5 steps after an accident

I recently got into an accident, or I should say, someone recently got me into an accident, which has left me in a potential situation where I might need a lawyer. It’s all gotten very ugly, and I’ll spare you the details, but I wanted to take this opportunity to share some things I’ve learned through this whole process so that everyone else has a little less stress if this happens to them.

So, the main thing I want to point out is that there are steps you should follow if you get in an accident that isn’t our fault so that you are protected from having to pay all those huge bills.

You can read a little more about it at this lawyer’s website, but to give you a basic rundown, here are the five steps you should take after the accident happens.

  1. Gather all the info you can

The more information you have about what happened, the better. Get license plate numbers, get insurance numbers, get license numbers, get names. Check the time. See if there are any witnesses, get their names and numbers. Find out if there are traffic cameras around. Find out if any other cameras picked anything up. You can’t have too much information. The more you have, the more protected you’ll be.

  1. Take every possible picture

Get pictures of your car and the other car (or cars) involved in the accident. Get pictures from as many angles as you can and try to make them as clear as possible. Just like the info, you cannot have too many photos. Take 500 photos if you can. Not only do you want to show all the damage, but you also want to give experts the chance to prove you weren’t at fault.

  1. Do not accept blame, and definitely don’t say you do

No matter who is asking, if you’re at the accident site, don’t say it’s your fault. Don’t say it was both people’s fault. Don’t say you did anything wrong. All of that can later be used against you if someone has a mind to do it. Maintain that you did everything correctly and the other person is at fault.

  1. File a police report

It’s possible the other person involved will suggest you don’t call the police. Police can take time to show up, and it makes everything feel more scary and official. The other person may just offer to cut you a check and let you both move on. Resist this offer. If you leave the accident site without filing a police report, you may forfeit any chance to do more if you later find out there are more serious issues not at first clear.

  1. Go to the hospital

You may feel mostly fine after an accident, but don’t take that chance. Get yourself checked out. You may not even realize the extent of your injuries, and again, if you don’t do it quickly, you may not be able to receive compensation for any issues.

That’s it. Just follow these five steps, and you should be in a pretty good place should you need to go forward with anything. Accidents are scary, and it’s hard to keep your head, but if you just keep these steps in mind, you’ll be alright.

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Danger Zone

To suggest a motorcycle is more potentially dangerous than it is nonharmful is no surprise. Motorcycles have and continue to take the lives of riders all over the world. In mechanical terms, they are beautifully designed technology that allows a rider to reach high speed in such a condensed form, but in terms of human experience, they can be machines of death and calamity for all who are involved. According to statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, “motorcyclist deaths occurred 27 times more frequently than fatalities in other vehicles” according to crash data from 2014. This is simply too much. Proper safety precautions in designing of a motorcycle, adequate protective gear, and innovative safety designs for major roadways should be implemented in the motorcycle industry with additional legislation.

Across the nation, motorcyclists can be injured and possibly hurt others in the process. The machines themselves invite the possibility of danger at frigid high-speed moments as the rider becomes filled with adrenaline they lose focus on the conditions of the road or the pressures of drivers outside their moto-bubble. The NHTSA also included that the number of motorcyclists killed in 2014 was 4,586. Lucky to escape that number was Douglas Marshall, a 44-year-old driver of a motorcycle who escaped an accident with a presumably drunk driver in Delaware County. Mr. Marshall experienced substantial injuries and was taken to a hospital via Helicopter. He is a lucky survivor of an accident scenario that claims life all over the world every day. Reporting by WISH TV, a local news outlet, discovered that the driver of the SUV that caused Marshall and his motorcycle to skid across the road and injure his left leg was, in fact, drunk when he pulled out of a gas station directly in front of the motorcycle’s path. Additionally, this drunk driver originally fled the scene, abandoning Douglas Marshall in his injured state. In this event, it is expected that Marshall followed up with a personal injury suit.

It is clear that motorcycles leave any rider open to the possibility for injury, yet instances like Mr. Marshall’s serve as a reminder for the necessity of clear, safe practices for vehicle owners regardless if they have two wheels or four. The roads can be a safe means of traveling to our destination, but only if we educate every driver in every vehicle.

To summarize, the motorcycle, a modern innovation that provides personal mobility in the ever growing network of roads through cities of grandeur and countrysides of dead lands alike, this vehicle remains as an invitation for danger. The sporty market of motorcycle manufacturers seems to favor speed and look, over safety and functionality. This must be addressed so that these vehicles can continue to exist in a future world. The car has undergone numerous safety revisions and inspections. The motorcycle, with its extremely high rate of accidents, can be redesigned into something that continues to offer the high-speed thrills of its original concept, but with the safety features of vehicular innovation.

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Diseases of the Digestive System

A Gastrointestinal disease (GI) is any disease that involves the gastrointestinal tract, namely the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and rectum, as well as the accessory organs of digestion, the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.

According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD), Gastrointestinal diseases can occur when nerves or muscles in any portion of the digestive tract do not function in a coordinated fashion, or when the sensitivity of the nerves of the intestines or the way in which the brain controls some of these functions is impaired.

One example of Gastrointestinal disease is Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract; it belongs to a group of conditions known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). IBD actually includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation and sores (ulcers) in the innermost lining of the large intestine (colon) and rectum.

