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November 2016 Archives

Drowsy driving could cause car crash incident in D.C.

In Washington D.C. and nationwide, car accidents due to the fault of another have a variety of causes, with drunk driving generally being the first that comes to mind. However, a frequently disregarded car crash statistic may be that of people who drive while drowsy. While it's an unintentional and perhaps easily overlooked way of endangering both oneself and other drivers and their passengers, it can have disastrous results.

D.C. patients should not be stuck with medical malpractice costs

No one -- not doctors, not patients -- likes to even think about medical errors, let alone talk about them. Unfortunately, medical malpractice, whether due to preventable mistakes, misdiagnosis, or a poor coordination of health care, occurs at an alarming frequency, both in Washington D.C. and nationwide. Going to the hospital is already an anxiety-inducing experience for patients: a loss of freedom, coupled with vulnerability -- both physical and emotional -- at the hands of strangers who patients have no choice but to trust is already a nerve-wracking situation. To add the unfortunately high risk of medical malpractice to this mix is intolerable.

Proving driver fatigue in truck accident litigation

Long haul drivers spend a lot of time on the road. There are specific regulations they must follow regarding rest, but not all drivers follow them as they push themselves to meet delivery deadlines. This is why truck accident litigation here in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere will often focus on whether the driver was fatigued. Understanding the hours of service regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is a place to start.

Were diagnositic errors in your case medical malpractice?

Most Washington, D.C. doctors work diligently to discover what is ailing their patients and then provide them with the appropriate treatment. That does not mean, however, that diagnostic errors do not occur. At least some of the serious injuries and deaths that occur could be medical malpractice.

Concussion: Common car accident injury with serious side effects

A concussion is one of the most common injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident and is often dismissed as a minor injury. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury and can have serious side effects. Like other brain injuries, a concussion suffered in a Washington D.C. car accident will vary in how it manifests and impacts a victim, often depending on the severity of the impact.

When a dangerous product causes harm, what are your options?

If you purchase a product or medication for your personal use, you do so with the assumption that it has been adequately tested and is safe for consumer use. While all consumer products should be safe and properly labeled, DC residents are hurt every day by unsafe, improperly labeled, dangerous or poorly made products. If a dangerous product has caused or you a loved one harm, it is important to take immediate steps to protect your rights. 

Accusations of medical malpractice and mistreatment of patients

DC readers know that doctors have a responsibility to protect the health and well-being of their patients, making every effort to bring healing and prevent harm. Failure to do this can lead to medical and legal complications and, in some instances, are valid grounds for a medical malpractice claim. A dental group in another state has been accused of these actions, as well as fraud.

Fiery car accident leaves 4 victims dead and more injured

A tragic collision in a DC suburb has left more than a dozen people seriously injured and four people dead. The collision occurred between a church van and a pickup truck, the truck bursting into flames when the two vehicles collided. At this time, no criminal charges have been filed and the investigation into the car accident is ongoing.

Delayed diagnosis: your health at risk

When a doctor misses a diagnosis or incorrectly diagnoses a medical condition, it places your health and future well-being at risk. A delayed diagnosis is more than a mistake, it is a form of medical malpractice. If you or a loved one suffered due to a Washington, D.C., doctor's failure to correctly identify and treat a serious medical condition, you have a valid reason to pursue a civil claim.

D.C. car crash leads to injuries and 1 fatality

A recent accident in the northeast part of Washington, D.C., resulted in five injuries and left one person dead. The car crash involved four different vehicles, and the driver who initiated the chain-reaction car accident is currently facing criminal charges for his role in the incident. It is believed that speed was a significant factor in the severity of the damage caused.

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