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What's the problem with electronic health records?

In most medical offices, electronic health records have taken the place of handwritten records. This has been lauded as one of the best tools to help physicians, because the electronic records can be shared among different facilities through an electronic health record database. Unfortunately, EHRs can also be a source of medical liability.

In a national medical liability insurance review, malpractice claim data showed that 64 percent of medical malpractice claims related to EHRs were a result of user errors, such as in putting the wrong information about a patient, while 42 percent were a result of system errors. If you're given an incorrect medication or not treated appropriately because of a failure in the EHR system, you could join many others who have filed a lawsuit over poor care.

3D printing leads to complications with product liability

Sometimes, when new technology emerges, the law can't keep up with it. That's the case with the new 3D printing technique. This technology allows people to print a variety of items at home. Some people have created guns, prostheses and even jet engine parts.

What's difficult about this technology is that product liability law doesn't apply in the same way. With strict liability, you could hold the manufacturer liable for any product that has a defect. What about a product that's created to cause harm from one of their 3D printers? It could be hard to hold the manufacturer of the 3D printer liable, since there is no longer just a single manufacturer or designer involved in the creation of a product.

What are the elements of a wrongful death of a mother lawsuit?

The wrongful death of a mother is a terrible thing; a child is left without a mother to care for him or her, and family is left to pick up the pieces. If a mother dies during pregnancy or labor because a doctor was negligent, then the family, including the child, may sue for compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.

The idea behind this lawsuit is that the surviving members of the family are affected by this loss financially, socially and emotionally. For young people, like the child or children of the mother, that could mean suing for the loss of a parent and the financial support a parent provides. For a husband or wife, it means suing for a loss of consortium.

Driverless vehicles: Who faces the blame in a crash?

Technology has a way of changing the way the world works, and the law can be affected by those changes. One of the newest technological advances is the driverless vehicle, which has room for a driver but does not necessarily need to have someone drive it manually.

What happens in a case where a person is hit by one of these cars, though? Who can be held accountable for the injuries? Should the driver still be monitoring the road, or can the vehicle really get the job done on its own?

The obligations of property owners in New Jersey

It doesn't matter where you live in the state of New Jersey, there's a good chance that you spend time visiting a variety of businesses on a regular basis. Along with this, you may find yourself a pedestrian from time to time.

With all this in mind, you may never think twice about being involved in a slip and fall accident. After all, you are always cautious and you do your best to watch where you are walking. Even so, you could still be involved in a serious accident due to the negligence of a property owner.

Motorcyclist killed when struck in Lebanon Township

Riding a motorcycle doesn't come without dangers. A motorcycle is slim and streamlined, designed to move swiftly against the wind and other forces. The problem with that is that it can make a motorcycle harder to see. Even with headlights, it can be hard for other drivers to recognize a motorcycle, since there is only one light instead of two like on most vehicles. Despite this, drivers have a responsibility to recognize and avoid hitting motorcyclists. That isn't what happened in this sad case out of New Jersey.

A firefighter working in New Jersey was killed in a fatal motorcycle accident recently. The man, father to two sons, was traveling at the border of Clinton and Lebanon Townships when the accident happened.

Drunk driving and its impact on New Jersey

If you live in New Jersey and have been involved in a car accident with a drunk driver, you're not alone. You can seek compensation for the injuries you've suffered, just like these people may have done.

In New Jersey, 1,816 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver between 2003 and 2013. Males are more likely to be involved in these crashes than females; data shows males were killed in 2.9 percent of cases and females .9 percent. Nationally, 5.2 percent of men were involved and killed in drunk driving accidents, while 1.5 percent of females were.

Dangerous falling furniture: Protecting your children

Furniture injuries can lead to a child facing broken bones or even being crushed. Recently, Ikea recalled furniture items because they could tip if they weren't anchored to the walls.

Furniture hazards aren't new to Ikea or other companies; they aren't limited to recalls, either. It's been shown that over 25,000 children are injured every year because of furniture that tips over. That's not the only reason, either. Another 430 children died from furniture that fell on them between 2000 and 2013, a 2014 report stated.

You can protect yourself against taking the wrong medications

Taking the wrong medication can cause you serious harm. Imagine if you took a heart medication when your heart was fine, took an extremely high dose of a pain killer that conflicts with your medications or took a drug you through was for allergies but was actually for anxiety. Each of these situations could lead to serious side effects.

If the pharmacy you go to gives you the wrong drug, then you need to let them know right away. If the color or shape of the drug isn't what you expected, you need to ask. It could be that the generic or branded drug has been altered, or you could have been given the wrong medication. You should make sure that the pharmacist replaces the medication, giving you the correct medication, and gives you an explanation for the mistake.

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