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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_505011655-min.jpgHospitals are supposed to be safe places where people go to get better. Unfortunately, some inpatients wind up in worse shape after they are injured in a fall. People fall in hospitals for a variety of reasons, ranging from medication to physical therapy equipment failure. Many of these falls can be prevented by a careful hospital. Some causes of falls fall under premises liability, but others can amount to medical malpractice if the fall was directly related to the patient’s care. The law there is nuanced, and a lawyer will need to evaluate the facts of your case. Either way, if the hospital’s carelessness caused your fall, you may be entitled to receive compensation. 

What Are Some Common Causes of Preventable Falls in Hospitals?

Sadly, the patients who are most vulnerable and most likely to suffer serious injury from a simple fall tend to be the most likely to fall. Elderly patients are at particularly high risk of being admitted to a hospital and then suffering a major injury, like a broken hip, after falling. Reasons patients may fall include: 

  • Lack of precaution - When patients are at risk of falling due to age, medication, injury, or other medical issues affecting balance and gait, hospitals should use appropriate precautions to prevent that patient from actually falling. Appropriate precautions may include bed alarms, bed rails, not allowing the patient to walk without assistance, or making sure an assistive device like a walker is within reach. Call lights should also be kept within reach, as patients may fall out of bed struggling to reach them. 

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glendale injury lawyerNursing homes and other long-term care facilities have a monumental responsibility: They keep our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other loved ones safe. Unfortunately, some nursing homes do not meet the high expectations required of them. One way that nursing homes fall short is not properly supervising residents. Nursing home residents, especially those with cognitive decline, can be severely or fatally injured when they wander into unsafe areas or elope from the property.  Nursing home residents and their loved ones may be able to hold a negligent nursing home responsible through a nursing home lawsuit.

Nursing Home Neglect Can Be Fatal

Nursing home abuse, including physical violence against a resident, often receives the lion’s share of news coverage and attention. However, nursing home neglect is often just as harmful as abuse. In many cases, nursing home neglect is fatal. Nursing home staff have a duty to supervise residents and keep track of their whereabouts. When nursing home residents are not properly supervised, they can wander into dangerous areas or become lost. Wandering and elopement can lead to terrible injuries and fatalities.

Residents With Dementia Are at High Risk

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are common in nursing homes. Residents suffering from dementia may not recognize that they are in danger until it is too late. They may wander into the kitchen area and burn themselves or accidentally become trapped in a supply closet full of cleaners and other toxic chemicals. The resident may be left suffering in pain for hours before staff finds them.

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glendale injury lawyerThe Takata airbag issue has been going on for more than a decade. At issue are the airbag inflators that contain ammonium nitrate propellant. Although evidence has shown that the company knew of the dangerous issues associated with their airbags as early as 2000, the first recall did not occur until November 2008, when Honda recalled 4,000 vehicles because of reports they received of airbags erupting. In May 2009, a Honda driver was killed when his airbag erupted, prompting the automaker to recall more than half a million vehicles just days later.

Since then, 67 million airbags from more than 42 million vehicles have been recalled because of defective Takata airbags. Since that first recall, more than 25 victims have been killed and more than 400 injured because of exploding airbags. The recalls have been done in waves - every couple of years, more vehicles are recalled.

Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced they are opening an investigation into an additional 30 million vehicles manufactured by almost two dozen automakers that potentially have defective Takata airbag inflators.

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CA malpractice lawyerAs a society, we tend to put a substantial amount of trust in our health care providers. Unfortunately, human error still occurs even in the most severe of cases, such as cancer. Serious delays and misdiagnoses can lead to a hindrance in both treatment and recovery. If you have suffered from this sort of medical negligence, an LA County medical malpractice attorney can aid in holding the right people accountable and acquiring the deserved compensation.

Different forms of cancer can be incredibly unique, however, early detection and diagnosis are vital to fighting the disease. Tragically, this type of malpractice is becoming more common around the world.

How Does a Cancer Misdiagnosis Occur?

The root of delayed missed diagnoses is often varied and hard to track. Oftentimes, patients travel to and from different locations to complete tests and treatments allowing for higher chances of miscommunication and incorrect findings. Additionally, because of the high pressures doctors often face, solutions and diagnoses tend to be rushed.

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