If you have ever watched a medical show on television, you have seen that doctors are constantly in contact with the hospital and other physicians. Though pagers are going by the wayside in the public domain, they are still used in hospitals as an immediate form of communication. Even so, more and more doctors are using their cellphones to communicate. This can be disastrous in an operating room, where every instrument and exposed surface is expected to be sterile.
As any pregnant woman can tell you, carrying a baby for nine months can cause serious pain throughout your body. Your back strains from the added weight, your ankles swell and quite often your whole body just feels sore. While adopting a sedentary lifestyle for the last trimester can sometimes alleviate these ailments, spending three months on a couch simply is not appealing to many women. Instead, doctors prescribe opioid painkillers to help reduce the pain. While this may be effective, a recent study from Vanderbilt University has shown that this method can be highly detrimental to the fetus.
It is inescapable today that in your daily activities you will constantly be in contact with manufactured products. These can be complex mechanical items, such as the car that you drive, or something simpler, like the over-the-counter medications that you use to treat a headache. Indeed, even the food you eat can be considered to be a manufactured product. Most of the time, these products are safe and beneficial. But there are always exceptions, and when you suffer an injury or an economic loss because of a defectively designed or manufactured product, the law provides for a remedy in the from of a cause of action for products liability.
In March we noted an unusual case involving a pretrial motion by a Texas attorney to have an accident involving a car striking a cow owned by his retired doctor client be treated as a medical malpractice action instead of one for personal injury. The “Cow Case” was potentially significant if the judge ruled in favor of the defense attorney, because it would have bolstered the attorney’s argument that the application of Texas medical malpractice law has been stretched by other court decisions to include cases having little to do with the practice of medicine.