Blog Posts in October, 2015

  • Damages in Your Personal Injury Case

    Personal injuries are occurring all the time, whether they occur due to car accidents or due to and event that happens in the workplace. When an injury takes place, and somebody is found negligent, you may be entitled to the compensation you deserve. But what kind of compensation is this and what does it cover? Now you can find out all about the damages you may be awarded in your personal injury ...
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  • Valuing the Nature and Extent of Your Injuries

    Insurance companies, oddly enough, look at pain and suffering by connecting types of injuries with levels of pain. This is how they make a basis for the damages you will be able to receive for your injury. This may seem like a sort of backwards way to do things due to the fact that all injuries range in severity, but in the end it comes down to whether or not you sustained a “soft” or “hard” ...
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  • What to do When You Get Hurt on the Job

    Filling Out a Claim Form and Receiving Medical Care The first step after you are hurt, of course, is to report your injury or illness to your employer. However, what happens after these initial steps are taken? You should first fill out a claim form, which is also known as a Workers’ Compensation Claim Form (DWC 1). This needs to be given to you within one working day after you report your injury ...
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  • Orthopedic Malpractice Claims

    Every year, patients are injured due to malpractice in hospitals and doctor’s offices. This type of negligence could cost a treating physician their medical privileges if fault can be proven. However, not every situation is going to lead to a successful malpractice claim. Opinions on correct “standard of care” can change in various respective fields of practice. The most common examples of ...
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  • Product Liability Claims Involving Medical Devices

    Each year, many people are injured using defective products. But what if that product is something that your life depends on, such as a medical device? That’s where the real problem comes into play and you have to ask yourself, “Where should I turn? What should I do?” The truth of the matter is – if you have been injured due to a defective medical device, then you may have a liability claim ...
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  • Types of Compensation in a Personal Injury Case

    If you have been injured in any type of personal injury case, you may wonder how you’ll be able to recover. Perhaps you sustained injuries that will last a lifetime and may be curious about how you will support yourself in your time of need. Did your injuries put you out of work? Did sheer negligence from another party cause you to lose mostly everything? Now you can find out about all the ...
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  • Causation of Injury and Causation of Disability

    Telling the Difference Causation of Injury is basically dealing with whether or not the injury a person sustained arose out of employment and occurred in the course of employment. It triggers the right to medical treatment if the cause just so happens to be industrial. Causation of Disability, on the other hand, deals with a determination of permanent disability and the telling of both industrial ...
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  • The Basics of Workers' Compensation

    If you have become injured or ill on the job, then you may wonder how you can compensate for the damages done. In most cases, workers’ compensation will be your best option. This type of beneficial insurance carried by your employer is required by law and will cover most injuries. To receive workers’ compensation, you may first have to check some eligibility requirements. They go as follows: The ...
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  • Patient Safety Risks for Emergency Medicine

    What is emergency medicine? It focuses on the immediate decision-making and action necessary to prevent people from disability or even fatalities in an emergency setting and department. A physician working in this type of medicine is able to evaluate and care for a patient on a whole different level of care! Emergency medicine takes place in a fast-paced environment and requires a broad base of ...
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  • Product Liability Claims Involving Pharmaceutical Drugs

    When do you have a defective products claim? If you have been injured by a defective pharmaceutical drug, this may be reason to file a claim and receive the compensation you deserve for all that you lost. Prescribed drugs are supposed to be beneficial to those that use them, and when they work against those benefits and instead cause harm, a patient may be able to sue. Defective products could end ...
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  • Good Samaritan Law: California Health and Safety Code

    In the face of danger and injury, what do you do to help another person? If a physician pulls over at the scene of an accident and finds someone in need, what can they do to deliver health care? What happens if the person involved in the accident doesn’t survive after care is delivered? These are all things to consider dealing with California’s Good Samaritan Law. Good Samaritan Laws protect the ...
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  • Assumption of Risk in Sports

