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Woman files premises liability lawsuit after falling in hole

In a state not far from Washington, D.C., a woman has filed a lawsuit against several businesses after she suffered serious injuries. The premises liability claim accuses the defendants of negligence, carelessness and inattentiveness for their part in her July 2015 slip-and-fall accident. The woman claims that the injuries she suffered during the fall have severely affected her neck, ribs, legs, and right hand and arm.

The incident allegedly occurred when the woman was walking on the sidewalk at a shopping center and fell into a utility hole. As defendants, the lawsuit named Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT), Pet Valu Inc., Aqua America Inc., Budget Services Inc. and Energy Management Systems Inc. The plaintiff alleges that, as the defendants own property or operate businesses at the location, they are all responsible for the utility hole that resulted in her injuries.

Lawsuit alleges surgical errors led to permanent disability

In Washington, D.C., no matter how necessary and life-saving a surgical procedure may be, surgery usually causes most people to worry. Rightly so, as surgical procedures all carry some degree of risk; things can go wrong even with the most highly trained and experienced of surgeons. Unfortunately, at the other end of the spectrum lies surgeons who are not careful enough, and when a patient places his or her trust in a health care professional only to suffer due to surgical errors caused by careless inattention, someone should be held responsible.

In another state, a recent lawsuit is attempting to do just that. A woman has filed a complaint alleging that several health care professionals negligently failed to remove a bulb syringe from her body after her hysterectomy. The lawsuit accuses both St. Elizabeth Hospital of the Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis and a doctor there of failing to administer proper and adequate medical care.

Cerebral palsy devastating outcome of physician negligence

Washington, D.C. parents usually spend the first few months of their baby's life becoming familiar with the day-to-day routine of parenting. Most expect to change dozens of diapers and wake throughout the night for feedings, but few anticipate that they might have to deal with something much more serious. Fetal distress during labor can have devastating outcomes, such as cerebral palsy, which has lifelong implications.

Cerebral palsy can develop for many reasons, including ones outside of physician control. However, just because physician negligence is not always the cause does not mean that it is never the cause. Many babies develop cerebral palsy because of a lack of adequate monitoring, which can inform a physician when a baby is experiencing fetal distress and a cesarean section is necessary.

Many providers refuse responsibility for medical malpractice

Accurate and timely diagnoses are essential for patients in Washington, D.C. Despite this, a significant number of patients nationwide report having experienced medical errors when seeking treatment. This type of widespread medical malpractice is especially disconcerting when health care providers refuse to take responsibility for their own actions.

A recent study from two major institutions discovered that around 21 percent of people have been the victim of medical errors. The reasons for errors varied, but researchers determined that there were seven main contributing factors. Nearly 70 percent of victims blaming a health care provider's inattention to detail. Perhaps more upsetting is the 59 percent who say their doctors refused to listen to their concerns.

Lawsuit: Fatal prescription medication error led to liver failure

Sometimes drug side effects are unavoidable, and the benefits of a medication outweigh the inconvenience. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and if a Washington, D.C. physician is not careful, a prescription medication error can lead to serious injury or, worse, death. Sadly, in another state, a lawsuit was recently filed regarding what appears to be just such an example of negligence in prescribing a medication, and it cost a man his life.

Another individual, as representative of the now-deceased man's estate, filed the medical malpractice complaint on behalf of the patient. The lawsuit accuses several of the patient's treating physicians of negligence. It began in mid-2015 when the patient was mistakenly diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, according to court documents.

Fatal Washington, D.C. car accident kills 1, injures 2

While accidents may be an unfortunate part of life, it can be difficult to be understanding when another's egregious fault or negligence results in serious injury or, worse, the death of a loved one. Not only is it reasonable to want justice, but sometimes the resultant expenses -- either medical, or, tragically, funeral -- are costly, and it stands to reason that the accountable party should be held responsible. Car accident injuries or fatalities are one example of such instances, when another driver's error -- whether a simple case of momentary distraction or something infinitely more selfish, like drunk driving -- comes at a high cost indeed.

A recent head-on collision in Washington, D.C. may be just such a case. The crash left both drivers seriously injured, but also claimed the life of a female passenger in the vehicle that was struck. The 43-year-old fatal victim was traveling in the sedan when an oncoming pickup truck smashed into it.

Woman's eyes permanently burned, alleges medical malpractice suit

Imagine undergoing surgery only to awaken in a worse physical condition than before. In a case that blurs the lines between product liability and medical malpractice, a couple has recently filed a lawsuit alleging that the wife suffered injuries during an eye surgery due to the equipment used. While the surgery didn't occur in Washington, D.C., the scenario is one that could easily have happened in an operating room anywhere in the country.

The plaintiffs, a husband and wife, recently filed a complaint against Bausch + Lomb, Bausch + Lomb Surgical Inc. and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. Per the lawsuit, in 2015 the woman underwent a surgery for cataract extraction with posterior lens implant. During the procedure, the physician used the defendants' equipment, the Stellaris PC and Stellaris Handpiece.

Falling objects involve Amtrak, SEPTA in premises liability case

The responsibility for maintaining safe Washington, D.C. premises goes far beyond keeping parking lots hazard-free and cleaning up slippery puddles. Falling objects pose a serious threat to the health and safety of any individuals on the property. In another state, a train passenger has filed a lawsuit alleging that falling power lines and debris caused her serious injuries.

According to the complaint, in Jan. 2016, the woman was waiting at a train station. When an incoming train reached the station, it was allegedly being operated at too high a speed, which supposedly resulted in it striking low-hanging power lines. This, in turn, allegedly caused debris to shower down on the plaintiff, causing a number of serious injuries.

Prescription medication errors can be dangerous, even fatal

Frighteningly, pharmacy errors occur much more frequently than many people realize. Most of these mistakes, thankfully, are minor, or the mistake is discovered before too much damage is done. Not everyone is so lucky, unfortunately, and while a recently filed lawsuit over an incident involving an incorrect prescription didn't occur in Washington, D.C., these types of medication errors occur all over the country every year.

The lawsuit alleges that a pharmacy's mistake with a man's prescription led to his hospitalization. The man is suing Walgreens for the company's alleged negligence in an incident that occurred in 2016. According to the plaintiff, the defendant gave him the wrong prescription.

Man alleges surgical errors led to quadriparesis, sues for $1M

Most patients in Washington, D.C. are aware that surgeries – even the most minor ones – carry at least some degree of risk. Human bodies can be unpredictable. What should not be unpredictable, though, is the standard of care to which surgeons are expected to adhere, because when surgical errors occur, the results can be devastating.

A man in another state has filed a lawsuit alleging surgical errors resulted in his severe, disabling and permanent injuries. According to the plaintiff, he underwent surgery at the spinal center due to his neck pain. Shortly thereafter, he claims he began feeling a heaviness in his legs. The plaintiff subsequently underwent three additional surgeries, but the quadriparesis did not improve.

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