Medical professionals are expected to know what they are doing, and to do it well. That is why doctors have to go through years of extensive learning and immersive training. However, despite how much training a doctor receives or how great his or her reputation, mistakes can still occur that can cause unsuspecting individuals serious harm.
There are a lot of documents that can help you with your claim. When it comes to actually proving medical malpractice, your medical records may be especially critical. These documents will indicate your treatment, which an attorney can then analyze to see if that care fell within the acceptable standard of care. If it did not, and you suffered harm as a result, then negligence may be found.
Readers of this blog probably know that though there are certain things they can do to keep themselves safe from truck accidents, these tragic wrecks continue to occur. Therefore, laws and regulations have been implemented in an effort to curtail dangerous truck driving. One way to do so is to put restrictions on trucking hours.
On our blog, we often discuss truck accidents and how damaging they can be to other motor vehicles and their drivers and passengers. However, box trucks and 18-wheelers can also pose a significant threat to pedestrians, including those broken down on the side of the road. As one recent Massachusetts accident shows, a truck-pedestrian accident can be devastating.
Medical malpractice can take many forms. A doctor may fail to diagnose a medical condition, operate on the wrong body part, leave a surgical instrument in an incision, or maliciously cause harm to a patient. While these are all certainly very common forms of malpractice, prescription errors can also cause serious harm to unsuspecting patients.
In many cases the answer is yes. Under a legal theory known as respondeat superior, an individual who is injured by another may be able to hold the defendant's employer liable for damages. However, certain elements must be present before respondeat superior, which means "let the master answer," can be enacted. In order to get a better sense of how you can recoup your damages, let's look at those elements.
Medical malpractice lawsuits can be tremendously complicated matters. Legal precedence, settlement negotiation, and witness examination and cross examination are just a few issues that must be addressed. In some medical malpractice cases, expert testimony becomes a pivotal piece of the claim. Sound expert testimony either for or against a plaintiff's assertions can be very persuasive to a judge and a jury. Therefore, it is important that Massachusetts residents familiarize themselves with how these experts' claims are assessed, and that their attorneys also know how to do so.
Last week's blog post discussed the qualifications needed for an individual to receive a Commercial Driver's License, or CDL. Though being properly trained and possessing the proper credentials renders one capable of operating a semi-truck on the road, it does not prevent a truck driver from being negligent or reckless behind the wheel. A trucker may push himself or herself too hard and become fatigued, putting other motorists at risk, or a trucker may be intoxicated or inattentive, increasing the chances of a serious accident.
As has been often discussed on this blog, though semi-trucks play an important role in our society and our economy, they pose significant dangers to other motorists. One way that these threats are lessened is by state and federal laws and regulations. These laws and regulations may limit the number of hours a trucker can drive in a given period, restrict what a trucker can haul, and/or impose inspection requirements on trucking companies. One of the easiest ways to ensure a truck driver can operate his or her vehicle in a safe manner is to require him or her to obtain a Commercial Driver's License, known as a CDL.
Semi-trucks are a common presence on Massachusetts roads. These vehicles and their drivers play a vital role in our economy by moving goods across the country. However, they also pose a threat to other motorists, as their massive size can cause devastating damage and injuries to those in other vehicles should an accident occur. In far too many cases, unsuspecting motorists are killed in these wrecks. While the onus is on truck drivers to ensure the safety of other motorists, there are certain steps you can take to better protect yourself when driving near a big rig.