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Keep safe in wintry conditions with tips from AAA

The winter of 2018 is starting out to be a fierce one. Bensalem drivers need to be prepared if they get caught in inclement weather. The national auto association AAA offers some safe driving tips for winter weather in the United States.

Some of the below tips are solid year-round advice for drivers, but pay special attention to those dedicated to the wintry months. The life you save might be your own.

USCIS taking applications for so-called startup visa

Entrepreneurs that reside in Pennsylvania but were born outside the United States may be able to apply for temporary residency under a new category. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is accepting applications under the Obama-era International Entrepreneur Rule. The IER allows foreign-born entrepreneurs to live in the U.S. while developing and growing startup companies. Along the way, the applicants are required to meet specific benchmarks, which are meant to make success more likely.

The IER has sometimes been referred to as a startup visa, but it technically is not a visa. Rather, it is a parole period during which foreign-born individuals without visas are allowed to live in the U.S. The program was structured in this way as a workaround by former President Obama when Congress failed to pass immigration reform. Congress is the only government branch with the authority to create new paths to citizenship and categories of visa.

Caring and planning for aging parents

As your parents age, it is normal to take on greater responsibility to care for them. If you have concerns about how to help your aging parents manage their resources and stay on top of their obligations, you're not alone. It is wise to consider the primary difficulties your parents may face, and then you can search for viable solutions.

Without a comprehensive approach to elder care and planning, your parents may see their quality of life decline sharply, or may find themselves at risk of sub-par health care. As an adult child stepping up to help your parents transition in this important season, you have a great opportunity to love and care for your parents in very special way, and this comes with a certain degree of risk. If you do not fully understand all the issues at hand, you may miss important benefits and protections for your parents.

Avoiding medical negligence injuries: 4 tips for patients

Medical malpractice is devastating for patients. If you are receiving medical care of any kind, you'll want to cover your bases by being proactive when dealing with doctors and surgeons. After all, medical professionals are not immune to mistakes, and medical errors are the leading cause of death in the United States.

When you need medical treatment, you can rely in part on your commonsense to determine whether a medical professional's actions (or lack of action) is in your best interests. Additionally, the following tips could help save your life:

5 important steps after a slip-and-fall accident

Trips and slips on dangerous property unfortunately happen year-round in Pennsylvania, but the risk is especially high during the winter months.

Property owners are obligated to address known hazards like pot holes, inadequate lighting, faulty stairways and ice and snow buildup. If you suffer a slip-and-fall injury due to a property owner's negligence, here are five important steps to take after the accident.

Parents who are deported may be separated from their children

Undocumented immigrants who have children may have added worries under the Trump administration. While the Obama administration focused its immigration enforcement efforts on people who committed crimes, the current administration is focusing on enforcing the immigration laws against everyone who is in the U.S. illegally.

This is problematic for parents who have children and who are deported. In many such cases, the parents are detained while their children are placed in the foster care system. The parents may then be forced to work through the foster care system in a second language while they are housed in detention centers or when they are in their home countries after they are deported.

Safety technology could prevent thousands of truck crashes

Pennsylvania truck drivers may be interested to learn that equipping large commercial vehicles with video-enhanced safety technology could prevent up to 63,000 trucking accidents each year. A study from the AAA Foundation for Truck Safety showed that the benefits of installing this technology well outweighed the cost.

In 2015, there were more than 400,000 vehicle accidents involved large trucks. Ultimately, these accidents resulted in more than 116,000 injuries and 4,000 fatalities. Analysts concluded that departure warning systems for trucks could prevent up to 6,372 accidents. Video-based monitoring systems could prevent 63,000 crashes while automatic braking could prevent up to 5,294 crashes. Finally, air disc brakes could prevent up to 2,411 crashes.

Medical mistakes don't happen only in hospitals

Whether it's getting you the medications you need or making sure you are treated kindly, it's important that nurses and doctors do what they need to do to keep you safe and comfortable. Even if you're not in a hospital, there's still a risk of medical errors that could cause you harm. For example, if you live in a nursing home or are at a rehabilitation center, you could face struggles as a result of a negligent or lazy staff.

No matter where you suffer an injury, it's your right to pursue a claim if you've been hurt by someone else's negligence or errors. For instance, if someone doesn't use the right lifting technique and you fall, you could pursue a claim for any injuries you suffer as a result. Here are a few other things to keep in mind about potential negligent injuries.

Slip-and-fall accidents spike in Pennsylvania during winter

As the winter season approaches, inclement weather conditions threaten to make many public and private properties far more dangerous to those who visit them. Often, weather elements such as freezing rain, snow and ice create serious hazards leading to increased risk of slip-and-fall accidents.

About cardiomyopathy

One disease that Pennsylvania doctors may misdiagnose is cardiomyopathy. People who suffer from the condition may not exhibit any symptoms or signs. In some cases, the indications do not present in people who are in the disease's early stages. However, as the heart becomes weaker, there are typically signs of heart failure.

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