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Reasons to make a medical malpractice claim after plastic surgery

Getting plastic surgery is a personal choice. While it may not be necessary for your physical health, many report that it helps them to live a fulfilled life. For those who have reconstructive surgery after being involved in an accident, the positive results gained from plastic surgery can be life-changing.

However, when plastic surgery doesn't turn out as expected, many patients wonder if they have the right to take legal action, since the procedure was not medically necessary. The fact is that it is always possible to make a medical malpractice claim if you can show that negligence exercised by your medical provider resulted in damages.

How serious are whiplash injuries?

The reality is that whiplash injuries are serious injuries victims of car accidents may suffer and find they need help with following a car accident. Whiplash injuries can be difficult to treat, worsen over time and can be painful for victims which is why it is important for car accident victims to know as much as they can about these types of injuries and the personal injury options available to protect them.

Whiplash injuries are one of the most common types of injury suffered in a car accident. A whiplash injury occurs when the victim's head is thrust violently back and forth which is not uncommon in a car accident. More formal medical terms for a whiplash injury include cervical sprain, cervical strain or hyperextension injury. A whiplash injury includes harm to the vertebrae, muscles and ligaments in the neck. Victims of car accidents need to know what to watch for because the impact of a whiplash injury may not be immediately felt following a car accident.

Why drivers should not drive while drowsy

Drowsy driving is a serious problem throughout the country which can lead to many serious accidents, injuries and consequences for victims and their families.

As is always true following any motor vehicle accident, important legal resources are available to help injured victims with their damages.

What causes medication errors?

Unfortunately, there are a variety of different types of medical errors that can result in serious harm for unsuspecting patients. Medication errors, whether in the form the administration of the wrong medication or the wrong dosage, is one of those errors that can cause significant injuries to a patient. Because the damages resulting from this type of medical malpractice can be extensive, victims need to be familiar with medical malpractice legal resources if they have been harmed.

There are a variety of circumstances that can lead to medication errors including inadequate patient information; inadequate drug information; inadequate communication; problems with drug packaging, labeling and nomenclature; problems with medication storage, stock, standardization and distribution; the improper acquisition and monitoring of drug devices; environmental factors; and poor staff education and competency.

Protections and liability for dangerous or defective drugs

Defective drug liability is important for victims of defective drugs to understand. It is important for injured victims and their families to understand liability for defective drugs which may offer some help to victims with their physical, financial and emotional damages that result.

Liability for defective drugs may exist when a drug company develops, manufactures, distributes or sells a prescription drug or other pharmaceutical that is unreasonably dangerous or defective. When a dangerous or defective drug results in injury or death to victims, drug companies may be liable to the victims and families that have suffered harm. In some circumstances, drug makers may be aware of potential dangers associated with their products.

What is comparative fault?

Car accidents can be incredibly stressful, especially if you suffer any injuries. You may assume that someone else’s fault should lead to you receiving compensation for your damages.

While this is technically true, stipulations exist in Indiana that could make it more complicated. Indiana follows “comparative fault” guidelines in liability cases for personal injury.

Semitrailer underriding accidents can have fatal consequences

Because of their heavy weight and high ground clearance, semitrailers can cause significant damage when they are involved in car crashes. Underriding accidents are one particularly devastating type of crash involving semitrailers. In this type of crash, a passenger vehicle ends up partially or completely under a semitrailer, which increases the likelihood of death or serious injuries to the occupants of the smaller vehicle.

How underriding occurs

Over half of underriding accidents involve a passenger vehicle going under the front of a semitrailer. This could happen if a truck driver is following too closely behind the car, if a car in front of the semitrailer slams on its breaks or if the brakes in the semitrailer fail.

Prepare your automobile for winter driving conditions

As the winter holidays approach, people tend to do more driving than usual. Trips to the mall for holiday and last-minute shopping are common, as are those dashes to the store to scoop up forgotten yet necessary ingredients for special holiday meals.

Indiana winters can be snowy and frigid. Motorists must take special precautions in late autumn to ensure that their vehicles are prepared to withstand the conditions that develop once the mercury starts falling. Below are some tips that may keep you and your family safer this year.

Cost of not-for-profit care

Indiana's hospitals posting jaw-dropping numbers, study reveals
Several weeks ago, a concerned citizen sent me a financial summary of Indiana's not-for-profit hospitals. He asked that I look into the issue of excessive profits by these systems.

I was skeptical that the issue would be relevant. Profits are critical to an economy; they serve as a guide to pricing and investment decisions and reward the men and women who create value. The demonization of profits is a sure sign of unformed thought. Moreover, not-for-profit hospitals have explicitly chosen to forgo profits as part of their operations, so I doubted the financial summary would reveal anything important.

I was mistaken.

What I discovered will deeply anger every Hoosier and should embarrass most hospital administrators and board members. I also expect it to cause significant changes to state policy with respect to these hospitals. This is likely to change the way we tax them, regulate their competitors and enforce antitrust laws. It will surely lead to civil litigation involving billions of dollars of excess profits.

Help for car accident victims with soft tissue injuries

Many different types of injuries can be suffered in an Indianan car accident, which can result in serious harm to victims. One of the most common types of car accident injuries include soft tissue injuries that can be serious injuries that worsen over time.

Soft tissue injuries refer to injuries to the soft areas of the body, such as the ligaments, tendons and muscles. Soft tissue injuries can include contusions, sprains and strains. One of the most common types of soft tissue injuries include whiplash injuries, which can occur when the victim's head is thrust violently back and forth, such as during a car accident. Symptoms of whiplash injuries can include stiffness of the neck, sharp neck pain, back problems and cognitive difficulties, including those with memory and concentration.

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