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Medical malpractice in the age of telemedicine

According to the American Medical Association, over 60% of all doctors over the age of 55 have been sued at some point in their careers. Our increasingly litigious society has caused the medical malpractice insurance to grow to a $17.1 billion industry. The increases in malpractice coverage has caused some practitioners to go under.

One new development in the medical profession has been the advent of telemedicine. Telemedicine allows physicians to give advice and diagnose patients without having a patient visit the office. The solution has been increasingly popular, as the physician population ages and people become busier. Already, 90% of healthcare executives are utilizing or planning to use telehealth platforms. However, the nascent area of medicine brings new concerns for medical malpractice.

Crashes with tractor-trailers often result in severe injuries

In late January, a woman died after a tractor-trailer crossed the center line of Interstate 90 in Rapid City and collided with her SUV. The Associated Press did not include many additional details in its news article about the crash, but noted that the truck driver may be charged in relation to the incident.

Unfortunately, deaths and serious injuries are common results of crashes between tractor-trailers and passenger vehicles. Over 4,400 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes in 2016, and the occupants of passenger vehicles account for eight out of every 10 people killed in crashes involving large trucks, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

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