10 Types of Injuries That Lead to Lawsuits & Financial Compensation

October 10, 2018

Picture of a man with bandaged hand and pain medication.To say that an injury can be life-altering would be an understatement. The negligence of others often results in medical bills, ongoing therapy, lost wages and a lifetime of pain and suffering.

People or companies that have caused serious or fatal injuries need to be held accountable for their actions. If you are the victim of an injury, you could receive financial compensation for the damages suffered.

We have represented victims of these types of legal suits from accidents and injuries:

  1. Catastrophic injuries: This has included broken bones all the way up to paralysis. Serious burns also belong in this category. Learn more here.
  2. Traumatic brain injury: Serious head trauma that disrupts normal brain function. Your brain is everything, so it’s worth considering legal action if you’ve recently had a head injury. Some symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) include forgetfulness, change in personality, slurred speech, vision issues, depression, and more.
  3. Motor vehicle accidents: Automobile accidents are extremely common and can lead to devastating results. This category includes injuries that occur after car accidents, truck wrecks, semi-trailer accidents, and motorcycle accidents.
  4. Workplace injuries: On-the-job injuries sustained at construction sites, manufacturing plants, warehouses, offices, and other workplaces
  5. Third-party claims: Not every work-related injury is covered by worker’s compensation. This type of legal claim is for people in this category.
  6. Defective products: You should be able to buy a product and trust that it’ll work properly. You should also expect it to have been tested for safety. Still, companies make mistakes that lead to customer injuries. People have been injured by defective tires, auto parts, toys and children’s products, tools, equipment, and medical devices.
  7. Medical malpractice: We put our health in the hands of doctors. Medical professionals need to be held accountable for errors that harm patients.
  8. Hospital or nurse negligence: This includes medication errors, inadequate staffing, and failure to prevent falls and hospital-acquired infections.
  9. Premises liability: Many warehouses, construction sites, and other business locations put safety as a prior for their employees and guests. However, there are still companies that don’t put emphasis on safety, and people end up with injuries from dangerous property conditions ranging from inadequate railings to fires caused by bad wiring
  10. Wrongful death: Families have lost members because someone else was negligent.

As victims battle to recover from these injuries, they must also fight for compensation from the insurance companies and those who caused the accident. That money is desperately needed to cover medical bills, treatment, therapy, and lost wages.

This blog post should not be taken as medical or legal advice. If you’re in Alabama and you’ve been injured, we can help you receive compensation. Liddon Law Firm works with victims of all types of catastrophic injuries. Please contact our attorneys to arrange a free initial consultation and case evaluation.

Call 205-224-5675 today for a free consultation with our Birmingham law firm.

11 Forms of Hospital Staff Negligence That Justify Legal Compensation

September 25, 2018

Picture of a hospital room.

We trust nurses and other medical staff with our health. They implement the doctors’ orders, monitor vital signs, dispense medications, chart progress or lack thereof and report important symptoms. If they make any errors in these duties, or they fail to take action and their work isn’t up to standards, the result could be damaged health or even death.

Medical staff negligence is often directly related to a hospital’s negligence. Inadequate staffing levels are more common than they should be, which means nurses and other staff are often expected to provide care for far too many patients.

When negligence from nurses, medical technicians, and support staff results in injury or death, hospitals should be held responsible. Depending on the level of the negligence, patients can file malpractice lawsuits with the help of an attorney.

11 Forms of Hospital Staff Negligence That Justify Legal Compensation

Some types of negligence involve a failure to take action. Other errors are caused by taking the wrong action. All of these errors involve a failure by the staff member to follow an established standard of care. Examples of hospital staff negligence include:

  1. Medication errors (for example, administering the wrong dose)
  2. Prescription errors (for example, administering the wrong prescription)
  3. Failure to monitor a patient
  4. Failure to alert the doctor to important symptoms
  5. Failure to prevent patient falls and drops
  6. Negligent use of a medical device (syringe, catheter, intubation equipment, etc.)
  7. Abuse or neglect of patients (failure to prevent bed sores, sexual abuse, etc.)
  8. Inadequate Staffing
  9. Failure to prevent hospital-acquired infections
  10. Failure to provide proper supervision and training
  11. Failure to follow proper screening procedures before hiring an employee or granting hospital privileges to a doctor

This blog post should not be taken as medical or legal advice. At Liddon Law Firm in Birmingham, our attorneys are experienced in representing victims of hospital and nursing malpractice. We are meticulous in the investigation and litigation of nurse negligence cases. If you or a member of your family was harmed because a nurse or hospital was negligent, please contact our attorneys to arrange a free initial consultation and case evaluation.

Call 205-224-5675 today for a free consultation with our Birmingham law firm.

5 Examples of Medical Malpractice and Medical Negligence Legal Cases

August 27, 2018

We’d like to believe that we can live problem-free, but there are many awful things people endure in their lifetimes. One of the scariest situations a person could possibly experience is being a victim of medical malpractice or medical negligence.

You put your trust in doctors and surgeons with your health and life. To have them fail you not only damages your trust, it can also create serious physical consequences. If you or someone close to you has suffered has suffered as a result of medical malpractice or negligence, there is a possibility you could have a case for legal action.

While cases are extremely challenging to win, people who have suffered serious, permanent injury are likely to be successful in a medical negligence claim. We represent clients in a wide range of medical negligence cases, including:

1) Birth injury

Medical mistakes that happen during childbirth can cause a baby to suffer a lifetime of disability and pain. Raising a child with serious physical or mental disabilities can be emotionally and financially painful.

A medical staff should be held responsible for birth injuries. These include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Klumpke’s palsy
  • Brachial plexus injuries
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • And other birth injuries caused by negligence.

2) Surgical error

A positive surgical outcome is never guaranteed, but errors in the operating room are far more common than many patients realize. Surgical negligence happens when medical professionals:

  • Perform the wrong procedure
  • Operate on the wrong patient
  • Leave sponges or instruments behind
  • Fail to monitor the patient in the recovery room
  • Make anesthesia errors
  • Fail to prevent infection
  • Damage nerves or organs
  • Fail to recognize and stop internal bleeding

3) Failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis

A doctor who fails to diagnose cancer, stroke, pulmonary embolism and other serious conditions rob the patient of the ability to benefit from timely treatment.

4) Hospital-acquired infections

Hospitals are supposed to be sterile, yet sometimes they are kept in unsanitary conditions. This level of negligence can lead to life-threatening infections in the respiratory system, urinary tract, or bloodstream. You may have a case for legal action if you have developed:

  • Staph infections
  • MRSA
  • Pneumonia
  • or another infection caused by negligence.

5) Emergency room errors

Diagnostic errors are among the most prevalent type of emergency room negligence. Patients with symptoms of heart attack, stroke, or pulmonary embolism may be sent home prematurely only to suffer a near-fatal or fatal event that should have been prevented.

This blog post should not be taken as medical or legal advice. If you’re in Alabama and you’ve been harmed by medical malpractice or medical negligence, we can help you receive compensation.

Liddon Law Firm works with victims of all types of medical malpractice and medical negligence. We understand the physical and mental strain these injuries can cause. Please contact our attorneys to arrange a free initial consultation and case evaluation.

Call 205-224-5675 today or fill out the form for a free consultation with our Birmingham, Alabama law firm.