Recent reports suggest that medical errors in Pennsylvania are on the decline. However, some people are wondering whether this statistic tells the entire story. Although some studies show that medical errors have declined by about half since 2005, it is important to recognize that there are some outlying factors. For example, some hospitals file considerably lower numbers of reports than others. This suggests that they may be under-reporting accidents and errors. Pa lawmakers are also looking into whether it's unreasonably hard for patients to file cases in certain areas of the state. All of this information also impacts how insurance companies can become involved when corresponding personal injury claims are filed.
In the age of online shopping, sometimes the legal implications are less clear when you have an issue with a product purchased via the internet. Recently, a Pennsylvania woman who was injured by a product she bought online may be changing the way that courts view defective products that were purchased online.
Even if you are hit by a car traveling at a low speed, it can still mean big medical problems if you are involved in an accident. You may think you're safer and at a lower risk for accidents when traveling in residential neighborhoods where the speed limit is lower, and in some ways it's true. However, in some situations, it may not be. According to a Forbes article, "At low speeds, below about 15 miles per hour (m.p.h.), risks are low and increase relatively slowly with small increments in speed. However, as speed increases above 15 m.p.h., small changes in speed yield relatively large increases in risk. The death rate more than doubles for pedestrians when speed increases from 25 to 35 m.p.h." It is also interesting to note that about 40% of vehicle accidents are accounted for by people driving vans, SUVs, and trucks. These bigger vehicles may reduce visibility and make it harder to see adults and small children who are walking nearby.
Do you know about how traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur? How common are they in car accident victims? Today we will be covering how TBI's occur and debunk some myths about TBIs.
In an effort to raise motorcycle safety awareness, we are highlighting some common themes that tend to occur when a motorcycle accident occurs, as well as some safety statistics. It is so important to respectfully share the road with other vehicle and motorcycle drivers in an effort to prevent accidents on the road. Motorcyclists and bicyclists may be particularly vulnerable to injury due to to their exposure to the outside elements when they're riding. According to an article cited at the bottom of this post, here are some interesting facts relating to motorcycle accidents:
Have you ever wondered how PA hospitals stack up in terms of areas like safety and standards of care? Well, you can check online at any time. A website called The Hospital Safety Grade scores hospitals on how safe they keep their patients from medical errors and avoidable injuries, accidents, and infections. You can access the website here: http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Although many hospitals in our area appear to meet a good quality standard of care, it is not universal across all locations.
The holiday season is a fun and enjoyable time, but it also comes with its own hazards and safety risks. However, there are ways to avoid and/or reduce your risk in your own home and when you're out visiting others during the holiday. Some things to keep in mind are: