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Fatal medical errors and electronic health records

When we are ill or injured, we likely rely on medical professionals to help make us better. Whether that means treating a wound or diagnosing an illness or medical condition, individuals in Missouri and elsewhere must trust in a medical professional to provide adequate medical care. Unfortunately, mistakes can occur, and medical errors can have grave and fatal results.

When there was a push to digitize medical health records, the goal was to improve health care, reduce errors and decrease costs. The reality is that these changes did not have the intended outcome. In fact, research has illustrated that it is the electronic health records that are responsible for thousands of fatal medical errors each year.

How common are dog bites?

Owning a dog is fairly common for residents in Missouri and elsewhere. While it is commonplace to see dog owners walking their dogs on the sidewalks and the park and to see dogs contained in their yards, this does not automatically mean that the general public is protected from them. If a dog owner fails to properly secure their dog or guard visitors from a dangerous dog, this could cause liability to be placed on them if a dog bite occurs.

How common are dog bites? According to current statistics, it is estimated that 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States. Furthermore, it is projected that around 1 in 5 of these become infected. Roughly 1,000 individuals in the U.S. visit the emergency department every day for treatment for a serious dog bite. On a yearly basis, around 9,500 victims are hospitalized due to injuries related to a dog bite.

Pedestrian seriously injured in Missouri crash

As any Missouri resident can attest, the roadways can be a busy place. Whether it is a major highway or rural road, these roads experience a wide range of traffic from a variety of motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. Because more than just motor vehicles travel on the roadways, motorists should be aware of cyclists and pedestrians at all times, even in areas where they do not regularly frequent. The negligence of a motorist could easily result in a serious or fatal pedestrian crash.

According to recent reports, a pedestrian crash occurred during the early morning hours in Newton County. Based on reports by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, an 18-year-old was traveling south on Granby Miners Road in his pickup truck when he ran off the side of the road.

Understanding the initial signs of nursing home neglect and abuse

As the average life expectancy continues to lengthen, individuals in Missouri and elsewhere are faced with difficult decisions when it comes to the care of an aging loved one. While it may be ideal to care for an elderly loved one on his or her own, this can quickly turn into a major role that one cannot fulfill while also maintaining a full time job and a personal life. Thus, the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is one that many are faced with.

Even when one is confident in their choice of nursing home, it is always imperative to be aware of the signs of nursing home neglect and abuse. The unfortunate reality is that many elderly residents are harmed and even killed by these incidents.

The elements of a DWI traffic stop

Taking to the road after having a few drinks may end with your arrest. Police agencies across Missouri want to get impaired people off the road.

Police do not get to operate as they wish. There are certain legalities associated with stopping and arresting people they believe are driving under the influence. Discover what some of these rules are and what they mean for you.

Helping you take action after a truck accident

Motor vehicles maintain a very important role in society. They not only assist with the transportation of individuals to and from their destinations, but they also help with the transportation of shipments. Large trucks, such as semi-trucks and tractor-trailer trucks, are extremely valuable in Missouri and elsewhere when it comes to intrastate and interstate commerce. While there are many benefits for these large vehicles, there are also several risks on the roadways caused by their constant travel throughout the nation.

As previously discussed, truck drivers are often tasked with driving long distances. This also means that they are often faced with long hours behind the wheel. While federal trucking regulations work to reduce the impact fatigued driving in the trucking industry has on society, the unfortunate reality is that many drowsy and overworked truck drivers travel on the roadways each and every day.

Will they ease the hours of service rule for truck drivers?

While some drivers are faced with long commutes to work or for business, this often does not compare to the length of time truck drivers spend on the roadways. Driving a large motor vehicle across the state or several states is commonplace for truck drivers in Missouri and elsewhere; however, it is always a job that comes with many risks no matter how many years of experience a driver has.

Truck accidents are often caused by negligence, and when a truck driver or trucking company fails to comply with federal trucking regulations, this could be the cause of a serious collision. Thus, certain regulations, such as hours of service, are heavily looked. This is because fatigued driving is likely to occur when a truck driver is overworked.

Modern distractions take drivers' eyes off the road

Motorists in Missouri and elsewhere can recall being told to keep their eyes on the road since the very first time they got behind the wheel of a vehicle. This is not just a saying, and it was told with good reason. With the constant advancements in technology and the growing need to stay connected, distracted driving is increasing across the nation.

A major culprit of distracted driving is cellphone use. This is because it can cause all three forms of distractions. It causes the driver to take his or her eyes off of the road, hands off of the wheel and mind off the primary task of driving. However, based on current research, it was found the key factor in distracted driving is the eyes rather than the brain.

Three injured after motorcycle, car collide

Motor vehicles of all varieties share the roads in Missouri and other states across the nation. This means that a semi-truck driver should expect to share the road with motorcyclists on any given day. While motorists maintain this knowledge, this does not always means they are watchful of one another. Failing to drive safe, whether by driving negligently, recklessly or under the influence, could result in a serious accident. And in some cases, the errors and negligence of multiple drivers could be the cause of an injury-causing car accident.

According to recent reports, three individuals were injured in a collision that involved a motorcycle and a car in Kickapoo. The crash occurred at the intersection of State Highway 131 and County Road U in the early afternoon hours.

How can you prove fault in a slip-and-fall accident?

It is likely that individuals in Missouri and elsewhere enter the property of others on a daily or weekly basis. Whether it is a grocery store, convenience market, department store, office building, restaurant, apartment complex, government building or private property, most people enter the property of others believing that it is safe to do so. Because property owners have the duty to keep visitors safe from known harms, when a slip-and-fall accident occurs a property owner could face liability.

How can you prove fault in a slip-and-fall accident? When pinpointing liability of a slip-and fall, it is important to assess the cause of the incident. For this type of accident, there are a variety of reasons why these accidents occur. When they occur indoors, this is commonly due to a wet floor, improperly waxed floors, torn carpet or broken stairs or railings. With regards to slip-and-falls occurring outdoors, this could be due to ice, snow, inadequate lighting or uneven sidewalks.

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