In the U.S., pregnant women and women who have just given birth are at higher risk for injury and death than women in any developed country. Our country's annual mortality rate for pregnant women is 700 to 900, while an additional 65,000 pregnant women develop near-fatal illnesses and injuries.
Whether you are a patient or the loved one of a sick family member, you put your trust in medical professionals to determine what's wrong - and fix it. Unfortunately, it's far too common for errors to occur during the diagnostic phase of designing a treatment plan. These errors could be caused by faulty equipment, miscommunication or negligence. Sadly, what might seem like a simple error might ultimately prove fatal.
U.S. hospitals are the scene of between 700,000 to one million falls each year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Patient falls can be very dangerous, and hospitals need to do more to prevent them.
Cerebral palsy is a birth injury caused by partial oxygen deprivation to the brain of the fetus. It can be the result of medical malpractice at numerous points during the birthing process. While the financial cost of raising the child is not a parent's first thought after a birth injury, it is, unfortunately, something they must consider.
USA Today is reporting that there are at least six surgeries commonly done in this country that often do not need to be done. Using federal data and independent studies, the newspaper concluded there are six surgeries that carry significant risks of being done without medical necessity.
A report by the AFL-CIO, released on May 7, 2013, shows that in the United States, approximately 150 people a day die of work-related fatalities and illnesses. The statistics include all of the 50 states, including Alabama. Work-related deaths can occur as a result of a wrongful death, illness or disease. The report shows that in a year, over 137 people a day or 50,000 a year die as a result of illnesses that occur as a result of their work environments.
Alabama residents who follow celebrity news may be interested to learn that a jury has been chosen in the case between Michael Jackson's mother and the company that sponsored what would have been the star's comeback tour. The complaint alleges that the company, AEG, negligently hired Dr. Conrad Murray to treat Jackson without verifying his background, ultimately resulting in the singer's wrongful death in 2009. The doctor recently appealed his involuntary manslaughter conviction.The lawyers assembled more than 100 people prior to beginning jury selection. Many of them were dismissed due to the hardship of serving for approximately three months, preconceived notions or a tie to one of the parties. On April 22, both sides accepted a jury composed of 12 individuals, half men and half women. The parties will also seat alternate jurors.