The Magnitude of Common Medical Errors

  On any given day, about one in every 25 hospital patients contracts an infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 440,000 patients die every year from preventable medical errors, according to the Journal of Patient Safety Innocent mistakes hurt about 1.5 million people each year, according to the Institute of Medicine…

What to Do Following a Bicycle Accident

If you ride your bike on a regular basis, chances are, you’ve had some close calls already—and if you haven’t been involved in an accident yet, you want to be prepared for how to handle it when you do have a more serious accident. If you’ve been involved in a bicycle accident, make sure you…

Antipsychotic Drugs and Suicide: Who Is Responsible?

Question: My daughter was put on an antipsychotic drug that may have caused her to commit suicide. Can I sue the doctor? The drug manufacturer?  The answer to this is complicated. Drug companies and others—including doctors—have been found liable for the effects of prescribed medications. The liability may even be shared between multiple entities. Here…

Who’s Liable in a Lyft Car Accident?

Ridesharing companies like Lyft connect users with (supposedly) independent contractors who provide rides in their personal vehicles for a fee. When one of those vehicles gets into an accident and the passenger is hurt, who is liable for the passenger’s injuries? In this blog, we take a look at this emerging legal issue. Lyft Insurance…

What Does the Law Consider a Hit-and-Run?

Being involved in a car crash is devastating enough. Even if you aren’t injured, you’re probably shaken up and wondering how to proceed. Is your vehicle damaged? Should you to go to the hospital even if you don’t think you’re seriously hurt? Worse, however, is the moment when you look up and realize that the…

Medication Errors and Medical Malpractice: What You Need to Know

Most Americans will need pharmacists at some point in their lives. These professionals dispense medications that treat minor illnesses or manage chronic diseases. What happens when pharmacists give patients the wrong medications? What happens when a medication error physically harms or kills a patient? Seven million people die annually from preventable medication errors, according to…

Jet Skis 101: Ride Like a Pro and Stay Safe Doing So

Boating Industry Magazine reports that sales of Personal Watercrafts (PWCs) have increased over the past few years, and that Florida has a 14.3 percent market share. With Florida’s strong tourism economy, this is no surprise. Of course, it also comes as no surprise that Florida has a high PWC accident rate. The United States Coast…

The Effect of Not Wearing a Helmet in Motorcycle Accident Cases

Public health experts agree: every time you get on a motorcycle, you should be wearing a helmet. While a helmet may not be able to prevent injuries entirely, it is the most effective way to protect your head from serious injuries and to reduce the risk of dying in a motorcycle accident as a result…

How to Pay for Medical Care After a Car Accident

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, getting medical care is your top priority. You want to be sure that you have the care you need to make a full recovery. Unfortunately, paying for medical care can quickly become difficult. Even if you have insurance, deductibles and uncovered medical bills can add up fast….

My Child Was Bitten by a Dog. Now What?

“My child was walking down the sidewalk when she was attacked by a dog. It bit her. What should I do now?” This is a question that is all too common. About one in 12 children have been bitten by a dog at some point in their lives, and dog bites may be more common…

Top Seven Tips for a Hassle-Free Trip

Road trips can be a time for bonding and spending time with friends and family members. They can also be a nightmare. From problems with your car to problems with your passengers, plenty of issues can arise along the way. If you are headed on a road trip, avoid common hassles by following some of…