Safety in Work ZonesWith spring upon us and summer approaching, more people are taking to the roads as the weather allows them to enjoy travel and the outdoors. This is also when construction crews are most active repairing the roads and preparing them for the abuse they will endure in the coming winter months. An accident on I-80 heading eastbound out of Davenport, IA has reminded us of how quickly things can turn south when negligent drivers do not slow down for construction workers. This particular accident has claimed the life of a construction worker who had dedicated more than ten years of his life to the trade.

Fatal Crash is one of a Growing Number of Incidents in Warm Weather

A construction worker was backing a pickup truck onto I-80 when he was struck by a truck driver heading east. The worker was killed and the incident sends an eerie reminder to the many road crew members that dedicate their lives to building and repairing our motorways that life is more fragile than they believe. Dayton Handle, another longtime road crew veteran, recounts how he worries every single day about what may happen on the job.

Payouts for Medical Malpractice CasesRecent studies have shown that the number of medical malpractice lawsuits filed in the United States has dropped significantly over the last twenty years while the average claim has risen. Higher claims have been cited by proponents of tort reform, but efforts to reform tort law may make it more difficult for those who have legitimate claims against their healthcare providers to find attorneys willing to take on their claims. When considering that the actual number of cases files has dropped so significantly, however, it is becoming clear that placing caps on damages and implementing other forms of tort reform may actually harm those who have legitimate claims far more than it will deter those with frivolous ones.

Drop in Claims Not Necessarily Linked to Better Medical Treatment

From 1992-2014, it has been revealed that the number of medical malpractice lawsuits being filed has dropped by over 52%. Meanwhile, the average judgement or settlement has increased during that period from $287,000 to over $353,000. At first glance, these statistics could be used to make the case that healthcare providers and doctors are making fewer errors and responsible for fewer injuries, but the reality is that tort reform across the nation has forced many attorneys to turn away cases that would not be worth their time or resources.

Motorcycle Safety to Avoid CrashesOver 80% of motorcycle accidents end with severe injury or death to the motorcyclist or his or her passenger. For this reason alone, it is important that motorcyclists review crash prevention measures and other safety practices that can help them be seen on the road and to avoid being in compromising situations on the road. Since so many accidents result in injury or death, it is also important for motorcyclists to wear protective clothing and equipment to best reduce the severity of injuries they may suffer in and accident and to increase their chances of survival.

Motorcyclists Sixteen Times More Likely to Die in an Accident

Over 2,100 motorcyclists are killed in accidents every year. Auto accidents in general are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, but operating a motorcycle increases the likelihood of death drastically. Much of this is due to the fact that cars have an array of effective safety features motorcycles do not, but also due to the fact that many motorcyclists do not wear the protective gear needed to increase their chances of survival.

To prove that medical malpractice played a role in the death of a loved one, you must first determine the exact cause of death and provide conclusive actions linking the attending specialist to that cause. If a hospital refuses to agree to an autopsy, it could be a sign that officials are concerned with what information could be discovered and used against the hospital in a lawsuit. The Chicago wrongful death attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help you find the answers that you are seeking after a death of a loved one and to hold those who are responsible liable for their actions.

Autopsies are Rarely Performed, Leaving the True Facts Up in the Air

Autopsies Helpful in Proving Medical MalpracticeOf the patients who die in the hospital, only 5% receive autopsies today, compared to 50% four decades ago. It used to be standard procedure to perform this procedure to determine exactly how a patient died whenever there was any doubt whatsoever, but hospitals have stopped ordering them because they fear that the findings could result in a lawsuit. While the evidence provided from an autopsy is often classified as hearsay, it can be used in tandem with the testimony of reputable medical experts to make compelling arguments in favor of families seeking damages on grounds of medical malpractice.

The Chicago Tribune published disturbing results from an investigation where reporters attempted to fill prescriptions that had known drug interactions with one another. On numerous occasions, the reports received prescriptions that would have combined to have serious and potentially deadly reactions, proving that there needs to be more oversight involved in the process of filling these scripts. When pharmacies allow errors like this to slip through their fingers, they may be held liable for failing to verify the prescriptions with patients’ doctors to make sure that they are safe when taken with one another.

More than Half of Pharmacies Tested Failed

Potentially Fatal Drug CombinationsIn an effort to gather information from a substantial sample size, reporters selected 255 different pharmacies throughout Chicago to see whether pharmacists would detect the potential drug interactions. An example of a test was presenting prescriptions for two medications that were completely safe on their own, but would cause the muscles to breakdown and for patients to suffer renal failure— which could lead to death.

