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Sovereign immunity shows promise in reducing patient injury

As a patient who has suffered from the results of medical malpractice, the last thing you'd want to find out is that states were considering providing immunity to doctors and medical providers. Immunity could mean more mistakes with fewer repercussions.

However, some believe that immunity would actually lead to improved patient care, because doctors could focus more on their jobs and less on what would happen if there was a mistake. In fact, a study showed that the number of adverse medical events actually decreased significantly when physicians were provided with immunity from malpractice claims.

How can you prevent fires on the job?

Fire prevention is an important safety step in every workplace. Fire safety helps protect employees from burns, smoke inhalation and other injuries that could impact them for a significant amount of time.

If a fire does start in the workplace, employers need to know what to do to prevent serious injuries. With some safety steps in place, it's simple to do so.

Can you file a lawsuit for an accident if you're to blame?

Florida product liability laws limit how long a person or family has to claim for injuries or death. The statute of limitations is four years from the date of injury to a person or property; for a wrongful death, you have only two years to take action in court.

It's important to hold manufacturers and those who sell to consumers responsible for any injuries they cause, particularly if they're aware of defects or problems with products that could result in injury or death.

An accurate asthma diagnosis helps save your life

Asthma is a common chronic disease in America. It's important that a medical provider accurately diagnoses asthma as early as possible to help prevent life-threatening complications of the condition.

Accurately diagnosing asthma is the only way to learn to control it. Once it's diagnosed, a patient can have an asthma action plan and will be prescribed medications to prevent the serious complications of the disease.

Hold distracted drivers responsible for the injuries they cause

You were on the highway when you noticed the vehicle in front of you weaving in and out of its lane. You slowed down to give the driver more space and put in a call to the police with the driver's license plate number. It was too little too late, though, and moments later, you ended up in a collision because of the driver's behaviors.

In 2015, 3,477 people died because of distracted drivers. Distracted drivers could be anyone, from a teen looking down at a text to an older person who decided to eat behind the wheel. Most people deal with distractions when they're driving, so it's not surprising that so many people die in crashes related to distractions.

Hip replacement recalls: What you should know

The last thing any patient wants to hear is that his or her medical device has been recalled. What's worse is when that device is implanted. If that's the case, you may have to go through another surgery for a replacement, which takes time and causes you pain.

In the case that you get hurt because of a defect or have to have a replacement of a part implanted inside you, it's important that the manufacturer's held liable. You trust the manufacturer to put out a good product, which didn't happen.

How can you prevent slipping and falling in the workplace?

Slipping on water, tripping over wires and fallings are all kinds of accidents that happen far too often in the workplace. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to protect yourself and others. Whether it's getting enough sleep or picking up things that fall on the floor, there are many ways to prevent injuries in the workplace.

Slipping, tripping and falling accidents are a leading cause of deaths in the United States, accounting for around 15 percent of all accidental deaths each year.

41-year-old man arrested after hitting church with vehicle

If you drive when you're intoxicated, you put other people's lives at risk. Sometimes, people who drive drunk don't even remember what they've done. That's a shocking realization, as these individuals may have caused massive harm to those around them.

That seems to be what happened in this case involving a man who caused at least one accident. A man from Panama City has been charged for a crash that resulted in damage to a local church. According to the news report, the 41-year-old man did not stop for a stop sign and stuck a vehicle. After hitting the vehicle, he continued on until he crashed into the North Bay Community Church.

How many accidents happen because of texting or cellphones?

Most people understand that taking their attention off the road is dangerous. They know that looking away could cause an accident. Despite that, there are so many distractions and things going on in people's lives that they may ignore the danger. They decide to text behind the wheel, and they put themselves and others at risk of an accident.

Nine people are killed every day because of accidents involving distractions such as eating behind the wheel, texting or using a cellphone. It's believed that one in four collisions can be linked to cellphone use. In 2013, 341,000 crashes involved texting in some form.

The dangers of plastic surgery increase with lack of training

If you found out that your surgeon operated on you without the appropriate training, you would be mortified. If you suffered injuries as a result, you'd have a good reason to start a claim against that medical practitioner.

It's important for surgeons to be qualified for the work they do. Those who aren't shouldn't be performing surgeries they aren't qualified for, because they could put a patient at serious risk of injury.

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