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All your questions about medical malpractice claims answered

If you have questions about medical malpractice, you may not be alone. It is important for victims of medical malpractice, and their families, to be familiar with the legal protections available to them when they have been harmed by the medical negligence of a medical care provider. Victims may have questions concerning what medical malpractice is, when they might have a claim for medical malpractice and what types of damages they can recover from a medical malpractice claim.

Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional provides negligent medical care. Parties that may be liable for medical malpractice include doctors, nurses, medical technicians, hospital workers, hospitals, nursing home staff and other medical care providers as well. If the medical care provider fails to provide care that meets with the usual standard of care, and victims suffer harm as a result, they may be responsible to compensate victims for their damages which can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other types of damages as well.

Help for family members after a fatal accident

When a loved one has been killed in a fatal accident, legal resources can help hold a negligent party who is responsible for the death of the loved one accountable. A wrongful death claim for damages can also help family members recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional losses they have suffered associated with the death of their loved one.

The damages that can be recovered depend on the characteristics of the victim and the circumstances. Characteristics of the victim such as age, earnings and earning capacity are taken into account when determining the damages the victim's family may recover. Damages in wrongful death cases can include compensation for medical and funeral expenses; loss of support and services; and loss of companionship and consortium, as well as other damages.

What types of car accident injuries come with legal protections?

It is unfortunately no secret that car accident victims can suffer catastrophic injuries in an unexpected car accident caused by a negligent driver. This blog recently discussed the legal resources available to victims of car accidents but it can also be helpful to understand the types of injuries for which those legal resources may be available.

Though car accident injuries can range in severity, they are all serious. Car accident victims can suffer head, neck and back injuries that can include concussions, brain injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries can dramatically alter the lives of victims and their families. Additionally, car accident victims can also suffer chest injuries and whiplash-type injuries. In some circumstances, whiplash injuries can be challenging to treat and devastating to victims. Victims may also suffer trauma both physically and emotionally which can include broken bones and post traumatic stress.

Legal protections for car accident victims

Victims who have suffered injuries in a car accident may wonder what their options are to help them with the damages they have suffered. Car accident victims may suffer damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.

Legal protections are available to help victims of car accidents with the physical, financial and emotional damages associated with a car accident. Victims may also be able to recover compensation for lost-earning capacity and future medical care expenses as the circumstances warrant. A personal injury claim for damages against the negligent driver responsible for the car accident can help injured victims receive compensation for the harm they have suffered from the party responsible for causing the car accident.

Steps to take after a motorcycle accident

Getting into an accident on the road can be scary and is something that many people keep in mind while they are driving. However, motorcycle drivers and riders may be extra wary of getting hit by other vehicles on the road. These riders lack the extra protection that cars have and are often in blind spots, leaving them susceptible to getting into an unwanted accident.

Motorcycle fatalities have been on the rise in Tennessee. 2016 resulted in close to 150 casualties. The national amount is much higher, which is why it is important to know what to do if or when you get into an accident while riding your motorcycle.

What is a failure to diagnose and what happens to victims?

One type of medical malpractice that a victim may suffer from is a failure to diagnose. In circumstances when a loved one has been erroneously diagnosed or there has been a failure to diagnose, it is important for victims and their families to know what to do.

Medical malpractice legal resources protect victims of medical malpractice from a range of harms including when a medical professional fails to correctly or timely diagnose the victim. A failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis or erroneous diagnosis can result in a worsened condition for the victim. The victim may not receive the medical treatment or care they need because of a failure to diagnose. Alternately, they may receive medical treatment or care they do not need including medication they did not need.

Why you should work with an attorney after a bad car accident

If you have never been in a car accident before, you may be experiencing many emotions and not sure what you should do to best help yourself. Besides having to deal with your physical injuries, you may have never had to file an accident claim with an insurance company and you may also be wondering if you should consult with an attorney

The high cost and frequency of surgical errors

Unfortunately, surgical errors are no entirely uncommon as 4,000 surgical errors occur each year according to information provided in 2012. Medical malpractice legal options are in place to help victims of medical malpractice, such as surgical errors, which can be devastating for victims.

Serious surgical errors can include when medical care professional and doctors perform the wrong procedure or leave a sponge or foreign object in the body of the victim. Unfortunately, estimates reveal that on a weekly basis, medical care professionals leave a sponge or towel inside a patient's body 39 times; perform the wrong procedure 20 times; or operate on the wrong site of a patient's body 20 times.

What are wrongful death legal protections?

Wrongful death legal protections are something that it is important for surviving family members of victims of fatal accidents to be familiar with. Whether family and loved ones have heard of wrongful death legal protections, they may have questions they need answers to concerning this important protection.

Following the unexpected loss of a loved one, surviving family members and loved ones may face emotional or financial devastation. Wrongful death legal protections can help them with that as family members adjust to life without their loved one. Wrongful death legal protections can also help hold negligent parties responsible for the wrongful loss of a loved one and can help ensure some measure of accountability for negligent actions that result in a fatal accident.

Protections for victims of medical malpractice

Medical malpractice such as a misdiagnosis can lead to fatal consequences for victims. Misdiagnosis, a failure to diagnose or a delayed diagnosis can result in a worsened condition, causing the victim pain, additional cost and can result in death as well.

Medical malpractice law provides protections for victims of a misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose or a delayed diagnosis. When a medical care provider fails to meet the standard of care and a victim is injured as a result, the medical care provider may be liable to compensate the victim for their damages. In circumstances when the misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose or delayed diagnosis leads to disease progression beyond what normally would be expected had the disease been properly and timely diagnosed, the victim may be able to recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages.

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