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Minimizing Winter Driving Risks

12081498_s-300x200.jpgImage credit: 123RF Stock Photo[/caption] Winter weather creates a number of driving conditions, particularly in colder climates like that in Chicago where snow, nice, and sleet can make road conditions more hazardous.  In order to minimize these winter driving risks and prevent auto accidents, it is important that drivers follow certain winter driving rules, such as the following:

Long-Term Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury

16983166_s-300x245.jpgPhoto Credit: 123RF Stock Photo[/caption] Brain injuries affect approximately 1.5 million people in the U.S. every year, according to WebMD. Medical costs and lost productivity are estimated at between $48 billion and $60 billion per year. Common causes of traumatic brain injuries include car accidents, commercial truck accidents, medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents, and sports injuries. The severity of a head injury depends on the type of injury, as well as obtaining prompt medical treatment for any serious conditions. Because many head injuries appear to be mild at first, but can, in fact, be serious and life-threatening injuries, it is important to recognize the early signs of a head injury. If you have been in an auto accident or other accident, you should see a doctor as a soon as possible, even if you are showing no signs or symptoms of a head injury. The following are some of the early signs of brain injury:

How to Minimize the Risk of Misdiagnosis

 pPelvicXray_Dollarphotoclub_60783390-300x300.jpg Misdiagnosis is the most common type of medical error, with an estimated 10 to 20 percent of medical malpractice cases involving a diagnostic error. Moreover, the consequences of misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, and other diagnostic errors are often catastrophic. According to a 2009 report, 28 percent of 583 diagnostic mistakes reported anonymously by doctors were life-threatening or had resulted in death or permanent disability. With the potential consequences of misdiagnosis so dire, it is important that patients be their own best advocate and do what they can to prevent misdiagnosis. There are certain things that patient can do in order to minimize the risk of misdiagnosis, such as:

What to Do If You Are Victim of Medical Error

8943758_s-200x300 (1).jpgAs we have reported, preventable medical error is the third leading cause of death, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), just behind heart disease and cancer. The latest reports estimate that between 210,000 and 440,000 patients die each year due to some type of preventable medical error. Although a medical error does not always amount to medical malpractice, there are certain things that you should do if you are the victim of a medical error in order to protect your rights, such as the following:

Trucking Accident Risk Factors

  10645091_s-300x199.jpgLarge commercial trucks have a number of risk factors that make trucking accidents more likely. It is important to be aware of these trucking accident risk factors in order to protect yourself on the roadway, and minimize the risk of becoming the victim of a serious trucking accident.

Studies Highlight Concussion Risks in College Football

 16983166_s-300x245.jpgAccording to an article in the New York Times, three studies published in the past few months have offered insight into the issue of concussion prevention and athlete safety, particularly among college football players. The studies generally concluded that the reason injured players may return to play prematurely could be due, in part, to communication breakdowns between players and coaches, as well as differences among self-reporting of concussions for various positions, with offensive linemen the least likely to report concussions and other mild head injuries. The NYT article goes on to state that the studies also indicated that efforts by the NCAA and other groups to raise awareness of concussions has been inconsistent and that freshmen are more likely to believe that their coaches will think that they "did the right thing" by reporting a concussion. The three studies - which were based on a survey of 730 Division I football players on 10 teams during the 2012 season - found that for every diagnosed concussion, players sustained six substantial hits that they suspected might have caused a concussion but did not report the possible concussion. The players also reported that for every diagnosed concussion, they also received 21 smaller hits that they did not report. Concussions were diagnosed in less than 4 percent of the overall cases, but it is important to note that because medical personnel were not notified of all potential concussion-causing hits, it was difficult to know precisely how many concussions players might have sustained. The studies raised a number of questions about whether coaches, trainers, and doctors are doing enough to prevent concussions and monitor football players for possible concussions. "This suggests that these somewhat routine, lower-magnitude impacts may have clinically relevant, yet undiagnosed, manifestations, and that athletes incurring these regular symptomatic impacts may see post-impact symptoms as routine and not worthy of reporting to a medical professional," the authors wrote in one of the studies, in The Journal of Neurotrauma. As we have reported, although concussions and mild head injuries may not be life threatening, they have been linked with a number of lifelong medical problems, including depression, fatigue, sleep problems, and increased risk of stroke. In fact, the suicides of former football players Junior Seau, Dave Deurson and Ray Easterling have all been linked to long-term health problems from concussions. At Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish, our Chicago head injury lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of head injury victims and their families. If a concussion or other head injury was caused by a car accident, sports injury, defective product, or negligence, we will advocate on your behalf for full and fair financial recovery. Do not hesitate to contact the Chicago head injury lawyers at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish to schedule a free consultation to discuss a possible personal injury or product liability claim.   Additional Information:

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