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March 2013 Archives

NYPD crash investigation approach altered

Dedicated professionals generally have a primary area of expertise. Though a dentist may be a truly capable healthcare provider for oral health concerns, you would not turn to this kind of professional to detail your car or do your taxes. Rather, you would engage professionals who are experts in these fields for these unique needs. Though NYC police are most often both dedicated and capable law enforcement professionals, they are not medical experts. And for the benefit of the city's residents, they have committed to stop acting in professional capacities beyond their expertise.

Fatal accident rate among teens is spiking

For various reasons, teens are at a higher risk for dying in a car crash now than they have been in years. A new report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) indicates that in the first six months of 2012, teen auto accident fatalities jumped nearly 20 percent over the same period in 2011. This number is particularly significant as teens died at more than double the rate of deaths in auto accidents generally during this time period.

Rate of misdiagnosis for pediatric stroke is high

When seemingly healthy kids and teens develop sudden and/or strange symptoms, it can be difficult to immediately discern what is happening to them. However, standard medical testing and adherence to quality care standards should ultimately lead physicians to a correct diagnosis. Failure to diagnose kids and teens properly can result in medical malpractice claims, depending on the circumstances.

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