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Why Proving Negligence is Key to Any Personal Injury Case

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Negligence is a very confusing term for most people because it often comes with the false connotation of intent. In many cases, a party can be negligent even though it had the best intentions in mind. Defining negligence is synonymous with fault, because people often make mistakes or do things that were not intended, but are still responsible whenever those actions result in negative consequences. This understanding of negligence is very important when considering a personal injury lawsuit because the…

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Supersize My Seatbelt: Usage Falls As Waistlines Grow

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There is no denying that the obesity epidemic is a serious health issue throughout the nation. Deaths because of diabetes, heart disease, and several different types of cancer are often attributed to the increasing waistlines across the nation – but fatal car accidents? It may seem strange at first, but a recent study found that obese drivers are at a higher risk of being involved in a fatal car accident than normal-weight drivers. The reason is their inability to buckle …
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Do You Have the Grounds to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

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Many people are unaware of their rights when it comes to personal injury law and may be confused when considering whether they have the ability to file a lawsuit to recover damages done by another person or corporation. Tort law, which is also known as personal injury law, applies to far more than work or car accidents, medical malpractice and product liability. If another person caused you any form of harm, you might be entitled to compensation for the financial…

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Is Nursing Home Understaffing Harming the Ones You Love?

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There has been an alarming raise in the number of instances in which nursing home patients become victims of negligent care over the last decade. Incidentally, this has coincided with an increase in the number of nursing homes that are operated by for-profit corporations. When corporations seek to maximize profits, they often do so by lowering their margins— which in other words means reducing their expenses while increasing the cost of care. This tends to result in the understaffing of…

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Discarded Hip Replacement Tissue Used To Heal

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According to researchers, those patients who need a hip replacement may soon be able to heal their damaged bones much faster thanks to cells that are taken during the hip replacement procedure. A new, groundbreaking study reveals that previously discarded tissue might be used to collect stem cells in order to help regrow fat, cartilage, and bone when patients with arthritis have hip replacements.

Hip replacements are commonplace

Every year hundreds of thousands of Americans have hip replacements. In 2003,…

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NuvaRing Kept On Market Despite Wave Of Fatalities

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When Erika Langhart died at only 24, on Thanksgiving Day 2011, she was bound for law school. Her family and friends described her as beautiful and talented, and now she was one of the thousands of women suspected of having problems with the NuvaRing birth-control device. Megan Henry may have survived her NuvaRing ordeal, but she experienced rampant blood clots. The families of those women who passed away and those who survived are asking themselves – why is this possibly …
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Ten Ways to Make Medicine Safer

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A report released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has provided a detailed game plan, that if followed, will greatly reduce injuries and complications that commonly arise during medical treatment. The plan highlights ten strategies that are to be followed in order to both prevent and minimize the severity of medical complications and lower the incidence rate of medical malpractice and negligence. It is the hope of the AHRQ that the implementation of these strategies will both positively…

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Medical Errors Third Greatest Cause of Death

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In 1999, the Institute of Health at the Harvard School of Public Health released a report which estimated that nearly 100,000 Americans die every year due to adverse events that could have been prevented. Fifteen years later, that figure has jumped to 400,000— over 1,000 people per day— who die due to medical error. Not only are these figures shocking but it places medical error on the top three causes of death in the United States, surpassed only by…

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Ebola Scare Exposes Emergency Room

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When a Liberian man walked into Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital after arriving from a country embattled with an Ebola epidemic, the warning signs should have been apparent and CDC protocol should have been followed. When this man was released from the emergency room and allowed contact with other people for the next three days, every person who came in contact with him was put at risk.
This incident not only highlights the extreme danger that can result from medical error…

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FDA Takes a Closer Look at Anti-Stroke Device

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The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has once again pushed back the approval for the Boston Scientific anti-stroke heart repair device. The agency is considering convening an advisory panel on the Watchmen device, pushing its timeline for approval to sometime in 2015.
The FDA will likely confront Boston Scientific with difficult questions due to the previous trial failures of their appendage closure device for the left atrial. The agency is raising questions about potential risks concerning implantation surgeries, and is…

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