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Can you sue for malpractice suffered in an emergency room?

If you go to an emergency room (ER) or take a loved one there, you likely aren't expecting the same level of personalized care that you receive in your doctor's office or if you checked in for a scheduled hospital stay. However, emergency room patients are entitled to a specific standard of care. When that doesn't occur and a patient is further injured or sickened as a result, legal action may be warranted.

So what responsibilities do emergency room staff members have to their patients? That's covered under something called the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act. This law applies to any hospital that gets reimbursement from Medicare, which is just about all of them.

Tips for a safe holiday road trip

Is your spouse one of those people who likes to drive as long as possible without stopping on a road trip? Do they prefer to skip the overnight hotel stays and meal breaks and just "push on through" until you reach your destination? Maybe you're the one in the family who likes to do that.

You can save time and money by driving straight through to your destination. However, you can't do it alone, and you need to be prepared. Let's look at just a few safety tips for a long road trip:

  • Make sure your vehicle is ready. Check all of the liquid levels and tires and be sure you have a good spare tire. Have all of your vehicle documents easily available (including registration, insurance and roadside assistance numbers).
  • Have at least one other driver to alternate with. Setting a driver schedule can be helpful, but anytime the driver is tired or just needs a break, stop or switch.
  • While it's not your turn to drive, get some sleep. If there's more than one designated driver, it's helpful if one of them can be in the front seat with the driver helping them navigate if necessary, changing channels on the radio and tending to the kids or others in the vehicle who need something.
  • Don't be afraid to stop. If everyone is just too tired to drive safely or if the weather or road conditions get bad, look for a motel to spend the night. Don't just pull over and sleep. That can be very dangerous. Depending on where you are, it might also be illegal.

Far too many drivers are operating vehicles while distracted

Drivers on 1-10 who are going to and from the casinos in the Gulf Coast area must ensure that they are giving their full attention to driving duties. When they don't, they are putting other people at risk of suffering from injuries or death. Distracted driving is responsible for around 15% of accidents with injuries and 10% of fatal crashes.

People don't realize just how vast of an issue distracted driving really is. These crashes are often under-reported, so it is difficult to accurately report on the number of actual cases that are due to this fact. Another issue is the sheer number of reasons why drivers might not give their full attention to the road.

Woman sentenced for fatal high-speed police chase

A woman who killed another driver in a crash on Interstate 22 in Byhalia almost a year ago has been sentenced to a decade in prison. The crash occurred during a high-speed police chase through two counties in North Mississippi. The driver was charged with second-degree murder as well as fleeing law enforcement.

The incident occurred on Nov. 29, 2018. Police tried to pull over the woman and her companion for driving a stolen car. After passing from DeSoto County into Marshall County, with deputies from both counties behind them, they crashed into the victim's car, causing her to suffer fatal injuries.

Can retailers be held liable for Black Friday violence?

Many retailers barely waited until Halloween was over to begin offering holiday deals. However, for many people, the Christmas shopping season doesn't truly begin until the official "Black Friday" on the day after Thanksgiving.

Brick-and-mortar stores and shopping centers aren't as crowded as they used to be on Black Friday (or at any time) thanks to online shopping. Now, people can take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts from the comfort of their sofa or wherever they choose.

Why are some cars with auto braking stopping when they shouldn't?

If you're shopping for a new car after being involved in a crash, you likely want one with all the safety features widely available on newer models to help you feel more secure as you get back on the road.

One popular feature -- which will be standard in 2022 on most vehicles -- is automatic emergency braking (AEB). It can help prevent rear-end crashes because it will cause the vehicle to brake when it senses that the car in front has stopped -- even if the driver doesn't notice.

Why proper diagnosis of minor strokes is important

Strokes are the leading cause of serious, long-term disability and the third leading cause of death in this country. People who are fortunate enough to survive a stroke are often left paralyzed -- typically on one side of their body. Many stroke survivors' ability to speak is impaired.

The prognosis for recovery of motor skills and speech often depends on how long the brain was deprived of oxygenated blood after the stroke. Immediate diagnosis and medical care are vital to survival and recovery after a stroke.

What is 'informed consent?'

As patients, it's ultimately our responsibility to make the decision about whether or how a medical condition will be treated. However, we have to be able to give "informed consent." That's where the doctor's responsibility comes in.

Doctors are obligated to give their patients thorough and honest information about their condition as well as their treatment options, any potential risks that these treatments carry and the prognosis with and without treatment. They're required to provide this information in language that patients can understand.

Pedestrian safety tips to keep you safe around Biloxi casinos

People come from all over to enjoy the nightlife and gambling opportunities that Biloxi offers. Whether you are a local resident blowing off some steam at the casino or a tourist from out of state, it's important that you take steps to protect yourself from the potential accidents and injuries an entertainment district creates.

With popular attractions come increased traffic levels, plenty of alcohol flowing and the ongoing risk of pedestrian crashes caused by motor vehicles. Those who visit the Biloxi casinos often make the smart choice of not getting behind the wheel after drinking. Those same people may want to consider learning special pedestrian safety tips to reduce the risk of an accident.

Tips for dealing with anxiety about driving after a crash

If you were involved in a car accident, particularly if you or a loved one suffered injuries, you may be anxious about getting behind the wheel again. Even if the accident wasn't your fault, you may be fearful of driving.

If you are, you're not alone. Mental health professionals say that these feelings are normal. One psychologist notes that they usually subside within a month of the accident. However, getting behind the wheel again for the first time after your crash (particularly if you haven't driven for a weeks or months because of your injuries) can be a daunting thing to do.

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