The warm Kansas City, Missouri weather is perfect for a good motorcycle ride. However, as motorcycle riders and other motorists get ready to take to the streets and highways, they should always put safety first. Motorcycle accidents are known to cause one of the most devastating injuries a person can sustain: a traumatic brain injury.
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Kansas City, Missouri patients sometimes undergo surgery to remove something particularly troublesome inside their body. Unfortunately, some patients can leave surgery with extra items. Medical items left behind by surgeons after surgery is a growing medical concern. Medical sponges now have the dubious distinction of being the most common surgical item left behind. However, no matter what items are unaccounted for, patients are sometimes left to suffer from a worsened medical condition caused by the error.
The loss of a loved one is always difficult. The grief can not only affect the personal lives of family members but their professional lives as well. However, the loss is even more painful when it is caused by someone else's negligence. In such a case, as difficult as the situation may be, Kansas City, Missouri, family members can choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against a negligent party through which they can seek compensation.
Just like many children in Missouri, Jason Myers was very active growing up and loved sports. He was particularly fond of football and basketball. He relished the competition and loved to win. Although a freak accident may have changed his physical body, his love for sports have never wavered. Myers, now 31 years old and a spinal cord injury survivor, continues his fondness for sports, despite the limitations caused by the injury.
Kansas City, Missouri, residents may think brain injury cases are rare. However, according to the Brain Injury Association, nearly two million people across the country have sustained a brain injury. To raise awareness about brain injury, the association has declared March "Brain Injury Awareness Month."
Medical malpractice is a serious offense. However, for some time, advocates have been lobbying to put a cap on malpractice lawsuits to prevent health practitioners from leaving the state. Recently, advocates got a step closer to their wish. The Missouri House passed measures to put a cap on the non-economic damages of medical malpractice lawsuits. The cap was placed at $350,000.
Various industries in Kansas City, Missouri, rely on trucks for their daily deliveries and other services. Commercial vehicle drivers have strict deadlines, which is why they are always seen rushing on roads and highways. When a truck accident happens, a devastating outcome is to be expected. Smaller vehicles are simply no match against a truck that is often carrying heavy loads. The truck's load adds to its devastating capabilities and the possibility of causing further harm if its load spills on the road or flies towards nearby vehicles.
In Kansas City, Missouri, a tractor-trailer recently overturned and became engulfed in flames. The truck accident happened on Interstate 35 near Southwest Boulevard and Cambridge Circle. According to a police officer, the truck driver managed to crawl out of the vehicle with only minor injuries.
Most Kansas City readers are probably aware that spinal cord injuries can lead to permanent disability. A person can sustain a spinal cord injury in a car accident or a workplace accident. A fall can also cause spinal injuries, particularly among elderly people.
Researchers recently conducted a study of 43,000 adults with spinal cord injuries. The study showed that the number of these injuries is declining for people ages 18 to 64, but increasing for people 65 and older. In 2009, spinal cord injuries accounted for 30 percent of all injuries sustained by the elderly. The study added that seniors suffering from spinal cord injuries are four times more likely to die, compared with younger people, while undergoing medical procedures.
Death is inevitable, but death due to someone else's negligence is preventable. Local residents of Kansas City, Missouri, know that when a person dies as a result of another person's carelessness, the surviving family members can seek compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. Such cases often arise from a fatal car crash, fatal truck accident, fatal workplace accident, fatal boating accident or medical malpractice.
In Parkville, Missouri, one person died and another was injured in a car accident on a local highway late one recent evening. Based on a report, the deceased, a 64-year-old man, was assisting his grandson whose vehicle had broken down and was parked on the side of the road, when an SUV struck the parked car. The 64-year-old man died in the collision while his grandson reportedly sustained minor injuries.
Kansas City, Missouri residents often associate traumatic brain injury with athletes who play contact sports, such as football. However, the second leading causing factor of brain injuries is a car accident. And a simple trip and fall accident can also injure the brain.
One story that depicts the harsh results of traumatic brain injury is that of a young, smart college student, one semester from graduating. This young woman sustained a traumatic brain injury after a car crash in 2011, without experiencing any physical injury from the crash.