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Qualified Immunity Might Soon End Because Of A Dog Bite Case

Right now might be the time to acquaint yourself with a legal doctrine called “qualified immunity.” This doctrine provides many government officials (and legal authorities like police officers) with conditional immunity while they are on the job. When acting in an official capacity, these government officials must still act in line with federal laws and without infringing on a person’s…
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What To Do When You Find A Rodent Corpse In Your JIF Peanut Butter Jar

Naturally the company that manufactures the peanut butter will dispute whether or not you really did find a decaying creature when you went to make your last peanut butter and jelly sandwich — but does that mean you don’t have a personal injury case? That’s the question one Yorktown, Virginia resident is asking after he made two more sandwiches for himself and his daughter. They’ll…
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What Virginia Medical Malpractice And Negligence Laws Might Affect My Case?

When drafted a medical malpractice lawsuit, there are a number of boxes that need to be checked off first. You already know the basics of what constitutes medical malpractice or negligence: check. You already have a lawyer in mind: check. You’ve determined you have a good case: check. You know what you want: check. But is the law on your side? These are the relevant medical malpractice and…
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The Statute Of Limitations For Virginia Medical Malpractice Or Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Before trying to file a medical malpractice or wrongful death lawsuit in the state of Virginia, it’s important to know how long you have to do it — unfortunately the statute of limitations can work against the victim in some cases. There are a number of steps that go into proving your case in the short amount of time you have. First, the burden of proof rests on the victim or plaintiff.…
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Common Health Technology Hazards

In order for hospitals and other medical centers to prevent themselves from being liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit, they must be up to date on the latest medical technology and how to avoid hazards. Every year the ECRI Institute publishes a list of healthcare hazards that can hurt patients from new healthcare technology. 1. Hackers - Hackers are the biggest threat to the medical community…
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The Worst Cases Of Medical Malpractice You Never Heard About

Medical malpractice can happen for a number of reasons. Our care providers can make mistakes because they are overworked and don’t get enough sleep. Simple carelessness or negligence can lead to death or disfigurement. A wrong diagnosis can lead to an incorrect treatment. The failure to obtain or recognize informed consent can lead doctors to make decisions at odds with a patient’s wishes.…
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How Often Do Anesthesiologists Get The Dosage Wrong?

A great number of malpractice lawsuits concern mistakes that were made by anesthesiologists during a surgery. Part of the problem is the difficulty in getting the formula right. Anesthetics can be designed to reduce signals from the brain to a particular part of the body, or completely knock you unconscious. But how often does something go wrong and what happens as a result? A study of anesthetic…
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What To Do When Your Newborn Receives A “Botched” Circumcision

One of the greatest risk factors of neonatal death within the first month of birth is circumcision, but no one talks about it. No one knows about it. Many parents in the U.S. believe that when a boy is born, you get him circumcised. That’s the end of it. There’s no discussion, there’s no anxiety. That’s because we don’t expect anything to go wrong. Although there are many reasons to…
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What To Do If You’re Hit By A Car While Riding Your Bicycle

Riding a bicycle can be an enjoyable and fun form of exercise and transport. Often, it is a significantly cheaper way to get around in a busy city. Further, you can burn calories and get an excellent cardio workout while being productive and having fun. Whether your biking for transport or for fun, there are some very real risks. A bicycle is entirely exposed, leaving the rider particularly…
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What to Do If You’re Injured in a Car Accident as a Passenger

A car accident can be a traumatizing experience for all of those involved. As a passenger, getting involved in an accident can be even more scary and confusing -- who pays for damages, who files a claim? After ensuring that the driver and other passengers are safe, these thoughts may be running through your head. Figuring out the logistics of such a situation can be a complex process. Filing A…
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