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Hit-and-run driver sends 14 to hospital

Most Pennsylvania residents who drive on area roads operate their vehicles safely and with respect for themselves, their passengers and those in other vehicles. However, once in a while, there comes along a person who does not given thought to the consideration of others and instead chooses to drive in a reckless or negligent manner. Even worse, these people sometimes work hard to avoid accepting their responsibility for the actions and injuries they may cause.

This is precisely what happened on what should have been a typical spring Wednesday morning in Lancaster. A school bus driver was taking one elementary, one middle school and 12 high school students to school when the actions of one other driver kicked off a chain reaction that sent everyone in that school bus plus another person to the hospital. The at-fault driver has yet to be located or identified and authorities are asking for information or tips.

Common elements in bicycle accidents

According to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, bicycle fatalities increased by 12.2 percent in 2015 from the previous year. However, bicycle accidents overall were down by 10 percent. In Pennsylvania, there were 16 deaths and 1,268 injuries in 2015.

Although these numbers may seem small, many of these accidents could have been prevented if motorists paid more attention to smaller vehicles. 

Daughter pursues appeal in malpractice suit

More and more today, Pennsylvania residents are learning that it is important for them to take a proactive approach to their own health care. There are many reasons for this including the fact that medical errors can and do happen. Among the many types of mistakes that can be made are those that involve a missed diagnosis or a wrong diagnosis. Both may lead to the lack of treatment or the administration of the wrong treatment that cannot effectively help the true problem.

One woman who lost her father to a case of acute gastrointestinal bleeding almost four and a half years ago has been pursuing compensation for this type of problem ever since. Sadly, her efforts have yet to result in the outcome she believes she is due. In December of 2012, her father who was 75 years old at the time went to a hospital because of severe abdominal pain. He was kept and treated for diarrhea but then released that day.

What are some of OSHA's rules for ladder use at work?

Does your job require you to use a ladder in the normal course of your daily duties? If so, you are not alone. For many people in Pennsylvania the use of a ladder is integral to the nature of their work. If you are in this category, you will want to know that the Occupational Safety Health Administration outlines clear guidelines for the safe use of these pieces of equipment. Even for those workers who only need to use a ladder now and then, such knowledge can be helpful.

Accidents involving ladders can result from the use of defective or damaged ladders or from the improper use of a ladder in good working order. OSHA's regulations provide guidance to help prevent both types of incidents. For example, workers should always inspect ladders before using them and any damaged item should not be used until it is fixed.

Family receives $8 million settlement for birth injury

Expectant mothers in Pennsylvania who seek medical care and treatment when they experience potentially unusual or problematic symptoms during pregnancy should be able to trust that their health care providers will respond promptly and appropriately. When an unborn baby's life is involved, time can be of the essence and make a big difference in the outcome of a situation.

Such was the case for one family who settled with Temple University for a reported $8 million after delays in treatment contributed to severe birth injuries for their child. Upon arriving at the hospital indicating that she had noticed a reduction in the amount of movement of her baby. At this point, she was 37 weeks into her pregnancy. Nurses are said to have found some test results concerning. Despite all of this, the physician failed to even see the woman for a full three hours.

Four mistakes to avoid when sharing the road with trucks

If you get a little nervous when you notice a big rig in the next lane, you are not alone. Large trucks present some specific risks for passenger vehicles near them due to their large size, extensive blind spots and lack of maneuverability.

Avoiding these common mistakes can help you avoid a potential accident with a large truck. This is especially important as, once an accident is in motion, the truck's size and mass are likely to increase the seriousness and extent of any damage.

Electronic record systems might increase medical errors

Pennsylvania residents have good reason to be concerned about the safety of their medical care. Even what may seem like a minor mistake on the part of a doctor, nurse or other health care provider may have serious and lifelong consequences for patients. There are many types of medical mistakes and medication errors are one area in which big problems can develop quickly.

As more hospitals move to adopt and use electronic records rather than relying on handwritten paper charts for patient information, many might think that medication errors might actually decrease. After all, there would be no more cryptic doctor's handwriting to try and decipher so it only makes sense that electronic records would be superior in this situation. However, new data may be exposing that these new systems might actually pose a new level of risk to patients.

Cerebral palsy as a birth injury

Are you or your partner pregnant and expecting a baby in Pennsylvania? Have you had a child and maybe now are wondering why that baby has not met certain developmental milestones? These are just some of the situations in which you should make sure you are educated about some of the types of birth injuries that may occur if proper actions are not taken. Certainly you want to trust that your health care team can take care of moms and babies but the more patients know, the better because errors can and do happen.

As WebMD explains, as many as one out of every five cases of cerebral palsy may be attributed to a birth injury. One of the factors that may result in the development of cerebral palsy is the lack of oxygen to a baby either before, during or even just after birth occurs. When the flow of oxygen and therefore nutrients is cut off, a baby may experience brain damage. The results of this brain damage vary from baby to baby.

Signs you may need a second opinion

When you see a doctor, whether for a routine check-up or a specific complaint, you tend to trust that professional's medical knowledge. However, doctors do make mistakes, and diagnostic or treatment errors can have a devastating impact on a person's life. Medical error is among the the leading causes of death in the U.S. Sometimes, you may feel uneasy but remain unsure as to whether you have identified a real red flag or are just nervous. In the following situations, follow your instincts and get a second opinion, just in case.

Your doctor recommends non-emergency major surgery

Distractions may be killing more pedestrians

Many Pennsylvania residents may be excited at the return of spring in part because getting out on foot is easier and more pleasant than during the dark, cold month of winter. While certainly the benefits of walking or running are well-known, there are definitely risks associated with being a pedestrian and sharing the road with cars, trucks and other vehicles.

Data shows that between January and June of 2016, 77 pedestrians in Pennsylvania were killed in accidents with vehicles. Several cities and areas have been working consciously for the past few years to improve pedestrian safety. While the thought of 77 families mourning the deaths of their loved ones is not positive, an even worse thought is the reality that Pennsylvania is in better shape than the rest of the country.

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