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Drivers admitted to hospital after Columbia car crash

Drivers everywhere, not just in New Haven, Connecticut, are expected to drive safely at all times. The rules of the road are often based on the primary assumption that no driver would willingly allow a vehicle to drift between lanes and endanger the lives of other people on the road.

A recent car crash, which occurred in Columbia, Connecticut, illustrates what can go wrong if a person fails to stay in the designated lane in which that person was driving. In the accident, the driver of one car crossed into the opposing lane and hit an approaching vehicle, head on. Both the driver and the victim involved in the head-on collision were taken to nearby hospitals and both people were treated for broken legs. The first driver was also injured in the chest and had to be airlifted by the LifeStar Service, according to state police.

Childhood CT scans to search for symptoms avoidable

Seeing children get injured in an accident is a horrific experience, as anyone in New Haven, Connecticut, would agree. Children are often unable to describe their injuries, making diagnosis difficult and requiring doctors to take all measures available at their disposal to determine the severity of the child's injuries. This is especially true of a brain injury, where the damage is often internal and not immediately obvious.

Until now, children who suffered head injuries were diagnosed using the widely available computerized tomography (CT) scanning. However, it has since become known that CT scans may expose children to low levels of radiation, which could have a long-term impact on their health. Despite that risk and given the convenience and efficiency of the scan, the risk was generally accepted by parents and frequently used by doctors.

Naugatuck auto accident leaves one seriously injured

To most folks in New Haven, Connecticut, the idea of road rules is only connected with the actual driving of one's vehicle on public roads. Sticking to the speed limit, driving within one's lane and stopping at traffic lights, these are usually thought of norms during driving. Nonetheless, care is also required, no matter where the vehicle is being operated. Often, the most horrific car accidents can happen on one's own street, which usually are the most frequently navigated.

In a recent incident in Naugatuck, Connecticut, a motorcyclist was critically injured in a collision with an automobile at an intersection on Route 63. According to the police, the driver of the automobile, however, was not seriously injured. The accident apparently occurred when the car was making a left turn onto Route 63, which needed to be closed for some time after the accident. Neither the car nor the motorcycle had any passengers.

Misdiagnosed cancer victim compensated for medical malpractice

Medical malpractice or medical negligence is defined as any act or omission by a doctor or medical practitioner who, by digressing from the usual medical practices, causes injury to the victim. Numerous medical malpractice lawsuits are filed in the United States every year, with victims of medical negligence often suffering severe disabilities and exorbitant medical expenses.

Recently, the daughter of a cancer patient who passed away was awarded substantial monetary compensation after it was found that the radiologist failed to notice cancer in the patient's x-rays. A different doctor found the victim suffering from advanced stages of lung cancer. The findings were too late however, and the lady passed away from the disease. The daughter sued for medical negligence and the jury found the doctor guilty of the charges, awarding the daughter $16.7 million dollars.

Robotic leg approved by FDA for spinal cord injury victims

Any Connecticut resident who has suffered an injury to their spine, knows how dramatically it can affect their daily lives. A spinal cord injury is any injury caused by a jolt or impact to the spinal cord of the victim. The severity of the injury or disability may be determined by the degree of impact and the location where the spinal cord is injured. In many cases, spinal cord injuries render a victim temporarily or permanently paralyzed. Spinal cord injuries impair the neurological functioning of the affected nerves and may cause additional long term effects. Victims often suffer psychological side effects as well.

Recently, federal health regulatory bodies approved a new robotic leg brace that may be beneficial to paralyzed victims. The new product, known as ReWalk, boasts a unique design developed to ensure that victims of paralysis can walk again. The leg brace has motion sensors as well as motorized joints that respond to slight upper body movements to help regain mobility. Crutches can also be used to provide extra stability.

New helmet tests to protect from brain injury

Traumatic brain injury is any jolt or blow to the head causing injury to the brain. It may lead to temporary or permanent disability, and in severe cases can be fatal. While car accidents are one of the more common causes, sports athletes are also highly susceptible to traumatic brain injuries.

Due to the aggressive nature of the game, football players are especially vulnerable to brain injuries. Many new technologies are being studied to help protect athletes from such perils. Some smartphone applications have even been developed to immediately recognize brain injuries. While helmets are designed for protection against severe injuries, there is still room for improvement.

Mothers of birth injury victims join educational movement

Birth trauma is defined as any injury that an infant suffers during labor or delivery. It may be caused by trauma suffered during a difficult delivery of a baby. It may also be an injury that is caused by post-obstetric manipulation of the fetus, used to ease the delivery process.

Pregnant women in Connecticut should know that a vitamin K injection for newborns is becoming a necessity following childbirth. Many mothers who had previously given birth to healthy children often refused to get the shots for their newborns. However, medical professionals believe that newborns can suffer seizures, brain bleeding and other health problems from insufficient vitamin K levels.

Two people hospitalized after accident in Connecticut

Car accidents have become an increasing problem on U.S. roads in the last several years. Various factors can possibly cause a car accident. One of the leading causes of a car accident is distracted driving. Distracted driving is a situation where the driver gets distracted by any number of things and stops paying attention to the road ahead and causes an accident. Drunk driving and texting while driving are forms of distracted driving.

Recently, a motorcycle collided with a car on Route 140 in Ellington. The accident caused the two motorcyclists to be injured and they were taken to the hospital. The car driver was apparently unharmed in the accident. Police stated that the motorcycle, which was carrying a 73-year-old man and a 70-year-old woman, rear-ended the car and the motorcycle fell on its side. Although the motorcyclists were injured, their injuries were not fatal.

Bike-sharing leading to increased brain injury cases

As bike share programs continues to spread from city to city, some are calling into question one potentially harmful element of the two-wheeled trend - the lack of helmets. While a city-wide bike share program has yet to debut in New Haven, the relatively recent addition of Zagster bike share to the campus of Yale University makes recent studies on such programs and associated injuries resonate.

Two school buses collide in multi-car crash in Connecticut

Accidents are a major problem that cause far too many deaths and injuries to America's drivers. Car accidents can be caused by any number of reasons, but many car crashes are caused by distracted driving, texting and driving or drunk driving.

Recently a multi-car crash in Connecticut involved five automobiles, including two school buses. One of the bus drivers was airlifted to a hospital, but the 22 school children aboard the bus were reportedly not seriously injured. However, all injured were taken to the hospital as a precaution. Luckily, the accident did not cause any fatalities.

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