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Dangerous truck accidents have many different causes

Large commercial trucks play an important role in national commerce. There are not many ways to move large amounts of goods from distant points into communities all throughout the nation. Worcester residents may see semis, tankers and cargo trucks each day making deliveries to their favorite stores and markets.

However, despite their importance and businesses' need for their use, large trucks are dangerous when they are mishandled. This post will address some of the ways that large trucks and their drivers cause accidents with other vehicles, but readers should be aware that the information contained herein is not fully comprehensive.

Surgical mistakes are common, but preventable

Surgical procedures do not come without risks, and before a patient is subjected to a potentially invasive procedure, they must be informed of just what could happen, if complications arise during surgery. When a Massachusetts resident agrees to surgery, they should know what will be done, what medical problems the surgery will fix and what dangers they may face with or without the procedure. They do not agree to accept the risks of medical teams that are negligent or fail to meet their duties of care.

Negligence in the surgical context can led to surgical errors and mistakes. This post will discuss several common forms of surgical errors, but readers should know that their surgery-based medical claims are likely covered by medical malpractice law.

Distracted driving comes in many forms, all are dangerous

It doesn't matter where you are driving, it's critical to keep 100% of your focus on the road and what's happening around you. This holds true on the highway, in the city and even when you're driving on low-trafficked roads that are out of the way.

While there are many examples and types of distracted driving, these five are among the most common:

  • Daydreaming: Rather than focus on the road, you're thinking about something else in your life. From a conversation you had at the office to the big game that evening, anything that creeps into your mind can distract you from the task at hand.
  • Cellphone use: Don't talk, text, browse the internet or do anything else on your phone while your vehicle is in motion. If you need to use your phone, even if only for a couple seconds, it's best to move to safety before doing so.
  • Passengers: When driving with other people in your vehicle, it's critical that you don't let them distract you. It's easy to get lost in conversation with a front seat passenger, or to turn around to chat with a child in the backseat. It's okay to drive with people in your vehicle, and, obviously, we rely on cars to shuttle around the kids and for other carpooling reasons, but make sure passengers don't become a distraction.
  • Drinking or eating: Your car is not the place to drink or eat, even if it's your only option on a given day. Any time you do this, you take one or more hand off the wheel, which increases the risk of an accident. And depending on what you're eating or drinking, it may require two hands.
  • Reaching: There are times when you'll want to reach for something when driving. This can be anything from a drink in your cupholder to a map in your glove box. If you need to reach, stop your vehicle first. If you don't, you're taking a hand off the wheel and your eyes off the road.

How wrongful death claims can help families

Legal protections are available for victims of car accidents and for surviving family members of fatal car accident victims. The legal resource and remedy available to help surviving family members with their financial and emotional damages following a fatal car accident is referred to as a wrongful death claim for damages.

A wrongful death claim for damages is brought on behalf of the estate of the car accident victim who was killed and damages are to help surviving family members with the challenges they may unexpectedly face following the wrongful death of their loved one. Damages surviving family members may suffer can include medical and funeral expenses, the loss of future earnings or inheritance, the loss of support and services and the loss of consortium and companionship because of the loss of the loved one and the circumstances of the love one's death.

3 categories of impacts from a brain injury

Life with a brain injury becomes a challenging journey. Many dramatic impacts could be in store that you were not aware of at the time of the diagnosis. You will likely find new ways that it affects you as time progresses. Paying close attention to all symptoms and keeping track of them to share with your medical team can make it easier for you to receive a diagnosis.

There are three categories of problems that might occur when you have this type of injury. These include:

  • Emotional and behavioral
  • Physical
  • Cognitive

Help for the different types of harm car accident victims face

There are a variety of different types of personal injury damages available to help victims of a variety of different types of injuries and harm they may suffer in different types of traumatic accidents, including car accidents.

A personal injury claim for damages can help victims recover compensation for the various types of harm they have suffered with the goal of making them as whole as possible again following their accident.

Vacation planning points for a spinal cord injury victim

Life after a spinal cord injury is rather challenging. Things that you didn't think much about before the injury are suddenly more complicated. When you decide that you are going to go on a trip, you have to make sure that you have everything in order so that you can enjoy the time away from home.

You still have to think about the usual things when planning a vacation. These include things like planning the route and figuring out your accommodations. When you do make reservations for the hotel, condo or another place to stay, be sure to let them know that you need to have wheelchair access to all areas that you will need to venture.

How serious is a failure to diagnose?

A failure to diagnose can be serious for victims of medical malpractice. As a result, it is important for victims of a failure to diagnose to know about available legal resources to help protect them and their families in circumstances of medical malpractice.

A failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis or erroneous diagnosis can all spell serious harm for victims. A failure to diagnose can lead to a worsened medical condition; the victim receiving the wrong medical care or treatment of they have been erroneously diagnosed; the victim not receiving any medical treatment at all; and even death if the medical condition the victim suffers from goes untreated because of a failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis.

Complications can make fractures a significant risk to patients

You were involved in a crash, and you suffered several broken bones. You didn't think they'd be serious, but they just don't seem to be getting better.

Complications from injuries can make any injury much more severe. While fractures are common and most people will deal with them at one time or another, there are cases where they become severe and have a range of complications.

Colder season holidays go hand-in-hand with drunk driving

With the looming end of fall, the winter holiday season has begun to gain momentum. You may have already noticed that major retailers have begun putting Christmas decorations and products out on display. The countdown to the busiest shopping days of the year has started, and the holiday ruckus that follows is surely close behind.

Unfortunately, while the holidays give people a chance to reconnect with family and loved ones, they can also be a major source of stress. From trying to balance gift-giving on a tight budget to dealing with the stress of family members you'd rather not spend time with, there are many aspects of the holiday season that leave people looking for some kind of escape.

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