You Owe it to Yourself and to Others To Insist on Professional Medical Accountability

Timely and effective treatment, accurate diagnosis, and correct medication are the bases of quality care every patient is entitled to. These are a few of the reasons why some hospitals and health providers keep only reliable staff and medical professionals in their roster, because operators of these institutions know that quality treatment is what patients need and what they are supposed to provide.

This is not the case in all medical facilities, however. Sad to say, but some have even been identified either as having bad doctors or being bad hospitals because of the frequency of medical mistakes and malpractice committed in them. As a result of the lack of authentic concern to patients and the errors made in patient care, many hospitals, doctors, and other medical professionals, have been named as defendants in thousands of claims lawsuits.

Medical malpractice, which refers to injuries committed against patients, is a frightening reality in the United States. Its effects include life-threatening conditions, prolonged illness or even death. Equally frightening as the effects is the fact that these mistakes are results of negligence or carelessness of medical experts which result to failure to provide the quality of care that they promised to give and which patients rightly deserve. In 2010 alone, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services made a report regarding the death of about 180,000 Medicare patients; this is a small figure, though, according to a study that the Journal of Patient Safety printed, where figures ran between 210,000 and 440,000.

One example of medical malpractice that continues to cause great harm to patients is surgical error. This includes, but is not limited to, surgery on wrong site, surgery performed on a wrong patient, incorrect surgical procedure, wrong dosage of anesthesia, post-surgical complications and improper suturing. Though it is true that no surgeon would intend to commit an error, it also cannot be denied that an error committed can lead to a more serious health condition that can alter a patient’s life; a mistake can even lead to a patient’s untimely death.

According to the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD, 6 percent of the doctors are responsible for 60 percent of the medical malpractice that occurs in this country. The same few doctors are harming patients again and again. And only one of every eight cases of verifiable malpractice makes it to the legal system. Many people are reluctant to hold their doctor accountable for their negligence; but when they let them avoid taking the responsibility for their wrongdoing, they are giving them the opportunity to go on harming others with impunity. If you or someone you love suffered harm to your life or health because of a doctor, hospital, or other healthcare professional who failed to provide you with an appropriate level of care, you not only owe it to yourself—you owe it to others to insist on professional accountability.



Legal Issues about regarding Adoption

Legal Issues about regarding Adoption

According to the law firm Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, “When you adopt a child, you are making one of the most rewarding and impactful decisions of your life. The effect on your life, and the life of your adoptee, is tremendous. However, people oftentimes do not realize the number and variety of hurdles and red tape they will have to face when beginning the adoption process. Adopters already face an emotional roller coaster without the added stress of long meetings with adoption agencies and paying exorbitant adoption fees. Thus, for a smooth transition into your new life, a legal professional is an invaluable asset.”

Establishing a parent-child relationship through adoption, however, can be a challenging endeavor, especially if the adoptee is already at a certain age or if the adopting parents have other children. Jealousy and the full legal rights of everyone, specifically of the spouse and biological children (when the spouses divorce or if one spouse dies), usually set in.

This is because, through adoption, the adopted child gets to acquire all the right and privileges possessed and enjoyed by any member of the family. He/She also becomes an heir in the same family. As regards the adoptee’s biological parents, they lose all their rights over their child as the adopting parents will be legally declared the adoptee’s new, rightful parents through adoption.

Adoption was originally conceived as a means to normalize and give meaning to the union of childless couples. Since 1851, though, after the Adoption of Children Act was made into law, adoption assumed the purpose of legal and social operations intended to promote the interest of a child rather than that of the adopting parents. In our modern society, couples, whether of opposite or of the same sex, can adopt a child, so long as the court sees them fit to parent a child.

There are two types of adoption legally recognized in the U.S. Closed Adoption and Open Adoption. In Closed Adoption, the state decides who can adopt a child, legally requiring the biological mother to relinquish her rights (over her child) in the process. Open Adoption is its exact opposite, as this legal procedure allows the birth mother to choose the adopting parents, besides maintaining the right to communicate with, and visit, her child.

Since states regulate the laws concerning adoption, there is no uniformity in what is required or considered for a couple, or even a single adult, to be deemed worthy or capable of adopting a child. Often, couples or individuals are confronted by laws and requirements that suddenly make adopting a child a complex procedure.

Any legal procedure, however, no matter how complex it may seem, will always be given light through the help of a legal professional. Thus, if you and your spouse are really serious on adopting a child, then consider going through the adoption process with the help of an experienced attorney, who can guide and help you through the whole procedure to make sure than even the tiniest detail that can sink your hopes of adopting will be checked and avoided.

