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Protections for victims of medical malpractice and their families

Medical malpractice can be a serious concern for patients and their families if the trust they have placed in their medical care is violated. Victims and their families who have suffered harm as a result of medical malpractice may have a claim for damages based on the liability of their medical care provider for the harm they have suffered.

When a medical care provider, including a medical professional, hospital or even pharmaceutical company in some circumstances, has negligently caused harm to the victim, victims and their families have important legal options to protect them. A medical error can result in serious harm, and may result in death, to the victim. Medical malpractice can occur in the diagnosis, treatment or care of an illness and result in devastating consequences for the victim.

What prompts the most medical malpractice claims?

Medicine is a complicated field. Every part or system of the body has its own specialists. Patients seeking care with what he or she thought was a common cold have been known to be redirected through a whole series of procedures and experts, only to come up dry on an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes those delays resulted in the patient becoming sicker or even dying.

That's perhaps the stereotypical narrative many in New York city embrace when they imagine filing a medical malpractice claim. The reality is that the basis of medical malpractice rests in the concept of a failure to deliver an expected standard of care. And under that rubric, a wide range of issues can serve as the foundation of a claim. The question then becomes how to find an attorney and assess the merits of the case.

Study finds big jump in SUV-pedestrian fatalities in last 8 years

SUV's are extremely popular. Between 2009 and 2016, the number of passenger vehicles registered, excluding SUVs, decreased by a little less than 1 percent. Over the same period, the number of SUVs registered grew by 37 percent. SUVs and light trucks now account for 67 percent of the American auto market.

Unfortunately, SUVs are responsible for a growing number of pedestrian fatalities. The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found a huge spike in fatal SUV-pedestrian collisions between 2009 and 2016.

The basics of damages in a personal injury claim

A personal injury claim for damages is an important tool, as this blog recently discussed, to help victims in Brooklyn pursue compensation for the damages they have suffered because of another party's negligence. Broadly speaking, personal injury damages fall into three categories including compensation for physical, financial and emotional injuries suffered due to another party's negligence.

A personal injury claim for damages allows victims to seek help with their medical expenses, lost wages and emotional trauma. Damages for medical expenses can include ambulance fees; consultations with doctors and other health care professionals; physical or cognitive therapies; medical accessories; in-home care and treatment; and compensation for disfigurement or permanent disability. Future medical expenses may also be available in some circumstances.

What types of car accident injuries are common?

Because no two motor vehicle accidents are exactly the same, drivers never know what could happen to them in accidents with other vehicles.

The most important thing you can do is turn your immediate attention to your personal health and well-being. If you don't take this step, you could make a mistake that causes you more pain and discomfort down the road.

Slip and falls can happen to anyone. Even the former first lady.

If you heard that former first lady Hillary Clinton was injured on a recent trip to India, certain presumptions might spring to mind. You’ve heard stories about India’s extreme heat and pollution. You may remember the 2008 attacks on high traffic, public destinations in Mumbai. Perhaps you’ve seen pictures of India’s dangerous driving conditions. With all of these factors in mind, it might seem to you that just going outside could put your safety in jeopardy.

It might surprise you, then, to learn that Hillary Clinton’s injury wasn’t incurred in any of these ways. It occurred in her own hotel room. The former first lady slipped and fell in the bathtub of the Umaid Bhawan Palace, fracturing her wrist. The incident is a reminder that injuries can happen anytime, anyplace—even under seemingly benign conditions.

Injuries on the way to work: Your rights in New York

Brooklyn is a beautiful area, but it would be a lie to say that it doesn't have its dangers. Sidewalks in disrepair, rough staircases and landscaping that needs attention can all create hazards that could lead to people getting injured.

As someone hurt on a walk to work, it's a good idea to know your rights concerning your injuries. If you were injured because of a property owner's negligence, then you may have a case and be able to receive compensation to cover your losses.

Injured in an accident? Don't forget to do these things.

Every time you leave home you are at risk of getting into an accident. For example, you could be part of a motor vehicle collision or a slip-and-fall accident.

While you can't live your life in fear, accidents still happen. If you are injured in an accident it's important that you know which steps to take, as well as a timeline for what you can expect in the days and weeks to come.

Before we discuss the steps to take immediately following an accident, it's important to note that your health is more important than anything else. So, even though there are things you need to do, seek medical attention if you need to and take care of your well-being.

Frequently asked questions: Hiring a lawyer after a crash

Being injured in a crash often means that you face a long journey back toward the life you had before the accident. In some cases, you might not ever get your life to return to how it previously was.

One area of your life that might be impacted when you are injured is your financial status. The cost of getting into an accident can be high. There are bills for doctor visits, medications, therapies and other costs related to your recovery. You might also have to purchase a new vehicle or fix the one involved in the crash.

The good news in all of this is that you may be able to get help with these financial difficulties by filing a personal injury claim. A seasoned personal injury attorney can help you learn more about this process and start the legal ball rolling. Below are a few things to remember when retaining an attorney after a crash.

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