Kansas City Personal Injury Blog
The average person goes to the doctor about four times per year. You might see your doctor more or less frequently, depending on your personal healthcare situation. When you visit the doctor, you place yourself and your well-being in his or her hands, trusting in your healthcare professional’s training and judgment to keep you safe and healthy.
Something you might be less than thrilled to learn, then, is that, in the United States, cancer and heart disease are the only two things that cause more deaths than medical negligence. That’s right: medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. So while it may come as no surprise that, just a few years ago, over $3 billion in damages was paid out for medical malpractice lawsuits, that doesn’t make the fact any less alarming. Read the rest »
When it came time to admit Mom, Dad or another loved one to a nursing home, you likely felt some apprehension about whether he or she would receive the best care. Many individuals understand these concerns, and though nursing home residences often do receive necessary attention, a chance exists that your loved one or other individuals could become the victims of nursing home abuse.
It was a day you will never forget. You may have started out the door with a list of errands or a briefcase full of reports. Maybe you were taking your children to visit their grandparents or you were meeting your spouse for a romantic dinner. What you didn’t expect was that someone else would total your car and send you to the hospital with serious injuries.
Even after a doctor examined and treated you, you may have experienced pain. This is not unusual. In fact, after a car accident, many symptoms don’t show up right away. You may have been released from the hospital, but the true extent of your injuries may not be known. Read the rest »
Spinal cord injuries often occur from traumatic events, such as a car crash, but they can also be caused by medical malpractice. Patients who undergo surgery in the spine can sometimes face spinal cord injury if the surgery is performed incorrectly.
If you have recently undergone surgery in the spinal cord area, pay attention to these signs that your spine could have been injured. Read the rest »
When individuals are called as witnesses in a courtroom, they are instructed to tell the truth. “The whole truth and nothing but the truth.” However, not everyone who takes this oath honors it fully. In addition, many individuals do stick to the truth but omit critical details or gloss over important information. After all, witnesses are human and generally wish to be perceived in a positive light.
This is perhaps especially true when the witness being called is either the subject of the case in question or is a colleague of that defendant. In medical malpractice cases, many physicians who have been accused of negligence are called as witnesses. In addition, many colleagues of these physicians are also called to testify. Read the rest »
The media, physicians, researchers and even the government spend a great deal of energy inspiring the American public to be proactive about their health. Organizations and individuals alike stress the importance of physical exercise, a healthy diet and various positive lifestyle choices in order to help American adults avoid the two leading causes of death in the U.S.: cancer and heart disease.
However, shockingly little is said to prepare Americans to avoid the third leading cause of death in the U.S., which is death resulting from medical errors. Perhaps the media and other prominent voices are quiet on this subject because they mistakenly believe that little can be done to prevent medical errors. But thankfully, much can be done to prevent a great many of these deadly mistakes. Read the rest »
A birth injury is a devastating event that can leave parents with anguish, financial hardship and vexing questions. How did this happen? Could it have been prevented?
While some birth injuries are the result of unforeseeable complications beyond anyone’s control, many are the direct result of negligence on the part of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals charged with caring for mother and child prior to during and after childbirth.
Some of the most common types of birth injuries include: Read the rest »