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April 2014 Archives

Multiple injuries in crash involving disabled vehicle

Whenever a car is disabled and blocking traffic, it becomes a hazard for both the occupants in the car, as well as drivers in oncoming cars. In these situations, it is critical for help to be called as soon as possible, so that other injuries do not occur in a subsequent accident.

Why it is important to document concussion symptoms

With today’s emphasis on treating and preventing traumatic brain injuries, it may seem like more people are experiencing them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than two million Americans will go to the hospital this year after suffering TBI, otherwise known as a concussion. Of those who suffer such injuries, 50,000 will pass away. However, a greater number will experience lingering effects that may go untreated.

Study points out prevalence of misdiagnosis in outpatient setting

People who are frequent readers of our blog know that misdiagnosis is a common occurrence in hospitals and health care facilities across the nation. Unfortunately, there is no statistical data at this time that can tell us how prevalent it is, especially in an outpatient setting. That is until now.

Landscaper killed in street racing crash remembered

A landscaper in Phoenix was killed after he was struck by a pickup truck. The accident occurred the morning of March 26, when two teens were engaged in a street race. According to media accounts, the landscaper could not hear the cars coming down the street over the roar of his lawnmower. The cars were racing down the street towards a stop sign close to where the landscaper was working.

Man sues hospital after being lied to about appendectomy

As some of our Arizona readers may know, appendicitis is a serious condition. Caused by an inflammation in the appendix, the only cure for appendicitis is emergency surgery that prevents the organ from rupturing and spilling the infection into a person’s abdominal cavity. And because one in 15 people get appendicitis in the United States, says WebMD, it might seem odd to many of our Phoenix readers that a surgeon would make a mistake when performing this common removal procedure.

Misdiagnosis common in doctors' offices

When you go to the doctor with an unknown medical issue, you expect your doctor to do all he or she can to figure out what is wrong. If you are suffering from an unknown medical condition, it can be very difficult and frustrating to not know what is wrong. When your doctor does diagnose your condition, you probably believe them whole-heartedly. Unfortunately, a new study found that misdiagnosis is very common at the doctor's office.

Hands free cell phones may not be as safe as you think

The next time you shop for a new car, you may be intrigued by all the interactive functions that are included. Most new cars have some sort of Bluetooth system that can allow you to access songs on your smartphone and play them through the car’s sound system. The car may also allow the driver to dial the phone and make calls as well.

Good ratings given to only two midsize SUVs

It is worth wondering whether the popularity of sport utility vehicles has taken a hit after the latest crash safety tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Essentially, only two of the midsize SUVs tested received a “good” rating. The remaining vehicles received either a “fair” or “marginal” rating when it came to protecting passengers in a gauntlet of tests.

A single gene may predict a person's recovery from TBI

While it is well-settled that the diagnosis on how to treat a person who has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) depends on the severity of the injury and the person’s subsequent symptoms. In essence, a person can suffer several different grades of concussions and be treated differently.

Patient dies, anesthesiologist accused of 'distracted doctoring'

Most people here in Arizona know that there is risk in every surgery. But we are often comforted when a doctor tells us that it’s a routine procedure. That’s why, when something goes wrong during the surgery, we often feel betrayed and question whether this loss has turned into a case of medical malpractice.

Two killed in highway crash

As the weather gets warmer across the country, more people will flock to Arizona to enjoy some of the natural wonders the state has to offer, including the Grand Canyon, camping sites as well as lakes and rivers. It may go without saying that drivers must be careful when on the road, but many don’t realize how dangerous entering traffic from the side of a highway can be.

Backup cameras required in new cars by 2018

What used to be touted as a luxury item in new cars will soon be an essential piece of safety equipment. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a final rule that will require all passenger cars, trucks, minivans and SUVs to have rearview back-up cameras installed on new vehicles built after May 1, 2018.

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