joint is made of small, bony knobs that line up along the back of the spine. Where these knobs meet, they form a joint that connects the two vertebrae. The alignment of the facet joints of the lumbar spine allows freedom of movement as you bend forward and back.
The surfaces of the facet joints are covered by articular cartilage. Articular cartilage is a smooth, rubbery material that covers the ends of most joints. It allows the bone ends to move against each other smoothly, without pain.
Two spinal nerves exit the sides of each spinal segment, one on the left and one on the right. As the nerves leave the spinal cord, they pass through a small bony tunnel on each side of the vertebra, called a neural foramen.
The lumbar spine is supported by ligaments and muscles. The ligaments are arranged in various layers and run in multiple directions. Thick ligaments connect the bones of the lumbar spine to the sacrum and pelvis. The muscles of the low back are also arranged in layers. The muscles connect the low back, pelvis, and sacrum and help hold the spine steady during activity.
The attorneys at McCormick Law Office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin get the best results in workers compensation low back pain claims when the spinal segment MRI results show work-related damage. We still need a doctor's opinion providing causation, but a herniated disc or even degenerative disc disease will go a long way in proving a case for disability benefits or loss of earning capacity benefits.

Workers Comp Low Back Pain - Anatomy

To understand low back pain from in the workers compensation setting, it is important for the workers comp attorney to have a working knowledge of lumbar spine anatomy. The human spine is made up of 24 bones, called vertebrae, which are stacked on top of one another to create the spinal column. The spinal column gives the body its upright form and provides our primary support for standing erect.

Workers Compensation Low Back Pain

Low back pain is one of the primary causes of Wisconsin workers compensation claims. Serious lumbar injuries can prevent a return to a physical job for many workers. If a doctor assigns permanent, work related restrictions there can be a claim for workers compensation benefits for loss of earning capacity, vocational retraining and/or permanent disability.

Police maneuver causes crash, killing driver

A man involved in a high-speed police chase was killed when his truck crashed, and it appears the accident came after police attempted a Precision Immobilization Technique) (PIT) maneuver.

Police reportedly spotted the man speeding in his truck shortly before midnight. The officer who saw him tried to pull him over, but he would not stop and tried to get away from the squad car.

Tips for using heavy machinery safely

The dangers of heavy machinery often seem clear to someone who is encountering the machine for the first time, but it's all too easy to get complacent. When a company has been using the same machine for years or even decades, are workers still as aware of the dangers? Are employers willing to let safety regulations slide, never having experienced a problem before?

This can create a dangerous workplace environment if it happens. To prevent it, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Safeguards are there for a reason. Workers should never try to get around them. For instance, some machines have two buttons that must be pressed for activation, and this is done to ensure that a worker's hands must be out of the way. Workers may be tempted to artificially secure one button down, though, so they only have to push one.
  • Someone should always watch a machine as long as moving parts are activated. This may mean staying by a machine for a few seconds or minutes even after turning it off.
  • Clothes and uniforms must be appropriate for the workplace. Loose clothes are never advisable.
  • Machine guards should always be left in place. The only time they should get removed is when the machine is turned off and unplugged, allowing maintenance crews to do repairs.
  • Workers should be encouraged to always ask questions or voice concerns. They should never guess or feel like they just have to figure it all out on their own.

Distracted driving doubles chances of an accident

Most drivers understand by now that drinking and driving is dangerous, potentially life-threatening behavior. While drunk driving is still a serious concern for everyone on the road, many drivers fail to recognize distracted driving as similarly dangerous behavior.

Whenever a person decides to drive while distracted, the likelihood of that person experiencing an accident of some kind roughly doubles. Distractions in this sense include more than simply texting or using the internet on our phones while driving, which many states and cities already prohibit with state and local laws.

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