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Understanding nursing errors

When Louisiana residents consider medical malpractice, they may think about surgical errors. However, errors can also occur when nurses are at a patient's bedside. It is important to understand different kinds of nursing errors.

Patients may most often experience an error in their medication. American Nurse Today magazine says that sometimes a nurse might administer the wrong medication or the wrong dosage if a medical team does not communicate well. Errors can also occur if someone improperly restocks medications. Someone might put in the wrong dosage of a medication or misread a handwritten prescription. Additionally, some prescriptions have names that sound similar and a nurse might accidentally reach for the wrong one. Mislabeled packages can also result in errors. 

Rollover accidents account for large portion of truck fatalities

There is no question that the trucking industry is important for shipping goods across the country. However, countless people in Louisiana and other states are put at risk every day by truck drivers who are tired, distracted or intoxicated, or who may lose control due to factors outside their control. When trucks roll over, the results can be especially devastating.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety claims that in 2016, rollovers accounted for 55 percent of occupant fatalities involving large trucks. This did not account for the additional deaths or injuries of other motorists involved in rollover accidents.

Risks posed to bystanders at construction sites

Whether you are working in construction or you happen to be a pedestrian or driver going past a worksite, you should understand that there may be certain dangers that could stem from merely being too close to a construction site when something went wrong. At the law offices of Lee M. Schwalben, M.D., J.D., LLC, we have answered questions from Louisiana residents injured at construction sites or from the families of those who were killed from being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

As FindLaw explains, there are many ways you can be injured at a construction site as a worker, pedestrian or driver. The following scenarios can give you an idea of some of the dangers:

  • While working on a building or walking past the site, you could be struck by falling debris, such as glass, planks or bricks.
  • Your vehicle might be hit by falling objects or machinery.
  • You could trip on debris on the sidewalk or fall into a trench near a construction site.
  • You could be in a chain-reaction car accident after another vehicle is hit by falling debris or struck by a construction vehicle.

7 common causes of motor vehicle accidents

Any time you get behind the wheel and take to the road, you realize that you could be part of a motor vehicle accident.

With this in mind, you should always do your part in avoiding trouble. You never know what another driver will do, but you always have 100 percent control over the decisions you make.

Understanding submerged vehicle accidents

When Louisiana drivers think about car accidents, they usually consider collisions between vehicles. They may not consider what might happen if their car becomes submerged in water during the accident. It is important for people to know what to do if they find themselves in this situation, as well as how this situation can occur. says that roughly 400 people die in a submerged vehicle each year, making this kind of single-vehicle accident the most fatal. Many of the people killed in these incidents die not from trauma they sustain but from drowning. Cars can become submerged because of the way they are designed. Cars with different designs provide varying amounts of time for people to open the windows to escape and also may float longer. 

Will a transvaginal mesh implant harm you?

If you are one of the numerous Louisiana women who developed pelvic organ prolapse, your physician probably performed surgery on you to correct that condition. As part of the surgical procedure, he or she probably inserted a transvaginal mesh implant.

Women’s Health explains that transvaginal mesh, a strong net-like material, has routinely been used for the past 20 years in pelvic organ prolapse surgical procedures. Its purpose is to support your rectum, bladder and/or uterus and prevent them from descending from your vagina, which is what happens in pelvic organ prolapse. It is a common female medical condition, and you could be particularly at risk for developing it if you have vaginally delivered one or more children, or are overweight, or have a genetic predisposition.

What should you know about truck accidents?

Big rigs on Louisiana's Interstate 10 speed along, rushing to get to their next drop-off point. Long haulers on Interstate 20 cruise between Dallas and Atlanta in semitrucks that are a necessary element in U.S. trade. The drivers transport goods across the country and back again, fueling the economy with endless supplies of high-demand products.

What happens, though, when the transportation that stocks grocery store shelves falls down on the job? FindLaw describes some basic requirements for truck drivers and the companies that hire them, offering insight into the negligence that leads to truck accidents. Here's what you should know.

Asbestos: the stealthy killer

Louisiana construction workers face a substantial risk for death from mesothelioma, asbestosis and other asbestos-related diseases. As FindLaw explains, asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that has been mined for over a century in the United States and used extensively in construction and consumer products because of its excellent insulating abilities and resistance to heat and flame.

The problem with asbestos is that, unlike most minerals, when it breaks down due to age or deterioration caused by drilling, scraping, sanding, etc., it turns into microscopic fibers that disperse into the air and/or fall onto clothing, food and cooking utensils. Workers inhale these fibers which then build up in their lungs, causing irreparable damage.

Federal laws aim to reduce fatigued commercial driving

There are many factors that impact how safely someone can drive. Alcohol, illegal drugs, over-the-counter medication and prescriptions can all impact driving safety. Distractions are also a big source of risk on the road. Texting while driving, checking social media, eating, changing or adjusting clothing, or reaching into the rear of a cab or under a seat can all result in a driver failing to notice changes to driving conditions that can lead to serious accidents.

Another factor that can lead to serious accidents, crashes and collisions is exhaustion or fatigue. Anyone who gets behind the wheel while feeling tired puts themselves and everyone else on the road at risk. When that person operates a massive commercial vehicle, the results could be a crash that injures or kills people in a passenger vehicle.

What is uterine rupture?

If you are an expectant mother in Louisiana who has had a previous C-section, you are at increased risk for a uterine rupture when this child is born. This is particularly true if you are planning to have a VBAC; that is, a vaginal birth after cesarean. explains that a uterine rupture is a tear in your uterus that most often occurs where your C-section scar is located. If it is a complete rupture, all the layers of your uterine wall will tear. You could suffer extensive bleeding, putting both you and your baby in grave danger.


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