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How quickly do palsy birth injuries heal?

Of all the stages of human development, infancy is probably the one with the most resilience. Your baby, while delicate and vulnerable, is probably able to heal incredibly quickly from many bumps and bruises. However, there are some injuries your infant might sustain that might not heal naturally, brachial plexus avulsion injuries being one example. 

Erb's palsy, a form of brachial nerve damage, is among the most troubling birth injuries you could encounter. It is an unfortunate condition for many reasons, not the least of which being that California obstetricians should all arguably have the wherewithal to avoid inflicting it upon your child. 

What should happen in the aftermath of a parking lot accident

Many California drivers understand what should happen if they get into an auto accident on a public road. The motorists involved in the collision would exchange information, the police would be called to the scene, and the driver who was struck in the collision would file an insurance claim. But what if you happen to get in an accident in a parking lot? As it turns out, many of the aforementioned steps would not change at all.

Naturally, if you or the other driver were hurt in a parking lot collision, you should first call for emergency medical assistance. The first priority in any auto accident is to make sure no one is seriously hurt and that you and the other driver receive medical attention if needed. Even if you do not spot an immediate sign of injury, check with a doctor as soon as possible since some injuries do not manifest until later.

Why modified joint liability affects your malpractice damages

After enduring years of pain, you finally agreed to knee replacement surgery. Unfortunately, upon waking up from your anesthesia, you find that surgeons did not operate on your knee. They, instead, removed your appendix. Due to a mix up in forms and patient identification, surgeons accidentally performed another patient’s surgery on you.

Many instances of hospital miscommunication and confusion occur throughout the United States, and California’s law of modified joint liability exists to remedy the unfortunate accident as quickly as possible in assigning damages to the guilty parties. You are extremely upset because you not only still need a knee replacement, but the hospital’s negligent action caused you to receive unnecessary surgery. Fortunately, California court will attempt to reward you with significant compensation in both economic and noneconomic damages – all based on the actions of each party.

What should I do after an accident?

Even the safest California drivers may find themselves involved in a car accident at some point. This experience can be extremely stressful, especially when excessive property damage and injuries occur. While you can’t control the actions of other drivers, there are steps you take to make sure you get the help you need after an accident. U.S. News & World Report offers the following tips in this case.

Contact emergency services

Report highlights serious diagnostic errors

If you are like a lot of people in California, you may have wondered about the accuracy of test result information provided to you by a doctor or other medical professional. You may have been told that a test result came back showing no signs of a problem, yet you continue to experience unpleasant symptoms. Whether you pursue additional testing or a doctor suggests other tests after your problem escalates and eventually a diagnosis is reached, you may lose valuable time to treat your problem.

This is just one of the issues facing patients today according to a report recently released by an insurance provider. Radiology Business reports that the insurer conducted a study of more than 10,000 medical malpractice claims involving radiological testing and found that the results of tests were inaccurately read eight of out 10 of times. Lung cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and pancreatic cancer were among the diseases most often connected to these errors.

What hand position provides the most control?

When driving, it is important to always have good control over the steering wheel. If you cannot control your steering, then you cannot control your vehicle, which can lead to accidents. The prevailing opinion on the best hand position has changed. Mainly, this change has been due to safety increases in vehicles.

The old position was to have hands at the 10:00 and 2:00 positions. The new recommendation for driving hand position, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is to have hands at either 9:00 and 3:00 or 8:00 and 4:00, depending on how your wheel is designed and what allows you to keep your fingers away from the air bag compartment.

Everything you need to know about brachial plexus birth injuries

Everyone’s body contains the brachial plexus, a network of nerves that communicates between the spine, shoulders and hands. When this network sustains injury, intense pain, lack of mobility and possible paralysis are common symptoms.

Infants during delivery are in greater danger of injuring the brachial plexus, especially when medical professionals make careless mistakes. What types of injuries can the brachial plexus sustain? What do you do if a medical professional has caused injury to your newborn?

Who pays for damages in a hit and run?

Being the victim of a hit and run accident is quite frustrating. The guilty party leaves the scene and often you have no time to even identify the other vehicle. You cannot call California law enforcement and provide them with evidence needed to find the driver. You are left with a damaged vehicle of your own and nobody to be responsible for fixing it. This can be upsetting if you do not have the right insurance coverage that will cover the damage.

According to Insurance.com, in California, you cannot use your uninsured motorist coverage in a hit and run accident. That leaves the only option of using your collision coverage if you have it. If you do not have this coverage, then you will probably have to pay out of your own pocket unless the guilty party is found and held accountable.

When do pedestrians have the right of way?

As a driver on California roads, you have a responsibility. You have to obey road laws to keep yourself and others safe. You also have to watch out for those on the roads who are not in vehicles, including bicyclists and pedestrians. Pedestrians are especially vulnerable, which is why there are specific laws about how you are to interact with them.

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, the best way to keep pedestrians safe is to honor their right of way. Pedestrians have the right of way when they are in a crosswalk or on a sidewalk. You should always stop to let pedestrians finishing crossing the street in any case. You also need to pay attention to signs that indicate pedestrian traffic. Stay aware for them in the roadway and stop as needed.

Can I get medical care without insurance?

There is no secret that the costs of medical insurance are on the rise. In fact, they are getting so out of control that many people in California cannot afford coverage and go without. If you are one of the many people who so not have medical insurance, you may wonder what will happen if you do need medical care.

The reality is that if you do not have insurance, you will generally have to pay upfront in cash to get treatment at a doctor's office. You can also get care at an emergency room. Sometimes you can be billed later or make payments. However, it can be hard to find places that will do this.

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