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What are the most dangerous vehicle-related defects?

It seems like we hear about a new automotive recall every other week, and sometimes, they involve tens of millions of cars throughout the world. Considering that car manufacturers usually fix these defects for free, we should celebrate the opportunity to make our cars safe again without incurring additional expenses. However, there's one very important drawback: Not all vehicle owners get the message and not all of them take their cars to get fixed even when they do.

The fact is, millions of dangerous automobiles remain on the road endangering their drivers and anyone who might unsuspectingly purchase the cars. Here are some of the most dangerous car-related defects you need to watch out for:

2 pedestrians are struck by a motorist in the Town of Ulster

A 38-year-old motorist struck and killed one pedestrian and critically injured another in the Town of Ulster early on the morning of Jan. 6.

The Saugerties' motorist had apparently been driving his 2010 Subaru Legacy along an unlit portion of Ulster Avenue near the Route 199 overpass in the moments before the crash occurred. He pulled over and called police to report the incident just after 12:39 a.m.

How can you treat a whiplash injury?

It's hard not to notice a whiplash injury. A whiplash will usually manifest as an extremely painful, tender and even swollen neck. You may even suffer from splitting headaches as a result of this injury, which is caused by strained, bruised and torn neck muscles from the gravitational forces involved in an auto collision. The accident doesn't even have to be a fast one for whiplash to occur. Many fender-fender benders have left vehicle drivers or passengers with whiplash injuries that take many weeks to resolve.

If you've suffered a whiplash injury in a car accident, the following treatments could help you recover in the best way possible:

  • Ice your neck for 15 minutes every three to four hours for several days. Put the ice in a thin piece of cloth to protect your skin.
  • Take over-the-counter painkillers, which can be enormously helpful. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen can help reduce pain and swelling.
  • Don a neck brace or collar. Either can help give your neck needed support, but don't wear a brace long-term as it will result in weakened neck muscles.
  • Visit a massage therapist, physical therapist or chiropractor. All three can bring tremendous relief to your painful whiplash symptoms.
  • Take a rest from work. Extra rest may be required to give your body time to heal from a whiplash injury.

Common questions about premises liability claims

Property owners, such as the owners of hotels, restaurants and shops -- could be liable if they neglect to maintain safe premises and their negligence results in an injury to those who visit their properties.

That being said, many people who suffer serious injuries on a property are completely unaware of their legal rights and options after they get hurt -- and they never seek the financial compensation they deserve. As such, we want to answer a couple important questions that premises liability plaintiffs commonly have:

2 kinds of medical errors that happen to patients

The last thing you want is a surgical mistake or doctor's error when receiving treatment for a medical condition. Nevertheless, these mistakes and blunders happen on a daily basis at most medical facilities. In most cases, the patients aren't hurt, or their injuries are so minor that no one pays a great deal of attention to them. In some circumstances, however, patients suffer from life-threatening injuries as a result of medical treatment mistakes.

Below are two of the most common errors that happen to patients.

Is the nursing home liable for my loved one's bedsore?

With modern bed technology, bedsores should be a thing of the past. Beds are now designed to reposition themselves and use hydraulics to change the weight distribution throughout the day for patients who are bed-ridden. That said, medical staff members need to program these beds to achieve such a desired result. Failing to properly program the bed could be the cause of your loved one's bedsore injuries.

Once a bedsore has developed, the patient requires swift attention to ensure that the wound does not develop into a full-blown medical emergency. Fortunately, if a hospital catches the bedsore in time, the sore will usually heal without any serious complications beyond pain and discomfort. If the hospital -- due to neglect and negligence -- fails to catch and treat the bedsore in time, then it can become infected. With frail and elderly individuals, the situation can become deadly.

Create a paper trail for a more effective product liability case

Product liability cases are often brought against designers and manufacturers because of items that hurt others. For instance, a toy that cuts a child or a piece of furniture that splits and causes injury are both examples of dangerous products with defects.

Product liability laws allow people to seek compensation if they're injured by defective products or products that manufacturers knew were dangerous but did not warn against. For example, if a manufacturer knows that a product is prone to heating up, they should include a warning that it could become hot. Failing to do that could lead to burns and injuries that leave individuals with hospital bills.

New York limousine crash deadliest since 2009

When you call for transportation to an event, you expect that the driver is going to be skilled and provide you with safe passage from one place to the next. If the driver is not paying attention or under the influence themselves, then there is no question that the day could end badly.

In this instance, it's not yet known what caused this serious collision, but people hope to find out. In the deadliest crash in the last nine years, 20 people were killed. The crash, which took place on Oct. 6, involved a limo and 17 friends who had rented it for a birthday party.

Home health-care services may not be the best solution

When people age, it's likely that they will require some kind of care. The type of care they receive may vary, but many prefer to stay at home. Home care is a popular option because it keeps them in familiar surroundings. This is particularly helpful for those with memory loss and dementia.

Another reason people opt for home care is that they hear what nursing homes are allegedly like. There are some nursing homes that are downright dangerous for residents. Low-staffing levels mean that residents may not get the attention they need, and that leads to neglect and mistakes.

Know who's liable if you're hurt by defective products

No matter what you buy, you want to know that the product is safe. Whether it is a drug for an illness or a toy for your child, it is important that the item is safe for use.

When a manufacturer does not take steps to make sure products fall within safety guidelines, they put the public at risk. It is very important that they are held liable for that.

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