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Hand Held Phone Use While Driving Outlawed in Arizona

iStock-1038806958_distracted_driving-Arizona_lawyer.jpgOn April 22nd, a new law was passed outlawing holding a phone when behind the wheel driving in Arizona. Warnings will start immediately and tickets will be issued beginning in 2021. Tickets will range from $75 - $250. Please be aware that many cities in Arizona already have restrictions on the use of cell phones when driving so now is the time to start using hands-free devices or waiting to respond until you are stopped in a safe place. Now, the only states that do not have a texting while driving ban are Montana and Missouri, although Missouri has some restriction on younger drivers.

A second bill has been proposed regarding distracted drivers, which would allow law enforcement officers to stop drivers for any unrelated to driving action they believe creates a hazard. (Examples could include the driver eating while driving, putting on makeup, shaving, or watching a TV screen)

Preventing surgical errors requires safety guidelines

Patients who go into surgery, whether in a hospital or an outpatient center, count on the staff to ensure they are safe throughout the procedure. While many surgeries are successful and the patients don't suffer any harm, there are instances in which patients have to deal with life-threatening issues because of errors.

While people might assume that the surgical staff members are the only ones who would be liable in these cases, the hospital or surgical center can also be responsible. These entities should have protocols, policies and standards that govern the safety of patients and the actions of staff members from the initial intake through the discharge of the patient.

Frank Powers and Shawn Cunningham Selected To the 2019 Super Lawyers® List

SuperLawyers2019.jpgFrank I. Powers and Shawn M. Cunningham have been selected to the 2019 Super Lawyers® list under the Personal Injury Medical Malpractice Plaintiff category. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

Shattered bones: What to expect

In collisions, one of the most common injuries is a broken bone. Depending on the severity of the collision, the bone may be broken in one or two places, or it could be shattered.

Shattered bones are particularly dangerous. A severely broken bone often requires surgery and implants to hold the pieces in place as they heal. Even with this assistance, the healing process can take many months or years, and the person's bone may never really be the same again.

Yes, your back injury can have a delayed onset

You were involved in a serious collision, and, days later, the pain started to catch up to you. Your lower back was so stiff that you could barely move to get to your vehicle and drive to the emergency room. Getting there was nearly impossible, causing you pain with every movement.

Once there, you told the medical providers that you'd been involved in a car crash days before. They were not surprised that your back was starting to hurt now, since many symptoms can be delayed after crashes. They took an X-ray, and you quickly learned that you had a fracture that could be extremely dangerous to your health if it's not set. You've been living with a broken back for two days, which could have left you paralyzed.

Was your or your baby's birth injury due to medical negligence?

It's a reality that some children will be born with injuries that are not the fault of medical providers. However, others are injured before, during or after birth as a result of mistakes or negligence, and each of those children deserve justice for what they've gone through.

Medical errors can happen for a few reasons. One cause is trouble with communication. For example, a child may be healthy, but delivery could be taking too long. This could put a child into distress, and it could also threaten a mother's life.

Serious Neck Injuries After A Vehicle Collision

Due to its treatment in the media and common-sounding name, whiplash is often considered a minor injury by those outside the medical profession. In truth, whiplash refers to a severe soft tissue injury that can lead to chronic pain and a host of other debilitating symptoms.

Whiplash is most commonly suffered in front-end and rear-end vehicle collisions. In this type of accident, the body is violently thrown forward and backward against the interior of the vehicle and the seat belt. This jarring movement can put a significant strain on muscles, tendons and ligaments throughout the body. The neck, however, often bears the brunt of this motion. A cervical strain, commonly referred to as whiplash, might take hours or days to show symptoms.

Dealing with a brain hemorrhage after a collision

One of the most significant injuries you can develop is a brain hemorrhage. With a brain hemorrhage, an artery bursts in the brain. This causes blood to enter the surrounding tissues. When blood floods into the local tissues, it begins to kill brain cells.

What causes brain hemorrhages?

Who can you sue after suffering a hospital injury?

You went to the hospital for care, but you ended up with an infection that your body can't seem to shake. You've been hospitalized for weeks, taking antibiotics, receiving fluids and generally struggling to survive. You didn't expect your emergency room visit to end up with a severe complication from a hospital-acquired infection, but it has. It may be due to a medical provider making a mistake that led to your infection.

In some cases, a delay in treatment of an existing infection can cause severe complications. When you sought treatment, the staff placed you in the waiting room. You complained that you weren't well, but they kept taking other patients back. After several hours of delays, you nearly collapsed at the front desk and finally got help. By then, you required a series of antibiotics and surgery to stop the spread of sepsis and the deterioration of your body.

Are infections a result of hospital negligence?

If you are suffering from an infection, you are likely trying to determine why. You know that you have to be exposed to the bacteria at one point or another. Your primary concern is that you were exposed during your surgery.

You overheard nurses stating that they weren't sure if a pair of tools were sterilized. It wasn't during your operation, but if they couldn't be sure with another patient, would they be certain with you? Considering that you have an infection now, your concern isn't without merit.

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