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What is shoulder dystocia and how can doctors avoid it?

No mother expects her child to be born with a serious medical condition, but the birthing process can be rough on babies at times -- and a birth injury could be unavoidable. In other situations, however, a birth injury is entirely avoidable.

When doctors detect the possibility of a birth injury during labor, they need to take swift action to prevent the injury. The problem is, this doesn't always happen. Negligent and reckless doctors have caused numerous babies to be born with irreversible medical problems. One such birth injury -- which may or may not be reversible depending on the severity -- is called shoulder dystocia.

The best advice for avoiding an auto collision

Every time you pull out into traffic, you're facing a host of dangers due to the potentially drunk, unlawful, distracted, reckless and generally negligent motorists around you. Although you can't do anything about these motorists, there are a few things you can do to significantly reduce the likelihood that you and your passengers will get seriously hurt in a crash.

Although you may have seen many of the following safety tips before, return to this list, again and again, to keep your memory fresh. Indeed, daily driving can become boring, so it's easy to become complacent and forget to follow this life-saving advice:

What are the most common types of birth injuries?

When something goes wrong during the birthing process, babies can suffer serious injuries. Although birth injuries can happen naturally due to no one's fault, sometimes they happen because a doctor, medical staff or a medical facility committed negligence. Because injured babies and their parents may be able to pursue financial compensation in court, it's important to know what caused their baby to get hurt in any birth injury case.

Here are some of the most common types of birth injuries that parents should watch out for.

How do you determine if you have a premises liability claim?

People can wind up hurt in all kinds of strange situations and locations. While you may think that most accidents happen at home, some of them also happen on public property or inside businesses. The people who end up hurt on someone else's property may find themselves in a financially difficult situation.

Serious injuries can leave someone unable to work. They can also generate substantial medical expenses. Thankfully, that is why premises liability laws exist. Individuals who make their properties open and accessible to the public have a duty of care to anyone who visits their property. Specifically, they must maintain safe facilities. Neglecting to do so could open them up to legal and financial ramifications. If you believe that an injury you suffered may qualify you for a premises liability claim, it is wise to look closely at the situation to better understand it.

The most common types of surgical malpractice

Medical malpractice comes in many forms in the United States. People sometimes may get injured after a surgery, but they don't know the real reason for their suffering because the doctor decided to keep this terrifying surgical error a secret. Or, people may die in a hospital after being given the wrong amounts of medication during a surgical procedure, but close family members believe that the death happened as a result of natural causes because the medication error was never identified.

Here are several of the most common types of surgical errors that patients and their loved ones should watch out for:

Food manufacturer mistakes can lead to serious injuries and death

When American consumers go to the grocery store and purchase food products, they expect those products to be safe for human consumption. They also expect the labels on the products to accurately reflect what's found inside them.

Consumers have the right to expect this due to American consumer product safety laws, which uphold product manufacturers to certain standards of safety and accurate labeling. Unfortunately, manufacturers often make mistakes that cause consumers to suffer serious injuries. When this happens, consumers have the right to pursue financial justice in court.

The real reason we need self-driving cars: Safety

Self-driving cars sound so George Jetson, who wouldn't want one? Casually sipping your coffee and reading a book (or taking a nap) during your morning commute would be better than stressing out while navigating bump-to-bumper traffic. But is convenience and exciting tech the reason we need self-driving cars?

The real reason for the implementation of self-driving cars is safety. Driving enthusiasts and "gearhead" purists will protest against anything that takes their feet away from the gas pedal. However, if we get realistic about driving safety, it's humans and their inability to follow common sense safety practices -- and their propensity for breaking the law -- that are the real safety problems. With the rise of distracting smartphones, and nearly everyone getting addicted to them, the situation is only getting worse.

3 car accident questions: Seatbelts, medical records and doctors

People who suffer injuries in car accidents due to no fault of their own have a general idea that they should be able to pursue financial damages. Beyond this vague knowledge, however, they don't know how to judge the strength and viability of their car accident cases. They'll also have a lot of unanswered questions.

Here are three questions that personal injury plaintiffs might have after serious auto accident injuries:

The Nassar sex abuse scandal and financial accountability

There's a general presumption that those who work with children, whether as educators, coaches or medical professionals, do so because they want the best for the kids. While that may be true of the vast majority of people who work with children, teens and young adults, some people seek these kinds of positions because they want power over and access to children for deviant reasons.

Many times, parents whose children are victims of sexual abuse did not realize how dangerous the predator in the situation really was. Sexual predators are often socially savvy, able to disguise their behaviors and predilections in public. Children are often scared to come forward about abuse.

For drivers, intersections are a major source of collision risk

Driving or riding in a motor vehicle is an inherently dangerous activity. Anything from mechanical failure to inclement weather could contribute to a sudden crash or collision. There's also human error and poor decision making to consider. Despite laws against both drunk and distracted driving, many people choose to operate motor vehicles in a situation that presents elevated risk.

If you try to be a safe driver, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of a crash. You can commit to avoiding your mobile phone while driving and refuse to take the wheel when drinking. You can also watch out for dangerous areas and risk factors on the road. Intersections are a major risk factor that you can't avoid, but can handle carefully to minimize your overall risk on the road.

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