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August 2017 Archives

Common causes of medication errors

The scenario plays out often enough. Louisiana residents visit a doctor for some ailment, getting a prescription for medicine that they fill and ingest without another thought. But sometimes, the medicine that has been prescribed does not mix well with another medicine a patient s already taking. For example mixing certain depression medicine with migraine drugs could cause the person taking them to become agitated and confused, increasing their body temperature. These medication mistakes have the potential to cause adverse events, which is probably why they are known as potential adverse drug event. But when the medical mistake does cause harm, then it is known as preventable adverse drug events.

How dangerous is distracted driving?

Everyone gets distracted from completing a task they are performing at some point or another. But when the task is driving, one of the most dangerous activities people engage in on a daily basis, then a simple distraction can mean the difference between life and death. In fact, around 9 people are killed and more than one thousand are injured in accidents involving a distracted driver each year.

How long do I have to bring a medical malpractice suit?

Last week's post discussed one of the areas of medical negligence-birthing injuries. However, that is just one example of negligence on behalf of a medical professional. Failure to diagnose and inappropriate surgery are other common examples. Basically, when the professional has not acted according to the standard of care, they may be held accountable through a medical malpractice suit.

Common birth injuries linked to negligence

Expecting a baby is one of the most exciting times of a New Orleans' couple's life. Couples spend months preparing for the arrival of their newborn, and to ensure their delivery happens as smoothly as possible, many make frequent visits to their doctor. This helps parents trust their doctor who will deliver their baby. This is why it may come as a shock to them when their medical professional has acted negligently, causing birth trauma to their child.

Injured in a motor vehicle crash? You can seek justice

You are on your way to work on a Friday morning, listening to the radio and sipping a coffee as you happily brace for your final work day before the weekend. However, your happy morning quickly takes a turn for the worst when another motorist on the road turns into your lane and strikes your car. Your head shifts back and forth, and you begin to feel pain as a result of the accident.

Speed catches drunk driving

Unfortunately, the roadways are home to much tragedy and upset. The fast pace in life tends to keep everyone in a rush, causing some drivers to travel much faster than they should. Speed is only second behind drunk driving as being the cause of a fatal accident in this country. The National Transportation Safety Board reached this conclusion in a study released in July covering car accidents from 2005 to 2014.

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