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Medication errors and medical malpractice lawsuits

Each year, thousands of Pennsylvania patients will visit their doctors and receive prescriptions for medications designed to provide remedies for their illnesses or injuries. The vast majority of these interactions are uneventful. In fact, most patients will experience beneficial results. However, due to doctor, hospital or nursing home errors, sometimes patients are harmed by incorrectly prescribed medications.

If you have been injured by a medication error, perhaps the most important thing you should know is that you are entitled to sue the responsible healthcare provider. In order to prevail in a medical malpractice case involving medication errors, you must prove that the healthcare providers failed to exercise an appropriate standard of care.

Truck accident incidences dropping in Pennsylvania

Are you interested in knowing how many truck accidents really take place in Pennsylvania? If you've been in a crash recently, this information about how many trucks are typically involved in accidents may be something you can use to help support your case in court. This report from the U.S. Department of Transportation breaks down some statistics to give you a better idea of how many trucks are involved in crashes all around the nation. For example, in April 2014, it was reported that a total of 1,476 trucks were involved in crashes in the state of Pennsylvania.

What you may like hearing is that the number of truck accidents has been dropping over the last several years. In 2010, for example, there were 5,507 crashes involving trucks like semis or tractor-trailers. The numbers have continued to drop over the last few years, with 4,884 trucks being involved in accidents in 2011, 3,926 being involved in crashes in 2012 and 3,882 being involved in crashes in 2013.There is no reported reason for the sudden drop between 2013 and 2014, although it's possible new laws or changes to trucking regulations could have made an impact. Not all states have seen a drop in the number of accidents, though, so it's likely to have been something changed at the state level. For instance, New York saw a rise in the number of accidents between 2012 and 2013; in 2012, the state had 3775 and in 2013, the state had 4,088.

How does the Minor's Tolling Statute affect birth injuries?

Statutes of limitations are requirements set by states, which determine when injured parties are no longer eligible to file lawsuits to recover compensation for their injuries. Pennsylvania has generally understood that imposing statutes of limitations is beneficial to providing plaintiffs a reasonable time in which to seek relief, while also protecting defendants from decades-old litigation.

However, Pennsylvania has also recognized that certain injuries suffered by children early in life may take years to eventually manifest in recognizable symptoms. For example, birth injuries such as cerebral palsy, Erb's palsy, Klumpke's palsy, shoulder dystocia and other such injuries may not be readily apparent until much later in the child's life.

Truck accident victims: Now's the time to voice your complaints

Truck accidents can happen at any time and seemingly out of nowhere when caused by dangerous or neglectful drivers. When you're injured in a trucking accident in Pennsylvania, your health is the most important thing to worry about. Once you're well enough, you may be wondering how you can get the compensation you need. That's something you may be able to do through a civil lawsuit.

There are several situations that can lead to you being able to sue for damages after a truck accident takes place. If a driver has been non-compliant with federal laws leading to your injuries, that may be a reason to seek damages. For instance, if he hasn't slept the required number of hours, he may have been driving illegally.

How does full tort auto insurance work in car accidents?

When Pennsylvania motorists are involved in an accident, one of the first questions their attorneys ask them is whether they had full tort insurance coverage or limited tort coverage. Surprisingly, many motorists simply don't know the answer to that question, but the differences can be quite substantial.

Pennsylvania law requires insurers providing automobile coverage to offer consumers with both choices of either full tort or limited tort coverage. Generally speaking, limited tort insurance is nearly always the cheaper of the two. For that reason, many Pennsylvania motorists opt for the cheaper variety.

Pennsylvania woman claims drug mix caused her serious harm

Medication errors can be deadly or cause serious injuries to patients. There are several levels of health professionals that look at your prescriptions before they're filled; it's important that your pharmacists and doctors are paying attention and only providing safe medications for your use.

A patient in Pennsylvania has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a health center in Philadelphia. The patient claims the health center prescribed a dangerous mix of drugs that risked her life. She now would like damages that exceed $50,000 and is accusing the Esperanza Health Center, three of the doctors, a physician's assistant and the Neshaminy Pharmacy of negligence.

Reckless driver causes wrongful deaths, injuries in 5-car crash

When you head to work, school or activities on the highway, you expect drivers to be aware of their surroundings. Negligence in the form of talking on the phone, eating or driving drunk can lead to accidents that leave victims with serious injuries or fatal wounds. This story, reported on Aug. 7, talks about a man from Pennsylvania who now has to answer for why he drove into the back of another person's vehicle.

The trucker from Pennsylvania is facing a reckless driving charge for being involved in a pileup crash that killed two people and injured a number of others while he was traveling through Virginia. The 50-year-old man was driving a flatbed tractor-trailer at the time of the crash. The crash took place when the tractor-trailer failed to stop and slammed into the rear of a sport-utility vehicle on Interstate 64 in Albemarle County.

3 vehicles involved in lane-turning truck accident

Troopers with the Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, say that a tractor-trailer caused an accident involving three vehicles while attempting a right turn. According to police, the accident happened Aug. 22 near the intersection between Pa. 16 and Antrim Church Road at 4:24 p.m.

The accident, which involve five people, is reported to have started after a tractor-trailer operator from North Carolina attempted to make a right turn in the intersection from Antrim Church Road. Police say that's when the truck struck a Chevrolet Cruze being driven by 21-year-old man, which then collided with a Dodge Ram operated by a 34-year-old.

Erb's Palsy and birth injuries don't have to be financial burdens

Birth injuries can turn any parent's dream into a real-life nightmare.

Erb's Palsy is a damaging condition that is caused by the stretching of your child's nerve fibers at birth. Essentially, Erb's Palsy happens during poorly-performed deliveries, although it can happen during C-sections, too. Other birth injuries could be caused as well, like cerebral palsy or paralysis.

Erb's Palsy can feel like a life sentence for both the parents and child. If your child suffers from Erb's Palsy, you might believe the injury was the result of medical malpractice, carelessness or negligence on behalf of the delivery team. If so, you may be able to seek the money you'll need to provide a happy, healthy lifestyle for your child.

A brief overview of the birth injury known as Klumpke’s palsy

Modern advances in medicine have given expectant parents many advantages over previous generations of couples looking forward to bringing a newborn into this world. For example, we now know about the benefits of certain prenatal vitamins. We also have ultrasound technology, which allows for doctors to determine whether certain medical procedures need to be taken in the interest of the child even before it is born. However, despite those advances, errors made during child deliveries still occur much too frequently.

One such birth injury is known as Klumpke's palsy, and it generally happens after a baby's shoulder gets hung up in the birth canal. The nerves are damaged in the child's arm around lower brachial plexus.