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April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child abuse has become a growing concern over the years, which is why April was declared as Child Abuse Prevention Month by the presidential proclamation in 1983. This month is the time to acknowledge and recognize the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse. Based on statistics, an estimated 683,000 children became victims of child abuse or neglect in the year 2015, out of which 1,670 were reported dead as a result of neglect or abuse. Many of these deaths could have been avoided or prevented if proper support systems and community programs had been in… Read More

Medical Malpractice With First Responders: Can They Be Held Responsible?

The studied lawyers at Percy Martinez Law firm at encountered injured people who believe that their injuries were caused by a first responder such as a paramedic or ambulance company who acted negligently. The question they ask is: “Can these first responders be held responsible for the medical malpractice injuries that they caused me while being treated? Like so many other questions related to the law, the answer to this is “it varies”. Who Is Responsible for EMS-related Errors? For example, a man suffered a neck injury that restricted the blood from going to his brain. 911 was called by… Read More

Should I Sue After A Sports Injury?

Professional athletes who entertain us through American football or hockey games are paid well for the abuse they put their bodies through each week. The road to becoming one of these multi-million dollar sports figures begins in youth, starting in recreational leagues and continuing through high school and college. Professional athletes are no strangers to the affects of a sports injury, as they have experienced them since a very young age. But what about people playing sports in recreational leagues, in school intramural sports or during social games? Are those injuries sacrifices players are expected to make or can those… Read More

How Can A Nurse Be Subjected To A Medical Malpractice Claim?

The way a nurse can be subjected to a medical malpractice claim is the same as any other medical professional that commits an error while caring for a patient. A medical malpractice by a nurse happens when he or she does not perform their medical duties adequately which lead to a patient’s injury. Like with every other medical malpractice claim, negligence must be proven. Nurses can harm a patient in many different ways, especially since they are the ones that have more physical contact with the patient on a day to day basis. Nurses must maintain a specific duty of… Read More

Deterrence

You were recently involved in a motor vehicle accident or some other accident which caused injury to yourself or loved ones. You are not at fault, but you are having a hard time deciding how to proceed. You know that you didn’t do anything wrong, but you are a person with high moral integrity, and the thought of seeking legal help with your claims seems somehow wrong. This thought process is not uncommon, especially in our great state of Utah, where religious considerations are more prolific. You may find yourself opposed to taking and legal measures against another, but you… Read More

Accidents Involving Semi-Trucks and Other Large Vehicles

There are a number of things you should consider if you are involved in an accident with a semi-truck or other large vehicle. Semi-trucks have the potential to do massive damage to your car or truck and leave you seriously injured. If your vehicle is destroyed and you have significant injuries, you may feel pressured to reach a settlement with the trucking company or their insurance provider. Many medical care providers will be hesitant to treat you without payment, and you may not have the money to pay your own medical expenses while you are waiting for a verdict or… Read More

Subgaleal Hematoma In Medical Malpractice

A newborn infant can suffer serious repercussions if they undergo a subgaleal hematoma during a birth complication. What is it? Subgaleal Hematoma is caused when there is bleeding between the scalp’s tough layer of dense fibrous tissue and the skull’s periosteum. The galea aponeurotica is covered by the scalp’s tough layer. These follow elements pose a higher threat for a newborn to endure this health condition: Mother’s first baby When the baby weighs too much When labor is prolonged When the cephalopelvic is disproportionate When the baby is born prematurely  The Major Risks Factors Are Vacuum Extractions Subgaleal hematoma can… Read More

Elder Abuse Hurts Families

Cycles of abuse in families are very hard to end. These cycles often include several levels, from child abuse to elder abuse when the children are adults and must care for their aging parents. Elder abuse is very often the result of an adult child having to care for the parent or parents who abused them. Sadly, abuse is ingrained in some families after generations of this continuing cycle. There are multiple ways the cycle of abuse manifests in individual families. But what usually happens to a child in childhood will carry over into how that person treats his or… Read More

(PIP) Personal Injury Protection in Utah

If you are involved in an automobile collision in Utah, there are many different types of insurance coverage that might help cover expenses and losses related to the accident. One of the main types of coverage that will almost always come into play is personal injury protection (PIP). In Utah, you can submit a claim to your own insurance carrier for PIP benefits regardless of whether or not you caused the collision (whether or not you were “at-fault”). Your Utah PIP coverage will include (at minimum): $3,000 for medical expenses, the lesser of $250 per week or 85% of lost… Read More

Personal Injury Accidents and Third Party Coverage

Last blog, we explained Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage and how it can help you if you are in an automobile accident. PIP is a form of first-party coverage, which means that the coverage exists with your own insurance carrier. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, you may also have a claim against the insurance carrier of someone else who was involved in the accident—this is known as a third-party claim. A third-party claim exists when someone else is liable for your damages and there is an insurance policy which covers that liability. For example, suppose that a driver… Read More