Ways to Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents can happen any time of year. However, during the winter, slip and fall accidents occur more frequently. This is due to inclement weather causing slippery floors and walkways. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%). Slips and falls account for over 1 million visits, or 12% of total falls. These are just the number of people that go to a hospital emergency room. Think about the countless others who slip and fall, but aren’t hurt seriously enough to warrant a visit to the emergency room. Because this is such a common type of injury, it’s important to be on the lookout for things that might cause you to slip and fall. Wet Floors If Read More

Traumatic Brain Injury Research

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a complex and broad name for a variety of head and brain injuries. TBI is defined by the Mayo Clinic as, “Occurring when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction.” Traumatic Brain Injury is usually caused by a blow to the head, or hitting ones head on the ground. TBI affects up to 1.4 million people annually in the U.S., with nearly 50,000 deaths and 235,000 hospital admissions. TBI is the number one cause of death and disability in Americans under age 35, according to the CDC. Unfortunately, because the brain is so complex, TBI affects each person a little differently. Because of this, treatment options vary and some are more effective than others. However, there has been a lot of research going into this type of injury, which is Read More

Rick Patterson Named 2014 Top 51 Most Influential People in Santa Clarita

Santa Clarita Valley Signal Newspaper recently named Senior Partner Rick Patterson one of the 2014 Top 51 Most Influential People in Santa Clarita. This is the ninth year in a row he has received this honor. “Each year, Signal Multimedia receives dozens of nominations for the region’s top movers and shakers. This year it received 120 nominations, making the selection task difficult,” said Publisher Russ Briley. Rick Patterson has devoted the last several decades to supporting the Santa Clarita community in a variety of ways. Since 1998, he has served as president of the Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation, a non-profit public benefit corporation, which has been instrumental in developing school sites for public schools and generating $25 million dollars in net assets for the Read More

Three Dog Bite Scenarios

Any dog can bite anyone at anytime, given the right scenario. More than 4.5 million Americans are bitten by a dog each year, some dog bites are even fatal.  Even if you know a particular dog and it is a well-behaved and even-tempered, if put it in one of the following scenarios there is an increased chance that the dog will bite you.  Dogs typically don’t bite unless they feel like they need to protect themselves. If you keep that in mind, you can understand when a dog might be more likely to bite in any scenario. Sleeping “Let sleeping dogs lie” isn’t just a saying - they are wise words. If you wake up a sleeping dog, there is a chance that you can scare them, depending on how heavy they are sleeping and the way in which you wake them up. Dogs act on instinct, so if they are Read More

Sharing The Road With Cyclists

In Southern California, the temperate weather presents year-round opportunities for cyclists to be on the road. However, with more bicyclists on the road, the unfortunate reality is that accidents happen between cars and bicyclists. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports in their most recent survey that 726 cyclists were killed and an additional 49,000 were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2012. Read More