Archive for May, 2012

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CAUSED BY OPERATING ROOM ERRORS

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Guest Blog Post: Medical Malpractice Lawyers RI – d’OLIVEIRA & ASSOCIATES

Surgical Errors Leading to Malpractice

Data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics show that approximately 50% of medical malpractice lawsuits are against surgeons. Surgical errors occur when the surgeon or the surgical staff fails to exercise due care and demonstrate the required skill in performing surgeries. While these are often associated with the difficulty of a procedure, errors still occur even when performing routine surgeries and even under the guidance of experienced surgeons. This may be caused by a number of other factors such as inattentiveness, fatigue, poor pre-operative planning, miscommunication, or pure negligence.

Many Factors Can Lead to Medical Malpractice in Surgery

Among the most common errors that occur during the surgery include errors involving anesthesia, the use of unsanitary surgical tools, wrong incision type, organ punctures, wrong site surgery, delayed surgery, prolonged surgery, severing a nerve, causing internal bleeding, using the incorrect procedure, leaving foreign objects or surgical equipment (such as stitches and sponges) in the patient’s body, excessive scarring, burns, and transfusing blood from the wrong or an improper donor.  Post-surgery errors include substandard monitoring of patient recovery. These errors not only cause delayed healing, but can also cause other severe consequences such as internal bleeding, pressure sores, drug reactions, respiratory instability, cardiovascular complications, blood clot formation, and healing complications. Disabilities of a permanent nature may also be caused. Surgical errors are most common in childbirth, cardiothoracic operation, thoracic surgery, laparoscopic surgery and plastic surgery.

You may want to share with a Rhode Island medical malpractice lawyer

For a medical malpractice lawsuit, it may be important to prove that the surgeon or healthcare professional has been negligent during or after the surgery, and that an actual injury or damage has been caused by the surgical error. A surgeon may be negligent if it is proved that no reasonable doctor would have acted the same way under the same circumstances.

Do you need a RI Medical Malpractice Attorney?

If you or a loved one have suffered because of a mistake made during surgery, you may want to speak with an attorney regarding a potential claim. d’Oliveira & Associates, P.C, Rhode Island personal injury lawyers, are working with some of the leading lawyers handling Medical Malpractice.

Please contact the law offices of d’Oliveira & Associates, P.C. at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation.

d’Oliveira & Associates: 250 EDDIE DOWLING HWY. WOONSOCKET, R.I. 02896 (401) 762-4006

Memorial Day Drivers Urged to be Cautious

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Robert HallMemorial Day weekend has traditionally been of the most dangerous weekends on Utah’s roads, and if the trends of this year continue, we may see more of the same. The Utah Department of Transportation reports there have already been 74 fatalities on Utah’s roads thus far in 2012, up from 72 at the end of May last year. Said Robert Hall, director of traffic and safety for the Utah Department of Transportation, “We’re now trending above last year’s fatality numbers, which is a very disturbing trend.” Fatalities have been down 37% since the year 2000, though it appears this year may prove different.

With 6 major constructions going on across Utah right now, drivers need to watch for cones, signs, decreased speed limits, and temporary traffic signals. There have already been 2 deaths in construction zones so far this year, and millions are expected to travel by vehicle over the course of the next few days. For your sake and the sake of others, please be careful and vigilant while you drive.

If you or a loved one is involved in a car accident over Memorial Day due to the negligence of another, contact an auto accident attorney to discuss your case. The Christensen Law Firm will help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (801) 506-0800.

2 Payson Boys Struck by Vehicle While Cycling

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Two Payson Boys Injured in Bicycle AccidentTwo brothers were struck by an SUV Thursday evening in Payson while riding a single bicycle together. One brother, 6 years old, was apparently riding on the back pegs while his older brother, 12, was pedaling. The pair attempted to turn left onto 930 West while riding on 1400 South when they were struck by a full-size SUV. The boys were both taken to Mountain View Hospital, where soon after the younger was flown to Primary Children’s Hospital. Police do not believe that any form of substance impairment or speed contributed to the event, and it is still under investigation.

Our hearts go out to the family of these two brothers. We wish for their swift recovery and hope that they be able to rejoin their family soon.

A personal injury attorney helps those who have been injured due to another’s negligence receive necessary compensation. Money can never replace neither life nor limb, but it can help to pay necessary medical bills that often pile up following such accidents. Call the Christensen Law Firm today at (801) 506-0800 to speak with an attorney that listens and cares.

