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Unnecessary C-sections could lead to serious injuries, fatalities

Many expecting mothers in Pennsylvania want to have a vaginal delivery. However, complications during labor could make it necessary for the woman to have a cesarean section (C-section). But, C-sections are a major operation, and unfortunately, sometimes, they are unnecessarily performed, which could result in pregnancy related injuries.

When a Surgical Accident Becomes Medical Malpractice

Surgical Accidents and Errors are More Common than You Might Think

When your life is quite literally in your surgeon's hands, you want to be able to trust that person. But surgical errors in the operating room are far from rare. A 2006 study by the National Institutes of Health reported on over one thousand neurosurgeries and the surgical error statistics are rather sobering.

Serious birth injuries include perinatal asphyxia

Expectant parents in Pennsylvania rely on their physicians to ensure that their child does not suffer a birth injury. One serious type of birth injury is perinatal asphyxia.

Perinatal asphyxia occurs when the fetus or newborn does not have enough oxygen in its blood, or there is not enough blood in the fetus's or newborn's tissues. There are a number of causes of perinatal asphyxia.

What should I know if I suffer an amputation in a car crash?

Many gruesome injuries can occur during a car crash. One possibility is a limb or digit being amputated. These amputations can lead to serious life effects that are difficult to overcome.

An amputation is one of the injuries that is easily seen at the scene of a motor vehicle crash. Immediate medical care is necessary after an amputation because of the risks associated with the injury.

Medical malpractice lawsuits and the res ipsa doctrine

Physicians, surgeons and other medical professionals, even if they have years of education and experience, are only human and they can make mistakes. Unfortunately, these mistakes can seriously harm patients, or even make their condition worse than it was before they sought medical care. When this happens, it is important for victims in Pennsylvania to know that under circumstances, they may be able to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit.

But, it is not always easy to prove that the medical professional committed malpractice. There is hope for those who are pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit though.

Woman dies in truck accident on Route 119

All Pennsylvania motorists, whether they operate a truck or an automobile, need to drive safely. This means watching speed and taking care to look in both directions before turning. If even one of these steps are not followed, it could lead to a serious or even fatal accident, as one tragic incident recently showed.

A 22-year-old woman lost her life in a motor vehicle crash involving a box truck on Route 119 in Youngwood, Pennsylvania. The woman was driving her vehicle north, and the box truck was in the southbound lane. The driver of the box truck was attempting to make a left turn when the collision occurred.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Pennsylvania

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. It serves as a good time to remember that motorcyclists have every right to share the road as do other motorists. This is especially important now that the winter weather is behind us, and more motorcyclists are taking to the streets in Pennsylvania.

However, motorcycling can be a dangerous endeavor. Last year, 3,447 Pennsylvania motorcyclists were involved in a collision. Of those 192 motorcyclists lost their lives in the accident. It is important for motorists to practice motorcycle awareness and drive safely around motorcyclists.

Life can change drastically after a spinal cord injury

Many people don't think about how much they rely on their spinal cord to survive. Your spinal cord is the center of your being since it works with the brain to relay messages to other areas of the body. If you suffer a spinal cord injury, there is a good chance that you will suffer life-long effects.

If you suffer from a spinal cord injury, you should know some basic points about these injuries. This information might help you will need to make decisions about what you are going to do.

Can physicians be held responsible for a misdiagnosis?

No one enjoys being sick. Some minor illnesses, such as a cold, mean a day or two off work, spent in bed with a box of tissues and some cold medicine. Other illnesses though, are much more serious, necessitating a hospital stay, strong prescription medications and weeks or even months away from work. However, no matter how serious the illness, people in Pennsylvania trust that when they go to their doctor for a diagnosis, it will be correct and an appropriate treatment plan developed.

Unfortunately, things are not always that easy. Physicians may erroneously diagnoses a patient's medical condition. Or, there may be a delay in obtaining the proper diagnosis, worsening the condition. Nonetheless, it is possible that the physician could be held responsible for the damages the patient suffered because of their medical negligence.

Federal trucking regulations prohibit texting and driving

Texting and driving is dangerous for any motorist in Pennsylvania, but it is especially dangerous for drivers of semi-trucks. In fact, truck drivers who engage in texting and driving are 23.2 times more likely to be involved in a car accident, or other safety-critical event. Moreover, if a truck driver is travelling at 55 miles per hour, and engages in texting and driving for even 4.6 seconds, it is the equivalent to driving a stretch of road as long as a football field with his or her eyes closed.

For this reason, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has instituted rules for truck drivers texting and driving. Truck drivers may not engage in texting and driving.

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