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There is more than one cause of lower back pain

Regardless of the cause of your lower back pain, you know that it has a way of keeping you off your feet. Even if you are able to go about your day, it's safe to say that you're slower in everything you do. Obtaining the treatment you require can restore normalcy to your life.

It's important to understand the most common causes of lower back pain. Here are some to consider:

  • Trauma to the area. If you get struck by a heavy object while you are at work, it could result in a lower back injury that causes immediate pain and discomfort.
  • Strain. The ligaments and muscles in the lower back are prone to straining during excessive activity or heavy lifting.
  • Disc injury. A disc injury is among the most serious, and typically requires a long period of rest and possibly surgery.
  • Spinal stenosis. This ailment develops over time, but can be aggravated in a number of ways, such as overworking your back.

These types of distracted driving are often overlooked

When it comes to distracted driving, most people think about one thing and one thing only: cellphone use. They know it's a bad idea to text and drive, so they put their phone away in an attempt to pay more attention to the road.

While cellphone use can absolutely cause a motor vehicle accident, there are many other types of distractions that also come into play. Here are five that are overlooked:

  • Eating and drinking: Don't get the idea that it's okay to eat your breakfast or lunch while driving.
  • Smoking: If you must smoke while driving, it's best to move to safety before you light up.
  • Pets: If you're driving with a pet in your vehicle, such as a dog or cat, don't worry about what it's doing.
  • Adjusting your seat: You need to do this before you hit the road, not while you're trying to control your vehicle and watch what's happening around you.
  • Reading a map: Even though technology has made maps obsolete for some people, there are others who still use them. You should never attempt to read a map while driving.

Are you familiar with these backhoe safety tips?

As a backhoe operator, it's imperative to follow safety protocol at all times. One mistake, even a small one, can result in serious injury to you and/or others on the job site.

Here are seven backhoe safety tips you never want to forget:

  • Locate all underground and overhead utility lines: You don't want to work in close proximity to these, as contact can result in electrocution.
  • Watch for slopes: Operating a backhoe on a slope can result in it tipping.
  • Inspect the equipment before use: If you neglect to do this, you could end up using a backhoe that is defective or damaged in some way.
  • Secure all attachments: If you're using any type of attachment with your backhoe, be sure it's securely attached before starting the job.
  • Training is a must: If you have any questions about how to use a backhoe, ask for guidance and training before pushing ahead with the job.
  • Don't allow others to ride on the backhoe: This isn't a car, so you shouldn't use it to transport other workers.
  • Watch for workers on foot: If you don't, you could accidentally strike someone, thus causing a serious injury or even death.

What type of distracted driving caused your accident?

Drivers in Florida and across the country have a serious problem with distracted driving. A high number of people use their phones for various reasons while they are operating a vehicle, and this leads to a greater chance of causing an accident. There are a few different types of distracted driving, but they are all dangerous and preventable. 

If you are a victim of an accident caused by a distracted driver, you have the right and option to seek compensation through a personal injury claim. You may be unsure of the factors that caused your crash or what you can do next, but you can take steps to better understand what happened and who is liable. You do not have to walk through the aftermath alone.

5 steps to keep you on track after a car crash

If you are part of a car crash, you may immediately feel like your life has been turned upside down. This is particularly true if you're dealing with injuries and/or major damage to your vehicle.

Despite all the stress, there are a few key steps you can take after a crash to keep you on track:

  • Check yourself and passengers for injuries: This is priority No. 1, as your health is the one thing you can't buy.
  • Move to safety: If your vehicle is capable, move as far off the road as possible. Doing so reduces the likelihood of being part of another accident.
  • Call 911: Unless police arrive before you have a chance to do so, you'll want to call 911. If there are any injuries, make it clear that you need an ambulance.
  • Document the accident: In addition to exchanging information, write down your events of what happened. You can also take photos of your injuries and damage to your vehicle.
  • Contact your insurance company: You may not be able to do this right away, especially if you're heading straight to the hospital, but don't wait too long to make the call.

A 50-year-old Kissimmee motorcyclist is struck, killed

A 50-year-old Kissimmee man lost his life while riding his motorcycle in Osceola County during the afternoon on Wednesday, September 19. The two vehicle crash occurred just after 4:10 p.m. nearby the intersection of Broad Street and Old Tampa Highway.

Witness statements taken at the scene by Florida Highway Patrol troopers reflect that the driver of a 2006 Mercury passenger car had come to a stop at the intersection right before the crash occurred. Soon thereafter they reportedly saw her attempt to make a left turn to continue onto Old Tampa Highway.

How to work safely in wet weather

As an outdoor worker in the state of Florida, you know that warm weather is the norm. You also know that rain can move into the area without notice, thus changing the way you approach your job.

There are many steps you can take to work safely in wet weather, with these five among the most important:

  • Wear the right gear: From nonslip shoes to gloves, be sure that you always wear gear to protect against an accident.
  • Move slowly: You may not want to do it, but slowing down when working in wet weather is a must.
  • Use the right equipment: There may be certain types of equipment that you can't use in wet weather. There's never a good time to take a risk.
  • Make it easy to see: For example, you may need to wear goggles when working in the rain. If you don't, seeing what you're doing can be difficult.
  • Make yourself seen: You want others to be able to see you at all times, even when the rain is coming down in buckets. Wearing bright-colored clothing, for instance, is one of the best ways to make this happen.

Scammers are targeting Social Security beneficiaries -- again

When a government agency shows up on the caller ID, most people pay attention.

That's probably exactly what scammers are counting on when they "spoof" the number used to report fraud to the Office of Inspector General (OIG). Spoofing is a way of electronically altering the way that an incoming phone call appears on your caller ID in order to convince you that it's a legitimate call.

Denied disability claim? You can keep fighting for benefits.

If you are unable to work due to a medical condition or injury, you understand how overwhelming this can be for your Florida family. When you cannot work, you cannot support yourself or your loved ones, and it can cause serious financial distress. It can be very important to secure financial support through a Social Security disability claim. 

It is not easy to get the benefits you need through a claim with the SSA. In fact, many initial claims come back denied. This can be disheartening and overwhelming, but in reality, it is rather common. Fortunately, you have several options available to you by which you can fight back. You may still be able to claim the benefits you need and deserve. 

Federal agency drops fine, citation against Walt Disney World

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has withdrawn a fine and citation it had levied against Walt Disney World after an employee was injured in June at its Yacht and Beach Club Resort in Orlando.

Originally, OSHA fined Walt Disney World (Central Florida's largest employer) almost $10,000 after the employee's finger was reportedly amputated in an accident. The fine and citation were imposed because the resort didn't report the accident to the federal agency for over two weeks. It wasn't made public exactly what kind of accident it was.