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Bill would make winning malpractice suits more difficult

A bill sponsored by Republicans in the House of Representatives would make it more difficult for older Americans and low-income people to win medical malpractice lawsuits. This could include those based on defective medical devices or drugs. This is part of their plan to replace President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

The bill would put new limits on the noneconomic damages, capping them at $250,000. Noneconomic damages include pain and suffering. Some states already have this cap in place. Under the bill, states could also increase the cap.

Study shows stimulation of brain can restore memory

Three neuroscientists at the University of Pennsylvania have been working on a four-year project for the Department of Defense called Restoring Active Memory. The goal of the program is to develop "next-generation technologies that improve memory function in people who suffer from memory loss." Their recent findings were published in Current Biology.

The neuroscientists report that electrical stimulation can improve a person's memory function when it is delivered when memory failure is predicted. When the electrical stimulation is delivered when a person's memory is functioning properly, the stimulation is disruptive.

Fatal opioid overdose results in wrongful death lawsuit

Lake Hospital System has been named as a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit by the wife of a patient who died from acute intoxication from opioids and benzodiazepines. The prescribing doctor, an occupational medicine specialist, is also named as a defendant.

The lawsuit, which was filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, seeks unspecified damages in a jury trial for funeral and burial expenses, loss of support, mental anguish and loss of prospective inheritance. Her attorney believes that "this is a multimillion dollar case."

How distracted are teen drivers?

You've probably heard it over and over again: Teen drivers are way too distracted behind the wheel, and it makes them incredibly dangerous. In fact, maybe you've heard people complain about texting and driving, loud music, groups of teens packed into the same vehicles and other such distractions so much that you think it's all overstated. You're wondering if teens can possibly live up to their reputation.

They can, according to a study that was carried out by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. In fact, experts say the issue is even worse than a lot of people think.

Brain injuries can affect everyone in the household

Brain injuries can affect victims for the rest of their lives. We recently discussed the symptoms of internal brain injuries. Be sure you keep those in mind if you are involved in any type of accident that caused you to hit your head or that rattled your head.

When it comes to brain injuries, there are many different types of injuries that can occur. One particularly gruesome brain injury is a penetrating brain injury. This means that something went into the skull or that a piece of the skull went into the brain.

The symptoms of an internal head injury

It can be hard for parents to spot an internal head injury. You know your child had an accident, but there's not all that much exterior damage. Your child is too young to identify symptoms or tell you about them. What should you look for?

The brain does have some cushioning thanks to the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that surrounds it. However, this is not always enough to stop internal injuries, even when exterior damage is limited. For instance, perhaps your child was wearing a bike helmet and so there are no lacerations, but the brain still moved violently within the skull at the moment of impact. Major symptoms of an internal injury include:

3 injured, 1 dead in tragic head-on collision

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said an accident involving two vehicles resulted in the death of a 70-year-old man and injuries to three others.

The accident occurred on U.S. 30 in Ontario, Ohio, which is about an hour away from Columbus. A 1997 Lincoln Town Car was traveling the wrong way when it struck a Chevy Impala head-on. The driver of the Town Car, an 86-year-old man, was taken to a local hospital with injuries described as non-life threatening. The driver of the Impala also suffered non-life threatening injuries. A 70-year-old passenger in the Impala was airlifted to a Columbus hospital, but passed away the following morning.

Determining liability in tire blowout types of car accidents

If you've ever found yourself driving a vehicle when the tire has blown out then you probably can identify with just how much the operation of your vehicle can quickly become impacted as a result. There's a reason you'll routinely see truckers who have a tire blow out pull over as soon as they possibly can.

Those moving at high speeds, along roadways with either poor visibility or a missing shoulder run the risk of accident and injury. Should an accident or injury inevitably occur as the result of a tire blowout, depending on the circumstances of the case, you may be able to pursue damages to cover medical bills and property damages.

Emergency room errors aren't excusable at all

Emergency rooms are very busy places. It is imperative that you get the care that you need when you are seeking care at the ER. Just because doctors and nurses are busy doesn't mean that your care can suffer. We can help you to learn about your options if you suffered injury because of errors in the ER.

There isn't any reason for you to suffer because of anything lacking in the ER. With advances in technology, doctors, nurses and other professionals should have what they need to get you taken care of.

Are brain injuries and attention issues connected?

Your child has suffered a brain injury. It's considered mild and recovery has been going well, but you want to know what potential issues may come up in the future.

According to a research group working out of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, future problems could include attention-based issues.

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