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You'd like to think that a hospital would be one of the most clean, sterile environments around, considering it is where so many people go to get treatment for infections. And you'd also think that, of all the clean, sterile places within a hospital, its bedrooms, complete with clean sheets and linens, would be high on the list. But according to recent lawsuits, that wouldn't be the case, at least for a few Pittsburgh-area hospitals.

Two wrongful death lawsuits had already been filed against two University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospitals, linking five deaths to heavy mold growth found in the hospitals' linens. And now a third lawsuit claims mold outbreak has taken another life.

As technology continues to progress, nearly every industry is discovering new ways that the new technology can improve their processes. Alongside the medical and health industries, employers and companies that handle workers’ compensation claims are embracing mobile, wearable, and smart technologies. Some companies have even created apps and web-portals for employees to process claims through.

When it comes to workers’ comp claims, not only are the advances in technology helping with the claim processing end of things, the advances also have great potential to aid in injury prevention. However, for injured workers, no matter how simple the claim process may be, it is always advisable to contact an experienced, independent workers’ compensation attorney to review your claim.

When a pedestrian or cyclist gets hit by a car, it is a frightening experience. Cars are large, heavy objects that, even at low speeds, can cause severe injuries to individuals.

After a car accident with a pedestrian, it is important for the pedestrian to take a few steps to ensure that they will be able to hold the at-fault driver accountable, similarly to a regular car accident. While it may be impossible for an injured pedestrian to do anything after getting hit by a car, if they are able to do the following, it may greatly improve their legal prospects.

If you've been injured in a car accident, you'll generally need to prove two main elements to win a lawsuit for damages: that the accident was someone else's fault, and that you were injured. Evidence of your physical injuries, as well as the financial costs of medical care and lost wages, will often be the most important details of your case. So what medical evidence will you need for your car accident case?

Here's a look:

In general, we want to encourage people to say, "I'm sorry" if they've made a mistake. It's the decent thing to do and it can promote good will and closer relationships. But in the realm of litigation, admitting to a mistake may mean admitting to millions of dollars worth of civil liability.

In an attempt to strike a balance between decency and legal protections, many states passed so-called apology laws, allowing physicians to express sympathy to patients and families without it being used against them in medical malpractice lawsuits. The idea was that giving doctors and patients a chance to reconcile would reduce the number of lawsuits or the amount at stake in those suits. But that hasn't been the case.

People slip and fall every single day. And while most falls don’t result in anything more than a bruised ego, all too often a serious injury results. Injuries can be especially serious when a person slips and falls down a flight of stairs.

Thanks to gravity, a fall in a stairway can cause a person to tumble some distance. Unfortunately for property owners, stairs can be the source of serious, and costly, premises liability claims due to the fact that the injuries tend to be rather severe.

Michael Trimble should be the kind of success story any employer would be proud to have. Born in Chernobyl, Ukraine, Trimble had his deformed arms removed at birth, yet he got a "temp-to-hire" position in the human resources department at Kroger's Oregon offices. Without hands, Trimble uses his feet for typing and fine motor activities, and quickly became one of the office's star employees.

But instead of championing Trimble's achievements, one supervisor began making odd requests, specifically that Trimble carry his bike, which he used for transportation to and from work, up flights of stairs or push it through a back courtyard. And when Trimble pushed back against such requests, he was fired.

When protesters take to the streets to have their voices heard, drivers that get stuck in traffic often suffer the consequences. While most drivers are simply made late getting to and from where they need to be, drivers that get caught in the thick of a march or protest face a much scarier situation.

In most states, even when protestors are illegally marching in the street, if a driver hits a protester, they could face both civil and potentially criminal legal liability. However, in states like North Dakota and Tennessee, legislatures are trying to pass laws that would provide limited civil and criminal immunity to drivers that injure protesters who are obstructing traffic.

As the saying goes, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." But there are times when statistics can be illuminating, if not humorous as well.

For instance, would it surprise you to learn that Floridians lead the nation in head injuries? Or that brawls in the Empire State alone account for ten percent of "medically documented fist fights" in the United States? Each state has its own quirky injury statistics, so here are some numbers on their health insurance claims.

When a person is diagnosed as having an illness, a doctor is generally the one who makes that decision. That’s because doctors have been specially trained to make diagnoses, are certified by medical boards, and are more often than not insured against making errors.

A lawsuit filed in Ohio last year against a cognitive clinic shows just how destructive a wrong diagnosis can be — especially for a serious illness like Alzheimer’s. The lawsuit includes 50 plus people who all allege they were misdiagnosed by the clinic. Among the most heart-wrenching tale involves one man who committed suicide after learning of the misdiagnosis, only for his wife to learn that an autopsy revealed no Alzheimer’s disease at all.

Specifically, the case alleges that the clinic’s director, while holding a PhD, was not properly credentialed, nor trained, to make diagnoses, yet he would diagnosis patients, and sometimes whole families, with Alzheimer’s. It is alleged that she abused her husband’s actual real medical licensing to order patient tests. Additionally, she would attempt to persuade patients against medications (which she couldn’t prescribe anyway) and getting second opinions from actual licensed doctors.