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3 examples of prenatal injuries

Having a baby is an exciting life event, but it also comes with normal worries. However, one that no mother should have to face is the likelihood of a birth injury.

Birth injuries usually bring to mind doctors who made errors during labor and delivery. However, the term "birth injury" covers more than just the time when a baby comes into the world. It also applies to pregnancy.

Stop believing these 3 auto accident myths

Car accidents are, unfortunately, common. Sadly, approximately 2.35 million people receive injuries, and 37,000 people die in car crashes every year. Due to the fact that motor vehicle collisions are so common, it is vital to know what to do after one.

You should follow certain steps after a collision to protect your financial, legal and health interests. But it can be easy to make mistakes because there is so much misinformation about car accidents floating around. Here are some of the top myths to stop believing about auto wrecks.

Debunking 3 myths about spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries are one of the most prevalent issues affecting people who have been in car accidents. Approximately 288,000 Americans live with spinal cord injuries, with over 17,000 new cases coming up each year. 

After a car accident, you need to see a doctor right away to see if you suffered a spinal cord injury. You need to begin treatments right away, and you need to familiarize yourself with the condition. Numerous myths persist about the injury. By knowing the truth, you can do what is ultimately best for your health. 

Your guide to Missouri negligence liability for collisions

Negligence, in legal terms, is a very specific set of material facts. In general, you establish it by proving a defendant had a duty to do something and subsequently failed in that duty, causing an injury to you, the plaintiff. Drivers have specific responsibilities out on the road, and it is relatively easy for lapses to result in lifelong consequences for those behaving exactly as they should.

Missouri is a comparative negligence state when it comes to auto accidents. The percentage you were at fault would typically reduce the funds you could recover. That could mean a number of different things for a collision injury case you were involved in. Here are some examples.

How janitors can avoid workplace injuries

Janitors are vital to our workforce and society at large. Custodians and housekeepers keep our offices, schools, museums and hospitals clean. Without janitorial workers, our society would not be nearly as clean or healthy. Sadly, cleaning employees are often not valued.

Many people, including employers of janitors, overlook the risks facing the cleaning industry. Janitorial work can be physically demanding and involve harmful chemicals. These hazards can lead to injuries, illnesses and death. Below are some safety guidelines so janitors can avoid workplace accidents.

Cultivating a solid medical malpractice claim

You trust your physician to provide you with the care you need. However, sometimes the physician may not rise to the occasion for a number of reasons.

If you can show that the level of care provided was not appropriate, it may be possible to file a successful medical malpractice claim. As you consider this option, you should know a few important things so you cultivate the best claim possible.

How do your prove wrongful death?

If you have suffered the loss of a loved one in Missouri due to the negligence or wrongdoing of someone else, you can sue the person and/or entity responsible for your loved one’s untimely death. In general, a surviving spouse, parent, child or sibling of the deceased can bring a wrongful death lawsuit.

Remember, however, a wrongful death action is a civil suit for which you can recover money damages only. The plaintiff does not go to jail if you win your suit as (s)he may do if the state prosecutes him or her for alleged wrongdoing. On the other hand, (s)he need not receive a conviction in order for you to file and win a wrongful death action against him or her.

Safety innovations that are popular with car buyers

Perhaps you have suffered an injury in a vehicle accident and never want to go through that again. Perhaps you have never been in a crash and hope you never will be. Either way, vehicle safety features are probably important to you, especially if you are in the market for a new or late-model car, SUV or pickup.

Vehicle crashes can happen in the blink of an eye and some result in devastating injuries. That is why automobile manufacturers and designers keep coming up with the innovative safety features that are becoming so popular with car buyers. Every little bit helps. Here are five of the latest innovations to consider.

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.

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