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How might healthcare bullying affect you as a patient?

Medical professionals are held to a high standard. Whether you go in for your yearly checkup or you are admitted to the hospital for a serious illness, you expect your doctors and nurses to treat you competently and safely. Unfortunately, you and other Oregon residents could possibly be harmed by a pervasive problem in the medical industry - workplace bullying.

You may assume that most people left bullying behind after they were finished with junior high or high school, but this is sadly not the case. As the Journal of Emergency Medical Services explains, workplace bullying occurs in the healthcare profession more than any other industry. Doctors and nurses work in a high-pressure environment where a pecking order is commonly part of the culture. Medical professionals can be stressed out, competitive and sleep-deprived. As such, the environment may be ripe for bullying.

Truck accident fatalities increased 30 percent in the last decade

Oregon's scenic, winding roads provide a beautiful commute. However, they can also prove dangerous--especially if you are sharing them with commercial trucks. Commercial trucks, even when driven by responsible truckers, can cause catastrophic damage to other vehicles in an accident. Although fatal truck accidents are rare, a study shows that truck-related deaths have increased dramatically over the past decade.

Can a car accident paralyze you?

If you become the victim of an Oregon car accident in which you injure your neck or back, you could find yourself paralyzed and consigned to a wheelchair for the rest of your life. If you have never consciously thought about it before, you should realize that your spinal cord and the nerves which it contains control the movements you make, both voluntary and involuntary, and the sensations you feel. Your spinal cord extends down your neck and back from your head to your hip area. Any injury it receives can drastically reduce the amount of movement you can make below your point of injury, as well as the amount of feeling, including pain, you can feel in that part of your body.

The Travis Roy Foundation explains that your spinal cord consists of the following four regions

  1. Cervical region: the seven vertebrae between your brain’s base and your neck’s bottom
  2. Thoracic region: the twelve vertebrae between your neck’s bottom and your waist
  3. Lumbar region: the five vertebrae between your waist and lower back
  4. Sacral region: the five vertebrae between your lower back and your tailbone

Oregon hospitals ranked high for safety, but dangers remain

Hospital patients want and deserve a safe care environment. So, readers here in Oregon may be encouraged by how the state did in Leapfrog’s hospital safety ratings last year.

Leapfrog graded hospitals in the U.S. for safety twice in 2018: once in the spring and once in the fall.

Injured in a car accident? 5 things you should know

Car accidents can be frustrating, especially if another car hits you. Many times, you and the other driver will disagree on what to do. Should you call the police or handle it by yourselves? Should you move your cars to a safe location or leave them exactly as they were when the accident occurred? What information do you need to get or give to the other driver? These questions can be overwhelming for drivers of all ages, and it is necessary to know what to do. 

Contingency Fee and Personal Injury Law

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At the Law Offices of Brain Whitehead in Salem Oregon, all of our personal injury cases are done on a contingency fee basis. Put simply, that means that we don't get paid if you don't win your case. The rationale is to provide an equal access to justice. You don't have to be wealthy to have an attorney represent you on a personal injury case.

How much can I get for pain and suffering?

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Pain and suffering is a legal phrase referring to certain injuries that a victim suffers from of an accident. It not only includes physical pain, but also emotional scars such as fear, insomnia, grief, worry, inconvenience and even the loss of enjoyment of life. In most personal injury cases, the injured party should be able to recover some amount of money for pain and suffering.

When Products You Buy Cause You Harm

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No doubt we are a consumer driven society. Millions of products in every industry imaginable are produced every year. As a public, our expectation is that the products we by are safe to use. Further, we expect that manufacturers, distributers, and retailers have a responsibility for the reasonable wellbeing of consumers when their products are used as intended and in a sensible way. Often, the sad reality is that consumers fall victim to faulty, poorly designed, or poorly made products. Tens of thousands of injuries result from defective or dangerous products every year.

How to make sure your Oregon workers comp claim is accepted

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Educating people on workers comp - how to make sure your claim gets accepted

It happens all the time. You injure yourself at work, but shake it off, man up and keep working, because you want to be a good employee, a team player. You go home and hope it will get better and it usually does. If you don't get better, you have a legitimate Oregon workers comp claim. This might be the worst thing you can do in terms of getting the benefits you're entitled to. What should you do when you're hurt at work?

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