Christa R. Haggai, Attorney-at-Law
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#MICRA #MedicalMalpractice - For 38 years the amount of compensation that can be received by a victim of preventable medical errors has been limited to $250,000 regardless of the severity of the injury or the degree of negligence. This is the result of a California law called MICRA that was passed nearly four decades ago and has never been adjusted for inflation. Efforts are beginning in Sacramento to correct this injustice and increase the amount of possible compensation to a level commensurate with today's dollars. Since 1975, the cost of everything has risen except for the value placed on the life of someone injured or killed by such preventable medical negligence.
The L.A. Business Journal is running a MICRA poll. If you click on this link http://www.labusinessjournal.com/ for the May 22 issue go to the bottom right hand side, and vote your conscience. The wording of the poll is below, but go to the link to vote..
Thank you for your few minutes and start getting the message out there that MICRA must be changed..
READER POLL: Should the cap on medical malpractice awards be changed?
( ) No, it keeps the cost of health care down.
( ) Yes, low awards aren't fair to those who have been harmed.
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#Medicalmalpractice #healthcare #lawsuits #medical error #tortreform - Great article discussing how medical malpractice lawsuits can actually help improve patient care. The information was learned from interviews with hospital risk managers. We need to get to a point when we realize we all want the same goal, safer, affordable healthcare! Right now, "[e]ach year tens of thousands of people die, and hundreds of thousands more are injured, as a result of medical error." This needs to change and the courthouse doors need to be open to those who are harmed by medical errors!
One of the most common causes of a rib fracture is from an automobile accident, from the impact of an airbag, or a slip and fall accident. These can be very painful injuries. A rib fracture is a crack or break in one of the bones of the rib cage. Because the breaths protect the ribcage and help you breathe, one or more broken ribs can make it more difficult to breath.
There are several common causes of rib fractures. During an automobile accident they may be caused by the force of the impact of the crash itself as well as the impact of the airbag if deployed. Slip and fall accidents are another common cause of these painful fractures. The ribs protect the vital organs in the chest, including the heart and lungs, and the muscles connected to the ribs are used to breathe. Because of their location and function, one or more broken ribs may make it difficult to breathe, and certainly more painful.
Rib fractures can be caused by seatbelts and airbags deploying upon an automobile accident.
Rib fractures may also occur when a pedestrian or a bicyclists is struck by an automobile.
Rib fractures are also common injuries in slip and fall accidents.
You may also experience other symptoms due to the difficulty in breathing that may include:
A rib fracture may be diagnosed by palpation of the chest to find out where you are hurt. Your doctor may also listen to you breathe to insure air is coming in and out of your lungs normally. Finally, your doctor will likely order an x-ray to get an image of your injuries.
The primary treatment for a rib injury is rest. You may need to ice the ribcage. Additionally, while you are healing to cough and take deep breaths regularly, which will help prevent pneumonia or partial collapse of lung tissue.