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September 2014 Archives

Diagnostic errors dominate medical malpractice claims

According to the Journal of Patient Safety, between 210,000 and 400,000 people die every year because of a medical mistake. Based on these numbers, the Journal of the American Medical Association determined that medical negligence has become the third leading cause of death in the country. The reason for the range in numbers is that limitations in medical records make the exact cause hard to track.

Wrong-way driver crashes into cyclists, paralyzing La Jolla man

Many cyclists in San Diego may be seen riding in a pack along the city’s roads. Training with a group is a great way for people to reach their fitness goals, as it provides motivation, camaraderie and support. Unfortunately, riding with the group does not guarantee protection from a hit-and-run accident or other run-in with an irresponsible driver. As one cyclist has learned, serious injuries can result from such an experience.

What is the proposed law regarding malpractice in California?

Voters in California this fall will get a chance to significantly impact the way the state handles medical malpractice claims. If you have been a victim of medical negligence, it may be in your best interest to file a lawsuit. Currently, California law caps the awards for malpractice claims at $250,000. There are several important aspects of the proposed malpractice law, one of which addresses that compensation cap. According to the legislation, dubbed the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act of 2014, people who have suffered due to a medical mistake should be eligible to receive as much as $1 million in damages.

Practice safety around dogs in order to avoid an attack

Dogs can be lovable, furry friends that prompt people of all ages to reach out and say hello. However, before you extend your hand to pet a dog, consider the fact that the dog may not react how you would expect. Here at Nield Law, we see many people who are the victim of an unexpected dog attack.