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Types of surgical errors

Pennsylvania residents who must undergo surgical procedures have good reason to be concerned about their safety. Data from the National Practitioner Data Bank spanning 20 years from 1990 to 2010 suggests that more than 4,000 surgical errors are made in the United States every year.

Over this time period, a total of $1.3 billion was paid out to plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases involving errors during surgery. This amount is for 9,744 total cases. Just what type of errors can take place in a surgical situation? There are many and the trauma they cause to patients and family members can be extreme.

Medical malpractice claims not limited to withholding care

When it comes to health matters, residents throughout the state of Pennsylvania rely upon healthcare providers to care for them. While often that relationship results in a positive outcome, this is not always the case. When the actions of a physician, nurse or other healthcare provider do not meet the standard of what someone in a similar situation would do, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be appropriate.

Auto liability insurance requirements in Pennsylvania

For some time now it has been legally mandated that all people operating motor vehicles in Pennsylvania carry valid automobile insurance. While this is not a new law, there still remain some people who drive without current auto insurance. This reality exposes many innocent people to a great level of risk unfair to them. Just what is mandated for auto insurance in Pennsylvania?

As explained by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the only type of insurance that drivers must carry is liability insurance. This provides coverage for any damage or harm caused to another party in the event of an accident. The lowest amount of insurance allowed is referred to as 15/30/5. This means that a policy must provide at least $15,000 in coverage for injury or death to one person in one accident, $30,000 in coverage for injury or death to multiple people in one accident and up to $5,000 in coverage for damage to any property in one accident.

Man suffers back injury in slip and fall accident

Pennsylvania consumers should be able to feel safe when shopping in stores without worry of being injured. However, many business owners, managers or employees are not always responsible and may allow situations to develop that put shoppers in harm's way. When this happens, it is reasonable for people to seek compensation.

One man today is doing just this. According to reports, he was shopping at a Dollar Tree Store on New Year's Eve two years ago. As he went through the store, he fell after coming to a portion of the floor that was slippery. His back was injured in the fall. It was discovered that some laundry soap or detergent was the substance on the floor that led to the dangerous conditions.

How to avoid slipping and falling on the ice

Though the snow that usually appears in the winter months can be lovely, if allowed to accumulate it can eventually turn to ice and become slippery. This can make navigating sidewalks and parking lots this time of year dangerous.

Slipping and falling on the ice that builds up between and around sidewalks and parking lots can be frightening and can lead to injury. Broken bones, cuts, bruises, concussions, and other issues are all more common in the winter months, because it can be hard to see that patch of ice in time to avoid it. Once you start to slip or slide, you may not be able to catch yourself.

State police say 314 drunk drivers arrested Christmas weekend

Pennsylvania residents should be able to enjoy holiday times without worry of senseless accidents. Sadly, that is not always possible because too many drivers continue to make poor decisions that put themselves and others at risk. From drunk drivers to distracted drivers and more, there remains a constrant threat to motorists and passengers alike on Pennsylvania roads.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police, the recent Christmas holiday weekend was a busy one for their officers and even busier than in 2015 in some areas. The state police worked hard to identify dangers and stop or cite drivers before problems arose and were successful in some cases. A total of 314 people were arrested and charged with driving under the influence. That is almost 100 more DUI arrests than over the 2015 Christmas weekend. Child safety seat violations and citations were issued in 74 cases representing nearly a 50 percent increase over the prior year.

How many fatalities occur in large truck accidents?

Anyone in Pennsylvania who has ever been next to a semi truck or other big commercial vehicle on a freeway knows how uneasy this can feel. In a moment, the extremely large size and heavy weight of a tractor trailer becomes very evident in comparison to that of a typical car, truck or sport utility vehicle. If you have ever in those moments wondered just how many people die in accidents involving large trucks, records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have the answer for you.

According to the NHTSA, the number of people who have died in large truck collisions in Pennsylvania each year has remained relatively steady for several years. In both 2011 and 2015, there were 160 such fatalities each statewide. In 2012, there were 166 truck accident deaths followed by a slight dip to 155 in 2013 and then another uptick to 162 in 2014.

What is the CMS' Five-Star Quality Rating System?

If you are one of the many Pennsylvania residents who must find how to properly care for an elderly parent, grandparent or other relative, you know all too well how difficult the search for quality care can be. When you are looking for a nursing home in which to place your loved one, you want to feel confident that he or she will receive the right level of care and treatment. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services may be able to help you in your search thanks to their Five-Star Quality Rating System.

The five-star system utilized by the CMS can give you a quick pulse on which nursing homes may be worth your time to look into further and even tour and which nursing homes you may be best to avoid. The lower the number of stars a particular facility receives from the CMS, the lower the level of care the CMS believes they provide. Ideally you will want to look for nursing homes that have achieved a perfect five stars from the CMS.

Man dies in auger on construction site

Pennsylvania residents know that a workplace accident can happen to anyone regardless of industry or job function. However, there are some lines of work that are naturally more dangerous than others. People who work in the transportation, manufacturing or construction industries, for example, face more serious risks on a daily basis than do people who might work in office situations.

Sadly, the family of a 39-year-old man from Luzerne County has recently reminded just how dangerous the construction industry can be as they are mourning the loss of their loved one. The man was killed in an accident in Allen Township after being caught inside an auger, a machine used for digging on construction job sites. No details were available about how the man may have come to be trapped in the auger and how long he may have been in the machine before being discovered or attended to.

Research looks at physician willingness to disclose errors

Pennsylvania residents who are concerned about the quality of the medical care they receive have good reason for their worries. Medical errors are known to occur in a variety of settings from the pharmacy to the operating room and beyond. Some of these mistakes may have lifelong and even fatal consequences for patients. Knowing how to stay protected against such errors while still being able to trust in the quality of care is a balancing act indeed.

Now new research takes a look at how willing primary care doctors might actually be to admit that an error has happened. It seems that physicians who hold patient communication in high regard may be more likely to disclose such information than those who do not have this as a key value. The seriousness of the error and the level of personal responsibility that a physician felt with a case were also noted factors that might make a doctor more likely to share such information.

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