Phoenix Personal Injury Blog

'Donning and doffing' errors could lead to medical malpractice

Many people in Arizona may be familiar with the troubling issue of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the context of overprescribing antibiotics for illnesses that do not necessitate them, such as viruses. However, what they may not realize is that antibiotic-resistant bacteria can be spread when physicians, surgeons and nurses make mistakes taking off their gowns and gloves.

According to one study, medical equipment and clothing can become contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria if a medical professional makes a "donning and doffing" error when taking off protective garments, specifically when treating infectious patients. For example, they may not take off their gown and gloves as a single unit, thus contaminating themselves and spreading bacteria to other surfaces.

Tire safety issues: Causes of failure that can lead to collision

When you think about the hundreds, if not thousands, of vehicles that you share Arizona roads with over an extended period of time, you might wonder how many times you've been at great risk for collision due to other drivers' negligence. How often, however, do you think about other drivers' vehicle tires, in particular, whether or not they have taken available measures to maintain tire safety on the road?

A tire blow-out can lead to sudden collision that results in serious injuries. If you're like most people, you might automatically think that design defect or other manufacturer issues are the most common causes of tire failure. If so, you'll be surprised to learn that nearly 100 percent of tire failure is avoidable and typically has more to do with a vehicle owner than the company that made or sold the tires.

How does fault factor into an award for damages in Arizona?

Some minor auto accidents in Arizona are relatively simple. For example, someone might have struck your vehicle at a low speed, causing little damage and no injuries. Instances like these do not always lead to a civil or criminal trial, as it is easier for the parties to resolve matters between themselves or through their insurance.

However, many car accidents are much more complicated than that. What if, for instance, you were struck in an intersection by someone who should have yielded to your right-of-way, but you were also speeding when the collision occurred? Sometimes, when there is a car crash, both parties are liable in some fashion albeit one party may be much more at fault than the other party. Still, if you were partially at fault for a car accident, does this bar you from suing for damages?

Who can be held responsible in truck accidents?

Collisions involving semi-trucks in Arizona have the potential to be catastrophic. A fully-loaded 80,000-pound semi-truck has the laws of physics on its side and is simply no match for a standard 2,000-pound automobile. When truck accidents occur, the drivers and passengers in the vehicle struck by the truck can suffer serious injuries. In the worst of cases, there could even be fatalities.

Those injured in semi-truck accidents can incur significant medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Therefore, they may wish to pursue legal action against the responsible parties. It is important to understand that when it comes to crashes involving semi-trucks, there may be several parties that can be held liable for the wreck.

We stand by your side when medical malpractice occurs

No one likes getting sick or injured. Yet, we are lucky that trained medical professionals can treat our ailments, so that we can regain our health. Of course, how we treat diseases varies based on the type and severity of disease, but with today's advancements in medicine, most people in Arizona rely on their doctors, nurses and surgeons to provide them with the quality care they expect.

Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen. Sometimes a physician makes a mistake, leading the patient to suffer a worsened condition. When this happens, patients may wonder how they are going to recover not just physically, but also emotionally and financially. Some patients in such situations choose to learn more about pursuing a medical malpractice claim.

Arizona construction worker dies when dirt compactor falls on him

There are many reasons why people choose to live in Arizona. They may be "snow birds" seeking a retirement home in a warmer climate or they may be living in the state due to a lucrative job opportunity or simply to stay nearby their loved ones. Sometimes these people choose to build a new home, rather than buy an existing one. It's important to keep in mind that home construction sites can be dangerous for those working on them and construction accidents do occur, sometimes with tragic results.

Recently, an Arizona construction worker lost his life on-the-job. He was working at a new home site when a piece of construction equipment he was operating fell over, landing on him. The machine at issue was used to compact dirt. The incident is under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

What if your "new" tires aren't really so new?

As a conscientious vehicle owner, you strive to make sure your vehicle remains roadworthy. For you, this means keeping up and regular maintenance, fixing any problems and changing out your tires when needed. You understand that the better you take care of your vehicle, the better it will take care of you.

When your tread depth gets low or your tires look otherwise worn, you replace them. You buy "new" tires that you believe will take you thousands of miles safely. What if that isn't the case?

Why should you obtain a police report following a car accident?

Most people in Phoenix don't head out to their morning commute thinking, "Today is the day I'm going to get in a car crash." However, car accidents happen every day throughout Arizona. When a person is in a car wreck, one of the first things they will do is call the police. This is true of both accidents that cause injuries and non-injury accidents.

When police arrive at the scene of the accident, they will generally make an official report. The report may include information on the parties involved in the crash, how the crash occurred, who was at fault and whether any traffic laws were broken. They are the written recollection of the officer who responded to the crash.

What is the process for recalling a defective tire?

When a motor vehicle is found to be defective, sometimes the defect lies in one of its parts. Tire defects, particularly, have the potential to cause serious accident resulting in injuries and deaths. It is important, then, that defective tires are taken off the market in Arizona and across the nation. Often this is accomplished through a product recall.

Recalls of defective tires originate in several ways. The manufacturer of the tire might discover the issue on its own, and voluntarily recall the defective tire. However, it is more common for consumers to have problems with defective tires and report such problems to government regulators or the company that manufactured the defective tire. If these defects present serious safety concerns, the tire may be taken off the market.

Drowsy driving can lead to catastrophic truck accidents

Trucking may be an essential component of interstate commerce in our nation, but it is not without its dangers. According to one study, 13 percent of truckers involved in a truck accident were fatigued when the collision occurred. Truck driver fatigue is a serious issue in the trucking industry in Arizona and nationwide. It not only puts the truckers' lives at risk, but it also puts the lives of all others on the road at risk. In fact, the statistics surrounding drowsy driving and operators of commercial vehicles are sobering.

It is understandable that a driver who has been on the road for a long time without a rest break can become fatigued. However, even the first hour after waking up can be dangerous. Sleep inertia occurs when a person first wakes up. It can negatively affect a motorist's memory, reaction time, cognitive functioning and more. It especially affects truckers who sleep in the sleeper berth of their vehicles. In fact, one study reports that the chance of being involved in a safety-critical event is greatest within the first hour of being on the road after waking up.

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