According to a report from al.com, two patients have died and the Center for Disease Control and the Alabama Department of Public Health have launched an investigation of a Bessemer dialysis center. The report notes that both deaths are infection-related. A review of state health department records has revealed that the Bessemer Kidney Center was cited for failing to meet state health standards for infection control, glove use, and disinfection of surfaces on March 15, 2012. The report cites instances of staff members not washing hands and/or wearing gloves during patient care, specifically during the removal/insertion of patient catheters. A patient noted in the report was hospitalized for a catheter related infection. Now, after the deaths of two other patients, the center has been closed. Unfortunately, the report notes that citations were not limited to staff sterilization issues. State health inspectors also found blood and debris in eight of the center's dialysis chairs-all which were "prepped" and awaiting the arrival of new patients. Fresenius, the parent company that owns and runs the Bessemer Kidney Center, has also received deficiencies at 11 of its other Alabama facilities. Those include Fresenius Medical Care facilities in Alexander City, Huntsville, Fairhope, Gardendale, Opelika, Prattville, Tuskegee, Mobile, and Selma. It is unknown whether any of those deficiency reports were linked to patient deaths. If your family member died from infection-related symptoms after treatment at any Alabama dialysis center, contact a Birmingham dialysis injury attorney immediately. Investigations by the CDC and ADPH may reveal that your loved one was lost due to the negligence of his or her respective kidney center. About Drake Law Firm - Our firm handles fatal accident claims across Alabama, including injury or death caused by defective products, medical devices and negligent hospital staff. Our wrongful death attorneys have handled multiple dialysis injury claims over the years. Consult with an attorney before the Alabama's two years statute of limitations if you suspect a loved one was injured due to unsanitary conditions at a dialysis center.
Most people believe that driving is a right. Others say it is a privilege, but in either case, it comes with a responsibility. Those who drive in Alabama are expected to know and observe Alabama traffic rules. When drivers choose to ignore these rules, freeway and highway accidents are sure to happen.
That is what apparently happened when a driver traveling southbound through Heflin on Alabama 9 made an illegal U-turn and smashed his Jeep Cherokee into a Hyundai Sonata that was also traveling southbound. The driver and three passengers in the Jeep Cherokee were hurt. Three of the injured were transported to the hospital in Anniston and one was airlifted to Birmingham. There was no report on the condition of the occupants of the Sonata.
The typical day-to-day accidents that Birmingham residents are used to hearing about are crashes involving passenger cars on the road. Unfortunately, any motor vehicle, whether on land or water, can be involved in an accident, leaving residents with even more possibilities of being injured by negligent drivers.
A recent car accident involving a train in Birmingham is being investigated after it led to the death of two individuals. Although we don't often hear about these types of accidents, thousands of train accidents happen across the nation every year.
Generally speaking, a personal injury victim's damages cannot be calculated until the victim reaches "MMI," or "maximum medical improvement." In short, MMI means that the victim has reached a point in their medical treatment where additional medical treatment will no longer benefit the victim. Hopefully, the point of MMI means the injured individual has returned to his or her pre-accident state. Obviously, some accidents inflict life-long injuries on individuals. MMI in that context means the point where additional treatment will only yield marginal benefits, if any, to the accident victim.
The days are getting longer and the roads are likely looking more tempting for all motorists, especially motorcyclists. This time of year is not only a dangerous time for motorcycle enthusiasts; it is also a time of year to reevaluate safe driving habits in order to prevent Alabama motorcycle accidents.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has declared that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Though drivers should always aim to avoid traffic accidents, everyone needs a reminder about how to properly share the roads. Numbers of accidents and traffic fatalities suggest that continued safety education is valuable.
Due to multi-million dollar public advertising campaigns from safety groups, the government, and wireless phone carriers, the public is definitely aware of the dangers of distracted driving. Unfortunately, awareness of the threat does equal effective elimination of the threat posed by motorists using cell phones, tablets, and other electronic devices while behind the wheel.
It seems that every new study that comes out these days about driving safety has to do with distracted driving. While it's true that most people didn't worry about driving and using cellphones as recently as 15 years ago, some other problems have not gone away, and one new study confirms that the problem of driver fatigue is still a major issue.
The new study, which Alabama residents should be interested in hearing about, found that fatigue can play a factor in as much as 20 percent of car accidents. The conventional wisdom about drowsy driving wrecks based on other tests and surveys was that it only contributed to 2 or 3 percent of accidents.
According to the Alabama Department of Public Safety, motorcycle accidents remain a major source of the overall number of deadly auto accidents in our state. A review of the department's traffic-related injury statistics shows that deadly motorcycle crashes account for roughly 10% of the overall number of Alabama highway deaths each year.
It is better to ask oneself the above question before a dangerous incident takes place rather than after. That order of things would hopefully prevent death and injuries from happening as a result of a defective product.
Honda and other popular motor vehicle manufacturers have issued a product recall of various vehicles because of the danger of what is supposed to be a safety feature. Honda, Toyota, Mazda and Nissan are all involved in the recall of more than 3 million vehicles.
In most cases, the law always lags behind the problem it intends to fix. Texting and driving accidents provides the most recent example of a known, growing problem that the law took a reactive, instead of proactive, role. For instance, despite the fact that cell phones and text messaging have been around for more than a decade, Alabama just passed a law prohibiting drivers from texting while behind the wheel. To date, there are still 5 states without any state law regarding texting and driving.