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Cerebral palsy treatment

Once a child suffers a birth injury that results in cerebral palsy, he or she will often require various types of treatment for the rest of his or her life. There are several different types of treatments that are used, depending on the severity of the child's cerebral palsy.

Treatments include such things as physical therapy, surgery, pain management, devices and equipment and medication. Physical therapy is often used for the child's entire life, beginning as soon as possible after the child's birth. The goal of physical therapy is to help the child become as mobile as he or she can possibly become, and the particular types of physical therapies used may change according to treatment needs.

Wrong-way vehicle injures jogger in Nova Scotia

Halifax Regional Police are investigating a pedestrian accident in which a wrong-way vehicle ran into a jogger in an intersection. The incident happened at Cogswell Street and North Park Street at about 9 a.m. on Nov. 5. At an intersection near the crash site, construction on a roundabout forced the closure of some streets and the redirection of traffic.

The driver of the wrong-way vehicle was a 76-year-old man travelling south on North Park Street in the northbound lane. As he approached the intersection of Cogswell Street, a 33-year-old woman was jogging east across North Park Street. Police say that she did not expect a vehicle to approach her from the north when she stepped into the road. The woman was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, while the driver was unharmed.

RCMP investigating fatal bus crash

Some residents of Nova Scotia may have experience in dealing with accidents such as one that occurred recently in Alberta. According to authorities in Edmonton, two men were killed in a serious crash there that took place on Tuesday, Oct. 28, and a third was badly injured. The incident took place approximately 100 kilometers south of Fort McMurray on Highway 63.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police say the crash involved a southbound automobile and a northbound bus that was carrying at least eight people. The area of highway where the crash occurred has for many years been referred to as the 'highway of death' because of the unusually large amount of accidents there since 1990. For that reason, the provincial government recently financed an effort to make the highway safer for motorists.

NS man killed on dangerous stretch of Highway 104

Authorities in Nova Scotia have reported that a 37-year-old Sheet Harbor man lost his life in the early morning hours of Oct. 17 when the pickup truck he was driving was involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer. The truck accident occurred on a 38 kilometre stretch of Highway 104 in Marshy Hope.

According to a RCMP report, paramedics from the Barney's River & District Fire Department responded to the scene of the accident after being called out at approximately 5:30 a.m. They pronounced the driver of a wrecked pickup truck dead at the scene. A representative of the fire department said that the accident was the third fatal collision to occur on the dangerous stretch of highway west of Antigonish in 2014.

What is negligence?

As some Nova Scotia residents may know, proving negligence in a medical malpractice case can be a huge challenge due to Canada's Supreme Court rulings that established certain liability limits and restrictions on such cases. Therefore, it may be important for a plaintiff's case to understand how negligence is defined according to the law.

For a plaintiff to win a medical malpractice claim in a Canadian court, there must exist strong evidence to substantiate his or her allegations of negligence. The injured party must convince the courts that the defendant's breach of duty of care was the proximate cause of the plaintiff's injuries, the plaintiff's injuries were reasonably foreseeable, the defendant did not deliver the standard of care owed and the defendant owed the injured party a duty of care.

Police crack down on distracted driving

Police in Nova Scotia and the rest of Canada made a concerted effort to crack down on distracted driving over the recent holiday. Referred to as Operation Impact, the police initiative was focused on certain distracted driving behaviours that are known to increase the occurrence of car accidents. After months of educational campaigns on distracted driving, one sergeant said that it was time to enforce the laws.

Police officers in Halifax conducted traffic stops during Operation Impact. During the stops, they reminded drivers to buckle seat belts and refrain from cellphone use while behind the wheel. Officers were also looking for impaired drivers and cautioning motorists about the risks of drinking and driving.

Birth injury lawyers representing the maritime provinces

Hospitals in Nova Scotia and other Canadian maritime provinces have high standards of care for newborns. If your baby was not given the proper care before and during birth, serious health issues, such as cerebral palsy, may result. When your newborn suffers serious injury, the experience is distressing. You may end up wondering how your child will receive proper care throughout his or her life.

Because cerebral palsy has different effects on each baby, it may be difficult to predict how the disability will affect your child. Infections or head injuries that happen before birth can cause cerebral palsy. In other cases, cerebral palsy is caused by birth injury.

2014 statistics for serious reportable medical injuries

There is always a risk of surgeries and medical procedures going wrong, and the Department of Health and Wellness is notified of the serious reportable events. According to figures reported from the IWK Heath Centre and the district health authorities, 19 serious reportable events occurred in Nova Scotia from January to March, and eight occurred from April to June.

Of the patient safety incidents reported in the first quarter, 10 were care management events that mostly involved patients acquiring stage three or four pressure ulcers after being admitted to an IWK Health Centre or DHA facility. Others involved the serious disability or death of patients who did or did not receive treatment or who were under professional care for labour or delivery. Six of these incidents were also reported during the second quarter.

1 dead, 1 injured in highway crash

A woman was killed and another driver was injured in a three-vehicle crash in Nova Scotia. According to an RCMP report, the accident occurred when the woman's vehicle was rear-ended and pushed into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer on Highway 105. Following the car accident, a section of highway near the crash scene was shut down in each direction while police investigated.

RCMP officers reported to the accident scene near Baddeck around 2 p.m. A police representative later confirmed that a 45-year-old Middle River woman who had been travelling in a sedan was struck from behind by a pickup truck while attempting to complete a left-hand turn. Her vehicle then collided with a tractor-trailer that had been travelling in the opposite lane.

Traumatic brain injuries: a public health issue

Nova Scotia residents might not be aware of the extent to which traumatic brain injuries has become a public health issue in not just their particular province but also the country at large. Authorities state that the prevalence of documented cases of traumatic brain injury in Canada has reached 'epidemic proportions." In general, a traumatic brain injury is a non-congenital injury resulting from an external force that impacts the brain so as to alter its functions.

Statistics indicate that young adults constitute the bulk of incidents involving brain injuries. Reportedly, men are two times as likely as women to suffer a brain injury, and fatal bike accidents are often attributed to brain injuries.

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