Tucson Law Blog
Pregnancy can be a beautiful, joyful experience, but it can also bring with it significant risks to the mother and her unborn baby. In addition to everything that can go wrong during the delivery of the child itself, the mother can develop a number of dangerous medical conditions during pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes or preeclampsia.
Preeclampsia is relatively rare, but it is still a noteworthy risk that affects some pregnant women. Your physician should monitor you for preeclampsia during your pregnancy, and the hospital staff should monitor you for late-onset preeclampsia during labor and delivery. Failing to check you for preeclampsia and treat you for its symptoms could have long-term, potentially fatal consequences.
Many of our readers in Arizona know that medical malpractice is shockingly common in America. In fact, medical malpractice is usually cited as a leading cause of injuries, illnesses and deaths in our country. However, proving that medical malpractice has occurred can be a complicated task.
The decision to pursue a medical malpractice legal claim is not an easy one. Our readers have probably heard before about how time-consuming and technical these types of legal cases can be. But, when the decision is made to press on with a claim, Arizona residents will need to prove certain elements of the claim in order to, hopefully, be successful in the case.
"Elder abuse" is a familiar term to many of our readers in Arizona. It is a term that is, unfortunately, becoming more widely known as elder abuse and neglect gains more attention, both nationally and in Arizona. Naturally, legislators have become aware of this issue and are attempting to push through laws that can help prevent elder abuse and neglect. Nursing homes, in particular, are one of the targets for prevention efforts.
According to a recent news report, a few Democrats and Republicans in Congress are attempting to work together to pass legislation that will re-authorize funding for the "Elder Justice Act," which was first passed in 2010. As part of the efforts, the bipartisan push included a series of hearings in Congress earlier this year focused on nursing home issues and elder abuse, as attention is drawn to the current and expiring laws that may impact elder abuse in America.
When Arizona residents go to the doctor, they expect to receive the best treatment possible. After all, America is on the leading edge of medical technology, so that expectation is realistic. However, there is also the reality that, unfortunately, medical malpractice does occur with alarming frequency in America. When something goes wrong with medical treatment, particularly a surgical procedure, patients in Arizona usually start looking for options.
One option might be to consider a medical malpractice lawsuit. In such a claim, the alleged victim must prove that a doctor-patient relationship existed - which is fairly easy to do - and then, from there, prove that the treatment in question was negligent or reckless in some manner, or not up to the standard of care expected. In a case involving a surgical procedure, the technical aspects of the case can seem daunting. Medical professionals go to school for years and practice their trade meticulously. As a result, some people may think that it is foolhardy to question a doctor's moves. But, the reality is that many medical malpractice claims are, in fact, valid.
When large medical malpractice verdicts hit the news, it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that there is almost always a monetary reason behind why the award was so high.
Take, for example, a recent case out of another state involving a single mom and her child. The woman, who gave birth at the age of 29, delivered a child with severe brain damage and resulting developmental disabilities after a birth experience gone awry.
Medicine is just as much of an art as it is a science. What this means in practice is that, ultimately, a doctor or other medical professional are really making their best educated guess about what is ailing their patients when giving a diagnosis.
Because there is some guesswork inherently involved in the practice of medicine, a doctor is not liable for medical malpractice simply because he diagnosed a patient with one condition but it turned out that the patient actually had something else.
You've come to find that you need surgery to correct a medical condition, but have concerns about moving forward at this time. While it's natural to have various concerns and questions, those associated with choosing a surgeon are extremely common.
While there is no right or wrong way to choose a surgeon, there are steps you can take to improve the likelihood of making the right decision. And when you do, you'll feel better about the process leading up to your procedure, the surgery itself and your future care.
Many people in Arizona are retired and aging. As people age it is common that more and more health concerns will arise. The body just does not function the same way it did when it was younger. People may suffer injuries, contract illnesses that affect their body and mind in some cases. This is an unfortunate fact of life for many people as they continue to grow older. While family members may step up and allow these loved ones to live with them and care for them, sometimes the illnesses require more supervision than family members can provide.
