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October 2016 Archives

Just how dangerous is texting while driving?

It is common knowledge that distracted driving greatly increases the risk of car accidents, but many people still drive while distracted despite this. Just in 2014 alone, more than 3,000 people were killed in car accidents that involved distracted driving, and that doesn't include the approximate 400,000 injuries that year from the same cause.

Open-heart surgery infection risks are on the rise

Open heart surgeries, while not routine by any means, are relatively common. Every year surgeons perform hundreds of thousands of open heart surgeries. Unfortunately, a critical device used in many open-heart surgeries could be subjecting people to a serious and potentially fatal infection. In October, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that a device used in open-heart surgery could be causing infections.

Choosing an attorney to help with claims after surgical errors

After trusting a doctor, hospital and other medical personnel not to cause a Delaware resident any harm, it can be difficult to realize that mistakes were made that caused serious or fatal injuries. Many people are aware that they have the right to file a medical malpractice claim regarding surgical errors. In doing so, it is crucial to find an attorney with whom the victim and/or the family is comfortable and confident that the claim will be handled to their satisfaction.

Brain injuries can result from medication mistakes

Numerous Delaware residents rely on pharmaceuticals to control acute or chronic conditions. The side effects of many of these medications can cause brain injuries, heart attacks and organ damage, among other injuries. Some patients even die. For those who survive, the lifelong implications of these injuries could make it difficult to have a normal life.

Post-surgical errors led to loss of limbs, hospital to blame

Most Delaware residents know that no operation is risk-free. Fortunately, many people make it through their surgeries unharmed and have good prognoses for recovery. However, post-surgical errors could erase a good prognosis and lead to serious, debilitating, and sometimes, fatal injuries.

Testing for BCRA gene: Should insurers require a referral?

Angelina Jolie made big news a few years ago when she announced she had undergone both a prophylactic mastectomy and hysterectomy. Jolie's mother died from breast cancer and as a result, Jolie decided she wanted to know whether she, too, carried the BRCA gene--the gene that indicates a predisposition to both breast and ovarian cancer. When her diagnosis was confirmed, Jolie opted for both surgeries, ensuring that she would not meet the same fate as her mother.

Some birth injuries cannot be avoided, but many others can

As many Delaware parents know, any number of issues can arise during pregnancy or delivery. Some of these issues result in unavoidable injuries to the infant or the mother. However, many other birth injuries are the result of an error made by a member of the medical team attending to the mother and/or the child.

Surgical errors come in different forms, but all can be deadly

Anytime Delaware residents require an operation, they are usually told what will happen and what kinds of issues could arise during the procedure. Patients are often willing to accept the ordinary risks in order to receive the benefits that are projected. However, sometimes things go wrong during a surgery that are unexpected. Surgical errors come in many different forms, but all of them could cost a patient his or her life.

Birth injuries can be devastating to new Delaware parents

Having a child is supposed to be a joyous occasion for Delaware parents. However, sometimes birth injuries occur that can take away a child's opportunity to live a normal life. When a doctor or nurse is believed to be responsible for those injuries, filing a medical malpractice claim might be appropriate.

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