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March 2016 Archives

When medical malpractice isn't an option: pursuing physician discipline

Medical malpractice litigation is an indispensable avenue of recovery for those who are harmed by a negligent physician. One thing that needs to be kept in mind, though, is that not every instance where a patient is harmed in the course of medical care will translate into a viable medical malpractice case.

The insurance company is not your friend − understanding your rights after a car accident

Insurance companies often recruit customers by using slogans that indicate that they are attentive, available, compassionate, neighborly, and understanding - characteristics you might find in a good friend. But at the end of the day, an insurance company is not a friend - it's a business. Insurance agents may seem friendly and many are nice people, but at the end of the day, the agent's job is to protect the insurance company's bottom line.

Looking at the issue of telemedicine and medical malpractice, P.2

In our previous post, we began discussing both the importance and the risks associated with the increasing practice of telemedicine. While telemedicine holds the promise of increasing health care access for rural communities, there is also the risk of error associated with the practice of telemedicine itself.

Looking at the issue of telemedicine and medical malpractice, P.1

Health care is obviously a critical resource for all Americans, especially those with serious health conditions which require ongoing care. Coming up with ways that all people might have access to health care has clearly been a big subject for discussion in recent years, and the debate continues even with the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

How can a personal injury lawyer help my claim?

Getting hurt in an accident is a trying experience, whether it is a car accident, a fall, or you are injured by a faulty product. There's a lot that needs to be done in order to get your life back to normal. You need to physically and emotionally heal from the experience, and undoubtedly, there will be medical expenses associated with your injuries.

SSDI benefits: looking at the work credit requirement, P.2

Last time, we began speaking about the work requirements that must be met by Social Security disability benefits claimants. As we noted, work credits are earned based on income, and a claimant must have earned a minimum number of work credits based on age in order to qualify for benefits.

SSDI benefits: looking at the work credit requirement, P.1

Although most people are aware that Social Security disability benefits are a form of insurance, there is a tendency to speak about them as a welfare program. The reality is that these benefits are insurance, though. As many commentators have pointed out, this should influence how we think and speak about these benefits in public discourse.

Vicarious liability in personal injury litigation, P.2

In our last post, we spoke a bit about a car accident case here in Pennsylvania in which a driver and his employer were sued for the injury of a couple and the death of their son. As we noted, the driver was determined to have been on the job at the time of the accident. Specifically, he was acting "within the course and schedule of his employment," according to sources.

Vicarious liability in personal injury litigation, P.1

Back in December, a jury unanimously ruled that the defendant was liable for injuries suffered by a couple in an accident back in 2012, as well as the death of the couple's child. The accident reportedly occurred after the couple parked on the side of the road to address a mechanical problem, when a motorist driving a pickup crashed into the couple's vehicle. The impact of the accident left the couple with multiple injuries and resulted in the death of their four-year-old son.  

What is comparative negligence in personal injury litigation? P.2

Last time, we began looking at the topic of comparative negligence. Picking up where we left off: here in Pennsylvania, comparative negligence law utilizes a 51 percent bar, meaning that if the plaintiff was not more negligent than the defendant or defendants together, he or she will still be able to recover.

What is comparative negligence in personal injury litigation?

Determining fault is an important part of personal injury litigation, and it is an area where the help of an experienced advocate is really necessary. This is particularly true in cases where the circumstances of the accident make a plaintiff less likely to receive adequate compensation.

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