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Expect these things from the personal injury mediation process

If you're injured in any type of accident, it's important to immediately receive medical attention. This will give you a clear idea of your injuries, prognosis and treatment schedule.

As you recover, your attention will turn to your legal rights. For example, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the negligent party with the intention of receiving compensation for your injuries and other damages.

Always undergo a full medical examination after a car accident

Whether you are on a sunny beach vacation or navigating a storm on a highway in Middle America, any time that you get into a vehicle, there is a possibility that you will experience a car accident.

Car accidents of all types are more violent and potentially harmful than we often realize, even accidents that seem relatively minor. Some of us understand the sense of relief that comes over a person after they experience a car accident and do not suffer obvious injuries: a feeling that is often quite dangerous. A number of injuries do not cause pain at first, but may still bring major damage or death to the victim without proper medical care.

Head injury symptoms can last long after vacation ends

Although most people think of their vacation as a break from the strains of everyday living, dangerous accidents can happen anywhere. In fact, some people place themselves at greater risk of injury when they are on vacation by acting much more recklessly than they might in their normal, everyday lives.

Suffering an injury while on vacation presents some serious concerns, especially if the injury is not apparent at first. Often, a person who suffers a blow to the head may not realize that they suffered actual harm to their brain in the form of a mild traumatic brain injury. These injuries may not express any symptoms for up to two weeks, making it very difficult to pinpoint when and where the injury occurred.

4 steps for handling an injury out of state

As a tourist heading to Hawaii, you want to know that you're going to be able to receive medical treatment and other necessities in the case of an emergency. The good news is that Hawaii does have a great medical system, and there is plenty of help for people who get hurt. However, you still need to know what to do if you're hurt while traveling on vacation.

Whether you're on an island or just out of state, knowing what to do when you get hurt is important. Here are a few tips for getting the help you need and taking care of the situation.

Drowning in Guam is a vacation risk: Travelers be warned

There are many reasons to visit Guam, not the least of which is the beautiful tropical scenery. There are gorgeous reefs to swim through as well. But many tourists -- even the strongest of swimmers -- find themselves in precarious circumstances while swimming in Guam's potentially dangerous waters.

Unfortunately, a recent incident highlights these dangers. In November 2018, a 49-year-old woman and her husband of 28 years were visiting Guam on vacation. It was the honeymoon they never got to have, a celebration of the nearly three decades of marriage. Tragically, the woman drowned while the couple were snorkeling around a reef.

The importance of safety equipment in all aquatic sports

Aquatic sports and outings are practically a way of life in Hawaii. From surfing to scuba diving, both locals and tourists love to indulge in playtime out on the waves. Part of what makes aquatic adventures so exciting is the fact that they tend to carry some degree of risk.

Safety should always come first on the water, whether you are a tourist enjoying a parasailing adventure or a Hawaiian resident who has a passion for sailing. Properly maintaining all water sports equipment is important, as is investing in adequate safety gear.

Monitoring prescriptions is critical for safety during pregnancy

Pregnancy is a very uncertain time for the average mother-to-be. Especially if this is your first pregnancy, it is reasonable to be nervous about the potential outcome. Women often execute drastic lifestyle changes during their pregnancy to avoid negative outcomes. These may include changes in diet, a decision to quit smoking or even altering exercise habits.

Some of the decisions you need to make during pregnancy may seem less obvious than others. For example, there is a large number of prescription medications that are safe for women but not safe for pregnancy. Your doctor should carefully monitor the medications you take to avoid consequences to your unborn child.

What's a comparative negligence defense?

Insurance companies and defendants commonly use a defense against personal injury claims known as comparative negligence. The comparative negligence defense essentially tries to lay fault and blame for damages on the plaintiff. This absolves the defendant of liability for financial damages, or results in partial liability of the defendant.

The different types of comparative negligence defenses

Personal injuries: How to heal a broken collarbone or clavicle?

Imagine you were riding your bicycle in the countryside near Honolulu. It was a beautiful day and you were enjoying the fresh air immensely, until a speeding automobile clipped your handlebars and caused you to crash. Miraculously, you survived with only a broken collarbone. Nevertheless, the injury is extremely painful and it's going to take time to heal.

Broken collarbones, i.e., broken clavicles, are common injuries among athletes and accident victims. The clavicle is one of two thin bones on your right or left side that connect your shoulder blades with your neck. Particularly in thin people, these relatively delicate bones are easy to see. The bone is prone to breaking when an accident victim falls on his or her shoulder, hand or arm or, when something strikes the shoulder or shoulder blade directly.

Tips for staying safe while hang gliding in Hawaii

When people plan their Hawaiian vacations, they often try to include some form of adventure. Whether they want to take a helicopter ride over a volcano or try their hand at surfing, there are plenty of exhilarating options. However, any adventurous activity carries some risk of injury. It's important that tourists planning exciting activities educate themselves about basic risks and safety.

Hang gliding is a perfect example of an activity that is a lot of fun but also very risky. You can safely hang glide, but you should educate yourself about the potential risks and how to minimize them before you try your hand at flying. That way, you can enjoy your adventure without as much risk of serious injury.