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Hurt by medical malpractice? Consider obtaining legal help

Recently on the blog we discussed breast cancer and how medical professionals go about diagnosing it. This disease, when caught early, is quite treatable. However, like most cancers, once it hits a later stage it can turn deadly regardless of how aggressively it is treated. This is why it is imperative that medical professionals do everything they can to quickly and accurately diagnose medical conditions. A doctor's failure to diagnose can result in a worsened medical condition or death, leaving either the victim or his or her loved ones with extensive physical, emotional, and financial damages.

In many instances, these mishaps are wholly preventable, which is why it is so important that victims take action to hold negligent medical professionals accountable for their errant actions or inactions. By fighting to impose liability, medical malpractice victims may be able to not only recover compensation for their damages, but also shine a spotlight on negligent doctors and hospitals. Hopefully, then, these medical professionals will change their practices to better ensure patient safety.

New York worker falls on job, injures leg

Work is something that most of us have to do every day. For some, it can become so routine that it becomes monotonous. For others, their work changes daily, keeping them on their toes, while some work in professions that are inherently dangerous, requiring them to always be on guard. As different as these jobs may sound, they all have something in common: workplace injuries. Regardless of the profession an individual works in, a seemingly minor mistake can result in a workplace accident that has tragic consequences.

Despite bike lanes and laws, bicycle "dooring" accidents on the rise

It's every bike rider's nightmare to win the door prize, a derogatory euphamism for getting "doored" by a driver who has parallel parked along a curb and opens the car door across the bike lane or into traffic.

Dooring injuries can be bad enough when the biker has no time to stop and slams into the car door or the driver stepping out of the car. They can be extremely serious and even fatal when the biker instinctively swerves out into traffic. Due to tensions that often arise between cyclists and drivers on our city streets, there have even been cases of the driver dooring bikers intentionally.

This blog post will cover some simple things bike riders and drivers can do to reduce dooring incidents.

Americans reject self-driving cars and want to stay in control

Americans know that self-driving cars would make the roads safer. They don't care. Studies show that they want to stay in control of their vehicles anyway.

The results come from a Kelley Blue Book study. It asked people if they would rather have self-driving vehicles or continue to drive on their own, and the majority did not want to see the new technology take over even if accidents declined.

Federal regulations seek to stop motor vehicle accidents

Semi-trucks play a vital role in our society. They move goods across the country at a low cost, allowing consumers to have access to affordable goods that they otherwise would not be able to obtain. Yet, these trucks don't come without risk. When improperly maintained or driven, these vehicles of economic growth can become weapons of incredible destruction. Truck accident victims can face serious damages, too, including physical and emotional pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. When taken together, these losses can leave a victim overwhelmed and in a financial bind.

This is one reason why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has sought to implement regulations that increase trucking safety. One of the most important regulations pertains to the hours a trucker can drive. According to the regulation, a trucker may only drive 11 hours after taking 10 consecutive hours off. Additionally, these truckers cannot drive beyond the 14th hour following their last 10-hour rest period. Truckers are also required to take 30 breaks, and they cannot drive more than 60 hours in a seven day week.

How is breast cancer diagnosed?

If you keep an ear tuned to the news then you're probably well aware of the prevalence of cancer. There may be many reasons for this. Some might claim that cancer rates are increasing because of unhealthy life changes. Others, though, may make the suggestion that cancer rates only appear to be increasing because diagnostic measures have advanced significantly, allowing medical professionals to identify cancer in patients that years ago would have been missed. Regardless, the truth remains that this terrible disease is still around and affects many individuals and families. Fighting it can be scary and challenging, but an early diagnosis can make all the difference in one's success rate.

Breast cancer, for example, is extremely treatable in its early stages. In an attempt to catch it right off the bat, medical professionals may turn to an array of diagnostic techniques. Perhaps the most common way to diagnose breast cancer is by having a patient undergo a mammogram, where X-rays of the breasts are taken to identify abnormalities.

What happens when a car crash damages your spinal cord?

Many times, injuries from motor vehicle accidents are relatively minor. Contusions, minor cuts and broken bones can all heal in time with minimal impact to your life. Sometimes the injuries caused by a crash are much more severe.

When an accident damages your spinal cord, it can affect the rest of your life. You may not be able to work the same job. You could experience loss of mobility, as well as ongoing pain or nerve issues. Spinal cord injuries can impact your overall health and quality of life. They can be devastating, particularly if you were a primary wage earner for your family.

Car accident attorneys use the rules of evidence for you

Being injured in a car accident is no small thing. Depending on the severity of the wreck, you could wind up with serious injuries that cause you extensive pain and suffering, force you to miss work and thereby lose your wages, and encumber you with overwhelming medical expenses. These damages can take a toll, leaving you stressed and concerned about how you and your family will get by.

If your harm was caused by a negligent driver, you may be able to recover compensation for your harm by pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. To win on such a claim, you must prove, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the other driver owed you a duty, he or she breached that duty, and the breach caused the accident in question and your harm. Proving negligence isn't always easy, though, and there are often many moving pieces to a case.

New York worker killed in construction fall

With so little available space in New York's cities, many construction projects involve building up rather than out. This means that construction workers oftentimes have to work at excessive heights every day they go to work. For many of these individuals, the height is nothing more than another part of the job. For others, though, operating at such heights can be frightening. Yet, regardless of how one feels while working many feet up in the air, all of them are at risk of an injurious or fatal fall. This risk is multiplied when employers fail to provide adequate training and proper safety equipment. When a construction accident occurs and a worker falls, the results can be tragic.

To see an example one need only look at a recent incident in New York City. In Times Square, a worker was killed after falling 18 feet at a construction site. According to reports, the 59-year-old man was working to remove steel decking when he fell. Although he was rushed to the hospital, he later died.

Using vicarious liability to recover medical malpractice damages

Medical malpractice can result in extensive harm. Some victims are left with a worsened medical condition that puts their chances of survival at risk, while others are dealt additional physical pain when they receive improper care. Treating these negligence-caused injuries and illnesses can be costly, especially when you take into account lost wages. A victim of medical malpractice who is unable to work may find themselves struggling to pay not only their new and undeserved medical expenses, but also their mortgage or rent, car payment, and grocery expenses.

Pursing a medical malpractice claim can, of course, lead to the recovery of compensation for these damages. But in many of these cases the negligent doctor or nurse responsible for the harm is unable to pay the full extent of damages suffered. This is why it is oftentimes crucial for medical malpractice victims to pursue vicarious liability.

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