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What causes anesthesia errors during surgery?

The death of a high school principal in New Jersey made national headlines because of the situation's tragic nature. The principal had gone under the surgical knife so that he could donate his bone marrow to one of his students, potentially saving that student's life.

Instead, the principal's selfless act turned into a tragedy of epic proportions. The principal died on the operating table. However, it wasn't the bone marrow extraction that caused the principal's death. Instead, an anesthesia error claimed his life.

Can you sue a hotel for bed bug bites?

Depending on your age, you may remember being told as a child, "Sleep tight, and don't let the bed bugs bite!" That was more than just a convenient rhyme. It was a holdover acknowledgment that bed bugs were once a serious problem.

Then, suddenly, they weren't. The advent of powerful insecticides pretty much killed bed bugs off and they largely disappeared from the 1950s until the late 1990s. Why? Some of the stronger pesticides were banned, and the few bed bugs that survived developed hardier immune systems. Travel to and from other countries became more common, and those travelers sometimes brought new varieties of bed bugs with them. Now, bed bugs are a problem that can crop up in just about any hotel -- no matter how exclusive.

Car accidents, concussion and protecting your legal rights

A concussion is not the most serious traumatic brain injury, but that doesn't mean it won't affect you in a variety of ways. While most symptoms are temporary, a concussion has the potential to cause pain and discomfort well into the future.

Any type of car accident, even one in which both vehicles are moving slowly, can result in you striking your head. This can cause a concussion, with the most common symptoms including:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Feeling of pressure in your head
  • Severe headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Slurred speech
  • Inability to remember the details of the accident
  • Confusion

Cosmetic surgery patients have reason to be wary in Florida

Florida has been reeling in recent months over the revelations about flaws in the medical system that have allowed disreputable plastic surgeons to operate -- and keep on operating long after they should have been stopped.

For example, two plastic surgeons who are responsible for botching the surgeries on at least 290 female patients are still practicing four years after their malpractice issues came to light.

Don't let doctors and hospitals get away with negligence

When you're sick, you rely on your medical providers to give you the best possible care -- and you expect them to be attentive to your condition and needs.

So, what can you do when that doesn't happen? Mistakes do happen in hospitals -- especially when there are shift changes, new trainees on the floor, sleep-deprived doctors and overcrowded waiting rooms. Unfortunately, most patients feel like they're simply at the mercy of the establishment. They wait, hoping someone will eventually focus on their condition long enough to make a difference.

Student not expected to survive after Florida hit-and-run

A 21-year-old woman attending the University of Central Florida is in a coma in the local hospital's intensive care unit after falling victim to what may be a drugged driver. Her family says that her injuries are so severe that they do not expect her to live.

A 25-year-old man who allegedly hit her as she walked near her campus has been charged with leaving the scene of the accident and driving under the influence resulting in serious bodily harm -- for now. It's likely that the charges will be upgraded if the young woman passes away.

A lack of 'informed refusal' can be malpractice

You've probably heard that a physician or surgeon's failure to get a patient's informed consent before a procedure is grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit when something goes wrong with a treatment or procedure -- but what about times when a physician fails to get a patient's informed refusal?

Informed consent and informed refusal are flip sides of the same coin. They serve the exact same purpose: They both seek to document the fact that the physician or surgeon took the time to explain to the patient his or her medical options.

How a delay in a cancer diagnosis can make your condition worse

Cancer is one of the words that no one wants to hear when they go to their doctor. After all, cancer is a progressive illness that requires drastic and often painful medical treatments. However, the sooner that you find out you have cancer, the better your prognosis is.

When a doctor successfully diagnoses you with cancer in Stage 1 or Stage 2, you will have more treatment options and a better chance of a full recovery. Once cancer reaches Stage 3 or Stage 4, it can be much more difficult to successfully treat.

Tips for helping your teen become a safe driver

Is your teen learning how to drive this summer or perhaps next school year? If so, your time with them as they get experience behind the wheel will be just as important -- if not more so -- than the time they'll be spending with their driver's ed instructor.

Parents can be good -- or poor -- examples for their kids long before they're old enough to take the wheel themselves. Even if you haven't been the best role model for safe driving in the past, it's not too late to turn that around so that you're teaching them the same driving behaviors you display --such as keeping your cellphone off.

Who can you sue if your child gets hurt on a Tampa playground?

One of the biggest fears parents face when taking their child to a Florida park is that they're going to get hurt. That's why it's a victory each time that their son or daughter leaves a playground with nothing more than a scratch or bruise. More serious injuries can happen at Tampa parks, however.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 200,000 children are hurt on playgrounds across the United States each year. Data published by the National Playground Safety Institute, shows that trip, entanglement and protrusion hazards are often to blame for these injuries. Inadequate spacing between equipment, insufficient fall zones and entrapment in openings also result in children getting hurt.

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