In these situations, people may put their loved ones in nursing homes and other care facilities which provide the type of care people need. People expect their loved ones to receive the care they need while they are there as well. However, this does not always happen and many people may be the victims of nursing home neglect or abuse. That is why the Arizona Department of Health licenses these facilities to ensure that they are providing the proper care and to investigate complaints when they arise.
Most people in Arizona know when they are not feeling well and something is not quite right. Sometimes people may also know what may be wrong, such as having a cold, the flu or other common illnesses. However, people do not always know what may be wrong. Other times they may experience symptoms that are common for colds or the flu that are actually indications that something much more serious is wrong. In these situations, people rely on doctors to diagnose what may be wrong and how to treat it.
Doctors also go to school for a long time in order to learn about different potential diseases and conditions and the symptoms to look at to determine what is wrong. However, sometimes doctors do not properly analyze all possibilities or incorrectly determine what disease is causing the problems. If they fail to diagnose a disease incorrectly it can be very detrimental to people's health and a condition that may have been treatable grows worse and becomes much more difficult to treat and control.
Doctors in Arizona must go through extensive education and training before they can become a doctor. This is because they provide an extremely valuable service for people. They can help heal people from their injuries and illnesses. However, in order to effectively do this, doctors need to have a very good knowledge of the human body and how it works not only to appropriately diagnose a problem, but then to prescribe the correct medication or conduct the appropriate procedure.
Then once they know which procedure or surgery must be done to treat the problem, they also need to correctly operate on people, so the surgery is actually effective. If doctors make surgical errors it does not matter whether they accurately diagnosed the problem and determined the correct surgery. People still could be left in a worse position than they would have been in prior to the surgery.
As many as 700,000 patients have a laser procedure known as LASIK performed on them annually in this country with the expectation of being able to greatly reduce if not altogether eliminating their dependency on the use of contact lenses or glasses. While a large majority of those who have LASIK surgery have positive outcomes, some do not.
The number of babies being delivered via cesarean section (C-section) during the past few years has increased incrementally both in Arizona and across the United States. While this major surgery has been performed on many mothers for other valid reasons, many have happened for purely elective reasons. This has left medical organizations such as the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) concerned.
By the time you make a decision about a nursing home for a loved one, you've likely looked at various places before picking one. Each time that you hear a story in the media about abuse and neglect at one of these facilities though, you may find it difficult to not allow scary thoughts to flood your mind. You may wonder if you should install a hidden camera in your loved one's room to keep a close eye on them when you're not there.
A study recently published by Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard University researchers in the British Medical Journal highlights how medical errors can be reduced as much as 38 percent. The research shows that doctors and their patients need only to improve their communication to effectuate this change.
If you look up "plastic surgery" on the internet, you'll come across a number of horror stories where patients recount how they went in to see a doctor for a simple, routine procedure, yet things didn't go as planned. We can learn a lot about things we should avoid when selecting our own plastic surgeon by simply reading those stories.
A new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that American women are now more prone to dying during pregnancy or childbirth than women in developing countries.
Their data also captures how the United States' maternal mortality rate has increased from 17 to 26 per 100,000 between 1990 and 2015. This rate is the highest of all developed countries. Researchers at Harvard University recently tried to make sense of this increase.
Senior citizens with dementia are more vulnerable to being abused than others. They're also more apt to make false abuse accusations than those who do not have the debilitating cognitive disease. Although this diagnosis may cause a patient to become more paranoid than they otherwise would have been, there are certain signs that you should look for if you're trying to verify whether their claims of abuse are accurate.
Shoulder dystocia is a birth injury that happens when a baby becomes trapped against the mother's pelvic bone during the delivery process. Even though most cases of shoulder dystocia get better on their own after six to 12 months of healing, some children will suffer from permanent disabilities as a result of this birth injury.
Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women. It claims as many as 333,000 of their lives across the world each year. It kills more women than diabetes, respiratory disease or cancer. A woman is less likely to survive their first heart attack than a man is. Although most doctors know this information, they often diagnose them with something else other than heart disease before settling on it.
Each year across the United States, doctors perform millions of surgical procedures. Many of those take place in outpatient facilities while others require patients to spend the night at their facilities. While in some cases, just a doctor and their nurse will be in the operating room, in other cases there will be a team of medical professionals, each responsible for carrying out tasks.
A 22-year-old mother from Ohio checked herself into Phoenix's Serenity Care Center, a state-licensed drug detox center on Oct. 7 in hopes of getting help for her addiction to opioids. Staff members denied her continued requests to be transferred to a local hospital to be evaluated for her declining health. Within days, she was dead. Her story has left many wondering if her death could have been avoided.
Even if you haven't known anyone personally that's been treated poorly in a nursing home, you've likely heard about it on the nightly news. If you have a parent or a loved one that is facing the prospect of being sent to live in one of these types of facilities, then you may be wondering what some of the risk factors for elderly abuse are.
Of the tens, if not hundreds, of millions of surgical procedures that occur in the United States each year, most involve the use of anesthesia. While a sedative can greatly reduce the amount of pain or discomfort that a patient experiences if it's administered incorrectly, it can seriously injure or kill a patient. At least a quarter of a million Americans die of different types of medical errors each year.
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) defines any infection that a patient contracts while receiving medical attention for a completely different condition as a health care-associated infection (HAI). The ODPHP estimates that as many as one in every 25 individuals who receive inpatient medical treatment annually end up with an HAI. These result in tens of thousands of patient deaths and billions of dollars in costs.
No one wants to have to undergo a surgery and pregnant women are no exception. A mom who has a cesarean section (C-section) performed on her risks both her life and her baby's. She also has to spend significantly more downtime recuperating instead of being hands-on with her newborn. There are situations in which a C-section is warranted though. Although doctors often perform the procedure without incident, things sometimes go wrong.
Each day across the United States, patients are misdiagnosed as having one medical condition when they really have a completely different one.
In some cases, this happens because patients fail to fully list their symptoms. In other instances, it happens because a doctor fails to ask enough questions or perform the right tests that would help them in diagnosing their patient properly. Some medical conditions are more frequently misdiagnosed than others.
A nursing home aide decides to move a resident on her own instead of following protocol and having a second person help. An elderly resident screams out in horror because they're being asked to bear weight when they can't or because they're not being handled gently enough.
When we hear that someone we know is going to undergo surgery, many of us become paralyzed with fear. The reality is that no matter how skilled a surgeon is, they're never going to perform all procedures error-free each and every time. There are, in fact, many complications that can occur any time that a patient goes under the knife, some of which can be caused by a doctor's negligence.
Many individuals tend to think of hospitals as safe places where patients get nursed back to health. Most wouldn't imagine that they'd experience declined health or even die at their nurses' and doctors' hands. Yet, hundreds, if not thousands, of patients are either injured or develop a secondary illness in hospitals each year in the United States though.
A recent investigation completed by the nonprofit Human Rights Watch (HRW) shows that many elderly dementia patients living in nursing homes in the United States may be being placed on psychotropic drugs without receiving their prior consent.
A study published at the end of July by USA Today shows that thousands of pregnant American women either become injured or die each year because they're allowed to hemorrhage out during or immediately following childbirth. Others suffer debilitating strokes and other complications associated with high blood pressure.
A study recently published by researchers at both Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Duke suggests that doctors' fears of being sued for medical malpractice may motivate doctors to order 5 percent more tests than they otherwise would. They apparently do this even though the research shows that the added testing has failed to yield a reduction in the filing of medical malpractice cases.
