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Did your doctor's error constitute malpractice?

Most people realize that medicine is not an exact science and that doctors can, and do, make mistakes. "Routine" operations can wind up being anything but, patients can suffer serious reactions to anesthesia or new medications and treatments can fail to heal life-threatening conditions.

While all of the above scenarios are indeed unfortunate, they might not rise to the level of medical malpractice. In the past century, there have been amazing breakthroughs combating some of the world's worst diseases. But medicine is not magic.

Accidents and semitrucks: The risk is great

The truckers who help to transport goods around the country have an important role in commerce. For the most part, these truckers are safe drivers who take pride in racking up miles of safety-critical incident-free hauls. Even so, when you are driving around truckers, there is always a chance that something amiss will occur and lead to an accident.

If you are involved in an accident with a semitruck, you must report the accident to the authorities. You might also need to seek medical care for any injuries you suffer. Ultimately, you have to find out the cause of the crash. These often fall into one of several categories. Here are some of the most common:

Social media could ruin your car insurance claim

If you have been involved in a car accident in the state of Montana, it is important that you understand how the specific laws of the state will determine the way that you should progress.

Montana's diverse landscape, albeit beautiful, can present some hazards that can affect visitors and natives alike. Since Montana is an "at-fault" state, it is vital that you treat even a minor incident very seriously.

Nursing errors: The many causes of nursing errors

Nursing errors come in many shapes and forms. A nurse thinking she's doing patients a favor by sneaking them a favorite food could actually hurt their recovery, just like one who misses a patient's medication schedule could harm the individual.

Nurses have many responsibilities when caring for a patient. They're meant to follow a doctor's orders, monitor patient recovery and accurately record when medicine or care is given so the doctor can make adjustments if needed. Nurses help create a path of communication for patients, but they have to listen and interpret the patient's feelings while also performing their duties.

How to prevent dog bites

Dogs are not just pets, they're also animals. That means that they can switch into their wild instincts at unexpected moments and attack, causing serious and catastrophic injuries.

However, just because dogs are unpredictable does not mean that the majority of dog attacks can't be avoided. In fact, there are numerous things Great Falls residents can do -- and habits they can teach their children -- in order to prevent a catastrophic dog attack from occurring.

Car accidents can be a literal pain in the neck

You know that image of the man or woman in a neck brace following a car accident? If you've recently been in a serious wreck, you might feel like that person -- you might even be wearing the neck brace!

Whiplash and other kinds of injuries to the muscles and ligaments of the neck are common after vehicle accidents. That's because, with the typical centripetal forces involved in an auto collision, the head can go flying and bouncing around. This can put an enormous amount of strain on your neck and result in painful and long-lasting injuries.

Medication allergies in surgery: Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a serious medical condition that is not only dangerous when you're awake but also when you're under anesthesia. Although you're monitored by medical professionals, your oxygen levels drop to dangerous lows. Without the ability to reverse the reaction, you could lose your life.

Anaphylaxis is life-threatening. As a patient, if you're aware of any medications or materials that you're allergic to, you have to inform the surgeon and those around you. If they then give you the medication you're allergic to, you can fight for compensation.

Social media and personal injury claims: Just *don't* do it

To say that social media plays a vital role in our lives would be a massive understatement. Just look around at your family, your friends and yourself. Unless you're unique, and some of you are, it's likely that you're checking your Facebook multiple times a day.

The problem is if you're an active social media user -- posting frequent updates and pictures -- it could have an adverse impact on your personal injury claim.

Federal study reveals sub-par skilled nursing care a big risk

If you or a loved one is recovering from a debilitating illness or surgery at a nursing facility, you may be interested in learning what the inspector general (IG) of the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) discovered about the quality of care rendered to Medicare patients.

Focusing solely on one month out of 2011 -- August -- the IG determined that when extrapolating the statistics nationally, almost 22,000 patients suffered injuries and over 1,500 died because they were provided with substandard skilled nursing care.

Can you protect yourself from pharmacy error?

Your doctor prescribed pain medication to get you back on your feet after hip replacement surgery. You head into your pharmacist and pick up your prescription before driving home. But how confident can you be that you have the right medication, and in the right dose?

Typically, people trust their pharmacist and take whatever drug is handed to them without question. However, pharmacists make mistakes more often than we like to think, and the consequences can be disastrous. Just how often do pharmacists make mistakes?

Hartelius, Durocher & Winter, PC Channing Hartelius, Roland Durocher, Jeff Winter

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