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Four Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident

Being involved in a car accident can turn your world upside-down. Injuries from an accident could incur steep medical expenses and may require time off from work. If an accident involves severe injuries, these costs are generally far more expensive. It is important to make the right moves after a car accident to give yourself a better chance of recovering adequate compensation for your injuries. Avoid the following four mistakes after a car accident. Mistake 1: Not Receiving Medical Attention You should seek medical attention after an accident, even if you do not believe you suffered injuries. Certain types of injuries, such as internal bleeding, may not show symptoms for several hours. Musculoskeletal injuries may not show symptoms for days after the accident. You are also establishing a record of your injuries (if there are any) by receiving treatment. These records are useful for showing proof of your injuries and…
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What to Know About Georgia’s New Distracted Driving Law

Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 673 (Hands-Free Georgia Act), Georgia’s distracted driving law. Distracted driving is a major cause of car accidents in our state and across the US. Georgia’s new law was passed in remembrance of five Georgia Southern University nursing students who died in a 2015 truck accident. The truck’s driver later admitted that he was using a mobile phone before the crash. Under the new law, drivers must use “hands-free” technology if they are using mobile phones or other electronic devices while driving. You cannot perform the following actions once the new law goes into effect: Holding (or supporting with any part of the body) an electronic device. Smart watches do not count. Writing, sending or reading text-based communications. This includes emails, text messages, instant messages or other internet data while holding your device. Watching videos or movies that are not related to the navigation of…
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Medical Errors: Are They Really the Third Leading Cause of Death?

Medical errors are about to come back into the public spotlight thanks to a new documentary. To Err is Human takes its name from the infamous 1999 Institute of Medicine report, which found medical mistakes kill an estimated 98,000 US patients each year. As the documentary notes, newer studies estimate this number could be several times higher. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University estimate that medical errors kill as many as 251,000 US patients each year. The study was published in British Medical Journal (also called BMJ) in 2016. A prior study published in the Journal of Patient Safety claims medical mistakes may kill as many as 440,000 patients each year. If these numbers are correct, then it would suggest that medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Only heart disease and cancer kill more people each year. What Are Common Medical Mistakes? Medical mistakes…
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