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The importance of establishing a doctor's duty of care

A medical malpractice case in Kansas City, Missouri, or anywhere else in the U.S., may stem from a surgical error, misdiagnosis or general medical negligence. However, there are laws that govern medical malpractice cases. These laws vary from state to state, as well as from case to case. There are statutes that limit the ability of an individual to sue for medical malpractice, while there are provisions that also set a time limit for filing such actions. However, every state has a common requirement for medical malpractice cases, which is the doctor's duty of care.

A doctor's duty of care means that a physician owes a duty of care to patients before performing any necessary medical services or treatment. This requirement establishes the doctor-patient relationship, holding doctors legally responsible for any error or mistakes. For example, if a patient visits a physician for medical treatment, the doctor should guarantee that every treatment or examination conducted on the patient is safe and accurate. However, establishing a doctor's duty of care in incidents of medical error is not always easy.

Missouri woman sues Home Depot for family's wrongful death

Natural disasters such as storms, hurricanes and tornadoes have the ability to cause property damage issues for families in Jackson, Missouri. These occurrences can also sometimes cost a life, changing a family forever.

However, one Missouri woman believed that the tornado that hit her town in 2011 was not the primary reason why she lost her husband and children. She thought that the structure they were in was negligently constructed when the tornado approached. The woman lost half of her family from the tragedy, including her husband and two children, aged 5 and 19, respectively. Since their deaths, she filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Home Depot.

Facts about spinal cord injury

Spinal cord injury is one of the most serious injuries a Kansas City, Missouri, resident can experience. Damage to the spinal cord can negatively impact an individual in so many ways and the number of people suffering from spinal cord injury continues to grow.

According to a publication released by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, the number of Americans who sustained a spinal cord injury was nearly 12,000 people in 2013. The National Spinal Cord Injury Database added that SCI usually affects young adults with half of all injuries affecting victims ages 16 to 30 years old. The average age of a spinal cord injury patient was 42. SCI typically affects males, who accounted for almost 81 percent of all spinal cord injuries.

Verizon settles brain injury lawsuit of nurse for $3 million

Many Americans, including Kansas City, Missouri, residents are familiar with the impact and trauma of brain injury. Brain injury may affect not only the physical condition of an individual, but also his or her emotional and mental well-being.

In a 2012 brain injury accident, a woman suffered a brain injury that was severe enough to prevent her from living a normal life and from performing her duties as a nurse. According to a source, the woman filed a personal injury lawsuit against Verizon, an American broadband and telecommunications company in the U.S. This company was named as the defendant after a bucket truck driver working at Verizon hit the woman's vehicle from behind. The driver of the vehicle suffered a mild brain injury as a result of the collision. Her brain damage resulted in memory loss and cognitive deficits. The victim's physician and neuropsychologists confirmed that the crash caused the brain injury and ended her 32-year career as a nurse.

Comedian slams Wal-Mart with lawsuit over truck accident

The recent truck accident that involved famous TV comedian, Tracy Morgan, and a tractor trailer owned by Wal-Mart has stunned many Americans, including residents of Kansas City, Missouri. This tragic truck accident can serve to remind people that such types of accidents can endanger anyone's life, including those of a celebrity.

Thousands of Tracy Morgan's fans have prayed for his safety and recovery, following the crash. Reportedly, Morgan was critically injured, sustaining broken ribs and a broken leg. After several weeks in the hospital, a statement from his publicist confirmed that Morgan was released from the hospital and is undergoing rehabilitation for his injuries.

Man claims 20 years lost due to alleged misdiagnosis

Correctly diagnosing patients is perhaps the biggest responsibility a physician has because no treatment can succeed if it is not addressing the underlying cause of an illness or disease. Missouri physicians who meet this responsibility greatly increase the chances that patients will recover from an illness or disease. Unfortunately, misdiagnoses not only can bring complications but also change a patient's life forever.

Negligent day care provider charged in child's brain injury death

The current economic condition continues to force many American parents, including those in Kansas City, Missouri, to work very hard in order to support their families. There are many cases where both the mother and the father of a child have to work in order to make ends meet and provide for their children. Because of these busy lifestyles, daycare centers must then look after the child while the parents are at work. Unfortunately, when a day care center fails to provide the necessary care and supervision, accidents or tragedies can occur.

FDA approves ReWalk suit to help spinal cord injury victims

Thousands of Americans suffer spinal cord injuries through an accident or a medical procedure gone awry each year. These injuries often create such extensive neural damage that paralysis is the end result. Too frequently spinal cord injuries keep victims from living normal lives.

Two injured in Kansas City when semi-trailer hits MoDOT truck

Commercial vehicles are frequently seen on major roads and highways in Missouri, just like elsewhere in the country. Trucks such as 18-wheelers and semi-trailers are capable of hauling tons of goods and materials, and operating these huge vehicles requires professionals who are trained to not only haul these products but also do so safely. Truck drivers must follow federal trucking regulations to minimize the chances of an accident. Some drivers, however, disobey the rules and regulations, putting their own lives and the lives of others at risk.

Missouri parents receive millions for daughter's wrongful death

Delivering a baby is a natural but complicated process. One misstep may put the life of the mother and the new born at risk. Although home birth is somewhat common these days, those assisting the mother with birthing at home should be trained professionals who know when professional medical attention is needed.

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