When the time comes to put a loved one into a nursing home, it's often our first time doing such a thing. While it's likely that many of us will have gotten personal recommendations or read online reviews before calling to set up a tour of a facility, many of us have heard the horror stories. It can help to know what to be on the lookout for that may send a message that it's a nursing home we don't want to send a parent to live at.
A study published just this month by researchers at Stanford University captures how doctors struggle with both mental and physcial fatigue and how this may impact their ability to render timely diagnoses.
Researchers interviewed nearly 6,700 physicians for their study. At least 50 percent of them admitted to experiencing a wide range of burnout symptoms ranging from suicidal thoughts to profound fatigue.
While many of us could likely list off a number of things that could go wrong on the operating table, most of us wouldn't mention burns. From chemicals to electrical devices though, there are various products or tools that are used in the during surgeries that can seriously hurt a patient.
Two Arizona nursing homes, one in Prescott and another in Tuscon, recently were listed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as being among the worst in the country.
With a medical condition like cancer, the likelihood that a patient will survive such an illness is contingent upon how soon he or she is diagnosed and how quickly he or she begins treatment for it.
Each year, many Americans either are misdiagnosed or receive a delayed diagnosis, have a doctor poorly perform a procedure on them or otherwise experience complications associated with a medical treatment or procedure.
Researchers working on a study published last month in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology shed light on a factor that may increase a pregnant woman's risk of suffering a placental anomaly.
When aspiring physicians first enter medical school, they're required to take what's known at the Hippocratic Oath. By taking it, they're understood to agree to uphold certain ethical standards when it comes to taking care of patients that they may come into contact with. If doctors are bound by this, then you may wonder why so many doctors seem either unable or unwilling to admit when they've made a mistake.
As patients, one of perhaps our greatest fears is going to see the doctor and him or her not being able to make a definitive diagnosis of what ails us. The other is likely hearing that we're suffering from some type of debilitating or terminal illness and having to confront the unknown.When it comes to medical conditions that are often misdiagnosed, there quite a few.
A study published on May 9 by researchers at the University of South Florida suggests that when pregnant women have their births induced, it may adversely impact their risk factors for birth injuries.
Anytime your skin is broken, you run the risk of infection since your skin works as a barrier to germs, bacteria and debris that could get inside your body. Arizona medical personnel know this, which is why they should keep a close eye on you after you undergo an invasive surgical procedure.
A recent study, released by the National Council on Aging, suggests that one out of every 10 seniors over the age of 60 has been taken advantage of because of their age. The type of elder abuse these individuals experience includes verbal, emotional, physical and sexual exploitation or abuse. This population is also often abandoned or neglected by their caregivers.
Your doctors determined that you need a surgical procedure to fix an injury or cure an illness. You understand that certain risks come with the procedure and that it may not accomplish the goal. You also realize that the surgeon could make a mistake that causes you harm, so you may ask additional questions regarding the experience of the one conducting the procedure.
Although most aren't diagnosed with Alzeimer's disease until they reach their 60s, early signs of the debilitating illness start appearing as early as 20 years before that. If doctors were to recognize those earliest signs of disease, they'd likely be able to prescribe drugs already in existence on the market that could greatly slow memory loss that's associated with it.
Every human has a series of nerves that runs throught their bodies. The ones that join together around the shoulder area are called the brachial plexus ones.
If this grouping of nerves is either damaged via an injury, it's possible that individuals will experience a weakening or decreased movement in their shoulders or upper arms. In more rare cases, babies will be diagnosed with Klumke paralysis. In cases in which they are, their hand and lower arm may also be affected.
Every day across the United States, a number of patients will be diagnosed as having a certain medical condition, when in reality, they're suffering from a different, more serious illness. It's because of their improper diagnosis that the wrong medication may be prescribed or treatment option offered, resulting in a rapid decline in the patient's health or even their death.
