A list of the most common Medical Malpractice Claims
With all of today’s advanced technology, negligence and medical malpractice situations unfortunately still occur. Sometimes it’s due to a hospital being overfull, and the staff is overworked, and sometimes it’s because someone just wasn’t paying attention like they should have been. While it’s true that most doctors and nurses do their best providing care to their patients, deadly or life-altering mistakes are still possible, which is why we have medical malpractice claims. Here is a list of a few of the most common medical malpractice claims:
Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis
These are common claims due to the fact that there are some diseases out there that can be difficult to identify, as well as the fact that some ailments hide behind others. The most prevalent misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis claims that arise most often are in regard to cancer in adults, and meningitis in children. Furthermore, situations where someone comes to a hospital, and then is discharged, only to have recurrent and even fatal symptoms, are common malpractice claims.
Another common medical malpractice claim is mistakes made in prescribing or administering prescription drugs. This particular error always turns out to be a major problem. While most of these errors occur in patients over the age of 60, it happens to those in other age groups as well. These mistakes are generally made when a doctor or nurse fails to properly review the patient’s medical history and prescribes a drug that works detrimentally against another prescription the patient is taking, or mistakenly prescribes the wrong drug.
Unfortunately, surgery errors are another all-too-common medical malpractice claim always showing up on the reports. While a majority of these particular claims reported are non-life-threatening issues, like accidental nerve damage, and leaving a foreign object, like a medical sponge, inside the body, there are other, much more serious problems. Sometimes these claims are made against surgeons due to an inability to control bleeding, and there are situations where surgeons have operated on the wrong body part or even the wrong patient. These types of errors are always due to very poor or missed communication.
How To Prevent Driver Fatigue
Whether it’s a truck driver hauling your next load on a long delivery or a someone driving back from a business trip they didn’t sleep a wink during, they probably have one thing in common: driver fatigue. This comes about when a driver has had a lack of physical or mental energy and their performance dwindles. This commonly due to lack of sufficient sleep. And the reason behind that can be a number of things (working too many hours, stress, insomnia or sleep apnoea, etc.). However, no matter the reason, drivers fatigue can be a fatal hazard to both the driver and any victim driving nearby. So what can be done when one is fatigued while driving?
Try to make it a goal to get a good night’s sleep every night. Try not to drive when your body is naturally drowsy. If you’re so sleepy that you may fall asleep behind the wheel, choose a safe place to pull over and rest. It’s better to take a nap on the side of the road than to cause harm to you or someone else.
Naps Aren’t Just for Kids
Taking a short nap is a great way to get an energy boost. When feeling drowsy or less alert while driving, take a nap in a safe spot you can stop at. Naps should consist anywhere from 10 minutes to 45 minutes. Always try to give yourself at least 15 minutes to wake up after your nap before you resume driving.
Know the Symptoms
- Sore or heavy eyes
- Delayed reaction times
- Not concentrating on your driving
- Driving speed creeps up or down
- Loss of motivation
“Alertness Tricks” Don’t Work
Any kind of alertness trick you can think of (smoking, turning up the radio, slapping yourself, drinking coffee, and opening the window) aren’t the best cures for fixing drowsiness. They can help for a little bit, but that fatigue is still there and it’s dangerous. When in doubt, nap.
Can You Reopen a Personal Injury Case?
You may have had a personal injury case in the past that did not turn out in your favor and you want it looked at again. However, you cannot reopen a personal injury case that has been settled. If you and the defendant came to an agreement on a settlement amount, then it was most likely required of you to sign a form that releases the defendant and their insurance company from any future claims arising from that same accident or injury.
Even if such a document was never signed by you, most likely there was some sort of verbal settlement agreement that acted in the same way as the release. One of the two had to have been done for insurance companies, who are pretty upfront with getting settlements squared away without anything coming back at them. So no matter the details of your case, there is a good chance you won’t be able to reopen your personal injury claim after it has been settled. However, contacting a professional injury attorney to review your specific case may be able to find exceptions and give legal advice.
Another factor to look into is whether or not there were multiple parties responsible for a personal injury accident. Take a car accident for instance: multiple vehicles involved, defect with your car, or an unsafe road condition. If any of these situations play into your case, then every responsible party involved should be held accountable for their contribution to your injuries, financial hardship, and emotional turmoil.
Even if your claim against one party has been settled, you may still be able to bring a claim against another party that is just as involved. Of course, this all depends on the release you signed or verbally confirmed when you settled with the one party. Sometimes, these releases are worded in a way that prohibits you from pursuing any additional claims related to that accident/injury, but leave that to a professional injury attorney to seek out the details and tell you for sure whether or not you have options.
What To Do After A Truck Accident?
When involved in an accident that involves a large commercial truck or another large industrial vehicle, it can be a horrific experience for everyone involved, no doubt about it. The victim struck by the large commercial vehicle can be severely injured or killed due to the size and mass of the truck. If you or your loved one was involved in such an accident, let us help you navigate the legal process and what to do.
For victims of a truck collision, the scene of the accident can be overwhelming. With so much happening you can forget what you need to do. But keep in mind, it’s important not leave the scene immediately, but of course, stay put until police or other authorities have arrived. Particularly in collisions where someone is injured or killed, it may be a criminal offense to leave the scene without reporting the accident.
Never try to move from your vehicle if you are injured in an accident, but instead wait for first responders to arrive so you don’t injure yourself further. If someone else has been injured in an accident scene, don’t move them until first responders arrive, unless of course an imminent threat requires moving them. Immediately call 911 for police and medical assistance after checking to see if anyone is hurt.
Without revealing any details about your insurance policy or admitting fault to anyone other than your insurance provider, be sure to collect the following information:
- Names of drivers or nearby witnesses along with their phone numbers, addresses, email addresses, and insurance information.
- Be sure to obtain details of both the truck driver and their employer.
- Location of the accident.
- Take photos of the accident scene and all vehicles involved. Any damage shown, TAKE A PICTURE.
- Police report number, phone number, and the officers’ name and badge number.
While seeking medical attention from any injuries sustained by the accident, document all names, dates, and specialties of any doctors, specialized medical practitioners, or chiropractors that you seek treatment from. Compile the bill for all your medical expenses.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a commercial truck accident, you must seek the help of an attorney with ample experience handling truck accidents. They will know all about the detailed federal and state regulations that trucking companies must comply with. If you want to win a truck accident claim and get the peace of mind you deserve, you’ll need a lawyer who has a thorough understanding of the laws and regulations that may apply to your case.