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Danger may be near when sharing the road with tractor-trailers

Safe driving depends a lot on each individual vehicle operator. You may be cautious and alert behind the wheel, but the person nearest you on the highway may be reckless. That's a recipe for disaster. Some types of vehicles carry added risks simply because of their size, potential speed and other factors.

Medical malpractice: A deadly threat to all Americans

Tennessee readers know that when doctors, nurses and other health care providers make mistakes, it can have serious repercussions. Medical malpractice encompasses a wide range of errors, misdiagnoses and other missteps medical professionals sometimes make. Often, it is the result of negligence or reckless behaviors by doctors, nurses and others.

Cost of doctors' failure to communicate may leave you speechless

Whether you're heading to the hospital for a scheduled procedure or in an unexpected emergency, the experience is likely to be a stressful one. However, you should be able to rely on medical staff to make the process as stress-free as possible from beginning to end, from giving you the highest quality care to explaining your condition, treatment and other relevant health information in clear and comprehensive terms.

Which of these medical devices caused your injuries?

Have you or a loved one suffered the consequences of a defective or dangerous medical device? Under certain circumstances, you might have grounds to pursue financial relief through the Tennessee civil justice system. Despite strict control and observation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, injuries and deaths resulting from such devices remain prevalent.

When a heartburn drug does more than kill the heat

Heartburn, many Tennessee residents suffer with it almost daily. To combat the pain and discomfort, they turn to over-the-counter medications that do seem to help, but at what cost? Have you tried heartburn medications such as Nexium or Prilosec only to be diagnosed with a major medical issue as a result?

Your participation may prevent medication errors

Every year, thousands of people in Tennessee and elsewhere suffer the consequences of medical errors. Many of these mistakes are surgical, such as the removal of healthy body parts or one patient wrongfully undergoing surgery scheduled for another person. Many patients leave the hospital in worse condition after treatment due to additional injuries or infections -- often following medication errors.

How to address pain after hip replacement surgery

Statistically, hip replacement surgeries look great. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), approximately 95 percent of hip replacements are successful. It may have been a pretty easy decision for you to go ahead with your surgery. You were having hip pain, and you wanted to get it fixed. But what if you had the surgery and you are still experiencing hip pain?

Preventing potential drug errors is the best medicine

If you are like the vast majority of patients, when your doctor prescribes a medication, you take it, simple as that. You rely on his or her medical knowledge and expertise to know what's best for you. You may not even bother to read the accompanying prescription information, trusting in your doctor and pharmacist to tell you of any serious risks involved with the drug. That is their job, after all. Right?

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