ER Nightmare

Without a doubt some of the most difficult cases we handle are those involving children. We recently handled a case involving a young fifteen year old; a young fifteen year old girl who was born with a heart defect. She learned to live with that heart defect. Her doctor told the family that as long as she was properly monitored and given the proper medication and saw her doctor regularly that she should still, despite this defect, live a little of a long and happy life.
Unfortunately, when she was around thirteen she contracted a virus of sorts, something similar to a simple cold or flu that you and I might get. But as a result of this virus, given her heart condition, she ended up having to have a heart transplant.
A heart transplant at the age of thirteen is scary, but it went well. She was doing very, very well. She was active in school. She was a beautiful young girl doing very well in academics and sports and participating fully in life.
Just a short while ago, as she turned fifteen, she told her mother that she wasn’t feeling well. She knew she had to go to the hospital. She said, “Mom, I think I’m dying. I don’t feel right.”
Her mother took her to the emergency room of a local facility. She went in to that emergency room and she told the nurses there, “I am not right. I need to see someone immediately. I feel as though I am dying.” For 4 hours this young teenager kept telling the nurses in the emergency room, “I don’t feel well. I feel as though I am dying.”
It wasn’t until 4 hours later that the cardiologist finally arrived in the emergency room. Within moments of his arrival in the ER this young, vibrant teenager suffered a massive heart attack and never recovered. The cardiologist, the nurses, the hospital and facilities each need to be held responsible and accountable so this will never happen again.
Give us a call if this sounds familiar to you. We can help. Our toll free number is; 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.com. Check out our latest podcasts on iTunes or YouTube for free.

Why Take Your Case To Trial?

This post is from Board Certified Trial Attorney Derek Reams:

With the internet, Google, Yahoo and all of the social media outlets that we have at our disposal, how do you pick an attorney that’s going to best represent you and handle your case?
My suggestion would be to call that attorney directly. Ask them a variety of questions. Ask how many times has that law firm handled your type of case?
Whether your case is a motor vehicle accident case, a motor vehicle vs. pedestrian, medical malpractice, dog bite or any other type of personal injury claim, it’s important to know whether that law firm has handled those cases in the past and has handled them with success.
The next question should be, does that law firm in fact take their cases all the way to trial?
Insurance companies keep a list of attorneys and law firms. On this list are attorneys and law firms that settle their cases and attorneys and law firms that go to court taking their cases to trial. You want the attorneys that go to court and go to trial because the insurance company routinely and regularly offers better settlements to those attorneys and law firms that try cases versus those that settle just to get the case over and done with as quickly as possible.
We at Q Auto and Injury Attorneys go to trial, whether it’s for medical malpractice, slip and fall, motor vehicle crashes, most types of personal injury cases where someone has been injured through the negligence of another. We try all the cases that we can. The reason we do this is it gets the best results for our clients and it sends a message to the insurance companies, “We Mean Business”. It also tells them that no matter what settlement offer they are making, we won’t accept it and we will try the case before a jury if it’s means getting the best results for our client.
Call us at Q Auto and Injury Attorneys and talk to one of our attorneys experienced in the trial process. They can answer most any questions you may have regarding your case. Our toll free number is; 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.com. Check out our latest podcasts on iTunes or YouTube for free.

Examination Under Oath

Q Auto & Injury Attorney’s Edward Izquierdo, J.D. has some guidance for you if you’re asked to do an “Examination Under Oath” as part of your insurance claim.
More and more of our clients are being required by their insurance company to do an “Examination Under Oath”. An examination under oath is the first time the insurance company gets to talk to you “on the record” regarding your accident and the medical treatment you’ve received surrounding that accident.
Often, these examinations are to help the insurance company figure out if they’re going to pay the full personal injury protection benefits or to value any future settlements you may be entitled to should you carry under insured motorist coverage on your own policy. These questions should be centered on your policy with the insurance company, the accident and any treatments you’ve had with any doctors regarding the injuries from the accident.
Even though all the insurance company wants to know is information about the accident, it’s important that you have your attorneys there with you to make sure the questions asked are appropriate and pertinent to your case. But just because questions should be about your policy and treatment doesn’t mean the adjuster or the representative from the insurance company doing the examination will stick to those questions. You want someone in your corner that can step in if a question goes off topic and into things the insurance company has no business asking about.
These examinations are nothing to be worried about. It’s simply a time for them to gather facts and for you to tell your side of the story. Still it’s important to have an attorney there with you throughout the entire process to protect your rights.
So give us a call. We can help. Our toll free number is 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.com. Check out our latest podcasts on iTunes or YouTube for free.

FDA Approved: Doesn’t Always Mean Its Safe For You

Medical Malpractice attorney Sandra Bucha provides this blog entry.
Just because the FDA has approved a particular drug does not mean that in your particular situation it is the proper drug for you. I’m sure you’ve seen the commercials on TV that tell you the drug Xarelto can result in certain individuals hemorrhaging and bleeding which can lead to hospitalization and even death. The drug Celebrex that can result in kidney failure and death for certain individuals or even about the drugs Prednisone and Levaquin, that when taken together can actually, in just a single dose, result in tendon ruptures requiring surgery.
You can’t wait to hear about these drugs on TV. By then it’s too late. You need to ask your doctors, healthcare providers and pharmacists about all of the risks and complications that might occur from your taking any one particular drug.
When you pick up your prescriptions from the pharmacy, be sure to read not only the label instructions and precautions but read the package inserts as well. You need to be fully aware of the possible consequences of taking any particular drug. In the long run it is your responsibility to be informed and really in your best interests.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a medication or malpractice give us a call. We can help. Our toll free number is 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.com. Check out our latest podcasts on iTunes or YouTube for free.

