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4 reasons to call the doctor after a dog bites your child

Even minor dog bites can be frightening when they happen to your child. You may be able to tell it just needs a bandage, but that doesn't help the panic you're feeling. Should you go to the doctor? How do you know if it's bad enough?

Below are four signs that a trip to the hospital is warranted:

  1. You try to stop the bleeding by putting pressure on the wound. After 10 minutes, the bleeding has not stopped. You're concerned you won't be able to stop it on your own.
  2. The child was bitten on the face. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this is incredibly common with young kids. For those under four years old, a full 66 percent of bites are to the neck or the head.
  3. It's a deep wound. You're worried that it may get infected or that it won't completely heal without aid.
  4. You didn't see the bite happen and you have no idea what dog did it, or you did see the dog but you don't know the animal or the owners. In questionable cases, a rabies test or shot may be needed. This is different than being bitten by a family pet or a neighbor's dog.

Elderly drivers are most dangerous at intersections

Elderly drivers pose certain risks on the road, and it's important for other drivers to be aware of that. Specifically, they cause a high percentage of accidents at intersections.

According to the journal Traffic Injury Prevention, a full 50 percent of those 85 years old and older who were involved in deadly crashes were at intersections when the crashes occurred. Clearly, this is an area where they often struggle, and it can put other drivers who have not made any mistakes at risk.

The rising economy leads to more truck accidents

The economy in much of the United States bottomed out in 2008 and 2009. Since then, it has slowly rebounded for years.

You can see the evidence everywhere, but one rather unexpected place to look paints a bit of a bleak picture. Truck accidents are often linked to that same economy.

When does the new handheld phone law take effect?

You've probably heard about the new law in Tennessee changing legal use of a cellphone in a car. It will make it illegal to hold the device and use it in any way if you're driving through an active school zone.

This means not sending or reading text messages. It means no going on the Internet to browse Facebook or other websites. It means no talk-to-text programs. But it also means no talking on the phone at all.

Things to know about parking lot car accidents

Tennessee sees its fair share of auto accidents. In 2016, reports from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security indicate that over 50,000 injuries took place in the state. 

When many people think of motor vehicle accidents, they assume a grand collision that takes place on a freeway. In contrast, a decent amount of collisions take place in parking lots. These types of impacts may not seem too severe. Many drivers even assume they do not have to exchange contact information. However, it is always good to see a doctor no matter how severe the collision seems because drivers can sustain serious injuries even if the cars are not moving that fast. 

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - 2018 Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)

In October of 2017, the government announced information important to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI recipients, as well as Social Security retirees. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI recipients will see a 2.0% increase in benefits for the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) starting in January of 2018. The COLA is based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from the third quarter of the current year. The COLA affects many important aspects of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI programs besides the actual amount of benefits paid to claimants. The COLA was put into place in 1975.

Truckers sleep less than you think, even with mandated breaks

The government mandates that truckers take a certain amount of time off. This is to keep them from being overworked and driving while they're tired.

Some truckers break these rules and falsify their logs, but that's not the only issue. One driver explained how even the breaks they got turned into far less sleep than they needed.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Plan to Reduce Hearing Office Backlog

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently released an updated plan to reduce the hearing backlog for people waiting for hearings on their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims. The updated plan is part of the Compassionate and Responsive Services (CARES) initiative of the SSA. The original CARES plan set a goal of 1,128,576 dispositions within the last eighteen months, but the reality is that they fell short by over 100,000 claims. It is interesting that the SSA failed to meet its goals despite receiving 105,000 fewer requests for hearings than expected over the last eighteen months. The SSA attributes its failure to meet goals and reduce backlogs due to shortage of hearing level support staff, including administrative law judges and decision writers.

As part of the plan to reduce the backlog, the SSA looks to an increase in non-ALJ adjudications such as remand to State DDS agencies and on-the-record decisions. There is also a continuing move to collaborative technologies to improve support staff efficiencies, as well as pre-hearing conferences and centralized vocational and medical expert resources. The most important factor, though, will be an increase in the number of administrative law judges and necessary support staff.

What should you do with a broken traffic light?

A storm sweeps through town and knocks out power. You're fine at your house, but you know a lot of people are without it.

You try to leave when the storm calms down, going to check on some family members to make sure they're all right. On the way there, you come up to a dark traffic light. The power took it down, too, and now it's not working in any direction.

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