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.

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.

Front porch shooting resulting in Birmingham man’s death ruled a homicide

November 15, 2017

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It is not often that someone who has been shot in the leg later ends up the victim of a homicide. But such is the case in a shooting of a man on his front porch in Wylam this past August.

The 36-year old victim and witnesses were inside the screened in porch of the victim’s home playing video games. Then, some kind of argument broke out and then there was gunfire.

An estimated 15 to 20 shots were fired — in the home as well as into the victim’s car, a BMW SUV. The vehicle’s windows were shattered and one tire was left flat.

The victim ended up hit by a bullet in the leg and was subsequently taken to the hospital with apparently non-life-threatening injuries. Unfortunately, according to the coroner, the bullet that struck his leg ended up traveling from the leg to his lower abdomen where it caused organ damage.

The Wylam man was released from the hospital but still remained under medical care. Then, in September, when getting ready to leave his home to go to the doctor, he collapsed. The victim was again taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

After evaluation, medical examiners ruled the man’s untimely death was the result of sepsis. The manner of the death is considered to be a homicide. For those who do not know, sepsis is a “life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs.”

Usually, doctors are the ones best equipped to recognize and handle sepsis. The condition affects at least 75,000 adults a year but there have been cases where medical professionals have missed the diagnosis.

The problem falls during the early stages of sepsis, where the symptoms are similar to those of a viral infection. Viral infections tend to go away on their own, making it hard to decide if a patient should be allowed to go home or if that patient needs to promptly be hospitalized.

Sepsis is an unforgiving condition but this does not mean doctors or medical professionals cannot be held accountable for misdiagnosis.

In the recent case of the Birmingham man shot in the leg, it might not be immediately apparent but the family of the man could have a potential lawsuit worth filing — either for wrongful death or for medical malpractice.

If you or loved one has suffered because of the negligence of a medical professional you should seek out the guidance of an experienced personal injury lawyer. At the Liddon Law Firm in Alabama, we are experienced in personal injury and medical malpractice litigation.

Call 205-900-3770 or fill out our convenient online contact form to begin discussing your legal options today.

 

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney/client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.