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Do you really need to wear a helmet?

When it comes to helmet laws for motorcyclists, the rules will be determined by the state that you live in. This has resulted in many states requiring helmets for all riders, some only mandating them for riders of a certain age and four in which you do not have to wear helmets at all. The state of Washington has issued a universal helmet law and The Neuroscience Institute at the University Hospital has released a study indicating why this is necessary.

Medical malpractice statistics

In the United States, most people who are sick or injured put their trust in the medical world for physical recovery. Some of the most vulnerable people in society, the very young, weak, sick or elderly, are dependent on doctors and nurses for their survival. However, even in hospitals and doctors' offices, there is a chance of misdiagnosis or other medical error. According to the Washington state insurance commissioner, over $64 million was paid to victims of medical malpractice in that state alone. While that amount was lower than the previous year for Washington, the trend of medical errors is increasing, rather than decreasing, across the country.

Types of distracted driving

When it comes to distracted driving, one of the most important things for Washington motorists to realize is that there are more ways to get a ticket than just with a cell phone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,161 people are injured and eight killed every day in crashes involving a distracted driver. In 2013 alone, 3,154 people died because someone lost focus. There are three different types of distraction that drivers are susceptible to.

Infant asphyxia and hemorrhages during birth

It is natural for you to feel anxious about the birthing process, and the stress that you and your baby will undergo. However, a good Seattle medical team should be prepared to recognize any issues that may lead to complications with breathing or bleeding in the brain, and deal with these both before and after the birth. In the event that something goes wrong, we at Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., have experience investigating the circumstances and identifying when appropriate actions were not taken to prevent further damage.

What are the types of birth injuries?

You may not know, but birth injuries are actually quite common. In most babies, these injuries clear up on their own without any lasting harm. However, you may have experienced an issue during delivery in Washington that led to a severe and lasting injury to your child. According to Merck Manuals, the types of birth injuries that may occur include the following:

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