Before you underwent a necessary medical procedure, it may have taken you a considerable amount of time to deal with the nerves and anxiety associated with your situation. Medical issues and treatments make many Arizona residents understandably apprehensive, and for some, the idea of going under the knife or facing other procedures can prove too daunting. However, because you understood the necessity of the procedure, you swallowed your fear and moved forward.
There are two kinds of nurses that most often work in an operating room. The perioperative ones are generally registered nurses (RN). Their job is to keep bleeding to a minimum, stitch up wounds and to dress them after the procedure has been completed. The role of the circulating nurse (CN), in contrast, is to prevent surgical errors, provide support to doctors and nurses in the operating room and to advocate for the patient.
Long before regulations were imposed to protect nursing home residents from being taken advantage of or mistreated by facility staff, it was common for employees to rely on medications as a way of managing them.
You may be among the thousands of Tucson residents excitedly awaiting the arrival of a newborn. During your pregnancy, you imagine what your baby will look like, holding your baby and watching him or her grow. Another concern you may have is getting through the birthing process.
As if being told you have cancer is not devastating enough, being told when it's reached an advanced stage is life-threatening as well. Cervical, endometrial and breast cancers are often go misdiagnosed.
Much like miscarriages, mothers who suffer from stillbirths often blame themselves for the loss of their child. The National Stillbirth Society (NSS) warns that the intrauterine death of a child can happen for many different reasons though.
A jury decided, during the final week in October, that Tucson's Banner-University Medical Center, formerly known as the University of Arizona Health Network, should be held liable for a patient's permanent injuries. A Pima County jury decided that one of the medical residents at the hospital administered a life-altering amount of a dangerous drug. As a result, they awarded the 46-year-old brain dead mom $12 million in damages.
A research study, conducted by Johns Hopkins Hospital, shows that medical errors rank third as one of the leading causes of patient deaths in the United States. It's estimated that medical errors result in as many as 250,000 patients losing their lives each year.
Before a doctor offers you a certain treatment, medication or performs a surgical procedure on you, he or she is supposed to procure your informed consent. It's a concept that should be seen as a type of exchange.
Whether you've spent a lot of time in hospitals or are one of the lucky individuals who only visits your physician's office for yearly checkups, one commonality you've doubtlessly encountered is nurses. From yearly physicals to emergency room visits, nurses play a major -- and essential -- role in health care. They are vital to the medical community, performing the bulk of smaller tasks, administering tests, caring for patients and even double-checking doctors. Indeed, there isn't enough time to list all the ways that nurses are essential in health care.
The attorney general for Arizona filed a civil lawsuit against Insys Therapeutics on Wednesday, Aug. 30. In doing so, he accused the pharmaceutical manufacturing giant of deceptively marketing one of its drugs. He also accused the Chandler-based company of having kept a few select doctors on its payroll as speakers, doctors Insys rewarded monetarily for over-prescribing their high powered opioid spray Subsys.
Researchers set out to determine what contributes to these cases. They determined that a doctor's ability level does not generally cause these errors. Instead, they found all too often appropriate safety measures aren't taken, or medical staff doesn't properly coordinate patient care. They found that many surgical errors are caused because doctors are not consistent in the way they perform common procedures.
The United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently audited a large number of Medicare records across 33 states. On Monday, August 28th, DHHS' inspector general issued an "early alert" warning aimed at Medicare. They'd discovered that at least 25 percent of all cases of physical or sexual abuse that were occurring in nursing homes was not being reported to police as required under federal law.
According to a study, conducted by Boston Children's Hospital, each year as many as four out of every 1,000 births result in the newborn suffering a brachial plexus injury. Babies with this type of injury experience an abnormal appearance and decreased function of their arm. This injury is caused by the nerves running from their neck through their hand being either stretched or severed.
The loss of a loved one is never easy, even when that person is sick or elderly. However, if your loved one declined rapidly and died suddenly, especially after a recent admission to an Arizona nursing home, you may have suspicions about the cause of death.
