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Distracted driving as a possible source of negligence

When intoxication is a contributing factor in an auto accident, it is easy to see why that is. Too much alcohol can lead to poor judgment, reduced motor skills and degraded reaction times, all of which make becoming involved in a car accident more likely.

Nursing home neglect and abuse: we can help

Despite the sputtering economy nationally and in parts of West Virginia, there are a few fields of employment that have seemingly bright futures. Given the overall aging of the population because of longer average life spans, health care -- and especially assisted-living and nursing home care -- is one such growth industry. But as with any field that experiences growth, making sure that those who engage in it are doing the right thing when it comes to their customers is sometimes difficult to ensure.

Can I combine Social Security and workers' compensation benefits?

The dual system of Federal and state governments can lead to overlapping coverage of some kinds benefits under their agencies and programs. One such possible interaction between the Federal and state systems can be found in how federal Social Security disability benefits work in parallel with West Virginia workers' compensation benefits.

Heat exposure on the jobsite

West Virginia workers may face heat exposure at some point in their careers even if they do not work outside for long periods of time or at all. Heat-related illnesses can cause the body to lose electrolytes, lead to rashes and sweating and may cause the body's temperature to rise to dangerous levels. OSHA recommends that employers educate their employees on the signs and symptoms of illnesses related to heat exposure and the appropriate action that should be taken.

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