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Kennewick Personal Injury Law Blog

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.

When is a hospital infection considered negligence?

If you need to spend time in a hospital in the state of Washington, you will do so in the belief that the stay will be beneficial to your health. Whether you were in the hospital for surgery or to treat an illness, it is possible that your immune system will be compromised during your stay. In addition, you will be exposed to different illnesses and infections that are present in the hospital.

Exposure to other patients is something that is essentially unavoidable in hospitals. However, hospitals have the duty to minimize this exposure and the associated risk through hygiene management and good safety practices. If you believe that the way hygiene was managed in your hospital was sub-par and you suffered as a result, you may want to consider holding the hospital legally responsible.

Untreated depression in nursing homes

Many people make the choice to relocate their loved one to a nursing home, believing that such a move will be in the elderly person's best interests. Indeed, when managed adequately, nursing homes have the ability to increase an elderly person's quality of life dramatically, while helping them to remain as independent as possible.

However, the issue of understaffing is currently affecting nursing homes in Washington and throughout the country. Understaffing often arises from the desire to maximize profit. However, it can lead to the suffering of many nursing home residents.

Why the trucking log is so important to investigators

The trucking log is an important tool for not just truck drivers, but also for investigators and attorneys. This electronic log records the driving time, the sleep time and the out-of-service hours of the driver. There is a paper log that the driver can complete as a backup to the electronic log. It is to be filled out honestly, which does not always happen. The truck log helps investigators and attorneys understand the hours of service for a driver if he or she is involved in a truck accident.

Truck drivers are required by law to complete a log for every trip. They must truthfully record the hours in which they operate, the hours in which they take a break, their sleep hours and their out-of-service hours.

These precautions could lessen your injuries in a car crash

There is only so much a driver can do to avoid getting into a car accident. Being defensive, attentive and following the rules of the road will certainly reduce one's chances of being in a collision, but with so many irresponsible drivers on the road, there's always a chance of getting into a crash. Therefore, in addition to driving safely, Benton-area motorists may also want to do the following to lessen the severity of their injuries in the event of an unavoidable accident:

Adjust your headrestYour headrest is one of the best pieces of equipment to prevent a serious neck injury. Adjust the headrest so that the top of it is level with the tip of your head. Having a headrest that's adjusted too low can be particularly dangerous.

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