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Medical malpractice: 4 hospitals fined for substandard care

Medical patients depend on hospitals and staff for proper care when they are in vulnerable and precarious states of health. If hospitals fall short, mistakes lead to more serious or even fatal injuries and, typically, medical malpractice lawsuits. A hospital should be the bastion of safety that injured people can turn to for trusted help. When those same injured people are neglected or improperly cared for, the consequences can be life-changing. Recent events in California demonstrate the upsetting consequences of neglectful medical care. 

Four Bay Area hospitals were recently fined nearly half a million dollars for improper care. Six fines were issued by the California Department of Health in total. Napa's Queen of the Valley Medical Center received three fines totaling $225,000. One patient slipped into a persistent vegetative state as a result of nursing staff's failure to perform ongoing assessments of the person's condition. Another patient died as a result of the nursing staff's failure to provide heart and breathing monitoring as well as breathing assistance. 

Young boy dies after rear-end car accident in California

A parent should never be forced to endure the loss of a child on account of the negligence of another party. Such unexpected events are tragic in nature, often leaving parents to experience periods of extreme emotional suffering. A recent car accident in California claimed the life of an 11-year-old boy after his car was struck from behind.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a vehicle was travelling southbound just before 5 p.m. when it suddenly struck another vehicle from behind. The other vehicle was stopped in traffic at the time, and a young boy inside was rushed to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. There were two other people inside the vehicle at the time, both of whom apparently suffered only minor injuries.

The possibility of wrongful death concerning misdiagnosis

When it comes to a serious health issue, properly identifying and treating the condition in a timely manner can be the difference between life and death. With a great number of medical conditions presenting similar symptoms, correctly diagnosing a condition is often crucial to preventing a patient from suffering further harm. A misdiagnosis can be dangerous and, over the years, has ultimately lead to the wrongful death of countless individuals in California and across the country.

A recent study suggests that more than 20 percent of patients that visit the hospital with a severe medical condition are misdiagnosed. The study includes a significant number of patients who have chosen to seek a second opinion from some of the nation's leading specialists. The study also concluded that around 12 percent of the patients received an initial diagnosis that was close to the second conclusion, but not exact.

Car accident kills 2 after driver fails to obey stop sign

A family should never have to endure the loss of a loved one at the hands of a negligent driver. Drunk drivers have been the cause of many fatal accidents over the years. Those operating vehicles under the influence of drugs or alcohol may find it difficult, if not impossible, to respond in time to avoid collisions. A recent car accident under similar circumstances has claimed the lives of two people in California.

The accident occurred just after 8 p.m., when an eastbound pickup truck suddenly collided with an SUV at an intersection. Early investigation suggests that the truck driver failed to obey a stop sign, which lead to the fatal collision. An adult man and a teenager in the SUV were both killed in the crash. The pickup driver was taken to the hospital shortly thereafter for evaluation.

Health risks involved with a defective medical device

Patients across the country are implanted with medical devices every day. Companies in California that manufacture similar products are responsible for properly testing them before they are available for use, as well as advising patients of any possible risks involved. If a company fails to do so, a person's health may be at risk. A man in another state has recently failed a lawsuit accusing a company of manufacturing a defective medical device.

The patient was implanted with a removable inferior vena cava filter. After about a year, he was undergoing a procedure for removal, when the physician advised that the filter had tilted, and the retrieval hook was now embedded in the wall of the vein. After two months, the patient visited another doctor who was able to remove the filter. Unfortunately, the doctor also advised that the patient suffered damage to the IVC wall as a result of the embedded hook.

2 dead following head-on car accident in California

Numerous individuals across the country are killed in motor vehicle collisions every year. Many of these accidents come as a result of one driver's negligence, leaving the victim's surviving family members to suffer in various ways. A recent car accident in California killed two people after a driver crossed into the wrong lane of traffic.

The accident occurred early in the day when one driver crossed into oncoming traffic, causing his vehicle to collide with one driven by a woman. Both drivers were pronounced dead following the collision. Witnesses say the man was speeding at the time, traveling anywhere from 80 to 100 mph. A third car was also involved, but that driver suffered only minor injuries in the process.

Recent lawsuit claims nursing home neglect lead to man's death

Many individuals who are forced to reside in a care facility are no longer capable of looking after themselves. Nursing homes in California operate on the basis that they are able to provide quality treatment to these particular individuals. In the event that a similar facility fails to adequately monitor and treat a patient, the result can be catastrophic. A recent lawsuit has been filed in another state accusing a facility of nursing home neglect after a man died while under its care.

The man was admitted to the facility with physical and neurological disabilities. At a later time, he was found unresponsive and taken to the hospital. He was pronounced dead the following day. It is claimed that the facility failed to provide adequate care to the patient, leading to his suffering and death.

Three dead in car accident involving drunk driver in California

Driving under the influence of alcohol has been the cause of many dangerous collisions over the years. When a person makes the decision to drive drunk, he or she endangers the lives of everyone on the road. A car accident under similar circumstances often ends in severe injuries for anyone involved and, in some cases, death. Three people have died after a recent accident in California.

According to police, a man was driving his truck eastbound at a high rate of speed. Another car was traveling north on a nearby road and, upon reaching an intersection, was run over by the truck after the driver failed to obey a stop sign. The collision caused the car to overturn and come to a rest upside down. The truck subsequently overturned in a drainage sump.

Woman killed in hit-and-run car accident in California

Many individuals suffer serious injuries in vehicle crashes every year. With an increase in the amount of drivers each day, accidents are becoming more and more common. Every car accident has the potential to cause significant damage to the health of anyone involved. A woman is dead after a recent hit-and-run accident that took place in California.

According to police, the 64-year-old woman was driving southbound when a Jeep ran through a stop sign and rammed into her car. She died at the scene of the crash. Reportedly, two women were seen getting out of the Jeep and fleeing the scene. Police are currently attempting to locate them, and a reward has been made available for any information that leads to their apprehension.

Stolen vehicle causes serious car accident in California

Many individuals are injured by the actions of negligent drivers every year. There are numerous safety features in place to control the flow of traffic and, in turn, reduce the possibility for a car accident to occur. Unfortunately, someone who chooses to ignore them can put the health of everyone nearby at risk. In a recent accident in California, two people died and another was left with serious injuries.

Police were attempting to stop a car with a stolen license plate, when the driver began to flee. After a short time, the car turned onto a southbound road, traveling north, It then collided with a box van. The driver of the van was seriously injured in the crash and rushed to the hospital. Both the driver and passenger of the car died.