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Tips for patients to guard against medical mistakes

St. Louis is home to some of the best doctors and medical professionals in the country. But with new cases of medical negligence and malpractice reported every day, it is not surprising that you are not too thrilled about going to your doctor when you are ill and in need of treatment. 

Avoiding medical care when it is necessary because of your fear of medical mistakes can make your situation worse. Here are some ways you can help improve the quality of the care you receive and the accountability of the health care professionals who provide it. 

3 common causes of motorcycle accidents in Missouri

Motorcycle accidents are more likely to cause serious injuries and fatalities than other accidents. Due to these serious potential risks and consequences, it is crucial for you to understand what causes most motorcycle accidents and how to ride safely. For example, the Missouri State Highway Patrol found that most motorcycle crashes are caused by car or truck drivers, not motorcyclists like you. Here is a closer look at common causes of motorcycle collisions and prevention tips.

1. Driver negligence

When to seek a second medical opinion

When you visit the doctor, you probably assume that he or she is giving you accurate information, and most of the time, you are probably right. Even highly trained physicians are not completely immune to human error, however, and misdiagnoses and related medical errors do happen.

What kinds of damages can you claim in a car crash in Missouri?

No one likes to think about the prospect of being injured in an automobile accident, but it is a fact of life that just tends to happen. When it does happen, understanding whether or not you have a claim for damages is important, as is understanding what kinds of damages you are allowed to claim. While it is best to get the advice of an attorney when you have questions about whether or not you have a claim for damages, there are a few things you should know going forward.

How do birth injuries happen?

Pregnancy is a time of joy and excitement, but it unfortunately also carries some risks. One of them is your child becoming permanently injured during birth due to negligence and mistakes on the part of your medical team. These injuries are completely preventable and should not even be a risk, yet they are due to the following causes. Being aware of them can help you avoid them, catch them if they are happening or recognize if you have a medical malpractice case.

Is cerebral palsy related to a birth injury?

Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects muscle movement and motor skills. The brain develops abnormally or is damaged during birth. It used to be thought that CP was caused when the brain did not get enough oxygen during the birth process, but scientists know much more about the disorder today. Although there is no cure for CP, the disorder is not degenerative. However, living with CP is definitely life-changing for the child and the family.

Can locking phones prevent distracted driving?

Any activity that takes a driver's focus away from the primary task of driving is dangerous, but statistics show that, by far, using a phone is the most distracting.

In 2016 an estimated 3,500 people died from the road accidents caused by distracted driving. This rising number of deaths inspired National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to propose innovative measures to eliminate this danger on the road.

Injured in a Car Accident in Missouri? Here Are 4 Important Things to Do After the Crash.

If you have been injured in a car accident, the success of your insurance claim will depend on the steps you take to prove the extent of your injuries and the cause of the crash.

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