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Blog Posts in July, 2015

  • Damages Recoverable in Insurance Bad Faith Claims

    When your insurance company refuses to honor the terms of its legal policy, and refuses to pay out a valid claim, you can file an insurance bad faith claim to recover damages. In a bad faith claim, you can claim damages that will compensate you for the financial as well as emotional damages that you have suffered as a result of the claims denial. Dealing with bad-faith tactics can be emotionally ...
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  • Patient Access to Medical Records Can Reduce the Risk of Errors

    Many patients have no idea how to access their medical records. They may not realize that when they have access to all the information that is in these records, they have a better chance of avoiding medical errors. Many healthcare experts now recommend that consumers begin requesting the healthcare information in their medical records. They believe that such information in the hands of patients ...
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  • Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents

    A motorcyclist has little protection in the event of an accident, which exposes him to the risk of a variety of injuries. In a typical accident, a motorcyclist may suffer from the following injuries: Fractures or broken bones are the most common injuries in a motorcycle accident. Typically, the motorcyclist may suffer fractures of the lower extremities, including leg, knee, ankle, and foot ...
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  • Study on Senior Motorists Yield Interesting Findings

    The topic of seniors and driving safety is a sensitive one, and many seniors will bristle at the suggestion that they give up their driving privileges. A new study that was conducted by Caring.com found that approximately 14 million Americans between the age of 18 and 64 reported being involved in an accident involving a senior motorist above the age of 65 in the past 12 months. The risk of ...
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  • Sleep Right to Avoid Drowsy Driving

    Sleep deprivation is at the crux of the drowsy driving epidemic across the United States. Studies show that Americans are simply sleeping much less than they used to, and that is having a devastating impact on their ability to drive safely. Avoid sleep deprivation , and follow these simple steps to get more sleep every night. Establish, and stick to a strict bedtime schedule. Stick to the schedule ...
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  • Many Doctors Report to Work While Sick

    It shouldn’t take a doctor to tell you that when you are being attended to by a sick person, you are at a high risk of contracting an infection. It appears however that many doctors are placing patients at risk, by reporting to work while they’re sick. The study found that many healthcare professionals were often negligent by reporting to work while they were sick, and even though it meant a ...
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  • Can Employers Be Liable for Accidents Involving Employees?

    Sometimes, under the theory of vicarious liability , a negligent driver’s employer may be held liable for accidents caused by its employees. In California, this can happen if the negligent employee causing your harm was driving for the benefit of their employer at the time of the crash. Employers may find themselves liable for an accident caused by an employee in a variety of situations. Say, for ...
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  • What Types of Insurance Coverage do Bicyclists Have Available after an Accident?

    Bicyclists who suffer injuries in an accident caused by another can claim compensation for the injuries from the motorist's insurance coverage. You can claim compensation under the other person’s auto insurance, or his homeowner’s insurance . Speak to a Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyer, and learn what types of compensation insurance options are open to you after a bicycle accident. The other ...
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  • Pedestrian Risk Groups

    Pedestrians are some of the most vulnerable users on our roads, and have some of the highest risk of injuries in an accident. That’s because they have zero protection against injuries, unlike bicyclists and motorcyclists who may have padded body gear and helmets to protect them from injuries. Some categories of pedestrians may be at an even higher risk of injuries in an accident. Seniors and ...
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  • How to Tell If your Insurer Is Acting in Bad Faith

    When an insurance company uses illegal unfair practices to delay or deny your claim, it is acting in bad faith. Unfortunately, bad faith is a much more prevalent practice among insurance companies than policyholders would like to believe. As the policyholder, you probably believe that your insurance company will be fair to you when it comes to paying out your claim. You may find that that is not ...
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  • The Patient Safety Threats That Go Unnoticed

    The word "medical error" conjures up images of patients being administered excessive dosages of the wrong drug, or being operated on the wrong body part. However, a major proportion of medical errors every year involve far more mundane, but deadly errors. For instance, the simple act of monitoring a patient's diet while in the hospital is rife with potential for error . A recent study by the ...
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  • Low Patient Fatality Risk If Patient Is Readmitted Back in the Same Hospital

    A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Utah found that patients, who were readmitted back into the hospital after a surgical complication, were less likely to die if they were admitted back into the same hospital where they underwent the surgery. According to the research, which focused on patients who underwent at least one of 10 surgical procedures between 2001 and 2011, ...
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  • Difference between a Civil Wrongful Death Claim and Criminal Charges

    In California, survivors of a person who has died due to the negligence of another party may claim wrongful death damages via a civil claim , after the death. The wrongful death claim will specifically seek to compensate the survivors for their losses. For instance, the wrongful death claim will compensate survivors for their financial losses, including lost income, lost insurance benefits , and ...
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