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Car accidents are a leading cause of death and injury in Delaware

Most Delaware residents are very aware that roadways across the state are constantly bombarded with traffic. Also, many of these roads were built decades ago and were not designed to handle such high volumes of traffic. When these factors are taken into account, its no wonder that serious and fatal car accidents are on the rise. Traffic related accidents are one of the leading causes of death and injury across the state.

A recent two-vehicle crash in Selbyville killed one woman and injured several other people. The accident occurred during the evening hours at the intersection of Roxanna Road and Gum Road. According to reports, the violent collision happened when the driver of a sedan pulled out of the intersection and into the path of an SUV traveling west on Roxanna Road.

3 types of drug interactions you should understand

Whether you have the common cold, a chronic condition or another medical disorder, you know how bad feeling unwell can be. After all, if you do not feel like yourself, you may be unable to work and provide for your family. You may also miss out on the sort of everyday joys that make life worth living. Fortunately, scientists have developed prescription medications to treat a variety of conditions. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adverse drug interactions cause more than a million emergency room visits each year. If a drug you take interacts negatively with another substance, your medical issue may go from bad to worse. Here are three types of drug interactions your doctor should consider when prescribing medication.

Woman awarded $56 million after surgical errors caused paralysis

Thanks to technological advancements, surgeries these days are much safer. However, it doesn't matter how safe a surgical procedure is perceived to be; there is always risk involved. Many Delaware residents may not know that surgical errors are still quite common. In another state, a botched surgery left a woman paralyzed, and she filed a lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, the woman was experiencing pain and tingling in her arms and neck so she underwent a surgical procedure called a laminectomy to relieve her pain. Allegedly, a fractured bone became embedded in the covering of her spinal cord during the procedure. The lawsuit claimed that the injury was detected, but doctors still proceeded with the surgery. The lawsuit alleged that doctors knew the woman's spinal cord was damaged, but they didn't tell anybody.

Distracted driving still a big problem across the nation

The research is clear: Driving distracted is dangerous. While there are many laws on the books, including in Delaware, the rate of incidents where a driver crashed due to an in-vehicle distraction continues to rise.

Driving with a phone or other device in-hand is the main culprit in many of these crashes, but other issues continue to prove distracting. Activities such as eating, changing the radio station, passenger conversation and using GPS all add up to significantly draw a driver’s attention away from the road. Take a look at some of the facts about the danger of averting your eyes for even a few seconds may mean.

Sadly, birth injuries continue to rise in the United States

The United States is largely considered to be the greatest country in the world, so one would think that United States citizens would also have access to the best medical care in the world. Unfortunately, this is not the case, especially for expectant mothers and newborns. According to a recent study, birth injuries and infant mortality rates are on the rise in Delaware and across the country.

The shocking study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that eight out of every 100 newborns in the United States are injured during birth. Birth injuries have risen by about 75 percent since 2000, according to the study. Reportedly, the mortality rate for newborns in the United States has been trending up for a few decades.

Surgical errors: Even minor procedures can lead to death

When the word "surgery" comes to mind, most people think of a patient being cut open while the doctor performs the procedure. While its true that some surgeries are highly invasive and complicated, most surgeries in Delaware these days are not as intrusive. Laparoscopic surgeries are common and are performed by inserting a tiny camera through an incision that is about the size of a keyhole. However, even with very minor procedures, surgical errors are always a possibility.

A recent lawsuit filed in another state accused two surgeons of negligence which contributed to a woman's death. The lawsuit, filed by the widower, said that the woman went in for a lap band surgery. In a lap band surgery, the surgeon uses a laparoscope to attach a thin band around the upper part of the stomach.

Car accidents: Motorcyclist seriously injured in crash

Driving in Delaware these days is definitely dangerous. Just getting from point A to point B can be an adventure. Those who travel by motorcycle face even more risks than those in passenger vehicles. Motorcycles are much smaller than most vehicles so they can be harder for other drivers to see. This is a main cause of the vast majority of car accidents involving motorcycles.

A recent crash in Claymont ended with a motorcyclist suffering severe injuries. The accident happened on Philadelphia Pike during the afternoon hours. According to reports, a motorcyclist was traveling on the roadway when the driver of a sedan attempted to make a left turn into a gas station and pulled into the path of the motorcyclist.

Brain injuries: Bone marrow donation leads to man's death

Skilled surgeons and physicians across the country save thousands of lives every year. Unfortunately, there are also thousands of lives that are lost every year before, during and after medical procedures. Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences any Delaware citizen can face. When a loved one is lost as a result of negligence, the experience can be absolutely traumatic. In another state, a lawsuit was filed after alleged negligence caused a man to suffer severe brain injuries that eventually led to his death.

The lawsuit asserts that the man underwent a procedure to donate bone marrow. According to claims, the man was overweight and suffered from sleep apnea. These two factors made it very risky for the man to undergo anesthesia, the lawsuit claimed. However, as anesthesia was administered during his procedure, the man's oxygen levels allegedly dropped significantly.

Although helpful, precautions won't totally prevent car accidents

Motorists in Delaware are constantly at risk when traveling these days. To mitigate some of this risk, drivers should always practice safe driving habits, such as removing distractions, paying attention to surroundings and staying focused and alert. Unfortunately, no amount of preparation can totally prevent car accidents from happening.

Recently, an accident near Red Mill Pond ended with one car engulfed in flames and two people suffering injuries. The crash happened around noon on Route 1 near the Red Mill Center. Reports from Delaware State Police said the driver of a sedan was attempting to make a left turn onto southbound Route 1.

Young Conaway Continues Its Back-to-School Drive for Stubbs School

The attorneys and staff of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP have been hosting a Back-to-School Drive for the Frederick Douglas Stubbs Elementary School over the past six years. Donated backpacks contained items such as pencils, markers, erasers, and paper for each student. The firm also purchased classroom supplies. During this period, Young Conaway helped more than 830 students.

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