Frequently Asked Questions
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How common is medical malpractice?
A survey conducted by the National Patient Safety Foundation reveals that more than 40 percent of patients believe they have been the victim of a medical error or improper medical diagnosis. A report prepared by the Institute of Medicine that there are up to 98,000 deaths each year because of medical malpractice. Another one million patients suffer injuries due to the negligence of a medical professional.
What are the negative impacts of medical misdiagnoses?
National statistics show that medical misdiagnoses cause:
- Long-term admissions: 3 million
- Hospital admission: 8 million
- Emergency room visits: 17 million
- Unnecessary prescriptions: 77 million
- Doctor visits: 116 million
How often does medical malpractice occur?
According to statistics from the Journal of the American Medical Association, almost 300,000 deaths occur each year as a direct result of medical malpractice. These deaths are caused by the following:
- Negative effects of medications result in 106,000 deaths each year
- Infections occurring in hospitals result in 80,000 deaths each year
- Non-medical errors in hospitals result in 20,000 deaths each year
- Medical errors in hospitals result in 7,000 deaths each year
- Unnecessary surgeries result in 2,000 deaths each year
How important is the police report in a car accident injury case?
A police report can be critical to proving negligence in a car accident case. The report will contain where the accident happened, how it happened, the type of crash it was, whether any driver was cited for a traffic violation or arrested, and accounts of what happened by any witnesses to the crash. This report can be used by the victim’s attorney as evidence in the lawsuit.
Does the type of collision help prove negligence in a car crash?
Yes, it does. There are certain types of crashes that can make it easier for an attorney to prove which driver was at fault. For example, in the majority of rear-end collisions, it is the driver in the rear who are usually at fault for the crash and not the driver in the front who gets hit.
How does a victim prove negligence in a car accident?
One of the easiest ways to prove a driver was at fault in a crash is to examine whether or not that driver violated any traffic laws. Each driver has a legal duty to follow all of the state and municipal traffic laws and to avoid any behavior or actions that would put others on the road in danger. If it can be proven that the driver broke one or more traffic laws and that was what caused the crash, that driver can be held liable for any losses the injured victim has suffered.
How damages can a victim receive in a drunk driving crash personal injury lawsuit?
Car accident victims who suffer injury often face medical expenses, as well as have a loss of wages from being unable to work while they recover. Under Virginia law, victims are entitled to pursue damages for all the losses they suffer. In addition to medical expenses and lost wages, a victim may also receive compensation for pain and suffering, emotional anguish, loss of life enjoyment, permanent disability and more. In addition, the court may also award the victim punitive damages as a way to punish the driver who was drinking. This is all in addition to any criminal charges the driver may face.
How is negligence proven in a drunk driving crash?
Negligence is legally defined as the failure of a person to do something that a reasonable person would do or doing something that a reasonable person would not do. It is not enough to just show that the driver was drunk. An attorney must also show that the driver being drunk is what caused the accident and that the crash caused the victim’s injuries. This is why it is critical to contact an attorney right away so that they can quickly collect as much evidence as possible.
How often do drunk driving accident happen?
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29 people die every day in this country because in alcohol-related crashes. This comes out to one death every 50 minutes. More than 10,000 people die each year in crashes caused by a drunk driver, accounting for more than 30 percent of all traffic fatalities. The yearly cost of drunk driving crashes is more than $44 billion.
Can I change attorneys if I am not happy with the job they are doing?
One of the most important factors to the success of a personal injury case is that the client and attorney are able to work together. A client that is unhappy with the way their attorney is handling – or not handling – their case has the legal right to terminate that relationship. Many of the clients come to Shapiro & Appleton for help when they realize that the attorney they hired lacks the skill, experience, and expertise to successfully represent them.