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Missing work due to a motorcycle accident

Motorcycle crashes often leave victims with many different problems, such as serious injuries and financial issues due to medical costs. However, there are other consequences associated with these wrecks that do not always receive as much attention. For example, someone may have to miss work because of motorcycle accident injuries, which can not only disrupt their career but may lead to financial hardships as well. If you have had to take time off of work because of a motorcycle accident, it is important to review any legal options you may have if the incident was caused by someone else’s careless behavior.

Motorcyclists are often especially vulnerable when they collide with a larger vehicle. Broken bones and other serious injuries occur far too often, and it may take weeks or even months for a motorcyclist to recover from his or her injuries. In some instances, these accidents lead to a permanent disability that prevents someone from walking or performing a job-related task that is crucial. In these cases, a motorcyclist may have to quit working altogether, which can make the rest of their life difficult in various ways.

How can I prevent being in a car accident?

Nobody plans on being in a car accident in California. You may be having a great day when out of the blue you are suddenly in the aftermath of an accident. It is confusing and upsetting. If you can plan ahead for a car accident, even though you hope one never occurs, it may help make things easier if it does happen.

Edmunds suggests doing what you can to prevent an accident through the way you drive. You should always scan the road. It is essential to know what is around you at all times. By scanning, you can spot other drivers who may be driving erratically or making dangerous moves. In addition, limit driving to daylight hours if possible. Accidents happen more often in the dark.

Is your doctor prescribing too much medication?

Sometimes medication is exactly what you need to make you feel better, but other times, your doctor may prescribe you medication that does not help anything and could possibly harm you. Overprescribing is a serious issue. You should always stay on top of medications your doctor in California gives you. Do not be afraid to ask if your doctor is prescribing too much medication.

According to CNBC, doctors often prescribe unneeded medications because they do not want to see their patients suffer. They think they are helping when they are really just hurting their patient. At the same time, some doctors prescribe because they feel it is the easiest solution to your issue and because they do not have the time to actually listen and investigate your issue. They may prescribe because it is easier than explaining to you why you do not need medication. Medication often becomes a band-aid, which is terrible medical care.

What are the product liability concerns with marijuana?

The laws relating to marijuana are changing constantly at the state level. However, the federal government remains firmly on the side of marijuana being illegal. California was a leader in legalizing marijuana. Not having state and federal laws on the same page has already created issues, but there are other problems that could come up in regards to product liability.

Product liability covers injuries related to the use of the product by the consumer. With marijuana, there are plenty of issues that could come up, according to the National Law Review. Using the product is dangerous without any other problems coming up. While generally, the seller will not be held responsible if someone uses the product and then causes an accident, for example, just the same as someone drinking alcohol, but there are still some issues they could face.

Do hands-free devices make things safer?

It is pretty clear that using a cell phone to text, watch videos or do anything where you have to take your eyes off the road is very dangerous. California roadways are definitely safer when drivers do not try to use cell phones behind the wheel. However, if you are like most people, you probably see nothing wrong with using a hands-free device or technology, such as Bluetooth, to make and receive phone calls when you drive. The reality, though, is this may not be as safe as you think it is.

One of the most important aspects of driving besides keeping your eyes on the road is focusing on the road and what is happening around you. According to Live Science, when you talk on the phone, your focus is broken. You use mental imagery when talking to someone to visualize what they are saying. You become focused on the conversation and the other person to the point where you are not focused enough on driving.

Is a wrongful birth lawsuit right for you?

Giving birth is one of life’s ultimate joys, and if your baby suffers from a defect, that doesn’t mean you love it any less.

But if your doctor didn’t discover the defect before birth, or if the doctor knew of the defect but failed to tell you, then you could sue for wrongful birth.

Surgery site infections can cause great harm

You have made it through surgery and you believe that, aside from a reasonable period of recovery, that you are in the clear. The surgery successfully resolved the medical issues that had been causing you problems and you can look forward to days of better health. However, if your doctors or your surgery team in Redwood City have not followed the proper procedures in conducting your operation, you might be at serious risk of a surgery site infection.

According to John Hopkins Medicine, the risks of developing a surgery site infection are actually very low, with only 1 to 3 percent of surgery patients developing an infection. When doctors use sanitized instruments and cover their hands with gloves, they can prevent the spread of germs that can cause an infection. On the other hand, negligence in performing an operation could contaminate a surgery site and cause serious health problems.

What constitutes a design defect?

When a product injures you and you file a product liability lawsuit, the California courts will seek to answer the question of how the injury happened. If the courts determine that the product was defective, they will then try to determine whether the defect was a design defect or a manufacturer defect.

According to FindLaw, Manufacturer errors occur during the actual production of a product, whereas design defects occur when there is an intrinsic imperfection in the product's design that renders it unreasonably dangerous. The courts may hold a company liable for injuries that a product causes when the product's design poses a foreseeable risk even when used as the manufacturer intended it to be used. The courts will ask you to show that you were not using the product in any other way except in the way in which the manufacturer intended.

What is Good Manufacturing Practice?

When a manufacturer creates a product, it is bound by a variety of laws in California. In addition, the manufacturer also is bound by industry and manufacturing standards that are the normal procedures followed by all manufacturers. One of those is Good Manufacturing Practice. GMP, according to the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, is a general manufacturing process that ensures the production of products is consistent and controlled.

Following GMP, allows a company to make sure its products are safe and meet quality standards. It helps to minimize risks associated with using the product and reduces liability issues because safer products result from using GMP.

How can I recognize a drunk driver?

Being aware when you are on the roads in California can help you to avoid serious car accidents. One of the biggest risks out there is drunk drivers. Spotting a drunk driver and alerting the authorities is not only a way to keep yourself safe but it keeps everyone on the road safe. While it is not your job to confront or stop the drunk driver, you can report him or her to the authorities.

MADD offers some tips for recognizing a driver under the influence because it is not always easy to do so. Of course, a driver will not act properly on the roads. He or she may take dangerous actions or do things that do not make sense, such as speeding up and then slowing down rapidly. He or she may travel outside the lane and jerk the vehicle back into the lane.

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