The Danger of Hospital Infections

Medical Malpractice is a complex and difficult subject for patients. Most of us trust our doctors and hospital staff to be professional, to know what they are doing, to follow procedures, and to not make mistakes. And, of course, the thought that you were not cared for properly can sometimes be difficult to accept in the first place. And then, it can seem overwhelming having to take the time and effort to properly prove a medical malpractice case when you or a family member is already sick or injured.

One of the areas we have seen patients struggle with is the issue of hospital infections. Hospitals may seem like safe, clean places, but their very nature of caring for our sick and injured often makes this something of an illusion. In reality, a hospital’s staff has to take great care and follow strict procedures to prevent germs and infections from spreading throughout their patient population. And when those procedures are not followed or a mistake is made, even a routine hospital visit can turn into a life or death struggle for you or a loved one.

Infections caused by hospital staff or doctors can be especially difficult to prove because the timing of the infection can be in question. Additionally, often times we as patients do not have a good understanding of what procedures are supposed to be in place to combat infections. There are also rules, regulations, and deadlines that control when you can bring a lawsuit regarding medical malpractice cases, including those involving infections.

If you think yourself or a loved one suffered because of an infection acquired at a hospital do not wait. Contact the medical malpractice experts at Martin Walker P.C. today for a free consultation. We can help you determine if you have a valid medical malpractice case and will work with you every step of the way to get the justice you deserve.

Something To Consider When Choosing Between A Taxi And Ride Sharing Service

Need to get somewhere and trying to decide between using a traditional taxi service or one of the newer ride sharing services like Lyft or Uber? One of the things you might want to look at is what each offers in terms of their accident liability policies.
In many states, taxi drivers are required to have accident injury coverage in the $250,000 to $500,000 range. This may seem decent, but it often comes in far short of what most ride sharing companies are offering. Lyft, for instance, offers coverage up to one million dollars. This usually amounts to twice the coverage or more. Unlike many taxi services, ride sharing companies also offer uninsured motorist coverage as well. This means that if you are hit by an uninsured driver while in a Lyft or Uber car you will still receive that up to $1,000,000 coverage even if your driver was not at fault.
It is important to note that local and state laws regarding insurance coverage for taxi’s can vary significantly and that you should check to see what the coverage amounts are in your area. But, often times, the newer ride sharing services offer better accident protection in addition to their other advantages. For more on this subject, see this Huffington Post article.

Is An Old Personal Injury Legal Theory Losing Its Grip

The rules governing personal injury lawsuits can be complex and can change over time. A recent article in the Huffington Post brought up one such shift that we as attorneys must stay on top of in order to best represent our clients. The article gave an overview of the legal doctrine of “res ipsa loquitur” and how it can help or hurt someone pursuing a personal injury or auto accident lawsuit.

“Res ipsa loquitur” says that in some liability cases the cause of an accident or injury is obvious enough that the results speak for themselves. In these instances, the person injured does not have to prove the exact cause of the accident because it’s clear enough to everyone involved what happened. But what if the party being sued disagrees? Often, the courts must decide on a case by case basis whether to allow a personal injury lawsuit based on res ipsa loquitur.

As the Huffington Post notes, cases based on res ipsa loquitur are becoming increasingly rare for a variety of reasons. More often than not, someone injured due to an accident or negligence will need to prove the other party was at fault. That is why we always recommend that you find an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you navigate the often complicated laws surrounding personal injury accident cases.

At Martin Walker P.C. we specialize in personal injury and medical malpractice lawsuits. If you or a loved one were injured and have questions about your legal options, contact us for a free consultation.