Injured - FindLaw Accident, Personal Injury and Tort Law Blog

Injured - The FindLaw Accident, Injury and Tort Law Blog

When a chiropractor’s medical treatment causes a patient injury, that patient may be able to sue. While chiropractors are not medical doctors, they can still be liable for malpractice or professional negligence. State laws differ on what the action might be called, but each cause of action generally considers the same elements to prove a claim against a doctor or a chiropractor.

Injures alleged against chiropractors can be serious. For example, it was discovered that a famous model, Katy May, died at the age of 34 allegedly as a result of chiropractic treatment. After suffering from an on-set fall during a photoshoot, she hurt her neck. When the pain did not resolve itself, she sought chiropractic treatment. As a result of the treatment, an artery in her neck was pinched which caused her to have a stroke and die following the treatment.

Although this situation may sound like a textbook case of medical negligence, that may not necessarily be the case.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 20 percent of all traffic accidents involve distracted drivers, causing 3,179 deaths and an estimated 431,000 injuries in 2014 alone. And while drivers can be distracted by all kinds of things -- food, loud music, unruly passengers -- much of the attention has fallen on drivers texting and talking on the phone while driving. The NHTSA estimates 385 fatal crashes in 2014 involved the use of cell phones as distractions.

If all of these statistics make you wonder if cell phone companies are doing enough to prevent distracted driving incidents involving their products, you may have your answer soon. A new lawsuit against Apple, claiming the tech company is responsible for a fatal crash in Texas, may test the limits of liability for cell phone companies in distracted driving accidents.

When a pregnant woman goes into the hospital to have their baby delivered, they don’t expect to be suing the hospital over a botched delivery. Unfortunately, for three mothers in the Houston area, that was exactly their fate. They went into East Houston Regional Medical Center to have their babies delivered, and of the three, one child died and the other two were permanently injured during the birthing process.

As well as all going to the same hospital, the three women had the same doctor. Now, the three women also have the same lawyers, and all three are suing both the doctor and the hospital for the birth injuries.

It can be one of the most painful injuries imaginable. And of course it's right in the middle of your face. A broken nose can be an expensive injury as well, between immediate medical care, missed time at work, and any reconstructive surgery that might be necessary.

Generally speaking, a broken nose can either be the result of an accident, or an intentional act. And in either case you may be able to sue for your injuries. Here's a look at how.

The first lawsuit has been filed against Samsung as a result of the exploding Galaxy Note 7s that were recalled last month. Surprisingly, the lawsuit is not over the phone explosion itself, but rather the economic damages that the recall notice caused to consumers. A judge still needs to approve the class-action status of the lawsuit.

For the 1.9 million Samsung phones that were subject to the recall in the U.S., consumers were advised to cease using and power down their phones. That left the phones unusable, leaving many consumers not just without a phone, but still on the hook for pricey phone bills. That’s exactly what this lawsuit is covering, as well as incidental damages and loss in value.

Like few other drugs, the antipsychotic Risperdal can treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and reduce irritability and aggressive behavior in autistic children. But like any other drug, Risperdal has side effects, including causing breast enlargement and diminished sexual functioning in young autistic boys.

These side effects have led to a slew of litigation, from patient lawsuits to charges from the Department of Justice. Here is a roundup of all the latest news on those lawsuits, from our archives.

Life in a nursing home is rarely any person’s ideal living arrangement, and when things go wrong, it can often leave nursing home residents confused about their legal remedies. Nursing homes are like a mix between hotels and hospitals, which can both be held liable, like any premises’s owner, for a slip and fall injury if it involved negligence.

Cases against nursing homes often present challenges and obstacles outside the legal variety of proving that it happened. Oftentimes, residents are afraid of making claims for fear of retaliation, or residents are unable to make a claim because of a physical disability. It is important to remember, especially if you are helping an elderly friend or relative, that they likely must continue to live there and may be uncomfortable with making a claim but not say anything to you.

Under the law, you can sue the same day an accident happens. However, before filing a lawsuit, you should have a good idea about how the accident happened, who caused it, and how much money you are owed as a result of the accident. If there is no concern over missing a statute of limitation, it is better to wait until you have more information about your damages before filing in court. In injury cases, damages will continue to grow as medical costs are incurred, as medical costs are part of the damages.

In car accident cases involving property damage only, where there are no injuries, you can file a lawsuit as soon as you know how much it will cost to repair your car, but that may not be advisable if the at-fault driver has car insurance. Usually car insurance companies are willing to negotiate about the value of the repairs. If the driver that caused the accident is uninsured, you may wish to proceed more quickly by filing a lawsuit and having it served immediately after finding out the repair costs.

We trust our doctors with our lives. And while part of that trust is in their medical expertise, all the technical skill in the world doesn't mean much if we don't think our doctors are telling us the truth.

You've probably heard of medical malpractice lawsuits against doctors who make mistakes, but what about malpractice claims against doctors who lie to patients? Here's what you need to know:

Having a pacemaker put in requires heart surgery, which is a very serious operation. Pacemakers are little devices that keep the heart beating in proper rhythm. Generally, the device is surgically implanted in the shoulder, stomach, or near the heart, and wires are attached from the device to the heart. The device works by constantly measuring the rhythm of the heartbeat and using little electric shocks to keep the heartbeat at the proper rhythm.

The main concern for people with pacemakers is that the device will just stop working or fail. When that happens, a person can lose consciousness, and it can be potentially fatal. When there is a problem with a pacemaker, or it stops working, the patient may be completely in the dark about what is going on because the device is inside their body.