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Medical Safety Mistakes Increasing Nationwide

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

Patient safety incidents in U.S. hospitals increased by three percent overall from 2003 to 2005 according to the 4th Annual Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study conducted by HealthGrades. The report analyzes patient safety among Medicare patients in all U.S. hospitals.

In addition to finding an increase in patient safety incidents, the report found the gap between the best performing and poorest performing hospitals widening.

Some Highlights:

There were 1.6 Million patient safety incidents among Medicare patients from 2003 to 2005

Things To Do After A Car Accident

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

Know this: ALL car accidents are traumatic events, even small ones. Immediately after an auto accident you might be shaken up, angry, upset and more. You will probably be rattled quite a bit. It's important that you realize your actions at the scene of the car accident will have a direct impact on the outcome of your case. Remember to stay calm and collected, unless you need immediate medical help. After A Car Accident You Should: Stay calm See if anyone has been hurt in the accident. Call 911 immediately. Know which streets are closest to where the accident occurred Gather the following info: Name, address and phone numbers of the driver and his or her passengers driver's license number License and registration Year, make, model and license plate number of the other person's car. Insurance policy number If you have a camera, take pictures of the people and vehicles involved, as well as signs that well help people identify the location. After an auto accident you should never: Get angry or lose you temper. If the other person does, then walk away and call 911. Claim that you have an injury that you do not. Insurance fraud is a criminal offense. Do not argue with the police. The more you disagree, the greater your chance is to be found at fault. Statistics are high that at some time you will be in an auto accident. Adhere to the above advice and you will be in a greater position to deal with the event after it happens. If you find that you need an auto accident lawyer in Dallas, contact us today by calling 1-877-659-1620.

Fort Worth Family Prevailed in Negligence Lawsuit Against Surgery Team

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

Fort Worth, TX - Oct. 18, 2002) Jurors in Judge Paul Enlow’s 141st District Court issued a verdict in favor of the plaintiff late yesterday after finding that three members of a surgery team should never have attempted an operation that preceded the death of 63 year-old Ralph Ojeda Mr. Ojeda suffered a heart attack and died on August 28, 1997, during elective eyelid surgery. Attorneys for Mr. Ojeda's family argued that the doctor, anesthesiologist and nurse anesthesist negligently allowed the surgery to take place even though Mr. Ojeda had an abnormal electrocardiogram reading less than two hours before the operation. The surgery team's failure to follow proper medical procedures contributed to Mr. Ojeda's death, the jury found. " Mrs. Ojeda and her daughter are relieved that this painful process is over," says the family's lead attorney, Jeff Rasansky of Dallas' Rasansky Law Firm. "This man told his doctors he'd suffered a heart attack two years earlier, and he had an abnormal EKG on the morning of the operation, but they went ahead and operated anyway." At trial, Mr. Rasansky and plaintiffs co-counsel Amy Witherite, of Dallas' Eberstein & Witherite, questioned whether the surgery team had even looked at the EKG prior to the procedure. The 4-man, 8-woman jury assessed 50 percent liability against Dr. Cameron Shropshire, the anesthesiologist during Mr. Ojeda's surgery; 40 percent liability against plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Kasden; and 10 percent liability against nurse anesthesist Karen McDonald. Dr.

New Study Reveals Deadly Medical Errors More Prevalent than Previously Thought

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

Nearly 3 percent of patients in the nation's hospitals risk experiencing hospital errors, a new study finds. And the numbers could be on the rise.

The report further suggests that those patients who experience an error in treatment or care at a hospital have a one in four chance of dying from the mistake.

The study, released Tuesday by the independent health care ratings company HealthGrades, followed more than 40 million Medicare hospitalization records from 2003 to 2005.

Family Sues Over Crash That Killed Wife & Mother

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

February 6, 2007 FRISCO, TX - The family of a North Texas school teacher who was killed on State Highway 121 is suing the truck driver already charged with manslaughter in connection with her death.

The lawyer representing the family of 33-year-old Cynthia Carter says they hope the suit will send a strong message to the trucking industry.

Texas Trucking Fatalities Among Deadliest in Nation

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

Texas ranks among the most deadly states for large truck crashes (semi accident, 18 wheeler accident, etc) according to The Truck Safety Coalition, a coalition of truck crash victims and safety advocates. With a death rate of 2.2 per 100,000 for large truck crashes, Texas ranks 23 out of 50 states and well above the national average of 1.76 per 100,000 for truck crash death rates.

According to the Coalition, more than 5,200 people were killed and another 114,000 were injured in truck crashed in 2005 nationwide.

Drowning Prompts Closure of Child Care Center for Disabled Children

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

Determining the proper child care facility for our children is difficult. Choosing a safe and ideal facility for special needs children is even harder. And even when we think we've found a trustworthy option, our assurance may be misguided. For example, the United Cerebal Palsy Dennis James Center in Cathedral City, Calif. was just shut down after the death of a 5-year-old girl prompted a state investigation.

Investigators Looking into New York Crane Collapse

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

Authorities will be conducting an investigation into the fatal collapse of a construction crane in New York. The Manhattan district attorney's office will be looking into whether the machine was returned to service without proper inspections and repairs. The crane was damaged in a 2007 project and it appears it may have never been properly repaired.

Nursing Home Residents Starved as Punishment

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

An article published today out of Japan opens our eyes to the fact that nursing home abuse is not just happening in the U.S., but rather across the world as well. A home accredited for the care of elderly patients with senile dementia will be losing its license at the end of April for allegedly starving its elderly residents. With cases such as a woman whose weight dropped from 50 kilograms (about 110 pounds) to 33.5 kilograms (about 74 pounds) in just 10 months, the article reports that residents were apparently denied meals when they failed to obey staff orders.

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