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Personal Injury | July 18, 2013

Get Judges out of the Operating Room Before it’s Too Late

The organ transplant waiting list is a roster of names more than 118,000 long – and that’s just today’s numbers. Updated every minute by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), the candidates come and go in real time, some receiving life-saving organs from donors, and others leaving the list because their bodies gave out before matching donors became available. The decision making process is often scrutinized,

Accident Tips & Prevention | May 1, 2013

The Great Healthcare Debate: Is Increased Autonomy for Nurse Practitioners the Answer to the Doctor Shortage?

A national crisis, a controversial solution, and a heated battle over patient safety, provider control, and the financial cost of physical health – it’s all just another day in the field of medicine. As the shortage of primary care physicians becomes increasingly influential and even dangerous, Nurse Practitioners are now stepping up to fill the void – or they would be, if state laws allowed them to.

Personal Injury | April 8, 2013

A Little Privacy, Please! Your Rights and Social Media Policies

Your privacy is important to us.

How many times have you heard this spiel? “Your privacy is important to us. Read our privacy policy.”

If your privacy was really important, would the websites that you visit every day, the ones that you use to share stories with family and connect with long-distance friends, need to continuously revise a contract to tell you so? If social media websites

Accident Tips & Prevention | February 26, 2013

Losing the Waiting Game: When Emergency Rooms Fail

It sounds like a scene out of a nightmare.

It starts with chest pains. At first, you might mistake the sensation for heartburn, but the pain keeps getting worse and worse until it feels like the life is being squeezed out of your heart. The pain spreads into your arms, your neck, and even your jaw. Breathing becomes difficult, and suddenly so does moving and even standing.

Personal Injury | February 25, 2013

Lies and Lethal Mistakes: Myths about Medical Malpractice and Healthcare Costs in the United States

Jackpot justice. Runaway juries awarding multimillion dollar verdicts to “barely injured” plaintiffs. These news items grab headlines and ignite public outcry about the civil justice system, especially when they apply to medical malpractice claims. Insurance companies and physicians scream that these verdicts are the reasons for skyrocketing healthcare costs. They cry out for tort reform and caps on damages, while providers threaten to leave for more “doctor

Personal Injury | February 19, 2013

Life After The Burn

Some accident victims go home in a few days, maybe even a few hours. Years down the road, only a small, pale scar reminds them of the ordeal. For the really lucky ones, there’s no scar at all. While there was certainly pain and fear, the emotions are temporary and life doesn’t really change.

Many burn victims are not so lucky. Wearing the scars day in and

Current Events and News | February 18, 2013

Feel Any Safer? Pennsylvania Police Ditch Breathalyzers to Catch DUI Offenders

One court ruling may have tipped the first in a large row of dominoes. The Pennsylvania State Police are abandoning their use of breathalyzers at DUI stops, at least temporarily. The decision comes on the heels of a ruling from a Dauphin County judge that threw out 20 charges of driving under the influence based on the unreliability of breathalyzer equipment. The particular device in question is

Personal Injury | February 8, 2013

It’s Your Baby, Voice Your Opinion

You’ve called every contact in your phone to announce the great news, and now the long pregnancy road lies ahead. In the coming months, you’ll be making a lot of visits to your doctor, hearing words you recognize (ultrasound) and those that sound like they belong to a prehistoric era (preeclampsia?).

Your head may soon be bursting at the seams from the myths and conflicting information that

Accident Tips & Prevention, Current Events and News | January 29, 2013

How Therapy and Service Animals Can Help Your Loved One

Do you know what it’s like to be disabled, to face daily challenges in completing tasks that others around you take for granted? This may mean that you have difficulties fitting into a world designed for the convenience of those without disabilities. It can be frustrating to be forced to rely on the help of another individual, especially when the disability developed as a result of an

Personal Injury | January 18, 2013

A Heartbreaking Example of Car Company Negligence

When we take our foot off the gas pedal, we expect our car to react. It should start slowing down immediately, and if it doesn’t you know something has gone horribly wrong. In a blur, your heart begins to race and utter panic consumes you as your car continues to speed down the highway as though possessed. You can do nothing to stop it.

It may sound

Personal Injury | January 7, 2013

The Future of Crash Evidence: Digital Imaging Technology and Car Accident Claims

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: guy gets into a car accident with another driver, police arrive on scene along with some emergency medical personnel, pictures of the scene happen, injuries receive treatment. As the week progresses, the insurance adjuster gets ahold of those accident photos and decides there’s no way their driver is responsible for the crash – in spite of a police report stating

Personal Injury | January 4, 2013

Large Trucks: The Liability On Our Nation’s Highways

Commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) are often involved in the most devastating accidents. Large trucks (CMVs weighing more than 10,000 pounds) play a major role in traffic crashes and are associated with an overwhelming 12 percent of the annual total traffic fatalities in the U.S.

As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) further confirms, the risk of a large truck being both the cause of an accident

Personal Injury | December 21, 2012

New Study Estimates Surgeons Make Preventable Mistakes at Alarming Rates

The decision to have surgery is likely one you have thought about long and hard. You’ve probably thoroughly discussed it with your doctor, done research, and perhaps even got a second or third professional opinion. Most importantly, you probably spent significant time choosing a surgeon you felt was trustworthy and capable.

Unfortunately, for about 4,000 Americans every year, this thorough decision-making process wasn’t enough to keep them

Accident Tips & Prevention | December 17, 2012

Damages: Breaking Down a Personal Injury Settlement

The numbers involved in a personal injury settlement can be flashy and make for attention-grabbing headlines when they reach into the millions of dollars. Commenters on news stories decry them, screaming how these so-called victims are probably just faking it or the amount awarded looks more like a handsome inheritance than compensation for injuries. Determining the level of ‘damages,’ as we attorneys call them, in accident-related matters

Personal Injury | November 21, 2012

Understanding Dog Bites: the Myths & the Truths

There are many misconceptions when it comes to dog bites. For one, they are not as rare as you may think. In fact, approximately 1,000 Americans need emergency care as the result of a dog bite each day, according to DogsBite.org. If you or someone you love suffered an injury due to a dog bite or attack, the lawyers at Console and Associates P.C. can