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What repercussions could your loved one face after a TBI?

When you received news that your loved one had been involved in a car accident, you may have immediately felt a pit form in your stomach. While you were thankful to learn that he or she survived, you still felt uncertainty when you found out that your loved one had suffered a serious injury to the head.

Unfortunately, car accidents can easily cause traumatic brain injuries, and your loved one could face temporary, long-term or even permanent effects of such an injury. As a family member, you may face struggles of your own as you work to ensure that your loved one receives the necessary care he or she needs and as you learn to handle the changes that the injury has caused.

Birth injuries: Any error could have fatal consequences

The birth of a child is the most joyful occasion for parents in Delaware and across the country. Unfortunately, birth injuries can turn this wonderful time into a complete and utter tragedy. Childbirth is a very fragile and detailed process, so when mistakes are made both infants and mothers can be fatally harmed. Unfortunately, the rate of injuries during childbirth remains disturbingly high in the United States. 

A lawsuit filed in another state alleged that the negligence of a physician led to the death of an infant. According to the lawsuit, the doctor and other medical professionals were negligent and failed to monitor the mother before and during childbirth. The lawsuit also claimed that the baby was not delivered in a timely manner.

Car accident: Fatal crash remains under investigation

Everyone knows roadways across the state of Delaware are becoming increasingly dangerous. No person gets behind the wheel with the intent of getting into an accident. Unfortunately, a lot of car accidents are completely unpredictable and happen without warning. The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating a fatal crash that happened near Clayton.

The accident occurred during the afternoon hours along Longridge Road. Police reports said a pickup truck was traveling northbound approaching a sedan traveling in the opposite direction. According to reports, the driver of the pickup truck failed to see the oncoming sedan and made a left turn into the southbound lanes and into the path of the sedan.

Thousands are affected by surgical errors every year

Thousands of people undergo surgical procedures every single day in Delaware and across the United States. Many of these procedures are classified as routine, but in reality, no surgery is actually routine. Surgical errors can occur in any type of procedure, no matter how minor. These days, gallbladder removal surgeries can be done laparoscopically and are considered some of the least invasive procedures. However, as one man in another state allegedly found out, mistakes during a seemingly minor procedure can have life-altering effects.

The man claims that a surgeon's errors during his gallbladder removal caused him life-threatening complications and he filed a lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, the man underwent a cholecystectomy to remove his gallbladder. The lawsuit alleges that, during the procedure, the surgeon caused a cystic duct leak in error.

Common ways that mistakes happen in the emergency room

When you go to a Delaware emergency room, it is probably because you have a serious medical concern related to an injury or illness. You expect to receive prompt treatment from a doctor or nurse who has your best interests in mind. There is a significant amount of trust you and many others place with the hospital and the men and women who work there.

It can be devastating when you experienced a violation of that trust. Medical mistakes can come at a great cost for patients who are already suffering from injuries and sicknesses. Because of the fast-paced and high-pressure nature of emergent medical care, mistakes can happen in the ER. If you are a victim, you need to know what you should do next.

Fatal car accidents are increasing in Delaware

It's obvious that being on the road can be very risky. In Delaware these days, it seems just getting from point A to point B can be a literal chore. With so many vehicles sharing the road, crashes are inevitable. Unfortunately, the number of serious and fatal car accidents continues to rise year after year. A recent crash in Harrington resulted in the death of one man and serious injuries to two other people, including a child.

The accident happened during the evening on Route 14. Reports said the driver of an eastbound car was driving at a high rate of speed and failed to properly navigate a curb in the road. The driver lost control of his vehicle and spun into the westbound lanes of the roadway, police said.

Surgical errors: Lawsuit results in $13 million settlement

Undergoing any surgical procedure, no matter how minor, can be absolutely nerve-wracking for both patients and families. It is expected and understood that patients will receive the best care possible. Unfortunately, surgical errors continue to affect hundreds of Delaware families every year. Although most surgeries are routine and noninvasive, any mistake can lead to permanent disabilities for the patient. A man in another state filed a lawsuit after a surgical device broke during his brain surgery.

The man, who is a former marathoner and elementary school principal, underwent a surgical procedure to remove a benign brain tumor. During the procedure, a laser probe was inserted into the man's skull through a tiny hole and the tip of the probe broke, the lawsuit said. According to claims, the broken tip caused pressurized carbon-dioxide to be sprayed into the man's brain with a force nearly eight times as powerful as a nail gun.

Car accidents: Tragic crash claims the life of a mother

It goes without saying that nothing in life is guaranteed. Accidents can happen anywhere and in the blink of an eye. On busy Delaware roadways, car accidents happen on a daily basis. Fortunately, most of these accidents are fender-benders and nothing more than inconveniences. However, it seems more and more that crashes are turning out to be very serious.

A recent accident in Middleton resulted in the death of a mother and injuries to her child. The crash happened during the evening on Levels Road near Route 301. According to reports, traffic was stopped in the southbound lanes when a pickup truck drove into the grassy median in an attempt to navigate around the traffic jam.

When things go wrong in hospitals, patients can suffer

When you to go to the hospital, you do so because you need medical treatment and care that you cannot get from a doctor's office. Whether it's for surgery, medical tests or other reasons, you trust that the hospital staff and providers will treat your medical concern and provide you with quality care. Unfortunately, that does not always happen.

Sometimes, mistakes and negligent care can occur in a hospital, which often has adverse effects on a patient. If you suffered harm or a worsening of your condition while you were a Delaware hospital, you could be a victim of medical mistakes, improper care or another preventable factor. This could be grounds for a medical malpractice claim, an option that allows you to pursue reasonable compensation.

Distracted driving can lead to serious and fatal car accidents

These days, nearly every person has a smartphone. The convenience provided by this technology can certainly enhance the lives of Delaware residents. However, these devices can also be blamed for the rise in car accidents. Distracted driving continues to be a major problem in this country. Recently, an off-duty police officer was hit with serious charges after his distracted driving caused a fatal crash.

According to reports, the off-duty officer was driving a pickup truck on South Dupont Highway approaching stopped traffic. Police reports said he failed to see the stopped traffic and slammed into the rear of an SUV, knocking the SUV into a UPS truck. Apparently, the impact was so violent that it caused a cascade of crashes involving two other vehicles.

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