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Take steps to avoid medication errors in the hospital

What happens when you're in the hospital and a nurse hands you the wrong drug to swallow? What about when a nurse injects too large of a dose of something into your IV?

Unfortunately -- for about 1.3 million Americans a year -- those questions aren't just speculative. They're the victims of medications errors -- accidents that are wholly preventable when someone takes the time to make certain that they're giving the right drug to the right patient, at the right time and the right dosage. Any failure to do that is actually a serious form of medical malpractice.

Why road maintenance is important

Many people grumble on their commutes every day about the state of roads: potholes, cracks, faded paint and much more, for example. A lack of maintenance can make an issue more expensive down the road, damage cars and put a damper on motorists' days, but road maintenance is even more important for one big reason. It saves lives.

Yes, improper road maintenance can and has led to serious injuries and deaths. Here is a look at two ways this happens.

Negligent hiring or supervision of truck drivers

If you were in an accident with a commercial truck, could you be the victim of negligent employment practices?

It's quite possible. There's a growing gap between the number of trucking jobs available and the number of available drivers out there. Companies trying to meet all the demands they have sometimes take shortcuts in the hiring process when they shouldn't. They also leave drivers on the road who shouldn't still be driving.

South Carolina doctor liable in fatal cancer case

The widower and three children of a South Carolina woman were awarded $10 million over her death after the widower rejected a settlement offer of $250,000.

Lawyers for the defense have filed a request to have the court review the verdict and either reduce the amount or overturn it entirely.

Do millennial drivers deserve their bad reputation?

Nowadays, millennial drivers make up a large percentage of all motorists on the road, but the drivers that fall within this age group also receive a lot of flak for taking unnecessary risks and otherwise engaging in dangerous driving behaviors. Is the bad reputation millennial drivers have actually warranted, however, or has it been overinflated by the media?

According to Business Insider, millennials have indeed earned their reputation for being poor and often dangerous drivers, and the publication goes so far as to deem this age group of drivers “America’s worst.” Just how are millennial drivers endangering other motorists on the roadway?

3 tips to keep you safe this New Year's weekend

Are you getting ready to head to your best friend's house for that rocking New Year's Eve party? Or are you heading to your cousin's for the beer and hot tub party he hosts every year?

No matter where you plan to wander, if you're going to be away from home this New Year's weekend, make sure that you do a little pre-trip and pre-party planning to keep yourself safer on the roads. You don't want to be on either end of a drunk driving accident.

What's a demand letter? How do you write one?

Most people think that filing a lawsuit is the norm after a motor vehicle accident.

In reality, a lawsuit only happens after negotiations have broken down and it's clear that the two sides are so far apart that there's no way to reconcile them.

How you can avoid doctor errors

When you think about medical malpractice in Aikin and Orangeburg counties, one of the first things that may run through your mind is doctor errors. Many good doctors make mistakes that cost their patients dearly. With this in mind, you may feel alarmed and overwhelmed at the thought of making an appointment.

But you should not let your concerns keep you from getting the medical care you need in a timely manner. 

How is emotional distress demonstrated in malpractice cases?

Emotional distress is a difficult thing to evaluate in any personal injury claim, including medical malpractice cases.

For one thing, everyone has different emotional reactions to things. What really distresses one person won't bother another person at all. Another reason emotional distress can be so difficult to factor into a medical malpractice claim is that it's often a "hidden" injury.

7 ways to play it safe on the roads during Thanksgiving weekend

Whether you call it Blackout Wednesday or Drunksgiving, there's ample evidence that the night before Thanksgiving is now one of the top party nights of the year.

In fact, Blackout Wednesday is a bigger day for drinks and bars than either New Year's Eve or St. Patrick's Day, depending on your location.

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