It would be safe to say that most people have heard of cases of medical malpractice resulting in personal injury. Incidents like this punctuate the nightly news far too often. But there are other incidents of personal injury resulting from malpractice that usually do not make the headlines: injuries resulting from dental malpractice.
In this brave, new world we live in, social media has become an important part of how we communicate with one another. Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, first dates, or any other major event or milestone is dutifully chronicled for all of our friends and family.
Many people are unaware that when accidents occur in the home or on private property that the homeowner can potentially be held responsible for any resulting injuries or damages. Often times these kinds of cases involve the consumption or distribution of alcohol. In other instances, unsafe conditions on the property led to an injury.
More often than not, visits with doctors, nurses, and hospitals will go smoothly. Mistakes resulting in serious personal injury are the exception, not the rule. But unfortunately mistakes do happen, and sometimes individuals are left with injuries that have long-lasting effects on their lives. One of the common forms of medical malpractice is that of medication errors. Keep in mind though, that not all mistakes equate to medical malpractice. There must be negligence on behalf of the doctors, nurses, hospitals, etc. who are administering medicinal treatments.
If you sustain a personal injury as a result of someone else's negligent, reckless, or intentionally dangerous actions, you may be entitled to receive a settlement. In most cases, settlements such as these are paid out by insurance companies, but if you are a Medicare recipient, you may have to forfeit some or all of the settlement you are entitled to.
It was only a few short years ago that a controversy involving hazing on college campuses hit home in Connecticut. In 2014, several Greek organizations were suspended for incidents involving hazing. The sorority, Kappa Gamma, was barred until May of 2018 for activities that led to the hospitalization of one of its members after she was forced to consume dangerous levels of alcohol. The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity also received a five-year suspension after an investigation into that same incident revealed other hazing activities were being perpetrated by its members. More recently, another investigation was launched when a former member of the UCONN women's hockey team came forward to report hazing and bullying against her by her teammates and coach.
So you're approaching a stoplight and you look into your rear-view mirror and spot a car coming up fast behind you. You aren't worried though, they still have time to slow down. You come to a stop and check your mirror again, but this time you notice that the vehicle behind you is still coming directly for you. Before you have time to even think about what's happening, BAM!
We have all seen it, and though we will likely deny it, we have all done it: driving distracted. Glance at your neighbors as you drive down the road and you will witness people texting, reading maps, selecting music, eating, putting on makeup-the list is endless. We all know it's an unnecessary and potentially dangerous habit, but did you also know that you can get into legal trouble as well? If you were involved in an accident that resulted in injury or fatalities and the cause was distracted driving, you could be in hot water.