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Seattle Personal Injury Law Blog

In terms of your health, does practice make perfect?

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No matter your physical condition, when you experience pain or symptoms outside of what is normal for your body, you consult a medical doctor.

Although they trained for years to become licensed to practice medicine, a physician has the ability to make errors.

In some cases, a provider may misdiagnose you. And lacking an accurate understanding of your condition, you or your loved one could suffer needlessly due to an inappropriate, or limited, treatment plan.

Could your pacemaker involve legal trouble?

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If you have experienced certain heart problems, your doctor may have suggested the use of a pacemakers. And although there may be other options available for you at this time, getting one may be necessary in the future.

Designed to regulate your heart's rhythm, a pacemaker could help prevent your heart from beating irregularly, too fast or too slow. And through regulating your heartbeat, a pacemaker could give you some relief from fatigue, shortness of breath or fainting. But what happens when the device designed to regulate your heartbeat fails?

Monitoring driver behavior to prevent accidents

Distracted driving is a prevalent problem in Washington and all over the nation. As technology has grown and time has passed, today's drivers have significantly more to be distracted by than in times past. The original automobiles required vigilance to operate and often required the use of both hands. However, many cars and even large trucks have become much more efficient and thus opened the window to people to be tempted to do other things while driving. 

Distractions for truckers, in particular, can range from texting and eating to being fatigued or overexerted after working long hours. New technology aims to reduce the number of accidents resulting from a truck driver being distracted. Video-based safety programs are essentially a monitoring program that observes a driver's activity while traveling to identify lapses in concentration resulting from distractions. Monitoring a driver's behavior can bring awareness to the types of distractions they may encounter and provide visuals that can be used to educate other drivers on the importance of responsible driving. 

More than half of maternal deaths preventable

Women who are pregnant or who have given birth in the last year in Washington State should be able to focus on the joys associated with bringing a new life into the world. Unfortunately, that is not always the case as the rate of maternal deaths is on the rise. Data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that three out of every five maternal deaths are actually preventable via proper medical care.

For some time, the medical community has been all but blaming the mothers themselves for the problems associated with maternal mortality, saying women were not healthy enough to be pregnant or were too overweight to successfully carry and deliver babies. Now, however, a new report in USA Today exposes the facts that many women are dying due to missed diagnoses and delayed diagnoses. A lack on the part of health care professionals to recognize warning signs may be a significant contributor to the increasing number of mothers dying.

You bounced your infants, but is bouncing safe as your kids grow?

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If your children ever played in a bounce house, they probably had a great time. Due to their previous fun, you may consider renting an inflatable for their next birthday party or your family reunion.

Large inflatable toys can be an excellent way to entertain children. However, you may want to consider the types of injuries your children could sustain before allowing them to play in a bounce house again.

Is it safe to scoot around town?

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With companies like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb going public this year, you would likely agree that the sharing economy is in full swing. But these aren't the only services designed to provide momentary convenience without the related costs of ownership.

Companies like Bird and Lime provide electric scooters in some of the largest cities across the United States. Released through an app, the scooters can get you around town without the worry of waiting in traffic, as you would likely do in a car. But you should consider the potential safety risks involved with an electric scooter ride.

What are the common risk factors of a birth injury?

During pregnancy, every parent hopes for a strong and healthy baby. None of them expect their child to suffer a birth injury. And birth injuries are actually quite rare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that only one in 33 babies suffer a birth injury.

However, many of those situations involve a range of similar risk factors.

Fiery crash near border kills man

When car accidents occur in Seattle, it is likely understood that those who cause them typically had no intention to do so. Even in cases were recklessness is apparent, those guilty of it may never have intended for their actions to cause harm to another. Some may see that lack of intent as reasoning to not prosecute those who cause accidents any further. While that argument may apply in a criminal case, accident victims may be left with little choice but to bring a civil action in hopes of earning compensation. Such action typically is not motivated by vindictiveness, but rather the need for help dealing with the devastating results a car accident can produce. 

The potential extent of such devastation was on full display in an accident involving a local man that took place just north of the U.S.-Canadian border. Witnesses say that the man drive his SUV full speed into a minivan, pushing the vehicle over 200 off the road before it burst into flames. Motorists nearby ran to provide aid, and were able to pull the driver of the SUV from this vehicle. The driver of the minivan, however, perished as his vehicle went up in flames. The driver of the SUV (who hails from Washington) as arrested by local authorities, yet no new has been released detailing the charges he may face. 

Final exams and the risk of a car accident

For some people, motor vehicle accidents may be especially likely during certain times. For example, someone who is under a lot of pressure at work may be more likely to collide with another vehicle, and this may also be true for someone who has been experiencing sleep problems. In this blog, we will look at some of the challenges that college students face with regard to final exams and discuss preventative measures as well as legal options that may be available following a wreck.

Final exams can make daily life incredibly stressful for a college student who may be worried about how their performance will impact their studies and many may even worry about failing a class. This stress in and of itself can make an accident more likely, and it may also lead to other challenges (such as having a hard time sleeping at night, abusing prescription medication, drinking and so on). College students who are under a great deal of pressure due to exams may be more likely to become distracted on the road and even exhibit aggressive behavior while driving.

Negligence possibly the cause of Seattle crane disaster

Ever since Saturday afternoon, people across the state and the country have been speculating what led up to the devastating crane collapse in Seattle. King5 News in Seattle reports that the Washington Department of Labor and Industries wrapped up its inspection of the scene, but the investigation is not over yet.

The investigation may not be over, but the guesses of what caused the accident are still filling the news.

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