Birth injuries define traumatic events that occur to the baby during the birthing process. While many newborns or their mothers may suffer minor injuries during birth that soon resolve without treatment, there are others that can either linger around for an extended period of time or that can be permanent.
According to a study recently released by the Institute of Medicine, it's estimated that at least one in every 20 adults faces either a wrong, missing or delayed diagnosis. While this small, 5 percent rate seems relatively incidental, it's not. In fact, it's believed that these diagnostic errors are responsible for as much as 10 percent of all patient fatalities each year.
A recent report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that both hospitals and nursing homes can do a lot more than they're currently doing to reduce patient deaths. More specifically, this study highlights how they can do more to decontaminate their water water systems and reduce cases of Legionnaires' disease, a deadly form of pneumonia.
Nursing home abuse is a sad reality that many don't realize occurs on an everyday basis. The decision to move a loved one into a nursing home can be very difficult because it means family members don't have the resources to care for the loved one themselves.
Birth injuries are scary for both the parents and the baby involved. The most common birth injuries happen during the actual birthing process. In some instances, a birth injury can occur during the pregnancy if the mother was taking prescription drugs. These claims are typically filed against the doctor, pharmacy and pharmaceutical company.
Misdiagnosed cancer is a problem today and it can cause stress and other issues in the patient's life. Believe it or not, cancer has been misdiagnosed before and it will happen again in the future. Even though doctors have the best medical technology at their fingertips, mistakes can still be made.
Medical malpractice is not limited to just doctors and other medical professionals making mistakes. A common type of medical malpractice case is the failure to treat infections. This goes hand-in-hand with failing to diagnose infections. Failing to treat infections can lead to serious complications for a patient, including death.
When it comes to emergency surgeries, often the patient doesn't have much of a choice; by its very definition, an emergency prompted the need for the surgery, which was intended to be lifesaving. Your loved one may have been in so much pain or so overwhelmed that he or she agreed to whatever procedure the doctors or hospital staff recommended at the time. You and your loved one trusted in the doctor to perform the emergency surgery and keep him or her safe.
Car accidents happen every single day in Arizona. Some are avoidable, others are not. Some have minor outcomes, while others result in fatality. To help avoid the latter, safety equipment -- such as airbags -- is installed in vehicles. What happens and who is responsible if that safety equipment fails when a car crash actually happens?
What happened to you should never have happened. Whether your hospital stay was because of a routine procedure or major surgery, the low standard of care resulted in more pain and suffering than before. You may have required a longer hospitalization, more surgeries or powerful pain medication.
Two individuals were transported to a hospital after being hurt in an incident at a manufacturing facility in Arizona. Details of the incident are few at this time. However, the victims are said to have suffered burn injuries. Those injured may utilize workers' compensation benefits to help cover their losses, but they may also file personal injury claims against those believed responsible in an effort to seek further compensation.
It is unfortunate that slip-and-fall accidents occur with great frequency. This type of incident can result in the victim suffering a number of serious injuries, possibly including a traumatic brain injury. Arizona residents who have been hurt in slip-and-fall accidents may be entitled to seek compensation for any resulting losses they have experienced.
Several teenagers were injured and another one killed in a recent accident in Arizona. This car crash occurred in the Tombstone area on Dec. 16. Only one vehicle is said to have been involved in this wreck.
The individual believed responsible for a fatal hit-and-run collision in Arizona has been identified and arrested. The auto-pedestrian car accident occurred Dec. 9, in the Phoenix area. While the driver deemed responsible for this event has been found, the victim's surviving family members are still struggling to cope with the unexpected loss of life -- which is understandable -- and still have many questions about this tragic event.
Police in Arizona are investigating the cause of an accident that killed two people and injured two others. This car crash occurred in Ahwatukee. At this time, it is unclear if impairment was a contributing factor.
