Saint Louis Personal Injury Law Blog

Risks associated with unnecessary cesarean sections

When you envision giving birth, chances are, you picture a traditional vaginal delivery that results in a happy, healthy baby. Unfortunately, however, many expectant mothers plan to deliver their babies vaginally, but then find out their doctors recommend they undergo cesarean sections for one reason or another.

While, in some cases, mothers or babies experience medical issues that may make C-sections safer options, Consumer Reports notes that your chances of having a C-section delivery vary broadly based on the hospital in which you deliver your child. While, nationwide, about a third of all births result from C-section deliveries, you may face a nine-times-greater risk of delivering via this method if you pick the wrong hospital to deliver in.

Medical errors the nation’s third-most common cause of death

When you have symptoms you cannot explain, you probably schedule a visit with your doctor with the hope that he or she will assess your condition and tell you what you need to do to get better. Like everyone else, though, doctors are prone to making mistakes, but when doctor make errors, the stakes are typically far higher than they are for the average person.

In some cases, a doctor’s mistake can mean the difference between life or death, and CNBC reports that medical errors have become so prevalent that they are the third-most-common cause of death among Americans. Following only behind heart disease and cancer, medical errors claim the lives of more than 250,000 people in the United States every year. Some believe, however, that this number is vastly underestimated, and that the actual number of lives lost annually due to medical mistakes is closer to 440,000.

Who is responsible for your child's toy-related injury?

Creative play is a vital part of your child's growth and development. As a parent, you likely provide safe, fun and educational toys for your child. Unfortunately, just because something is marketed for children does not mean it cannot hurt them.

But if one of your child's toys injures them, you probably wonder who's responsible. Depending on the specifics of your child's injuries, you may have grounds to hold the producers and retailers of a product responsible for any harm caused by the product.

Truck-related crashes up 20%

Freight traffic on the highways is at an all-time high, with 15 million commercial trucks transporting 70 percent of goods each year.

But will all of that traffic, the United States has seen an increase of 20 percent in truck-related crashes in the past ten years and these crashes are at their highest rate in 29 years. Traffic accidents involving trucks kill approximately 4,000 people each year.

Drivers beware: Livestock haulers have different restrictions

There are always trucks buzzing along Missouri interstates, and hopefully, the operators are in good health and of sound mind. One of the contributing factors to tractor-trailer crashes is sleep deprivation. With tight deadlines and confined conditions, it is easy for truckers to fall into a pattern of drive longer, sleep later.

Recently, an incident outside of St. Louis has raised concerns over the lack of driving restrictions for operators of tractor-trailers hauling livestock.

Birth injuries resulting in brain damage are not always evident

Thousands of women give birth every day, and out of those births, a few are bound to go wrong. Birth injuries occur more often than you may think; however, many of them are temporary. Bruising and temporary nerve damage due to delivery are the most common non lasting birth injuries.

There are some injuries that occur during birth that are not temporary such as those to the brain. In fact, the effects of these injuries may not always show up until many years down the road.

Watch out for these risks during the holidays

The holidays are supposed to be one of the happiest times of the year, but there are several ways the season can quickly turn into a difficult or even tragic time. Increased activity due to things such as more drivers on the road and crowded shopping malls means that there is an increased chance for injuries.

While there is no need to be alarmist about the increased risk of injury during the holidays, it is still opportune for you to be aware of these hazards so you can be vigilant. A few simple tips could help you avoid a serious injury or accident this holiday season.

Are car crashes involving smartphone use underreported?

Like other kinds of accident statistics, certain government agencies collect information about vehicle crashes and smartphones.

However, some of the data that states pass along to federal agencies seem incomplete, and the suspicion is that they underreport crashes involving smartphone use.

Working in a warehouse? Watch out for hazards

Working in a warehouse always comes with some risks, but they can be extra dangerous during the holiday rush. The busy shopping season means more goods are flying off shelves. It's possible that you may have suffered an injury and worked through it. Likewise, just because the holidays have passed, it does not mean there aren't risks on the job. In fact, injuries and fatalities among warehouse workers are higher than average.

The first step to avoiding an injury at work is to learn about the potential hazards. Here are common reasons for warehouse accidents.

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