Another Air Bag Issue… What’s The Deal?

Late last week, General Motors told dealers in the United States and Canada to stop all sales of Chevy Cruzes. The reason… is potential defects in its air bags. According to General Motors, the driver air bags in certain vehicles were assembled with an incorrect part. While it is unclear if any injuries have resulted from these defective airbags, it is likely that thousands of cars will eventually be recalled. This air bag issue is separate from another problem that has resulted in seven automakers (Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota, BMW, Chrysler, and Ford) having to recall numerous cars over the past six years. In total millions vehicles have been recalled since 2008 due to defective airbags. These previous recalls were because of a defect which caused the inflator canister to explode and send metal shards flying around inside the passenger compartment. These metal shards are likely to strike a driver … Continue reading

Philadelphia Jury Awards $55M Verdict in Honda Rollover Case

A Philadelphia jury awarded a record-setting $55.3 million to a man who was paralyzed after a rollover accident in 2010. Carlos Martinez was driving from his home in York to work in a Baltimore suburb when a tire on his 1999 Acura Integra blew out and he lost control. As the car rolled over, Martinez hit his on the roof of the car causing permanent injuries. Measures focused on the protection of occupants to reduce the instances of serious injuries and fatalities. Car manufactures can be held liable if they use an inferior design despite safer alternatives. These cases can be among the riskiest and most challenging types of personal injury cases. They are often time-intensive, extremely expensive, and difficult win. Martinez’s lawsuit was premised on this idea Martinez sued Honda Motor Company claiming the seat used in his vehicle was not defectively designed because it failed to prevent his … Continue reading

A member of my family has died and I now need the advice of a personal injury attorney in Pennsylvania. Can you tell me what documents to bring to our meeting / how I can prepare?

Losing a loved one is the hardest thing to deal with and you have our sincerest sympathies. To help make your meeting with a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney go as smoothly as possible in this trying time, do your best to collect some or all of the following: An original death certificate, which can be provided by the funeral home A bill from the funeral home, marked ‘fully paid’ If an autopsy has been performed, let us know and we can look into it Some basic information on any doctors the loved one has visited in recent years Some basic information on family members A copy of your loved one’s will, if one was made Any and all of your loved one’s medical records There is more information you can bring but this is a fine start. If you have any questions regarding these materials and anything else you’d like … Continue reading

I heard objects can sometimes be left inside of a patient during surgery. What objects are most often left behind?

With so many objects being put use during certain surgeries, it is possible that, occasionally, one is going to get left behind. Objects commonly left inside a patient include clamps, the blades of broken scalpels, gauze, and towels. However, the object most commonly left inside a patient is the sponge. Sponges are used frequently during surgeries and can become easily obscured within incisions.

What is wrong-site surgery?

Wrong-site surgery is a very serious and potentially life-threatening form of medical malpractice. Wrong-site surgery is when a surgeon does one or more of the following: Performs surgery on the wrong body part Performs surgery on the wrong side of the body Performs the wrong surgical procedure Performs surgery on the wrong patient Wrong-site surgery should never occur. Before performing a procedure, all medical professionals involved are supposed to verify the procedure being performed, the name of the patient receiving the procedure, and the part of the body on which the procedure will be performed. This should then be re-verified immediately before surgery.

What kind of money can I recover from a medical malpractice suit?

It depends. In a medical malpractice case there are economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages. Economic Damages. These damages may include medical expenses, inability to earn money, and lost wages. Non-Economic Damages. These damages may include pain & suffering and disability. Punitive Damages. If is found that medical professional intentionally harmed you, punitive damages may be awarded.

Can medical students be sued for medical malpractice?

Yes. Medical students are not seasoned doctors or nurses, and they certainly need the knowledge of hands-on training to complete their education, but if a medical student makes a mistake that puts a patient in harm’s way, he or she can be held accountable. In fact, medical students are insured with medical malpractice coverage in case a mistake occurs during their training. Either the school at which the students are enrolled will supply this coverage or the facility in which they are training will supply the coverage.