Brain injuries are some of the least understood ailments, when it comes to the general public. Even though we all understand that brain injuries are a serious and real injury, there is often something about them that is taboo and "other."
A worker injured Oct. 16 in a tanker truck explosion at a Glenville asphalt plant died two days later at Westchester Medical Center. Joe Nichols, 56, who lived in Amsterdam, had worked at Mohawk Asphalt Emulsions for 24 years. According to initial reports, a valve on a tanker truck heated up while the truck was being loaded with a commonly used mix of kerosene and asphalt. The heat ignited vapors and caused the blast. Three workers in all were initially taken to the hospital after the explosion - along with Nichols, there was another worker who was in critical but stable condition and a third who is expected to quickly make a full recovery.
Whether your child was involved in a playground accident, a car crash or another traumatic incident, it's critical to ensure that his or her "minor injuries" really are minor.