Owners Sets Pit Bull on Wheelchaired Man in Salt Lake City

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Pit BullA Salt Lake City man is reported to be recovering from injuries recently sustained in a dog bite attack. Michael Burdett was involved in an incident in which the owner of a 60 pound pit bull mix, Aaron Thomas, purportedly commanded the animal to attack Burdett, inflicting injury to his arms, legs and stomach. Thomas claims that Burdett tried to run him over with his motorized wheelchair and thus the impetus for urging his dog to attack him; the use and return of a cell phone to its proper owner may also have caused the rift between these two men. Regardless, Thomas has been arrested on assault charges and his dog is being held at the Animal Serves kennel in Salt Lake City. The injured man in the incident, Burdett, does not want the dog to be put down, saying that it wasn’t the dog’s fault that the event occurred.

It is unfortunate that pit bulls should be vilified for their fierce loyalty to their owners, to the extent that they would attack someone or something else at his/her command. Dogobedienceadvice.com cites the bulldog as being “very playful and gentle,” but “can’t shake off their ‘bad dog’ image.’“ As admitted by the victim of the accident itself, this was a negligent act on the part of the owner and not the animal.

A Utah dog bite lawyer is able to help victims such as the one above to receive compensation for their losses, which often are more than physical. The emotional trauma that may accompany physical disfigurement must be compensated for. Contact an advocate at the Christensen Law Firm that cares at (801) 506-0800.

TRAX Fatality in South Salt Lake

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Trax Train AccidentAn accident occurred this morning in South Salt Lake when a northbound TRAX train struck a woman and inflicted fatal injuries. The accident occurred at 188 W 3900 S at the Meadowbrook station. The victim, who was said to be in her mid-20’s, was taken to the hospital following the accident but to no avail. Police are not immediately sure of the reasons for which the accident occurred, but they are investigating the possibility that perhaps the woman was distracted, either by a cell phone or some other means, and this caused her to enter the path of the train. KSL reports that a cell phone case and a lunch bag were found on the platform at Meadowbrook station.

Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the woman killed in this accident. Perhaps in the coming days and weeks investigators will be able to understand better the reasons for which the accident occurred, and through this some measure of peace may be achieved for those particularly affected by the incident.

The Christensen Law Firm specializes in accidents such as these, in which a pedestrian is injured or killed. A pedestrian accident attorney can help either the injured individual, or the family of the deceased in the case of death, to receive the necessary compensation that will pay for medical and other necessary bills. Call us today at (801) 506-0800 should you or a loved one find yourself in need of such an advocate.

Skimping on your UM/UIM Coverage is a Really Bad Idea

Monday, May 14th, 2012

You are looking to get car insurance and your insurance agent asks you about UM/UIM coverage. Then you wonder what exactly is UM/UIM and why do I need it on my auto insurance policy.
UM is uninsured motorist coverage and will provide benefits to car accident victims to help pay for their injuries in the event that the other driver does not have auto insurance while UIM is if they don’t have enough insurance.
Now that we have covered what this is, now let’s discuss why you need it. With the current economic turmoil that Americans are suffering, there are more and more drivers on the road only carrying state mandated minimum liability coverage limits because this is simply all they can afford or foolishly driving around completely uninsured.
Now this puts a car accident victim in a quite a predicament. For example, you and your two children are on the way to school and your vehicle is struck at an intersection severely injuring all three of you to the point medical treatment involves surgical procedures and prolonged physical therapy. The medical expenses and your lost wages total over $100,000.
If that driver has no auto insurance, your UM coverage would kick in to help you out.
If that driver only has $65,000 in coverage, your UIM coverage would be available to pay the difference.
Without adequate UM/UIM coverage, you could be left with unpaid medical bills which could cause financial devastation for you.
You may be surprised at how low the cost of UM/UIM coverage can be and you should consider upping your limits to the maximum possible to fit your budget. This protection can be priceless in the long run to protect you and your family from unsafe drivers.
If you are a victim of a car accident, you should not battle the insurance company alone as their goal is to pay out the minimum possible. An experienced personal injury attorney can take this burden off your shoulders and fight for you so you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries.

Understanding Drunk Driving Accident Lawsuits

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Drunk drivers are serious hazards. Unfortunately, they’re also unavoidable. Unless you plan on never driving at all, you’re not likely to find it possible to avoid running across these drivers in some instances. You can rely on a car accident lawyer to help you if you have cause to file a lawsuit, however.

Understanding Lawsuits

If you read a lot of car accident articles about drunk driving and filing lawsuits, you should already know a few things.

