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You may feel fine after a car crash, but see a doctor anyway

Minor vehicle collisions happen every day. If you are a victim, you will just want to put the unnerving incident behind you.

However, while there may be no outward sign that anything is wrong, you may have underlying injuries. A prompt medical evaluation will be important not only for your well-being, but also in filing a claim for insurance compensation.

UGA concussion studies indicate extended risk to drivers

Perhaps you suffered a concussion when you were playing a sport like soccer or football. You recovered and went on with your normal activities, such as driving a car.

However, a study at the University of Georgia indicates that concussions can affect driving performance even after victims believe that they have recovered from their head injuries.

4 signs it is time to shop for a new motorcycle helmet

It is hard to beat the thrill that comes with climbing onto a motorcycle and zooming around the Atlanta area. Every time you ride, though, you must wear protective gear. A safety-rated motorcycle helmet is essential for staying safe on your bike. After all, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, riding helmets saved nearly 2,000 lives in 2016 alone. 

Like many other things, motorcycle helmets do not last forever. Even if you spent a small fortune on a good one, you eventually must replace your riding helmet. Here are four signs it is time to shop for a new one: 

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.

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