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Protecting your medical privacy is a priority

Medical patients in America enjoy the right to privacy surrounding their medical records. Regardless of why you may or may not wish to keep your medical records private, your medical care providers owe you a duty to keep your information confidential. Nonetheless, sometimes a medical care provider does improperly disclose your records, which may cause you numerous types of harm.

After improper medical record disclosure, you may feel as though you have no options to fight back, but that may not be true. In many instances there are legal remedies to medical record exposure, or the party responsible for the disclosure might take it upon themselves to recover the disclosed records.

Is my doctor responsible for my opioid addiction?

In recent months, the nation has finally begun to accept that we Americans have a very serious problem with opioid painkillers. The issue arose a number of years ago, but only recently has public opinion finally caught up with the heartbreak that thousands of individuals experience every day, as they wrestle with opioid addiction.

When one hears stories of the scores of individuals throughout the country whose lives crumbled around them because of opioid painkillers, it is easy to assume, "That's something that happens to other people, it would never happen to me!" Unfortunately, many of those who suffer the greatest in this epidemic thought exactly the same thing.

Bedsores are a potential sign that a loved one is being neglected

When the people we love age, we are often faced with making difficult decisions about their care. For many people with aging parents and other elderly relatives, nursing facilities are the best option.

Without an open schedule and adequate medical training, you probably can't provide the constant care and supervision a person with an age-related illness or degenerative condition needs. Even if you do your best to find a safe and clean nursing home, it is still possible for your loved one to experience serious abuse and neglect.

What can a lawyer do for me after a car accident?

Car accidents can happen at just about anytime, to just about anyone. Still, many of us think, "Oh, that's something that happens to other people." In reality, very few people can live lives that keep them safe from car accidents all the time, especially here in Chicago.

Because many people never think about what to do after a car accident until it happens to them, they may assume that the logical course of action is to let insurance companies handle everything — that's what they're there for, isn't it?

Top causes of ladder accidents: There are many

Does your profession call for the regular use of a ladder? For those who work in the construction industry, as painters, as roofers, as electricians and in countless other jobs, ladders and scaffolding are part of working life.

It's imperative that you understand the top causes of ladder accidents. With this knowledge, you may find yourself making changes to your daily approach that improve your overall level of safety.

Brain injury symptoms differ with sides

Your brain may be, in many ways, a mirror image from left to right. However, the opposite sides control very different functions, and so injuries to the brain can have a drastically different impact depending on where they take place. Below are some examples of how the injury could change your life, based on where it occurs. 

Surgical mistakes: Does apologizing help?

Surgical errors are frightening. Many patients never consider the possibility that the hospital, surgeon or surgical staff will injure them through negligence. Nevertheless, mistakes do occur and anyone who goes to a doctor or hospital can become a victim.

Imagine this scenario. You go to the hospital for a routine hernia operation. The next thing you know, you're waking up after two weeks in a coma - and you can barely remember who you are. You spend the next several years in therapy trying to get your brain and your body back. You pile up millions of dollars in medical expenses while coming to the realization that you'll never be able to work again.

Mild traumatic brain injuries destroy careers and families

If you recently suffered a blow to the head in a car accident, slip and fall or other collision, you may have a very serious injury and not even know it. Any time that you suffer a blow to the head, you run the risk of experiencing a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

You may think that a traumatic brain injury is not a problem if it classified as mild. You wouldn't be alone in hearing the term "mild" and deciding that meant you were fine. Many individuals believe that mild TBIs are frivolous injuries, and then ignore symptoms that show otherwise. However, a mild TBI is only mild when compared to injuries that leave a person in a coma or dead.

Why is logo liability important in trucking accident claims?

What does a company logo have to do with legal liability after a trucking accident?

It could determine which company has to pay any damage claims awarded to the victims of the crash or their surviving family members.

Communication and proactive steps can stop wrong-site surgeries

Double-checking to make sure that you're operating on the right patient and the right body part seems like it should be pretty standard behavior -- but a surprising number of wrong-site surgeries still take place.

In a study that was published in 2011, it was estimated that wrong-site surgeries still took place about 40 times a week!

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