Thursday, November 19, 2015

Failure To Diagnose Can Lead To Serious Complications

Failure to diagnose & medical malpractice
If you have certain symptoms, medical professionals should perform the proper tests to accurately diagnose a serious condition. Unfortunately, some doctors fail to diagnose certain conditions which can lead to unnecessary injury to patients that may even be fatal. If your condition is not diagnosed in a timely manner and you suffered complications as a result, any negligent medical professionals may be held liable for medical malpractice.

Heart Attack
Heart attacks most often occur as a result of heart disease and the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) reports that an estimated 735,000 people1 in the United States suffer a heart attack on an annual basis. Many people should be generally aware of some of the most common signs and symptoms of a heart attack, which can include chest pain, shortness of breath, pain in the shoulder, arm, neck, or jaw, light-headedness, nausea, and more. Though these symptoms should be recognizable, they also overlap with symptoms of many other conditions and can often be confused for the following:

·         Acid reflux
·         Angina
·         Panic attack
·         Gallstone
·         Ulcer
·         Rib fracture

If ever you have symptoms of a possible heart attack, your doctor should perform adequate tests to rule out any other conditions before giving you a diagnosis. If your heart attack is not properly treated, you are at serious risk of a subsequent episode that may be life-threatening.

No one wants to hear that they have cancer. However, according to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 1,658,370 individuals2 will receive some type of cancer diagnosis in 2015 in the U.S. For many patients, the earlier their cancer is detected and diagnosed, the better chance they have of successful treatment and a more positive prognosis. Unfortunately, many cases of cancer go undiagnosed until the disease has progressed substantially and treatment options have decreased. This failure to diagnose can happen even in the face of symptoms that should have indicated that something was not right with the patient. In such cases, the patient and perhaps their families may be entitled to compensation for the missed diagnosis. Some of the most commonly missed cancer diagnoses can involve the following:

·         Breast cancer
·         Lymphoma
·         Rectal or colon cancer
·         Melanoma or other skin cancers
·         Lung cancer
·         Prostate cancer
·         Renal/kidney cancer
·         Uterine cancer
·         Cervical cancer
·         Bladder cancer

Aneurysms occur when a weak blood vessel expands, presenting the risk of it bursting and causing potentially life-threatening complications. These vessels burst in either the aorta—the main artery in the body—or in the brain. Both types can cause serious injury or death, even with emergency treatment. There are specific symptoms for aneurysms in the brain and in the aorta and, if a patient presents with such symptoms, medical professionals should perform the proper tests to determine whether an aneurysm exists.

Doctors can identify aneurysms before they burst and can monitor and treat them to avoid serious consequences of a burst blood vessel. However, if an aneurysm is not properly diagnosed, the following may result:

·         Brain damage
·         Paralysis
·         Internal bleeding
·         Coma
·         Death

Discuss your situation with an experienced Clearwater medical malpractice attorney today

If you had a serious condition that was not properly tested and diagnosed and you sustained unnecessary complications or injury as a result, you should call a qualified medical malpractice lawyer to learn about your legal rights and options as soon as possible. Additionally, if you have tragically lost a loved one because a doctor negligently failed to diagnose their serious health condition, your should discuss your rights to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible medical professional.

The highly experienced team of attorneys at the Dolman Law Group in Clearwater, Florida have assisted many injured victims recover in medicalmalpractice cases. We have the knowledge and resources needed to take on this often complex type of case, so please do not delay in contacting our office for a free consultation by calling 727-451-6900 or using our online contact form today.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Tailgating Can Lead To Serious Accidents

Clearwater auto accident lawyer explains aggressive drivers
Aggressive drivers are some of the most dangerous drivers on the road. When these individuals let their impatience behind the wheel manifest into aggressive behaviors, they endanger all motorists around them. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) describes aggressive driving1 as a “serious problem” due to the large number of collisions and injuries that occur as a result.

Aggressive drivers may engage in many dangerous behaviors, including excessive speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, harassing other drivers, and much more. One type of aggressive driving that often leads to serious rear-end collisions is following another car too closely, also known as “tailgating.”

Following too closely is against Florida law
Florida statute2 mandates that a driver should not “follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent.” When determining what distance is reasonable and prudent, the law requires a driver to take into consideration the road conditions, type of road they are on, and the speed of the traffic around them. For example, if you are on a highway with traffic moving at 60 miles per hour, you are expected to leave a significantly more room than if you were on a city street with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour. The law also addresses requirements for large trucks and trucks towing trailers or vehicles to leave at least 300 feet between themselves and any other large truck.

If an individual causes an accident due to tailgating, they may be cited by law enforcement officers for violating traffic laws and may also face liability in civil court for any injuries and losses that occurred.

Why drivers follow too closely
There are many possible reasons why a driver may negligently choose to tailgate another vehicle, including the following:

·         To intimidate a slower driver into increasing their speed;
·         In an attempt to change lanes when there is faster traffic in the other lane;
·         Trying to “draft” another vehicle to preserve gas mileage;
·         Because they overestimate their driving skills.

