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3 times you should replace your child’s car seat

Like many of your friends and family members, you drive every day. If you have children you must transport, securing them in a safety-rated car seat until they are big enough to use your car’s seatbelts is essential for keeping young riders safe. 

Car seats can be expensive, with models ranging from around $50 to more than $500. When you purchase one, you likely want to get as much use out of it as possible. Still, your child’s restraint likely will not last forever. Here are three situations when replacing a car seat makes sense: 

A rear-end collision, mild brain trauma and lasting effects

A rear-end collision is something you walk away from, right? Your rear bumper, taillight and trunk all suffer damage, but you feel fine.

You exchange insurance information with the other driver and wait for the police to come and write up a report. You just want to be on your way. It is only later that afternoon that the first headache strikes.

Nerve damage during birth may cause infant paralysis

If you expect a new baby, you are likely extremely excited. After all, few things are more rewarding than welcoming a new child into the world. Fortunately, because of modern medicine, birth injuries are relatively rare. If your child sustains an injury during birth, though, he or she may develop debilitating paralysis. 

Some types of infant paralysis are more serious than others. Before you head into the delivery room, you should understand what causes infant paralysis. You also should know a few things about nerve damage during delivery. 

The importance of witnesses in car accident cases

Virtually everyone will have to contend with a car accident of some form. You just hope when it happens, it is a minor fender bender and not a 50-car crash like what happened in Clayton County in May. First responders had to take 11 people to the hospital for treatment. 

There is much to do in the aftermath of a car crash, but you always want one eye toward your future insurance claim. Right away, you need to start building your case. That can involve taking pictures of the scene and acquiring eyewitness testimony. Having a witness is an immense help, so here are some suggestions for getting the best testimony out of someone. 

4 ways you can help an injured family member

When a loved one suffers a serious injury, it can be a stressful and daunting time. Of course, you want to support your injured family member, but you may not know exactly how to do it. But the good news is you are not helpless when a family member is dealing with a life-altering injury

There are so many things you can do to support your loved one as he or she recovers and adjusts. Here are some ideas for what you can say and do during this time. 

Recognizing birth defects versus birth injuries

You trust your physician to provide the proper care of your child, starting in the womb. Unfortunately, not all physicians live up to that calling.

If your child suffers from birth injuries due to the negligence of a physician, it may be possible to seek restitution through a medical malpractice claim. However, it may not be as successful if the injury is actually a birth defect, and it is important to understand the difference between the two.

Medical responsibility for birth injuries

A parent receiving news her or his baby suffered an adverse event during birth is one of the most heartbreaking scenes in any hospital. A mother immediately worries she may have done something to harm the baby's formation or health. Perhaps she could have taken more vitamins or worked out less at the gym. The initial shock of hearing bad news does not prepare parents for the stressful aftermath.

Questions of personal responsibility may, in light of further information, change to questions of medical concern. Did something go wrong during the labor or delivery? Who performed the delivery? Were protocols followed? Was the operating room ready, and were necessary personnel on standby?  

Preventing fatigue in big-rig drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration devotes a great deal of time to helping truckers—and by extension, the drivers around them—reach their destinations safely.

Of major concern is the ongoing problem of drowsiness. All drivers experience fatigue at some point, but the FMCSA recommends five steps truck drivers can take to avoid a crash.

Does it matter who is at fault for a Georgia car accident?

The point of having auto insurance coverage is to protect yourself financially in case a collision or other incident happens. You can then submit a claim and receive compensation for property damage and medical bills. In some cases, you may be able to receive money from the other driver's insurer, as well.

Unfortunately, these things are only true if you are not mostly at fault for the accident. Georgia is not a no-fault (or pure comparative negligence) state.

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