There are a lot of things that Arizona drivers do when driving automobiles that make them a threat to themselves and the general public. The dangers of distracted or drunk driving, particularly, are real and often reported. But what about drowsy driving? When a car crash occurs because one of the drivers was operating his or her vehicle while too tired to do so, he or she may be held liable for any damages sustained by the victim.
Authorities in Arizona are investigating the cause of a gas line explosion that injured six residents of an apartment complex in Payson. This incident reportedly occurred Nov. 5. There is still question about who is responsible for the incident. As more is learned about this event, those injured may be entitled to pursue personal injury claims in an effort to recoup their monetary losses.
Police in Arizona are currently investigating the cause of a crash that left a bicyclist seriously injured. This auto accident reportedly occurred Nov. 7, in the Tucson area. It is unknown if any criminal charges are pending in this case.
An Arizona man is currently behind bars for his involvement in an auto accident that claimed the life of one woman and left two other people injured. The car crash reportedly occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, Oct. 22. A total of three vehicles were involved in the wreck.
Seeing a child suffer or losing a child is often considered a parent's worst nightmare. Sadly, numerous parents in Arizona have been forced to deal with the pain associated with losing a child or seeing a child left disabled due to injuries suffered at birth. The financial, physical and emotional costs associated with such a personal injury can devastate a family. When a child experiences a birth injury, parents may be entitled to pursue civil claims against those parties believed responsible.
Police in Arizona are currently investigating the cause of a wreck between a sedan and a cement truck. One woman is believed to have died as a result of the injuries she suffered in this car crash. It is unknown if any criminal charges will be filed in this case.
In another state, a mother and her 12-year-old son were recently awarded $53 million in a successfully litigated birth injury case. The jury agreed that negligence of hospital staff during the labor and delivery process led to the child suffering serious personal injury, which will require he receive special care for the rest of his life. For parents in Arizona whose children have suffered due to medical errors made during labor and delivery, this case is one that may be of interest.
In looking back on 2015 statistics for Arizona, it has been found that the number of fatal auto collisions showed an increase compared to previous year. When a car accident results in fatality, the victim's surviving family members may be left struggling in a variety of ways. Thankfully, according to state laws, those who have lost loved ones due to the negligence of others may have legal recourse.
Arizona residents who have suffered head injuries at the hands of medical providers, in auto collisions or during recreational activities, may be entitled to compensation for their losses. A traumatic brain injury can completely change the course of one's life. If you or a loved one has suffered such an injury, you are not alone. Help is available.
An elderly gentleman recently died after being struck by a car in Arizona. The victim was reportedly riding his bicycle in a bike lane when the car crash occurred. Local police are still investigating this incident.
The individual believed responsible for striking a group of bicyclists in Arizona with his automobile has been identified and arrested. According to reports, two people died as a result of this car crash and several others were injured. The driver is facing criminal charges for the incident.
A mother in Arizona was crossing the street with a child in a stroller when the stroller was struck by a vehicle. The driver believed responsible for this auto-pedestrian car accident is said to have fled the scene immediately following the crash. When found, in accordance with state laws, this individual is likely to face felony charges.
A man was arrested following an accident in Arizona that killed one individual and left another person in critical condition. The car crash occurred on Jan. 18 in the Tempe area. Police believe that impairment was a factor in this case.
Police in Arizona are currently investigating a fatal accident that occurred in Yuma. The single-vehicle car crash is reportedly responsible for the deaths of two women who were passengers in the sedan. The driver was the only survivor of the incident, though, she suffered unspecified injuries.
Anyone who has been in a car accident, whether in Arizona or elsewhere, may have a number of questions following the event. This is particularly true if one believes he or she is not at fault and would like to seek damages for any resulting losses. In order to do this, though, one will have to prove negligence. How is negligence established after a car crash?