First, you have to have a sum of money that you’re seeking to file a lawsuit. It’s not possible to proceed otherwise. Your attorney will help you to come up with a realistic figure and will make sure it takes into account all the financial and physical damage you suffered as a result of the wreck.

Second, you may or may not have to go to court, which is described below.

No Court

If your case if very strong, you may be offered a settlement. This is something that you should have your attorney negotiate for you. The attorney can make sure you don’t end up taking too little in exchange for not taking the other party to court. This option means that you don’t pay court fees, which can make a real difference in how much your case costs.

Court

If you have to go to court, a jury will decide if you are to receive compensation. They may decide to offer you some of the money you’re seeking, all of the money you’re seeking or none of the money you’re seeking. Unfortunately, there’s no way to predict which way the jury will go. If you have a good lawyer and a strong case, however, it certainly improves the odds that they’ll rule in your favor.

Fees

Lawyers that help people with lawsuits oftentimes work on contingency. This means that they don’t get paid unless their clients win. This is the best arrangement for the client, obviously, as there’s no real risk of losing money on a case that doesn’t result in a settlement or a jury award.

Your attorney will make sure that it’s worth it for you to file a lawsuit before they actually take your case. There’s nothing in it for them if they argue a losing case, so you can be sure that they believe in yours if they offer to take you on as a client on a contingency basis.

It Doesn’t Take Much to Ruin Your Massachusetts Auto Accident Case

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

After a Massachusetts Car Crash

In the moments after you have been involved in a car accident, you may find yourself in shock or even shaking.  You may find it difficult staying calm and attempting to maintain your common sense, and, as a result, you might not know what your next steps should be.

As challenging as it may be in these critical moments, making the right decisions is essential in order to protect any claims that you may be legally entitled to.

Attorney Thomas Kiley, author of the 7 Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Massachusetts Accident Case, wants to ensure that you make the right choices in the event that you are in a car collision.  Knowing to avoid these 7 mistakes will help you recover the maximum damages for your motor vehicle accident claim.

The 7 Mistakes

Below are the 7 mistakes to avoid after you have been involved in an accident:

  1. Not documenting everything at the accident scene
  2. Not documenting everything that happens in the weeks and months after the accident
  3. Not seeing or not cooperating fully with your doctor
  4. Not getting legal advice before giving statements, signing papers, or accepting insurance company estimates
  5. Not hiring a lawyer or not hiring the right lawyer
  6. Not being honest with your lawyer or not cooperating with your lawyer
  7. Not being honest with the insurance companies

Contacting a Car Accident Attorney

The experienced Massachusetts car accident attorneys with Kiley Law Group hope that you never find yourself involved in a car accident and the aftermath that follows.  In the event that you are involved in an accident, however, knowing to stay away from these mistakes will help you in recovering damages that are rightfully yours.

If you have been in a car accident in Massachusetts and sustained serious injuries because of another driver’s negligence, call the attorneys with Kiley Law Group today for your free and confidential case evaluation at (888) 208-1695.

One Text Could Change Your Life

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

One of the greatest dangers facing us on our roadways today is distracted driving. Despite the enactment of laws in nearly every state to discourage and eliminate this unsafe practice, people continue to do it and as a result people continue to get hurt or die as a result. If you or someone you love has been injured in a crash caused by a distracted driver speak with qualified car accident lawyers in PA today.
Distracted driving is more than just cell phone use, but the most common type we see on our roadways is texting and driving. People just don’t seem to realize just how dangerous this practice is. To put it into some perspective realize that the average text message takes 4.6 seconds to write and send. While that may not seem like a long time to have your eyes off the road know that if you are traveling at 55 mph that text message had you driving blind for the length of a football field. That is plenty of time to cause an accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 16 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2009 involved a distracted driver. They estimate that at least 5,474 people were killed and another 448,000 were injured all over something as simple as a text message. The amount of people getting injured or killed each year due to distracted driving have reached levels qualifying it as an epidemic.
Make our roads safer by not driving distracted. This means not performing any tasks that will take your attention away from driving safely, including:

  • Texting or talking on a cell phone (even hands free)
  • Eating or drinking
  • Grooming
  • Playing with an iPod or MP3 player
  • Adjusting the radio
  • Using a GPS
  • Reading (even maps)
  • Watching a video
  • Using a social networking site
  • Or any other action that takes attention away from the road

Having a skilled PA personal injury lawyer on your side could be the defining factor in your case. It has been shown that on average those who choose to hire an attorney receive 3.5 times more compensation than those who do not. No one should fall victim to a distracted driver, and if this type of careless action resulted in the injury of you or someone you love you deserve to be compensated.