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How distracted are you when driving?

According to the website of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, distracted driving accounts for a majority of road-related accidents across different states in the U.S. Sadly, these accidents have resulted not only life-changing injuries, but also ultimately death. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that each day, more than 1,153 people are harmed and 9 people killed because of a distracted driver.

A distracted driver is a moving road danger. Not only does it put his own life at risk, he also put at risk the lives of his occupants and everyone sharing the road with him. The question now worth asking is this: are you one of them? See if you are a distracted driver and how distracted you are when driving.

Are you taking your eyes off road?

Do you find it irresistible to answer text messages, even when driving? Do you value connectivity so much that you always want to check someone else’s status even when behind the wheels? Or do you want everyone to know what you’re up to by updating your Facebook status, even when driving? Taking your eyes off the road, even just for split seconds, may trigger life-changing car accident.

Are you taking your hands off the wheel?

Do you eat/drink/switch radio stations more often when behind the wheel? Being a multitasker is good at work, but is NEVER good when driving. Unfortunately, it is surprising why some even bothered to create a video teaching everyone how to apply makeup while driving.

Are you taking your mind off driving?

When you drive, are you thinking about something else? Do you daydream when behind the wheel? Are you worried or anxious every time you drive that it is often difficult to think of driving alone. If this is you, you are at risk of a car crash due to distracted driving.

The Truth of Burn Injuries

There has been a saying that’s gone on around for a long time. It says: “if you can’t stand the heat then get out of the kitchen.” Sometimes, though, no matter how far away you stay from the kitchen – the heat comes to you, whether you like it or not.

Burn injuries are a horrible experience that then deals life-altering changes to all those it inflicts its flames upon. Aside from material loss as property is consumed and reduced to ash, there is also the physical and psychological damage sustained after such an incident. If the substance were hot enough, the skin could melt clean off and render damage that is permanent and irreparable. Heal as best as it might, nothing will ever be the same again.

Medical expenses can even escalate to over $200,000 – and that’s the initial cost alone. Most burn injuries that people sustain have bills and medical costs that go well beyond that, and that’s for the physical damages alone. Psychological scarring can also be evident due to the disfigurement that so often comes after a burn. Burns can result to things so absolutely devastating like gas explosions and the like or from secluded events such as scalds or exposure to dangerous substances. What is more appalling is that most burn injuries are absolutely preventable – if only it weren’t for an offending party’s negligence.

Whatever the cause of the burn incident, according to the website of the Sampson Law Firm, the victim is liable to receive financial compensation, whether it be for the medical expense as well as the lost wages and, possibly, diminished capability to work. If there is evidence of foul play, the offending party could even be fined with punitive charges.

Dealing with a burn injury, especially one that is severely life altering, will take a significant amount of time that could have been otherwise spent in this short human lifespan. The least you can do, if you or someone you love has suffered such atrocity, is to pursue justice.

Medical and Non-medical Negligent Acts the Lead to the Development of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a brain disorder that may be caused by medical or non-medical negligent or reckless acts. This brain disorder is widespread in babies and children aged eight or below. The known major cause of cerebral palsy is medical error/malpractice. Misdiagnosis, surgical error, delayed diagnosis and anesthesia error are the most common forms of this malpractice.

Obviously, such errors are easily avoidable through proper care of the pregnant mother and her child during and right after her child’s birth. Thus, no doctor or medical personnel under whose care the pregnant mother and her newly born child are can ever make the excuse that the injury inflicted on the child was accidental.

The non-medical causes of cerebral palsy in children usually trigger a severe or prolonged loss of oxygen to the brain, resulting to the development of the disease. A child who is constantly abused, who may have had a near drowning experience, suffered a forceful blow to the head or who may have suffered a head injury due to a car accident are examples of the non-medical causes of cerebral palsy.

Asphyxia, that is, oxygen deprivation during birth which leads to brain damage is another cause of cerebral palsy. During the first six months after birth, though, the infant may suffer from any of the following medical conditions which can lead to the development of cerebral palsy:

  • Intracranial hemorrhage, this is brain hemorrhage suffered the baby; this is usually caused by stroke.
  • Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) are factors that may be the result of a pregnant mother’s abusive acts or subjection to health problems. Use of illegal drugs during pregnancy accounts for the abusive act; suffering from infections and/or extremely low blood pressure are counted under health problem issues.
  • Abnormal development of the brain may be caused by changes in the genes that affect the infant’s brain development, viruses, infections or , disturbance to the head while yet in the mother’s womb.

Cerebral palsy affects a child’s movement, balance, and body posture. This condition causes great concern and inconvenience to child and parent, as well as financial burden to the family for the required costly medical treatment needed by the child. This is one ailment that legally deserves and requires compensation from whoever might have committed the act of negligence or carelessness that resulted to its development.

Defensive Medicine, Oftentimes the Real Cause of Patient’s Death

“I have complete faith in you.” These words, when uttered by a patient (or a patient’s family) to a doctor will definitely have considerable weight, especially if the patient’s real condition is 50% speculation. Despite any obscurity to diagnosis, a doctor should have ready answers to family members’ questions; probably even a straightforward and honest, I do not know what is causing all this, yet,” if necessary.

Many doctors would have surely had such experience – of being fully trusted and seeing, in the end, how the faith has actually worked, even without fully understanding the patient’s sudden leap to recovery. Maybe a lot of doctors would compliment themselves, thinking that they have done the right procedures and have given just the right medication.

Those who would venture deeper into faith may most probably be led to recall a line or two of the new Hippocratic Oath, which says:

“I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures that are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism. I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.”

It is a sad fact, though, how majority of today’s doctors in the US are vehemently refrained from making medical decisions based on faith or instinct (developed through diagnosis of hundreds of like cases). Defensive medicine may have a lot to do with this – a situation wherein doctors in emergency departments, hospital wards, operating rooms and offices are told to dismiss basing diagnosis on possibilities of suffer legal consequences. Thus, in fear of being sued and accused of not following procedures despite being quite certain of what a patient’s real problem might be, doctors decide to rather subject patients to take medications or undergo medical procedures – both to the patient’s loss.

Prescribing medicine is one instance that can be related to defensive medicine, such as in the case of Depakote, a prescription drug intended for patients with bipolar disorder in treatment of their seizures and episodes of mania. Depakote side effects, however, have proven to be more harmful as the drug has been linked to chronic and permanent health problems, as well as the cause of facial deformities in children whose mothers have taken the medicine during pregnancy.

In some instances, recommending that a patient undergo a da Vinci-assisted surgery (da Vinci is a multi-armed robot designed to perform minimally invasive surgeries) to effectively treat his/her health complaint has resulted to serious injuries due to the unchecked da Vinci robot dangers.

There are many other medical instances wherein a patient’s situation and well-being are compromised due to defensive medicine. This fear of being sued is largely due to the tort system which can easily put a doctor in hot waters, being accused of not having done enough, if they let instinct affect their decision, or of doing more than what was necessary if they follow procedures to the letter.