Medical Malpractice occurs when a health care provider causes injury or death to a patient due to negligent treatment that falls below accepted standard of practice within the medical community, often a result of a variety of medical errors. Victims of medical malpractice often suffer from physical pain, mental anguish, additional medical bills, and lost work and lost earning capacity.
Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
Neglect and abuse in nursing homes can take on many different forms. Recognizing symptoms of neglect or abuse can often be tricky, especially if the elderly victim is unable to communicate or afraid of the consequences of blowing the whistle. Type of abuse include physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect or abandonment, and financial exploitation.
Wrongful Death lawsuits are filed on behalf of survivors of someone who dies due to legal fault of another person. These types of claims can be filed against a person or persons, government agencies, companies, corporations, and employees. A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action separate from criminal prosecution where damage awards are sought for both economic and non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.
What makes trucking accidents and collisions so severe is the fact that the average tractor-trailer can weigh between 12,000 to 80,000 pounds. Victims of trucking accidents are often traumatized with severe injuries, exorbitant medical bills, and lifelong side-effects. Insurance compensation often falls well short of what is needed to recover from a trucking accident and personal lawsuits are generally the only way to recover full and fair compensation.
Due to their size, motorcycles are more maneuverable and faster than other vehicles. Their size also makes them harder to see when drivers of other vehicles are merging or changing lanes. Injuries to motorcyclists are often severe and can be life-threatening, even when they are wearing a helmet. Although, collisions with automobiles are the most frequent type of motorcycle accident, other situations can occur as well like obstacles in the road, faulty motorcycle design, and even inclement weather. It’s important that motorcycle accident victims due to others negligence contact an attorney immediately to gather witnesses and help prove their case.
Premises Liability for Injuries
Failure to keep a property safe for visitors to the property can result in “premises liability.” Some of the more common causes of premises liability are swimming pool accidents, animal and dog bites, inadequate maintenance, slip and fall accidents, retail store and retail liability, inadequate security, and dangerous property.
Prescription and Medication Errors
Prescription and medication errors occur more often than you might imagine. NOLO.com states, “According to a 2006 study, medication errors harm approximately 1.5 million people in the United States every year.” Errors happen in a variety of ways such as doctors prescribing the wrong dosage, nurses administering a different amount than what was prescribed, or doctors prescribing the wrong drug because of a misdiagnosed condition.
If unwanted sexual activity happens because a perpetrator uses force, makes threats against or takes advantage of victims not able to give consent, it is considered sexual abuse. Unfortunately this type of abuse to often goes unreported, especially when the victim and perpetrator know each other. Sexual abuse is considered a serious crime not only because of the physical effects, but the long-term emotional and mental effects as well.
In general, a brain injury is defined as physical trauma to the brain or head, but is often much more complicated than that. Brain Injuries can range from a mild concussion to rendering a person completely incapacitated and unable to function. Adding to the complicated nature is the fact that brain injuries can be delayed and symptoms may not appear for weeks or even years. Victims of brain injuries are eligible for damages if the injury was a result of someone else’s negligence.
Injuries resulting from a bicycle accident can be severe due bicyclists having very little protection when riding. The most common bicycle accident is being hit by a car although other factors can come into play such as poorly maintained roads, unleashed pets, or pedestrians not using crosswalks. Defense lawyers often try to prove that the bicyclist was at least partially at fault for the accident. It’s important for bicyclists that are involved in accidents to contact police and have a full detailed report submitted.
Insurance Bad Faith
Having insurance is not always an arrangement where both parties have equal footing. Although you get to choose your insurance provider, the insurance company makes all the decisions when it comes to paying claims. This often left policy holders at a distinct disadvantage and vulnerable to being taken advantage of by insurance companies. Fortunately, many courts evened the stakes implying a duty of good faith and fair dealing in every insurance policy. Basically this determines that insurance policies are not for commercial advantage, but that they are there for protection against calamity. If an insurance company is found to violate their duty of good faith and fair dealing, the may be liable for bad faith insurance and force to compensate victims of unpaid claims.