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March 2018 Archives

Researchers find surgical errors at centers are underreported

Federal laws permit physicians to steer patients toward private surgical centers for relatively minor procedures. This law enables a surgeon to possibly double his or her profits since he or she typically has ownership in the center. Unfortunately, there is no federal law that requires these centers to report surgical errors that may have lead to a patient's death. Maine residents who are facing a medical procedure in the future may wish to look into their options before undergoing surgery at these types of clinics.

Group warns of dangerous children's products involving cosmetics

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group recently conducted independent laboratory testing on several cosmetics that are marketed exclusively toward children and teens. It reportedly found that several of the products are contaminated with asbestos fibers. It is now warning consumers about the hazards posed by these potentially dangerous children's products that are sold by Claire's stores throughout the nation, including here in Maine. 

Did your doctor fail to diagnose a serious condition in time?

For many progressive conditions like cancer or even traumatic brain injuries, a timely diagnosis is critical to your prognosis. A doctor or even a team of doctors failing to diagnose a condition can have a dramatic impact on your potential recovery and future quality of life. It also shouldn't happen. Some of the most intensive coursework doctors undergo in medical school focuses on diagnosis. It is that skill that leads people to seek medical care in the first place.

Businesses may overlook the risks for slip-and-fall accidents

According to a study conducted by a reputable risk management company, businesses tend to underestimate the role that flooring plays in reducing the possibility of an accident. There are standards that were established by the American National Standards Institute that reduce the potential for slip-and-fall accidents as they apply to the skid resistance of flooring. As many Maine residents can attest, the attention that business owners pay to these details indicates whether safety is a priority.

Should the cost of safety override preventing serious injury?

In 2015, a truck driver allegedly failed to reduce his speed in order to avoid causing a fatal traffic accident. Since that tragic accident, efforts were undertaken to reduce wrecks that can cause death or a serious injury through proposed safety regulations. Unfortunately, that proposal, along with several others, has not been acted on, thereby exposing travelers in Maine and elsewhere to continued hazards from inattentive or negligent drivers.

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