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 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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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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What To Do If You’re Ever Involved In An Accident With A Big Rig

Unfortunately, car accidents are quite common, resulting in over 37,000 deaths in the United States in 2016 alone. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), this averages out 11.6 deaths per 100,000 people, or 1.16 deaths per 100 million miles traveled. These statistics vary per state, as populations naturally play a role. Any car accident can be traumatizing and fatal;…
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Filing A Wrongful Death Suit Against A Nursing Home In Virginia

When our loved ones get older, we often opt to check them into a nursing home. Nursing homes are supposed to provide around the clock care for their patients. However, unfortunately this is not always the case -- staff members may neglect their duties or abuse their position. In the state of Virginia, investigating abuse in the nursing home necessitates certain steps. Wrongful Death In the state…
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Dangerous Dog Breeds To Look Out For

Although dogs are often referred to as "man's best friend," unfortunately this is not always the case. Dogs are loyal and will protect their owner; however, this can become a problem. If the dog breed is particularly dangerous in nature, complications can arise. The dog may not have any malicious intent, but it is in its nature to protect the owner. Thus, if the dog perceives a threat, real or…
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What Is A Birth Injury And Why Should The Hospital Be Held Responsible?

A birth injury refers to the injury of a child before, during, or right after the mother gives birth. Unfortunately, there are a wide variety of birth injuries that can occur, varying in severity. The following are some of the more common types of birth injury that occur: Injury Types Brain-Related Injuries Brain-related birth injuries can occur in many different ways. A lack of oxygen is a…
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