Newsweek recently published a sad story about the death of Jeannette Shields, a wife, mother, and grandmother. She was at the Cumberland Infirmary in North West England. She was only 70 years old when her health care providers dropped her off the operating table following surgery to fix a broken hip.
This is a sad example of a serious and preventable medical error. The kind of “never event” that plagues hospitals and surgery centers across the United States of America. By some estimates, medical errors may account for more than 2 million extra hospital days, $9 billion in excess charges, and more than 22,000 unnecessary hospital deaths. These numbers do not factor in the toll of medical errors in doctors’ offices, surgery centers, nursing centers, or other types of health care facilities.
Instead of calling them “errors”, which makes it sound like unavoidable harmless mistakes, we should call them what they are—“medical malpractice,” “medical negligence,” or “health care negligence.” They are violations of the public trust. Along with other unintentional injuries, they make up the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Instead of helping these injury victims, the state and federal governments and courts enact obstructions. You can no longer rely on the lawyer down the street to help you with a claim against negligent health care providers; you need to hire experienced attorneys like Gage Mathers. With catastrophic injuries and death, you need attorneys who are familiar with overcoming the hurdles to successful medical malpractice claims.
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Commercial transportation accidents have reached record highs. With the rise of the popularity of doorstep delivery services as well as regular logistics, it is not surprising that commercial transportation accidents have reached record highs. A recent study showed that in 2019 out of more than 5,300 work-related deaths, commercial drivers accounted for 1,480 of those deaths. Commercial transportation also topped the list of fatal work injury events at 2,122 incidents.
The aftermath of an incident with a commercial vehicle can be devastating, life-changing, and infinitely complex. We have guided thousands of victims of commercial transport or trucking accidents through the multiple layers involved in dealing with commercial policies. Due to the tendency of severity when it comes to this type of accident, it is crucial to hire an attorney who can bear the weight of communicating and negotiating with all the parties involved so that you and your family can focus on recovery and healing. If you or someone close has been the victim of commercial transportation or trucking accident and if you need truck accident lawyers, you can contact us, let Gage Mathers put decades of experience to your benefit.
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Most people wonder what they need to do if they are in a car accident. This post will help you if you are being proactive and want to learn how to protect yourself in the event of a crash, or what to do if you have already been in a crash. Hopefully, this will make the whole ordeal easier for you.
Quickly Check Your Surroundings to Make Sure You are Safe
Many times car accidents trigger additional car accidents. You will want to remain in place, with your seatbelt fastened, in case there is another crash. Make sure your passengers remain where they are.
Once it is clear you are not going to be hit again, check your surroundings. Do you see smoke or fire? If so, you probably need to evacuate yourself and your passengers, regardless of injuries. The key is to keep everyone safe.
Check on Everyone in Your Car
Once you are sure it is safe, thoroughly check yourself and your passengers for injuries. If anyone is in pain and something doesn’t feel right, especially in the head, neck, or back, do not risk it. Call an ambulance and seek immediate medical attention. Remain in place and wait for police or paramedics to arrive. They are trained on how to move injured people without causing additional injury.
Check on Pedestrians and Other Car Occupants
After checking on traffic and confirming it is safe to exit your car, you should check on pedestrians who were involved in the crash as well as occupants of the other vehicles.
Move Your Car to a Safe Place
If you are involved in a minor crash on the highway, without severe injuries, you should probably move your car to the right-sided shoulder out of the flow of traffic. If there are severe injuries, leave your car where it is for the accident investigation.
If you are involved in a minor crash on residential or city streets, you may want to move your car if it is blocking traffic. Otherwise, again, you might want to leave the car where it is for the accident investigation.
No matter what, never leave the scene of the accident without exchanging insurance information with the other drivers. However, if you feel threatened or unsafe, call 911 immediately and get yourself to a safe location. Explain to the 911 operator why your safety was at risk, forcing you to leave.
To avoid questions about who was at fault, even if it seems obvious, call 911 and ask them to send a police officer. Police officers typically file a crash report, or accident report, that documents what happened. Police can also issue a citation to the driver who is at fault. The crash report goes a long way to prove to the insurance companies and courts what happened.
