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Why are medical errors so terrible?

It's no joke when a medical professional makes a mistake that causes you injuries or fails to treat a condition you're suffering from. It's true that most people will suffer from a delayed diagnosis or get the wrong diagnosis at least once, but sometimes those mistakes can lead to devastating consequences for those involved. Inattention or neglect shown by a medical professional can do more than mean someone is sick a little longer; it can mean the spread of disease, increasing damage, and unnecessary pain and suffering.

U.S. Congressman asks Vice President Biden to reform medical device review

The Obama Administration has created an initiative with the hopes of reducing and even eliminating cancer. Vice President Joe Biden is leading this initiative, known as the National Cancer Moonshot. One of the National Cancer Moonshot's goals is to develop an Oncology Center within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to identify and develop new cancer treatments.

Birth injury claims can often involve complex elements

When the beauty of a child's birth is tainted by medical errors that lead to lasting effects, the parents of that child might decide to take action. One of the possible ways they can do this is by filing a lawsuit based on the negligence or malpractice that led to that injury. This is a complex undertaking that can involve a host of points. We can evaluate your case to let you know what your options are if you are ready to seek compensation for the injuries your baby suffered.

Hospitals may perform unnecessary C-section deliveries

When you're having a baby, there are a few options for delivery for most women. You can either have a Cesarean section or a vaginal delivery. Around 1.3 million children are born via C-section each year, and if that number seems high, that's because it is. While there are many factors involved in determining if you're going to have a C-section, sometimes they're ordered unnecessarily. These operations may be needed in special circumstances, like if you could have a child who is too large for the birth canal or complications that require a quick delivery.

Undiagnosed periodontal deisease can lead to periodontitis

Many people visit a dentist once every 6 to 12 months for a regular checkup. During that visit, the dentist should check the patient's gums to ensure they are healthy. If the dentist doesn't properly diagnose gum problems, it can lead to problems for the patient. One of the serious issues that can occur when periodontal disease isn't diagnosed is periodontitis.

FDA Approves Morcellator Bag

For decades, a device known as a morcellator was used in tens of thousands of hysterectomies and uterine fibroid removal procedures. The power morcellator ground body tissue into small fragments, allowing for its easy removal. As a result, women undergoing hysterectomies and fibroid removal procedures had faster recovery times.

What are some important facts about surgical errors?

Surgical errors take place every year and affect thousands of people. According to a report from 2012, over 4,000 preventable mistakes take place every year, leading to medical malpractice lawsuits and payouts. If you're operated on and suffer one of these mistakes, it's your right to speak up and seek compensation.

Commercial vehicle drivers must drive safely to avoid crashes

Commercial vehicles can be on the streets of Washington, DC and the surrounding areas at almost any time of the day or night. These drivers have a duty to drive in a safe manner no matter when or where they are driving. Some drivers don't live up that duty. When they don't live up to that duty, crashes can happen and injuries can occur. We understand just how serious those accidents can be.

Truck accident facts: Why truck accidents are so dangerous

If you've been in an accident recently, you know how seriously you can get hurt. Besides the injuries you suffer, you also have to deal with the damage to your vehicle and a loss of wages when you can't work. You miss out on social activities and may have to live with a disability. All of these reasons are why you need to file a claim after an accident, so you can focus on your recovery.

Johnson & Johnson is now settling morcellator cases

In recent months, approximately 100 women and surviving family members brought claims against Johnson & Johnson, a major manufacturer of the power morcellator. For decades, surgeons used the power morcellator used in hysterectomies and myomectomies, which remove uterine fibroids. The morcellator works by grinding body tissue into tiny pieces. For women with undetected uterine cancer, or leiomyosarcoma, the morcellator would grind cancerous tissue and spread this cancer throughout the body. As a result, cancer that could have been treated was upstaged to Stage 4 cancer within a brief period of time.

Falling objects can be more dangerous than you think

Many people automatically think about slip-and-fall accidents when they think of premises liability cases. While that is one of the common types of accidents that can lead to these cases, it certainly isn't the only type that can lead to them. Falling objects are another type of accident that can lead to claims for compensation.

When is the most likely time for medication errors to take place?

Medication errors are a serious concern in the medical community; they can be simple enough to correct without a problem, but they can also lead to severe disabilities or the deaths of patients. One estimate reported that in any given week, at least four out of five people in the U.S. use prescription medications. Considering how many different prescriptions are isused, it's not surprising that mistakes are made.

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