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Tips for driving in a traffic jam

Traffic jams aren't any fun to drive in. You are stuck in the middle of your transit without the ability to just get where you are going. On average, an American driver will spend 42 hours in traffic longer than what they have to just because of traffic congestion.

Knowing how to drive in a traffic jam can help you remain safe while you are stuck in one. There are several things to remember. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Try to remain calm. Allowing your temper to get the best of you in these cases might cause you to drive aggressively or to become involved in a road rage incident.
  • Keep your focus on the road. You might be tempted to read a book, fix your makeup or surf social media on your phone, but this is unsafe even if you are sitting still in traffic. Keep an eye on what is going on around you so that you can react appropriately if you are facing any hazards while you are in traffic.
  • Pick a lane and stay there. Trying to weave in and out of lanes can lead to a crash. More than likely, you won't get through the traffic jam any faster by doing this.
  • Use your turn signal if you do have to switch lanes. Make sure that you leave at least three seconds between your vehicle and others on the road.

Catastrophic injuries produce life-altering effects

Catastrophic injuries are those that cause symptoms and limitations that are so serious that your life likely won't return back to normal. Spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries are two that come to mind when discussing catastrophic injuries. When these injuries are caused due to the negligence of another person, you might become angry and want to do something about the incident. A legal way you can do this is to seek compensation for the effects of the injuries.

When you choose to seek compensation for them, you need to make sure that you are taking action quickly. There are time limits in these cases, and you don't want to have to rush to get your claim filed. We are here to help you with the legal aspects of the situation so that you can learn about your options and make a decision about what you want to do.

Veterans Affairs hospitals must treat sepsis appropriately

When patients go to a Veterans Affairs hospital for care, they should be able to count on the doctors and staff to provide them with care. All of these patients are ones who were willing to put their life on the line to fight for this country. Unfortunately, there are many stories of veterans who aren't getting the care they need.

Recently, there was a lawsuit filed against the Department of Veterans Affairs because a man died when he didn't receive a proper diagnosis or treatment at a VA facility. He went to a VA hospital on Dec. 27, 2016, with complaints of shortness of breath. The medical care team ordered a test as a routine procedure instead of labeling it as urgent. Ultimately, the 6-hour delay this caused was something he couldn't overcome.

Social isolation is dangerous for nursing home residents

Some nursing home residents suffer the effects of abuse and neglect in silence. This isn't because they don't want to speak up about what happened but because they don't have anyone to tell. These victims are socially isolated. Unfortunately, being isolated has some very serious impacts on senior citizens at a time when they should be reaping the benefits of community interactions.

Being isolated can lead to poor mental and physical health. These individuals might not care for themselves the way they should, which can lead to medical problems. While you might assume that the nursing home would notice signs that something is amiss, this isn't going to be the case if there is abuse or neglect in the picture.

Veterans who are victims of malpractice can take legal action

The horror stories of treatment our nation's veterans are facing at VA hospitals is enough to make your blood boil. There isn't a conceivable reason why a person who sacrificed so much should be treated so poorly. When there is a malpractice issue at one of these facilities, the veteran might feel hopeless. We can help them to seek the compensation they need to be able to get adequate care to address the issues they are left with after an incident of malpractice.

Battling against the federal government isn't easy, but we are up for the task. We want our veterans to know that someone is in their corner. Having to face the medical complications that come from this type of malpractice can be difficult and life-changing. You might need more medical care, but you may also have lasting complications from the negligent care. In severe cases, malpractice can lead to the patient passing away. We don't want to let any type of malpractice or neglect at a VA hospital go unchecked.

Cesarean section deliveries are rising and so could its dangers

Over the last 30 years, cesarean section births have been increasing around the world at a significant rate. It has gone from around 6 percent of all births in 1990 to 21 percent of all births in the last year. An international group of physicians have called this increase “alarming” and do not believe the increase will stop anytime soon. 

Parents admit to dangerous distractions, even with kids

Distracted drivers are not just high school students sending text messages or young professionals making phone calls on the way into work. Even parents with children in the car -- a group you'd think would be one of the safest groups on the road -- admit to some serious distractions.

To get a better idea of the issue, a survey was given out to people with kids from four years old to 10 years old. A total of 760 people answered the survey, and they were living in 47 different states. As such, it provides an in-depth look at general distracted driving across the country.

Medical malpractice victims should take action

Medical malpractice is a serious issue that can result from many actions on the part of the doctor who is caring for patients. When you are going in for medical care of any sort, you need to be sure that you know what's going on. This can help you establish what you think is going to happen. For example, if you know that you have an infection, you know that you should receive some sort of antibiotics to combat it.

The most common cause of medical malpractice occurs when medical professionals are negligent. This takes many forms, including doctors failing to prescribe appropriate treatments, nurses not taking proper care of patients, surgeons failing to remove instruments from patients or improper dosages of medications being given. All of these can lead to serious impacts for the patient.

Ohio teen pleads guilty over fatal prom night wreck

A 17-year-old Ohio teen recently admitted her guilt in a reckless driving accident that claimed the life of her friend. The case has attracted considerable public attention throughout the state.

The teenager was responsible for driving herself and her friends to the high school prom back in April 2017. Rushing at a high rate of speed, she lost control of the car and hit a telephone pole. One of the passengers in the car's back seat, another 17-year-old girl, wasn't wearing a seat belt. That teen was ejected from the car and died a few days later of her injuries. Two other teens in the car were seriously injured.

Helping nursing home residents when they are injured

When you have a loved one in a nursing home, you can't just forget about them. Instead, you need to check on them to make sure they are safe. This isn't always easy to do since there are many things that can happen at nursing homes that might be hidden. Nursing home negligence and abuse aren't always readily evident to people who aren't living in the facility.

If you think that your loved one is being abused or neglected at the nursing home, your priority has to be getting them help for the ailments caused by this. Once you know that your loved one is on the path to healing, you can work to put a stop to the atrocious behavior at the facility.