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Kennewick Personal Injury Law Blog

Are your teens in danger on prom night?

Parents of teens attending this year's prom — perhaps because of their own less-than-stellar behavior on prom night many years ago — may have legitimate concerns about the dangers their teenagers could face on such a heady night.

After all, prom night is the culmination of high school for this year's seniors, as well as a treasured rite of passage for teens. Depriving your son or daughter of the chance to go to prom with friends or a date could definitely be overkill. Still, parents are right to worry about their teens getting injured, assaulted, arrested — or even killed — on prom night.

Tips to force your doctor to slow down and listen

It often feels like your doctor won't listen to you because they are in a rush. They have a lot going on, so they just want to hurry through the appointment and move on to the next thing on their list for the day.

The problem is that a doctor who cannot listen is a doctor who cannot provide proper care. They make mistakes. They overlook key issues. They miss an easy diagnosis. Your doctor has to listen to you to be effective.

The real problem on the roads: Human error

Do you think you're a safe driver? If you asked friends and family members, would they tell you that they're very safe behind the wheel?

Honestly, odds are that anyone you ask will say that they're a safe, careful driver. You could ask strangers at the grocery store, and that's the response you're going to get. Most people honestly think that they are safe.

Why are women truck drivers safer than men?

As the need for truckers has grown, trucking companies have begun recruiting older as well as younger drivers. They've also increased their recruitment of female truckers.

When actress Ann B. Davis made a brief appearance in The Brady Bunch Movie as a trucker named Schultzy (named for a character she'd created years earlier on another show) rather than in her iconic role as the family housekeeper Alice, women truckers were less common than they are now.

Why migraines are mistaken for multiple sclerosis

People who have multiple sclerosis (MS) often are accurately diagnosed only after months and even years of misdiagnoses. Despite some blood tests that can help detect the condition, there's no one definitive test for MS. Physicians typically look for signs of damage to a minimum of two parts of a person's central nervous system that occurred at different times.

The symptoms of MS can vary from person to person. Therefore, it's often misdiagnosed as everything from a stroke to Lyme disease to lupus.

King County jury awards $14 million in medical malpractice case

A jury in King County, Washington, returned a verdict recently that awarded a woman $14 million in her medical malpractice lawsuit.

The woman, from West Seattle, had sued Seattle Children's Hospital and Children's University Medical Group. Her lawsuit was filed on the grounds that doctors' actions led to a stroke when she was just a child. As a result, she cannot care for herself.

More than cellphones cause driving distractions

When you see anti-distracted driving campaigns, they often focus on drivers causing accidents while texting or talking on their cellphones. It's well-known that phones are perhaps the biggest distraction behind the wheel, and they do cause a lot of accidents. These campaigns are not wrong.

The problem, though, is that they can be a bit misleading. They suggest that phones are the only cause of distraction that increases danger on the road.

A motorist is injured in a crash along I-82 near Grandview

A 48-year-old Richland man was arrested and charged with drunk driving for his role in causing an injury crash along Interstate 82 on Jan.7. The incident occurred near the Grandview exit right around midnight.

According to a spokesperson with the Washington State Patrol (WSP), the defendant had been traveling west along I-82 when his Volkswagen Passat suddenly collided with a Honda Accord that was being driven in a nearby lane.

A Kennewick man is hurt in a crash with an alleged drunk trucker

A motorist suffered serious injuries when a tractor-trailer operator ran a red light at a Kennewick intersection, crashing into the motorist's vehicle on the evening of Dec. 22. The violent crash occurred just before 5:49 p.m. that fateful day at the intersection of Highway 395 and Hildebrand Boulevard.

Witnesses told Washington State Patrol crash scene investigators that they saw the driver of a Volvo tractor-trailer speeding down the roadway as he drove northbound along Highway 395 in Kennewick. Although the traffic signal where the highway intersects with Hildebrand Boulevard was red, he failed to stop for it. After running the light, the truck crashed into a Dodge Neon that had been traveling westbound at the time.

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