While everyone has a different preferred mode of transportation, there is one method that everyone shares – walking. At some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian. Although the rates of car accidents are decreasing, the number of pedestrian accidents have increased. According to the National Highway Traffic Association, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and injured in a car accident about every 7 minutes in traffic crashes in 2014. In the United States, the total number of pedestrians killed rose from 4,884 in 2014 to 5,376 in 2015. An estimated 14% of all traffic fatalities are pedestrians.
According to Zavodnick, Zavodnick, & Lasky, 63.8% of all pedestrian injuries involving automobiles occurred in major cities, such as Philadelphia. Cities like Philadelphia are full of large and often dangerous intersections. With the number of pedestrian fatalities and injuries on the rise, the US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx declared pedestrian and bicyclist safety among his top priorities while in office, with a focus on large city intersections.
If you are involved in an accident as a pedestrian, you should call the police immediately and remain at the scene. You may also want to gather names and contact information of any witnesses. Be sure to take photos of anything relevant to the accident, including the car, the location, license plates, and even yourself. If you are unable to complete any of the previous steps, ask a bystander or witness for help and be sure to jot down their contact information. After seeking medical attention, start an insurance claim and find a lawyer who ideally specializes in personal injury and pedestrian collisions. You may be able to recover damages from your injuries if the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence.
Injuries in the hip can be a debilitating one. It may cause difficulty in movement on the person. In most cases, the patient may be asked to rest for a while. For serious injuries in this part of the body, surgery may be required. Hip replacement is the removal of a painful hip joint with arthritis and replaced by an artificial implant usually made from metal and plastic.
Hip implants are supposed to ease and relieve the debilitating pain caused by the broken hip. Unfortunately, some products in the market have done the opposite causing more pain than relief. According to the website of Russo, Russo & Slania, PC, defective hip implants can cause serious damage on the patient. These devices were introduced on the belief that it is durable and can help ease the pain in the patient. However, instead of doing that, metal debris are released into the patient’s body. As a result, the patient experiences a wide range of complications such as inflmamat6ion, groin pain, dead tissue, to name just a few.
Since the FDA does not require clinical trials for implants if the device is similar to a product that is already in the market, it would be easier for manufacturers to make incremental changes without resubmitting them for approval. Such is the case of the DePuy ASR which was changed with unapproved designs without the need for clinical trial. The Consumer Union found around 578 recalls from six major manufacturers from the period 2002 – 2013. Unfortunately, the recall proved too late as the defective device already claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people.
There are different types of hip implants and they are classified according to what they are made of. Hip implants can either be ceramic-on-metal, metal-on-plastic, and ceramic-on-ceramic. However, some of these devices puts patients more at risk rather than relieved.
The Bard G2 IVC Filter has been associated with many serious health complications. The device is temporarily implanted an individual’s interior vena cava and is used to prevent the migration of blood clots into the lungs that can cause pulmonary embolism. One of the most hazardous risks of the device is the effects it can have on an individual’s heart.
The Bard G2 IVC Filter runs the risk of migrating to an individual’s heart. Patients may experience headaches and severe pain, according to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., but the actual repercussions of the device can stretch far beyond these side effects. The device can cause major heart complications, including cardiac tamponade. This condition causes fluid buildup in the space around the heart and can lead to blood not being able to be pumped to the heart, heart tumors, and heart attacks. The device may also cause ventricular tachycardia, which leads to improper electrical activity of the heart that can lead to a rapid heartbeat among other side effects. Since the device is originally implanted so close to the heart, it can lead to even more life-threatening heart conditions if not removed immediately after the threat of blood clots is eliminated. Some other heart conditions that can arise from the Bard G2 IVC filter include hemmorhagic pericardial effusion, perforation of the heart, and laceration of the heart. The device can even erode and become embedded into the heart.
All of these conditions of the heart caused by the filter are potentially life-threatening and have already caused the deaths of individuals who had the device implanted. Despite these horrific heart risks, C.R. Bard, the company behind the device, failed to recall the device or properly warn against the risks. If you or a loved one has suffered a heart injury due to the Bard G2 IVC Filter, you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering.
Health care professionals go through long and rigorous training and tests before earning a license which will let them practice their profession, which is treating illnesses and keeping people in good health. To be able to continuously provide the best care, though, these health experts still continue to attend programs and further studies to learn more about what the best doctors have already known ahead of them.
For the same purpose of providing the highest quality of care to patients, owners of different types of medical facilities, especially big and reputedly good hospitals, make sure that they have only the best doctors, dedicated and highly-qualified nurses, medical technicians and other hospital staff, and modern medical devices that will help improve and hasten service, diagnose illnesses correctly and provide timely treatment.
