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Lung cancer screening test may have drawbacks

Individuals in Minnesota who are considering a spiral CT scan to screen for lung cancer may be interested to learn that although Medicare has approved it for a certain population of heavy smokers, not all doctors recommend the test. According to some physicians, the test returns too many false positives and detects slow-growing cancers that are not dangerous. This can result in further unnecessary testing that carries additional dangers such as a biopsy.

Medicare has approved the test for individuals aged 55 to 77 who have smoked the equivalent of a pack a day or more for 30 years. In part, the approval is due to a 2011 study showing that spiral CT scans can reduce the incidence of death due to lung cancer by 20 percent. However, almost 25 percent of the study participants had false positives. In the 2011 report, the scans were studied by highly skilled radiologists, risks were clearly explained to participants and doctors were careful about using invasive follow-up methods. However, some doctors argue that these conditions might not be replicated in a typical doctor's office.

Speedway worker killed in guest driver crash

On April 12, the operations manager for the Richard Petty Driving Experience and Exotic Driving Experience at the Walt Disney World Speedway in Florida was killed in a car crash. The race track is designed to be an opportunity for regular people to get the experience of driving a racecar. This accident demonstrates the dangers that driving presents even in controlled conditions.

The crash occurred when the guest driver lost control of a Lamborghini and hit the guardrail. The driver and passenger were both wearing seat belts. The cause of the accident was not immediately identified. The driver was treated at the hospital for minor injuries.

Medical malpractice cases involving ER physicians

When Minnesota residents are injured or become ill and as a result go to a hospital emergency room, they expect for doctors to diagnose the problem and provide the best treatment available. However, a study that was recently issued showed why emergency medical physicians are often sued for malpractice.

The researchers analyzed data from 332 claims that were settled between 2007 and 2013. In 57 percent of the cases, they found that the emergency room physicians allegedly failed to establish a differential diagnosis or failed to take into account other clinical information. In 13 percent of the cases, the physicians allegedly failed to implement an emergency treatment procedure while, in other cases, the physician was accused of not properly following correct treatment procedures. The study also analyzed a number of factors that may have contributed to malpractice. The biggest factor, which was present in 52 percent of the cases reviewed, was inadequate patient assessment. Patient attributes, such as obesity, were present in 21 percent of the cases. Communication failures also played a factor in many emergency room medical malpractice cases.

Examining the severity of jaw injuries caused by car accidents

Minneapolis drivers may wish to know more about broken or dislocated jaws, a common type of injury that occurs during car accidents. Trauma to the face can seriously injure a person's jaw, sometimes requiring surgery.

Car accident jaw injuries generally fit into two categories: fractures and dislocations. When the jaw is fractured, the bone itself is broken. The person injured may bleed from the mouth and experience pain and difficulty in opening the jaw wide. This pain will usually increase when trying to chew or bite food. In even moderate jaw fractures, surgery is usually required to reset the jaw. The jaw is often wired shut for anywhere from six to eight weeks, during which time the person is only able to drink liquids and eat very soft foods.

1 killed, 1 injured in car accident on I-94 in St. Paul

Minneapolis commuters encounter all kinds of conditions during their rush-hour commutes, including roads in varying degrees of congestion, as well as rain, hail, snow and more. Unfortunately, there are numerous less common but more dangerous situations that can develop on area highways. One Twin Cities area man encountered such a situation on March 30.

The man was driving his pickup truck on Interstate 94 in St. Paul when a car in the oncoming lanes crossed the median strip and entered the path of his vehicle. The car struck the man's pickup. The 34-year-old man was injured in the car crash; reports indicated that he is expected to survive.

Speeding drivers reportedly menace St. Louis Park streets

Hennepin County residents know what it means once the snow has all melted -- road construction season is already here. And some residents of a Hennepin County community are concerned about the implications for the safety of their neighborhoods.

Highway 100 is being rebuilt this summer, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed the Minnetonka Boulevard bridge that spans the highway in St. Louis Park. The bridge closed a number of weeks ago. Since that time, the traffic backups on Minnetonka Boulevard have at times approached two-thirds of a mile in length. The queues on other streets are also impressively long, reportedly making it difficult for area residents to get around.

Determining pecuniary loss in a Minnesota wrongful death case

Few things are as shocking as the loss of a Minnesota loved one in a fatal car crash or other accident. This can take a serious emotional toll on a Minneapolis resident, and it can also take a serious financial toll. If the accident was the result of another person's negligence, it can be even more shocking and confusing.

When a loved one is killed because of another party's negligence, very often one can bring a cause of action against that other party for wrongful death. Wrongful death actions are a way for family members to step into the shoes of their deceased relative and recover damages. This raises the question of what damages could be available in a wrongful death suit.

What causes Minnesota truck accidents?

Most truck drivers in Minnesota are professionals who pride themselves on safe and courteous operation on the roads and highways of the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Unfortunately, not all truck drivers operate safely all the time. When they do not, other people on the road, including other truck drivers, could pay the price.

What are the causes of truck accidents attributable to negligent truck drivers? Sometimes, accidents are the result of a drunk truck driver or to truck driver fatigue. Other kinds of truck accident fall into three common groupings.

Holding a third party accountable for Minnesota car accidents

If you happen to suffer injury in a car accident because of another driver's negligence, very often that driver can be held accountable in a Minnesota court of law in a negligence lawsuit. Usually, the negligent driver is driving their own automobile, so legally speaking, that person would bear full responsibility for the injuries.

But, what if the negligent driver is not the owner of the car they were driving? Sometimes, it seems obvious that whoever entrusted their vehicle to the negligent driver made a poor decision. Is there a way to hold accountable the individual or entity that provided the vehicle to the negligent driver?

How can Minnesota medical malpractice victims sue?

When a patient in Hennepin County suffers an injury. while being treated by a medical professional, that patient may have a viable medical malpractice claim against the medical professional and other parties. However, before the injured patient can receive compensation, they will have to establish wrongdoing on the part of the medical professional, among other things.

Unfortunately, it can sometimes be difficult to gather some of the evidence usually needed to press a medical malpractice claim. First, the patient may have been unconscious during the medical treatment, either as a result of the condition that brought them to the medical professionals in the first place or due to the use of general anesthesia during the procedure. Further, eyewitnesses to the negligent acts may be reluctant to provide helpful testimony, and medical professionals may slant the writing of their reports to minimize any medical professional negligence that may have happened.

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