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How to Avoid Common Motorcycle Accidents in Georgia

Published on Apr 6, 2017 at 4:24 pm in Motorcycle Accidents.

Did you know that in 2014, over 4,500 motorcyclists were killed in traffic collisions in the U.S? Motorcyclists are inherently at a greater risk to be killed in a crash since motorcycles are largely unprotected in comparison to cars and trucks that are also much larger. The math simply doesn’t add up in favor of the motorcyclist. Despite this fact, there are a few ways motorcyclists can still enjoy the open road while protecting themselves to the best of their abilities.

When looking at the different types of motorcycle accidents that commonly occur on Georgia streets as well as on streets around the nation, we see a few common threads. Some types of motorcycle accidents are more common than others. By examining these accidents and how they are caused, we can begin to understand how to avoid common motorcycle accidents in Georgia.

Here are the three most common situations that cause motorcycle accidents and how a motorcyclist can avoid them:

How Can Medication Errors Be Prevented?

Published on Mar 30, 2017 at 5:53 pm in Medical Malpractice.

Every year, thousands of patients die in U.S. hospitals as a result of medical errors. Most of these errors are completely avoidable. Medication errors are one such example of a medical mistake that’s preventable. We should be doing everything we can to avoid medication errors when we are prescribed medications and when we get new prescriptions from doctors. By helping doctors and pharmacists avoid errors, we can keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.

Here are 4 tips for avoiding medication errors:

Ask Questions

When getting a new medication, ask your doctor about its implications and possible side effects. Talk about why it’s being prescribed and discuss alternative options if there are any. When picking up the prescription, ask your pharmacist about the dosage requirements and ask any additional questions you may have. When we’re informed about the medications we take, we can protect ourselves if mistakes occur.

Is My Unborn Child at Risk for Cerebral Palsy?

Published on Mar 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm in Birth Injury.

Cerebral palsy is a congenital disorder that affects movement, muscle tone, muscle coordination, and posture.  It is a common disorder that produces more than 200,000 new cases in the United States every year.  It is typically caused by damage to the brain before or at birth.  It is a chronic disorder that can last for years or even a lifetime.  Currently there is no cure for Cerebral Palsy, but treatment is available that may help symptoms subside.

Cerebral Palsy risk factors are events, substances, or circumstances that increase the risk of developing Cerebral Palsy.  Just because your baby has one of the risk factors, it does not mean that they will surely have the disorder.  And the absence of risk factors does not guarantee that they will be spared.  Your knowledge of potential risk factors can help keep your baby safe.

Many experts recommend meeting with a physician prior to becoming pregnant to receive a complete reproductive health assessment.  Social habits, medical history, exposure to prescription medications, and exposure to harmful chemicals and recreational drugs are all possible risk factors that can be determined before pregnancy.

The Dangers of Distracted Driving Go Beyond Texting

Published on Mar 23, 2017 at 5:18 pm in Car Accidents.

We all know about the dangers of texting and driving. Cases of drivers causing car accidents while texting have made headlines for years, and at least 46 states in the U.S. now have laws banning texting and driving. But what about other dangers of distracted driving? In today’s mobile world where we spend a fair portion of our lives checking social media and interacting with smartphone apps that make tasks easier, isn’t any form of distraction dangerous when behind the wheel?

The answer to that question is a resounding “Yes”. In 2016, numerous car crashes and accidents occurred after gamers got caught up in the Pokémon Go sensation. In a 2016 survey by Liberty Mutual Insurance, it was revealed that 70% of teenagers say they use smartphone apps while behind the wheel.

Why Do Car Accident Injuries Appear in a Delayed Manner?

Published on Mar 16, 2017 at 5:49 pm in Car Accidents.

Car accidents are traumatic experiences.  They can leave lingering physical and emotional damage.  Many car accident injures do not display symptoms right away.  What seems like minor or mild pain initially can develop into severe and debilitating pain over the next few weeks.

Everyone reacts to stress differently.  Some experience mental fog, some severe shock, and some a rush of adrenaline.  This can make it difficult to determine your injuries immediately following an accident.

The initial shock of the accident causes your body to produce endorphins, the brain’s natural coping mechanism when experiencing trauma and sensory overload.  Endorphins mask pain and other symptoms of injury.  In the days following the accident, the brain stops producing endorphins and medical concerns that were hidden before begin to appear and cause problems.

The Hidden Dangers of Concussions

Published on Mar 10, 2017 at 9:35 pm in Personal Injury.

We’re often told that injuries “come with the territory” of participating in team sports. Players commonly walk away from games with scrapes, cuts, bruises, broken bones, sprains, and even short-lived head injuries like concussions. Concussions, technically speaking, are usually caused by minor head trauma that can seem rather undramatic at the time. Most concussion victims recover within minutes or even right away.

As a result, most coaches, nurses, doctors, and other sport medicine professionals in Atlanta, Georgia and elsewhere have treated concussions like they had no lasting effects. New research suggests differently, however. It’s reported that as many as 3.8 million concussions happen every year between all levels of sport. In some of these cases, doctors are finding out that the accumulation of concussions—even when they’re undramatic—can lead to traumatic brain injury and even brain disease.