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How can you prevent slipping and falling in the workplace?

Slipping on water, tripping over wires and fallings are all kinds of accidents that happen far too often in the workplace. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to protect yourself and others. Whether it's getting enough sleep or picking up things that fall on the floor, there are many ways to prevent injuries in the workplace.

Slipping, tripping and falling accidents are a leading cause of deaths in the United States, accounting for around 15 percent of all accidental deaths each year.

41-year-old man arrested after hitting church with vehicle

If you drive when you're intoxicated, you put other people's lives at risk. Sometimes, people who drive drunk don't even remember what they've done. That's a shocking realization, as these individuals may have caused massive harm to those around them.

That seems to be what happened in this case involving a man who caused at least one accident. A man from Panama City has been charged for a crash that resulted in damage to a local church. According to the news report, the 41-year-old man did not stop for a stop sign and stuck a vehicle. After hitting the vehicle, he continued on until he crashed into the North Bay Community Church.

How many accidents happen because of texting or cellphones?

Most people understand that taking their attention off the road is dangerous. They know that looking away could cause an accident. Despite that, there are so many distractions and things going on in people's lives that they may ignore the danger. They decide to text behind the wheel, and they put themselves and others at risk of an accident.

Nine people are killed every day because of accidents involving distractions such as eating behind the wheel, texting or using a cellphone. It's believed that one in four collisions can be linked to cellphone use. In 2013, 341,000 crashes involved texting in some form.

The dangers of plastic surgery increase with lack of training

If you found out that your surgeon operated on you without the appropriate training, you would be mortified. If you suffered injuries as a result, you'd have a good reason to start a claim against that medical practitioner.

It's important for surgeons to be qualified for the work they do. Those who aren't shouldn't be performing surgeries they aren't qualified for, because they could put a patient at serious risk of injury.

19-year-old allegedly drunk drives into City Hall

When you're sitting at a red light or stop sign, you may check your rear-view mirror often to make sure no one is approaching your vehicle too quickly. If they are, you may have planned a short escape route or left yourself room to get out of the way.

Failing to stop at intersections is extremely dangerous and does result in many people losing their lives each year. Take for example this case involving a driver who failed to stop. No one was killed, but it's a perfect example of how a crash can change lives instantly.

How can you handle toxins in the workplace?

The air you breathe is one of the most important things in the world. It's invisible, but it's always there. Unfortunately, sometimes the air isn't as safe as it should be.

Toxic fumes and exposure can lead to problems with your health ranging from lung and respiratory conditions to cancer. Typically, employers have to report if there are hazards in the workplace. If there are, you should know about them and know the steps to avoid having them affect you.

Florida may not penalize doctors who commit errors

If a doctor causes a mistake that leads to your injury, you want that person to be reprimanded and to face penalties. If not, then your injury may happen again to another patient. A report out of Florida is concerning, because it claims many doctors who are sued for malpractice aren't punished.

Even after being sued, very few doctors face disciplinary action. The Florida Department of Health penalized only 128 doctors involved in close to 24,000 federal and state lawsuits in the last 10 years. Why would this happen?

Can you get hurt when you drink something at a bar?

Injuries can happen almost anywhere, even when you're out drinking. No, it's not getting drunk that you necessarily have to worry about, it's the possibility that you could be hurt when eating out at a bar or restaurant.

In the case of a bar, there are dozens of ways to get hurt, but most people don't think about drinking a single drink as one of them. Unfortunately, even a single drink can lead to injuries in some cases. For instance, if you drink out of a cup that has lead in it, you could suffer from lead poisoning. Likewise, if a specialty drink with dry ice is served and someone swallows it, there is a major risk of serious injuries.

Halloween safety tips for Panama City kids

Panama City parents want to keep their kids safe on Halloween just like they do on other days of the year. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it's estimated that kids have quadruple the risk of getting hit by a car on Halloween than they do on other days of the year.

Below are some tips from local and national authorities to keep your little monsters safer on the spookiest day of the year.

  • Stay sober while driving. The traffic safety project coordinator for AAA reminds drivers to slow down and refrain from driving after consuming alcohol. She notes that almost 40 percent of fatal collisions that happen after dark on Halloween involve drunken drivers.
  • Eliminate distractions. While this should be an everyday goal, it's especially important during trick-or-treat times when kids may dart suddenly into the street.
  • Make kids obey traffic laws. School-age kids should understand basic safety laws, such as not stepping into the road between parked cars where they will not be as visible to drivers, using sidewalks whenever possible and walking facing traffic when no sidewalks are present.
  • Use facial paint instead of masks. Cumbersome masks restrict vision and create hazards.
  • Make sure costumes don't pose safety hazards. Too-long gowns or wide-legged pants can trip kids up.
  • Stay off social media while trick-or-treating. The time to snap selfies in those cute costumes is before setting out on the route or after they return.
  • Carry glow sticks or flashlights. Increase their visibility to motorists with the use of these safe devices.
  • Only trick-or-treat at homes that have lit porch lights. Some residents don't participate in trick-or-treating, so teach kids to respect all by passing by those houses without porch lights on.
  • Accompany wee ones on their door-to-door treks. Walk up to the door with your kids to help them avoid tripping hazards.

Man wins lawsuit over botched eye surgery in Florida

A jury has ordered Leon Medical Centers to pay $13 million to a man who has been left blind following a cataract surgery. The 80-year-old man had surgery to correct cataracts in 2013; he chose to go to Leon Medical Centers because of its reputation as a popular Medicare clinic.

The company has several clinics, and most provide multiple services in each. The man was able to schedule a visit with the ophthalmologist, scheduled surgery and set up his post-operative care all in one place. That's why it was a shock when the medical center didn't want to face the blame when the man was blinded following the botched surgery.

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