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Surgical errors: Couple files claim after alleged negligence

There is always risk involved with any surgical procedure. No matter how minor or routine the procedure may be, any mistake made by surgeons and physicians during surgery can have drastic effects on patients. The state of Delaware requires health care professionals to complete years of academic and on-the-job training in order to legally treat patients. However, no amount of training can totally prevent surgical errors.

A couple in another state filed a lawsuit against a medical center after the husband suffered an infection due to alleged negligence during a procedure. The lawsuit says the man was a patient at the medical center and underwent a heart bypass surgery. According to claims, providers left several temporary pacing wires inside the man's abdomen after the surgery, and this resulted in the man suffering an infection.

Be aware of drowsy driving risks during holiday travel season

If you are like countless others in Delaware and elsewhere, you will be driving out of town for the holidays. When it comes to holiday travel, bad weather is not the only thing you need to be watchful for. Drowsy driving is a pervasive problem across the United States, and it may be more serious than you think.

In fact, the problem is so severe that the National Sleep Foundation and the National Safety Council have designated the first full week of November as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, just in time for your Thanksgiving travels. How can you avoid getting into a drowsy driving accident when you travel? The following tips are known to be effective:

  • Go to bed early the night before a trip.
  • Do not travel on less than a full night’s sleep.
  • Take someone with you who can switch turns driving.
  • Pull over for a nap in a rest stop or parking lot if you start to feel sleepy on the road.
  • Talk to your doctor about a suspected sleep disorder or medications you take that cause drowsiness.
  • Do not rely on caffeine, loud music or cold air to get you through a drowsy patch, as these solutions are only temporary and are unreliable.

Fatal car accidents are on the rise across Delaware

Roadways across the state of Delaware are overcrowded and constantly congested. Navigating these crowded roads may be the most dangerous daily task in the lives of most Delaware citizens. Although updated traffic laws and increased safety measures have made traveling somewhat safer, car accidents are still happening at an alarming rate. Recently, an accident in Milford claimed the life of a woman and injured several others.

The chain-reaction crash happened along Route 1 just after 1 p.m. According to reports, a northbound Pontiac rear-ended an SUV traveling the same direction. The impact caused the driver of the SUV to lose control, travel through the median and into oncoming traffic, reports said. The SUV the collided nearly head-on with a southbound GMC Yukon.

Birth injuries can turn a joyful event into a tragedy

The moment of birth is the most fragile time in a person's life. Childbirth is a process that must be handled with extreme care. Any deviation from the acceptable level of care can result in birth injuries that could affect a child for the rest of his or her life. Understandably, this is a nightmarish scenario for parents in Delaware and around the country.

A mother in another state was recently awarded almost $9 million from a lawsuit she filed over allegations that negligence during birth left her son with severe injuries. During prenatal care visits, the woman claimed that her midwife projected the boy's weight to be around 6 pounds at birth. However, the lawsuit said boy turned out to be much larger and was 10 1/2 pounds at birth.

Car accidents involving drunk drivers injure thousands every year

Despite stringent traffic laws and increased public awareness campaigns, driving while under the influence of alcohol continues to be a big problem on roadways in Delaware and across the country. Statistics indicate that almost 29 people are killed every day in the United States due to car accidents with drunk drivers. Recently, a Millsboro man was hit with serious charges after a crash that injured two people.

The accident occurred during the overnight hours on Millsboro Highway. According to reports, the driver of an eastbound BMW crossed the center line of the highway and drove into the westbound lane. Reports say the BMW collided head-on with a Nissan Altima.

Birth injuries: understanding Erb’s palsy

As a mom-to-be in Delaware, the health, welfare and safety of your developing baby likely is foremost in your mind. That is why you do everything you can to ensure your own health and safety during your pregnancy. Unfortunately, however, you cannot control every aspect of your baby’s delivery and birth.

Birth injuries can occur due to complications or medical negligence during your baby’s birthing process. Erb’s palsy, while reasonably rare, is one of the potentially catastrophic birth injuries your baby could receive.

Brain injuries: Surgery for phantom tumor leaves man disabled

The brain is one of the most important but delicate organs in the human body. The brain consciously or subconsciously controls every function in the body, and without it, life would be impossible. When treating brain injuries, doctors and surgeons in Delaware and across the country must be extremely cautious and thorough. Any mistake, no matter how small, can have disastrous and far-reaching effects on patients and their families.

A man in another state allegedly suffers mental disabilities as a result of a brain operation and his wife has filed a lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, the man was suspected of having a brain tumor. After a biopsy, doctors reportedly told the man that he needed to undergo brain surgery to remove the alleged tumor.

Woman suffers permanent brain injuries in routine procedure

With stringent patient safety regulations and modern technological advancements, medical care in Delaware and across the United States should be safer than ever before. However, statistics show that negligence during medical procedures continues to be one of the leading causes of death and injury in the country. When health care providers fail to handle even the most routine procedures with care, the consequences can be traumatic for the patient. A couple in another state was awarded almost $4 million after alleged negligence caused a woman to suffer permanent brain injuries.

The lawsuit, filed by the couple against a medical facility, claimed that the wife allegedly experienced negligent care during the removal of a catheter. According to the lawsuit, the woman sought treatment at the facility for a septic infection. Just before discharge, the plaintiffs claimed that a nurse removed a central venous catheter from the woman while she was sitting in a wheelchair upright.

Car accidents: Child killed in tragic crash

Its no secret that roadways across the state of Delaware are dangerous. These days, car accidents are happening more frequently due to the sheer number of vehicles sharing roadways. Most accidents are minor fender benders and nothing more than inconveniences. However, a greater number of accidents are proving to be serious or fatal. Recently, a 6-year-old girl lost her life in a tragic accident that also injured several others.

The accident happened in Millsboro on Millsboro Highway at Lowes Crossing Road. According to police reports, an SUV was headed east on Lowes Crossing Road and came to the intersection with Millsboro Highway. Reports say the SUV ran the stop sign at the intersection and pulled into the path of a van that was traveling north on Millsboro Highway.

Woman says surgical errors caused her pain and injuries

Every day in the United States, thousands of patients undergo surgical procedures. These patients place their lives in the hands of surgeons, physicians and nurses. Although most of these surgeries are minor and routine, one seemingly minor mistake in any medical procedure can lead to a lifetime of disabilities for the patient. Tragically, surgical errors continue to be a leading cause of injury in Delaware and across the country.

A woman in another state is taking legal action over claims that negligence during a surgery led to her suffering injuries. Reportedly, the woman suffered a hip fracture in an automobile accident and required surgery. According to the lawsuit, the woman underwent the surgical procedure one day after her accident and was discharged a few days later.

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