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 Malpractice Reform

Malpractice Reform Legislation Has Passed The House

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 Sports Injuries

It is well accepted in most jurisdictions that participation in sports activities involves a certain assumption of risk. That assumption of risk however, may not bar an injury claim where there is some reckless disregard by the person that causes the injury.

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 Standard of Care for Legal Specialists

The standard of care for a legal specialist may be different than that for a general practitioner. The Second Restatement of Torts provides that a professional is held to a general standard of care unless that person represents that he or she has greater or less skill or knowledge than members of the profession normally have.

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 Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries require special attention. A catastrophic injury might be defined as one involving total and permanent disability, the total loss of earning capacity,enormous past and future medical expenses, custodial expenses, and pain and suffering.

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 Diving Accidents

Diving accidents in swimming pools and other facilities have decreased dramatically over the years principally due to the enhanced awareness of the dangers associated with diving and the fact that many pools have removed their diving boards.

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 Power Line Injuries

Power line injuries continue to be a devastating source of injury in many locales.

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 Biomechanical Engineers

Biomechanical Enginering Testimony Can Assist

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 Commonly Misdiagnosed Illnesses

Commonly misdiagnosed illnesses include Lupus, Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis and Celiac's Disease. Many of these conditions carry somewhat similar symptoms.

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 Unnecessary Surgery

Over utilization of surgeries such as Knee Arthroscopy, Stent Placement, Hysterectomy and Spinal Fusion.

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 Wrong Site Surgery

Wrong site surgery continues to be a perplexing problem in many hospitals.

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 Hypothermia in Hypoxic Birth Injury

Hypothermia as a mode of treatment for brain injured infants shortly after birth has been shown to have significant results as far as reducing the risk of death or significant neurological impairment.

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 Emergent C-Sections Require Full Participation of the Health Care Team

Emergent c-sections are most often called for when the fetal heart rate (FHR) drops down to 60 beats per minute. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and also the American Academy of Pediatrics have established guidelines that call for the hospital to be able to begin the c-section within 30 minutes of the decision being made to operate.

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 Medical Record Review - Medical Records Have Gone Electronic

Medical records have now gone electronic. Although only a small percentage of U.S. hospitals have qualified for incentive payments from the federal government for using electronic medical records, this certainly is the trend into the future.

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 Shoulder Dystocia Causes Brachial Plexus

Shoulder dystocia Is the probable cause of most serious brachial plexus injuries. Shoulder dystocia is variously defined. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists defines it as a delivery that calls for additional obstetric maneuvers following the failure of gentle downward traction on the fetal head to accomplish delivery of the shoulders.

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 Hospital Acquired Infections are Highly Preventable

Hospital acquired infections can be controlled. Three types of hospital acquired infections that can cause devastating injury, yet are clearly preventable are the following:

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 Traumatic Brain Injuries - Military Studies of Brain Injuries have Shed Light on the Nature of the Injury

Traumatic brain injuries have received some further objective analysis through some recent military studies based upon injuries to combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. The soldiers suffering these types of injuries from bomb blasts show immediate evidence of stretched and damaged nerve fibers at both the front and back of the brain according to this study published on June 1, 2011 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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 Truck Collision Discovery is Critical and Can be Complex

Truck accident discovery is critical because of the complexity of trucks themselves and the complexity of the relationship between the different companies and drivers that may be involved.What follows is a series of proposed Interrogatories to first the driver and then secondly to the truck owner or company that is responsible for the vehicle itself.

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 Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer misdiagnosis can be curtailed through regular pap smears.

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 Medication Errors

Medication errors are on the rise according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,the lead federal agency charged with improving quality,safety and efficiency of health care for all Americans.

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 Immigration Status

Immigration status of plaintiffs is sometimes an issue in personal injury actions.

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 The Doubling Growth Defense in Cancer Misdiagnosis Cases

The doubling growth defense in cancer misdiagnosis cases is frequently misplaced and flawed. What this defense consists of is the contention that cancer cells grow exponentially in a predictable and orderly fashion, i.e. in effect doubling in size over time.

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 Speed Determinations in Collision Cases

Speed determinations in a motor vehicle collision are frequently critical. Skid marks are a common way of attempting to determine speed.

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 Monster trucks

Monster Trucks Are A Hazard

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 Event Data Recorders

Event data recorders are a wealth of information.

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 Elderly Plaintiffs

Elderly plaintiffs can be especially challenging in terms of being able to prove their damages.

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 Emotional Damages to Children

Emotional damages to children are frequently difficult to prove but may be compelling.

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 Swimming Facility Injuries

In analyzing injuries at any swimming facility there are a number of factors to be considered.

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 Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary Hypertension Is Rarely Seen And Sometimes Misdiagnosed.

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 Physician Speaking Fees

Physician Speaking Fees Paid By Pharmaceutical Giant

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 Bus Safety Standards May Be in for a Re-Do

Bus safety standards may be in for some changes as a result of a recent spate of bus accidents.

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 Food Dyes

Food dyes are debated within the FDA.

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 Podiatric Malpractice

Podiatric malpractice claims tend to be difficult claims because the specialty underwriters that insure these losses hire experienced defense counsel who cover a broad geographic area and therefore have considerable experience.

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 Chemical Exposure Injuries

Chemical exposure injuries can frequently be linked to improper labelling. The Material Safety Data Sheet can provide a wealth of information in the handling of these claims.

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 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome has long been looked at askance both in the medical and legal establishment. Research now suggests medicine may be moving closer to a determination of the cause of the condition.

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 Checking out the Doc

Checking out the background of a physician can make or break a medical negligence case.

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 Facial Disfigurement as a Cause of Earnings Loss

Facial disfigurement can have a devastating effect on anyone's psyche. Frequently that type of injury translates into difficulty and unacceptability in the workplace resulting a loss of earnings. This is a factor to be considered in any significant facial disfigurement case.

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 Breast Cancer Lymph Node Removal

Breast cancer lymph node removal is no longer seen as a given in light of recently reported results from a study showing the survival rate of women with T1 or T2 tumors is no better with those women who underwent lymph node removal versus those who did not.

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 Spina Bifida Corrective Surgery

Spina bifida corrective surgery has recently produced significant strides in terms of improving overall functionality of babies born with this condition.

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