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What you need to know about medical errors

When a medical professional makes a mistake, the consequences can be extremely serious. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine estimate that medical error ranks third among causes of death in the United States.

Victims of a medical error and their families may have a cause of action for medical malpractice. However, not all mistakes or undesirable outcomes necessarily fall into the category of malpractice.

Understanding the different kinds of burn injuries

Whether at home, at work or in a car, you face the risk of receiving a burn injury. In 2016 alone, 40,000 were hospitalized for burn injuries nationwide. About 73% of these injuries happened at home, while 8% of burn injuries happened in workplaces and 5% on streets and highways.

A burn can be one of the most painful injuries of your life. In addition, you can suffer four different categories of burns as follows:

  • Thermal burns: These are burns you receive when you come into contact with the flames or heat of an explosion or touch a hot object.
  • Scald burns: These are burns you receive when you come into contact with hot liquids, usually water or cooking oil.
  • Electrical burns: These are burns you receive when you come into contact with a downed power line, a malfunctioning electrical appliance, a frayed electrical cord, etc.
  • Chemical burns: These are burns you receive when you come into contact with a caustic material such as toilet bowl or drain cleaners, some detergents, sodium hydroxide or sulfuric acid.

Understanding Erb's Palsy

If you are an Illinois expectant mother, your biggest concern undoubtedly is the health, safety and well-being of your growing baby. While you do everything possible to ensure this, you cannot control everything. Unfortunately, birth injuries can and do happen, even in the best of hospitals and birthing centers. Erb's palsy is one of these.

Erb's palsy is an injury to the nerves in your baby's brachial plexus that happens during his or her birth. It is a fairly rare birth injury that occurs in only 0.5 to 2.6 percent of live births. Nevertheless, when it happens, the results can be catastrophic.

When Doctors Ignore End-of-Life Directives

doctor.jpgPhysicians are obligated to follow the advanced care directives of their patients. Those who choose not to adhere to the requests of their patients can be held liable by the patient or surviving family members for the patient's pain and suffering as well as additional expenses that result. Even as knowledge of the importance of these documents spread, it is estimated that less than 75% of individuals have included these critical documents in their medical files. 

When GPS Steers You Into an Accident

GPS.jpgGPS systems are not flawless and can steer motorists into automobile accidents when they fail. When this happens, the driver may be able to pursue a product liability claim against the manufacturer or a negligence claim against those responsible for programming the data the device relies upon to produce directions. As more and more vehicles are equipped with GPS as standard features, accidents caused by faulty GPS systems are a growing problem that is leading to an emerging field of law.

Choosing the Right Nursing Home to Reduce the Risk of Abuse or Neglect

seniors-1505944_640.jpgChoosing the right nursing home facility can help protect loved ones from elder abuse and neglect. Thoroughly interviewing caregivers and staff, as well as researching the record of the caregiver facility to determine whether there is a history of abuse and neglect is vital. The more detailed the research, the less likely the loved one will become one of the millions of elderly Americans who suffer abuse every year.

How to Avoid Common Car Accident Scams

Some people will do anything to make some quick cash. That is why many drivers resort to staging a car accident to get an unsuspecting victim to either pay out of pocket or through insurance. The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud warns drivers to be wary of these situations and to take appropriate precautions. 

You could end up paying out a lot of money and have a blemished record if you do not fight these scammers properly. Even if you know for a fact the car accident was a scam, you should still retain the services of an attorney to be safe. You should also keep an eye out for possible scams to avoid them entirely. 

Businesses Have a Duty to Report Dangerous Products

product_recall.pngBusinesses are legally required to report any known dangers related to the products they manufacture, import, distribute, or sell. Businesses that fail to do so intentionally place the health and safety of consumers in jeopardy. When businesses violate their duty of care to consumers, victims have a right to pursue legal recourse to compensate them for the injuries and wrongful deaths that occur.

Keeping Children Safe Around TVs and Furniture

When you have children in your home or business, whether they are your own children or visitors, you want the premises to be as safe as possible. In fact, you may have heard about children in the area who were seriously injured when a TV tipped over on them. The reality is that children have curiosity in spades. They see potential in a shelf or stove that adults do not, and an adventurous climb could be in the cards.

Here are some tips for making your premises as child-friendly as possible.

Danger on the Back Roads: Is Your Teen Driving Safely?

country-road.jpgTwo-lane country roads are more dangerous for teenagers than city streets and suburban lanes and it is important for them to learn how to properly navigate these and other diverse environments. Roughly 57% of teenage driving fatalities occur on rural, two-lane roads which are typically narrow and wind themselves over hills and through forests that present unique dangers and driving challenges. Teaching teens to traverse these dangerous roads is essential for keeping them safe.

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