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December 2017 Archives

Avoiding the Danger of Distraction in Medical Settings

It is not the first concern most patients think of when faced with medical procedures. However, distraction can be just as deadly in a medical setting as it can be behind the wheel of a car. In recent years, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority has analyzed over a thousand reports that could be attributed to distraction in a medical setting. Of the 1,015 reports analyzed, thirteen cases resulted in patient harm and forty reports mention distractions associated with computers, phones, or other technology that led to medical errors. In an age when technology should be helping medical professionals provide better care, its ability to distract can sometimes contribute to medical malpractice.

Slip-and-fall accidents could even take place in school restrooms

A boy in another state injured himself in a slip-and-fall accident at his elementary school, and his mother blames the accident on the school district. She has filed a premises liability claim against the school and the district. Those who suffer injuries in slip\-and\-fall accidents in West Virginia have the right to seek full financial accountability from the property owners deemed responsible for these accidents.

Brain Glue may help those with traumatic brain injury

Brain injuries can easily occur as a result of a car accident or a slip-and-fall accident resulting from another party's negligence in West Virginia. Unfortunately, these types of injuries can have a negative impact on one's life by leading to speech or cognitive issues, for example. Fortunately, university researchers recently developed a substance called Brain Glue that could one day help with treating traumatic brain injury.

Mattresses for babies, toddlers among dangerous products

Parents of infants and toddlers in West Virginia and other parts of the United States are beginning to find out that their children should not sleep on some models of Dream On Me's toddler and crib mattresses due to a serious product defect. Specifically, these dangerous products do not meet federal government flammability standards, thus posing a fire risk. As a result, more than 23,000 of these products sold last year are being recalled.

Surgical errors by oral surgeon lead to $2 million settlement

A teenage girl in another state sadly passed away following oral surgery. However, her family recently achieved the settlement of a lawsuit they filed against her oral surgeon after her death. The lawsuit was settled for $2 million. Likewise, those who are victims of surgical errors in West Virginia have the right to seek justice through civil litigation.

Platooning Trucks are Hitting the Highway

Truck industry executives are furthering the advance of driver-assistance technology--called platooning--rather than promoting driverless trucks, says Daimler Trucks North America CEO, Roger Nielsen, speaking at a press conference at the American Trucking Association Management Conference and Exhibition, according to Transport Topics.

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