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Doylestown Personal Injury And Wrongful Death Blog

What happens when your spinal cord is injured in an accident?

Spinal cord injuries can occur when you are involved in a car crash. These injuries are very serious and require emergency medical care that can be extensive.

Depending on the severity of the spinal cord injury, there is a chance that you will have to live with the effects of the injury for the rest of your life. If you have a spinal cord injury, think about the ways that this can impact the way you live and your finances.

How a microwave helmet could lead to better brain injury outcomes

Motor vehicle accidents are the third leading cause of all cases resulting in traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Some brain injuries result in hematoma, which is a pooling of blood outside the blood vessels that clots and leads to tissue damage. When a hematoma occurs in the brain, it can cause damage to the brain, and may even lead to death. To prevent the dire consequences that can result from a brain hematoma, surgery may be required to release pressure on the brain.

First responders can save lives and improve outcomes by knowing which hospitals offer the appropriate neurological services - including surgery if needed -- and calling ahead for trauma teams to be ready and waiting to perform tests that examine the structure and function of the brain for injury. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to tell right away whether a person has a hematoma after a brain injury. But an instrument normally used to detect strokes may be useful for determining whether a TBI patient has a hematoma and therefore needs to be transported to a hospital with the capacity to perform surgery.

GETTING THE MESSAGE ABOUT TEXTING AND DRIVING IN PENNSYLVANIA

Today, it's more common to see a cellphone in the hands of a teenager than not. But it isn't just teens who enjoy the fun and usefulness of cellphones and smart phones; adults of all ages take advantage of the opportunity to get connected with family, friends and associates at any time they wish with modern phone technology. While amazing, these phones can also be deadly if used at the wrong time. For this reason, texting and driving has been banned in the state, says the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

MEDICAL MISTAKES CAN BE CAUSED BY A COMMUNICATION PROBLEM

It's often taken for granted that patients get adequate medical care when they visit the hospital, especially for a serious injury or illness. However, this is not often the case. Medical errors are more common in hospitals and doctor's offices in Pennsylvania and across the country than people may think, accounting for up to 440,000 patient deaths a year from preventable medical mistakes.

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