West Virginia residents who believe they are victims of negligence by a medical professional may be interested in learning that there are three common errors made by physicians and surgeons nationwide. Reportedly, these medical mistakes are high up on the list of leading causes of death in the country. These errors can cause deaths or leave patients with severe mental and physical scars, and they give rise to many medical malpractice lawsuits.
In West Virginia and all other jurisdictions, the system of collecting monetary damages from a vehicular accident is based on whether someone else was negligent in causing the claimant's injury or death. If someone's negligence was a substantial factor in causing the victim's injuries or death, a claim for personal injury or wrongful death damages will likely exist. Sometimes, there can be more than one person who is negligent in causing damages, and in that event, the tortfeasors will each be responsible for compensating the victim.
In the past few years, a disturbing new form of abuse has emerged among workers in nursing care facilities. While those using this kind of abuse do not always leave marks or bruises on the victims, the mistreatment is visible for all to see when the workers post humiliating pictures or videos of patients and residents on social media.
A veteran who is injured or killed by the negligence of a Veterans Administration health care provider may make a claim against the federal agency under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Even though veterans in West Virginia and nationwide have had the right to competent medical care for decades, for the past five years the country witnessed several scandals regarding inadequate care at these facilities. Recently, a federal judge sitting in another state entered a $2.5 million medical malpractice award to an Army veteran who is dying of prostate cancer.
As spring draws closer and more people spend time outdoors, most people don't think about the danger of traffic when deciding to take an afternoon or evening walk. Even on nice days when you skip the car ride in favor of walking to complete a quick errand, car crashes remain a real risk.
There are misconceptions about estate planning that commonly occur in West Virginia and in other states as well. People tend to get confused by some common untruths that can steer them in the wrong direction. Although estate planning can be a complex area of the law, it is largely straightforward and beneficial when established in accordance with some tried and proved principles.
As the people of West Virginia well know, mining is one of the toughest and most dangerous jobs in the country. Coal mining accidents in the state have taken down many souls who should have had many more years of knowing the joys of life. When such events happen in the state, there is a coming together of mining families and others to help one another, for each knows that they too may someday mourn the loss or serious injury of a loved one.