5 Shocking Statistics about Medication Errors in the U.S.

Medication errors can happen when drugs are being prescribed by physicians, when prescriptions are being filled, and/or when patients are given directions on how to take a drug. Just as medication errors can arise at various points in treatment/care process, they can also have various impacts on patients, resulting in serious harm in the worst cases. To highlight the prevalence and impacts of medication errors in the U.S., below we have pointed out some of the latest statistics about this form of medical malpractice. The Latest Data about Medication Errors Annually in the U.S., medication errors trigger about 1.5 [...]

December 6th, 2015|

3 Cold Weather Injuries that Can Affect Outdoor Workers & How to Prevent Them

With the cold temperatures of winter can come new risks for those who work outdoors. Understanding these risks, as well as what can be done to mitigate them, can be essential to staying safe on the job and kicking off the New Year injury-free. To this end, below is an overview of the most common types of cold weather injuries that affect outdoor workers. 3 Most Common Cold Weather Injuries Trench foot occurs when extended exposure to wet, cold conditions constricts blood flow to one or both feet, causing tissue death (necrosis). If left untreated, trench foot can result [...]

November 26th, 2015|

Jared Fogle Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Child Sex Crimes

Yesterday, Former Subway Pitchman Jared Fogle was sentenced to serve 15 years and 8 months in federal prison by Federal Judge Tanya Walton Pratt. This is about three years more than federal prosecutors had been requesting – and it’s nearly triple the minimum five-year sentence that Fogle’s team was seeking as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. This sentence is, however, still far less than the 50-year maximum sentence that Fogle could have faced for his sex crimes against children. According to experts, Fogle will have to serve at least 13 years of this sentence before becoming eligible [...]

November 20th, 2015|

8 Most Harmful Products in Schools: A Look at the Products that Regularly Injure Children at School

Although schools can be valuable places of learning for children, they may also expose kids to some risks and harm, especially when certain products are around. Looking to identify the items that cause the most injuries to schoolchildren each year, researchers at HealthGrove recently analyzed nearly two decades of data from the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). And what they found is that some of the most common items in schools often end up being sources of injuries to school kids. Riskiest Items in Schools: The Products that Cause the Most Injuries to Kids According to HealthGrove’s findings, the [...]

November 15th, 2015|

Personal Injury 101: What Do Personal Injury Settlements Cover?

The types of damages that personal injury settlements cover will vary from case to case, depending on the nature of the claim and the specific injuries and losses the plaintiff incurred. In general, however, personal injury settlements include compensatory damages. In some cases, punitive damages may be available as well. We’ll take a close look at which each of these types of awards typically includes below. Compensatory Damages for Personal Injury Cases A discussion of what personal injury settlements commonly cover Compensatory damages refer to the awards that are granted to the victims of negligence in order to [...]

November 9th, 2015|

What to Bring to an Initial Consult with a Medical Malpractice Lawyer

When medical professionals make mistakes that cause you harm, consulting with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer can be the best way to find out your options for financial recovery. While you do not, of course, have to prepare anything for your first meeting with an attorney, if you do have time to get the following items together to bring with you, you may be able to get more precise answers about your options, the value of your case and the next steps for moving forward. Items to Bring to a Meeting with a Medical Malpractice Attorney What to bring [...]

November 6th, 2015|

4 Misdiagnoses Myths Debunked

Treatment from medical professionals typically starts with the diagnostic process, which can involve blood tests, imaging tests, biopsies and/or other assessments. While making the right diagnosis can be tricky and can take some time, especially when people may be suffering from multiple conditions, tragically, doctors (and others) don’t always perform the right testing, read the results of these tests properly, etc. And this can end up leading to mistakes and misdiagnoses. To clarify how often misdiagnoses happen, as well as what the impacts of wrong diagnoses can be, below we have dispelled some common myths about misdiagnoses. The Facts [...]

October 31st, 2015|

Top 10 OSHA Violations Committed by U.S. Employers in 2015

Every U.S. worker has the right to a safe work environment, free from risks that could cause workplace accidents and injuries. That is why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is dedicated to enforcing workplace safety regulations and penalizing the employers who fail to abide by them. OSHA also reports on the violations that are the most prevalent among U.S. employers, and it has recently released information regarding the top 10 safety violations for 2015. According to preliminary data, the top safety violations among U.S. employers so far in 2015 include: Failing to provide fall protections – more [...]

October 26th, 2015|

Sex Abuse Victims of Former Subway Pitchman Jared Fogle Receive $1M in Restitution

A total of $1 million dollars has been distributed to 10 victims of former Subway Pitchman Jared Fogle, with each victim reportedly receiving $100,000 in restitution. Four other victims could receive their restitution payments within the next month or so, satisfying the $1.4 million restitution payment Fogle agreed to pay 14 victims as part of the plea deal he made with federal prosecutors back in August. Given that Fogle is scheduled to be formally sentenced for child sex abuse and child pornography crimes next month, the early restitution payments are notable, prosecutors have pointed out. However, the fact that [...]

October 23rd, 2015|

NHTSA Kicks Off ‘National Teen Driver Safety Week’

With National Teen Driver Safety Week upon us, here’s what parents can do to take part, a Portland car accident lawyer explains. From Oct. 19th through the 24th, officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are sponsoring National Teen Driver Safety Week, calling on parents to take action to promote safe driving behaviors among teen motorists. Pointing out the importance of this campaign, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has explained that: When parents model and reinforce safe driving habits, they equip their teens with the skills to safely navigate the roadways for life… Parents need [...]

October 20th, 2015|

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