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You are a victim of medical malpractice -- but can you prove it?

When you go to the doctor, you expect to receive quality medical care and support from a trained medical professional. In fact, you probably assume that you will also get the right diagnosis and the proper treatment for your specific illness. Unfortunately, that may not happen. Many Mississippi patients are victims of medical malpractice each year.

If you believe that you are the victim of medical malpractice, you may also be wondering what you should do next. Do you have grounds for a valid claim? How can you protect your rights and hold liable parties accountable? In order to have a successful medical malpractice claim, you will have to produce clear evidence that wrongdoing took place. These are complex injury cases, and malpractice victims often find it beneficial to seek help as they move forward. 

Human error and the commonality of car accidents

The rate of car accidents in the United State remains high. This is despite the fact that vehicles are safer than ever and many states now have laws against distracted driving. While there have been many advances made in the name of reducing accidents and improving safety, human error remains the leading cause of auto collisions.

You may not realize how prevalent and pressing the issue of fatal car accidents is at the moment. Statistics indicate the number of Americans who have died in car crashes since the year 2000 is higher than the number of Americans who died in both World Wars combined. The numbers are grim, and the problem doesn't seem to be going away. So, what is really to blame for America's dangerous roads?

The top reasons for denial of worker’ compensation claims

Mississippi work injuries can occur in virtually any industry, from construction sites to office jobs. If your injuries prevent you from working, you may qualify for workers’ compensation. At Wood, Carlton & Hudson, P.C., we often assist clients in filing claims and fight for those with denied coverage.

PayScale reports that workers’ compensation can be complex. Even if you deserve compensation, you may receive notification of denial. There are several reasons this can happen.

Losing the ability to walk after a car accident

Motor vehicle collisions can be traumatic for a host of reasons. However, for some people the consequences of a crash can be especially disruptive in their lives. For example, those who lose the ability to walk as a result of a motor vehicle collision may experience a wide variety of hardships in their personal and professional lives. Hobbies that one has enjoyed for decades may need to be dropped due to immobility, and someone may no longer be able to continue working in a certain field. These are just some of the things to worry about when it comes to auto accident injuries.

When some people lose their ability to walk after a crash, a host of emotions may flood and overwhelm them. They may be angry about their circumstances, or they may develop depression. They may face significant and long-term financial pressure because they have to take a lower-paying job as a result of being immobilized or being unable to work altogether. Their circumstances may even bring about other hardships in their lives, such as their partner or spouse deciding to move on from the relationship.

Does your Facebook page disprove your disability?

Like many who use social media, you may find it is a convenient and fun way to stay in contact with people you would not normally see. Family members who live outside of Mississippi, old high school friends and people you've never met who share your same interests all convene on Facebook and Instagram to post their ideas and opinions.

If you suffer from a disability, you may find this connection to the world refreshing and uplifting, especially during those times when your condition does not allow you to get out and about. However, your friends and family may not be the only ones checking in on your status updates. If you intend to apply for disability through the Social Security Administration, the government may also begin monitoring your social media.

When traffic collisions involve multiple vehicles

Every auto accident is unique, but some can be particularly devastating. For example, a wreck which involves a vehicle that was traveling at a high rate of speed or a crash which involves multiple vehicles could be particularly disastrous. During the summer months, multi-vehicle accidents can occur for various reasons, and there are certain occasions when these collisions may be especially likely (such as the Fourth of July and during popular festivals which attract many people).

When someone’s negligent behavior causes a multi-vehicle crash, they should be held responsible for all of the suffering that their poor decisions have brought on. Often, these accidents upend the lives of multiple victims as well as their family members, and some of these accidents can cause long-term consequences that have an impact on victims for many years. In some instances, multi-vehicle accidents may occur when vehicles are traveling at low speeds and the outcome may be relatively favorable. In other cases, the consequences can be deadly and disastrous.

Summer road trips and auto accidents

At any time of the year, drivers face many different risks while they behind the wheel. However, the likelihood of an accident may be especially high during certain occasions. For example, someone who goes on a road trip to a different part of the state they live in (or drives to another part of the country) may be particularly likely to find themselves in an auto accident. Moreover, in the event that a motor vehicle collision occurs, they may have an especially hard time dealing with the aftermath of the wreck while they are out of town. If you are planning a road trip this summer, it is very important to be aware of the hazards that you may run into and take steps to prevent an accident.

From unfamiliarity with roads to using a GPS and becoming drowsy while on the road for a lengthy period of time, there are a variety of risks that drivers may face while they are on a road trip. Moreover, the summer can be an especially dangerous time of year due to an increase in the number of intoxicated drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists. Unfortunately, an auto accident can not only derail someone’s summer, but it may have repercussions that follow them around for the rest of the year and throughout their lives.

Lowering the skin cancer risk for outdoor workers

Working outside in the summer can be difficult, especially for workers in Mississippi. In the South, temperatures can average 100 degrees for several months of the year, which can be quite uncomfortable for the men and women who have jobs that require them to be outdoors. If you have to work outside, you understand how important it is to learn how to stay safe when the temperatures rise. 

It is critical for outdoor workers to know how to stay as safe as reasonably possible by avoiding heat-related illnesses. In addition to these things, outdoor workers should also be aware of the risk of skin cancer. There are specific steps workers can take to stay safe and reduce their chance of suffering the ill effects of sun exposure.

Acting on behalf of nursing home abuse victims

Nursing homes should be places where people can receive quality care and support when they are unable to care for themselves. If you make the decision to move your loved one to a nursing home, you probably put hours of research into different Mississippi facilities and discussed different options with other family members. It's not an easy choice to make on behalf of another person, even if she or he needs care.

While most long-term care facilities are clean, well-run and safe places for residents, there are some that provide care that falls below acceptable standards. There are times when this goes beyond just poor care and becomes a form of abuse or neglect. If you think your loved one is experiencing nursing home abuse, your family can fight back on his or her behalf.

Qualifying for SSD benefits if you have cancer

Hearing the word "cancer" from your doctor may have been one of the scariest moments of your life. After learning what you need to know about treatment, you may wonder what you will do if you are unable to return to your Mississippi workplace. At Wood, Carlton & Hudson, P.C., we often counsel people in what type of benefits they may qualify for and assist them with applications.

The American Cancer Society explains that the federal government understands the pressing financial needs of people with serious illnesses. Therefore, Social Security Disability benefits may be available to you more quickly if you have received a diagnosis that is included on the Social Security Administration's "Compassionate Allowances" list. If you qualify for SSD benefits but your condition is not this list, it will take at least six months for your benefits to begin. 

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