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Why do doctors leave surgical tools behind?

In some cases, a doctor who does surgery forgets one of the tools or instruments they were using, leaving it behind, inside the patient. This can have a drastic and negative impact on the patient's health. In some cases, it can lead to serious and even fatal injuries. Even in the best cases, the patient needs a second operation to remove the item.

The danger does, to some degree, depend on what object gets left behind. Examples include scalpels, scopes, clamps, sponges and surgical gloves.

Rider killed in motorcycle accident

A woman was riding on the back of a motorcycle, heading down I-240E in North Carolina. As the bike got close to Exit 2, the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle.

The motorcycle crashed, and the woman was thrown off of the bike. Her injuries were so extensive that she passed away at the crash scene, per the Asheville Police Department. She was 55 years old at the time, and she was from Alma, Michigan.

Can social media provide you with an alibi?

You go on Facebook and other social media sites almost every day. You often feel like you should stop and put more of your time into other activities, but you still find yourself browsing the web continuously.

As much as this might waste your time, if you get arrested and are facing criminal charges, it could help your case. There have been situations where social media provided an alibi.

Man facing DUI charges after child dies in accident

A man in North Carolina is facing DUI charges after he was involved in a car accident that took the life of a young child. At the man's first court appearance; however, he claimed he was unsure why he had to go to court and had no memory of what had transpired.

The accident happened on Friday, June 22. According to reports, the man was approaching the intersection between Country Club Drive and Ramsey Street in Fayetteville. The light turned red, but the man did not stop. He went through the red light as the girl and her mother were also going through the intersection, slamming into their vehicle. Reports say that the girl passed away instantly.

Standing up for your small business after a breach of contract

Owning and operating a small business is a difficult job. You often have to do the jobs of multiple people, while not drawing as much income or profit as you might if you took a job elsewhere. It can take months or even years to build up an income stream that can support you and your family. You may work long hours and teach yourself new skills, just to avoid increasing your business expenses.

You likely also rely on those that you contract with, whether they are suppliers or sub-contracted workers. When those parties fail to follow through on a contract, it can leave your small business in a precarious position. You may need to take legal steps when the other party breaches your contract.

The right joint custody schedule can help parents and children

Children are the most important part of a family, even one that is changing form. Offspring may feel powerless when their parents are getting a divorce, because their lives are changing forever and there is not much they can do about it.

Judges who make decisions about child care in divorce cases may consider the wishes of children in their determinations, but it is often the parents who have the effective claims to custody. Parents often share custody in some important ways, in an arrangement known as joint custody.

Wrong-site surgery can change your life

One of the biggest surgical mistakes a doctor can make is operating on the wrong site or the wrong patient. It does happen, though, in part because some surgical teams see multiple patients every day. One simply mistake with paperwork or confusion on the surgeon's part can lead to a disaster that changes your life forever.

For instance, one man had injured his testicle years earlier and it had atrophied. Doctors decided the best option was to surgically remove it so that the constant pain it gave him would end. He went in to have the procedure done, and his surgeon made a mistake. The healthy testicle got removed accidentally, leaving the atrophied one in place.

How do you pick your child's guardian?

It's hard to think about your child growing up without you -- but it could happen. A bad accident or sudden illness could claim your life and leave your child behind.

If you don't have a will that designates a guardian for your child, the state will decide who gets the job. There's no guarantee that the court will ever know or care what you might have wanted unless you put it in writing.

Why does skin heal when the brain does not?

A driver behind you at a red light fails to stop in time. He looks lown at his phone and does not see that traffic ahead has stopped. His Ford F-150 pickup truck plows into the back of your Prius and you wind up in the hospital with serious injuries.

Cosmetically, your injuries start healing quickly. That cut on your face scabs over and begins to fade. Another scrape running down the length of your arm, where you hit the steering column, also starts healing. Doctors tell you that, though you may have light scarring, your skin will heal and look as good as new in a matter of months.

Is bird-nesting right for your divorce?

You're getting divorced, and you are trying to figure out how to divide custody of your children. Should they live with you one week and then go to your ex's house the next week? This does mean a lot of time in the car, a rather complicated living situation for the kids -- who may not really feel "at home" in either location -- and the need to buy two of a lot of things.

Shuttling the children back and forth between homes is very common, but there is one other option. It's called bird-nesting.

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