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What harms are caused by a misdiagnosis of Alzheimer's?

Being told that you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an illness or disease with no known cure is not only devastating news, but is also likely information that will greatly change the life of the patient. Even if there is no known cure, a patient in Pennsylvania may be very open and optimistic about his or her options regarding the possible treatment plans offered to them. But what if these treatment plans hold serious risks? And what if the doctor did not properly diagnose the patient?

Alzheimer's disease is known as a disease that greatly impacts an individual's ability to recall memories. While memory loss is a huge indicator that a patient is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, there are other illnesses that have the primary symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease. Therefore, this could lead to misdiagnosis and patients being treated for Alzheimer's when they are actually not suffering from the disease.

Helping you hold a drunk driver liable after an accident

Despite the statewide drunk driving campaigns in Pennsylvania as well as drunk driving laws, this does not prevent the occurrence of drunk driving in the state. And while much effort has been put forth to increase safety on the roadways and reduce negligent and reckless driving, drivers unfortunately still get behind the wheel of vehicles after they have had too much to drink. Such a situation not only puts the driver's life in danger, but it also endangers the lives of other traveling on the road. When a driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian is struck and injured by a drunk driver, this could tremendously impact the life of a victim.

At Rosen Louik & Perry, P.C., our experienced legal team understands the devastating aftermath accident victims deal with following the carelessness of a drunk driver. Such a collision happens suddenly, and it unexpectedly changes the lives of those harmed by the negligent driver.

Pennsylvania motorcyclist killed by pickup truck

Riding on or sharing the road with a motorcyclist is not uncommon for residents in Pennsylvania. Riding these small vehicles are a great way to enjoy the outdoors, save on gas and efficiently get from one place to another. However, when a motorcyclist is involved in a collision, the results are likely to be traumatic or fatal. Because motorcycles do not have the hard exterior shell other automobiles have, it is likely that riders will be thrown from the bike, causing them to suffer serious injuries.

Pennsylvania authorities were recently dispatched to the scene of a two-vehicle collision. Reports indicate that the crash involved a pickup truck and a motorcycle near the intersection of Brookside Road and Radnor Drive in Lower Macungie Township. The 27-year-old motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Federal trucking regulations addressing driver fatigue

As a previous post highlighted, a fatigued truck driver can be a very dangerous presence on roadways in Pennsylvania. These drivers not only drive long hours and long distances, but they also operate extremely large vehicles that do not maneuver and stop the same way smaller vehicles do. Therefore, when a driver is fatigued, falls asleep behind the wheel or is inattentive, this could result in a serious or even fatal truck accident.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, federal trucking regulations have been passed and enforced as a means to increase safety for truck drivers and those sharing the road with them. One area of concern is hour of service. Regulating how many hours a truck driver can drive at a given time, the number of hours they can work in a week and how often a truck driver must take a break seeks to reduce the chances of truck driver fatigue.

Increasing motorcycle awareness to reduce motorcycle accidents

With summer in full swing, residents in Pennsylvania likely encounter motorcyclists traveling alone or in large groups on roadways throughout the state. While these small vehicles provide an exhilarating way to travel and enjoy the outdoors, what makes a motorcycle different from other vehicles is also what makes it more prone to serious and even fatal collisions.

Motorcycles lack the hard exterior shells provided by most automobiles and trucks. While helmets and protective clothing serve the purpose to prevent and reduce certain injuries, these may not provide adequate protection is a severe collision. Therefore, it is important that motorists and motorcyclists take steps to increase motorcycle awareness, helping to reduce motorcycle accidents.

Could tests for sleep disorders reduce truck driver fatigue?

Whether you are traveling during the day or during the night, most motorists in Pennsylvania will likely share the road with large commercial trucks at some point. These massive vehicles, although important for intrastate and interstate commerce, pose several risks on minor and major roadways, which is primarily due to their size. Another concern arises from the long hours truck drivers work and the long distances drivers travel. Although federal trucking regulations regarding hours of service and breaks seek to address these concerns, there still remains the risk of driver fatigue and drowsy driving for those who suffer from sleep disorders.

Could tests and treatment plans for truck drivers reduce accidents caused by fatigued truck drivers? Following consultation and study-based data, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration proposed rule making that would be used to address drowsy driving. Based on a report that estimated more than 72,000 crashes reported to authorities are the direct result of driver fatigue, rule makers seek to understand whether a driver's sleepiness could be related to a disease or disorder.

What are the signs and symptoms of a brain injury?

As a previous post highlighted, an injury to the head could result in a brain injury. This injury-related trauma could occur in an automobile collision, a workplace accident or due to a slip-and-fall incident on the property of another. In some cases, the trauma to a victim's brain is felt immediately following the incident. However, in other cases, a victim may not notice any signs of an injury or display any symptoms for several hours, days or weeks following the incident. Therefore, it is important for residents of Pennsylvania to understand what to look for after suffering a head trauma in an accident.

What are the signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury or TBI? The effects of a TBI felt by a victim often depend of the severity of head injury and where it occurred. In a mild head trauma, a victim will likely experience temporary confusion and a headache, while a serious TBI could result in a period of unconsciousness, a coma, amnesia, temporary and permanent disabilities and even death. The most common signs and symptoms of a TBI include confusion, fatigue, persistent headaches, neck pain, moodiness, sleep pattern changes, dizziness, sensitivity to light and sound and nausea.

Hospitals need to catch-up on tech to prevent medication errors

Advancements in medicine often mean new and better opportunities for patients in Pennsylvania. Nonetheless, furthering the technology and procedures used in medical care does present some problems. While future medical professionals may be prepared and ready to use these advancements, current medical professionals may have to play major catch-up if such advancements are going to be utilized. If medical facilities are not properly adapted for changes in medical treatments and procedures, this could mean medical errors and injured patients.

The beginning of this year was marked by a major medical announcement by the White House. Making a bold bid to do away with cancer, a nationwide "Moonshot" initiative was made. Mark Zuckerberg promised to bankroll research efforts for cancer, increasing the funding for brainstorming cures by billions of dollars. While these efforts have good intentions, such initiatives could be problematic for the current medical industry.

Helping victims take action after suffering a brain injury

Much like no one ever expects to be involved in a serious accident, individuals in Pennsylvania and elsewhere never expect to suffer a serious brain trauma due to an accident. However, due to the negligence and recklessness of others, accident victims and their families could suffer tremendously. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) could impact a victim and his or her loved ones for an extended period of time or even for the rest of their lives.

Because brain injuries have the tendency to cause long-lasting damage, the recovery process can be lengthy and even last a lifetime. Victims might require long-term care, resulting in various treatments, surgeries, rehabilitation and medications over the course of their life. Such a situation is likely to cause serious financial burdens while an accident victim recovers from a brain trauma or learns to live with the permanent disabilities caused by the brain injury.

The occurrence of spinal cord birth injuries

While many expecting parents in Pennsylvania plan and prepare for the birthing process of their baby, many unexpected events and complications could occur during the labor and delivery process. Although many of the unexpected events are related to the natural complications with the birth of a newborn, an infant could suffer serious birth injuries due to the negligence of a physician or other medical professionals aiding in the birthing process.

One birth trauma that could occur due to medical negligence is a spinal cord injury. In most cases, when a spinal cord injury occurs during delivery, this is a result from excessive traction or rotation. Traction is more likely to occur in a breech delivery, which is when a baby's feet are delivered first. The likely site for a spinal cord injury during a breech delivery is in the lower cervical and upper thoracic region.

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