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Spinal cord injuries can lead to higher risk for health issues

After the car accident that caused your spinal cord injury, you likely knew that your life was changed forever. As you spoke with your doctors and other individuals, the reality of your situation likely began to sink in, and you may have felt overwhelming emotions and wondered how you would carry on with your life.

While living with a spinal cord injury is not impossible in many cases, it certainly puts a substantial number of hurdles in your path. In addition to the direct effects of your injury, you may develop a higher susceptibility to other conditions as well as have a shorter life span.

4 tips to help you through child custody proceedings

Going through a divorce can be one of the most difficult periods of your life. You certainly want to make it through the process as unscathed as possible, but more than that, you want to make sure that your children do not suffer unnecessarily. You also want to make sure that the child custody arrangements do not pose issues that may strain your relationship with your kids.

Because parents often have a difficult time with custody proceedings, you may want to prepare as best as possible for your case. You can take a number of steps to ensure that you present your best self when in court and create a meaningful argument as to why you believe the arrangements you desire would work best for your family.

Why was my workers' compensation claim denied?

Your workplace injury left you hospitalized or home in bed for longer than you could afford. Needing surgery, requiring physical therapy or developing an infection may have prolonged your recovery and raised anxiety in your family about how to pay the medical bills and normal expenses. Fortunately, your employer carries workers' compensation insurance, as required by South Carolina law.

Because you were counting on workers' compensation, you were shocked to receive a letter saying the insurer had denied your claim. Now you have many questions and concerns about what to do next.

Ignoring medication inserts may constitute medical malpractice

The vast majority of physicians may tend to ignore the package inserts that come with prescription medication. While they may seem to be provided as a legal protection for pharmaceutical companies, one professional advises that providers pay close attention to these inserts to prevent medical malpractice. South Carolina residents may benefit from paying attention to these leaflets as well.

One professor, who is also a physician at a medical school, urges all providers to review these inserts before prescribing medications to their patients. He has been an expert witness for malpractice cases and can recite cases where the inserts were disregarded to the detriment of the patient. These inserts are co-written by clinicians from pharmaceutical companies and representatives from the Food and Drug Administration. It is one of the rare times when government agencies and pharmaceutical companies work together to advance the well-being of the public.

Creating a parenting schedule takes a lot of thought

You want the best for your children. You likely felt this desire from the moment you became a parent. Of course, at that time, you may have envisioned yourself raising your kids with your spouse in the same home. Now that you are going through divorce, you may wonder how you and the children will fare in the aftermath.

Fortunately, divorce does not have to end up as a scarring and difficult situation. If you and the other parent enter into the proceedings with the mindset that you want things to go as smoothly as possible, you may have the ability to work through the process efficiently and mindful of your kids' needs.

Parents in midst of divorce encouraged to remember child's needs

While the country experiences changes in politics and economic conditions, every day life goes on for families. South Carolina parents in the midst of a divorce may tend to lose focus on how their children still want to see their world. In spite of a divorce, most children still desire a close relationship with both parents, regardless of whether their family remains intact.

As the holidays come and go throughout the year, there are a few that appeal the most to children. It is at these special times of the year when parents may get so caught up in their personal struggles that they forget what the holidays mean to their children. Family law attorneys claim that during Halloween, they receive numerous communications from their clients claiming that the other spouse failed to follow through on their obligations. Other parents find themselves arguing over choices the other parent made regarding costumes while the child watches and loses interest in participating.

Veterinarian technicians at higher risk for suffering work injury

Every occupation comes with the possibility of an injury. There are some professions, however, where the risk of suffering a work injury is higher, simply due to the often unpredictable nature of the job. South Carolina workers who have been injured on the job may have recourse to monetary assistance from the state's workers' compensation program.

Studies have shown that those who work in the animal care industry suffer a higher rate of injuries than first responders. Vet techs are the ones who have the most hands-on time with the animal patients and are therefore the most likely to suffer a work-related injury. The majority of the injuries suffered are due to encounters with animals suffering sprains, with falls and exposure to hazardous substances rounding out the top three causes. 

Provider and patient advocates seek to reduce medical malpractice

The prospect of suffering harm from trusted physicians seldom enters the minds of ailing patients. Unfortunately, it is estimated that more than 80,000 patients die from medical malpractice in the United States every year. To that end, it may benefit South Carolina residents to seek additional information after receiving any diagnosis. 

In an effort to reduce the numbers of misdiagnoses, approximately 40 provider and patient advocates launched a project intended to study the six key areas where the majority of mistakes are made. The 24-month initiative will examine how mistakes occur while attempting to revamp the diagnostic process. Six contributing factors have been identified as the main causes of most misdiagnoses

Balance issues could impact your life after a TBI

Balance often plays an important role in people's lives. Some individuals may think of creating a work-life balance when this topic comes to mind, but physical balance is also important in life. Without it, you may struggle with simple tasks or find yourself feeling suddenly disoriented, which can prove unsettling.

Unfortunately, many individuals have trouble with balance after suffering a traumatic brain injury. You may have recently suffered this type of injury after a car accident, and you could still be finding ways that that injury has affected your life. When it come to your balance, you may understandably have concerns.

Divorce can include some unexpected surprises

In the vast majority of situations, the decision to marry is more or less straightforward with the biggest decisions possibly involving wedding plans. When it comes to divorce, though, there may be many surprises for the parties involved. South Carolina residents have state laws to abide by, but along with these guidelines, there are elements that many may not have anticipated.

Family law professionals shared some of the unexpected aspects that accompany the typical divorce filing. One of the first surprises may be that the process is much longer than the parties may have realized. Some states, including South Carolina, require a separation period before one can even petition for divorce. Along with that waiting period, the entire process may take months as hearings and discovery time are subject to scheduling delays. In addition to the length of time it takes to divorce, there is likely copious amounts of paperwork that will need to be completed.

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