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Recognizing a hospital error can be a key to being compensated

Pennsylvania residents who need to have medical treatment are placing their trust in their doctor and the facility. It is unfortunate that there are instances when that trust is misplaced and there is a mistake. While many errors do not cause damage to the patient, there are others that can lead to a worsening of the condition, injury and death. The Centers for Disease Control states that as many as a quarter of a million people die due to medical errors annually. Medical facilities have certain steps they are taking to try and reduce this number. It is important for patients to be aware of who is most at risk and what the dangers are to keep an eye on potential mistakes that might have injured or killed a loved one.

Hospitals are advised to keep an eye on those who are most vulnerable. Some groups are at higher risk than others. Patients who are isolated, those who do not speak English, people who are dealing with chronic diseases, and those taking multiple medications are in greater jeopardy. This is because there are more ways in which a mistake can be made. Another problem is when injectable medications are being prepared. It was found that nearly one out of ten were not prepared correctly.

Pennsylvania hockey player dies after traumatic brain injury

When playing any sport in Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S., there is a chance at injury. This is true not just for athletics, for any activity. Some, however, are more dangerous than others due to their sheer nature. If it is a contact sport with hard surfaces, then logic states it is more likely that a person will have a head injury at some point. Unfortunately, a head injury can result in a traumatic brain injury and cause significant, even fatal, damage. Those who have been affected by an injury of this kind or lost a loved one because of it need to have a full investigation into the incident to determine if steps could have been taken to prevent it or to provide treatment in its immediate aftermath of a possible brain injury to avoid troublesome scenarios.

Hockey is known as a hard-hitting sport. The ice, the boards and the game itself are unforgiving. Those who take part in the sport are aware of this and this reality hit home when an 18-year-old hockey player for a club team collapsed after a game and died. According to observers and fellow players, no one saw this particular young man take a hit to the head at any point, but the cause of death is said to have been blunt-impact head trauma.

Is your newborn baby showing these symptoms?

You just came home from the hospital with your newborn baby, and you're looking forward to the next six weeks without work. Your legal secretary job can wait. During the next month and a half, you plan to rest, recuperate and get to know your baby during your maternity leave.

However, as soon you get home, your mother's instincts tell you something's wrong. Your baby - who was extra big when he was born - is having trouble moving around the crib. It seems like he can't move his arm properly, and after a few minutes of internet research, you begin to suspect that he's suffering from a condition known as Erb's palsy.

Study indicates misdiagnosis of asthma is common

Pennsylvanians will often associate a dangerous misdiagnosis made by a medical professional with cancers, heart attacks, strokes and other life-threatening illnesses or conditions. Other medical problems can also be misdiagnosed and lead to the patient receiving the wrong treatment or medication that is not applicable to them. One such condition is asthma. A recent study indicates that as many as one in three adults who receive the diagnosis of having asthma might not have it.

Researchers examined 613 adults who, in the previous five years, were diagnosed as having asthma. Those who were given medications for asthma were weaned from it in a time span of four visits to a clinic to determine if their lungs were functional without the treatment. 203 of the participants were found not to have asthma. This came to 33 percent. With follow-ups for one year, 181 were still exhibiting sufficient lung function to receive a diagnosis of having asthma.

Study suggests trucker health can factor into truck accidents

Trucks are a part of the landscape in Allegheny and across the U.S. While the majority of these trucks are simply seen and accepted as necessary to transport goods back and forth, it can be ignored that an 18-wheeler truck accident can cause serious injuries and even death. These vehicles are large, often travel at high speed and go long distances. The drivers might or might not be qualified. The truck could be operated unsafely. For those who have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck crash, certain factors that recede into the background must be considered. One is trucker health.

Truckers often have health problems that are made worse by their lifestyle choices such as eating poorly and resting intermittently while working. Research from the University of Utah looked at data of more than 49,000 commercial truck drivers. It was found that 34 percent had at least one of the following: diabetes, pain in the lower back, and heart disease. All of these can negatively affect a trucker's ability to drive in a safe manner. A driver who has three or more of the medical issues is between two and four times as likely to have an accident in comparison to truckers who are healthier.

