• Lawyer 21.04.2016 No Comments

    When snow and ice collect on the top of tractor trailers, this can be very dangerous. Just recently, a truck accident occurred when ice fell off the top of a truck, broke the window of an SUV, and caused the driver of the SUV to sustain injury. Some states have laws on the books designed to prevent these types of truck accidents by imposing requirements on truck drivers to remove ice and show from their vehicles. Other states do not have such laws, but some are considering them.

    Penske warns truck drivers to be aware of the rules for snow and ice as they travel across the country over the winter months. A trucker could cross into an area where snow and ice removal is mandatory and could be ticketed for failure to have cleared the truck appropriately. Truckers should follow best practices for snow removal not only to avoid the possibility of a citation but also to help keep people safe and prevent collisions and injuries due to truck wrecks from occurring.

    A Truck Driver’s Responsibility for Snow and Ice Removal

    Trucking Info recently reported on the efforts being made by states to prevent truck accidents that occur due to ice and snow. In one state, a new law was being proposed to make it an affirmative requirement to remove snow and ice on any commercial vehicle weighing 48,000 pounds or greater. If drivers failed to remove the ice and snow properly, they could be pulled over and fined. If snow or ice fell off the truck and caused an accident, the fine could reach up to $1,000 per incident.

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  • Lawyer 20.04.2016 No Comments

    Drunk driving accidents in West Palm Beach remain a major concern, with many young people attending Palm Beach State College and as a popular spring break destination. Young people remain the demographic group most likely to become involved in impaired driving accidents. When a teen or young adult gets behind the wheel impaired, both passengers who are hurt as well as any other injured motorists harmed by the teen’s actions have a right to make a damage claim.

    Young People Remain at Significant Risk for Impaired Driving

    News OK recently reported on why so many young people continue to be at greater risk of an impaired driving accident. Research has shown one out of three drivers involved in a fatal accident with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher were between the ages of 21 and 24. The demographic group with the next highest rate of impaired driving in fatal accidents included people between the ages of 25 to 34, and the third highest group was people between the ages of 35 and 44.

    Young people may choose to get behind the wheel when they are drunk because this demographic group tends to engage in high-risk behavior more than people who are older. As one young adult college student explained about his peer group, “many young adults have the ‘it’ll never happen to me’” mentality. While decades of public education on the issue of impaired driving have improved attitudes somewhat and made young people more aware of the fact DUI is dangerous, there are still a stubbornly high number of teens and young adults who get behind the wheel drunk. In fact, young people still make up 23 percent of all drivers who were in crashes and who had consumed alcohol before the accident happened.

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  • Lawyer 20.01.2015 No Comments

    For patients seeking medical treatment in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx or surrounding areas, medical mistakes and physician negligence are the last thing they want to think about. Medical malpractice remains a serious problem in the United States and patients need to be aware of some of the risks associated with getting medical care so they can be proactive patient advocates and do everything they can to protect themselves and family members from errors. 

    A medical malpractice attorney in New York can provide a case evaluation for patients who believe they may have been the victim of a medical error. Those who have been harmed can seek monetary compensation for damages and losses. Patients who are getting medical treatment should also be aware of the statistics on medical negligence so they can do appropriate research and make informed choices about where to seek treatment.

    Facts and Statistics on Medical Malpractice

    The Health Care Professionals Network recently published some statistics on medical malpractice as part of its Physician’s Money Digest. Some of the important things that doctors and patients should be aware of include the following:

    • In 2013, a total of $3.7 billion was paid out to resolve medical malpractice claims.
    • The record high annual payouts for claims occurred in 2003, when $5.7 billion was paid out to patients who had been victims of medical error.
    • The median payout for plaintiffs in a medical malpractice case as $195,000 in 2013. The record high median payout occurred in 2007, when the median was $218,400.
    • 96 percent of all medical malpractice claims are resolved outside of court.
    • New York is one of the states with the highest per capita medical malpractice payouts. Other top states include New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Connecticut. The states with the lowest payouts for medical malpractice include Indiana, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Texas and Mississippi.
    • A total of 45 percent of plaintiffs in medical malpractice claims are inpatients at the time when the medical error occurs.
    • 38 percent of medical malpractice patients were outpatients at the time of the medical error leading to their injury or wrongful death case.
    • 33 percent of medical malpractice allegations arise out of diagnostic errors. This is the most common cause of medical malpractice cases.
    • 23 percent of malpractice claims arise from problems during surgery.
    • 18 percent of patients making medical malpractice claims allege that there was a problem with the treatment they received.
    • 10 percent of medical malpractice claims are brought against physicians in the field of obstetrics.
    • 10 percent of medical malpractice claims arise out of problems with amnesia or medications. Most amnesia-related claims involve tooth damage (21 percent of claims); death (18 percent of claims) or nerve damage (13 percent of claims).

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    Tort Reform Increases the Risk of Medical Negligence

    New York is one of just 15 states in which there is no limit on the maximum amount of compensation after an incident of medical malpractice causes damage. However, this does not mean lawmakers have not tried in the past to impose restrictions.

    According to Syracuse.com, for example, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed imposing a $250,000 limit on the amount of pain and suffering damages. This capped amount is similar to limits in other states such as California. medical stethoscope 2

    A New York medical malpractice lawyer knows proposals to cap damages after incidents of medical negligence are common. Those who believe damages should be capped state  they are in favor of “tort reform,” and argue imposing limits would lower healthcare costs for everyone since doctors would no longer need to pay as much for medical malpractice insurance to cover costly claims. The reality, however, is  malpractice damage caps only serve to prevent those who have been harmed by doctors from getting the money they deserve. Furthermore, as the Huffington Post indicates in a recent article, damage caps can actually make healthcare worse for everyone.

    Damage Caps Can Make Healthcare Worse

    A variety of recent studies have assessed the impact damage caps have on the healthcare field and outcomes for patients. The studies all seem to lead to the conclusion that damage caps are detrimental to patient health without providing the promised benefits. For example:


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