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Radiologist and diagnostic errors

When individuals in New Jersey and other states across the nation fall ill, he or she often rely on medical professionals to help determine what is wrong and issue them the proper course of treatment. But the treatment plan cannot be effective if the diagnosis is not correct. Diagnostic errors could be the result of a medical mistake made by a doctor. However, it could also be the result of a medical specialist making a medical error as well.

In fact, it is important for patients to note that there are many places in the diagnostic process where things could go wrong. Though, radiology is a frequent source of medical errors. Based on a current report where more than 10,600 malpractice claims from 2013 and 2017 were reviewed, roughly 600 explicitly named a radiologist when I came to liability. These reported cases often related to significant harm to a patient because of the delayed diagnosis of a serious condition.

How do you prove loss of consortium in a wrongful death action?

The loss of a loved one is a challenging time. It can be an especially pressing time when a life is suddenly taken away in an accident caused by a negligent party. Thus, it is important for surviving New Jersey family members to understand their situation and whether it is possible to take legal recourses. In some cases, a wrongful death lawsuit may be possible, allowing one to recover compensation for certain losses.

How does one prove loss of consortium in a wrongful death action? To begin, only certain parties are allowed to bring an action for loss of consortium. This includes a spouse, parent or child of the deceased. This legal action is for the loss of affection and the loss of companionship. This refers to the deprivation of the benefits experienced in marriage or parenting, which includes showing affection.

Guiding you through a wrongful death action

New Jersey accidents are just that, accidents. They are unexpected, and while a negligent party may be to blame, these incidents are shocking and likely tragic. Much like no one expects to be involved in a crash, no one expects to lose a loved one in a fatal accident. Thus, it is important for surviving family members to fully explore their situation, understanding their rights and options.

No one can prepare for the grief when a loved one is suddenly taken in an accident caused by a negligent party. At Robert A. Solomon, P.C., our experienced legal team understands that wave of emotions and the many questions circling one's mind. Our law firm is focused on easing those troubles and helping individuals in the Newark area understand what happened and what rights they have in the matter.

Understanding the effect of birth injuries

Preparing to have a child in New Jersey is an exciting time. Even when emotions are running high, mother's-to-be are often focused on the positives. This means they are anxiously awaiting their little bundle of joy. Although they are likely aware of the potential complications with labor and delivery, it is hard to accept them, even when they do occur. Hearing that a newborn has suffered a birth injury is a very difficult to process. It can also be challenging to think and consider how this could possibly happen. One answer is that medical negligent is to blame.

Birth injuries can range greatly. In some cases, they are minor and only effect the newborn for a short period of time. Others are more severe, causing long-term harm and even a disability. When a birth injury occurs, it is important to understand how it occurred and how it will affect the baby short and long-term.

Can you trust your surgeon to admit an error?

If you underwent a recent New Jersey surgical procedure or plan to do so in the near future, you should be aware of the fact that, unfortunately, accidents and errors sometimes occur in the operating room. Worse yet, if one occurs before, during or after your surgery, your surgeon may or may not tell you about it.

National guidelines strongly encourage all physicians and hospitals to disclose medical error information to the affected patients and their families. Nevertheless, a recent survey found that only 62.5 percent of surgeons disclose the following types of information:

  • The type of error
  • How and why it occurred
  • How unhappy they feel about it
  • How concerned they are for the patient’s welfare
  • What steps they intend to take to treat whatever problems the error causes

Who are the most prone to distracted driving?

No one is a perfect driver, but many New Jersey drivers are safe drivers when they follow the rules of the road. Upholding ones duty to drive safe helps increase the safety on the road. However, it does not prevent a negligent driver from colliding with them. Negligence behind the wheel can look like many things, and today, it frequently looks like a driver distracted by his or her cellphone.

Based on current data, nine people are killed and a 1,000 are injured by a distracted d;river every day. While any driver could be the culprit of a distracted driving accident, a current study found that it is most prominent with young drivers from 16 to 19-years-old.

Three-car crash in New Jersey results in DWI charge

When individuals in New Jersey and elsewhere are traveling down the roadway, it is not a rare event to see an accident site. While it may be a simple fender bender more often than not, the reality is that car accidents can occur anywhere and at anytime. Additionally, these collisions could be severe, causing serious and even fatal injuries. There are many reasons why accidents occur and are often the result of negligence and recklessness, such as being distracted or intoxicated behind the wheel of a vehicle.

According to recent reports, a motorist was charged with a DWI following a three-car accident. Preliminary investigation revealed that the incident took place at the intersection of Main Street and Fairmount Avenue.

Surgical errors and never events

When New Jersey patients undergo surgery, this can be an emotional and difficult process. For many, this is a major deal regardless if it is planned, routine or emergency. Although experienced, educated and trained medical professionals will be completing the surgical procedure, patients have concerns. Even when the risks are known, it can be difficult to assess whether he or she is experiencing a known risk or are suffering because of a medical mistake or surgical error.

One risk that any surgical patient should not presume is part of the procedure is having the wrong site operated on, having the wrong procedure or being the wrong patient for a surgery. These are terrifying events, and no patient would ever dream of them occurring; however, these termed never events do happen in operating rooms across the nation.

3 common distractions that truck drivers face

Everybody knows that texting and driving is a serious hazard. It has caused countless collisions, injuries and deaths, and brought attention to the general problem of distracted driving. When a driver in a car drives while distracted, it is dangerous, but when a trucker drives while distracted, the consequences are liable to be deadly. Distractions may be an even bigger problem for truckers than for drivers in cars.

Because trucks are bigger than cars, they cannot stop as quickly, and they are able to inflict more damage than a smaller vehicle in a collision. Because of the demands of trucking, drivers may be particularly susceptible to specific types of distractions.

What is a growing cause of medical errors?

It is a rather lengthy and intense process to become a doctor. Years of school, training and experience are necessary to ensure that a medical professional is equipped with the proper knowledge to treat and care for patients. However, even when a New Jersey medical professional reaches an expert level, this does not mean that they are free from mistakes. In fact, doctors at any level of experience are prone to human errors. While these can be minor in some cases, others are very serious, causing serious harms to patients.

When addressing the growing concern of medical errors, researchers found that there might be a reason, in part, for the increase. It was discovered that physician burnout may be a growing source of medical errors. It was determined that physician burnout could be as equally as responsible for medical errors as unsafe medical workplace conditions.

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