No matter what the reason behind tailgating may be, it is a highly dangerous practice that leads to severe rear-end collisions.

Common injuries in rear-end collisions
A rear-end collision happens whenever the front of one vehicle (in this case, the tailgater) crashes in to the back of another vehicle. These accidents can result in very serious injuries for motorists, including:

·         Traumatic brain injuries – Many individuals in the front car of a rear-end collision hit their head on the steering wheel, dashboard, windshield, or side window. Though airbags are intended to prevent this type of injury, they do not always adequately do so. In addition, simply the jolt of the crash can cause the brain to shake in the skull and can result in damage.
·         Neck and back injuries – Whiplash and similar injuries are highly common in this type of collision due to the nature of the impact. Victims can suffer serious effects of neck and back injuries and may often have to miss a substantial amount of work.
·         Broken bones – A rear-end collision often causes limbs to crack against the inside of the car, which can result in serious fractures in the bones in the arms and legs. These fractures often require extensive recovery time and even surgery.

Find out how a qualified Clearwater auto accident attorney can help you today
Drivers who follow too closely or engage in other dangerous aggressive driving behaviors put everyone else on the road at risk of serious collisions and life-changing injuries. There is no reason why a driver should violate Florida law and tailgate and any driver who does so should be held fully responsible for any resulting accidents, injuries, and losses. At the Dolman Law Group, our car accident lawyers are dedicated to helping you obtain the maximum amount of compensation from an aggressive driver and we will take every step possible to ensure that your losses are covered. We offer free consultations and never collect a fee unless you are able to recover. Please call our Clearwater, Florida office at 727-451-6900 for assistance today.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Ways To Prove Truck Driver Negligence

Truck Accidents, Florida injury Lawyers & Driver Negligence
The majority of collisions involving large commercial trucks occur due to some type of negligent act or error by the truck driver. In such cases, the driver should be held accountable for their actions and liable for any losses suffered by injured victims. In order for this to occur, the victim must sufficiently demonstrate that the driver acted in a negligent manner.

Negligence can be proven by presenting evidence that is in accordance with the Florida Rules of Evidence.1 There are many types of evidence that can be used to prove driver negligence and the following are only a few examples.

Drug and alcohol tests
Even though driving a commercial vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is extremely dangerous, many truck accidents happen because of impaired driving. In such situations, the truck driver should be immediately tested for drugs or alcohol both for investigation by law enforcement and under regulations set out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These tests are important because positive results can serve as concrete evidence that a driver had unlawful substances in their system or a blood alcohol content (BAC) over the legal limit for truck drivers, which is 0.04 percent. Any subsequent conviction for DUI can be used as evidence of negligence, as well.

Logbooks and receipts for deliveries
The FMCSA also requires truck drivers to keep clear records of their drive time, rest breaks, and delivery schedule. These records are to ensure that a driver is in compliance with hours of service regulations and that they are risking fatigued driving or violating speed limits. Though logbooks can be helpful, many drivers who knowingly violate hours of service or drive at an excessive speed may attempt to falsify their record books to conceal the violations. In such cases, the delivery receipts can be analyzed by a professional who can identify any possible violations based on the deliveries made and distance traveled in a certain period of time. Interpreting driver and company records to show negligence can be complicated and the assistance of a professional is imperative when such evidence is at issue.

Technological devices
Commercial trucks have event data recorders, just like airplanes and other large vehicles. These devices record the speed of the truck, whether the brakes were engaged, and other important information regarding the activities of the truck driver. The data on these recorders can indicate if a driver was speeding or failed to brake for stopped traffic due to a distraction or a similar reason and this data can be very helpful as evidence in a truck accident case. If a truck had a camera installed, footage from the camera can serve as critical evidence to identify negligence on the part of the driver though not every truck has a camera at this point in time.

Testimony from experts and witnesses
In addition to physical evidence, testimony can be very important to prove your truck accident claim. Testimony can come from witnesses who saw the accident occur and can attest to the fact that the driver was texting, speeding, or engaged in some other type of negligent behavior. Accident reconstruction and trucking industry experts can also analyze the information regarding the accident can give their expert opinion on what caused the accident. Most cases use a combination of physical and testimonial evidence in order to fully prove your claims so that you can recover for your losses.

Call an experienced Clearwater truck accident attorney for a free consultation
Commercial truck accident cases can be extraordinarily complex, however, the highly skilled injury attorneys at the Dolman Law Group have the resources and knowledge to successfully handle truck cases. We have seen the devastation that a truck accident can cause for victims and are committed to protecting the interests and rights of anyone who has been injured. Truck accident victims are often entitled to a substantial amount of compensation and should never delay in consulting with an experienced lawyer in Clearwater as soon as possible. To learn more about how our qualified legal team can help you, please call 727-451-6900 for a free consultation today.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756