Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog

October 13, 2015

How Can I Maximize My Personal Injury Recovery?

101315%282%29.jpgMost accident victims have plenty of questions following a car crash, and many have no idea where to turn to find answers. Some will contact a personal injury attorney in the Phoenix area and of those who do, many will have the same concerns and the same worries. Who is responsible for their damages? How will they pay their bills while they are unable to work? Will they be able to receive all the medical treatment they need?

Among the most common questions that we receive is from victims who want to know how they can maximize the value of their cases. When serious injuries are involved, this can be a significant issue as insurance companies often are unwilling to pay on full value. Victims should know that insurance companies are in the business of making money, which means they must take in more money than they pay out in claims. For this reason, an insurance company will attempt to settle a claim for as little as possible, and in that attempt, often will offer much less than a claim is worth.

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October 12, 2015

Arizona Experiences a Large Number of Bicycle Accidents Every Year

101215%282%29.jpgSafety continues to improve across the country every year as technological advances ease the hazards previously posed to the public. One area where things keep getting better is in the transportation arena. When compared to data from 30-40 years ago, traffic accidents and traffic-related fatalities have declined substantially even as the overall population in the nation has increased significantly. There are complicated answers as to why this has happened but experts tend to agree that it is a combination of advanced safety features in cars, cars that are designed to protect passengers on impact instead of keeping their form, and educational campaigns related to safety issues.

But as traffic accidents continue to head in a positive direction, an area for continued concern remains the number of bicycle collisions that take place. Most of these, and the most concerning segment of these, involve an impact between a vehicle and a bicycle and take place on or near a public roadway.

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October 9, 2015

Infections Continue to be the Leading Cause of Hospital Readmissions

10915%282%29.jpgAt some point in their lives, the majority of Americans will seek medical treatment in a hospital or an emergency room. Whether it is for unexpected treatment following an accident, a scheduled surgery, or the birth of a child, a hospital can change someone's life forever. In an ideal situation, those who seek help would be met with superior care and will leave the hospital in a healthy state. But at other times, problems arise either during a hospital stay or after a patient leaves that can turn threatening or even tragic in a moment.

if you are a hospital patient, be aware that the most common reason for readmission after a hospital discharge continues to be infections at surgical sites. In fact, a 2012 study revealed that 26 percent of all readmission were related to infections, by far the largest complication that was measured in that study.

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October 6, 2015

Bicycle Helmet Use Surprising Low, Riders Placed at Risk for Injuries

10715.jpgBicycle use across the nation continues to increase each year, but despite this increase in ridership, the use of bicycle helmets remains low. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than half of all cyclists wear helmets when they ride, a statistic that holds true among both adults and children.

Bicycle accidents take place every day in this nation and leave hundreds injured as a result. In fact, in 2010, approximately 800 cyclists lost their lives in accidents and another 515,000 people were injured so significantly that they required treatment in a hospital or other emergency setting. Of those who were hurt, approximately half were under the age of 20 and the other half were ages 21 and over, reflecting the fact that people of all ages ride bicycles and can be injured in bicycle collisions.

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October 5, 2015

Closed Head Injuries after a Phoenix Car Accident

10515%282%29.jpgCar accidents can have a wide range of results from mere inconveniences to the people involved to tragic, devastating injuries that may last a lifetime. It can become confusing when victims of car accidents are unsure whether they are hurt or whether they are just stunned from a crash as adrenaline and anxiety can mask the physical symptoms of injuries with ease, at least for a short time. For victims involved in car collisions, the injuries they sustain may not be clear from the outset of the crash and it may leave them wondering whether they are in need of help.

Some injuries are widely understood by victims and can be recognized as a medical issue by those without medical training. A good example of this type of injury is a fractured or broken bone which commonly occurs in a car accident. Often, a broken bone can be detected visually if it is either a displaced or open fracture, meaning that the bone no longer is in alignment or that it has broken through the skin. But other types of injuries cannot be detected by an average person without the assistance of medical testing, and one of the most prevalent of those injuries following a collision is a closed head injury.

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October 1, 2015

Phoenix Taxi Cab Accidents Pose Serious Threat of Injuries

10115%282%29.jpgHow do you choose to get around the Valley? Do you hop in your car when you want to go to work or run errands? Maybe you utilize one of the many buses or even the light rail in Phoenix. Perhaps you prefer to walk or ride your bicycle - as long as the weather permits.

Some people who live in the Phoenix area like to travel by taxi cab and others find it convenient to use the services of a taxi on at least an occasional basis. Fortunately for those individuals, taxis are plentiful in the Valley of the Sun with numerous companies and associations servicing the area. And with the continual advancement of technology, now cabs can be hailed on a street corner, by calling the number of a cab company, through a text message, or even through an app in some instances, meaning that a taxi cab is only moments away.

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September 30, 2015

Passengers are at Risk for Injuries in Phoenix Car Accidents

93015%282%29.jpgWhat does a typical car accident in Phoenix look like? You may have a picture in your mind, but experts agree that it is difficult to express a "typical" collision because each crash is unique. From the number of vehicles involved to the factors that led to an impact, the facts surrounding each car accident vary enough that it can be challenging to lump them together for analysis.

But in the end, what matters most following a car crash is the safety of those who were involved. Drivers and passengers alike are prone to injuries in a collision but often, the safety of passengers is overlooked or not contemplated. The presence of passengers does not always get as much media attention as the presence of drivers in a car and therefore, less attention is paid to their health by the public at large.

