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Spinal cord injuries: How they occur and how costly they can be

Our spinal cord forms part of our nervous system. It's located within the vertebrae that run along the center of our back from the base of our skull to our tailbone. Portions of the nerve endings that make up the spinal cord can be found in all different parts of the body. They're responsible for controlling both involuntary motions, which includes breathing and digestion, as well as voluntary ones, such as leg and arm movement.

Depending on the type of spinal cord injury you suffer, you can be left with either complete or partial paralysis. This may not just impact your ability to move about freely, but also may cause loss of sexual, bowel and other bodily functions.

How can you minimize the risk of surgical errors?

Most people make it through surgery without negative repercussions. However, when things go wrong in surgery, there can be serious and even fatal consequences.

We put ourselves in a surgeon's hands, literally, so we may feel like we have no impact on the outcome. However, there are things that we can do to minimize the risk that something will go wrong.

Fatal car crashes are trending upward in Georgia

A newly published report by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GADOT) shows that over 1,500 people died in car crashes in the state during 2017. This statistic, which equates to approximately four daily deaths, marks an increase in fatal crashes by as much as 33 percent over the previous year.

A spokesperson with GADOT notes that the state is already, unfortunately, on a path to outdo its 2017 statistics in 2018 if some proactive measures aren't taken quickly.

A wrongful death claim is something that can be a challenge

The death of a loved one is a sad situation for anyone to have to deal with. When the death was because of another person's negligence, the tragedy seems to hit a little bit harder. In these cases, you might decide that you are going to take action to avenge the untimely and preventable death.

We understand that things are difficult right now. You might not realize just how much you counted on your loved one being there on a daily basis. This can make it hard for you to be able to move on with your life. While it won't bring your loved one back to you, a wrongful death lawsuit might help you recover financially.

Catastrophic injuries could occur from objects left after surgery

Undergoing surgery is a major ordeal. Due to health issues within your body, doctors and other medical staff need to conduct an operation in hopes to remedying the issue, learning more about it or at least lessening the negative impacts of the problem. While you may have at least one of these hopes in mind when it comes time for surgery, you may also worry about the possible negative outcomes.

Unfortunately, even a seemingly simple surgical procedure could put you at risk of complications. Though the operation itself may have gone well by all immediate indicators, you may later find yourself experiencing issues that go beyond what you expected in terms of recovering from the surgery. In some cases, medical mistakes during a procedure could leave you with even more health problems.

Doctors need to take the time to listen to patients

Many patients feel like their doctors rush them when they are trying to speak to them. This is actually very true. On average, doctors cut patients off after only 17 seconds of speaking. This is an atrocity that must be corrected because the doctors need all the pertinent information to be able to order appropriate tests and make the proper diagnosis.

One of the reasons why doctors don't listen to patients is that many have become accustomed to pushing through as many patients as possible in a day. The time slots that they give to each patient are usually very short. The doctors try to balance the need to listen to patients but they also can't run so far behind schedule that they end up pushing patients away.

Teen dies in car accident while riding to aunt's funeral

A 19-year-old man was riding in a pickup truck with his 21-year-old brother, following their father's vehicle. The whole family was heading to the funeral for the young men's aunt. They were driving on Ga. 247 in Bibb County, right around 1:30 p.m.

As they were driving, another car clipped their pickup. That car was being driven by a man from Macon, who is 20 years old.

Truckers might drive safer thanks to updated cab designs

Truckers are in control of vehicles that weigh around 80,000 or more. These large vehicles have the capability to kill or injure people on the roads just because they are so large and heavy. It is imperative that drivers have technology available that helps them keep everyone around their trucks as safe as possible.

Semitruck manufacturers are taking big steps to make driving more comfortable, less dangerous and easier for truckers to maneuver. The prevalence of distractions is one of the factors that can directly impact safety.

Violent impacts can cause violent injuries

Whether you saw it coming or not, the force of the impact was violent. If you remained conscious when your vehicle came to a stop, you probably began taking stock of your surroundings and yourself. Shock and adrenalin may not allow you to feel the true impact of any injuries.

Then you look down and see a frightening sight. Whether it's a leg or an arm, you realize that your bone is protruding through your skin. When emergency medical personnel arrive at the scene, they take care as they prepare you for transport to the nearest Georgia hospital that can effectively treat your wounds.

What is life like after a spinal cord injury?

A spinal cord injury isn't one that has a single impact on your life that will heal and get better over time. Instead, it produces complex responses and limitations in your body that can affect every area of your life in ways that you might not be prepared to deal with.

After you suffer a spinal cord injury, there are going to be some impacts that you might not realize are coming. These can vary depending on the specific points related to your injury.

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