The plea bargaining process is an important part of the criminal justice system for individuals accused of crimes to understand and be familiar with. According to the law in Pennsylvania, plea agreements must meet certain requirements. Plea negotiations may allow for a reduction of the charges against the accused individual or allow for a reduced punishment in exchange for an agreement to plead guilty.
Victims of medical malpractice have important rights to be familiar with. A woman whose doctor severed her bowel during hysterectomy surgery has been granted a new medical malpractice trial. During the woman's hysterectomy procedure, it came to the attention of her surgeon that he may have severed her bowel. The woman's doctor consulted a general surgeon who repaired her bowel which had been severed nearly in half. The victim was forced to wear a colostomy bag for a period of time following surgery. The laparoscopic hysterectomy procedure was abandoned.
Victims of a dangerous or hazardous property conditions are protected by premises liability law. Victims may wonder what premises liability law refers to. When individuals enter on to the property of another, they have a reasonable expectation that they will not be injured or otherwise harmed because of a dangerous or hazardous property condition. Property owners must maintain their property so that it is reasonably safe and must warn of a dangerous property condition.
The consequences of a misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose or delayed diagnosis can be devastating for victims. Victims may receive the wrong treatment, may not receive timely treatment or may not receive the treatment they need at all which can result in serious harm and even death. Victims who have suffered from a misdiagnosis may receive unneeded medication and treatment that can result in a worsened condition.
Medication errors can occur at almost every level of the treatment phase: at the clinic, with your physician, at the pharmacy and at home. They can be caused by miscommunication between you and your provider, poor communication in the office or even bad handwriting.
The weather is getting warmer, the birds are chirping, the grass is growing and flowers are starting to bloom. By all indications, winter is behind us and spring is here. The warmer weather may entice many water enthusiasts to fire up their boats and get in for some joyriding or maybe even some fishing out at their favorite lake or river. We'll be swimming soon enough. But as we blow the dust off our boat covers and get ready to head out, it is important to take a moment to remember the many hazards that face those who spend time out on the water.