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Car accidents can be a literal pain in the neck

You know that image of the man or woman in a neck brace following a car accident? If you've recently been in a serious wreck, you might feel like that person -- you might even be wearing the neck brace! Whiplash and other kinds of injuries to the muscles and ligaments of the neck are common after vehicle accidents. That's because, with the typical centripetal forces involved in an auto collision, the head can go flying and bouncing around. This can put an enormous amount of strain on your neck and result in painful and long-lasting injuries. What is whiplash? Whiplash involves the straining, rupturing, tearing or bruising of the muscles, vertebrae and ligaments of your neck. It's important to know the symptoms of these kinds of injuries so you can get treatment as soon as they...

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Medication allergies in surgery: Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a serious medical condition that is not only dangerous when you're awake but also when you're under anesthesia. Although you're monitored by medical professionals, your oxygen levels drop to dangerous lows. Without the ability to reverse the reaction, you could lose your life. Anaphylaxis is life-threatening. As a patient, if you're aware of any medications or materials that you're allergic to, you have to inform the surgeon and those around you. If they then give you the medication you're allergic to, you can fight for compensation. Anaphylaxis is not particularly uncommon during surgery. In fact, it happens in approximately 1 out of every 4,000 to 20,000 cases, depending on the statistics you review. The most common reason for anaphylaxis is the use of muscle...

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Social media and personal injury claims: Just *don't* do it

To say that social media plays a vital role in our lives would be a massive understatement. Just look around at your family, your friends and yourself. Unless you're unique, and some of you are, it's likely that you're checking your Facebook multiple times a day. The problem is if you're an active social media user -- posting frequent updates and pictures -- it could have an adverse impact on your personal injury claim. How could social media affect my personal injury case? Have you ever noticed how easy it is to misconstrue the text message of a friend? Perhaps he or she is excited and happy to write you, but for whatever reason, the text doesn't convey this. Suddenly you're questioning, "Is he mad at me?" Social media is similar. We always try to smile and look happy in our photographs....

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Federal study reveals sub-par skilled nursing care a big risk

If you or a loved one is recovering from a debilitating illness or surgery at a nursing facility, you may be interested in learning what the inspector general (IG) of the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) discovered about the quality of care rendered to Medicare patients. Focusing solely on one month out of 2011 -- August -- the IG determined that when extrapolating the statistics nationally, almost 22,000 patients suffered injuries and over 1,500 died because they were provided with substandard skilled nursing care. While many types of patient harm prevention programs are geared toward hospitals, patient safety experts note that the frequency of harm is higher for patients under skilled nursing care than those at in-patient hospitals. Common types of patient...

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Can you protect yourself from pharmacy error?

Your doctor prescribed pain medication to get you back on your feet after hip replacement surgery. You head into your pharmacist and pick up your prescription before driving home. But how confident can you be that you have the right medication, and in the right dose? Typically, people trust their pharmacist and take whatever drug is handed to them without question. However, pharmacists make mistakes more often than we like to think, and the consequences can be disastrous. Just how often do pharmacists make mistakes? The statistics On average, researchers believe that pharmacists make prescription errors between 1 to 5 percent of the time. In a ten year study, “2013 Pharmacist Liability: A Ten-Year Analysis,” researchers found that of lawsuits brought against...

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