Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America behind heart disease and cancer. These errors are also often preventable, so healthcare professionals have put great effort into bringing the instances of errors down. However, are some of these efforts misplaced? If so, could this lead to more medical malpractice? Should Physician Burnout […]
Could Physician Burnout Cause Your Doctor to Make a Medical Error?
Understanding the Spike in Suicides for Pennsylvania Prison Inmates
According to a report published by the CDC, suicide rates have risen over 30 percent since 1999. In Pennsylvania, the suicide rate has increased by 22 percent since 2008. While these numbers are troubling, there are segments of our population where the suicide rate is even higher. For example, the suicide rate for the Pennsylvania […]
How Did a Tire Blowout Result in the Largest Amputation Settlement in the Nation?
While driving her family in her Saturn Relay, a woman was forced off the road as a concrete mixer’s tire exploded. The tire blowout resulted in the tread becoming separated and left to dangerously remain on a busy highway. This led to the Saturn Relay crashing into the huge tread and eventually caused a rollover […]
Are Defective Guardrails Responsible for Deaths Nationwide?
Guardrails are supposed to save lives by helping absorb the impact forces during car accidents. Ironically, certain models of guardrails may increase the chances of death or serious injuries during collisions. Recent deaths across the country were reportedly caused by guardrails, such as the X-Lite. This telescoping guardrail system is manufactured by Lindsay Transportation Solutions. […]
Four Types of Medical Errors in Emergency Rooms
Medical errors can occur in any type of outpatient or inpatient setting. Emergency rooms are a health care setting where medical errors can occur. There are several theories as to why medical errors are more common in emergency rooms than other health care settings. Overcrowding is one possible reason. Regardless of the cause, it is […]
What are the Worst Mistakes During Surgery?
Medical errors are responsible for an estimated 251,000 to 440,000 deaths in the US each year. An incorrect diagnosis, surgical mistake or medication error could lead to a serious injury or death during your next visit to the hospital. Surgical mistakes are a type of medical error that affects thousands of patients each year. Some […]
Could a Flu Misdiagnosis Be Medical Malpractice?
The US is experiencing its worst flu season in decades. Tens of thousands of people have been hospitalized after developing the common viral infection. However, there have also been reports of deaths caused by separate illnesses that were believed to be cases of the flu. Numerous health conditions cause “flu-like symptoms”, even diabetes. When the […]
Are Foster Homes Liable for Child Abuse?
Children may be placed into foster homes when they are taken away from parents who are deemed neglectful, abusive or dangerous by the authorities. Public and private foster care agencies are responsible for providing these children temporary shelter until they can be placed into new homes. These agencies are responsible for providing for the safety […]
What Could Cause Cerebral Palsy at Birth?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 323 children in the US suffer from cerebral palsy, a condition that may be caused by an injury to a developing brain. Cerebral palsy affects balance and posture. Certain types of medical mistakes before and during birth could cause your child to develop […]
Can Winter Coats Keep Child Car Seats from Working?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that child car seats reduce the risk of death during a motor vehicle accident by 54 percent for passengers between 1 and 4 years old. Compared to regular seatbelt use, booster seats reduce the risk of serious injury by 45 percent for children between 4 […]