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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Did you undergo an open-heart surgical procedure between Oct. 1, 2011 and July 24, 2015 at WellSpan York Hospital here in Pennsylvania? If so, you may have received notification that you are one of thousands of patients at an increased risk for contracting a potentially harmful infection. Other hospitals in the region experienced the same issue, such as Penn State Hershey Medical Center.
From someone running a red light to a minor fender-bender to a major collision, all traffic incidents are unsettling to one degree or another. Few are as upsetting, though, as a hit-and-run. When another driver runs into your vehicle -- whether you're driving at the time or your car is parked -- or when an automobile strikes you while you're walking, then flees the scene, this is a hit-and-run. Hit-and-runs also include instances when the driver provides contact details after the accident, but you later discover the information is untruthful.
Having a baby is a time of excitement and joy for a Pennsylvania family, but this time of celebration can be marred when a birth injury occurs. Babies are susceptible to various types of injuries during birth, and doctors and care providers must be extremely vigilant and cautious when intervening, assisting in a birth and monitoring for problems.
If you are one of the 10,000 people who are victims every day of injuries due to medical errors, believe it or not, you are fortunate. Approximately 400,000 others die annually from mistakes at the hands of negligent doctors and nurses, making medical errors the third most common cause of death in the United States.