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Medical errors due to errors in processing information

Although we cannot always expect positive outcomes, patients in Wisconsin and elsewhere have the expectation that medical professionals will provide adequate care and treatment. This means that even if it is a diagnosis of a serious illness, a patient can rely on the expertise of the doctor and trust that they conducted the correct tests, read them adequately and came to a valid diagnosis. Unfortunately, this does not always occur. Mistakes could be made, causing an improper diagnosis, wrong treatment plan and even surgical errors.

Based on current estimates, medical errors account for roughly 250,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Previous research suggests that these errors are often due to the way doctors process the data they have obtained on his or her patient, meaning they have the right information but fail to act on it the best way possible. A recent study focused on the emergency department, wondering whether the medical errors experienced by patients in the emergency room were due to the frequent interruptions and often incomplete or unreliable information that doctors experience.

What constitutes distracted driving?

When motorists in Wisconsin and elsewhere get behind the wheel of a vehicle, this activity is much more than starting the vehicle, putting it in gear and maneuvering it with the wheel. The task of driving is constantly filled with distractions from the outside world. Whether it is a motorist's cellphone, the radio, a passenger in the vehicle, food, beverages and even applying makeup, driving simply do not just focus on driving when they are behind the wheel.

Distracted driving is a growing concern, specifically using a cellphone while driving. In the U.S. during daylight hours, it is estimated that 481,000 drivers use their cellphone while driving. This risky behavior expands the potential for deaths and injuries on the roadways. Data from just 2016 alone indicates that distracted driving killed 3,400. Additionally, it was reported that 391,000 were injured in 2015 in a motor vehicle crash involving a distracted driver.

Think you're too young for an estate plan? Think again

There are many things that millennials and young adults put off until they are older, from buying a house to marriage. People are also having children at older ages and delaying retirement.

With all this in mind, it might seem like waiting until you're older to have an estate plan in place also makes sense. However, there are at least a few reasons why you should rethink this, especially if you are in your 20s or 30s.

Helping you seek compensation following a car crash

We all know the saying that accidents happen; however, many accidents in Wisconsin and elsewhere are the result of the negligence of other people. They can happen suddenly and they can be severe, and this causes accident victims to be in a major shock when they are seriously harmed in an automobile crash. It is not only the pain and suffering that can turn a person's life upside down. It is also the inability to work, live his or her daily life and address the damages caused by the incident.

Whether it is a fender bender or a head-on collision, the fact of the matter is that automobile accidents cause harm and damages. Thus, car accident victims need to be aware of what they can do to overcome this matter, especially when the negligence of another driver caused the crash.

Understanding the foreclosure process

Owning a home is a big deal for individuals in Wisconsin and elsewhere. Keeping that home is an even bigger deal. A home is a major purchase and one that individuals and couples do not take lightly. Unfortunately, financial problems could present themselves, making it challenging to keep up with a mortgage. This is when a homeowner could risk losing their home to foreclosure.

The foreclosure process is essentially a mortgage holder exercising their legal right to gain ownership of the property. It is also the process in which a mortgage lender or third-party lien holder to exercise the right to sell the property, using the proceeds to pay off the mortgage if the mortgage or lien is in default.

Increased supervision of residents doesn't reduce medical errors

A person is not born a doctor. It takes time, dedication and much education to become a doctor. Even after obtaining the proper degrees, one must go through training and testing in order to practice. All in all, it takes a better part of a decade to become a doctor. Even after all this time, education and specialized training, doctors still make mistakes. Such an incident can be extremely shocking for Wisconsin resident, causing them to have many questions about what just happened and what they can do.

According to a recent study, it was found that increasing direct supervision of physician residents doe not reduce the chances of medical errors occurring. It also found that it caused residents to be less autonomous. Because medical errors are a major issue and the reason why patients are harmed or even lose their lives, researchers wanted to determine ways to reduce this rate seen among residents.

The most common causes of rural car accidents

Having space to roam might be the greatest benefit of living away from the city. With extra land comes extra freedom to do and live as you see fit. It also comes with dangers different from what you might find in the metropolitan sector. Auto accidents in particular tend to be a breed all their own.

That was the scene recently when two cars met in a head-on collision near La Grange. An elderly couple from Elkhorn, Dennis and Joy Hinze, did not survive the crash. Matthew Kilroy and his 15-year-old passenger survived the crash and were airlifted to a trauma center. Few details have been released about the accident, but it’s hard not to consider the dangers we see every day while driving in rural areas.

Helping you initiate a personal injury action after a car crash

Society's reliance on motor vehicles can be seen all around us. In Wisconsin and other states across the nation, the roads are filled with various types of vehicles. Motorists and occupants are travel to various destinations for a wide variety of reasons; however, one thing will always remain. Drivers are required to follow the rules of the road and drive safely. Failure to comply with this or uphold this duty could easily be the cause of a serious or fatal automobile accident.

Although the dangers and risks on the roadways are apparent, motorists do not often think about the possibility of being involved in a motor vehicle crash. Unfortunately, negligent, distracted, drowsy and intoxicated drivers get behind the wheel. This places many lives in danger.

Care facility sued for resident's death

Personal care homes are designed and legally-required to assure the safety of their residents. Failing to comply with this standard of care, however, can have fatal consequences for its vulnerable clientele. In one tragic case, a personal injury lawsuit was filed against Sun Prairie, Wisconsin memory care facility for the death of an 84-year-old patient from hypothermia last Dec.

According to the lawsuit, the resident walked out of her room late at night. The resident froze to death on one of last year's coldest nights.

How is it possible to determine driver distraction after a crash?

We see distracted drivers on the road all the time, even though distracted driving is extremely dangerous. We see them looking down at a phone, turning and reaching in the backseat, or steering with their legs while they hold food or grooming supplies in their hands. 

Even though distraction is so prevalent, it can still be a challenge to prove that a driver was distracted in the aftermath of a serious accident. Often, these crashes happen in the blink of an eye; many victims never see the accident coming, so it can be difficult to prove that a driver was not paying attention. That said, it is not impossible.

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