    When you go to a football game, do you see all the players on the team standing around? No – when you go to see sports, you go to see action. And with action comes the ability to receive a sports-related injury. This is the reason why participants in various sports are held at a different standard than people who are acting in everyday situations. This is why different laws apply to sports, such ...
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  • Qualifying Vehicles For Single-Occupant Use of Carpool Lanes

    2015 is a very important year when it comes to single occupant carpool lanes and changes being instilled for many qualifying vehicles. High-occupancy vehicle lanes, also known as HOV lanes, is a network of special-use freeway lanes that connect major population and employment centers. These lanes work to increase freeway efficiency by moving more people in fewer vehicles than the full lane next to ...
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  • Patient Diagnostic Issues

    Every year in the United States, patients are misdiagnosed or undergo a delayed diagnosis for conditions they should have been treated for in a timely manner. According to The Doctors Company’s study of 332 emergency medicine claims, diagnostic-related issues are the main reason that emergency medicine doctors are sued – and they are also the top cause of patient injury. A diagnostic error could ...
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  • Theories of Liability in Defective Product Claims

    Let’s consider a situation wherein you use a product that you have used many times before – except this time, there was a bad batch due to negligence of a manufacturing company. If you were injured, where do you turn? How do you receive compensation for your injuries and hold the right person liable? You can find out more about the theories involved and if you have a claim. Breach of Express ...
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  • Privacy in Personal Injury Cases

    You should always be aware that, if you are about to engage in a personal injury lawsuit, privacy is a factor you should be concerned about. Many things become ‘at stake’ and your private life may soon become a matter of more public eye. How do you protect yourself from this? Participation in a lawsuit never waives a complete right to privacy. Code of Civil Procedure, Section 2020.440 California’s ...
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  • Are You Really an Independent Contractor?

    To determine if you are an independent contractor or not, there are a lot of questions you must be willing to ask yourself about your job. However, it is also important to understand exactly what an independent contractor is. The IRS itself has adopted many common law principles to help define an individual as an independent contractor. They focus mostly on the level of control that an employer ...
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  • The Truth About Secondhand Smoke

    Secondhand smoke can pose health risks – that’s a fact! New studies have confirmed that a behavioral risk is greatest among children exposed both in the womb and at a very young age. A study conducted in France on more than 5,200 primary school students found that those that were exposed to secondhand smoke while in the womb or at a young age were at a higher risk for behavioral problems. Why is ...
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  • Drugged Driving: On the Rise

    As of current news, it has been found that more Americans are being found under the influence of drugs while they drive. 38% of drivers, in the research results, were killed in accidents and tested for drugs, only to have positive results from these tests. Over one-third of the drugs identified in these tests were marijuana in some form; however, 10% were amphetamines as well. Things are ...
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  • Defective Product Liability Claims: Who to Sue?

    Did you ever wonder what you can do if you are harmed by a defective product? Somebody may be held liable for your injuries if this is the case. There are generally three different categories of product liability, which you will now be able to understand. Understanding each of these categories can give you a better understanding as to if you have a claim or not. Defectively Manufactured Products : ...
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  • Sharing the Road with Commercial Truck Drivers

    Commercial trucks play a very critical role in our economy here in the United States. However, every year accidents involving commercial trucks and motor vehicles occur. In fact, in just 2008 alone, nearly 124,000 commercial trucks were involved in non-fatal crashes. Staying safe isn’t a problem when proper precautions are followed by truck drivers and regular motorists alike. But first, you have ...
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    HIGH SPEED REAR END COLLISION – CATASTROPHIC BRAIN INJURY

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    DELIVERY TRUCK ACCIDENT – AMPUTATION & BRAIN INJURY

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    MOTORCYCLIST STRUCK BY VAN—SEVERE LOWER LEG INJURY

    A school van turned left in front of a motorcyclist, nearly taking off his lower left leg. The accident resulted in a serious ...