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Assessing the full extent of damage after a crash takes time

After a car accident, motorists typically get out of their cars and assess the damage, if they are able to do so. They might see debris littering the roadway, broken glass and significant damage to the vehicle. However, it can be difficult to assess the full extent of the damage until a driver brings the car to an auto body shop for inspection by professionals.

It can be the same way with injuries after an accident. There could be some obvious damage and acute pain, but until you visit a doctor and take some time to assess your condition, it can be all but impossible to know how serious your injuries may be. This can be especially important when it comes to certain types of car accident injuries.

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Self-driving Uber car hits and kills pedestrian

Around 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, a 49-year-old woman was killed in Tempe, Arizona, while crossing the street. She was struck by a self-driving Uber vehicle.

This is thought to be the first death caused by a self-driving car.

In the aftermath of the accident, Uber has decided to temporarily suspend all self-driving vehicles from its fleet.

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Women may have trouble getting treatment for heart attacks

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, women are more likely than to die within one year of a heart attack than men are. This may be because women don’t necessarily get the same care as men. Women in Ohio and elsewhere who are under the age of 50 may be more likely to experience a spontaneous coronary artery dissection. They may be especially harmful because they tend to be incorrectly diagnosed.

One reason is because doctors have a hard time acknowledging that a healthy woman could have a heart attack. Overall, women are 34 percent less likely to have a bypass or stents installed if their heart attack is because of a blocked artery. However, when women were given the same type of treatment as men did, they were just as likely to survive as a man was.

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One simple way to strengthen your claim for lost wages

By William J. Price

injuryIf you can’t work after suffering injuries in an auto accident caused by another driver, it’s reasonable to expect that you could recover your lost wages. This concept seems simple and fair. Unfortunately, when an insurance carrier is examining your claim, they may question or limit the time you can claim for lost wages from your injuries. Continue reading “One simple way to strengthen your claim for lost wages”

Avoid these 3 mistakes after a car accident

No one wants to think about the possibility of being in a car accident. But when it happens, it’s important to know what to do – and what not to do – to ensure the protection of rights from a personal, insurance, and legal standpoint.

Here are three mistakes to avoid after being involved in a car accident:

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Seeking compensation when a baby is born with broken bones

Expectant mothers and fathers in Ohio often do a great deal of planning when it comes to the birth of their child. They consider the medications the mother does or does not want during labor, where they want to have their baby and even what type of music they want playing during the delivery.

Unfortunately, no matter how well soon-to-be new parents plan, situations can and do arise during childbirth that change everything. For instance, a baby being born with a broken bone is likely not in most parents’ birth plan. Sadly, broken bones are some of the most common birth injuries.

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AAA: Drowsiness causes nearly 10 percent of traffic crashes

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has just released a study showing that drowsy driving may be more of a hazard than current statistics would lead people to believe. Research shows that going 20 to 25 hours without sleep can cause drivers to function similarly to those operating with a blood alcohol content of 0.1. In other words, drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving on Ohio roads.

U.S. government statistics find that 1 to 2 percent of all crashes are caused by drowsiness. However, AAA researchers came up with much higher percentages. Over several months between October 2010 and December 2013, researchers monitored the movements of more than 3,500 drivers. They then studied the 701 crashes that these subjects were involved in during that time and concluded that 8.8 to 9.5 percent were caused by drowsiness.

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4 ways to stay safe on Ohio roads this St. Patrick’s Day

safe drivingWhether you are planning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or not this year, you should be aware that the roads may be more dangerous than usual. Besides the ever-present threat of distracted and reckless drivers, authorities expect there to be an increase in drunk drivers.

Holidays and weekends are times when there is already an increased risk of drunk driving accidents. Since St. Patrick’s Day falls on a weekend this year, this means the risk of being injured in an accident with a drunk driver is especially high. Below are four ways Ohio motorists can stay safer on the road this weekend.

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Motorcycle season is here: It’s time to review some safety tips

Prime motorcycle riding season is right around the corner in Ohio.

While you’re preparing your bike for the spring and summer season, it’s a good time to review some motorcycle safety tips:

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Off-label use of breakthrough cancer pain drug linked to serious opioid addiction and death

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Source: Subsys

Cancer patients who are receiving regular pain medication and management can sometimes still experience sudden, intense flare-ups called breakthrough pain.

Subsys, a fentanyl-based pain relief mouth spray, was developed by Insys Therapeutics and approved by the FDA to treat the condition. The drug delivers a painkiller mist 100 times more powerful than morphine for pain that can’t be addressed with other narcotics in the patient’s usual pain management medications. When used as directed, Subsys offers much-needed relief for cancer patients during intense breakthrough pain flares. Continue reading “Off-label use of breakthrough cancer pain drug linked to serious opioid addiction and death”