Prevention and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide detector

Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas. When present in the atmosphere, carbon monoxide can cause flu-like symptoms and lead to death. Every year in the United States, approximately 430 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is especially a concern in winter months. Dangerous gases can build up when generators, furnaces, and wood burning stoves are used – and even when a car is warming in the garage.  Continue reading “Prevention and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning”

Lake County using variable speeds to create safer road travel

Winter driving conditions

Most of us are used to seeing static speed limit signs on the side of a road or freeway.

However, as driving conditions change, the posted speed limit is not necessarily the safest speed to drive.

Winter weather can make for dangerous driving conditions in Ohio. Multiple car crashes and injury accidents are not uncommon as winter storms change traction on a road with ice, snow, wind or rain. Continue reading “Lake County using variable speeds to create safer road travel”

How to Avoid Gaps in Your Treatment After an Injury

By William J. Price

gap in treatmentA gap in treatment is a period of time when there is no documented medical treatment.

For example, if you are in an accident and do not go to the emergency room for over 30 days, there is a 30-day gap in treatment.

A second type of gap can occur when there’s an extended break between treatments. For example, if you’ve been receiving consistent treatment and then stop for four months before making another appointment, this is considered another gap in treatment. Continue reading “How to Avoid Gaps in Your Treatment After an Injury”

A Year of Giving: Learn more about the causes we supported in 2017

Elk & Elk is proud to be an active member of our Ohio community. Read on to learn more about a few of the causes our firm supported in 2017 and how you can join us in making a difference in the coming year. Continue reading “A Year of Giving: Learn more about the causes we supported in 2017”

Radiation from medical imaging: Just how dangerous is it?    

radiationAdvances in medical technology are sometimes a double-edged sword. A prime example? Medical scans that use radiation to peer into human bodies.

X-rays aren’t the only culprit. In fact, far greater doses of radiation are involved in CT scans, PET scans, fluoroscopy and nuclear medicine studies (though these doses are still considered low when compared to high levels of exposure from events such as Hiroshima/Nagasaki and Chernobyl.) This ionizing radiation damages human DNA and disrupts normal cell functioning.

It has long been thought that even extremely low levels of radiation increase your lifetime risk of cancer. However, a growing body of research casts doubt on this assumption – with far-reaching implications for medical imaging. Continue reading “Radiation from medical imaging: Just how dangerous is it?    “

How to safely transport a Christmas tree on a car

How to safely transport a Christmas tree on a car

Buying a Christmas tree is a quintessential part of the holiday season for many families. Unfortunately, when a Christmas tree is not securely fastened to the car, it can fly off the vehicle and cause tremendous damage.

Here are some tips to help you safely transport a Christmas tree on your vehicle:

  • Pack the right gear: Bring rope, cord or bungee straps to secure the tree to your car.
  • Get the Christmas tree netted: Ask the seller to net the tree. This will make it more compact and easier to transport and move around.
  • Protect your car’s roof: Place a tarp or blanket on the roof of the car to protect it from scratches.
  • Trunk-side forward: Position the tree so the tree trunk is toward the front of your vehicle.
  • Secure the tree: Wrap rope, cord or bungee straps around the tree to secure it to the car’s roof or rack. You may need to wrap it several times to make sure it is secured.
  • Check the tree before driving: Do one last check before hitting the road. Tug on the tree to make sure it’s secure.
  • Take the back roads home: It may be a good idea to avoid highways and avoid high speeds. Take it easy and watch your speed on the way home – take the back roads, if necessary.

By implementing these tips, you can safely get your Christmas tree home and get on to more important things – like decorating it!

Which football positions face the highest risk of brain damage?

concussionsIt’s no secret that football players are at risk for concussions. Nor is it a secret that repeated concussions can cause long-term brain damage. However, the details of those risks have yet to be fully fleshed out.

One recent study does shed light on how concussions differ – in location, severity and frequency – depending on the player’s position. The study examines the mechanics of concussions among running players versus linemen. Continue reading “Which football positions face the highest risk of brain damage?”

4 things you need to know about contingency fees

By William J. Price

contingency feeA contingency fee contract delays a lawyer’s legal payment until a financial result is reached between the client and the defendant’s insurance company. The verdict or settlement includes compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Under a contingency arrangement, the attorney’s payment is a percentage – usually 33% – of this amount. Continue reading “4 things you need to know about contingency fees”

3 of the biggest medical hazards patients will face in 2018

medical hazardsAs patients, we expect our health care systems to function smoothly and safely. Our nation’s clinics, hospitals and health care facilities should offer high levels of care as well as advanced treatments and technologies. Yet that doesn’t always happen.

The ECRI Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care, publishes annual reports on the biggest threats to patient health and safety. Its 2018 report identifies risks to watch out for in the new year. Some of them might surprise you. Continue reading “3 of the biggest medical hazards patients will face in 2018”

How safe is GPS use while driving?

GPSWhen you think of distracted driving, what comes to mind?

Most people think of talking on a cell phone or sending a text message while driving. But there are many other forms of distracted driving that can be just as dangerous. Continue reading “How safe is GPS use while driving?”