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December 2015 Archives

Truckers to use electronic devices to log hours

A new federal law mandating that commercial truckers in Oklahoma and across the U.S. use electronic devices to log in their driving hours has been issued. The goal of the mandate is to enforce already existing federal regulations that have been designed to prevent fatigued driving.

Anesthesia-related medical malpractice claims decrease

According to a 2015 study, medical malpractice payments stemming from lawsuits against anesthesiologists have decreased significantly in Oklahoma and nationwide over the past several years. The research, which was presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, found that spending on such medical malpractice claims fell from $174.4 million in 2005 to $91.1 million in 2013.

Harm that may result from a traumatic brain injury

Oklahoma residents who have undergone an injury to the brain may find themselves with a host of different symptoms, some of which may be subtle and difficult to detect. It is the nature of traumatic brain injuries to cause deep and irrevocable harm to the quality of life and the ability to function.

Doctors commonly misdiagnose several conditions

Misdiagnoses may be more common than many Oklahoma residents realize. The Institute of Medicine has put forth a conservative measure that one in 20 adults have a wrong, missed or delayed diagnosis annually. Over time, this means that at some point in their lives, more Americans than not will receive a wrong diagnosis. This results in around 10 percent of patient deaths.

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