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September 2016 Archives

Serious Injuries in Motor Vehicles Accidents - What to Do

A serious motor vehicle accident changes your life in an instant. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may never recover the quality of life you had prior to that fateful ride. It is certain that you will be out of work for an extended period, and quite possible that you can never return to the type of job you held before the accident. Besides your pain and suffering, you are likely worried about paying your bills, now and in the future. A lawyer can provide you with options regarding a personal injury lawsuit.

Radiologists have very low rate of success detecting hernias

A patient in Arizona complaining of abdominal or pelvic pain might have to rely on what a surgeon hears from the radiologist for a diagnosis. When a surgeon suspects a hernia and orders a CT scan, only 7 percent might be detected by the radiologist. A review of 159 radiology reports of people known to have hernias produced this low figure.

Diagnostic tips for suspected hernia cases

Abdominal pain can have a variety of causes, but issues such as a fever or an inability to move might lead an Arizona resident to seek prompt assistance from a medical provider. Obtaining radiology tests to confirm the suspicion of a hernia can be important, but unfortunately, experts indicate that these tests can often fall short in providing an accurate diagnosis. There are some helpful tips for obtaining better outcomes when imaging is necessary in such situations.

Coping With the Financial Fallout From Personal Injury

When you are hurt as a result of an accident, whether at work, a commercial property or public place, the sudden need for medical attention can be overwhelming. While it is always good to be prepared for the worst, you can't plan for sudden injury. Before you know it medical costs could quickly pile up and wipe out your personal savings. The stress that comes with a sudden injury is often just as intense and debilitating as the injury itself. Working with a personal injury attorney in Arizona can help protect your rights, ensuring that you have everything you need to work through this difficult time in your life so that you can focus on recovery.

Negligent Security Can Lead to Violent Criminal Acts

The notorious Arizona inmate attack on a prison teacher was in the news again recently. More than two and a half years ago, an Arizona Department of Corrections inmate violently assaulted a teacher within a medium-security prison. The assailant, Jacob Harvey, was serving a 30-year sentence as a violent sex offender. Left alone with the teacher in a prison classroom, he choked her, stabbed her with a pen, beat her head into the floor, and raped her.

Pot legalization and driving standards

Although Arizona allows the use of marijuana for medical purposes under the state's Medical Marijuana Act passed in 2010, driving with a slight degree of impairment can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony violation. The presence of THC in the blood can also serve as grounds for charges, but collecting blood can be an invasive method for evaluating an individual's alleged use of marijuana. Further, the presence of metabolites may not clearly provide an understanding of an individual's impairment level. As many states have legalization of marijuana initiatives on the ballot in November, a Stanford research team may provide answers for those needing reliable methods for field tests of marijuana intoxication.

How bias may impact Arizona patients

Research published in Perspectives on Medical Education found that health care providers may let bias get in the way of a proper diagnosis. However, making assumptions can lead to poor outcomes for patients. At any given time, a medical professional may make judgments or assumptions about a person based on his or her race, class or sexual orientation.

Teens less likely to drink if their parents have rules

When Arizona parents set clear rules prohibiting underage drinking, their teenage children may be less likely to go to parties and drink alcohol. A study showed that a relatively simple method for preventing teen drinking actually works. The research study was conducted by a professor of social sciences and health policy from Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina.

Preventing anesthetic errors during surgery

Arizona patients may be interested to learn that an improved procedure has been developed to help prevent wrong-side anesthetic blocks from being performed on patients who are being prepared for surgery. Although wrong-sided blocks are not considered to be as problematic as wrong-sided surgeries, they can still considered to be an invasive surgery and can result in complications.

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