According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a car accident occurs once every 60 seconds. According to drivers on the 405, the rate may actually be much higher. An accident on a busy freeway often leads to a messy pile-up.  With every car that adds to the collision, the possibility for injuries and deaths...
Not every injury heals, and many victims of accidents and other injuries are left with lasting physical and emotional scars. When filing a personal injury case based on someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, the plaintiff, or the person who files the case, will receive additional compensation for long-term injuries if he or she can prove...
Childbirth has become so modernized in many ways that it is easy to forget how dangerous the process is for mother and baby. While shiny white hospitals give expecting mothers the illusion of safety, each year over 800 mothers will die in childbirth, and 26,000 infants will be stillborn. Sometimes, there is nothing that can...
In order to receive Medicare payments and reimbursement from the federal government, hospitals are required to track their medical errors and adverse patient events. The hospital has a requirement to analyze these errors, and try to come up with a plan to keep similar mistakes from happening again. The term “adverse event” covers a wide...
Physician assistants and nurse practitioners are such a common part of today’s general medical practices that it is hard to believe that these positions have been around for less than fifty years. When the first physician assistant (PA) and nurse practitioner (NP) programs were developed in the mid-1960s, many of the first graduates of these...
When a person is tragically killed as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, the family is often left with many unexpected expenses. When that person required hospital care or surgery prior to death, these bill can cost the family hundreds of thousands of dollars. There is a way to recover these expenses that...
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) often interfere with the injured person’s ability to sleep. TBI patients are plagued by insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, and mixed up phases of sleep. While many people without a TBI also suffer from sleep issues, a recent study suggests that getting a good night’s sleep may be even more important for...
Narcotic or opioid painkillers are life-saving medications for thousands of people. When a person is recovering from a surgery or is dealing with chronic pain, the drugs can help patients function and resume a normal life. However, these powerful painkillers are extremely addictive and habit forming. Just as the medications can vastly improve a person’s...
In 2014, California voters turned down Proposition 46, which would have increased the cap on medical malpractice lawsuits and required physicians to be tested for drug and alcohol use. Many voters felt that the law would have been an unnecessary invasion of doctors’ privacy, and that it may have increased the costs of medical care....
It takes years of specialized training to become an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist. Patients expect that these medical professionals will use that specialized training to ensure that they do not feel any pain during an operation, and that they will wake up from surgery better than they were before the procedure. Because of the advanced...
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