An estimated 780,000 Americans is said to be affected with this chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract and, though men and women are equally likely to be affected, it is more widespread among adolescents and young adults aged from 15 to 35.

It is not well understood what actually causes Crohn’s disease; however, recent research suggests that environmental factors and genetics are contributory factors. Its symptoms also vary from one patient to another, the most common, however, according to a Valley Stream gastroenterologist, include: pain, severe diarrhea, bloody stool, fatigue, weight loss, decreased appetite, abdominal pain, abdominal cramps, and fever.

In treating inflammatory bowel diseases, the goal is to reduce the inflammation that is responsible for triggering the signs and symptoms. There is no cure for IBD, unfortunately, but many treatment options exist to help relieve the symptoms on a daily basis, including:

  • anti-inflammatory drugs
  • immune system suppressors
  • antibiotics
  • other types of medications
  • surgery

Even if one may think that he or she is showing signs of IBD, especially Crohn’s disease symptoms, only proper testing performed by a Gastroenterologist can render a diagnosis. A gastroenterologist is a physician specializing in diseases of the digestive system (also called the gastrointestinal tract or GI tract); he or she treats conditions that affect the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines (colon), and biliary system, which include the liver, the pancreas, the gallbladder, and the bile ducts.

 

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Medical Malpractice: Surgical Error

Surgeries are often performed to aid the treatment process of a patient, but there are instances where they can also create further complications, especially if there are errors in the surgery process. Surgical error is a form of medical malpractice, and according to the website of The Benton Law Firm, those who have been injured as a result of a surgical error may be able to seek compensation from the health care professional responsible for the injuries.

Typically, surgical error claims, or medical malpractice claims in general, can be viable if they pass the following criteria:

  • There should be a real doctor-patient relationship
  • There should be a duty of care on the side of the medical professional
  • There should be a violation in the duty of care, may it be in the form of an act or failure to perform an act
  • There should be an injury that has been sustained because of the violation in the duty of care

Health is a complicated thing, and not all inconveniences result from errors. But complications arising from errors do happen and cause injuries, extended hospital confinement, additional treatment costs, more lost time at work or school, and more pain and suffering.

  • Anesthesia mistake – Too much anesthesia may result to brain damage. Too little anesthesia may result into reduced effectiveness, with the patient experiencing the pain of surgery.
  • Surgical tools left on patient’s body – Negligence and general incompetence of the medical staff may make them leave surgical equipment and other foreign objects in the patient’s body after surgery, resulting into pain and infections.
  • Nerve damage – Improper surgical techniques, wrong use of surgical tools, and incompetence of the medical staff may damage nerves, tissues, and even entire organs. These damages may lead to pain, infections, and even lifetime disabilities.
  • Surgery on the wrong body part – It may sound comical, but this does happen. Patients who got their healthy kidneys removed or got their wrong leg amputated do not find it funny at all. Poor planning and failing to follow the proper procedures are the main causes of wrong-site surgical errors.

What makes surgical errors worse is the thought that patients are innocent. They do not know any better and just follow the instructions of medical professionals and entrust these professionals with their lives. It is sad to know that surgical errors, and medical malpractices overall, exist. But it is good to know that the law is on the side of the victimized patients.

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Improper Treatment is Now More Frequent Despite Medical Advancement

Majority of patients find it difficult to question a doctors’ judgment and, sometimes, if they are able to do so, any kind of answer, even an unsatisfactory one, would be accepted. Some suppose that questioning doctors is a sign of mistrust; patients should know and understand, however, that inquiring about their condition and suggested treatment is their right – it is their lives that is at issue, anyway.

Questioning a doctor’s recommended treatment can be a way of preventing mistakes, particularly, improper treatment. As opposed to wrong diagnosis, wherein there is failure to correctly determine a patient’s health condition or health complaint, an improper treatment case involves correct diagnosis of a patient’s health condition, however, for whatever reason, such patient’s doctor provides the patient with the wrong kind of treatment.

Improper treatment can be committed in many different ways, including, but not limited to:

  • Prescribing a patient with the wrong drug or the wrong dose of drug;
  • Prescribing a drug to a patient despite knowledge that such drug can cause in the patient allergic reactions;
  • Delaying, rushing, an unnecessary or a dangerous treatment;
  • Inadequate monitoring of patient; and,
  • Failing to provide the necessary treatment which will prevent a disease or keep such disease from worsening.

One concrete example of an improper treatment case involves a young man who received his needed kidney transplant. After the transplant procedure, he was prescribed with an extremely strong immunosuppressant drug so that his body would be prevented from rejecting the transplanted kidney. Unfortunately, the kidney he received was cancer-infected and, due to the immunosuppressant drug he was taking, his body was not able to fight off the cancer that came with the kidney. He died due to the cancer.

According to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, it is critical that victims or victims’ families hold doctors accountable for their actions or lack of action and get the compensation they deserve. This is because besides the new injuries a patient may be made to suffer or the life-threatening situation a patient may be placed into, improper treatment does not address the patient’s original health problem, making this worse and, thus, requiring extensive and more expensive treatment . . . if the patient survives the mistake committed.

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