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The role genes play in traumatic brain injury recovery

There are very few injuries that are more frightening than those to the brain. The brain can be resilient and recover after even some of the worst injuries, or something as minor as a concussion can drastically alter a person's personality, mood and behavior for life. And how do physicians determine how to treat or even what kind of traumatic brain injury an individual has suffered? Mostly by waiting to see what kind of damage has been done.

There are many different ways that someone in Pittsburgh can injure his or her brain, several of which are complete and utter accidents. Others, however, are the direct result of someone else's negligence or carelessness. Someone could have been speeding and caused a car accident, injuring his or her passanger. A store could fail to warn patrons that the floor is slippery after being cleaned, causing someone to fall. A doctor could fail to monitor his or her patient, depriving the patient's brain of oxygen. When these kinds of incidents happen, the person with the traumatic brain injury can often file a personal injury lawsuit.

Survey to investigate TV ad’s method of disclosing drug risks

Pennsylvania residents who take prescription medications are aware that each drug has some potential risks associated with it. Knowing this is important and every person can research details as needed. Additionally, patients routinely look to their doctors or pharmacists to provide valuable information about drugs in order to avoid prescription medication errors and associated problems.

In recent years, the pharmaceutical industry has routinely marketed prescription-only drugs directly to consumers, especially on television. These ads commonly include long lists of potential side effects that anyone taking the drugs should know about. A media article recently published indicates that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will be conducting a study of more than 15,000 Americans about these risk statements. The purpose of the study is to determine whether or not changes in the side effect disclaimers in TV ads should be made.

Concerns about hip replacement errors

With recent media reports indicating that medical errors are the third leading cause of death around the United States, it is no wonder that Pennsylvania residents are concerned. The need to seek medical care can arise at any time and patients want to trust in the safety of that care. Surgical errors may not always result in death but can still cause problems for patients and are one of the leading categories of medical errors or negligence.

One article that was recently published discussed one particular type of surgical error that has the potential to affect many patients needing hip replacements. According to the report, approximately five percent of all surgical errors involve uneven leg length after a hip replacement surgery. While this may not seem like a serious injury at first, the condition can lead to other hip or back problems for patients if not corrected or addressed in some way.

Parents say pet store was negligent in selling infected rat

It is unlikely that many people in Pittsburgh know of anyone who has had rat-bite fever, a condition that is most often contracted by handling infected rats and other rodents. Typically, a person must be scratched or bitten by the rat, but anyone can contract the condition just by consuming something with the streptobacillus moniliformis bacteria in it. Fortunately, most people who become infected are fine after a round of antibiotics, but the condition can be fatal.

Sadly, an out-of-state boy died of rat-bite fever after a rat that was purchased at the pet store Petco infected him. Now, his parents are filing a wrongful death lawsuit, claiming financial and emotional damages.

Proposed birth injury fund in Maryland draws support, criticism

Expectant Pennsylvania parents typically await the arrival of their children with great joy. The birth process itself is part of the anticipation with many mothers focused heavily on a beautiful experience when bringing their babies into the world. While many times these dreams are able to become realities, other times very different realities emerge. Birth injuries can and do happen and they have the power to render what would otherwise have been healthy babies seriously injured.

A birth injury case may involve any number of conditions such as a brain injury, Erb’s palsy or some other permanent disability. Families seeking compensation for the injuries and assistance in order to care for their children can pursue legal action. Three states in the nation—Virginia, New York and Florida—offer state-run funds to provide some help to families. A news article recently reported that a bill has now been proposed in Maryland to create a similar fund for families of babies who have suffered birth-related neurological damage.

Medical school graduate's death disputed by hospital

Medical errors happen around the country and in Pennsylvania on a daily basis. They can range from errors with medications, problems during or after a surgery, a failure to diagnose a problem correctly or more. No matter the nature of any errors, the results can leave victims with life-long medical conditions. In extreme cases, fatalities result from cases of medical negligence and families are forced to deal with the permanent loss of their loved ones.

The death of a new medical school graduate in Pennsylvania in May 2012 is one such situation. In a prior blog post we reported on the case in which the woman’s family filed a lawsuit against the hospital system involved, Geisinger Health System and the Geisinger Health System Foundation. Now, a recent article has been published in the news indicating that Geisinger is supporting the actions of all hospital personnel.

Vigilance required when dealing with brain trauma

The world of personal injury is extremely broad with a great number of types of injuries that can be sustained. Whether from a motor vehicle accident, a slip-and-fall, a medical mistake or something else, the result of such injuries can leave Pennsylvania victims needing long-term care and facing high medical expenses, often due to a permanent disability. In the world of medical malpractice, some common injuries can include brain trauma, birth injuries, surgical errors and more.

An article that was published recently in the national press reported on new research associated with a traumatic brain injury. Regardless of the situation, prompt medical attention is one of the most critical things to secure when any blow to a person’s head has occurred. The vast majority—85 percent—of brain injuries are classified as concussions. There is growing awareness in our society today about the potential seriousness of these injuries.

Wrongful death case possible after Pittsburgh area hit-and-run

Accidents can happen at any time of the day or night. Some drivers might assume that less vigilance is needed in the early morning hours because of the assumption that fewer pedestrians are out. However, a recent accident in the Pittsburgh area underscores the importance of watching for pedestrians at all times. For the family of the victim of the accident, filing a wrongful death case may help them cope with the expenses stemming from their loved one's death.

The accident happened in the early morning hours of day in February. Police claim that the 25-year-old driver of a sports utility vehicle struck a 25-year-old male pedestrian. The pedestrian was transported to an area hospital for treatment, but reports indicate that he died approximately 30 minutes after the collision.

Brain-injured girl receives large settlement from birth injury

Medical errors are one of the most potentially frightening events that a person could ensure. When seeking medical care, Pennsylvania residents put their lives in the hands of others, trusting in the quality and effectiveness of the treatment and attention they will receive. For pregnant mothers, the issue can be even more complicated as concerns for their as-yet unborn children take precedence. Birth injuries are among the most devastating experiences for parents and can leave newborn babies in need of long-term care due to serious injuries or various forms of permanent disability.

One little girl who was born at Phoenixville Hospital is in such a situation, according to the birth injury case in which a jury recently returned with a verdict and settlement. The girl, who is now four years old, suffered a brain injury due to the actions of two negligent nurses that left her with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. In compensation for her injuries, the jury has awarded the girl 32.8 million.

Jimmy John's 'freaky fast' delivery may have cost man his life

About an hour's south of Pittsburgh and just across the border, a woman has filed a lawsuit against the national sandwich chain Jimmy John's. The reason behind the lawsuit goes back to mid August when the woman's father was walking his dog near his home in Morgantown. He was crossing the street and only a few blocks from home when a Jimmy John's delivery driver struck and killed him.

Though it can be argued that the driver is responsible for the pedestrian's wrongful death, how is his employer responsible? The woman alleges that because of Jimmy John's claim of "freaky fast" delivery, there is immense pressure on drivers to get their sandwiches delivered quickly. According to the daughter, the company is creating working conditions that put other people's safety and lives at risk.

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