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October 2018 Archives

Why is it important to prepare a boat for winter?

When the warm weather turns cold in Rhode Island, you have to begin thinking about putting your boat away for the winter. Winterizing your boat is an important part of ownership. According to V-Dock, it will help ensure that come spring, you do not end up with costly repairs or worse than that damage you do not see that could put you at risk of a boating accident once you hit the water again. It also ensures that your boat is kept safe during the colder months and that you do not become a victim of theft or vandalism.

Are hands-free cellphones really safe?

If you have used your cellphone while driving along a Rhode Island roadway, you are not alone. Thousands of people across the U.S. engage in this type of distracted behavior while driving on a daily basis. In Rhode Island, it is illegal to use a hand-held cellphone while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, many people have been injured or lost their lives as a result of this dangerous practice.

Compassionate allowances: Is your condition on the list?

If you have submitted an application for Social Security Disability Insurance, you may be one of the million people currently waiting to receive a decision on whether or not you are approved for benefits. According to the Social Security Administration, administrative law judges and support staff have been working for years to decrease the backlog of applicants waiting to receive the SSDI benefits needed to make ends meet while they are unable to work. The problem has gotten to the point where people have passed away from their condition while waiting to hear if they are able to receive SSDI benefits. In an attempt to decrease this backlog and to help those who are suffering from acute and terminal conditions, the Social Security Administration has compiled a list of conditions and diseases that are easily identifiable as being approved conditions for SSDI benefits.

Breaking down the Glasgow Coma Scale

For the family members and friends of those in Providence that suffer traumatic brain injuries, the first question asked in the immediate aftermath of such accidents is almost always the same: what are their loved ones' chances of recovery? It may seem that offering a reliable answer at that time may be difficult (as no two brain injury cases are the same). Yet clinicians have developed a way to quickly determine the potential severity of a brain injury that also can offer an idea of what a patient's long-term prognosis may be. 

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