Seattle Personal Injury Law Blog

Exactly who is responsible for an injury in a busy parking lot?

In lively urban and suburban communities, the parking lot business can be a lucrative one to be in -- but there are certain risks involved with owning a parking lot. 

For example, many people who use parking lots expect there to be proper security measures in place to keep them safe. Which begs the question, is an individual able to sue the owner of a parking lot for an injury that occurred on the property?

Misdiagnosis risk high for burning mouth syndrome

Research conducted by Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine highlights the ways in which a misdiagnosis can potentially harm a patient. The study centered on a medical condition referred to as burning mouth syndrome. BMS is a complex and painful affliction that manifests in recurring or chronic scalding, tingling, or burning feeling in the person's mouth. It can sometimes include a sensation of dry mouth or a metallic taste.

According to an assistant professor and researcher at the dental school, the symptoms of BMS can be similar to those of other conditions, making a misdiagnosis more likely. A misdiagnosis can result in wasted money and resources, as well as prolonging the discomfort of the patient. She said many clinicians and dentists lack proper training about burning mouth syndrome, and useless treatments might be ordered in cases of misdiagnoses.

This problem is similar to those caused in many medical situations. A doctor who is inadequately trained, or who ignores his training or simply fails to listen carefully to a patient can misdiagnose the problem, sometimes with tragic results.

How to cope as the victim of a violent crime

No one anticipates being the victim of a crime; they may prepare for the possibility and warn family members about the dangers of specific crimes. However, we rarely expect the crime and know the proper reaction afterward.

It’s especially difficult after a violent crime such as a robbery or assault. We may find ways to adjust to life post-victimization, but it doesn’t mean we coped with those experiences. Luckily, there are ways to identify trauma after a crime and strategies to process your feelings.

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy: what it is, how it is treated

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy is a type of birth injury that expectant mothers in Washington may want to know more about. It is a brain dysfunction (encephalopathy) caused by a shortage of oxygen going to the brain (hypoxia) and of blood reaching the brain (ischemia). Among full-term infants, it arises in anywhere from three to 20 out of every 1,000 live births. That rate goes up to 60% among pre-term infants.

In some cases, the cause of HIE is unknown, but many factors can be involved.However, one of the most unfortunate is the failure of health care providers to recognize and respond to fetal distress, for example by quickly delivering the baby by Caesarian delivery. This results in the baby being deprived of ogygen for extended periods causing permanent damage.  Cerebral palsy is one of the possible results of HIE.

Intraventricular hemorrhage: symptoms and treatments

Washington residents may be familiar with a condition called intraventricular hemorrhage where the ventricles, or fluid-filled areas, of the brain bleed. It often develops in babies born more than 10 weeks early because they have undeveloped blood vessels. Babies born with respiratory distress syndrome or unstable blood pressure, among other medical conditions, are also at a high risk for IVH.

There are four "grades" of IVH to classify the degree of bleeding with grades 3 and 4 being the most serious. In grade 3 IVH, the blood will press on the brain tissue, and in grade 4 IVH, the blood will directly involve brain tissue, possibly forming blood clots that obstruct the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, cause it to build up and lead to hydrocephalus.

Cephalohematoma: treatments and risk factors

Cephalohematoma refers to a bleeding outside of the blood vessels, or hematoma, that occurs between a baby's scalp and skull. It is the result of damage to the blood vessels during labor and delivery. Between 1 and 2% of babies develop it during or after birth, so expectant mothers in Washington may want to know more about the condition and what it might entail.

Since the blood is on top of the skull, it does not affect the brain. However, it will create a soft bulge at the back of the baby's skull. The bulge will harden as the blood calcifies and will shrink as the blood disappears. Though cephalohematoma comes with no long-term complications, it does raise the risk for developing anemia and jaundice.

When is someone else liable for a suicide?

When a loved one commits suicide, survivors of the event will look for reasons why. While we often attribute suicide to mental disorders and unhappiness, there are cases where someone else may be liable.

Although nothing can ever bring back a loved one, it is completely natural for those affected by a suicide to seek justice for the early departure of a loved one, especially if they suspect another party’s wrongdoing.

Types and symptoms of infant spina bifida

Spina bifida, a condition where the spine fails to form properly and leaves the nerves of the spinal column exposed, is sometimes found in infants. Parents in Washington should know that the condition can be mild or serious depending on the type. There are three types: spina bifida occulta, meningocele and myelomeningocele.

Spina bifida occulta is the most common as well as the mildest. About 40 percent of those with the condition never know they have it. Possible symptoms include a dimple, birthmark or hairy patch on the back, usually in the affected area.

Misdiagnosis is the most common cause of malpractice claims

Whether you or a loved one suffered from the negligence of a medical professional, the long-term effects can be devastating. You may face a long road ahead of challenging recovery measures, considerable pain, emotional consequences, financial turmoil and more.

Two studies recently released have uncovered that misdiagnoses make up the most malpractice claims across the country. According to one study by the Boston malpractice carrier Coverys, 46% of the 1,800 closed malpractice claims from 2013 to 2017 related to a missed or wrong diagnosis. Another study by The Doctors Company revealed that 38% of malpractice claims of the 1,215 claims from 2008 to 2017 related to misdiagnoses.

Common medical errors and what to do about them

You go to the doctor when you are sick or have a medical emergency and expect to receive care that cures you or saves your life. Unfortunately, however, that is not always the case.

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, coming in behind cancer and heart disease. A BMJ study found that medical error causes more than 250,000 deaths, a shocking statistic for preventable deaths.

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