Last updated 1 day 7 hours ago
Most hospital patients probably don’t think twice about potential hospital errors, and rightly so. It’s only reasonable to expect attentive care, and there are measures in place to prevent major errors from occurring, right? Perhaps, but errors can and do occur. This news clip sheds some light on common hospital errors.
Recent innovations in medical error tracking reveal that 1 in 3 patients will encounter a hospital mistake during their stay. Common hospital errors include medication mistakes, infections, and even surgery on wrong parts of the body.
Victims of serious injuries resulting from another person’s negligence are entitled to reliable legal representation. The Law Office of Tim L. Bowden recognizes the complexities of medical malpractice law in Nashville, and we can help you understand your rights and deal with insurance companies. Call (615) 239-0610 to schedule your free initial consultation.
Last updated 8 days ago
Missed and delayed diagnoses are some of the most common types of medical malpractice cases, and they can lead to a variety of complications resulting in permanent injury or disability. However, medical treatment is extremely complex, and specialists can make errors even with reasonable and attentive care. Medical malpractice lawsuits involving missed diagnoses and delayed diagnoses are similar, but there are a few key differences to be aware of.
A missed diagnosis is when a doctor or other medical specialist in your charge fails to accurately diagnose a condition, even though there are obvious symptoms present. Many conditions exhibit similar symptoms, so doctors generally work on a system of differential diagnosis (listing diseases in order of probability). A basic malpractice lawsuit requires proof of three items: a doctor-patient relationship, unreasonably incompetent negligence, and the negligence resulted in actual injury.
In cases involving a delayed diagnosis, a doctor may have arrived at the correct diagnosis, but only after a significant delay. Negligence must be the cause of this delay and the delay must have resulted in injuries or other damages. For example, a doctor may be liable for damages if they neglect to order appropriate medical tests in a timely manner, but they may not be liable if the reason for the delay if the testing equipment was broken or human error interfered; in the latter case, another individual or even the hospital may be held responsible.
The definition of the timeliness depends on the severity of the condition and various other factors, so it is important to speak with an experienced malpractice lawyer to assess the details of your individual case. The Law Office of Tim L. Bowden has been defending the rights of Nashville residents since 1992, and we can inform you of your rights. To schedule a private and free professional consultation, call (615) 239-0610 today.
Last updated 15 days ago
More than 10 million people suffer car-related injuries every year, and there were 32,367 fatal auto crashes in 2011 alone. According to auto insurance industry estimates, the average driver will have a collision once every 17.9 years, and unfortunately there is simply no way to predict how or when it will happen, let alone what kinds of injuries you may suffer. However, there are simple ways to avoid serious injuries in an auto accident.
Maintain Your Vehicle
Between frequent Tennessee showers and the possibility of snow during the winter, maintaining your vehicle is essential for staying in control on the road. Have all of the fluids checked and make sure the tires, lights, and brakes are all in good condition. Simple actions such as always driving with the headlights on and repositioning the sideview mirrors so that they don’t show the sides of your car could also save your life one day.
Schedule Your Commute
Most people don’t realize the frequency of serious auto collisions since they accumulate in small numbers throughout the nation. Even if you’re an above-average driver, there is no accounting for the actions of others. The most dangerous time to drive is between midnight and 3 a.m. on the weekend due, in part, to alcohol-impaired drivers. The morning commute and afternoon rush hour are also prone to accidents, so try to take care of your errands when there is little traffic whenever possible.
Follow Traffic Laws
Doing so could very well help you avoid an accident, or the very least avoid liability when filing auto accident claims. Even speeding 20 mph above a 55 mph limit would only save you about 8.7 minutes on a 30-mile trip, and that’s under ideal conditions. Simply put, always wear your seat belt, follow posted speed limits, slow down during bad weather, and don’t use your cell phone behind the wheel.
The Law Office of Tim L. Bowden has extensive experience in cases involving auto collisions, serious injuries, and wrongful deaths. Contact us at (615) 239-0610 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney in Nashville.
Last updated 29 days ago
A car accident can leave a person highly vulnerable to a wide range of injuries. Due to the force generated when one automobile hits another, spinal cord injuries often result from impact. Injuries of this kind can have a reverberating effect for decades. Extensive medical treatment is frequently needed. Weeks or months of missed work usually ensue. In some cases, a person may be permanently disabled from his injuries. That’s why incidents that cause spinal cord injuries demand the legal aid of a car accident lawyer.
Sudden trauma can damage one or more of the discs that reside between the vertebrae. When a disc becomes herniated, the inner gel escapes containment and leaks into the surrounding space. Under certain circumstances, disc herniation can put pressure on nerve fibers, which may elicit significant pain for sufferers.
Any broken bone can cause pain and inconvenience, but a fractured vertebra can bring life to a standstill for the person who suffers from it. Some spinal breaks may entail a single fracture point. However, blunt force to these small bones can also lead to multiple cracks that require careful and potentially costly surgery. Coupled with weeks or months of recovery and rehabilitation, fractured vertebrae can irrevocably alter the physical and financial future of someone injured in a car accident.
Severed Spinal Cord
The spinal cord injury that may possibly have the most detrimental impact on a person’s wellbeing is a damaged spinal cord. Depending on where the injury takes place along the spinal column, it may cause partial or complete paralysis. Even with comprehensive care and long-term physical therapy, such an injury necessitates a lifetime of time, energy, and financial resources.
Have you or a loved one sustained a spinal cord injury? Let Tim L. Bowden help you through this difficult time with our legal assistance. Call (615) 239-0610 or visit our website to learn more about how our Nashville practice can obtain the financial damages you deserve for your care, recovery, and future wellbeing.
Last updated 1 month ago
A concussion is an injury sustained when violent impact causes the brain to bump against the interior of the cranium. Like many other types of injuries, a concussion can cause pain. If you suffer sudden impact during a fall or car collision, an ensuing headache may signal the presence of a concussion. Even if you feel no discomfort, a concussion can bring on other symptoms. Sudden fatigue and focus difficulties may be warning signs that professional care is needed. If you or a loved one actually goes unconscious, medical assistance is imperative. Concussions may present different symptoms from one person to the next, so if you have any doubt as to whether such a condition has resulted from an accident, contact your physician right away.
Tim L. Bowden is an attorney who specializes in personal injury cases. If you suffered a concussion or other physical effects as the result of someone else’s negligence, we can help. Call (615) 239-0610 to set up an appointment at our Nashville office.