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Birth injuries blamed on widely-used epilepsy medication

Epilepsy is a difficult condition to manage, so when doctors find a medication that works, they may encourage their patients to take it — even if it comes with possible health consequences. However, the health consequences associated with one common epilepsy medication are having devastating effects on babies.

According to medical researchers, taking the epilepsy drug topiramate may increase a pregnant woman's risks of giving birth to a baby with birth injuries.

Not all tourist activities are safe for you to enjoy in Hawaii

For many people, a trip to Hawaii is a major life goal. It's that one perfect vacation on their list that they desperately want to cross off. There's a great reason that so many people visit the islands of Hawaii. It's a beautiful place, with all kinds of adventures to be had. People often come in hopes of having a new, exciting experience in a beautiful setting.

Unfortunately, every year tourists to Hawaii end up severely hurt as a result of their vacation. That can cause all kinds of financial and professional issues for the people who suffer injuries. Many times, the medical care they receive in Hawaii is out-of-network for their medical insurance policy. That can mean a massive out-of-pocket cost or very little coverage.

Medical mistakes are a leading cause of death in the United State

You place a lot of trust in your doctor. After all, he or she went to medical school and has the experience and education to guide in making the best possible medical decisions. For most people, the faith they place in a doctor is reasonable, and the doctor upholds that trust through years of providing care. In some cases, however, the decisions, actions or inaction of a doctor could have a profoundly negative impact.

It only takes a few seconds for a mistake on the operating table to result in permanent consequences. Mistakes with the administration of medicine could also be dangerous, while failing to diagnose a condition could increase a patient's chance of dying due to the illness. Educating yourself about the dangers of medical mistakes can help you advocate for yourself in a medical setting.

Why avoiding trial could be the best strategy in Hawaii

Going to trial is always a lengthy and expensive process, no matter what the case at hand is. With bigger cases, especially in the areas of medical malpractice or personal injury, many people believe that taking their case to trial and fighting the hard fight will help them get the best possible result.

However, taking a case to trial is often an unnecessary expense. It is likely that engaging in an alternative dispute resolution such as mediation will achieve a more successful result that is less expensive for both sides. There are several types of alternative dispute resolutions. The most common are the processes of arbitration, mediation and early neutral evaluation.

Don't fight a rip current: Try to go with the flow

Most people who get trapped in a rip current have something going for them: They probably already know how to swim. To get far enough out into the ocean to have a rip current overtake you, it's usually necessary to be a swimmer -- otherwise, you never should have gotten into the ocean in the first place.

When it comes to surviving a rip current, though, patience is just as important as good swimming skills.

Implanted defibrillators are not always safe

An "implantable defibrillator" sounds like a great idea. It's an electronic device that a surgeon implants in your body to help you overcome the problems associated with life-threatening kinds of cardiac arrhythmia (also known as irregular heartbeat). As the heart goes out of rhythm, the defibrillator gives the heart a mild shock to reset the rhythm back to normal.

The problem is, these devices are not always as safe as doctors claim them to be. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled certain brands of implantable defibrillators.

Don't get in a boat on vacation with someone who's drinking

Many people travel to Hawaii to enjoy the warm weather, sun and tropical setting. For a significant number of people, vacation also involves alcohol. You may enjoy cocktails on the beach, mimosas at the resort's brunch or cold beers after a long, active afternoon hike. There's nothing wrong with unwinding with a few drinks, or even a few too many, as long as you have someone sober to transport you places.

While you may understand the importance of sober drivers in motor vehicles, you may not realize how dangerous alcohol can be when mixed with boats. You may think that since there are no roads, it's less risky to get into a boat with a driver who's also drinking. That could be a mistake that results in serious injury or death instead of a good time.

Advice for preventing medical malpractice

When you go to your doctor for treatment regarding a medical condition, the last thing you want is to become the victim of medical malpractice. Unfortunately, though, numerous Americans go home from their doctors far worse off than they were to begin with.

Patients, however, can take some practical steps to avoid medical malpractice.

How do I prove loss of consortium?

Maybe your spouse is suffering in the hospital after a serious car crash. Maybe your spouse is at home and permanently disabled after a catastrophic slip-and-fall event. Regardless of the situations, if your spouse was seriously hurt in an accident due to no fault of his or her own, your spouse probably isn't the only one who's suffering.

As the husband or wife of an injured spouse, you have probably lost numerous spousal benefits, like loss of affection, loss of companionship, loss of spousal services and other types of losses. Having suffered these losses of spousal benefits, you may have the right to pursue financial claims against the party at fault for the accident.

The hang-ten tips to prevent surfer injuries

Surfers come from around the world to Hawaii to enjoy the awesome waves, the spectacular scenery and the peaceful, tropical ambiance. They don't come to get injured, they come to hang ten!

However, if surfers aren't careful, their dream vacations can end in disaster. A fun time on the waves can turn into the sad end to a perfect vacation in zero seconds flat. That's why we've put together our "Hang-Ten" surfing safety tips to help you stay safe and injury free during the best vacation of your life.