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Brain injuries: Awareness is key

Any head injury is a big deal, no matter how insignificant the initial injury may seem. A blow to the head can lead to concussions and other injuries. Mild traumatic brain injuries are commonly referred to as a silent epidemic. In Delaware and around the country, many who suffer these injuries often fail to recognize the symptoms, so they never seek medical treatment. To help with brain injury awareness, the month of March has been designated as brain injury awareness month.

According to recent statistics, there are over 1.7 million causes of traumatic brain injury reported every year in the United States. Shockingly, around 7 percent of children in the United States have suffered head trauma at some point during their life. Brain injuries can be caused by a myriad of accidents and injuries. The most common causes of brain injuries are motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, slip and fall accidents and sports injuries.

Distracted driving is a main cause of car accidents

These days, almost every person has a smart phone. While this advanced technology definitely adds convenience to life, it can also be incredibly dangerous when used in the wrong setting. Distracted driving has become a significant concern across the United States. According to recent statistics, it plays a role in almost 25 percent of fatal car accidents. The Delaware State Police have stepped up efforts to address the issue of distracted driving.

The Delaware State Police and the Delaware Office of Highway Safety, are conducting a serious of enforcement initiatives across the state to combat distracted driving. The first recently took place in North Wilmington along Concord Pike. Officers patrolled sections of the highway during the afternoon hours looking for motorists who were using cellphones while driving.

Surgical errors can happen despite tecnological advancements

Medical technology has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years, making procedures that were once complicated seem almost routine. Newly implemented regulations have also helped to make surgical procedure safer than ever before. There are literally thousands of surgeries performed every single day in Delaware and across the country, and the vast majority of these procedures are successful. However, surgical errors still happen, and when they do they can be absolutely devastating to victims and families.

A woman in another state recently filed a lawsuit over claims that surgeons were negligent in her knee replacement procedure. The lawsuit says the woman underwent total knee replacement surgery in which a knee device would be implanted. The woman claims her doctors implanted a certain type of device that was known to have a flawed design.

Gather all the facts you can after a vehicle crash

Perhaps you are the victim of a fender-bender at an intersection in Wilmington. The good news is that you do not seem to have any injuries.

After a minor traffic accident, you are your own best private investigator. Here are five steps to take in gathering information about the crash.

Car accidents: Motorcyclist in critical condition after crash

The state of Delaware is home to scenic roadways that many choose to experience behind the handle bars of a motorcycle. Going for a long ride on a motorcycle can definitely be fun and exhilarating. However, those who travel by motorcycle face different and unique challenges than those who are in passenger vehicles. Motorcyclists are totally exposed to outside elements so car accidents with motorcycles often end in very serious injury or death.

A recent crash near Greenville ended with a motorcyclist suffering severe injuries. The accident happened on Centerville Road during the evening hours. According to reports, an SUV was turning left onto Centerville Road and pulled into the path of an oncoming motorcyclist who was traveling northbound.

Surgical errors happen far more often than most realize

Due to amazing advancements in medical technology, there seems to be an increasing sentiment that surgical procedures are safer today than ever before. While it's true that technology has made once complicated surgeries now routine, there are still high levels of risk involved with any surgery. Any time humans are involved, the potential for errors exists. Unfortunately, when surgical errors are made, the patient suffers the consequences. Fortunately, there is help available for Delaware patients who are injured due to negligence during a surgical procedure.

A man in another state recently filed a lawsuit after a procedure allegedly left him with injuries. According to the lawsuit, the man was scheduled to undergo a biopsy on his left temporal artery. Allegedly, the man received severe burns on his face during the procedure.

Understanding Erb’s palsy

As an expectant Delaware mother, you likely have your developing baby’s health, safety and welfare as the top things in your mind. While you do everything possible to make sure your pregnancy is a healthy one, however, you cannot control every facet of your baby’s gestation and birth.

Unfortunately, birth injuries remain a continuing problem in the United States, even though they affect only a relatively small percentage of infants. Nevertheless, if your baby suffers one, it can have a lasting impact on his or her life. One such birth injury is Erb’s palsy.

Treacherous winter roads can contribute to car accidents

Winter can be a wonderful time of year in Delaware. Fresh snow often envelopes landscapes like a subtle white blanket making for absolutely stunning scenery across the state. Winter can also be brutal. The fresh snow that makes for beautiful scenery can also make roadways treacherous for drivers. Heavy snow and ice can make roads virtually impassable, shut down entire cities and cause deadly car accidents.

Delaware State Police recently offered tips for safe winter driving and warned drivers to take precautions if travel is necessary. Police say it is vitally important to make sure vehicles have a full tank of gas if winter weather is in the forecast. It is also crucial to check vehicle components such as the battery, tires and windshield washer fluid.

Car accidents can happen despite safe driving habits

With so many vehicles sharing Delaware roadways these days, it's not a matter of if an accident will happen, but when. Statistically speaking, it is an almost certainty that most drivers will be involved in an accident at some point in their lives. Even if drivers are cautious behind wheel and practice safe driving habits, accidents may still happen. Tragically, car accidents are a leading cause of death and injury in the United States.

A recent deadly crash in Pike Creek killed one man and seriously injured another. The accident happened on Polly Drummond Hill Road during the nighttime hours. According to reports, a car traveling northbound crossed over the center line and into oncoming traffic. Reports said the car violently collided head-on with a Jeep.

4 signs your doctor may have committed malpractice

Few things in life are more disheartening than not feeling well. After all, if you cannot get through your day without experiencing significant pain, your quality of life suffers. If you cannot find a diagnosis or develop a treatment plan, though, your illness or injury may be downright frustrating. 

Most doctors work diligently to treat their patients. As you probably know, physicians make occasional mistakes. If you think your doctor has acted outside professional guidelines, you may need to move quickly to protect your health and assert your legal rights. Here are four signs your doctor may have committed malpractice. 

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