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How does drunk driving affect your coordination?

If you've been alive long enough, then you've likely heard your fair share of public service announcements about the dangers associated with drunk driving. Consuming alcohol or drugs and then getting behind the wheel is very dangerous.

These substances can adversely affect your motor skills. Alcohol consumption affects a person's ability to concentrate. This is a critical skill for you to have as a motorist. You have to be able to take note of other drivers who are entering the roadway in front or behind you, to see when a light is changing and respond to it and also stay in your lane. If you can't focus, then you probably aren't able to make good judgment calls. If you're unaware of your surroundings, then you're more likely to become involved in a crash.

Fight for the full and fair recovery you deserve after a crash

It's not always immediately apparent how a car accident may change your life. In the immediate aftermath, you may be concerned with your physical injuries and medical bills, but there are other losses that may affect you long-term. When considering the appropriate amount of damages to pursue in a claim, you would be wise to think about what you may need now and well into the future.

There are various different types of damages available through a personal injury claim. What you need for a full and fair recovery depends on the details of your individual situation, the types of injuries you have and the specific losses you experienced. Before you accept the terms of a settlement agreement or make any important decisions regarding your case, you may want to seek guidance regarding the full amount of damages you should pursue. 

Doctors can do a lot of damage when they make mistakes

Every surgery carries with it some risks. Doctors make poor choices for a variety of reasons. A lack of sleep, experience, oversight and feeling rushed are some of the factors that may cause a doctor or their medical staff to make mistakes. This type of negligence can result in serious surgical errors.

Wrong patient surgeries are far more common than they should be. In 2015, doctors in Tennessee performed a tongue clipping surgery on the wrong newborn.

The number of homeowners looking to refinance their homes soars

Mortgage interest rates dropped to historic lows here in the United States earlier this week. The end of the drops may not be over either.

It wasn't long after 30-year fixed mortgage rates dropped to between 3 and 3.375% this past Monday that lenders started receiving an uptick in calls.

Researchers discover why women get hurt in car crashes

Women are both more likely to be injured and die in car crashes than men. Federal transportation statistics show that female drivers and their passengers who wear their seatbelts are 17% more likely to die in a car crash than men of their same age bracket. Women as a whole are 73% more likely to be injured in a full-frontal crash than their male counterparts even if both genders are wearing seatbelts. Researchers have recently come up with a theory for why that's the case.

Consumer Reports argues that women are more vulnerable to getting hurt in a crash because the crash dummies that car manufacturers use to test the safety of their vehicles don't adequately represent an average female's body.

Why you have to care for your burnt skin even once you're home

If you've suffered a burn, then you probably realize that the skin that was damaged in a fire or some other type of injuring incident isn't as thick as it is on the rest of your body. This may even be the case if you've had a shift graft procedure performed on you. You should take this as a sign that you need to care for your skin a bit differently. You could experience some additional dangerous complications if you don't.

You may find yourself inclined to want to take a bath in a tub as a way to relax and soothe your skin. This may be dangerous for you though. Your thinner skin may not fare well with in extremely cold or hot water. You may also find it particularly uncomfortable if you use any abrasive approaches in rubbing your skin.

Police up their patrol around Plant Vogtle to reduce crash rates

Law enforcement has begun paying additional attention to the Burke County roads that surround Plant Vogtle in recent months. One of the primary reasons why they've started doing this is because there has been an uptick in traffic violations and crashes in the area during that time frame. While no one has died in these incidents, there have been injuries. Police have upped their patrol as they feel that it's only a matter of time before someone dies for a completely preventable reason.

The Burke County Sheriff's Office statistics show that there were 55 crashes on the roads surrounding Plan Vogtle in Jan. Five of those resulted in injuries. There have been 56 accidents along these same roadways so far this year. Nine people have been hurt as a result of their involvement in them.

Brain injury during motor vehicle collision

One of the most serious injuries a person could suffer in a motor vehicle accident is a traumatic brain injury. In addition to the physical impairments a brain injury may cause, it is common for those with such catastrophic trauma to suffer lifelong cognitive deficits and even dramatic changes in personality.

Damage to the brain may occur in stages as brain tissue continues to die after the initial blow. If the victim suffers from blood loss or lack of oxygen following a brain injury, these may contribute to the progressive damage. However, rapid intervention on the part of emergency responders and trauma center doctors can limit the damage an accident victim may suffer. If you suffered a brain injury in a motor vehicle accident, you may have been fortunate to have received such intervention.

How can you protect your business from getting sued

Setting up a business here in Georgia is relatively easy. Growing it into a successful one is harder to accomplish though. If you have a thriving company, then you likely don't want to do anything to jeopardize what you've accomplished. There are some basic steps that you should take to best protect your business.

One thing that you'll want to do is carefully choose the type of formation for your business.

How often do pediatricians get sued for malpractice and why?

The American Medical Association (AMA) administered its Physician Practice Benchmark Survey to 3,500 doctors in 2016. At least 34% of the respondents reported having been sued for malpractice before.

More than half of those physicians had been sued more than once. The results revealed that older doctors were more vulnerable to getting sued than younger ones. It also showed that physicians working in certain specialties were more apt to have a lawsuit filed against them than others. Pediatricians were one of the more commonly sued doctors.

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