Distracted Driving: Top Cause of Fatal Car Accidents in Many States

In its website, the Bruner Law Firm says that “one of the most life changing events one can face in almost every city in the world is auto accident. Hardly a week goes by when one does not see on the news or read about a fatal or near fatal traffic collision. Auto accidents are never anticipated. They occur suddenly and most often, with very little or no warning.

Though drivers know how to avoid a car accident, so many do not consciously practice safe driving every time they get behind the wheel. By trying to do way too many things at once, they end up performing the primary task of driving safely very poorly. It is, therefore, no wonder that auto accidents are happening with increasing frequency when we look at the increasing busyness and need for multi-tasking.”

Distracted driving is one of the worst forms of bad road behavior. It includes eating and/or drinking, adjusting the radio, smoking, applying make-up, grooming, conversing with a passenger, driving while angry or while lost in thoughts, looking at a road map, adjusting GPS coordinates, and – all while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. Distracted driving happens when a driver’s attention is taken away from the primary task of driving, making him/her fail to operate his/her vehicle properly and so commit traffic infractions that often result in accidents. Though unintentional, distracted driving can be extremely damaging.

Texting or using a hand-held phone used to be the most dangerous form of distracted driving. With the expansion of smartphone functions, however, besides texting and making or receiving a call, the dangers of cell phone use now includes sending emails, taking photos, shooting videos, conducting video chats, and using Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube or Snapchat.

There are states where distracted driving, particularly cell phone use, is the top cause of fatal car crashes. These crashes are terrifying and often overwhelming ordeals which leave many victims with extensive medical bills and other expenses, lost wages from work, or long-term disability.

In 2013, distraction-related crashes took the lives of 3,154 individuals and injured 424,000 others. In 2014, data from DISTRACTION.GOV, the Official U.S. Government website for distracted driving, show increases in both counts: 3,179 fatal crashes, and 431,000 injuries, all involving distracted drivers.

Personal injury lawyers believe that accident victims should pursue legal action against the party responsible for their losses, while at-fault drivers should be legally required to compensate their victim.

The Life-threatening Realities of Drunk-driving

On April 22, 2015, at about 2:30 in the morning, a Toyota Prius that was being driven by a 19-year old female collided head-on with a pickup truck along Highway 50 (near Stockton Boulevard) in Sacramento. Witnesses said that the female driver drove eastbound on the fast lane of Highway 50; she, however, drove on the wrong lane (the westbound lane).

All three passengers of the pickup truck, as well as the young female driver died in the crash. Weeks of investigation into the accident revealed that the 19-year old driver had a blood-alcohol level of 0.20% at the time of the tragic accident.

Drunk driving still remains to be a major traffic offense in all U.S. states. In 2013, those arrested and charged with DUI in the U.S., including in the District of Columbia, totaled to 1,171,935. In 2010, records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), showed that the number of arrests went as high as 1.4 million. With these huge figures traffic authorities are relieved that the yearly number of fatal accidents does not go over 10,500. Authorities attribute this bit of success in being able to maintain the number of fatal accident to stricter laws, the zeal of traffic enforcers in implementing these laws, and to the efforts of private groups, such as the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) which, since 1980, has helped in the passing of new DUI laws, like the Zero Tolerance law that prohibits those below 21 from having in their blood system any measurable amount of alcohol and the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) law, which authorizes an arresting officer to confiscate the license of drivers who refuse to take or fail a breath test.

The current blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for car drivers is 0.08%. This BAC limit is still considered high based on the fact that a person’s driving ability and response time to emergency situations are already affected even at 0.05% BAC level. Application of the law, however, only allows traffic enforcers to consider and, therefore, arrest an individual due to alcohol-impairment if he or she has a BAC level of 0.08% or higher. Those caught can face a drinking under the influence (DUI) or drinking while intoxicated (DWI) charge. To further reduce risks of accidents due to drunk-driving, some states authorize traffic enforcers to consider a driver as already alcohol-impaired if they see that his or her abilities have been affected by alcohol even if such driver’s BAC level is below 0.08%.

Drunk-driving injury lawyers, such as those from the Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., know that a drunk driving charge can have serious repercussions and can affect an at-fault driver’s entire personal, professional, and financial life upon conviction. The said firm, however, also believes that getting drunk and then driving is a choice freely made by a person. In the event of an accident, therefore, the driver who is at fault in the accident should be brought to justice, be made to pay the consequences of his or her poor decision, as well as be made to pay compensatory damages to his or her victim/s.

