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Do you have a viable medical malpractice claim?

If you believe you are a victim of negligent medical care, you might find comfort in knowing that the civil justice system of Pennsylvania allows you to pursue financial relief under medical malpractice law. Substandard treatment that causes injury, harm or death might be grounds for such a lawsuit. For a medical malpractice claim, there must be evidence of negligence, which typically involves medical errors in diagnosis, treatment, health management, medication dosages or aftercare.

Medical professionals are not always responsible for the negligence, error or omission, and the negligent party could be the medical facility or another health care provider. Any health provider who deviates from the expected standard of care in similar circumstances could be liable for damages.

Women are less likely to receive correct diagnoses than men

As a woman, you undoubtedly have faced some type of bias or discrimination at some point in your life. Even if the incident was relatively minor, it may still have irked you that your gender had an impact in a situation where it should not have mattered. Unfortunately, women face many scenarios in which they may not be taken as seriously as they should simply due to their gender.

One area where gender bias could prove particularly harmful relates to your health. You may find yourself experiencing serious health concerns, but when you speak to your doctor or other medical health professional, you may find yourself shocked when the staff member brushes off your concerns. This type of situation may not only feel insulting but also have you in fear for your health, and you are not alone.

Survival skills for Pennsylvania kids who ride school buses

Does your child ride a bus to school every day? Even if you are one of many Pennsylvania parents who carpool to get their kids to school, if you have an athlete in your family, he or she may ride the bus to get to team events at other locations. It can be scary to entrust the safety of your child to another driver. If that driver is negligent, your child may suffer serious injury, even death. The more children know about school bus safety ahead of time, the better.  

It's rare that you'd travel with your child on a bus (perhaps for a field trip) so discussing safety is a good idea that may lower his or her risk for injury if an accident occurs. If someone calls you to inform you that your child suffered injuries in a bus crash, you may feel as though the world has dropped from beneath your feet. The good news is that there are support networks already in place to help you navigate the aftermath of a school bus accident. 

Are you a victim of a pharmacist's error with your medication?

Pharmacists do their utmost to avoid medication mistakes, but human error will always be a possibility, and most Pennsylvania people realize that mistakes can happen. Thankfully, technology such as barcoding and safer labels on medicines have brought about a decline in medication errors. However, such mistakes continue to affect millions of people nationwide every year.

Pharmacists are the final safeguards before patients receive their medication, and errors can have severe consequences, which could range from illness, allergic reactions or even death. If you are suffering the results of a medication error, you might have grounds to seek financial relief for damages.

I was diagnosed with sepsis! What is it? Is it dangerous?

Like most people here in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, you probably learned at some point during your school age years about how your body fights invaders. Your immune system is constantly on the lookout for bacteria, parasites, fungi and viruses. If your body detects one of these invaders, it responds by fighting it in an attempt to stave off an infection.

If you do end up contracting some sort of infection, your immune system responds to fight it off, but it may not be able to do so alone. Your doctor may prescribe a course of treatment to help your body do its job. For many people, that is the end of the crisis, and your body heals. However, in some cases, your immune system turns against your body, which signifies the onset of sepsis.

Nurses are often the last line of defense in medication mistakes

When patients end up spending time in a Pennsylvania hospital, they often see their nurses more than they see their doctors. Without a doubt, most nurses work hard and truly want to help their patients. The problem is that they often feel stretched too thin and are in too much of a time crunch to get everything done that needs doing.

This puts nurses in a particularly precarious position when it comes to the care of patients. They do most of the monitoring and dispensing of medication, which often go hand-in-hand. Under these circumstances, it's easy to miss something and make a medication mistake that could cause serious or deadly harm to a patient.

When is a car accident grounds for a wrongful death claim?

A fatal accident can change your Pennsylvania family in an instant. The unexpected loss of a loved one can lead to emotional trauma and financial repercussions that can last for years, even decades. In the turmoil, confusion and grief that can follow this type of accident, some families overlook their rights to seek recompense through a civil claim.

If you are grieving the loss of a family member that happened because of the actions of another person, you could have grounds for a wrongful death claim. While this cannot reverse what happened, it could provide your family a way to recover financial losses and move on with your lives. If you think you may have a case, you have no time to lose in learning more about this potential opportunity.

Standard of care may play role in medical malpractice cases

When you have a medical condition that needs attention, you may know far enough ahead of time to research which physicians may have the best reputations for carrying out the procedure you need. By doing this, you may feel more confident that any surgery or other medical treatment will go successfully. However, even the best doctors could make serious errors or act negligently.

You may have had the expectation that your doctor would do his or her part to ensure that the outcomes of your medical procedure are the best possible. However, you may find yourself among the numerous individuals who fall victim to medical malpractice and suffer serious negative outcomes. If you wish to pursue a claim against your physician, you may need to determine whether he or she followed the proper standard of care.

A driver doesn't have to be legally drunk to be dangerous

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,497 people across the country died in crashes involving a driver impaired by alcohol in 2016. The odds are good that at least some of those victims died here on Pennsylvania roads.

The majority of those deaths involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration at or above .08. You might be surprised to know that 2,017 of those deaths involved a driver with a BAC between .01 and .07. That's because BAC does not have to reach the legal limit for intoxication in order to make driving unsafe.

Not all brain injury symptoms are immediately apparent

The day you were involved in a serious car accident in Pennsylvania may have started out like any other day. Perhaps you were driving your children to school or were on your way to a business meeting. You are a cautious driver and were alert and ready to react behind the wheel as needed. However, when the vehicle across the intersection from you blew through a red light, you were not expecting the sudden, horrific collision that occurred.

A few moments later, you were actually surprised you were still alive. This is a common feeling among those who suffer injuries in sudden vehicle accidents. Some of your injuries were obvious, such as the lacerations on your face and head and the signs of a broken bone in your arm. Thankfully, rescue workers were on the scene in no time and you were transported to the nearest hospital for care. Since then, you have developed other symptoms that may be signs of a more serious problem: traumatic brain injury.

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