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August 2016 Archives

Medicated stents might come with some risks

Patients who have atherosclerosis might be told that they are candidates for medicated stents. These medical devices work to keep the narrowed artery open to allow blood flow through it. The stent is a lattice-like tube. If it is a medicated stent, it has a coating of slow release drugs that helps to reduce the possibility that the artery will be close again or become blocked.

Discussing medical errors: A call for more open conversation

With medical negligence and errors causing harm to patients every year, many hospitals are starting to look at how they approach medical errors and are adjusting how they handle them. Instead of denying that accidents or errors took place, more are opting for open policies where it's okay to talk about what happened.

Fatal semi-truck accidents seem to be trending down

Semi-truck accidents are particularly serious, and they can often be deadly. Around 111,000 people were injured in semi-truck accidents in 2014, which is the most current year for which information is available. That same year, 3,903 people were killed in these accidents. The results are mixed when you compare those figures to the previous year.

How are cancer results misdiagnosed?

The failure to diagnose cancer in a timely manner can mean the difference between being able to treat a patient or finding out the patient is terminally ill. The time of diagnosis sometimes correlates directly with a person's chance of survival, and for that reason, the right diagnosis is necessary as soon as possible. If you've been misdiagnosed, you might be working with your attorney to obtain compensation from your medical provider. If a mistake or delay in your diagnosis took place, then you may be able to win your case.

Most cases of Erb's palsy occur as a result of negligence in the delivery room and can call for substanital compensation.

Erb's palsy is a condition that develops as the result of a brachial plexus injury. The brachial plexus is a system of nerves that that controls the movement of the shoulders and arms. A majority of brachial plexus injuries occur during birth in cases involving shoulder dystocia. Shoulder dystocia is a specific type of complication where the child's shoulder becomes lodged behind the mother's pubic bones.

Post-operative complications might be due to negligence

There is almost nothing that is as scary as going under anesthesia to have a surgical procedure done. You know that while you are under the anesthesia, you are totally reliant on the medical team that is taking care of you. You might feel relief when you begin to wake up after the surgery. What you might not realize is that you are at risk of post-operative negligence and malpractice in the hours and days that you are in the hospital after the surgery.

What is the most common mistake doctors make?

It's true that even some good doctors make mistakes, but that's no excuse for the errors. When you're a patient, errors can impact you in a variety of ways, from causing minor inconveniences to causing serious health issues. One of the most common issues that comes up is a misdiagnosis. For someone suffering from the common cold, a diagnosis of the flu might not make a huge impact. The same is true if an allergy is treated as something like pneumonia; you might take a lot of medications, but it's unlikely to hurt you. The problem is when something more serious is misdiagnosed or goes untreated. For example, cancer, which can quickly spread, could turn lethal by the time it's diagnosed correctly.

Teens can suffer brain injuries in car accidents

Teens who are just learning how to drive and those who ride with friends who are new drivers are at a higher risk of being involved in an accident. Car crashes are the primary cause of traumatic brain injuries in teens who are 15 to 19 years old. It is crucial that anyone who has a teen takes the precautions necessary to help reduce the risk of them suffering from a TBI in a car accident.

2 injured in accident caused by driver of stolen truck

Often, when car accidents take place, they're a result of distractions or reckless driving. The driver who is responsible for the accident can be held liable for it in most circumstances, allowing you to seek out the compensation necessary to pay for your medical costs, lost wages and other expenses. As a victim, you are entitled to file a claim against the driver responsible for your injuries.

Pokemon Go can lead to accidents and injuries

Pokemon Go is all the rage these days. While it is wonderful that people are getting out and about and being more active, all of that activity and the need to look at a smartphone for Pokemon means that people are getting hurt. Determining what legal actions you can take if you are injured while playing this game is crucial if you do have an accident.

Pokemon Go's designer may not be liable for injuries

With so many people playing the newest trending app, Pokemon Go, a question has been raised. Who exactly is to blame if someone gets hurt while playing? Shouldn't the company that created the game be liable for injuries that take place as a result of its product, and would you win a case against it?

CMS presents national quality data for hospitals

On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a five-star rating system that applies to nearly 4600 hospitals across the United States. Although the CMS has provided data about hospitals for some time now, the five-star rating system is a new way for consumers to compare and contrast hospitals within their area.

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