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4 things to do after a hit and run

Being involved in a hit and run accident is one of the most frightening things that can happen on the road. According to USA Today, though, fatal instances have risen by 13.7 percent over the course of three years. Whether it is a minor fender bender or a major collision, a runaway driver further complicates a situation that is already difficult. If you have been involved in a hit and run accident, you should resist the urge to panic and instead follow these four essential steps.

This is National Brain Injury Awareness Month

Your brain is the control center of your entire being and is responsible for allowing you to function on a daily basis. So of course, any damage done to your brain could seriously impact your life in a number of ways.

Every March, we observe National Brain Injury Awareness Month as a way to promote insight to the struggles experienced by over five million of our fellow Americans who are suffering from disabilities associated with traumatic brain injuries.

Crucial Guidelines to Solving Medical Malpractice

Advancement in science and technology has tremendously improved health service delivery across the U.S. Gone are the days when patients succumbed to death due to inadequate medication or surgical tools to operate on cancerous tissues. Despite such progress, doctors and nurses are still prone to medical professional negligence. This essentially puts patients in danger based on incompetence or lapse in judgment when executing tasks. As a victim of medical malpractice, several mistakes can ultimately lead to catastrophic injuries or death in the worst case scenario.

When you show up for medical diagnosis before a doctor, it's the general assurance that their experience and knowledge should adequately address your health condition. In reality, not all practitioners live up to such high expectations. Attributed to a surgical error or hospital negligence, such professionals inadvertently contribute to a worsened medical condition. Medical Malpractice occurs when a doctor commits a surgical error or misdiagnosis which ultimately results in harm to the patient. As the victim of medical malpractice, you are entitled to adequate compensation to solve the disorder efficiently.

How to Seek Justice from Car Accidents in Pennsylvania

Being involved in car accidents is widely considered to be a terrifying experience for all citizens across the U.S Not only are you likely to sustain catastrophic injuries, but your recovery process can be an arduous journey, to say the least. In most cases, victims of Car Accidents hardly make sound decisions courtesy of the frenzy of emotions experienced at the time. Despite going through a difficult period, it is advisable to keep a cool head while seeking adequate assistance.

Seeking medical care should be the first and most important course of action to take. Based on the gravity of injuries sustained, seeking medical attention in time can spell the difference between survival and death. This primarily means you should check for visible injuries and control the bleeding with as much precision as possible. You can also enlist the aid of bystanders to assist in any way possible. Serious injuries can adversely affect mobility, so limit any movement until the medical team arrives.

A review of accidents between pedestrians and trucks

Accidents between pedestrians and trucks (industrial vehicles) often result in severe injuries or fatalities. As such, numerous non-profits and governments conduct studies to improve the safety of pedestrians and trucks. One study analyzed the interplay between pedestrians, trucks and avoidance systems. This post will go over the basics of the study and what it means for pedestrian safety involving trucks.

Motorcyclist miraculously survives bizarre crash

Maybe it just wasn't his time to go. A motorcyclist is still breathing today, but his survival can only be described as miraculous. The motorcyclist was heading down the highway when he was almost run over by a passenger car. Moments later, the driver of that car slammed on his brakes and the motorcyclist, unable to react quickly enough, slammed into the back of the vehicle. That's when things got crazy.

Rather than roll off, the motorcyclist was able to get a grip of the car and hang on for dear life as the driver accelerated down the interstate. The driver finally slowed down, and the motorcyclist was able to escape with fairly minor injuries.

Medical malpractice: what is "res ipsa loquitur?"

Doctors and other medical professionals are not superhuman. It's unreasonable to think that they can fix every problem and never make a mistake. They are also asked to perform tough surgeries and procedures that don't come with 100 percent success rates, even when they're done correctly. So how do you figure out if a doctor simply made an understandable mistake or if they committed an act of negligence that left a victim disabled or dead?

It all hinges on a "standard of care." Did the doctor or surgeon exercise due diligence, perform with a reasonable level of proficiency and maintain the professionalism that's expected of them? Deciding a reasonable standard of care is the hard part. Proving that the standard of care was violated is even harder. Thankfully, the courts understand this and allow plaintiffs some leeway under a doctrine called "res ipsa loquitur."

Drunk driving accident leaves one man dead in Pennsylvania

With all the distracted, drunk and reckless drivers out there, driving on Pennsylvania's roads is a risky endeavor. Even when you follow all the rules and drive as carefully as possible, there is always a chance that someone with whom you share the road isn't doing the same.

That appears to be the case in a recent accident that happened in Bucks County in late January. A man was driving a Kia Sephia north on Route 309 when a 2010 BMW 335i slammed head-on into his vehicle. The 24-year-old man who was driving the Kia was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries shortly thereafter. 

5 things you should do after your first car accident

Getting in a car accident is scary and stressful for anyone, but particularly if it is your first one. You might wonder if you should call the police or when you should file a claim. The following guidelines can help you process the situation and make important decisions if you have been in a car accident.

Pennsylvania worker killed in landfill accident

When you're injured in an on-the-job accident, the law requires your employer to pay your medical bills and replace your wages if you're unable to return to work. That's why employers carry workers' compensation insurance. What happens if the worker is killed, then? His or her family is left dealing with medical expenses, funeral costs and lost wages. In this case, workers' compensation is designed to pay the family for their loss.

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