ADHD and Car Accidents

A recent study by Swedish researchers found that men with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that were not on medication were more likely (30%) to be involved in a car wreck than those under ADHD medication. It is speculated that this is because adult men with ADHD are habitually distracted, and medication allows them to become more focused when they are behind the wheel.

This is a significant finding because ADHD is a common mental disorder, usually diagnosed in children but which can persist into adulthood. Many states have traffic laws that penalizes distracted driving, but that applies to drivers who voluntarily distract themselves by using their mobile phone, eating or grooming. It is hardly fair to drivers with ADHD who cannot control how their brain works. If the study findings are correct, ADHD sufferers may well be able to drive in safety if they keep on their medication.

Unfortunately, there is no medication to prevent reckless or negligent driving behavior. According to the Sampson Law Firm in the Louisville, KY area in an article on their website, victims of car accidents are often left with life-changing injuries and in financial straits because of enormous medical bills. What makes it worse is when the accident is caused because the driver was texting or had spilled a drink. It can be difficult to know that but for that instant of inattention, none of the resulting pain and suffering would have occurred.

Tort law does not require that there is an intention to do harm; the failure to act responsibly is usually enough to warrant at least civil sanctions. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver who does not suffer from ADHD, you may be able to get compensation for the financial, physical, and emotional stress you suffered. Consult with a personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options.

Robotic Surgery Mistakes

High-tech is as high-tech does. Just because it is new does not mean it works any better than more traditional ways of doing things. Moreover, one way that a medical mistake can be made is fooling round with new-fangled ways of doing things in surgery without the proper training.

These are the common allegations against the robot-aided surgical system that has been making waves in the surgical world. Considered cutting-edge, the use of robots to assist surgeons in doing their work has gained ground with both hospitals and patients. Typically costing an arm and a leg, manufacturers tout the new robotic surgery systems as safer as and more precise than the ole scalpel-wielding human.

While robotic systems may actually make it easier for doctors to perform delicate work as robotic arms do not tremble in the slightest, it does not mean that it is safer for patients. The major concern for medical safety advocates is that use of robotic surgery systems require a steep learning curve for surgeons who have been exhaustively trained in a more hands-on approach to surgery.

Ideally, a surgeon slated to control the surgical robot should have intensive training and at least 15 supervised operations before certified for its use. This is not what happens in reality, however. This is the problem now facing the manufacturer of one of the more popular surgical robot systems in the US. It is easy to make a surgical error in Massachusetts when the surgeon is not familiar with the technology, and this can lead to serious complications.

If you have been injured during a robotic surgical procedure because the surgeon was improperly trained, you may have an actionable case against the manufacturer. Get advice from a product liability lawyer with experience dealing with robotic surgical systems to find out if you do.