The Prevalence of Medication Errors in Nursing Homes

Published on May 15, 2019 at 2:36 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

Nursing home facilities are trusted by millions of families to take care of elderly loved ones. When that care is subpar or worse, residents could suffer physically, emotionally, socially, or financially. In regard to their health, the majority of long-term care facility residents take medication to improve or maintain conditions. When medication errors are made, severe reactions could occur or conditions could worsen significantly. It’s possible a neglected resident could end up in the hospital or suffer fatal injuries from the mistake.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 16 to 27 percent of all nursing home residents are victims of medication errors. While death resulting from medication mistakes is rare, other complications are possible. If your loved one is in a nursing home, it’s important to know about the prevalence of medication errors in their facility. They’re more common than many people realize. Understanding why they happen and what the possible effects are can help prevent future mistakes being made.

Mississippi Hit-and-Run Accident Laws

Published on May 8, 2019 at 11:19 am in Car Accidents.

After a car accident, most people are shaken and may be injured, but they still do the right thing. They stop at the scene, offer help to those if they need it, call emergency services, and will exchange their insurance information so they can report what happened to their insurance companies. When people flee the scene, they commit a hit-and-run. If you’ve been a victim of a hit-and-run, you may not know what to do next.

People often commit hit-and-runs because they are scared of what will happen if they take responsibility for the accident. It may result in points on their license or their insurance premium going up. They may also worry about losing their ability to drive. However, it’s much better to follow the law and take responsibility for the accident than fleeing the scene. Leaving means that the person will face much more serious consequences when they are caught.

What You Need to Know When Bringing a Case Against a Government Agency

Published on May 1, 2019 at 11:12 am in Medical Malpractice.

If you’ve been injured by a government agency, you can take legal action to hold the entity responsible, just like you can file a claim against any person or business. Taking action against a government agency, whether it be city, town, county, state, or federal, is a more complex matter. Claimants need to follow specific steps and abide by all deadlines.

In general, bringing a case against a government agency involves shorter time limits, strict notice requirements, and the possibility of immunity. There are a number of ways a person can be injured by a government employee or agency. If, for example, you were injured by a negligent physician while being treated at a federal hospital, you wouldn’t be dealing with a typical medical malpractice claim.

To build a strong case against a government agency and be awarded the compensation you deserve, it’s important to understand how suing an entity like that works and what factors could impact your claim.

New 2019 Premises Liability Bill in Mississippi

Published on Apr 24, 2019 at 10:13 am in Legal Information.

As a Mississippi citizen, it’s important to stay on top of current law changes. The lawyers at Pittman, Roberts & Welsh, PLLC also pay close attention to new laws so we can represent our clients to the best of our abilities.

We’re not even halfway through 2019, but there have been some important changes to laws and amendments in our state within the first few months of the year. Here is a brief summary about one of the most crucial changes we’ve seen so far, about a new bill that was passed that may affect those considering filing a premises liability claim. Here’s what we know about this bill so far:

The Issue of Phone Manipulation While Driving Still Raises Concerns

Published on Apr 17, 2019 at 11:04 am in Car Accidents.

With today’s technology, it’s easy for a negligent driver to get distracted behind the wheel. One of the primary distractions is cell phones. With notifications for text messages, emails, news alerts, phone calls, and more, drivers are often tempted to pick up their phones to attend to matters that could undoubtedly wait until they’re off the road.

When a driver doesn’t have their eyes, mind, and hands simultaneously focused on their vehicle and the road, the chances for an accident increases significantly. If a driver glances away from the road for five seconds while traveling 55 miles per hour, they will have traveled the entire length of a football field without processing what’s going on around them.

While there are many cars that offer hands-free cell phone options and phones that allow for voice commands, the issue of phone manipulation while driving is still a concern. Recognizing the dangers of distracted driving and making sure to drive responsibly is critical in preventing collisions.

How Are Pain and Suffering Damages Calculated?

Published on Apr 10, 2019 at 12:09 pm in Personal Injury.

After an auto accident causes injuries, you can file a claim to potentially get compensation for what you’ve been through. When going through the process of filing an injury claim, you want a trusted legal representative at your side who will make sure that your settlement is fair and will cover the costs of your injuries.

While some costs, often referred to as damages, may be obvious to you, such as the totals of your medical bills or damages to your vehicle, you have to consider the other effects of an auto collision. You may have suffered from significant emotional stress and this may continue to affect your life. These kinds of damages are called non-economic damages. These are difficult to assign a numerical value to, but your lawyer will be able to expertly calculate a fair settlement based on both your economic and non-economic damages.

A Brief History of Medical Malpractice in Mississippi

Published on Apr 3, 2019 at 11:53 am in Medical Malpractice.

Physicians and medicine have been mentioned in some of the earliest laws ever discovered by historians. Medical malpractice litigation spans back thousands of year. There’s even a Babylonian code dating back to 1794 BC that mentions the repercussions for medical mistakes and promoting the idea that doctors should face punishments if they wrongfully harm a patient.

In the United States, however, the first case came about in 1794 after a patient died during an operation. The victim’s husband brought the case forward and won because the physician did not operate as skillfully as promised. After that, there was a large increase in med mal claims and the American Medical Association was founded. The litigation process has been designed to promote extensive discovery and negotiations between the opposing parties to encourage a resolution without going to trial.

How to Help a Loved One Who Was Injured in a Car Accident

Published on Mar 27, 2019 at 9:47 am in Car Accidents.

Hearing that a loved one was in a car accident is a terrifying thing. It’s natural to worry about their injuries and how the recovery will affect them. You may find that their injuries can take a while to heal. It’s also completely natural to wonder what you can do to help.

There are plenty of ways you can support your loved one. Here are some tips:

Where Do Most Car Accidents in Mississippi Happen?

Published on Mar 20, 2019 at 10:45 am in Car Accidents.

Thousands of accidents happen every year on Mississippi’s roadways. As a result, people are injured, lives are lost, and families are changed forever. From distracted drivers to poorly designed roads, there are a number of reasons why car accidents happen. While drivers generally understand why crashes occur, there’s not as much emphasis put on where they occur. Understanding where wrecks are most likely to happen can help drivers remain vigilant behind the wheel. In Jackson and all over Mississippi, most collisions occur on highways and at intersections.

Dangerous Highways in Mississippi

Highways and interstates provide drivers with a quick and efficient means of travels. In general, drivers don’t have to worry about varying speeds or traffic lights. There are, however, dangers that drivers might not think about – like speeding and erratic merging. The following are the most dangerous highways in Mississippi.

5 Tips to protect your rights after a car accident

Published on Dec 14, 2018 at 10:32 am in Personal Injury.

Unfortunately, car accidents happen. When they do, the actions taken by those involved immediately following the accident play a very large role in the outcome. It is important for drivers and passengers to be informed and prepared in the event of an accident. They can protect themselves by following these five tips.

Tip 1: Remain at the scene of the accident

Always stay at the scene of the accident. Make sure that no one is seriously injured in the accident and if they are, call 911 immediately. If someone is injured and you leave the scene, you can be criminally charged. You will also need to exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. Make sure to write down the names of any passengers involved as well. You should also gather information from any witnesses and speak with the police when they arrive on the scene.

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