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Car crashes into guardrail critically injuring Washington man

While there are many cautious and rule-abiding drivers in Washington, everyone is still at risk of injury when others’ actions are negligent or careless. Debilitating consequences, injury and even death can cause heartache and pain for every person involved including the family members of the victims.

This is exactly what happened to one Washington man when he was the passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a serious car crash. It was discovered that the female driver of the car was intoxicated when she careened into a guardrail on state Route 18 near Black Diamond Road. The man sustained serious injuries and another passenger, a 17-year-old male, was also injured. His condition is still unknown.

Who is liable when a borrowed car is in an accident?

You may have no problem loaning your vehicle to a friend or family member. You may trust him or her to drive safely and have no concerns. However, accidents happen every day even to people who are good drivers in Washington. What happens, then, if you loan your vehicle to someone and that person causes an accident? Who is responsible for paying for the damages? The reality, according to Insure.com, is that you will likely be the one paying the costs.

There are only a couple of situations where you could get out of being liable for an accident involving your vehicle. First, if you didn’t give the person permission to drive your car, then you are not usually going to be liable. The second situation is if your friend or family member was not the one who caused the accident. In any other situation, you will usually be liable and your car insurance will be stuck paying the bills.

What you should know about birth injuries

The anticipation of the birth of your new child should be exciting and full of learning and adventure. However, these feelings can be instantaneously replaced with fear and anxiety if your child is the victim of a birth injury at the hands of your health care provider in Washington. At Elk & Elk Co,, Ltd., we are familiar with the complications that can sometimes arise during childbirth.

According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, a birth injury is also known as birth trauma. These physical injuries can create complications for your baby as he or she grows. Common birth injuries include cranial bleeding, collarbone fractures, nerve injuries to the face, bruising or swelling of the baby’s head, nerve damage in the limbs and broken blood vessels in the baby’s eyes.

Taking control of your birthing experience

Whether you are delivering your first child or preparing to give birth to your third or fourth child, chances are you have felt some feelings of apprehension. As with many Washington parents, the health and safety of you and your infant is heavily reliant on the knowledge, education and professionalism of your health care provider. At Elk & Elk, we are familiar with the complications that sometimes accompany birth.

In an article released by Psychology Today, readers are provided with suggestions of questions to ask their labor and delivery doctor or team. Not only can addressing such concerns alleviate stress and fear of the unknown, but it can encourage your health care provider to be vigilant and forthright as they are aware of your personal standards for medical care. Some of these questions include:

  • What protocol should I follow if and/or when my water breaks?
  • What is your C-section rate? How does it compare with the hospital’s average?
  • Do you have limits on when, how and under what conditions an epidural can be given?
  • Are episiotomies common in your deliveries?
  • Who will be delivering my baby?
  • What is your stance on inductions?

What leads to a misdiagnosis?

If you have ever suffered from the misdiagnosis of an illness or medical condition, then you can understand how important it is to get to the bottom of what leads to such a mistake in Washington.  There are many different factors that contribute to a wrong diagnosis, but in general, it usually comes down to human error. Health Grades notes the issues that could lead to a doctor making a diagnosis error.

The doctor’s abilities, knowledge and skills can often lead to an incorrect diagnosis. If you are presenting with symptoms that he or she has never seen before, the doctor would need to be willing to do research or get another care provider to consult on your case in order to find the right illness or disease you have. In some cases, a doctor may not even realize he or she is seeing symptoms of a condition because those symptoms mimic the ones of a more common disease or illness. This leads to you being diagnosed incorrectly.  

How can you drive defensively?

While you may be the most cautious driver on the roads of Washington and pay careful attention to all of the laws, you are still at risk when around other drivers who do not take safety as seriously. Fortunately, avoiding drivers who are reckless, inattentive, drowsy, careless or distracted can be facilitated by driving defensively.

The Huffington Post suggested a helpful acronym you may consider following in an effort to be visually attentive and prepared on the road. The acronym is S.P.I.D.E.R. and it stands for:

  • Scan: First, constantly scan your surroundings for threats. After some experience, it can be easy to identify other drivers who pose a threat to your safety.
  • Predict: Second, predict which direction perceived threats will come from. Often, this allows you a chance to move away, but can also help you prepare to react if unable to avoid the threat.
  • Identify: Third, identify drivers that actually are threatening. These could be people that weave carelessly in and out of traffic, people who are manipulating electronics or people with a teetering load of cargo.
  • Execute: Fourth, you are going to determine how to execute a reaction that will keep you and your passengers safe.
  • Respond: Fifth, respond to the situation with the best knowledge you have. Even if you are unable to completely avoid an accident, your visual awareness and preparedness may enable you to escape serious injury or death.

Understanding placental abruption

A mother suffering from a placental abruption in Washington requires medical attention right away. It is an emergency situation that needs immediate and quick care. Baby Center defines placental abruption as the detachment of the placenta from the uterus. The placenta is how the baby is nourished in the womb, so any disruption in it can lead to nourishment issues in the baby. For the mother, detachment can lead to bleeding and physical discomfort.

This condition is serious because it carries a risk of death for the mother and baby. It often happens after 20 weeks of pregnancy with most cases occurring in the last trimester. Doctors care is needed for this condition and should be sought as soon as it becomes apparent something is wrong.

Truck accidents vs car accidents

When it comes to choosing a vehicle, many people are especially concerned about its safety. Nobody wants to get into an accident on a Washington roadway, but if it should happen, they want to know they have a good chance of walking away from it. For this reason, many people wonder if they will be better off in a car or a truck.

While each vehicle is different and each accident is different, a basic comparison between cars and trucks shows that trucks come out on top, according to Big City Driver. Trucks beat out cars when it comes to general safety in an accident simply because they are bigger. The bigger vehicle will be sturdier and heavier. It will be able to absorb the impact better, thus providing better protection for the occupants.

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