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  • What Are Common Surgical "Never Events"?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 12-Oct-2017

    “Never events” are a nickname given to the most egregious and preventable medical mistakes. Although there are many ways patients may be harmed while receiving medical services, “never events” refer to specific types of mistakes. The National Quality Forum (NQF) maintains a list of medical mistakes that may be considered “never events.” Twenty-nine of the ...
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  • Can Football Concussions Be Fatal?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 11-Oct-2017

    Football concussions receive a lot of attention from the press because of the possibility athletes may develop chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). While concussions can cause the degenerative brain disease CTE, they may also result in death or permanent disability shortly after an injury occurs. Second-impact syndrome (SIS) is a nickname for brain swelling that can occur when young athletes ...
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  • Are We on the Verge of Revolutionizing Auto Safety?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 9-Oct-2017

    Despite heightened regulations and a constant string of technological advancements over the years, automobile accidents still injure and kill thousands of us each year—in part due to the sheer numbers of cars on the road, in part due to human error, etc. However, looking at recent trends that have revolutionized and disrupted the auto manufacturing sector, we have reason to believe that ...
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  • Leaf Blower Accidents: The Risks and How to Avoid Them

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 9-Oct-2017

    Along with the changing colors and falling leaves, widespread sightings of leaf blowers are a sure sign that autumn is in full swing. These power tools were designed as an invention of modern convenience, but unfortunately they also cause a fairly high number of accidents and injuries each year—even prompting some movements to ban them entirely. If you use a leaf blower yourself—or if ...
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  • Can Fake Solar Eclipse Glasses Cause Blindness?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 6-Oct-2017

    August’s solar eclipse that traversed the United States will be remembered for years to come. Thousands of people across the country rushed to stores and online retailers to buy special glasses that were required to safely view a solar eclipse. According to NASA, safe eclipse glasses have a designated 12312-2 ISO number, are free from scratches, do not use homemade filters and list the ...
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  • Is Your Vehicle Included in the Volkswagen Recall?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 5-Oct-2017

    Volkswagen has issued a recall for more than 280,000 vehicles after discovering a dangerous fuel pump defect. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) documents show that the computers powering the fuel pumps can fail without warning. As a result, the engines in these vehicles can stall while people are driving. The following vehicles are included in the Volkswagen recall: 2009 ...
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  • Can Getting a Second Opinion Prevent a Misdiagnosis?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 4-Oct-2017

    Diagnostic errors are the most common mistake made by doctors. Considering that medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the US, it is important to protect yourself while receiving medical care. Some people have argued that getting a second opinion from another doctor can reduce your chance of receiving an incorrect diagnosis. Are these claims true? A new study published by Mayo ...
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  • Can Automatic Car Windows Injure Children?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 3-Oct-2017

    Automatic car windows are found in millions of vehicles sold in the US. However, power windows can also be hazardous to children, especially when they are left unattended. Children may roll the windows up on themselves while trying to stick their heads out of vehicles. Windows can exert intense pressure on the windpipe, leaving children who become caught unable to breathe or scream for help. While ...
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  • What Can Happen When Surgeons Leave Objects Behind in Patients?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 12-Sep-2017

    Victims of medical mistakes may not realize they have been hurt by an error until after they begin to suffer serious health problems. For example, patients who have surgical equipment left behind after a procedure may not notice anything is wrong until long after they have left the operating room. Surgeons may leave behind surgical sponges, clamps, forceps or scissors inside of patients. In the ...
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  • Why Are Unsecured Soccer Goal Posts Dangerous?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 11-Sep-2017

    Millions of children and teenagers in the U.S. participate organized soccer leagues. These may be operated by independent organizations or afterschool athletic programs. However, there is a commonly overlooked safety hazard associated with playing soccer that could put your child at risk of being injured or killed. A portable soccer goal may cause a catastrophic injury or death if it is not firmly ...
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  • Can Infant Jaundice Cause a Brain Injury if Left Untreated?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 8-Sep-2017

    Medical mistakes made before, during or after birth can lead to permanent health complications that may significantly reduce the quality of life for newborns and their families. In many cases, newborns who are harmed by medical mistakes will require specialized care for the rest of their lives. For example, if a newborn develops a severe case of jaundice and it remains untreated, they may be at ...
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  • Can Medical Negligence Cause a Hospital-Acquired Infection?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 7-Sep-2017

    Statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 1.7 million patients per year develop infections in US hospitals. An average of 99,000 of these patients will lose their lives. In fact, hospital-acquired infections are a leading cause of patient deaths in the US. There are some instances where hospitals could have done more to prevent and treat these ...
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  • Ford Recalls 117,000 Vehicles for Seat and Seat Belt Defects

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 6-Sep-2017

    Do you own a Ford F-150, Ford E-Series, Ford Escape or Lincoln MKC? Ford has issued a recall for 117,000 these vehicles because they may contain defective seatbacks, seat belts or seat belt buckles. According to Ford, these vehicles may contain improperly tempered bolts that could compromise the performance of seats or seat belts during a car accident or sudden stop. These defects could put ...
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  • Woman Sickened by Costco Chicken Salad Files Food Poisoning Lawsuit

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 5-Sep-2017

    A Utah woman sickened by a Costco chicken salad has filed a food poisoning lawsuit against the multinational retail chain. The woman and ten of her family members and friends became sick after eating a Costco chicken salad that was tainted with E. coli bacteria. While the woman’s family and friends only became temporarily sick, she was hospitalized with severe health issues. There are ...
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  • When Are Pharmacies Liable for Medication Mistakes?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 4-Sep-2017

    Millions of Americans take prescription medications to treat various health conditions. Most people will need to visit a pharmacy to have these prescriptions filled. However, pharmacists or their staff members can make mistakes that cause serious harm to their customers. In such cases, it may be possible for victims of pharmacy negligence to file lawsuits. Pharmacies could be held liable for ...
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