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4 injured when police chase turns into crash in intersection

Sometimes, police pursuits are necessary. Officers may be trying to get a dangerous driver off the road or working hard to limit how many people are put at risk by barricading certain exits or roadways.

Unfortunately, people can get hurt if a pursuit goes too far. That's what happened in a case in Kansas City, where the police stated that there was a significant crash in a local intersection at around 11:30 p.m.

Will a heart condition qualify for Social Security Disability?

If you have found out that you have heart disease, it can be a devastating moment in your life. Perhaps you were having difficulty breathing or felt pain in your chest. Maybe you had a heart attack and found out about the disease after the fact.

Whatever the situation is, if you are impaired by this new diagnosis, you may be able to pursue Social Security Disability benefits. A cardiovascular impairment affects the way a body's heart and circulatory system works. The Social Security Administration recognizes both congenital and acquired heart-related illnesses, but they must be severe if you want to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.

Do you know enough about the spinal cord?

The spinal cord helps transmit nerve signals from the brain to every other part of the body. It's an essential link between the brain and the body, helping your brain control your movements, involuntary movements and more.

What you may be interested to know is that the spinal cord is actually only around 18 inches long. It extends from the bottom of the brain down through the middle of the back, stopping at around the waist. Your spinal cord is protected by vertebra, which are designed to absorb impact and prevent damage to the spinal cord.

Never rely on others to keep you safe while doing roof work

Building owners and managers in Missouri do not typically know the hazards associated with roof work, nor would they be aware of the safety standards prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. If your job has you spending time on rooftops, it might be a good idea to get familiar with the safety precautions that might save you from harm. If you can recognize potential hazards, you could take mitigating steps to avoid injury.

Another safety precaution is for co-workers to watch each other's backs while working on roofs, and to remain alert. The most significant danger might be complacency, which could set in when workers had spent years working on roofs without injuries or incidents.

Can you get workers' compensation for back pain?

You have always loved your job, but lately, it's been difficult. You've had more and more back pain building up each day. You've had days where you could barely stand or sit. You just want to feel better, but work seems to make you worse.

Some common causes of back pain related to work include:

  • Force
  • Inactivity
  • Repetition
  • Poor posture

These are the common crash sites in Kansas City

You live here in Kansas City, so you know that there are some areas that are just more dangerous than others when you're driving. Sometimes, roadways are congested. Other times, they are narrow or difficult to maneuver.

Those issues can lead to collisions. Fortunately, the Kansas City Police and state have been tracking the most dangerous crash locations throughout the city. Knowing dangerous areas' locations can help you avoid them or take precautions if you need to go there.

New rule threatens to hinder access to Social Security disability

Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits are important for people who are hurt and who cannot work. Those who seek SSDI typically have put in time at their jobs and receive disability based on their work history.

The rules for seeking disability are always changing, though, and the Trump Administration just passed a rule that will limit the ability of nonEnglish speakers to seek Social Security disability. The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced the rule, which will get rid of English-speaking assessments as a way of knowing if an applicant can find work outside their disability or medical condition.

Burned in the kitchen? Workers' compensation may cover it

You're a chef. You love cooking for others and enjoying time in the kitchen. Unfortunately, the kitchen comes with its own dangers. There are sharp knives, hot stoves, open fires and other hazards that can lead to injuries if you're not cautious.

You made it years without any significant injuries, but that all ended when one of the new waitresses bumped into you while you were sauteing potatoes. She caught you off-guard, and you dropped what you were holding. Unfortunately, that meant that boiling oil and fat ended up all over your hands.

Working the graveyard shift poses a bunch of hazards

Many Missouri industries operate 24 hours per day to maximize not only production but also profits. This leaves many workers having to work while most people sleep. Working irregular shifts for extended periods can cause a variety of health issues.

Are you a truck driver, firefighter, air traffic controller, doctor, nurse, paramedic or in another occupation in which you work from dusk to dawn? According to health authorities, working against your body's natural rhythms risks everything from your brain to your heart.

Injuries affect thousands of hard-working Americans

People suffer from injuries on the job every day. In fact, a worker is hurt on the job every seven seconds in America. That means that 510 injuries happen each hour and over 12,600 happen every day.

Injuries are frustrating across the board. Employers are left without an employee that they need, which costs hours of production days lost. In 2017, 104 million production days were lost because of work-related injuries alone. For employees, it's also irritating to get hurt. They miss time on the job, which affects their income, and they also have to deal with the injury itself.

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