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A car accident may cause hidden brain injuries

The high impact of a car accident can affect a victim in many ways that they may not realize, especially if their injuries involve a blow to the head. In the confusion of the moment, a victim may have a hard time remembering a head impact, and may think that they survived the experience without harm, only to find days or weeks later that they simply cannot carry on with their personal and professional lives the way they could before the accident.

A traumatic brain injury is a common result of many car accidents, but without a full medical examination, it is easy to miss. If you recently experienced a car accident and suspect that you suffered a traumatic brain injury, be sure to seek out the medical care that you need as soon as possible, to prevent further complications and to protect your rights and best interests.

Never events impact patients every day: Here's what to know

Never events, which are appropriately named for being events that should have never happened, are medical mistakes or errors made that should have been easily avoided. Some common never events include operating on the wrong patient, operating on the wrong part of the patient, performing the wrong operation and leaving items inside the patient following surgery.

Never events have been part of the medical negligence discussion since the term was coined in 2001 by Ken Kizer, MD. Never events fall into one of seven reportable categories including:

  • Procedural or surgical events
  • Environmental events
  • Radiological events
  • Criminal events
  • Patient protection events
  • Product or device events
  • Care management events

Hospitals should be accountable for their errors - -

- - Seeking apologies, compensation and preventing harm to others

Hospitals should be safe. However, we all know someone seriously harmed by hospital mistakes. It doesn't matter how many times a procedure has been performed or how trustworthy a medical team is, sometimes safety systems are ignored or just not followed. Hospitals and their staffs do not do always their jobs right and they should be accountable when they make errors.

Auto Coverage Policy Limits Increasing In Arizona July 1, 2020

Effective July 1, 2020, the minimum amounts of coverage required are increased to $25,000 for bodily injury to or death of one person in any one accident, from $15,000, to $50,000 for bodily injury to or death of two or more persons in any one accident, from $30,000, and to $15,000 because of injury to or destruction of property of others in any one accident, from $10,000. This change does not apply to a policy issued to a person with a valid certificate of self-insurance or partial self-insurance. Also, an offer of liability limits on an automobile liability insurance policy is required to be made at the time of application for insurance.

Requesting records from Gilbert Hospital and/or Florence Hospital

If you ever were treated at Gilbert Hospital or Florence Hospital at Anthem, you have until June 23 to request your medical records before they may be destroyed.


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Here is what you need to do:

Don't neglect collecting this evidence after a truck accident

Building a claim after a traffic accident is often a complicated, lengthy process. For many victims, it is difficult to know where to start, or how to build a personal injury claim. Additionally, if the accident resulted in serious injuries, an individual needs to focus their time and energy on recovery.

If you or someone close to you needs to build an injury claim after a truck accident, it is important to understand how truck accidents differ from other traffic accidents. Not only do truck accidents often involve more than two parties, they also feature unique forms of evidence victims should gather as they reconstruct how their accident occurred.

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.

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  • Martindale-Hubbell | Peer Review Rated | For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability | 2017
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