California has a traffic problem

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

California has a traffic problem, everyone knows that. You can’t stuff a tenth of the country’s population into one state (and put most of them near the coast) and not end up with some backup around rush hour.

While the backup does tend to get most of the headlines due to the long lines of traffic, that doesn’t mean the traffic is the biggest problem. Or, not the traffic in and of itself. The biggest problem is the accidents the traffic causes.

In 2014, for instance, more than 13,000 people received non-fatal injuries which required serious treatment due to car accidents. That’s only the beginning of the problem, unfortunately, because California also is the state with the most deaths due to car crashes. That number is a stunning 3,000 per annum. That’s 3,000 deaths per year in California, which makes up about one in every eleven deaths nationally one that takes place on our roads.

However, there’s reason not to get too upset and consider drastic measures. It’s worth pointing out that one of the major reasons the number is so high is because so many people live in this state. After all, if we have a tenth of the population and an eleventh of the car-related fatalities, we’re slightly ahead of the game, right?

That may be right, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be doing more to keep our roads safer. An increase in lanes and a greater policing of speeds would do a great deal not just to ease traffic but to lower the figures of those who are injured and die in car accidents. A further requirement for a review course of the rules of the road, or a more stringent testing before giving licenses would also help with these issues.

Living in a place with so many people, we have to work together to keep each other safe. Using more space, keeping a better eye on the problem, and increasing our knowledge and awareness of what is going on on the road and what we should do would all go a long way towards keeping every one of us safer.

California prides itself on pushing for a better world together, on being ahead of the rest of the country on big, bold initiatives. Let’s be the first state to take on car accidents and really make a significant difference in those numbers. Let’s aim not to have one in every eleven fatalities but one in every twenty-one, or every thirty-one. If we can make that kind of change, the rest of the country will follow suit. We could end up making a major difference to a whole lot of lives, but we’ve got to start working together on this issue and pushing for more to be done.

Otherwise, we’ll just end up sitting back, content with how things are, and that’s the sort of attitude that leads to things getting worse, not better.

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Types of Medical Malpractice

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

Medical malpractice refers to cases when medical professionals stray from standardized or reasonable behaviors and doing so causes harm to the individual or group of individuals they are treating. There are many types of medical malpractice and it can sometimes be difficult to determine whether or not you have been victimized by a situation of malpractice. In this article, we will explore some cases of medical malpractice, why they are considered malpractice, and what it means to you if they are relevant to your case.

Attorneys like those at Hach & Rose represent common cases of medical malpractice like:

  • Surgical errors
  • Improper treatment
  • Wrong diagnosis
  • Emergency room errors
  • Delayed treatment
  • Birth injuries
  • Hospital negligence
  • Wrongful death

Surgical errors might occur when a surgeon fails to properly close a wound or accidentally causes a wound. Errors like these can cause short and long term consequences like infections, bleeding, and even death.

Improper treatment includes behaviors like prescribing an incorrect medicine or dosage or encouraging a type of treatment that is unreasonable or has shown to have no benefits. This type also includes unnecessary surgeries, wrong site surgeries and leaving tools inside the body following a surgery.

Wrong diagnosis happens whenever a doctor intentionally or unintentionally, due to lack of thoroughness, misdiagnoses a patient’s illness. Cases like this can be catastrophic since all subsequent treatments might be useless or even detrimental to the patient’s actual condition. Doctors have a responsibility to be thorough and meticulous in their diagnoses and can be held liable if they fail to secure the patient’s health by doing so.

Emergency room errors refer to any behaviors in an emergency room that might harm or prevent access to treatment to a patient in an emergency situation. Emergency rooms are typically high stress and many patients might be within hours or even minutes of dying when they arrive for treatment. In the midst of this stress, many things can go wrong that might’ve been easily prevented like loss of blood or an infection from a failure to sterilize. In these cases, and others, the surgeon or another party might be held liable for any damages that are incurred.

Delayed treatment can be catastrophic depending on the ailment and how long the treatment is delayed. Sometimes, due to a doctor’s negligence, sheer number of patients, or many other factors, some patients aren’t given an appropriate treatment in the correct timeframe for which it would be most effective. When this happens, the treatment’s effectiveness could be greatly reduced or ultimately invalidated, possibly leaving the patient in an even worse predicament than before. Many ailments require prompt action and failure to respond on the doctor’s part can make her legally liable for any damages that are caused because of delayed treatment.

Birth injuries are any damages done to a mother or child during birth. These can include short and long term conditions like Cerebral Palsy, brain damage and spine damage. Some conditions that existed before birth may not have a case.

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