To a number of health care professionals and hospitals, the above statements are facts; to others, though, providing quality care remains to be a goal that they are yet to perform or achieve. The failure to provide the quality of care that patients are entitled to is verifiable through the thousands of medical malpractice cases which, in 2010, claimed the lives of 180,000 Medicare patients (figure from the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services). This number, however, is far from reality, according to a study that was published in the Journal of Patient Safety. According to the study, the number of deaths could very well have been between 210,000 and 440,000 since so many cases were never reported.
Patients have the right to accurate diagnosis, timely treatment, correct medication and safe surgical procedures, if ever one becomes necessary. In quite a lot instances, however, patients rather end up suffering harm than receiving the treatment that he/she direly needs. The reason? Medical malpractice; and its most common cause is hospital negligence.
Medical malpractice is totally preventable, no question about it. Yet, despite the many mistakes already committed and the harm these have caused in patients, the same errors are still committed in hospitals: giving a patient the wrong medication or the wrong dose of medicine; performing a surgery that is actually not necessary; operating on the wrong part of the body; subjecting the wrong patient to surgery; accidentally leaving a s surgical instrument inside the body of a patient; amputating the wrong limb; causing infection due to use of unsterilized surgical instruments; incorrect dose of anesthesia; failure to properly monitor a patient; and so forth.
People who suffer greater or new health problems due to hospital errors (committed by doctors, nurses or any other hospital employee) should pursue legal actions. While a lawsuit may entitle a person to receive compensation from the liable party (doctor or hospital), it will also help bring to the open the mistakes still being committed and maybe help protect anyone else seeking medical care from careless healthcare providers.
Victims of medical malpractice can seek the help of a Louisville lawyer for assistance with injuries that arise due to hospital negligence or other harmful mistakes made by hospital staff.
There are many complications that come with life – bad decisions that you end up regretting later on, missed opportunities creating infinite what ifs that you might reflect on later in life – and these are about as natural as growing up as puberty is. However, there are some instances wherein some complications are just unacceptable. One situation as such is that of abuse.
However, many victims of abuse do not end up filing legal action against their abusers out of fear. This is either due to being intimidated or out of fear or ignorance of what is within their rights. Sometimes, the victims are simply not in a place to fight back. An example of this kind of situation is that of nursing home abuse.
The elderly that need to be in a nursing home are no longer capable with caring for themselves and are now dependent upon external care. It is a difficult decision for any family involved but if the lifestyle of the family cannot cope with caring for their older relatives, sometimes nursing homes are the best available option. After all, according to the website of Abel Law Office, nursing homes are required to hold themselves in a higher standard of care in order to support and properly care for the people in their responsibility. This includes sufficient, well-trained staff as well as an equipped, capable facility.
Some signs are available in order to detect if some things about a certain nursing home are a bit off. If the workers there are a bit more aloof and secretive than most (say that they refuse to answer certain aspects of their care), then that is cause for suspicion. Evidence of physical trauma is also immediate cause for more than just doubt but also due legal action as that is warranted as nursing home abuse, which is a subset of personal injury law.
If you or someone you know has a relative who has been unfairly made a victim of abuse of this nature, do not hesitate in seeking expert legal help at once!
Cracks, fissures, unexplained debris, water damage. These are all indications that a structure’s integrity has been compromised and that the building may collapse at any time. A construction company or contractor bringing people in to work on such a building should take the time to determine whether it is safe to work in and not let pressure to get the job done supersede this duty of care.
But that is what happened on a demolition job in Harlem, where one worker inside the building which was already showing significant cracks was crushed when the floor above him suddenly collapsed as he was working on a wall with a sledge hammer. The 69-year-old worker sustained severe head injuries and died instantly as the building literally fell on him. The contractor had known about the cracks, and had already been cited for the lack of safety gear worn on the work site. Not that a hardhat would have been of any use to the unfortunate worker, who should not have been working in the building in the first place.
Such accidents are not uncommon in the construction industry, and with New York City cutting down on its building inspection budget, more are likely to occur. It is estimated that with the current number of construction sites in the city, it will take the remaining inspectors more than 100 years to thoroughly inspect each and every site.
It is the responsibility of contractors and the construction companies to make sure that their worksites are safe for workers as well as the general public even if they are not inspected by the city regulators. It is just more practical because when a worker or member of the public is injured or killed because of a preventable accident, they are liable for it.
If you have been seriously injured in a construction accident, chances are you are eligible for compensation. Find a good New York construction accident lawyer and make your claim.