What Does a Personal Injury Attorney Do?

Sep 30

While driving down the highway, you will undoubtedly see billboards advertising the legal services of local personal injury lawyers. But what exactly does a personal injury lawyer do? A glance at 65 mph doesn’t yield a lot of information on the specifics of this type of legal representation, so I did some research. 

It turns out there are many reasons why hiring a personal injury lawyer may be the best option for someone who has been hurt in an accident. Below, I’ve compiled a list of the main types of cases that someone may need a personal injury lawyer to help resolve.

  1. Car Accidents
    1. If someone is hurt in a car accident, they are most likely going to be offered much less settlement money than they deserve by the insurance company handling their case. Medical bills can be extremely expensive, especially after a bad car accident. Often, the only way to get the expenses to cover all the bills while still accounting for pain and suffering is by hiring a personal injury lawyer. 
  2. Medical Malpractice
    1. Medical malpractice occurs when medical professionals act negligently while caring for patients, which results in harm to the patient. The standard of care has to be violated for the case to be considered medical malpractice, meaning the medical professional in question has to have acted in a way that someone else in the same position would not have acted. In cases like these, it’s important for victims to have contact with a lawyer because it can be difficult to secure compensation alone, especially since hospitals hire their own team of lawyers to deal with medical malpractice suits.
  3. Workers’ Compensation
    1. While workers’ compensation is mandated by the government, sometimes people who have especially tricky cases need extra help from a workers’ compensation lawyer. Employers (or their insurance companies) might dispute a workers’ compensation claim if the injury didn’t obviously result from work or if the injury requires a long recovery period. A lawyer who deals specifically with workers’ compensation claims may even be able to help their client make a claim that falls outside of workers’ compensation. An example of this would be if a specific employee did something to harm the client intentionally.
  4. Wrongful Death
    1. People file wrongful death claims when a loved one is killed in an accident. When someone dies, they often leave behind family members who relied on them for financial support. As stated on the website for the personal injury firm Evans Moore LLC, a wrongful death attorney can help a grieving family get much-needed compensation for the loss of their loved one.

Many attorneys who practice personal injury law will be able to help victims of most kinds of accidents. Still, it’s important that someone who is looking for an attorney does enough research to make sure they’re choosing the right person for their case.

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Bard G2 IVC Filter Dangers

Feb 23

Inferior vena cava filters, more commonly known as IVC filters, are medical devices that are implanted to the body to catch blood clots before they reach the heart and lungs and cause further complications, such as pulmonary embolism.

One of the known filters today is called the Bard G2 IVC filter. But it is important to note that this kind of filter is not perfect, as there are documented complications that arise from defects and other problems from these medical devices.

Bard G2 IVC filters are still produced today, putting people at risk of the problems they may cause. In fact, the issue is serious enough that it is being discussed no just by medical professionals, but also by legal professionals, such as the Bard G2 IVC filter lawsuit lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®.

Device Migration
One of the most common dangers associated with Bard G2 IVC filters is the migration of the device into another area. This can be dangerous especially on instances where the device has migrated to a spot where it cannot be easily removed. This may also result to long surgery times because of how difficult the device can be retrieved. If the entire device can migrate to another area, it is also possible for its parts to detach and migrate as well.

Perforation
The Bard G2 IVC filter has a spider-like form, meaning that its legs can pierce blood vessels, tissues, and even entire organs. This may cause further complications, and it is ironic that a medical device meant to prevent complications is the very thing that is causing them. This may result into internal bleeding, hemorrhage, severe pain, and additional blood clots.

Filter Fracture or Breakage
The device also has the chance to break off, particularly its spider-like legs. These legs can migrate to different body parts or pierce tissues. Due to the dangers of breakage, it is recommended to remove the device itself after the risk of blood clots have subsided.

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What Happens When Doctors Make Mistakes

Oct 19

Medical malpractice cases occur when a health care provider causes harm to a patient by acting in a way that is contrary to the accepted standards that govern their field. There are more than 15,000 medical malpractice cases brought against doctors every year. Medical malpractice can occur in the form of surgical errors, medication errors, misdiagnoses or negligence.

All surgeries are serious and involve a certain degree of risk, which is why it’s standard to sign a form acknowledging the risks involved before undergoing a surgical procedure. Surgical errors that constitute malpractice are not those which are assumed or predictable. Malpractice is committed when an error is the direct result of a doctor’s improper action.

Despite there being rigid precautionary practices in place, there are still a lot of ways that doctors make mistakes, some of which are more common than others. For instance, a doctor might perform a procedure correctly, but on the wrong patient. Similarly, a doctor might perform the correct procedure on the correct patient, but on the wrong part of that patient’s body. Doctors also sometimes leave objects, like sponges, in the patient, which can bring about serious complications. Incompetence, inexperience, fatigue, inebriation, and lack of communication are all possible reasons why a doctor might make such a mistake.

Surgical errors can and do cause serious harm and damage to patients. Toronto personal injury lawyers may point out that surgical errors can cause permanent injury to patients in 33 percent of cases, with 6.6 percent of cases resulting in death. Given the circumstances that lead to and warrant a malpractice lawsuit are often complex and vary case to case.

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