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Due to IVF mix-up, couple gives birth to nonbiological twins

Emotional injuries from the loss of a child in Oregon leave no scars but can be just as devastating as physical injuries. A woman in New York claims that she has sustained both physical and emotional injuries after giving birth to two children unrelated to her, her husband or one another following an alleged mix-up at an in vitro fertilization clinic in California. 

She and her husband have now filed an extensive medical malpractice suit against the clinic, seeking compensation for injuries that they describe as permanent and significant following the loss of the two children they had carried. 

What should you do after a rear end crash?

When you get rear-ended, it can be a disorienting experience. At the time of the incident, you may not be able to think clearly. However, it is still vital for you to take certain steps in the aftermath of the crash.

FindLaw takes a look at three things to do in the aftermath of a rear end collision. This includes reporting the incident, recording what happened, and reaching out for any assistance that might be needed. Of course, seeking medical attention should be the very first step if you have been injured.

A cautionary tale of trucks and motorcycles

You’ve seen the yellow bumper stickers cautioning motor vehicle operators to look out for motorcyclists like you. When you’re on your motorcycle, you probably do everything you can to ensure the safety of yourself and motor vehicle drivers around you. When everyone does their part, everyone is more likely to reach their destination safely.

Few motor vehicle drivers have the same responsibility as truck drivers because of their size. After all, there are few protective barriers for you when you’re on your motorcycle.

2 logging trucks collide on Oregon highway

Most drivers are probably aware of the risk that a large truck can pose on the roadways to smaller passenger vehicles. However, these trucks can also pose a risk to one another. The drivers of two logging trucks found this out firsthand due to a head-on collision on Highway 101 near Brookings, Oregon, last week. 

There are no reports of any other vehicles involved in the accident, and the cause is not entirely clear at this time. One of the trucks carried no cargo, while the other had a load of logs aboard. The presence of logs on the highway resulted in a closure for some time thereafter. Fortunately, a local lumber company was able to assist in clearing and reopening the highway with the loan of a self-loading log truck.

Whiplash can require medical treatment

You may feel sore a day or two after a minor car accident. "It is just whiplash, give it a few days and you will feel better," is the advice you may receive from friends and co-workers. However, at the Law Offices of Brian R. Whitehead, PC, we understand that not only is whiplash painful, it can also signal a serious injury. You and other Oregon residents may want to learn more about this common and frequently excruciating injury.

As WebMD explains, whiplash is a soft tissue injury that results from having the head and neck suddenly jerked back and forth in a collision. Rear-end crashes often result in whiplash, although any kind of collision can cause this injury. Whiplash is so common that many people discount its potential severity. In fact, you may believe that a doctor is not necessary and that all you need is some ice, Tylenol and patience before you start feeling better.

What must you prove in a medical malpractice case?

If you have suffered an injury or illness due to an Oregon health care professional's negligence, you probably know that you can sue that person for malpractice. You can also join the facility or practice that employs him or her in your lawsuit. But what must you prove in order to prevail in your suit?

Given that preventable medical errors now rank as the third leading cause of death in America, you would think that proving medical malpractice should be an easy matter. Unfortunately, however, it is not. Medical malpractice lawsuits are some of the most complicated and complex cases to try.

How common is medical misdiagnosis?

If you are like millions of other Americans, you have paid a visit to an outpatient clinic or emergency room with hopes of receiving a diagnosis as to what is ailing you. People put their trust in medical professionals to evaluate their symptoms, inspect their physical vital signs and determine what is wrong. You may be surprised to learn, however, that as many as 12 million people in the U.S. are misdiagnosed when they are seen by healthcare professionals in these settings.

These numbers were found in a study published in BMJ Quality & Safety. Researchers found that approximately one in 20 adult patients are misdiagnosed and half of those cases result in serious patient harm. Besides human error, what happens in these medical settings that makes this type of medical negligence so prevalent?

Could medical malpractice have caused my child's Erb's palsy?

About one in 1,000 babies are born with Erb's palsy. Erb's palsy, also called brachial plexus palsy, involves an injury to nerves in the upper arms, which disrupts the mobility of the arms. This type of injury typically occurs when there is a problem positioning a baby during childbirth. It is often associated with excessive force used in childbirth and negligence can be a factor.

Oregon crash kills delivery truck driver and passenger

Collisions with other vehicles can cause fatalities in truck accidents, but sometimes it is only the truck occupants who suffer harm as a result. Early on a recent Saturday morning, a 29-year-old delivery truck driver in Salem, Oregon, reportedly crashed his vehicle into a utility pole. Not only did he lose his life as a result of the collision, but his 17-year-old niece, who was riding with him as a passenger, died as well.

The driver and his wife had recently adopted his niece into their family, which already included three other young special-needs children. Though speed may have been a factor in the crash, the accident remains under investigation, and authorities have yet to identify a specific cause. 

The link between loud music and auto accidents

Whether someone hears their favorite song on the radio or enjoys listening to a particular soundtrack while on the road, many people enjoy listening to music behind the wheel. This can be perfectly safe, but some people get carried away and increase the chances of a crash. For example, a driver may play music very loud, which could make a collision more likely. If you were hit by a driver who was listening to loud music when they collided with you, this factor may need to be presented in court if you move ahead with a lawsuit.

On the road, loud music can increase the probability of a collision for a number of reasons. A driver may be distracted by what they are listening to, and they may cause other drivers to become distracted as well. Music, especially when it is played loud, can also affect a driver’s emotions. For example, a driver may become very excited while listening to music at an extremely high volume.

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