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February 2017 Archives

What should you do if you are hit by a car? Part 1

Getting hit by a car (as a pedestrian) is one of the most frightening experiences a person can undergo. You are struck by an object that is many times larger, faster, and stronger than you. More often than not, you will suffer severe injuries that could impact you for the rest of your life. Everyone always hears horror stories of stunned drivers leaving an injured pedestrian on the road. If you are able, you will want to follow these steps to ensure that you can hold the driver accountable for your injuries.

Car accident fatalities continue to rise

Car collisions are one of the most prolific causes of serious injuries and fatalities in the United States. To improve safety, the federal and state governments and non-profit organizations spend hundreds of millions of dollars a year warning people of the dangers of drunk driving, not wearing seatbelts and speeding. Sadly, these efforts seem to be in vain as the rate of traffic fatalities has increased for the second year in a row.

Some mothers experience PTSD after giving birth

Everyone knows that giving birth is one of (if not the) most painful and traumatic experience the human body can endure. Before the advent of modern medicine, as many as 1 in 100 women died from the process. Unfortunately, modern medicine cannot eliminate all of the trauma associated with the delivery process. A report from the Atlantic details the emotional turmoil some new mothers experience as they try to deal with the trauma of giving birth. This post will go over these findings.

The fallacies of tort reform

Tort Reform is the buzzword of the past decade. Proponents of it tout it as the end-all solution to soaring medical costs. But their one-sided devoting to this concept ignores the reality of medical malpractice which is that it comprises a small portion of the healthcare industry costs. This post will go over the basics of tort reform and how it may affect you.

The basics of a wrongful death claim, Part 1

Wrongful death claims are characterized by their unusual departure from other tort-based lawsuits. In personal injury suits, only the person who suffers the injury can bring the suit. But in wrongful death suits, the primary victim cannot bring suit because she is dead. The surviving family can bring a suit, but their compensation does not include the damages that would be available to the victim, were she alive. This is just one of the quirks in wrongful death suits that can complicate a lawsuit for those who are unprepared. This post will go over wrongful death suits and how to avoid the common pitfalls.

The first steps to take in a medical malpractice case, Part 1

Medical malpractice suits arise when a doctor, or a member of the medical team or hospital, negligently commits an error that causes an injury to a patient. The offending medical team member, and possibly the hospital, are subject to liability due to that mistake. Medical malpractice enables patients to pursue compensation for injuries sustained due to the negligence of their caregivers. This post will go over the first steps in a medical malpractice suit.

Wrongful death claims: who can bring them?

Wrongful death suits are among the most difficult to litigate because these claims always bring up difficult memories for the surviving family. The intersection of deep emotional loss and complicated legal issues is burdensome for many families. Additionally, wrongful death claims are complex because the primary witness, the decedent (the person who passed away) is dead therefore plaintiffs must rely on evidence from other parties. This post will go over the basics of a wrongful death claim.

Filing an insurance claim for a dog bite

According to the Insurance Information institute, dog bites cause around 885,000 people to seek medical attention annually. If you are one of these people, how to proceed is not always clear, and the dog's owner may be hesitant to take responsibility for your injuries. One of the most common steps taken after a dog bite is filing an insurance claim. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your bite, this may be an option for you, too. Be sure to pay attention to the following steps if you are planning on seeking recourse through an insurance claim.

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