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Medical malpractice and holding the medical system accountable

When faced with an issue regarding our health, we trust our well-being to medical professionals. Much more often than not, this trust is well placed. However, there are instances where it is not. Health professionals are human, and they make mistakes. Unfortunately, these mistakes have far-reaching repercussions, affecting victims of medical malpractice in life altering, severe and sometimes shocking ways.

What are the signs of nursing home neglect?

One of the most emotional and difficult decisions a person can face is the decision to place a loved one in the care of others. To trust that your family members will be well taken care of, and their health and well-being made a priority is a lot of trust to place in nursing home staff. You have every right to expect a reasonable standard of care for those you love. Sometimes, unfortunately, that trust is misplaced.

Workers' Compensation looks at both sides

As an employee, being injured at work can cause tension between you and your employer and, depending on the extent of the injuries, an investigation into the incident may be required. If, during the course of the investigation, your employer was found to be at fault, your employer may be subject to fines and charges. Regardless of injury, Workers' Compensation is in place to compensate you for such things as missed work, medical expenses, lost wages, and medical bills relating to the incident, as long as you (the employee) were not found to be under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs at the time of the accident.

Common truck driving accidents

Truck drivers often operate on little to no sleep, especially when traveling long distances. Although most truck drivers make it safely to their destinations, there are cases in which the truck or the driver never does. The issue of truck driver fatigue has been long debated and relatively ignored over the decades, which is cause for concern. Not all 18 wheeler accidents are fatal, but the damage involved, and the delays in traffic are costly for everyone on the roadways.

The continuing discussion of bill HB 377

For most of us, having a baby is a joyous time, a time to welcome a new member into the family. It is a time to celebrate and prepare for the new arrival. However, no amount of planning can ever prepare you for the possibly devastating effects that result from complications during delivery.

Moving loved ones to a nursing home can be a difficult decision

When we think of nursing homes, we may not always think of a bright and cheery environment where our loved ones might want to live, let alone a place where they would receive the same level of care and attention that we would give them at home. However, many nursing homes do just that. They provide safe and caring environments for our loved ones who require additional personal and medical care. This is not just the case for our elderly relatives, such as our moms and dads, but also loved ones who may require extra care due to a permanent disability.

Distracted driving at the heart of most car accidents

While road conditions and vehicle maintenance can be linked to causing a great number of auto accidents, the overwhelming culprit remains driver error. Accident investigations have shown that driver attention can be linked to the majority of car crashes each year and with staggering costs. The human death toll, brain injury, pain and suffering that result from a moment of distraction is tragic.

What should you do if you're injured at work?

Every year thousands of Americans are involved in workplace accidents that force them to miss work, deal with lost wages and have to face large medical bills. Accidents at work can be the result of unsafe working conditions, repetitive stress or a simple, temporary lapse in an otherwise safe working environment.

Are autonomous cars ready for the roads? Some say no

If you follow the news like we do, particularly news about technology advancements for vehicles, then you're probably looking forward to autonomous cars. Able to scan the environment around them, autonomous cars promise a future void of accidents caused by human error. Less crashes mean less injuries and the possibility of a lower risk of wrongful death as well.

But despite steps by companies like Google and its now famous Google car, autonomous cars may still be decades away from being introduced to the public. And after hearing about a recent Google car crash, our Maryland readers can see why.

Dentists can make fatal surgical mistakes too

When most people think of the term 'surgical mistake' they oftentimes think of an error committed by a doctor or hospital personnel that led to injuries or the death of a patient. Though this is true, the scope is not just limited to doctors, nurses and other hospital workers. Anyone associated with the medical field, including chiropractors, plastic surgeons and even dentists can make medical mistakes that could end up harming a patient.

Just like doctors and nurses, medical professionals in other fields of medicine should be held liable for their mistakes. But sometimes a reprimand from a medical board or the suspension of their medical license is not enough. In some cases, seeking a medical malpractice lawsuit is the only way an injured patient or a grieving family can get a sense of justice.

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