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Not all brain injury symptoms are immediately apparent

The day you were involved in a serious car accident in Pennsylvania may have started out like any other day. Perhaps you were driving your children to school or were on your way to a business meeting. You are a cautious driver and were alert and ready to react behind the wheel as needed. However, when the vehicle across the intersection from you blew through a red light, you were not expecting the sudden, horrific collision that occurred.

A few moments later, you were actually surprised you were still alive. This is a common feeling among those who suffer injuries in sudden vehicle accidents. Some of your injuries were obvious, such as the lacerations on your face and head and the signs of a broken bone in your arm. Thankfully, rescue workers were on the scene in no time and you were transported to the nearest hospital for care. Since then, you have developed other symptoms that may be signs of a more serious problem: traumatic brain injury.

Bacterial infection possible in open-heart surgery patients

Did you undergo an open-heart surgical procedure between Oct. 1, 2011 and July 24, 2015 at WellSpan York Hospital here in Pennsylvania? If so, you may have received notification that you are one of thousands of patients at an increased risk for contracting a potentially harmful infection. Other hospitals in the region experienced the same issue, such as Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

You may wonder why you received notification years after your procedure. The type of bacteria responsible for the infection, Non-tuberculous Mycobacterium (NTM), grows slowly. So far, WellSpan York Hospital reports that eight living patients (seven remained in active treatment as of June 12, 2017) and six deceased patients contracted a harmful infection from this bacterium at its hospital. Please note that there is no confirmation that the deceased patients died because of this infection.

Keep your cool in the fevered aftermath of a hit-and-run

From someone running a red light to a minor fender-bender to a major collision, all traffic incidents are unsettling to one degree or another. Few are as upsetting, though, as a hit-and-run. When another driver runs into your vehicle -- whether you're driving at the time or your car is parked -- or when an automobile strikes you while you're walking, then flees the scene, this is a hit-and-run. Hit-and-runs also include instances when the driver provides contact details after the accident, but you later discover the information is untruthful.

Hit-and-runs are especially upsetting because you suffer injury and property damage through no fault of your own, while the at-fault individual tries to escape any accountability. Preparing yourself ahead of time and knowing what to do if and when a hit-and-run does occur may help you stay calm in the midst of such a stressful situation, which then allows you to collect as much information as possible. This information is often your best bet for pursuing justice and helping hold the accountable party responsible.

Lack of oxygen during birth can permanently affect your baby

Having a baby is a time of excitement and joy for a Pennsylvania family, but this time of celebration can be marred when a birth injury occurs. Babies are susceptible to various types of injuries during birth, and doctors and care providers must be extremely vigilant and cautious when intervening, assisting in a birth and monitoring for problems.

One of the most common types of birth injuries is hypoxia. This is due to a lack of oxygen, and it can happen during, before or even after the baby is born. Babies who experience hypoxia during birth may have to deal with permanent brain damage and a lifetime of medical needs. These birth injuries are cost prohibitive for the mothers and fathers who must care for an injured child.

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