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Car accident victims are prone to depression and PTSD

In the wake of a car accident, physical injuries get all the attention. Casts and bandages. Doctor visits and rehab. Lost time from work. But the psychological injuries can also be severe and lasting. 

A recent study suggests about half of survivors suffer serious depression in the months after a crash, and one in five exhibit symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If diagnosed and documented, the psychological component can be compensated under pain and suffering. 

Another fatality raises questions about safety of autonomous vehicles

In recent weeks, a self-driving Uber cab struck and killed a pedestrian and a Tesla owner was killed when his self-driving car rammed into a concrete median. Earlier this year, a Tesla on Autopilot crashed into a fire truck.

Despite a number of crashes and near-misses, the companies maintain that autonomous vehicles are statistically safer than human drivers. However, Uber canceled its test program in California and Tesla will re-examine its trademark Autopilot software.

Avoid these mistakes after a car accident

Every car accident is unique. The outcome depends on the circumstances, the people involved, the insurance coverage and many other factors.

There are things you can do - and things you should avoid - to protect your interests and set yourself up for the best possible outcome. Knowing what not to do might make all the difference.

Going to work is getting more dangerous

Workplace deaths have risen 3 straight years

Workplace fatalities rose 7 percent in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It was the third straight year that work-related deaths rose, after trending downward for many years.

Transportation accidents make up the greatest number of deaths, but workplace violence has skyrocketed and is now the No. 2 cause of workplace fatalities.

Concussion blood test is a huge breakthrough

The symptoms of traumatic brain injury vary from person to person, and may be hidden or delayed. The only way to verify brain damage is a CT scan. Which is expensive and involves radiation.

Now the FDA has approved a game-changing blood test that can detect - with a high degree of accuracy - whether a person has suffered a concussion or other brain injury. Aside from the medical benefits, the test could have legal implications.

Despite technology, hit-and-run accidents are still a problem

In spite of cellphones and security cameras - and the severe criminal penalties - hit-and-run accidents happen all the time. And many of those drivers are never caught.

It's a huge anxiety for victims and their families. They are angry that a person could simply drive away. Worse, they are stuck with medical bills and other damages, with no one to sue. The good news is that hit-and-run victims can get compensation ... if they have the right type of insurance.

America lags in preventing maternal deaths and complications

This isn't the 1800s. This isn't some third world country. Then why are so many American women dying - or suffering near-death complications - from childbirth?

The United States has the highest rate of maternal deaths in the industrialized world. The Centers for Disease Control says near-fatal experiences and lasting injuries from giving birth are actually increasing. How is this happening in America? Why are we going backward?

Many Zika-related birth defects went undetected

A new report suggests that more pregnant women in the U.S were infected by the Zika virus than previously thought. Researchers have documented a surge in total birth defects, including birth defects like microcephaly that are chiefly associated with Zika.

The research found that most of the mothers of those babies were never identified as carrying the Zika virus. Thus, the birth defects were not discovered until birth or months after the fact. Medical treatments were delayed and the parents had no opportunity to prepare the challenges of caring for a child with severe disabilities and medical issues.

Another court strikes down caps on medical malpractice damages

 A state court judge in North Dakota recently ruled that capping non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases is unconstitutional.

Many states around the U.S. have enacted such “tort reform” measures, only to have them struck down. Such laws are not just unconstitutional – they don’t work. They have not had the intended effect of lowering patients’ costs or doctors’ malpractice premiums. In fact, there is little evidence of a medical malpractice “crisis” in the first place.

Holiday workers have the same rights as all workers

The holiday season is a busy time for everyone. That’s especially true if you have taken on a part-time or regular job in retail, shipping, or other seasonal work. The rush to accommodate all the customers or push everything out the door in time for delivery can be stressful.

That’s what makes this the time of year for a lot of on- the- job injuries. If you have been injured on the job this season and cannot work you may be entitled to workers compensation – even if you are a seasonal or temporary employee.

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