Month: March 2017

Could your doctor be missing the warning signs of a stroke?

If you're elderly and have seizures or care for an elderly parent or other relative who does, could your doctor be ignoring the early-warning signals of a stroke? A new study suggests that cerebrovascular disease may go undiagnosed in older patients who have epilepsy -- and it's already known that epilepsy is often misdiagnosed in the elderly. The risk of epilepsy, which is a broad term for any brain disorder that causes seizures, occurs with increasing frequency as people age. Seizures in older adults often go unnoticed, however, because they're mistaken for dizziness, falls or sensory...

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Is a brain injury enough to qualify for Social Security?

You were in an accident and you suffered a serious brain injury. It's changed your life forever. Now, you don't believe you can ever work again and you're thinking about applying for Social Security disability payments. Are you going to qualify? It depends. The key is the severity of the injury and its impact on your ability to seek gainful employment. If it prevents you from working, then you may qualify. If you can still work, even if you're injured -- or, in some cases, even if you're disabled -- you could be turned down. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will determine if they...

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Was your loved one found dead after a routine surgery?

Did you receive unexpected news from the hospital that they discovered your otherwise-healthy loved one deceased in bed? There has been a shocking rise in cases like this throughout the nation. Malpractice lawyers and doctors are referring to them as "dead in bed" cases. It may happen like this: A patient receives a routine surgery, and while recovering, he or she dies unexpectedly. Because nurses and doctors are not monitoring these patients appropriately, no one discovers that there was a problem until it's too late. Some are blaming "dead in bed" cases on the overuse of opioid pain...

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Speeding teen accused of causing deadly accident

A 16-year-old driver in Ohio was going down a country road when she allegedly blew through a stop sign. That caused a violent traffic accident, and a passenger in her car was killed. Authorities are now saying that she was speeding at the time of the crash, claiming she was going at least 67 miles per hour. As a result, the girl in now facing felony charges. She has not been convicted of anything yet, but these are very serious accusations. She faces aggravated vehicular assault (two counts) and aggravated vehicular homicide. The officer in charge was asked why the felony charges were used...

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Misdiagnosis can lead to considerable patient harm

Receiving an incorrect diagnosis can be as devastating as not even seeking medical care. In some cases, a misdiagnosis is even worse because you might get treatment for the wrong thing. That treatment might make the condition you are really suffering from even worse. We know that you don't want to have to deal with issues because a doctor didn't diagnose you properly. Some conditions have an even worse fate if they aren't diagnosed properly than minor conditions. Think about a pulmonary embolism. This condition can easily be fatal. If you aren't diagnosed properly and don't get the right...

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Making sense of hedonic damages

When it comes to the term "hedonic damages," it refers to economic compensation the victim of an accident can lay claim to for the loss of pleasure associated with remaining alive. When it comes to waging a claim for compensation for this type of damage, victims are required to provide proof of their affliction, evidence that is later evaluated using an objective standard. Contrary to what most people might think, decisions are rarely rendered regarding hedonic damages in the courtroom. Instead, judges preside primarily over cases in which a claim is made for either compensatory or punitive...

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