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March 2013 Archives

Most missed diagnoses occur in doctor's office

New Jersey residents who have a primary care physician may be surprised by the findings of a new study published in the Journal of American Medical Association's Internal Medicine, which show that most misdiagnoses occur in a primary care doctor's office and are related to basic factors in the consultation. When doctors misdiagnose diseases, they may face medical malpractice lawsuits from the victims based on the damages they suffer. While the study found no single cause for missed diagnoses, several contributing factors were determined to play a role in this problem. At least 80 percent of misdiagnoses were due to problems during the initial patient consultation. These errors could occur during the physical exam or during the taking of a medical history from the patient. 20 percent of all misdiagnoses were determined to be due to failure to make or take advantage of referrals to specialists.

Two injured in three-car accident

Early the morning of March 12, three cars collided on Grove Street in New Jersey. A 62-year-old West Deptford woman's Volkswagen Jetta was struck by a 34-year-old National Park resident in a Mitsubishi truck as the woman attempted to execute a left turn across traffic onto Railroad Avenue. The impact pushed the vehicle into oncoming traffic, where it was struck again by a Chevrolet Cobalt. The Jetta's driver and the 35-year-old West Deptford woman driving the Cobalt were taken to Underwood Memorial Hospital following the car accidents for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The infant son of the Cobalt's driver was also transported to the hospital but only as a precaution. The driver of the truck did not report any injuries.

Suspect charged in fatal car accident

A 67-year-old woman was killed in a fatal hit-and-run car accident on Black Horse Pike. At the time of the accident, the woman was attempting to cross the road to a bus stop from the Audubon Shopping Center during the early evening when she was struck by a blue Chevrolet pickup truck. The victim was transported to a local medical center for treatment for injuries she sustained, but she died soon after her arrival at the facility. Someone who saw news coverage about the alleged wrongful death provided authorities with a tip that enabled them to locate the truck and the driver. They arrested a 50-year-old man from Mount Ephraim in connection to the fatal accident, and he faces multiple charges including fleeing the scene of a fatal auto accident, causing death with a suspended driver's license and other charges. 

NHTSA reports increase in pedestrian traffic accidents since 2009

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration maintains statistics regarding traffic accidents in New Jersey and the United States. In the U.S., the number of traffic accidents involving pedestrians has decreased in the last decade. However, statistics also indicate a 4 percent increase in pedestrian accidents from 2009 through 2010. NHTSA statistics reveal that approximately 79 percent of traffic fatalities involving pedestrians occur away from intersections where drivers may not be aware of their presence on or near the road. Drivers are generally required by law to yield to pedestrians who may be crossing the street or walking on the side of the road. However, pedestrians should be aware of their surroundings at all times and make decisions to promote their safety. For example, they may cross a road at a marked intersection and walk on the side of the road facing on-coming traffic for improved safety. 

Da Vinci medical robot occasionally misses the mark

The da Vinci surgical system has a mixed track record. The minimally invasive, robotic surgery has allowed some to return to physically demanding jobs less than two months after the procedure. However, it was also involved in a medical malpractice incident for a man who suffered complications during his da Vinci system surgery for prostate removal. The mistake occurred because the surgeon couldn't find the right lateral margin of the prostate. This error may have been due to the surgeon's inexperience or inability, a malfunction or difficulty with the machine's endoscopic cameras, or a combination of both. Regardless, the surgeon changed the surgery mid-way through the procedure, and the patient woke up eight hours later with his entire upper body numb. The patient filed a medical malpractice claim against the hospital because the botched surgery caused permanent nerve damage. However, he couldn't find an attorney, so he eventually dropped the lawsuit. 

Drunk driving arrest made after accident

Wall police made a drunk driving arrest after a collision on Route 138, while three other drunk drivers were arrested during traffic stops the same day. Many DWI drivers are arrested during routine traffic stops, but some are identified only after they are involved in car accidents, some of which injure or kill innocent victims. The collision occurred at Route 138 and Allenwood Road when a 25-year-old driver rear-ended another vehicle stopped at a traffic light. Officers took the young man into custody and charged him with driving while intoxicated after examining the scene of the collision. Police also made three other DWI arrests the same day: A 46-year-old Glen Rock woman during a routine traffic stop; a 28-year-old woman from Bloomfield following a traffic stop; and a 29-year-old Aberdeen man after a traffic stop. 

Newark pedestrian killed when struck by motorist

The outcome of an accident in which a defenseless pedestrian is pitted against a metal car is not difficult to predict. Unfortunately, the vulnerable pedestrian is very often seriously injured in such accidents. Sometimes, these injuries are catastrophic and the victim is permanently injured, and their quality of life is forever altered. Other times, the worst happens and the pedestrian is killed.

Recall issued after faulty auto assembly resulted in 15 accidents

In the aftermath of a car accident in New York or New Jersey, there can be a flurry of confusion as victims work to discern what happened: Did the other driver hit me? Did I hit the other driver? What happened?

Wrong-way New York crash kills 2, injures mother and baby

In the moments leading up to a head-on collision caused by a driver going the wrong way, there are mere seconds to react. There is little time to weigh the least damaging options, let alone say goodbye to anyone who ultimately loses his or her life. A New York woman who was severely injured in a crash along with her infant son is trying to come to grips with the death of her friend who was in the driver's seat when a car heading the wrong way slammed directly into their minivan.

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