Dangers associated with driving motorcycles

Motorcycles are an exciting alternative to driving. A motorcyclist has a greater ability to maneuver through traffic in an agile and quick manner, as a vehicle that takes up far less room on the road than a passenger car. With this increased freedom comes increased responsibility to safely navigate the roads on a motorcycle.

Even the safest and most cautious motorcyclist isn’t immune from accidents. Many drivers of cars do not practice proper safety methods near motorcycles. According to the website of Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., this leads to a dramatically increased risk of injury should a person be involved in an accident.

Taking a few precautions could make all the difference for a motorcyclist when it comes to avoiding an accident:

  • Make sure you wear the proper attire at all times, most importantly a full face helmet. Brain injuries are common when a helmet is absent and an accident occurs.According to Consumer Reports, a full-face helmet that’s approved by the Department of Transportation is the best choice. A jacket, pants, and gloves keep your skin covered from being scraped if you fall.
  • Always check the status of your motorcycle, such as oil and other fluids, especially if you haven’t ridden in a while. If anything sounds or looks funny, don’t ride.
  • The most important safety tip for motorcyclists once out on the road is to drive defensively in order to avoid the negligence of other drivers. Make your presence known when you’re driving near other vehicles.

If another motorist’s negligence causes you serious harm while on you’re on motorcycle, the other motorist should be held responsible. You do not have to feel like other cars “bullied” you out on road when driving a motorcycle.

How antidepressants work

According to Healthline, 1 in 10 in the U.S. are suffering or had suffered from depression at one point in their lives. Unfortunately, 80% of people with symptoms of depression are not receiving any treatment to alleviate their condition. Furthermore, depressed individuals are more likely to become obese and suffer from sleep disorders, making them more prone to life-threatening conditions, such as heart attack and stroke.

Because many people are suffering from depression in the U.S., it is not surprising that antidepressants have become among the most-prescribed medicine in the country. To date, a type of antidepressant, called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), has widely been prescribed among patients with depression. Unlike older, traditional antidepressants that could affect almost every chemicals (or neurotransmitters) in the brain, SSRIs affect only a certain type of brain chemical named serotonin.

Serotonin is a type of neurotransmitter that affects major body functions such as gastrointestinal activities, growth and reproduction. This brain chemical was also found to primarily affect one’s mood. People who suffer from depression, anxiety, and other behavioral disorders such as obsessive compulsiveness and suicidal ideation, are found to have lower than normal serotonin levels, and SSRI works by increasing its level.

But how exactly does SSRI work? SSRI works by inhibiting serotonin’s reuptake, thus the name serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Neurotransmitters deliver signals across different neuron (nerve cells) in the brain. As these chemicals deliver signals, they are being reabsorbed by the transmitting neuron in a process called reuptake. SSRI works by inhibiting (obstructing) the process of reuptaking serotonin. Once SSRI inhibits serotonin reabsorption, it would increase the effects of serotonin in the brain, which helps fight against depression.

SSRI are known to be more efficient as compared with older, traditional anti-depressants, with lesser adverse reactions. However, medications as complicated such as an SSRI have their own drawbacks. For instance, stated that certain SSRIs, such as Zoloft, may increase the risk of birth defects among babies exposed to it in utero. So, before you deal with your depression using medications such as an SSRI, it is imperative to discuss first with your doctor if the drug’s benefits outweigh its risks.

Zofran and Heart Defects

Zofran is a drug that restricts the chemicals that cause nausea and vomiting. It was originally created to help cancer patients that were undergoing treatment, but has since been prescribed to expectant mothers for morning sickness. Sadly, according to the website of Williams Kherkher, there has been a connection between taking Zofran and a baby being born with a congenital heart defect. Studies have shown that Zofran can be the cause of three main heart defects.

Atrial Septal Defect (ASD). This condition is when a hole is formed in the wall between the upper two chambers of the heart. This hole allows oxygenated blood to flow from the left side of the heart to the right, where it mixes with non-oxygenated blood. The combination is then pumped into the lungs, which can overtax them. If the hole is small it can heal in infancy or childhood, but if it is large it will not be able to do so. The extra flow of blood overworks the heart and can lead to the right side weakening.

Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD). This condition is very similar to ASD, but the hole that occurs is in the lower portion of the heart, in the wall between the right and left side. Again, this allows oxygen rich blood to flow into and mix with oxygen poor blood. This overtaxes the heart and lungs, and can lead to other heart or lung diseases.

