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What types of injuries can result from car accidents?

You may not feel very fortunate to survive a car accident in California if you sustained an injury as a result. There are many types of injuries that can result from a car crash, and while some are relatively mild, others can be severe or even catastrophic.

Different factors, such as vehicle speed, play into the type, location and severity of injuries you may receive in a motor vehicle accident. While it is possible for any part of the body to become hurt in a crash, some injuries tend to show up more often. 

Study shows many patients misdiagnosed with MS

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable and sometimes disabling disease in the central nervous system. While millions in the U.S. live with the disease, a recent study reveals another large segment of the population receiving treatment for the disease: those misdiagnosed.

According to HealthDay News, the study found that of 241 patients previously diagnosed with MS referred to two Los Angeles medical treatment centers, nearly one in five did not actually have the disease. This alarming statistic enhances the prevalence of misdiagnosis among doctors, health care providers and other medical professionals and the consequences that patients suffer because of it.

Do doctors overlook the woman's rights in the delivery room?

The delivery room can be a hectic place. Trying to bring a new life into the world is a big deal. While women have been doing it since the beginning of time, nowadays, there is usually a team of people involved in the labor and delivery process. This may lead to a woman feeling like she is not being heard or that her labor is not going the way she wants. In these cases, women could feel violated and suffer long term effects.

There has been some study on how women are treated during labor and delivery. Many times, research shows the pregnant woman becomes almost secondary in the process with the baby taking center stage, which can lead to issues for the mother, according to Tonic. Some women felt so overlooked that they were traumatized. They felt doctors ignored requests. They felt doctors would do things they did not want without any regard for their feelings.

Who is liable when inadequate warnings lead to injuries?

Whether over-the-counter or prescribed medications, cosmetics, household cleaners or other products, you and other consumer expect them to be safe for use when they go to market. However, some products may pose potential dangers, despite having no design flaws or manufacturing defects. Therefore, it may be helpful to understand who is responsible when injuries resulting from the use of a product occur.

Many products available to consumers today include warning labels. According to FindLaw, however, warning labels are not required for all products. They must be included when manufacturers know their products present a potential risk when used as intended and that danger is not immediately obvious to the product’s users. For example, a space heater may overheat if used continuously for more than four hours, and the manufacturer is aware of the risk. The manufacturer must include a warning on the heaters that they could pose a fire hazard.

Motor vehicle crashes and paralysis

Auto accident victims may sustain various types of injuries, but some are especially disruptive. For example, those who struggle with paralysis following a crash may struggle with the physical consequences of their situation, and they may face devastating mental and financial issues as well. If you have become paralyzed after a motor vehicle collision, or someone in your family is struggling with paralysis due to an auto accident, exploring your legal options is paramount if the wreck was caused by a reckless driver.

Paralysis can affect auto accident victims in various ways. Some people lose the ability to walk, while others may not be able to use their arms any longer. Not only can this dramatically affect someone’s quality of life and ability to enjoy various hobbies, but they may also be unable to work due to paralysis. Missing work can bring on severe financial problems, and the hospital bills associated with paralysis and other auto accident injuries can be significant.

Symptoms of infant brain damage

According to findings published by Birth Injury Guide, traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of disability and death in infants and children. Infant TBIs occur when a physical force from the outside puts pressure on or strikes the head. Typically, TBIs occur during childbirth and may happen when the head gets stuck in the birth canal or when a California doctor uses forceps or some other instrument with too much force on the baby's head. TBIs during infancy may also occur when the birthing process takes too long, thereby causing the infant to lose oxygen.

The symptoms of TBI vary drastically and can take many forms. Parents of afflicted children may notice physical symptoms first. Physical symptoms may include an abnormally large forehead, distorted facial features, abnormally-shaped spine or an unusually small head. Infants may also experience seizures, difficulty focusing or neck stiffness.

Are there damage caps on malpractice claims?

If you have suffered a medical mishap in California, your first instinct may be to go to court and get money to pay for your suffering and damages. There are often news stories about settlements in malpractice suits. Many times, you may hear of people getting large amounts of money, millions of dollars, for example, in settlements. However, what you may not know is that some settlement damages have a cap.

According to California Legislative Information, the state sets a cap of $250,000 for nonmonetary losses. These are things you cannot quantify in a specific dollar amount. For example, if you were off work for a year due to the injury and lost $40,000 in wages, this is not a nonmonetary loss and does not count against the cap. You can easily calculate the number of hours you missed based on your average earnings.

The unseen damages of a brain injury

The roads in California can be bustling, busy, and full of all types of vehicles. Unfortunately, the mix of large and small vehicles on the road can lead to accidents with disproportionately large injuries for one party. Some of the most impactful of these injuries can occur beyond what the eye can see, as well. Today, we will focus on brain injuries and their least expected impact.

FindLaw takes a look at the different types of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that a person could suffer from. Of the ones that are likely to be linked to a car accident, there are:

  • Contusions
  • Concussions
  • Penetration injuries
  • Diffuse axonal injuries

Why does a little bolt mean many Army helicopters are grounded?

While flying in general is much safer than driving a car in California, there is still the issue that crashes of aircraft are usually much more severe than car crashes. A minor fender bender is common with vehicles, but there is no such thing with an air craft. If something goes wrong on the road, you can pull over. If something goes wrong in the air, you may not get the chance to get back to the ground. This is why aircraft maintenance is taken so seriously. That is even more true when it comes to the military and helicopters. A recent bolt issue with Boeing's AH-64 Apache helicopter has led to a critical safety issue, according to Business Insider.

The bolt in question is quite small actually. It attaches the rotor blades and is called the main rotor retaining nut. If this nut comes loose or otherwise fails, the rotors break off, and the helicopter will crash. Initially, it may spin out of control. The pilot will have no control or ability to regain the flight path. Obviously, this is a serious problem and something the Army cannot overlook.

U.S. hospitals miss the mark on treating pregnant women

Pregnant women trust hospitals to provide a safe environment for childbirth. Most of the time, this trust is earned. The right medical professionals and nurses can improve the birthing process and make a complicated pregnancy less intimidating.

However, researchers across the United States found gaps in hospitals' treatment of pregnant women. An investigative report by USA Today noted that U.S. mothers are the most at risk in the developed world to suffer preventable injuries or death during childbirth.  

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