Do not rely on the other driver saying it was their fault and telling you the police are not necessary. They are not your friend. They are not going to look out for your interests, especially if they are looking at a huge rate increase in their insurance premium or personal liability for your damages.
Take Photos of Everything
Take several pictures of every car involved in the crash, showing all the damage. Photos of vehicle damage visualize the extent of the collision and your injuries. They can also refute allegations by the other driver that the accident was your fault or that this was a minor crash.
If the other drivers provide you with documents, proof of insurance, or other information, take photographs of those as well. You do not want to lose this information.
You should also photograph your injuries.
Exchange Insurance Information
The law requires drivers to have auto insurance and share this information with others involved in a crash. You will want to obtain the other drivers’ car insurance providers and policy numbers, and the make, model, color, and license plate of the other cars. If possible, get a copy of the other drivers’ license information. Most of this will be in the officer’s crash report or covered by the photographs you take.
Go To The Doctor
Even if you do not think you are injured, you should visit an urgent-care, hospital emergency room, or your doctor. If you require additional care, follow your doctor’s advice and do not delay treatment.
For reasons that your car accident lawyer can explain later, it is preferable that you see in-network providers through your health insurance. If you do not have health insurance or are limited by the potential providers in your area, there are doctors who specialize in injury care and do not require an upfront payment. Again, you should speak with your lawyer about this.
Contact your Insurance Carrier
Promptly notify your automobile insurance company of the crash. Failing to do so could potentially leave you personally responsible for injuries and damages caused by the crash. Also, depending on the type of coverage you have, you might want your insurance company to handle the repair of your vehicle. Getting your car repaired is important to your future safety when using the car.
Also, talk to your automobile insurance provider about coverage that protects you when the other driver does not have enough insurance or any insurance. There is coverage that will pay your medical bills regardless of who is at fault for the crash. You should also look into GAP coverage in case your car is totaled because you will only be paid the fair market value of the car and not the amount left on your loan.
Make sure you have uninsured and underinsured (UM/UIM) motorist coverage. Getting hit by someone who has no insurance or not enough insurance to cover your damages can be catastrophic. We frequently see problems like this, often leaving those with injuries without any compensation. You should protect yourself by having this coverage.
Being involved in a car accident is stressful, complicated, and time-intensive. Hiring an attorney to assist with your injury claim saves you the hassle and makes everything easier. Gage Mathers works on a contingency fee basis. This means that you owe no attorney’s fees and will not be required to pay any costs until a recovery is obtained for you.
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Perhaps you were commuting in Southwest Arizona and got into an accident due to a negligent driver. You may have suffered a brain injury or another catastrophic injury as a result, in which case you will want to see how you can be reimbursed.
If the other driver was drowsy, then there are some things to keep in mind. Drowsy driving is one of the leading causes of auto accidents in the country. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that there are some 328,000 drowsy driving crashes every year, 109,000 of which end in injury and 6,400 in death.
The effect of drowsiness on drivers
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that all adults sleep at least seven hours a day. Otherwise, drivers will find it harder to pay attention to the road and react to dangers. It can get to the point where they are driving as though they are drunk. Being awake for 20 straight hours is like having a blood alcohol concentration of .08, which is the legal limit in this state.
Severe sleep deprivation can lead to brief (four or five seconds) periods of inattention called microsleep. At highway speed, drivers experiencing microsleeps can travel the length of a whole football field while being virtually blind to the road.
Possible interventions for drowsy driving
An estimated 50% or more of drowsy drivers who cause a crash are under the age of 25. College students, in particular, are liable to drive drowsily as many of them get less than six hours of sleep a night. Universities and parents should provide education to prevent negligent behavior. The use of crash avoidance technology, such as lane departure warnings and drowsiness alerts, can help as well, experts believe.
Legal assistance for your accident claim
You’re doing your best to recover physically and emotionally, and you’re wondering how to go about filing a personal injury claim. In that case, you may want a lawyer by your side who works regularly with the victims of motor vehicle accidents. An attorney may accurately determine how much you’re eligible for in monetary and non-monetary damages.
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