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Key factors of a strong brain injury case

Auto accidents occur on a daily basis, and many times they result in brain injury, ranging from minor to permanent damage. If you or a loved one suffers from brain injuries or impairment due to an accident that was not your fault, you may qualify for an auto accident claim.

Brain injury cases are taken very seriously, and claimants must execute them properly in order for the courts to validate them, or for the other party's insurer to offer a reasonable settlement. There are a few key factors to know about that may help in building a strong personal injury case for your brain injury.

Understanding birth injury claims and key factors

Many parents have a natural inclination to protect their children, and during birth, parents trust their doctors to bring their children into the world healthy and well. But what happens when the doctor's actions cause a child harm?

If your child was injured during birth due to circumstances that could have been avoided, a birth injury claim may be an option. There are a few things you should understand about this type of claim.

What symptoms of nursing abuse and neglect should I watch for?

If you recently moved your senior parent into a nursing home in Georgia, you may be wondering how you can protect him or her from nursing home abuse and neglect. The signs of mistreatment and danger are not always obvious to visitors and family members. Take some time to learn how to spot the signs of nursing home abuse so you can take immediate actions to protect them. 

Here is a brief overview of signs of abuse and neglect that can occur in an assisted living center. 

Distracted truck drivers can cause catastrophic crashes

Everyone knows that distracted driving has taken on greater meaning with the advent of cell phones. The chance of costly and deadly accidents increases when it involves truck drivers using phones while behind the wheel. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration understands the magnitude of crashes caused by eighteen-wheelers and has put regulations in place to reduce that risk.

FMCSA rules explicitly address the use of cell phones. These not only include restrictions for cell phone use but also define just what using a mobile device means.

Symptoms of bedsores to watch for

Decubitus ulcers, also called bedsores, are very common in people who are confined to a bed or unable to move. Patients in the hospital, those being cared for at home and residents in nursing homes can get bedsores. The sores occur where the weight of a person’s body presses against a firm surface, such as a bed, wheelchair or bedside chair. They can form on the hip, tailbone, elbows, heels, shoulder blades and bottom of the feet. 

The pressure between the person’s body and the bed temporarily cuts off the blood supply to the skin, which injures the skin cells. Over time, without good blood circulation, the skin starts to show open sores or blisters. Eventually, the damage can go to the bone. Other complications can occur as well, such as bone and blood infections. 

Three very good reasons to hire a personal injury attorney

Maybe you suffered a slip-and-fall accident while you were in the hospital for surgery. Perhaps you were in a recent car crash. Whatever the cause, you now have serious injuries through no fault of your own, and you need help paying medical bills and recouping lost wages from your time away from work. While you could file a claim against an insurance company yourself, is that the best idea?

Perhaps you should consider legal help. To that end, here are three good reasons to engage the services of a personal injury attorney.

Creating the perfect environment for medical malpractice

There are countless medical malpractice suits filed every year for a variety of different reasons. In some circumstances, multiple factors  create an environment which is particularly susceptible to malpractice. Are hospitals in Atlanta an example of this? There are a few liabilities that put patients at an increased risk, and the following three may be especially relevant for people who have sought treatment in Atlanta.

Overcrowding threatens care

Preventing wrong-site surgery errors

The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare estimated that wrong-site surgery errors occurred about 40 times a week in 2011. This type of surgical error should never occur because it is 100 percent preventable. The president of the commission related that wrong-site surgeries are "relatively rare events... difficult to study. (T)here is usually no single root cause of failure...such events are frequently the cascade of small errors." This is no comfort to those who are the victim of a wrong-site surgery.

Medication errors and how to reduce your risks

You have dealt with a medical problem for months, and finally feel as if you have found the right diagnosis and have a solid treatment plan in place. What happens when your prescriber or pharmacist gives you the wrong medication, dosage or instructions and the medication ends up doing more harm than good? These are referred to as medication errors and close to 1.3 million people in the United States alone are injured annually by these errors. One ideal way to minimize medication errors is to take an active role in all health care decisions made about your body, and stay informed about what each medication means to your condition.

Know what to do after a car accident

Any kind of car accident, even a simple fender-bender, can be a strenuous and frightening experience. If the accident is a serious crash, you might have to take a bit of time to collect yourself and get a grip on the situation. Knowing what steps to take once the initial shock has faded will help you and the others involved get through the accident as calmly and efficiently as possible.

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