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Common types of medical malpractice

It doesn't matter whether you're sick, healthy or somewhere in between, anyone who visits a doctor can become a victim of medical malpractice if the doctor makes obvious mistakes, overlooks important factors or recommends dangerous medical procedures while administering care. Make sure you understand the many ways that medical malpractice can occur so you and your loved ones don't become victims.

Here are a few of the most common types of medical malpractice:

  • Medication errors: A doctor could prescribe medication that conflicts with another medication the patient is currently taking. Alternatively, the doctor might prescribe or administer too much or too little medication, the wrong medication or a medication that the patient is allergic to.
  • Negligently administered anesthesia: Anesthesiologists fulfill a vital role to ensure that an anesthetized patient receives just the right amount of drugs to stay unconscious and healthy throughout a surgery. One false move on the part of the anesthesiologist and the patient could die or suffer catastrophic health complications.
  • Wrong-site surgical errors: Have you ever heard of a doctor operating on the wrong body part? These kinds of mistakes happen a lot more often than you might think.
  • Surgical complications: When surgeons enter the body to perform a procedure, a mistake could lead to catastrophic health consequences if a doctor disrupts a vulnerable organ, artery or hurts another part of the body.
  • Surgical souvenirs: Surgical souvenirs are foreign objects left behind by surgeons after performing a surgical procedure.
  • Misdiagnoses and delayed diagnoses: Improper analysis of a patient's symptoms could lead to the wrong diagnosis or a delayed diagnosis, resulting in an easy-to-treat disease condition turning into a potentially-fatal health calamity.

Motorcycle safety: 4 things to avoid

There are reams of articles about motorcycle safety and what you should do to avoid crashes. However, sometimes it's what you don't do that's the most important. Take the following four things, for example. Refraining from these "motorcycle don't's" could save your life and your passengers' lives.

The four "don't's" of motorcycle safety are:

  1. Drinking alcohol and driving your motorcycle: Driving a motorcycle while intoxicated by alcohol is a major factor in many bike crashes. Intoxicated drivers also have a higher chance of not using a motorcycle helmet (see item number four). The safest bet is to refrain from riding your bike after consuming any quantity of alcohol.
  2. Driving faster than the speed limit: Speed limits exist for a reason. When you follow them you'll be less likely to crash, and – if you do get into a crash – there's a higher chance that you and your passenger will survive.
  3. Riding a super sport bike: It's not really fair to say "don't ride a sport bike." These motorcycles are extremely exciting, fun and, for many, they're the ultimate riding experience. However, sport bike riders have a four times higher chance of death than other motorcyclists. If you're new to biking, consider starting on something more conservative. If you're a parent, you might not want to let your teenager ride a super sport bike.
  4. Failing to wear a helmet: Wearing a helmet should be obvious, but it's worth mentioning that a properly fitted helmet is the best way to prevent death and catastrophic injury if you're involved in a collision.

How many people die from sleepy driving every year?

There's no reason good enough for anyone to get behind the wheel when they're sleepy, but numerous Americans depend on automobile transportation. Driving their cars while fatigued or sleepy may be the only way these motorists have of getting from A to B. This certainly doesn't make the behavior justified, and it certainly won't exonerate an at-fault driver who causes a fatal crash because he or she fell asleep while driving.

Statistics about sleepy driving

Fertility doctor impregnated woman with his genetic material

A 36-year-old woman recently filed a lawsuit that claims her mother's fertility doctor impregnated her mother with his own genetic material, and -- as a result -- the doctor is her biological father. The Washington woman discovered that the doctor was her father after she submitted her DNA for testing through the Ancestry website. Her genetic sample revealed that her biological father was a reproductive specialist from Idaho.

The 36-year-old woman claimed medical negligence, fraud and battery in her lawsuit, which claims that the doctor intentionally used his sperm to impregnate the woman's mother. Both her mother and -- her now presumed nonbiological father -- went to the fertility doctor for assistance in the early 1980s after they had difficulty producing a child.

How do car accidents happen?

A car accident can happen in an unlimited number of ways but there are some circumstances that personal injury lawyers see time and time again. The saddest fact about the following car accident causes, however, is not that they happen on a regular basis but that most of them should be completely avoidable if motorist followed traffic laws, stayed attentive and practiced defensive driving techniques -- and if municipalities took better care of our roads.

With this in mind, here are the top causes of car accidents that you should try to avoid in Washington:

Hyundai says 44,000 cars could have risky steering wheel problems

Every man-made product was designed and manufactured by a person or organization of people. Furthermore, in the modern world -- as a result of consumer protection laws -- each of these manufactured products has a legal expectation attached to it: It doesn't pose an unreasonable risk to the safety of the consumers who purchase it. The problem is, there are many products that don't meet this expectation and unknown consumers are at risk of getting hurt by them.

One such defective product was recently revealed: The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport SUVs. Hyundai voluntarily instituted a roughly 44,000-vehicle recall relating to these vehicles in the United States, saying that their steering wheels are at risk of popping off while drivers are trying to navigate traffic -- a problem that would send the vehicles careening out of control.

Defective asthma inhalers causing problems for overseas patients

If you currently suffer from asthma in Benton, Washington, you probably have an inhaler and you probably don't like leaving your home without it. That's because your inhaler serves as a literal lifeline to prevent asthma attacks and other difficult and frightening symptoms related to your condition. This is precisely why the recent recall of Ventolin Accuhalers and Seretide Accuhalers in the United Kingdom is so unsettling.

According to news reports, the inhalers were not delivering the appropriate amount of the drugs to patients. Rather than delivering the full amount, affected devices were delivering reduced amounts, preventing patients from receiving the full dose of potentially life-saving drugs when they needed them most.

2 ways truck drivers can avoid traffic accidents

If you're a semitruck driver, you know that you carry a heavy responsibility every time you get on the roadway. Your vehicle is hundreds of times heavier than the average car. It's also exponentially slower, harder to maneuver and more difficult to slow it down. In fact, a semitruck at the hands of an irresponsible truck driver is a fatal and catastrophic accident waiting to happen.

Here are two things you'll want to keep in mind to help avoid an accident:

Crash inspires more questions about safety of self-driving tech

The idea that a vehicle could drive itself without a human operator behind the wheel was nothing more than science fiction 10 years ago. However, modern technological advancements and artificial computer intelligence have come a long way in recent years. Self-driving cars are already being tested and used on Washington roads. The question is: Are they safe?

A recent accident caused by a Tesla, which was being driven by it's "Autopilot" feature at the time of the crash, has inspired new questions about whether the world, human drivers -- and the technology -- are ready for mass implementation. According to details pertaining to the accident, the Tesla drove into the back of a fire truck while the truck was stopped and helping out in another accident. Miraculously, no one was hurt.

Semitruck accidents: When are vehicle drivers are at fault?

The law that applies to semitruck accident claims is different from the law that applies to normal car crash claims. That's because semitruck drivers and transportation companies must adhere to an array of different rules and regulations that apply to the commercial trucking industry and their drivers. When a semitruck driver violates one of these many laws, an injurious or fatal auto collision results, the driver and his or her employer will likely be liable for any related financial damages.

That said, many semitruck accidents are not the fault of the truck driver, but rather, they're the fault of a normal vehicle driver that got into the accident. Here are a few examples of semitruck accidents caused by normal vehicle drivers:

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