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The human eye is a vulnerable part of the body

The human eye is one of the most amazing and complicated parts of the body. Considering that it works very much like a highly sophisticated video camera that is connected to the brain, it is no wonder that it is a system of nerves and other organs that take a great deal of knowledge and expertise to understand.

Likewise, the eye is also fragile. One little mistake on the part of an eye doctor trying to treat a patient can have permanent and devastating consequences.

One dead in semi-truck collision

When people think of a semi-truck accident, they may think of a large truck smashing a smaller passenger car. However, collisions between two semi-trucks can also be deadly. Such was the case recently when two trucks collided in the Kansas City area in an overnight incident. The accident left one of the drivers dead.

Police who were investigating said that one of the trucks, which was hauling a large beam of concrete, and was heading north. Another semi, approaching from the west on a state highway, ran in to the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle heading east died as a result of the accident, and the condition of the driver was not mentioned. Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

A fall is a serious affair

When compared with a car accident or an accident involving a piece of machinery, people in Kansas City may be tempted not to think of a slip and fall as a major ordeal. Particularly if the fall is from the same height, it may just seem that the worst case scenario is some embarrassment and maybe a bruise or two.

The reality, though, is that even what seem like minor falls can leave a person seriously injured, if not permanently disabled. Broken bones after a fall are not uncommon, for instance, and they can mean weeks or even months of recovery.

Recent tragedy shows fatal wrecks not just on highways

Many times, the serious and fatal traffic accidents in this area that get the attention of Kansas City's news media happen on major highways or, at least, on principal roadways where motorists travel at higher speeds. However, as a recent tragic case illustrated, deadly auto accidents can happen anywhere, even on the neighborhood streets.

A recent accident that left one driver dead illustrates this point, as it happened in a neighborhood on the Kansas side of the Missouri River and in broad daylight as well. It also appeared to happen at least close to a school zone. Police say that one man, a local who was just over 50, was traveling in one direction on the street and came upon a vehicle heading in the opposite direction. Police did not explain exactly how, but the cars managed to collide head-on, pushing the truck on to its side.

Medical malpractice can cause brain injuries

When many people in the Kansas City area think of a brain injury, they may think of someone suffering a severe blow or other trauma to the head. These sorts of brain injuries are relatively common in connection with car accidents, falls and the like, but they are less so within the walls of hospitals and clinics.

However, a Missouri resident can also suffer what medical experts refer to as a hypoxic or anoxic brain injury. In these sorts of cases, the brain does not actually get physically damaged, at least not directly. Instead, the brain gets deprived the oxygen it needs to survive and stay healthy.

When it comes to malpractice claims, Missouri falls in the middle

Those in the Kansas City area who hear opinions that medical malpractice payments are getting handed out like candy here need to understand that the hard numbers tell a different story. In fact, is far from the top of the list, relative to its sister states, when it comes to medical malpractice claims. Our state falls in the middle for all key statistics, at least according to one report.

Per 1 million residents, the state has almost 33 malpractice claims, meaning the state ranks 21st in the country. However, per 100 doctors who practice in this state, fewer than 1 claim, .90 to be exact, gets filed. With respect to this number, our state ranks 25th among the states.

Mistakes Missouri medical professionals shouldn't make, but do

No one wants their doctor to tell them they need surgery, but many Missouri residents will receive such news before 2019 ends. Some situations might involve elective surgeries. However, you may be among those who currently have a serious health condition that requires surgery to help you heal.

There are also a great number of people who will wind up on operating tables in life-or-death situations, for instance, after suffering injury in a motor vehicle collision. If you schedule surgery, you have the right to reasonably expect that your surgeon and entire medical team will act in accordance with accepted safety standards. When doctors cut corners or nurses are negligent, patients are the ones who often suffer.

Crane accident illustrates important lessons

Because it attracted the notice of the national news media, a crane accident which left four people, including a young college student and two construction workers, dead may have come to the attention of Kansas City residents.

This national tragedy, which happened in a city in another state, still should hit home for Kansas City residents and those who live in the surrounding suburbs in Missouri and Kansas. After all, this area also sees new construction buildings arise from time to time, and this almost inevitably will involve the use of cranes.

Marijuana may be to blame for 4/20 car accidents

Although most Americans do not see it as a holiday despite it being around for about a generation, many people will observe April 20 as High Day by ingesting marijuana. Young people in particular tend to use this drug with greater frequency around April 20.

Recreational marijuana remains illegal in both Missouri and Kansas, but this will not necessarily stop many people from observing April 20 anyway, especially given the relative popularity and growing social acceptance of the drug.

Distracted driving is a growing problem

By now, most Kansas City residents have probably been warned in some way that distracted driving, particularly texting and driving, is a very dangerous behavior. There are many ongoing public awareness campaigns that caution drivers not to try to use their phones while driving.

When those warnings do not do the trick, Missouri and Kansas law enforcement officers are able to issue citations to drivers they observe texting and driving.

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