Heart Murmur. This is when the heart beat has any sounds that are outside of normal. There can be innocent murmurs, which usually don’t need any treatment and can correct themselves in childhood. Other murmurs, however, can lead to much more serious heart defects and need to be monitored to prevent serious harm to the child.

Zofran is controversial. Some studies and doctors believe it to be safe, but others have found evidence of the medication causing serious birth defects. The FDA has put out a warning against its use, but many doctors prescribe it anyway. Many mothers have taken it and had healthy babies, but it is important to be aware of the risks involved with its use.

Is Pre-Employment Screening Necessary?

Well, if you want to build a reputable reputation – then, yes.

Remember the movie Mrs. Doubtfire? A completely untrained, unqualified – though well-meaning and well-intentioned, man manages to con his way into a profession that requires trust and care. Though the sentiment of the film is lovely, in a business sense? This is unacceptable. You would not trust a complete stranger with your children – or with something that you have been building from the ground up – with just any complete stranger, would you?

Some work requires a bit of training from the get-go, that is inevitable, but pre-employment screenings determine if the person is capable for the workload expected of him or her. Take, for example, the profession of Austin commercial roofers. Work like this can be dangerous if the person involved cannot handle it, and might even result into injuries that would cost more than just money but also your entire reputation as a roofing business.

According to the website of pre-employment screeners WorkSTEPS, screenings before the official offer then lead to workers who are better suited to the job, ergo working better. These workers get more experience and get better with time, due to their being capable, as well as bettering your own company just as well, thanks to the great service that they are able to provide.

These days, resumes aren’t quite as easy to forge. A simple Google search could debunk the easiest of ludicrous claims. However, it takes a lot of screening in order to determine if someone is qualified for the profession or not. By availing of a pre-employment process, you could save your business a lot of possible injury complaints and loss of profit. Both the employee and the employer could benefit from a screening process as it builds not just trust but also a dedication to credibility and good service.

Can My Child Get Cerebral Palsy?

Studies have shown that 2 to 3.5 children out of 1000 in the United States are likely to develop cerebral palsy. There are over 500,000 people in the US right now who live with this disorder. There is no known cure for cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder due to significant though non-progressive brain damage, which is to say that the condition does not worsen over time. People with cerebral palsy then are impaired with their motor skills and require lifelong medication, therapy, and services in order to be able to cope from the disorder. This affliction is often caused by improper handling at the time of birth or significant oxygen deprivation during the first two crucial years of the child’s birth. Head trauma, according to the website of The Driscoll Firm, P.C., is the most common leading cause of this condition.

Suffering from a condition of this nature is extremely difficult as it already hinders many opportunities upon discovery of the disorder and not only does it take away those chances but it also adds financial expense to the victim and the victim’s family. That is why it is of the utmost importance that doctors perform to the strict standard of care and caution when handling something as precious as a newborn human child. If the fault of the trauma was determined to have been a fault of the attending physician, the victims of this medical malpractice may have the volition to file legal action against the offending medical practitioner in question.

However, legal action of this nature and to this extent can be difficult to file due to the tedious and arduous nature of these kinds of cases. It can also add more stress and strain upon the family to have to deal with having a child with cerebral palsy as well as seeking justice for the damage done to the child. That is why it is recommended for you to seek professional legal help if your child has developed cerebral palsy due to the negligent actions of someone else.

What Can Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Do For You?

The word ‘bankruptcy’ has gotten a pretty bad reputation over the years. A lot of people perceive it as synonymous to total, utter failure or destitution. Various platforms of media have depicted it a negative light, so much so that people have believed it to be true. Little do they know that it can actually be filing for bankruptcy that saves them from their current financial status!

The website of the Bradford Law Offices, PLLC says that Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is the most commonly filed type of bankruptcy. However, filing for this type of bankruptcy can be more difficult that can be initially presumed. There is a means test that then determines if you are qualified to file for this kind of bankruptcy.

It is often recommended that if you or someone you know is in horrible, debilitating debt that they cannot pay that a bankruptcy lawyer is called in. This is in order to assess the situation and advise the persons involved on what is the best path to take, with regard to their financial circumstance. When everything else has painted bankruptcy to be the bad guy, it can actually serve as the saving grace that could help raise you up from the burdens that you currently bear.

Legal aid of this manner extends to far more than just sheer paperwork and reminding you of deadlines. A bankruptcy lawyer assists in every way he or she can, ensuring that you are no longer hounded by creditors and that the financial plan laid out for you is one that is beneficial, sustainable, and one that can get you in a state of financial freedom from debt.

For all its bad reputation, bankruptcy cases can do a lot more good that people give it credit for.