A crash in Arizona is currently under investigation. The car accident, which occurred in the Peoria area, is said to have resulted in four individuals suffering serious injuries. Police have not indicated which driver is believed responsible for this incident.
A young man in Arizona has been arrested and charged for his involvement in an accident that claimed the life of one individual and caused others to suffer injuries. This car crash is said to have happened near the end of November in Chandler. Authorities say that the accused was driving on a suspended or revoked license.
An Arizona man is facing criminal charges following a fatal accident that recently occurred in north Phoenix. Police believe that alcohol was a contributing factor in this car crash. In fact, the driver believed responsible supposedly has a history of driving under the influence.
An Arizona man was recently taken into police custody for his alleged involvement in an accident that injured a teenage girl. The car crash, which is said to have occurred on Oct. 26, left the victim's family and authorities looking for answers, as the driver reportedly fled the scene. Police do believe, however, that they have found the person responsible, and this young man is likely facing various criminal charges as a result.
One young man is dead and another behind bars following a tragic accident in Arizona. Both gentlemen were traveling in the same vehicle when the collision occurred. According to police, it is believed that this car accident was DUI-related.
Several University of Arizona students recently suffered injuries after being struck by an alleged drunk driver. A total of five students were crossing in the crosswalk at Sixth Street and Euclid Avenue when the car accident occurred. Four of the five were hurt in the incident.
A pedestrian accident in Arizona is responsible for sending two boys to the hospital. The car crash occurred Sept. 1, in the Phoenix area. Both boys are believed to have suffered non-life threatening injuries as a result of this incident.
Numerous teenagers across the state have been out celebrating their high school graduations. Due to a fatal car crash, however, the joy and excitement of this momentous event was quickly ended for a few of these teens. This incident is still under investigation by law enforcement officials in Arizona.
As beautiful as Arizona is, driving across the state can be frightening due to quick and unpredictable changes in the weather. Weather-related accidents are far more common than most think, and the damages suffered in such a car crash can be quite severe. It is only natural for anyone negatively affected by this type of incident to question whether any form of compensation may be available.
There are times when Arizona residents may question the safety of the roads, either in their local community or across the state. Most people tend to know of at least one area where car accidents seem to occur frequently. Some have even been involved in or seen collisions that have occurred on streets that are under construction. Regardless of when and where a car accident happens, it is certainly reasonable to question whether the government may be held liable for any damages sustained -- if road safety issues are a concern.
Injuries suffered in a car accident can be wide-ranging. Some people may experience minor injuries that do not require medical treatment, while the injuries suffered by others can be more serious -- if not fatal. A rear-end collision is probably the most common form of car accident seen in Arizona and across the nation. While some of these incidents may have fatal outcomes, the vast majority of rear-end collisions result in other injuries -- such as whiplash.
There are a lot of terrible things that happen in this life. For parents, the death of a child is likely to be the worst thing that could possibly occur. Sadly, far too many parents in Arizona and in other states have had to try to cope with such a loss. While no loss of life is easy to deal with, if another person is believed responsible for the death, and that person seems uncaring, this can hurt loved ones even more. The driver deemed responsible for a fatal car crash that occurred last year was arrested recently, and her reaction to the incident is one that showed no remorse.
Two-lane roads can be found in areas all across Arizona. These roads, while considered sufficient for the traffic levels, can be dangerous for drivers in some circumstances. Sadly, a recent car accident on one of these roads claimed the life of a woman. This incident required traffic to be detoured for several hours while local law enforcement, the Department of Public Safety and clean-up crews worked the scene.
Some injuries suffered in automobile accidents may not seem immediately apparent. Whiplash, in particular, is a common injury seen after a rear-end collision. The symptoms associated with whiplash may seem minor at first, but, without proper treatment, Arizona residents may experience long-term issues as a result.
News outlets across the country have shown the video of a Range Rover on Manhattan’s West Side Highway being surrounded by motorcycle riders, a rider being run over by the SUV, and the violence that ensues.