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How Doctors Working Longer Hours Could Lead to Wrongful Death

Thursday, September 28, 2017

When you go to the hospital for an injury or illness, you expect your medical professionals to not only be competent but knowledgeable as well. However, what you should also expect is for them to be well-rested so they can dedicate themselves fully to your care.

When a doctor works long hours, this can easily lead to fatigue. Think of how you feel after a long and busy workday by the end of that? Now double that and consider how bad that fatigue would be. However, even worse is that some hospitals are now further extending that period.

In the past, doctors could only work, at most, 16 hours per day before they needed to be relieved from their duty. However, now that period has been extended to 24 hours in some hospitals. The idea is that the less information has to be passed on between doctor to doctor leads to fewer errors in patient care. However, what they failed to consider is how this long work period can lead to fatigue. This mental and even physical fatigue, especially on busy days, can easily affect a doctor’s capability for making decisions. Of course, when a doctor makes bad decisions, it could mean that someone loses a life.

If your loved one has recently passed away and you think the hospital or doctors taking care of them were responsible, contact us today. Wrongful death is a serious accusation, but it happens more than everyone would like to believe. Don’t just let your loved one go without getting them justice first.

Personal Injury Claims for Crime Victims

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The FBI reports that there were 15,696 known murders in 2015 and over 300,000 robberies throughout the United States. It is no secret that the US has a major problem with violent crime, and often the victims just accept that they might not get justice. However, even if they do get justice and their attackers are put away for a good long time, that doesn’t change the fact that they lost something.

Those who suffer crime often have to deal with the aftermath. They have to replace what was stolen or destroyed and they have to pay for the medical bills that cover any injuries. In the case of many, they have insurance that can help, but not always.  What victims don’t realize is that they can file a personal injury claim seeking damages to cover their medical expenses or any other damages that they had to incur.

However, personal injury claims don’t need to just be filed against the attacker, especially if they are never caught. You can also file against the property owner or their insurance company if they didn’t take steps to prevent crimes like yours. Also, if you are attacked and injured while at work, depending on the circumstances, you may be able to collect worker’s compensation while you heal.

If you were the victim of a crime no matter whether the perpetrator is in custody and awaiting trial, has limited assets, or was never caught, you have options for a personal injury case. To talk about your options, contact us today.

The Three Forms of Distracted Driving

Thursday, September 14, 2017

When it comes to auto accidents, the most common cause of accidents comes from one thing – distracted driving. However, for many, distracted driving is considered talking to someone or texting on a cell phone, but in truth, distracted driving can be classified in three forms. If a driver’s actions can be classified in either, it is a great foundation for a lawsuit.

The three forms of distracted driving include:

  • Visual – This covers distractions that take your eyes off the road. This can be everything from glancing at your phone to trying to break up a fight between kids in your back seat.
  • Manual – This involves any action that involves you taking one or even both hands off the wheel while driving. This can be texting or even eating a sandwich while driving.
  • Cognitive – This final form of distracted driving can be the most difficult to prove since it involves your attention being taken away from driving by thought. When it comes to proving this, typically it comes from utterances like how you were upset about how you just broke up with someone or your mother is sick.

Once you prove any of these three forms, or in many cases, all three of them, then you have a very clear case for a distracted driver, meaning that driver was a danger on the road. However, aside from proof, you also need a skilled lawyer by your side. If you need representation for an auto accident or any other personal injury accident, contact us today to learn what we can do for you.

Does Texting Raise The Punitive Damages in a Truck Accident?

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Getting into an accident with a commercial truck is traumatic enough. Often your little car doesn’t escape with just minor damages. When you discover the accident wasn’t just from a bad call or poor weather, but from texting, it can be almost infuriating. However, the good news is that if the truck driver was texting, it could raise the amount of punitive damages you receive.

The question is, how can the simple act of texting raise punitive damages? The first and primary reason is that texting is now being considered akin to drunk driving. In fact, when a phone is in the hands of a trucker and they are using it to text, it actually becomes 23 times more likely that they will cause a wreck on the road. This statistic is so staggering that it is even now put in CDL manuals to remind truckers how important focusing on the road is. So if they are texting, it is not as if they weren’t warned not to text and drive just like normal drivers.

Furthermore, by not acknowledging the warning in the CDL manual, by their employer, or even from a state law that dictates no cell phone use while driving, this is proving to be direct negligence on the truck driver’s part. All of that combined means that amount of punitive that you can receive from an accident.

If you have been involved in a trucking accident and need representation to make sure you get an amount to cover all your medical and repair needs, contact us today.


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