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Important points to know about personal injury settlements

People who suffer injuries due to the negligence of another party often choose to seek compensation. This is done through filing a lawsuit in the civil court system, but it doesn't automatically mean that they will have to go through a trial. Many personal injury claims are settled out of court before the trial date.

Some people tend to choose to try to settle because it is likely faster and less costly than going through a trial. In some cases, the settlement occurs prior to a lawsuit being filed. Since there are time limits associated with these cases, you must ensure that you are acting swiftly.

Hospital employees must prioritize patient safety

When you go to the hospital for medical care, you don't expect that the workers are going to do things to make your condition worse. While most medical professionals do their job duties properly, there are sometimes errors that lead to great patient harm. In these cases, patients might have intensive medical care and related impacts.

It isn't a patient's duty to ensure that employees do what they are supposed to do. It is acceptable for patients to speak up if they notice anything amiss, and this can help to keep them safe while they get care. No hospital employees should ever get upset when someone speaks up to help them avoid a costly error.

Fall poses distinct driving hazards

While northwestern Georgia does not experience the dramatic seasonal changes of some of the more northern states, autumn is a time of exquisite beauty in our state.

But that beauty can belie some dangerous hazards for Carrollton motorists. Let's explore some of the autumn driving hazards that you might face in our neck of the woods.

What long-term impacts do traumatic brain injuries cause?

A traumatic brain injury dramatically impacts the victim's life. People tend to focus on the immediate effects, but many long-term things can occur. Some are present shortly after the accident, but others might come on as time progresses. This makes it challenging to plan for life after a TBI.

These can lead to challenges that can cause significant difficulties. Some people may not be able to work due to the ability changes they are facing. The financial impacts are considerable, but there are also emotional, physical and social effects.

Know how to react to a car wreck

When you are in a car crash, your mind might go blank, which can make it hard to know exactly what to do. By reviewing the actions you should take now, you might be able to react in an appropriate manner if you are ever in a wreck.

One of the most important things to remember is that you should try to remain calm. This can help to deescalate a difficult situation and allow you to make better decisions. You will probably be shaken up, but that doesn't mean that you need to start yelling and acting out of sorts.

Motorcyclists deserve a safe riding environment

Motorcyclists are out in full force now that the weather is nice. All drivers on the road must ensure that they are taking steps to help these bikers remain safe on their adventures. Even property owners and the motorcyclists themselves have vital roles in this.

There are some hazards about which people on motorcycles must be especially vigilant. Having a basic understanding of these can help them, as well as everyone around them when they ride, to do their part in preventing a tragedy.

Get medical care after a car crash, even if you're uninsured

You may know immediately after a crash that you're hurt. You may feel pain in your neck and shoulders due to soft tissue damage or joint injuries. You could have a broken bone that hurts right after the crash. Maybe you struck your head on the windshield or the steering wheel.

However, because you don't have an active health insurance policy, you might consider skipping medical attention, choosing instead to hope for the best. If the other driver is clearly at fault for the crash, you can seek medical care, knowing that their insurance policy should eventually cover those costs. You shouldn't have to go without adequate medical care after an automobile crash, especially if there is the potential for long-term consequences associated with your injury.

10 key tips for safety as a pedestrian

Maybe you walk all the way to work in the morning. Maybe you drive your car and then walk through the parking lot. Either way, you spend some amount of time as a pedestrian.

That time comes with a lot of risk. Thousands of pedestrians die in car accidents every year. Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,977 people passed away in 2017 alone. That was a decline from the year before.

3 tips for commuting safely on your bicycle this summer

There is no better time than the summer season to commute to and from work on your bicycle. Not only does this allow you to enjoy the outdoors, but you're able to save money on the cost of gasoline. Also, you may find it more time-efficient to travel to and from your destination.

There's a big difference between commuting on your bicycle and commuting safely on your bicycle. Here are three tips you can follow to lessen the likelihood of an accident:

  • Ride in the bicycle lane, when available: If a bicycle lane is available to you, ride here as opposed to in traffic or on the sidewalk. If there isn't a bicycle lane, you're better off mixing in with cars. Remember, the safest place on the road is right in the middle of the action, not the shoulder or sidewalk.
  • Wear the appropriate safety gear: Many commuters avoid this, because they don't want to mess up their hair or go through the hassle of storing their gear upon arriving at work. This is a mistake. If you're going to commute on your bicycle, get into the habit of wearing the appropriate safety gear every time. This includes but is not limited to a helmet, gloves, and the right shoes.
  • Beware of the door zone: Moving cars aren't the only ones that can cause an accident. A driver or passenger that opens their door into your lane of travel is extremely dangerous, as this can cause a head-on collision. Take extra caution if you're riding on a street where vehicles are parked.

Standard of care matters in medical malpractice claims

Doctors who are diagnosing and treating patients must provide care that meets or exceeds the standard of care. When they fail to do this, the patients can suffer. In some cases, it can lead to permanent problems or death. It is imperative that all medical providers ensure they are doing things up to par for their patients.

There are many factors when it comes to standard of care. Not all patients will have the exact same standards to meet. Understanding standards of care might shed some light on why it is sometimes difficult to determine.

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