Make Sure You can Trust Your Surgeon

Make Sure You can Trust Your Surgeon

Many hospitals and clinics show commitment in the provision of quality patient care through continuous modernization that will lead to service upgrade, a roster of the best doctors, specialists and highly-qualified nurses, and making sure that patients are diagnosed correctly and given timely treatment.

This is not the case in some medical facilities, however, resulting to their being tagged as bad hospitals or having bad doctors due to the frequency of medical mistakes and malpractice committed in them. As a result of the lack of authentic concern to patients and the errors made in patient care, many hospitals, doctors, and other medical professionals, have been named as defendants in many legal claims for damages.

Medical malpractice, which refers to professional negligence or provision of sub-standard care to patients, is a frightening reality in the United States. Its effects include life-threatening conditions, prolonged illness or even death. But equally frightening as the effects is the fact that these mistakes are results of negligence or carelessness by medical experts – some are even committed by famous and highly-respected doctors in the U.S. In 2010 alone, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services reported about the death of 180,000 Medicare patients: a small figure compared to the 210,000 to 440,000 affected patients which was printed in the by members of the Journal of Patient Safety.

One example of medical malpractice that continues to greatly harm patients is surgical error. Errors committed in the surgical room vary; there is surgery performed on a wrong patient, incorrect surgical procedure, surgery on the wrong site of the body, incorrect dosage of anesthesia, improper suturing and so many others.

In its website, the Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. law firm says that, though complications during surgery may be uncommon incidents, the consequences are significant when they do occur. Surgeons who commit surgical errors can easily alter the quality of life of patients, who also end up needing expensive corrective treatment.

Victims of surgical errors have the legal right to file a tort or civil lawsuit against negligent doctors and/or medical staff to hold them responsible for the injury they cause. The first logical step (for victims) in pursuing a civil suit is making sure that they have a determined and seasoned medical malpractice lawyer or personal injury lawyer who will be able to strongly defend their case

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Important Information about Escalator Accidents

A study by doctors from the Department of Emergency Medicine from the University of Bern notes that there are about 10,000 escalator-related injuries that happen in the United States every year. These injuries are often serious, require immediate medical attention, and are most common among children. Considering these facts, it’s important to ensure that such accidents are prevented and the number of injuries it has caused is lessened.

According to the website of the Goings Law Firm, LLC, property owners hold part of the responsibility for ensuring that escalator accidents are prevented from happening. It is up to these owners to make sure that all the escalators in their premises are properly maintained and regulated, meeting prescribed safety standards. Most accidents occur because some piece of clothing gets caught while a passenger is riding on the escalator. Deflector brushes installed along the side of escalators can help keep passengers riding too close to edges where pieces of clothing can get trapped. Another important safety measure is an accessible emergency stop button that can easily be activated in case an accident does occur. Without these precautions, elevator accidents can easily turn disastrous and those involved can experience severe injuries. Minor accidents that are properly stopped and addressed on time can lead to some bruising and broken bones. However, certain emergency situations can cause injuries that result in amputation and paralysis.

In the same vein, the website of the Williams Kherkher law firm notes that incidents like escalator accidents can lead to a wide range of unfortunate consequences. Aside from the physical pain caused by escalator injuries, victims and their families will also have to wrestle with emotional and financial burdens. The gravity of these consequences becomes even more bothersome considering that most victims involved in such accidents are children. As such, it’s important that the public is properly informed of the potential risks involved in these accidents and other cases of premises liability.

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The Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

According to data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a total of 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents across America in 2012. During the same year, about 76,000 more pedestrians have been injured in traffic crashes. These numbers suggest that at least one pedestrian will be killed in an accident every 2 hours, and another one is injured every 7 minutes. These trends only prove that pedestrian accidents are a serious issue that needs to be prioritized and prevented.

The CDC also point out that pedestrians typically occur in urban areas and non-intersection locations. They are also most likely to occur at night. According to their data, the most susceptible individuals in these situations are pedestrians aged 65 and older. Based on the reported accidents in 2012, about 20% of the victims were elderly individuals. Children are also at high risk for pedestrian accidents. The CDC estimates that about 1 in every 5 kids between the ages 5 and 15 die in pedestrian accidents.

On its website, the law firm Crowe & Mulvey, LLP says that most pedestrian accidents are the result of some form of driver error or negligence. Sometimes, the slightest mistake behind the wheel can lead to catastrophic circumstances. These mistakes can be as simple as drivers failing to yield at stop signs and crosswalks, or speeding through school zones, residential areas, and parking lots.

Accidents can also come from a driver’s failure to properly check blind spots before making turns or changing lanes. In more tragic scenarios, pedestrian accidents can also be caused by drivers impaired by alcohol and other narcotic substances. According to the website of the Law Offices of Crowe & Mulvey, LLC, plenty of pedestrian accidents have been caused by an individual who is driving while under the influence or intoxicated (DUI or DWI). Based on the numbers from the CDC, alcohol impairment accounts for 48 percent of all fatal pedestrian accidents in 2012.

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