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July 2019 Archives

Snapping selfies while behind the wheel

There is no question that drivers who use their cellphones to make calls, text, map out directions or compose an email while behind the wheel put people in danger. In 2017 alone, more than 3,100 people were killed in distracted driving accidents, and thousands more were injured in similar collisions. Surprisingly, motorists have taken the danger a step further by snapping selfies while driving and then posting them on social media sites. 

How can you avoid distracted driving?

Like many Washington residents, your life is busy and requires constant multitasking and often running from one place to another. While you try to maximize every minute, when you are behind the wheel of a car it is vital to maintain focus on the road and your surroundings at all times. This helps ensure your safety, as well as the safety of those around you. Luckily, there are many ways you can avoid being a distracted driver.

Erb’s palsy: causes, risk factors and treatment

As an expectant Washington mother, you may have heard that you should “expect the unexpected” when raising children, but when it comes to your delivery, itself, you are probably hoping for a smooth, predictable process. Unfortunately, though, some deliveries are far more difficult than others, and in some cases, difficult deliveries can lead to long-term complications. At Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., we understand that difficult deliveries can lead to a number of serious medical conditions, among them Erb’s palsy. We also recognize that this and a number of other conditions caused by tough deliveries can, in some instances, leave you and your child facing a lifetime of hardship.

Medical errors the nation’s third-most-common cause of death

When you feel unwell and are not sure why, you probably schedule a visit with your Washington doctor so he or she can determine the problem and tell you how you can fix it. Regrettably, though, today’s doctors and physicians are not immune to making mistakes, and there are numerous areas in which they can potentially make errors. At Elk & Elk, we recognize that some doctor errors can mean the difference between you fully recovering and potentially losing your life, and we also recognize that doctor errors have become alarmingly common across the United States.

Lack of bike lanes increasing risk for cyclists

Many cyclists across the city protested the redesigning of Seattle's 35th Avenue NE. They claim that the new design only leaves cyclists more vulnerable to serious accidents. And it seems those concerns are valid, especially after recent accidents that left a bicyclist seriously injured and a motorcyclist dead. 

Be careful about insurance company offers

An insurance company is likely to pay for your hospital bills and other expenses after you become injured in Washington. Does that mean that these companies are on your side? Unfortunately, they might not be acting in your best interest. If you believe that an insurer is looking out for you, this may lead you to settle too early and receive a fraction of what your injuries truly cost you.

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