Language Barriers Pose Hurdle to Doctor & PatientsWhen lives are at stake, doctors cannot afford to be given a poor translation when attempting to understand what is going on with his or her patient and family members cannot misinterpret the instructions given to them. The quality of a patient’s life and his or her prognosis can be greatly diminished simply because there was a language barrier and this is why there needs to be a greater investment in interpreters by hospitals. Rather than hire these individuals, many healthcare providers have opted for less expensive and impersonal options that have proven to be highly ineffective and jeopardized the health of many.

Minor Misinterpretations Can Result in Major Medical Errors

One stark example of the devastation that can result from poor translation in a hospital setting comes from a baseball play who was severely injured when a medical interpreter mistranslated a single word used by his family to describe his condition. In the Spanish language, “intoxicado” means digestive irritation, but it was translated to mean “intoxicated” by the interpreter working with Willie Ramirez in 1980.

Those undergoing tonsil removal anticipate a very routine procedure with very few risks; and over 530,000 children undergo a tonsillectomy every year in the United States. This is why a family was devastated when a surgical error resulted in the death of their 9 year old daughter. The Detroit family is expected to file a lawsuit on the grounds of medical malpractice and wrongful death against the facility where the operation was performed and against the staff members who discharged the girl well before it was safe to do so.

Numerous Errors to Blame for Child’s Premature and Unnecessary Passing

Routine Tonsillectomy Demonstrates How Errors Can Impact Routine ProceduresAnyialah Gambrell required a tonsillectomy for a snoring problem that her family put off for years because they were ambivalent about the need for the procedure and whether it would be safe. Her doctor assured the family that the surgery would be routine and should last no longer than 40 minutes, but it went longer. After the two hour long operation, she was discharged before attending staff could be certain she was ready and died of complications a few hours after the surgery was completed.

Distracted driving has been a growing concern over the last decade and state and local governments are beginning to respond by implementing severe laws that would deter drivers from using or even looking at their cellphones while they are on the road. California enacted a law in the beginning of 2017 that will prohibit drivers from using their phone for any purpose whatsoever while in their hands or laps. The public has already responded with citizens taking up both sides of the issue in their remarks. For many who fear for their own safety, the law has been long overdue.

Closure of a Loophole Which Made Previous Laws Difficult to Enforce

California New Distracted Driving Law The new law is very similar to an existing California law that prohibited the use of cellphones while driving to make calls or to text. Drivers could still use hands-free calling and were able to use phones to browse social media, access music playlists and to even film themselves and others while their vehicles were in motion. All of these activities detract from the ability of a driver to focus on the road ahead and commonsense has not prevailed in history.

Common Types of Pediatric SurgeryA pediatric surgeon specializes in the treatment of birth defects and childhood medical conditions through surgical procedures and ongoing care. Surgical errors occurring during these procedures may have a profound impact on the child’s physical and mental development and could severely alter his or her quality of living. The Chicago medical malpractice attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers work with families to ensure they can recover fair compensation when their child has been injured due to a surgical error so that they can continue to provide for the child’s needs throughout his or her life.

Procedures Performed by Pediatric Surgeons

In order to become a pediatric surgeon, doctors must be able to perform numerous types of procedures and treat a wide range of medical conditions. The conditions they may treat through surgery include the following.

Xarelto Bleeding Lawsuits Against Johnson & JohnsonJohnson & Johnson is currently facing a flurry of lawsuits on multiple drugs, devices and over the counter products, but the mounting Xarelto litigation could prove to top its current legal battles, with the first bellwether trial to be heard in March of this year. The Xarelto uncontrolled bleeding attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are watching this case very closely because it could set precedent in many of the cases to follow. If you have been injured by this medication, it is important to know your rights and whether you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering and more.

Over 15,000 Lawsuits Filed to Date

After it was found that Xarelto was marketed under the false pretense that it was a safer and more effective alternative to Warfarin, thousands of victims began to file lawsuits on the grounds that Johnson & Johnson withheld critical information regarding risks to the public and did not take needed steps to provide an antidote in the event that the medication caused serious internal bleeding. Instead, patients were assured that they did not need any regular blood monitoring based on the lie that the drug was less likely to cause bleeding.

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