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January 2019 Archives

Orangutan bites and detaches thumb of Toledo Zoo volunteer

Zoos are not the safest places, especially for the staff. Nevada residents may remember how in December 2018, a 22-year-old intern was killed by a lion at a zoo in North Carolina. This time, at the Toledo Zoo, an incident arose with an orangutan although the injuries were non-life-threatening.

Certain types of phone use worsen distracted driving risks

Nevada residents have a tendency to do a lot of things on their phones that don't involve talking. Habits like this aren't necessarily anything to worry about -- unless the phone user is also driving. A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety compared the habits of drivers in 2014 and 2018. Researchers found that nearly 60 percent of 2018 drivers were more likely to be preoccupied with phone-related tasks such as texting and emailing. However, they were less prone to be seen using or holding hand-held phones.

Succession planning for family businesses

A business succession plan can be the key to maintaining company profits and growth after the original owner steps down. The issue for many Nevada ventures, though, is that their owners fail to prepare for the next generation. It can be emotionally difficult to take the time to put together a succession plan because it requires an admission that the owner will retire, die, or become incapacitated at some point. No matter how qualified or accomplished the children, the parents may have questions about their ability to take over.

Legally addressing and resolving breach of contract disputes

Most Nevadans entering into a legal binding contract expect the other parties involved to honorably uphold their end of the agreement. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. If the terms of a contract aren't upheld for one reason or another, it could be a breach of contract. What establishes a breach of contract will depend on how the document is worded and what was agreed to by the relevant parties.

Study links gene with worse TBI-related psychiatric symptoms

Researchers at the have found that a variant of the APOE gene may be the trigger behind worse psychiatric symptoms in the victims of a traumatic brain injury. Nevada residents should know that TBIs increase the risk for psychiatric disorders like PTSD, depression and anxiety. An earlier study of over 13,000 veterans found that 80 percent of TBI victims had a psychiatric disorder.

Drowsy driving in the ridesharing industry

Many people in Nevada choose to use ridesharing services after a night out. They should know that many of these drivers are independent contractors who work long shifts after completing other jobs. A study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine suggests that drowsiness may pose a risk for rideshare operators.

Fatal car crashes in Nevada reach 10-year high in 2018

Despite the efforts of law enforcement and aggressive public service campaigns, the number of car crashes in Nevada has not gone down. The Nevada Department of Public Safety has found that the number of car crash fatalities went up to 331 in 2018, marking a 10-year high. 226 of those people were killed in Clark County. The biggest year-to-month increase was in August, which saw 36 fatalities compared to 16 in 2017.

Medication reduces car crash risk among ADHD patients

Nevada residents should know that those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder suffer from inattention and impaired impulse control and are thus more prone to auto accidents. A study of more than 2.3 million people conducted back in 2017 and published in JAMA Psychiatry shows, however, that medicated ADHD patients are much less likely to be in a crash that non-medicated individuals.

Winter is a time for lawsuits

Nevada residents may have plenty of reasons to celebrate the period of time between Thanksgiving and Super Bowl Sunday. However, it can also be a time in which people are more likely to either pursue a lawsuit or be named in one. This is because individuals tend to drink more during holiday parties and big events such as Super Bowl watch parties.

Escaped lion kills 22-year-old intern

Nevada residents may have learned about a 22-year-old intern who was killed in a zoo when a lion was able to escape a locked space. The 22-year-old was a recent college graduate. The incident took place as the lion's enclosure was being cleaned by professionals. The cleaning was deemed routine, but one of the lions was able to escape the locked space and quickly kill the victim.

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