Legal helps after injury or death due to a drunk driver

Drivers in Allegheny might operate their vehicles safely, follow all the traffic laws and make certain that they are doing all the right things and still be involved in an auto accident. These accidents can cause injuries and fatalities. What makes any crash worse is if it happened due to the risky and careless behavior of another person. This is the case when a person is hit by a drunk driver. Because an accident with a drunk driver can cause such extensive damage and even lead to death, it is imperative that the person who was hit by a drunk driver and the family of a person who was killed understands their rights to seek compensation in a legal filing.

It is known that driving under the influence is against the law and there are significant consequences in Pennsylvania if a person is caught doing it. Unfortunately, that does not stop the practice. People might believe that they are not impaired or are in good enough condition to drive when they are not. Failing to be fully cognizant of what one is doing behind the wheel is dangerous and often leads to tragedy. Those who are negatively affected by a drunk driver must be aware of this and the other factors that can result from an accident and act accordingly.

Study examines brain trauma and death in football

Football is an ingrained activity throughout Pennsylvania. It can be a dangerous sport to play. Just how dangerous is only now beginning to be fully understood. With the violence that is inherent in the game, there are inevitable injuries. Unfortunately, many of these are head injuries that result in brain trauma. Studies are constantly being conducted and information examined to determine the frequency of a traumatic brain injury in young football players.

Data accrued in the decade from 2005 to 2014 found that a nationwide average of 2.8 fatalities occurred from football injuries to the brain and spinal cord for high school and college players. The data came from the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research (NCCSIR) with researchers assessing the deaths from these types of injuries suffered in football from the years listed above. The athletes were assessed based on their age, the level at which they were playing, what position they played, the injury they suffered, what medical care they received, and the listed cause of death. There was a total of 28 deaths. 24 involved high schoolers. Four were college players. All the college players had a brain injury. 22 of the high schoolers had a head or brain injury. Subdural hematoma was the most common cause of death.

What are the most common medical errors that could harm you?

Much discussion has been spread regarding medical mistakes and how they impact residents in Pennsylvania and other states across the nation. While it has been noted that fatal medical mistakes rank high when it comes to giving a number to the leading causes of death in the United States, it is more important to note how likely medical mistakes are and what are the likely types to impact patients in the U.S.

What are the most common medical errors that could harm you? While many patients fear that something could get left inside of them during a surgery, the wrong body part is operated on there is a patient mix-up, these are not the likely errors to impact the average patient. While these severe medical errors do unfortunately occur and frequently make headlines, this post will focus on the five medical errors that are the most common.

Monitoring pregnant women with congenital heart disease

Finding out that you are pregnant is frequently an exciting event for women in Pennsylvania. Despite it being a joyous moment, it can also be a concerning time for those mothers-to-be that suffer serious illnesses and diseases. While it is still possible to have a successful pregnancy with some of these diseases, this situation requires much medical attention and ongoing monitoring. The failure to monitorduring pregnancy is not only a negligent act but could also be the medical negligence that leads to a harmed infant or injured mother.

Medical researchers have confirmed that it is possible for women with congenital heart disease to have a healthy and successful pregnancy. But this is not a possibility without much help from an experienced team of medical providers. In fact, the American Heart Association urges that pregnant women with congenital heart disease need to work closely with their doctors prior to, during and even after their pregnancy.

Helping you take action after a pregnancy-related injury

Sharing the news that you are pregnant is a rather exciting experience for most women in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. In fact, the entire pregnancy process can be very joyous. Whether a pregnancy is planned or not, or if it is a woman's first pregnancy or not, there can be a lot of unknowns throughout the pregnancy. Therefore, many women rely on the expertise of medical professionals to monitor them up until labor and delivery. While this can help detect any issues or complications, negligent monitoring could result in serious and even life-threatening issues for both the mother and baby.

At Rosen Louik& Perry, P.C., our experienced legal team understands that mothers-to-be seek to act in the best interest of their baby. However, these wishes can be strained when medical professionals fail to uphold their duties. Thus, we are dedicated to assisting mothers and families in Allegheny County who have been harmed by malpractice and the mismanagement of pregnancy, labor, delivery, post-delivery care or neonatal care.

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