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Medical malpractice topics: What is informed consent?

The term "informed consent" refers to the consent that a patient gives prior to a medical procedure. A doctor will not put you under anesthesia and perform an operation on you until you've expressly given him or her permission to do so. In other words, you need to give your consent. However, your consent also has to be "informed," meaning that your physician has fully described the procedure to you along with its potential risks, so that you can make an educated decision about whether to proceed. This consent usually needs to be codified in writing.

Plaintiffs sometimes file medical malpractice claims centered around the issue of informed consent. Perhaps your doctor didn't tell you that there was a risk of suffering a heart attack after your procedure. Perhaps your doctor didn't tell you that you would lose your bellybutton in a hernia operation. Or, maybe you didn't know that a medication your doctor prescribed was experimental and there was a chance it could seriously harm you.

Adrenaline can block pain after an auto accident

Adrenaline produces an intense feeling. One symptom of experiencing an adrenaline rush, which you may encounter after a traumatic event like a car crash, involves not feeling pain. As soon as the effects of adrenaline wear off, you will feel pain and discomfort once again, and this can cause problems for victims of car accidents

You may need to take your insurance claim to court if you experience resistance from your agency. Your attorney will need to bring multiple pieces of evidence to the forefront to convince the judge you deserve more money from the insurance company. Evidence can include a police officer's report as well as an official diagnosis from your doctor. Without that diagnosis, you likely face an uphill battle having your expenses covered. 

Tips for commercial vehicle crash prevention

Commercial trucks do not have a lot of positives going for them from a safety perspective. Truck drivers tend to be sleep-deprived and fatigued putting them at risk of getting into crashes. The trucks themselves are heavy, slow to maneuver and slow to brake and accelerate. The one thing they do have going for them, however, is that state and federal laws regulate trucks to ensure they meet high safety standards.

In order to counteract the inherent dangers associated with big rigs, it's important for vehicle drivers and truck drivers to take care when driving semitrucks and when around semitrucks on the highway. Here are some of the most important truck safety advice in this regard:

5 common causes of car accidents

A car accident can happen in an unlimited number of ways, but personal injury attorneys tend to see the same car accident scenarios over and over again. Unfortunately, even though many accident scenarios are avoidable, it seems that no amount of law enforcement -- and no amount of criminal punishments -- are enough to encourage some people to drive safely.

At the very least, if you're reading this article, you can be a part of the solution rather than a part of the problem. Here are five causes of car crashes that every motorist needs to be careful of:

  1. Intoxicated driving: Even though the legal definition of being too drunk to drive involves having a blood-alcohol content of at least .08 percent, drivers shouldn't operate their cars after any quantity of alcohol if they want to be as safe as possible. The same goes for using marijuana and other intoxicants.
  2. Distracted driving: With the rise of smartphones, more and more drivers have their eyes buried in their phones instead of paying close attention to the road and traffic around them.
  3. Speeding: Speeding limits prevent crashes and keep the injuries and damages of crashes at a minimum when they happen.
  4. Reckless driving: Tailgating, swerving in and out of traffic, speeding, driving aggressively and other "less than intelligent" driving decisions are all considered reckless driving.
  5. Not driving according to the weather conditions: When it's raining, snowing, sleeting or hailing, drivers need to operate their cars safely according to the weather conditions.

What driving skills can help avoid springtime crashes?

Don't think for a second that once springtime hits, you're in the clear in terms of dangerous driving conditions. Though it might not be very common, a snowstorm, flurry or blizzard can strike at any moment in the spring -- especially if you're located in the mountainous regions of Georgia. There's also the fact that weather is more unpredictable than ever these days -- we just don't know when severe weather conditions will strike.

If you want to prevent a serious accident or injury this springtime, make sure you follow these important driving tips. They could save your life or a loved one's life.

Which drivers are at risk of falling asleep at the wheel?

There's nothing worse than falling asleep behind the wheel in terms of car accidents. Even drunk driving and texting while driving are less risky behaviors than continuing to drive your automobile with heavy-lidded eyes.

Nevertheless, countless drivers take to the roads in an extremely fatigued state, causing thousands of fatal crashes every year.

Steps to take after a staged car accident

Some scammers will attempt to pull off a staged car accident. This is where the scammer lures an unsuspecting victim into a traffic collision to make it appear as though the victim holds the most liability. A common example is the T-bone accident, which occurs when the scammer waits for your car to go through an intersection, hits the gas pedal and collides with your vehicle. The scammer, as well as a few phony witnesses, will claim you ran the stop sign even though you drove safely. 

Your first line of defense is to always remain vigilant of scammers to avoid any phony accidents. It will help immensely if you have a dashboard camera in your car because video evidence will prove the other driver is at fault. However, you should follow the same basic steps as in any other collision. 

Masters tour bus flips due to alleged drugged driver

A tour bus was heading to the Masters, the top golf tournament in the United States, when it was involved in a serious accident. The bus was driving down I-20 East, and it was fairly close to Augusta when it left the roadway and flipped over. While trying to get the vehicle under control, the driver over-corrected and rolled it.

There were 18 passengers on the bus, and several injuries were reported. Though there have been no fatalities, five people are in serious condition at Augusta University Medical Center, and one person is in serious condition at Doctors Hospital. Another individual at Doctors Hospital is in critical condition. Originally, 14 people were taken to these two area medical centers, and the other four passengers walked away from the crash.

How to combat drowsy driving at any time of the day

There is nothing worse than the thought of finding yourself behind the wheel with your eyes slowing beginning to close. If this happens, it's critical that you pull to safety and get some rest as soon as possible.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to combat drowsy driving. Above all else, do your best to get enough sleep before you take the wheel. A solid seven or eight hours will put your mind in a good place.

Neck sprain treatment: Don’t sell yourself short

Any injury to your neck is one that requires your full and undivided attention, as ignoring this can lead to bigger problems down the road.

A neck sprain may be a common injury, but it's not one that you want to take lightly. For this reason, you need to immediately consult with a medical professional who can diagnose your injury and help you implement the right treatment strategy.

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