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Family awarded $7 million judgment in medical malpractice claim

When it comes to a serious medical condition, a proper diagnosis is essential to starting a patient in Tennessee on the correct path of treatment. Any errors in diagnosing a condition can lead to improper care that may only cause a person's health to deteriorate, or in some cases, it may also lead to new medical concerns. A family has recently been awarded a substantial judgment in a medical malpractice lawsuit after an incorrect diagnosis caused a woman to suffer permanent damage.

After becoming ill, the woman reportedly visited the facility in question for medical care. While at the facility, she was scheduled to undergo a variety of tests and scans, which eventually led medical professionals to diagnose her with a brain tumor. Upon reaching this diagnosis, doctors began administering steroids to treat the tumor. However, according to the lawsuit, their initial diagnosis was incorrect.

Cutting edge technology and defective medical devices

There are a multitude of devices that are used to assist with the treatment of a variety of medical conditions, many of which may pose little to no threat to a person's well-being. Unfortunately, some products can be dangerous, and defective medical devices could leave a person with permanent or potentially fatal injuries. Recent studies suggest that as companies in Tennessee and elsewhere are constantly taking measures to be on the cutting edge of technology, steps must be taken to ensure products are properly tested in the process.

In a society that thrives on innovation, companies are constantly attempting to come up with new ideas to improve patient care and treat a variety of medical issues. However, while this might be an admirable endeavor, studies suggest that it might be necessary to revise the regulations concerning the manner in which each product is approved for use. One area of concern in the study relates to the regulation that allows a company to seek approval by showing that a device is substantially equivalent to products that are already being used.

Car accidents: 1 dead, 1 accused of drunk driving in recent crash

Drunk driving remains one of the leading causes of serious collisions, and those who operate a vehicle while impaired place the well-being of everyone nearby at risk in the process. Car accidents involving intoxicated drivers have been the cause of far too many untimely deaths, and similar incidents could leave surviving loved ones in search of answers. A recent accident in Tennessee has reportedly claimed the life of a 54-year-old man.

Law enforcement agents advised that the collision took place just before 6 a.m. on a recent Tuesday. According to initial investigations, a driver lost control of his car and struck a nearby curb before entering the opposite lane and hitting another vehicle head-on. The driver of the second vehicle was reportedly rushed to a medical facility for treatment soon thereafter, but was pronounced dead later on.

Car accidents: Crash at intersection injuries 3 in Tennessee

Even with the presence of traffic signals and lights, intersections remain a common spot for collisions to occur. Car accidents that take place at an intersection can have devastating consequences, potentially including serious injuries for all parties involved. A recent two-car collision that took place at an intersection in Tennessee has reportedly left one person with serious injuries and two others in critical condition.

According to police, the incident took place on a recent Saturday morning as a car was approaching a nearby intersection. Initial investigations suggest that a vehicle suddenly entered the road in front of the car, and the subsequent collision forced the car to roll over several times. Upon arriving at the scene, police say they found two passengers laying in the road, and another propped up against a nearby car.

Why do mistakes in emergency rooms happen?

When Tennessee residents visit an emergency room for medical care, it is with the expectation they will receive a correct diagnosis, quality care and answers to their medical questions. Unfortunately, that does not always happen. Sometimes, major mistakes in emergency rooms can happen, and the result can be serious injuries suffered by innocent patients. 

If you are a victim of a mistake made by a medical professional in an emergency room, you are not alone. It is possible you are a victim of a form of medical malpractice, which means you may have grounds for a civil claim. Victims of ER mistakes often suffer serious injuries and health consequences.

Medical malpractice: The consequences of diagnostic errors

When it comes to treating a serious medical condition, a swift and proper diagnosis could prove vital. A misdiagnosis can prove harmful to the health of a patient in Tennessee in various ways, and a similar outcome is unfortunately all too common. According to recent studies, errors in diagnosis are a major concern in the field of radiology, and the related medical malpractice claims commonly result in serious or fatal harm to the health of a patient.

According to recent studies, nearly 80 percent of diagnostic errors that occur in radiology result in permanent injury or death. These errors can range anywhere from an incorrect or delayed diagnosis, or even from a failure to diagnose a condition. With major health concerns such as cancer, errors in diagnosis can lead to improper courses of treatment, or even lead to a lack of care that leaves one's condition to continue to deteriorate.

Recent car accident in Tennessee injures 4, kills 1

Having to pull over on the side of the road for a flat tire can be a harrowing experience. With traffic constantly passing by, remaining in an emergency lane can be dangerous, especially if a nearby driver is operating a vehicle while impaired. A recent car accident that took place under similar circumstances in Tennessee has left several with injuries and claimed the life of a 13-year-old girl.

According to reports, the accident took place on a recent Sunday night when a driver was forced to pull over due to a flat tire. While parked in the emergency lane, another driver suddenly hit his vehicle from behind, and the impact of the collision forced the car to strike a nearby utility pole. The driver of the car and three passengers were injured in the crash and taken to a hospital for treatment, while a fifth passenger was reportedly killed in the process.

Woman files medical malpractice lawsuit against facility

During any surgical procedure, medical professionals in Tennessee must take the necessary measures to prevent complications from occurring. Even if the procedure is minor, a complication could have a detrimental impact on the health of a patient, and in some cases, a similar incident could even cause permanent or fatal harm. A woman in another state has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a facility, claiming that negligence during a procedure led to the death of her husband.

According to the lawsuit, the man first visited the facility, exhibiting symptoms of a hiatal hernia. After consulting with a doctor, he was scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the hernia just over one month later. According to reports, complications during the surgery caused the man to begin hemorrhaging, and after going into cardiac arrest, he reportedly passed away.

If you fell in public, do you have a claim to compensation?

A slip-and-fall accident can leave Tennessee victims with injuries that can affect their lives for years to come. Victims of this type of accident often believe that they are to blame for their injuries, but if this happened to you, it is possible you are a victim of circumstances beyond your control. You may have grounds for a civil claim.

If you fell while you were out shopping, at a place of business or in a restaurant, you may not realize that you could have grounds to move forward with a premises liability claim. Every slip-and-fall accident is different, and it is beneficial to take steps to learn about your legal options. It is smart to take quick action to protect your interests and preserve important evidence.

Car accidents involving drunk drivers can have dire consequences

Two individuals have suffered injuries and another has died in a recent accident involving a suspected drunk driver in Tennessee. Car accidents involving such negligence are devastating incidents that leave family members grieving over the loss of someone dear. Those who encounter an intoxicated driver may have little to no time to react quickly enough to avoid a collision, and the consequences they suffer in the process can be severe.

The incident reportedly took place just before midnight on a recent Saturday. A man was using his truck to haul a boat when he suddenly drifted into an oncoming lane and struck another vehicle head-on. A passenger in the other vehicle reportedly suffered injuries in the process, and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

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