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September 28, 2015

Can You Get Relief if You Were Injured at Someone's House?

92815.jpgPersonal injury lawyers face similar questions every day because most people are unaware of Arizona laws and how those laws affect them. What happens if they are injured? What if the injury occurred at someone's home instead of in a car accident or in a public setting? Can that victim still obtain relief?

Fortunately for those who reside in the Phoenix area, victims are protected and are guaranteed protections under local and state laws. Those who are injured at a private residence, like the home of a friend or family member, may be able to seek and obtain relief for their injuries and for the suffering they endure. The facts surrounding any incident that led to harm are important as they will determine whether a legal claim is viable and if so, who is responsible for the harm done to a victim.

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September 25, 2015

Phoenix Accidents Caused by Truck Driver Fatigue

92515.jpgWhen it comes to understanding traffic accidents in the Phoenix area, the role played by commercial trucks can be deceiving. While these vehicles are less likely to be involved in an accident per mile traveled than are typical passenger cars, the collisions that do occur are much more likely to result in injuries or even death to those involved. This can spell disaster for those innocent victims of truck accidents who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and who are forced to endure suffering as the result of a crash.

Truck drivers are required to undergo specific training and receive tailored licensing so that they can operate their rigs in a safe, reasonable manner. Most drivers receive the education they need and therefore, lack of training is not a common reason that truck accidents take place but one of the most frequently cited actions among truckers that lead to and resulted in collisions continues to be truck driver fatigue, a factor that crops up each and every day in the United States.

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September 23, 2015

1 in 25 Patients get Hospital-Acquired Infections

92315%282%29.jpgWhen you are in need of medical treatment, you can go to a hospital, seek professional care, and get the attention that you deserve to help you get well. You may expect that you will receive medical tests and screenings for certain diseases. You may even anticipate being given medications and drugs to help you improve. But do you plan on getting an infection while you are at the hospital? Probably not.

But if you happen to be one of the roughly four percent of Americans who suffer from hospital-acquired infections each year, you may not be able to think about anything else when it comes to hospital care afterwards.

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September 22, 2015

Road Rage is a Significant Issue in Phoenix

10215.jpgIf you have spent any amount of time driving in the Phoenix area, it is likely that you have seen the congestion that plagues the city, especially during the weekday rush hours. Sometimes traffic can stop for no known reason and in other cases, it seems like traffic jams will never clear. The typical motorist in the Phoenix area admits that these situations can be frustrating from time to time and it can be difficult to cope with traffic problems and inconveniences.

But congestion is far from the only distressing situation that can occur on the roads. In addition, speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, and cutting off other vehicles are just some of the reasons that surveyed motorists said they become frustrated with other drivers in Arizona and why those motorists may respond with their own aggressive driving.

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September 21, 2015

Seat Belts are the Most Important Safety Feature in Car Accidents

92115%282%29.jpgEvery year, there is news about the latest and greatest safety features that are being implemented in new automobile designs and constructions. Features like side curtain air bags, automatic emergency braking, blind spot detection, and crumple zones are all helpful in preventing collisions or limiting injuries in the event that a crash happens, but these new features are not the most important one when it comes to keeping occupants safe.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seat belts are the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in car accidents in the country.

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September 18, 2015

Dog Bites a Leading Cause of Homeowner Insurance Claims

91815.jpgThe ASPCA reports that approximately 37-47 percent of all American households have a dog and that between 70 and 80 million dogs are owned across the country. Dogs have been an integral part of human society for thousands of years and their popularity is only increasing, both in the nation and in the Phoenix area, so these numbers by the ASPCA will likely increase in coming years. Dogs provide companionship, entertainment, and security for many of the homes in the Valley of the Sun but they also pose a significant threat if they attack an adult or child.

When it comes to adopting or purchasing a dog, few potential owners consider the effect that the ownership may place on the safety of their friends and family who will visit them. Yet safety should be considered because on average, approximately 1,000 people seek emergency medical treatment every day due to injuries sustained by a dog bite or attack.

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September 15, 2015

Legal Rights Related to IUD Injuries

91615%282%29.jpgPatients put their trust into their doctors and medical companies when they are in need of advice, treatment, or preventative care related to their health, and such trust is reasonable. After all, a typical patient is not aware of all the medical issues that may be surrounding any condition and therefore seeks out the advice of an expert - someone who has been trained in the matter and who can opine as to the safety and efficacy of any device or procedure.

Many women have sought such advice when they were in need of contraception and chose to use an intrauterine device, commonly called an IUD, in response. Unfortunately, after those IUDs were placed, some women experienced severe and even life-threatening complications stemming from the device itself and many have been left with permanent harm.

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September 14, 2015

Medication and Prescription Drug Errors in Phoenix

91415.jpgMistakes in the medical fields happen every day in America with some of them going unnoticed and others causing catastrophic results. While extreme examples may be reported on via the news, social media, or other sources, the majority of these incidents seem to avoid mass disclosure and some are even covered up in their entirety.

One area of medicine where mistakes and errors happen with some regularity is through the use of drugs. Whether they are name-brand prescription medications, generic substitutes, or over-the-counter drugs, mistakes in using, administering, and prescribing these medications are having life-altering effects every day in this country, including among those that call Phoenix home. Victims of these errors may be unsure of how to proceed with their lives, confused about where to turn or whether they are even entitled to relief.

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