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You can make a claim after a spinal injury

Spinal cord injuries are life-changing, even if they don't result in permanent paralysis. When you think of spinal injuries, you might assume that a person has lost the ability to walk or use their arms. What you don't often consider is how the internal organs and other body parts can be impacted by spinal cord dysfunction.

When the spinal cord is not completely severed, the injury is called an incomplete injury. An incomplete injury may seem much like a complete injury, leading to almost all loss of sensation and strength, or it can produce only minor side effects, like unusual pain or tingling in the limbs.

Reach out if you've been a victim of malpractice

Medical malpractice takes place as a result of negligence, errors or intentional misconduct. It can range in nature from making a surgical error to failing to follow up with a patient with their test results. It can include harassment and ethical concerns as well as intentional injuries to the patients.

Medical malpractice is serious because the medical provider has done something that put a patient's life at risk. In some cases, the patient does not survive, and their loved ones are left to deal with the consequences.

What do I do if my medication is recalled?

People have a reasonable expectation that the medications they take are safe and will help them. Though that is the aim, unfortunately, mistakes do happen, and a drug that was meant to heal a patient can actually end up causing harm. The effects of such an error can often be devastating to the patient and his or her family.

If you take any kind of medication, you might wonder how a recall could affect you. Experts say that there are several steps you can take and you should gain information that might help reassure you if there is a recall for one of your medications.

Secondary injuries can lead to further damage to the spinal cord

Spinal cord injuries are life changing. They can take a strong, agile athlete and leave them wheelchair-bound in seconds. They can take any healthy victim and for them to rely on the help of others just to get dressed in the morning.

Depending on the severity of the injury, some people do retain some feeling and movement in the limbs below the damaged point on the spinal cord. However, there's more to worry about than just sensation and movement.

1 killed in pedestrian crash with truck: Looking for change

Truck accidents can significantly impact people and their communities. One such community in Georgia is the Columbus State University community, which saw one of its own killed in a pedestrian crash with a dump truck.

Near schools and universities, it's common knowledge that people are going to be on or near the roads. Drivers should know to be cautious to prevent injuries and accidents. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen.

You deserve fair compensation for a catastrophic injury

A catastrophic injury can be anything from traumatic brain injuries that leave you unable to speak or remember well to spinal injuries that leave you paralyzed. These injuries are traumatic both physically and psychologically, which is why getting proper medical care is so important.

Car accidents are among the most common causes of catastrophic injuries today. People can go out in the morning on the way to work and be left in the hospital just moments later with life-altering wounds. There's no way to predict when they'll happen, and life after them is changed, to say the least.

Work zones and trucks: Everyone has to be wary

When you're driving around large vehicles, like semitrucks and commercial vehicles, you must do all you can to remain safe. While the drivers of these vehicles are often to blame for accidents, other people driving around them may make errors that put your life in danger, too.

Take, for example, an April accident that was caused by a car driver. The driver rear-ended a dump truck that was leaving the construction zone on Interstate 285/Ga. 400 interchange. The car ended up spinning out of control, eventually getting hit by another vehicle. Of course, the driver of the car was cited for traveling too close to the dump truck, since they rear-ended the vehicle and caused another collision.

Understand the importance of informed consent

When you speak with your medical provider about a procedure you're considering, you expect them to be honest. You want them to be knowledgeable and to tell you all the possible side effects and risks involved.

If you go into a surgery without understanding the risks or begin a treatment not understanding the potential side effects, you could be left blindsided by injuries.

Medical malpractice claims involve proving wrongdoing

It is common for Georgia residents to need medical attention for various health issues. In some cases, a doctor may be able to perform a quick examination, determine the problem and provide a course of treatment. In other cases, a series of tests may be needed or possibly even surgery.

Understandably, you may feel nervous any time you need to visit a medical professional. You may worry that you will have a greater issue than you suspected, but you may also worry that your doctor or another staff member will brush off your concerns. You may also have fears that a member of the staff will make a mistake that leaves you worse off than before.

Get the right compensation for your spinal cord injury

Spinal cord injuries vary significantly, so it can be difficult to say how you'll recover once you suffer from one. What you do need to know is that those who cause injuries of a catastrophic nature can be held liable for doing so. People must take responsibility for the injuries they cause to others, even if they were unintentional.

Spinal cord injuries can be among the most expensive to deal with. They require a significant number of tests to detail how serious they are, and there may be a lifetime of care that applies to your case. For example, if you suffer a complete spinal injury, you'll likely have no feeling below the point of the injury. You may be confined to a wheelchair or need constant nursing support to give you the help you need in your home.

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