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What are the leading causes of medical malpractice claims?

Upon visiting a medical facility for treatment, patients in Tennessee and elsewhere expect to receive a certain standard of care. Unfortunately, things don't always go as planned, and any form of negligence that is present during the treatment of a patient could have a disastrous impact on his or her well-being. While there are a multitude of scenarios in which a person could be subjected to medical malpractice, some tend to be more prevalent than others.

One of the most common forms of negligence in a medical setting pertains to errors during the diagnosis of a patient. Diagnostic errors can lead to unnecessary paths of treatment that could do little to treat a condition, or may cause the condition to worsen over time. Medication errors are also a major concern, and should doctors prescribe a patient an improper dose of medication, or the wrong medication entirely, the results could be catastrophic.

Dangerous medical products, recalls and your consumer rights

When you buy a product for a medical need you have or when you allow a doctor to implant a medical device in you, it is with the expectation that it is safe to use. Unfortunately, the companies that manufacture many medical products and devices do not always test their products as they should, ultimately putting innocent consumers at risk. Sometimes, it is necessary to recall these devices. 

The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for reviewing medical products and determining if there is a need to initiate a recall. There are a few different types of recalls, and it may help you to know about the differences and what they could mean for you as a consumer. If you have a faulty product or you suffered harm because of a dangerous device, it is smart to know how to protect your rights.

Car accident involving suspected drunk driver injures 2, kills 1

Impairment is a contributing factor in many motor vehicle accidents and collisions involving such negligence can have disastrous results. Those who encounter a drunk driver may be left with insufficient time to react and avoid collision, and they could end up suffering major injuries in the process. Two individuals were injured and another was killed during a recent car accident involving a suspected drunk driver in Tennessee.

Authorities responded to reports of the collision at around 11:30 p.m. on a recent Saturday. According to reports, the incident occurred as the driver of a southbound car crossed the median and continued traveling in northbound lanes. His car proceeded to strike a nearby vehicle head-on shortly thereafter, and the impact of the collision reportedly left as many as three individuals trapped within their vehicles.

2 injured, 1 killed in recent car accident in Tennessee

Being involved in a major collision can be a scary and traumatic process, and the fallout of such an incident could leave those involved with severe injuries or worse. While a car accident can occur under a variety of circumstances, many collisions occur after a vehicle crosses into oncoming lanes. One person has died and two more are in critical condition following a recent head-on collision that took place in Tennessee.

Law enforcement agents responded to reports of an accident at around 8:30 p.m. on a recent Monday. According to reports, the incident occurred when the driver of a southbound car lost control and crossed through the median and into oncoming lanes. This car proceeded to strike another vehicle head-on shortly thereafter, and the accident left two individuals with serious injuries and claimed the life of a 63-year-old man.

Family files medical malpractice claim over rushed operation

Many individuals in Tennessee and elsewhere may be aware than almost all surgical procedures come with at least a certain level of risk. However, this risk may increase substantially if those performing an operation fail to provide a certain standard of care. A family in another state was recently awarded a judgment of $2.5 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit after claiming that negligence led to the untimely death of a 64-year-old woman.

According to reports, the incident began when the woman was scheduled to undergo a procedure to remove a pacemaker. Medical professionals reportedly used a laser to assist with the extraction, and during the operation, the family asserts that the laser perforated the woman's blood vessels and heart. This caused her to suffer substantial blood loss, and she reportedly passed away shortly thereafter.

Car accident in Tennessee kills 1, injures several

Losing a loved one in a motor vehicle accident can be a harrowing experience. Should the accident come as a result of another party's negligence, the surviving family members of the victim may wish to know more about their available options to pursue restitution. A recent car accident that took place in Tennessee has claimed the life of a passenger and left several others with injuries.

Law enforcement agents advised that the incident took place as the driver of a westbound van was attempting to make a left turn at an intersection. Upon attempting to navigate the turn, the driver reportedly pulled directly into the path of another vehicle. After striking the second vehicle, the van was pushed into the path of a nearby truck, resulting in a chain-reaction crash involving three vehicles in total.

When shopping hurts more than your wallet

When you go to the grocery store or other retail establishment, you may not consider whether you are safe from injury while you shop. In most cases, you probably have a list of items you need to locate, a budget to consider and a schedule you must keep to. This is how your shopping experience should be if the store owner or manager is doing his or her job.

Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Injuries in retail establishments are quite common and sometimes are the result of negligence on the part of the store owner or operator. If you recently suffered injuries while shopping, you may want more information about when these injuries may be cause for seeking compensation through the Tennessee civil courts.

Defective medical devices: Claim filed re defective IVC filter

In a perfect world, all medical products would work as advertised and intended. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case, and in addition to having the potential of doing little to help treat the condition of a patient in Tennessee, defective medical devices could also pose a threat to his or her health. A woman in another state was recently awarded a substantial monetary judgment after filing a lawsuit against the manufacturers of an intravenous filter.

An IVC filter is a device that is placed within one's inferior vena cava to help prevent blood clots from traveling through a person's body. While no information was provided concerning the date in which the device was implanted within her, the woman states that she was forced to pull pieces of it out of her thigh in 2011 after the device began to break apart. Furthermore, she stated that several more pieces cannot be removed and remain lodged within her body.

2 killed, 2 injured in late-night car accident in Tennessee

The presence of impairment can affect a person's ability to drive in a variety of ways. Those who choose to operate a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol may not only endanger themselves, but they may also place the safety of others at risk. Such negligence only increases the chances that a car accident might occur, and one man is facing multiple charges after a recent crash that killed two others in Tennessee.

According to reports, the incident took place on a recent Sunday just after midnight. Law enforcement agents indicate that the man was driving his vehicle in the wrong lane of traffic when he struck a car head-on. The driver of the second car was pronounced dead at the scene, while a passenger in this vehicle suffered major injuries.

Trucking accidents: Head-on crash proves fatal in Tennessee

While head-on collisions can be devastating under any circumstance, those involving commercial vehicles run a greater risk of having disastrous results. Trucking accidents can be dangerous incidents that place everyone involved in danger of suffering serious injury or worse. Two individuals were killed and another suffered major injuries in a recent collision involving two trucks in Tennessee.

The accident reportedly took place at around 6:30 a.m. on a recent Thursday. Authorities say the incident occurred when a westbound tanker truck suddenly veered off the road and collided with a concrete barrier. Following the initial impact, the truck reportedly proceeded to cross into the opposite lane and strike a second truck head-on.

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