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Did a negligent nurse harm you?

When in the hospital, whether it is for an injury or other medical condition, you expect the staff to take care of you–especially the nurses. Most nurses are professional, competent and kind people. But, unfortunately, there are negligent and reckless nurses, too.

If a bad nurse is responsible for your care, you may experience more harm as a result. Here are some of the most common ways nurses can harm patients through negligence. 

Who is responsible for drug interactions?

When your doctors explain an outpatient procedure to you, they would probably describe it as a simple and straightforward. Pennsylvania doctors are well versed in these types of treatments, and, for the most part, everything happens exactly as planned.

Unfortunately, doctors are not the only ones involved in outpatient care in hospitals in the state. There are many other people, some of whom may not be as practiced or as confident as surgeons and primary care givers.

Why pedestrians may be on the interstate

Pennsylvanian interstates can be dangerous places. Due to the way shipping routes cut through the state, there are always a lot of large trucks sharing the road with other drivers. This can unfortunately make pedestrian interstate accidents even more dangerous. But why do pedestrian accidents even occur on interstates?

Though many people may think that it's unusual for pedestrians to be on or around interstates, freeways, and highways, it is actually more common than it's believed to be. Moreover, it isn't just limited to people crossing the interstate on foot, though that does happen as well. FindLaw takes a look at different potential reasons for pedestrians to be on the interstate. This can include:

  • Helping other drivers after a previous crash
  • Working on vehicles on the side of the road, or otherwise standing on the shoulder
  • Walking along the shoulder, such as when a car breaks down
  • Pushing a broken-down car to the safety of the shoulder or otherwise trying to remove it from the interstate

Is it a birth defect or a birth injury?

The birth of a child always represents a huge event in the life of a Pennsylvania parent, especially if this will be your first child. You dream about what (s)he will look like and about all the things you will be able to do with and for him or her once (s)he becomes the newest member of your family.

The last thing you want to think about is the possibility that your baby might suffer from a birth defect or birth injury. Fortunately, FindLaw counsels that birth injuries occur in only about 0.5 percent of births in the United States, and only about 7 percent of children suffer from a birth defect. Still, the possibility that your child may be one of the unlucky ones can strike fear in your heart.

What are the symptoms of cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy affects hundreds of thousands of people in the United States. Every year, roughly 10,000 babies receive a cerebral palsy diagnosis at birth. For those children, the condition continues to affect them for the rest of their lives, and it greatly increases their medical expenses over the course of a lifetime. 

Cerebral palsy often occurs due to medical malpractice. Parents can help their children get the treatment they need if they identify the symptoms of cerebral palsy as soon as possible. Occasionally, the symptoms will not fully manifest until the child is in preschool, so it is vital for parents to know the signs for the first few years. 

What should I do if involved in a hit and run?

Pennsylvania drivers must be considerate and conscientious on the road. However, some motorists fail to abide by the rules, which can lead to a hit and run accident. Because this can be a stressful experience, it’s important for you to take the proper steps should a hit and run happen to you. In this case, State Farm offers the following advice.

Takes notes about the accident

Semis involved in Pennsylvania pileups due to winter weather

Hazardous conditions due to winter weather can set the stage for a chain-reaction roadway collision involving multiple vehicles and dozens of people. Particularly unforgiving snow squalls last Wednesday led to two massive pileups on Pennsylvania highways at approximately the same time. There are no reports of fatalities from either accident, but over two dozen people altogether have sustained injuries as a result.

One of the collisions occurred on Interstate 78 in Windsor Township early Wednesday afternoon. Several of the 15 vehicles involved were semi trucks. Authorities report that the crash injured three people, but it is not clear whether they received hospital treatment, nor is the severity of the injuries known. 

Is your emergency department too crowded?

Pennsylvanian residents often have the option of going to the emergency department (ED) of their local hospital if they have an acute, sudden, or severe medical issue that needs to be looked at immediately. However, there are some problems unique to the ED that can cause serious issue or even injury for those who rely on it.

The National Institutes of Health gives emergency department crowding a definition, stating that it is an scenario in which an emergency department is filled beyond capacity. That consequently diminishes the level of care health providers can give. This can result in issues like:

  • Misdiagnoses
  • Providing the wrong treatment
  • Missing an allergy
  • Reading x-rays, results, or paperwork incorrectly
  • Not noticing an issue until after treatment would be effective

Yes, you can afford a lawyer for your car accident case

You work hard to support your family and pay your bills on time. Unfortunately, sometimes there is too much month left at the end of your paycheck. If you have a collision with another driver, you may worry about paying for medical bills and property damage. 

You may not think you can afford to hire an attorney to help you assert your legal rights. After all, legal fees can cost tens of thousands of dollars. You should not panic, though. If you work with an attorney that represents clients on a contingency basis, you can probably afford effective representation. 

Can a car accident cause post-traumatic stress disorder?

When it comes to injuries sustained in Pennsylvania car accidents, you may think primarily in terms of physical harm. It goes without saying that a roadway collision can affect your physical health, but you may not realize that it can also affect your mental condition. People who appear outwardly unhurt after a crash may suffer the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder as a result. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, exposure to a terrifying or disturbing event, or series of events, can cause PTSD. People often associate the condition with members of the military, so much so that it used to go by the names of "battle fatigue" or "shell shock." Armed conflict is one possible cause of PTSD, but not the only one. Other potential triggers include child abuse, physical assault, sexual violence and an accident such as a motor vehicle collision. Any event that causes or threatens serious injury, sexual violation or death has the potential to cause PTSD. 

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