Pill Mill Doctors

Medical Malpractice attorney Sandra Bucha provides this blog entry. You may have read articles in your local newspaper or even online about doctors who seem to be over-prescribing pain medication. In the state of Florida they’re often called “Pill Mill” doctors. They seem to recklessly prescribe medications to certain people who come in complaining of pain. Many times this pain is very legitimate and the patient legitimately needs pain medication to live a normal life. But it’s that doctor’s responsibility to properly oversee the regimen of pain medication he prescribes. Tragically we often have cases where a family member comes and says, “I told the doctor, I begged with the doctor, please stop. My family member, my husband, my son is becoming addicted to this pain medication.” For whatever reason the doctor seemed to ignore their pleas for help, and we’ve represented families as a consequence when their loved one has committed suicide or tragically died from an overdose of pain medication. We need to hold these doctors responsible and as medical malpractice attorneys we will hold the “Pill Mill” doctors accountable. If you faced such a tragic situation give us a call. We can help. Our toll free number is 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.com. Check out our latest podcasts on iTunes  or YouTube for free.

Nursing Homes and Patient’s Rights

Here’s an important tip from Medical Malpractice Attorney Sandra Bucha about how to protect a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility.
Many of our clients have family members whom they eventually have to place into nursing home facilities or assisted living facilities. The decisions family members must make are difficult at best. They want to be sure that these facilities treat their loved ones with dignity and respect. They want to be sure that these facilities provide the proper care, nutrition, and oversight necessary for their safe residence in these facilities.
We had a case recently of an 83 year old mother was placed into just such a facility. The family entrusted her care to the nursing home facility. Within the first month of her residence at this facility she fell. Within the next month she fell again. Within the next month she felt two more times and ultimately she fell again fracturing the femur in her leg. She died of complications of that fracture. Upon her death, the family discovered that not only had she suffered multiple falls, but she was also suffering from malnutrition, dehydration and pressure ulcers.
This is inexcusable! It is absolutely inexcusable and nursing home facilities and/or assisted living facilities need to be held responsible for this kind of neglect and disregard.
The Florida Statutes actually outline certain rights that your loved one has regarding life and care in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Those rights spelled out in Chapter 400.022 of the Florida Statutes include, most especially, the right to be treated with dignity, respect and care while they’re in that facility.
Become familiar with those rights, because those rights will ensure that your loved one will live out their final days with comfort and safety. And if you have concerns about the manner in which your loved one is being treated while in the nursing home or assisted living facility give us a call. We can help.
Our toll free number is 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.com.
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Question! Question! Question!

Let me tell you about a client that we had that went for a routine visit to his dentist. During that visit he told the dentist he was concerned about a small growth that he had in his upper jaw. The dentist looked at it, decided to remove it, decided it was benign and the patient/ the client had nothing to worry about. A couple months later, that growth returned and our client was concerned that it might be cancer. He told the dentist that. The dentist basically said, “Don’t worry about it. We’ll remove it again. It’ll be okay.” Long story short, a couple more visits later the growth returned, and it was finally biopsied and determined to be cancer, Stage 4 mouth cancer. The moral of the story is, if you are concerned about something that is going on with you, your health, your body, be proactive. Tell your dentist, tell your doctor, to tell your provider that you’re concerned that something just does not feel right. Perhaps you will encourage your doctor to take that extra step that extra step they can save your life or at least prevent a serious injury. If you think you might have a malpractice case give us a call. We can help. Our toll free number is 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.com. Check out our latest podcasts on iTunes for free.

How Do I Find The “Right Lawyer”?

Here’s some good advice from Founding Partner, Leonard McCue, PA..
I’m always advising people to get a lawyer to help them with any claim that arises out of an automobile accident or medical malpractice. But “how do you find the right lawyer?”. Do you simply open up the yellow pages and poke your finger at the odd page that you come to or do you go on a website and simply type in, auto accident attorney?
It’s certainly a way of making an initial contact with a lawyer. But is that all? How do you know that one you’ve chosen from the yellow pages or whose website looks really glamorous, is going to do the best job for you? You have to ask questions. For instance, ask them how long have they been doing this type of legal work? More importantly is this the only type of work they do?
I know that I don’t want to have a divorce lawyer handling my medical malpractice case. If the lawyer you contacted doesn’t primarily do injury cases your best moving on and finding another attorney. I think one of the critical questions to ask is, “Do you try cases?”. That means do you take cases to court and try the case before a jury. The reason that’s an important question is because insurance companies know the law firms who are willing to challenge them in court. Challenging an insurance company in court is a very nerve wracking process. So it produces a great deal of anxiety. A lot of Lawyers do anything they can to avoid experiencing that anxiety. They don’t take their cases to court. Insurance companies, knowing that, low ball their offers of settlement for that law firm’s clients.
You don’t want to be one of those clients. You want to know that if the lawyer doesn’t believe he can get the absolute limits for you in a legal settlement for the satisfaction of the pain and suffering you’ve experienced, that he’s willing to take that case before a judge and jury to challenge that insurance company to be sure you’re satisfied with the outcome of your claim.
We take our cases to trial. At any time, on any day, in the course of our work we have a hundred or more cases scheduled for a trial. Now it’s true, insurance companies get just as anxious and just isn’t as nerve wracked over taking these cases on as the lawyer does. So it is often on the steps of the courthouse that they will settle the case. But, if they don’t settle, we do take those cases before a jury and challenge the insurance company to try to defeat your right to a good settlement for your case. Call us, we can tell you about our experience in trial. Give us a call, we’re Q Auto and Injury Attorneys and we can help. Our toll free number is 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.com Check out our latest podcasts on iTunes for free. 

Communicating with your doctor

Communication with your doctor after an accident is key to a proper settlement of your personal injury case. It might seem unfair that you have to pay for your own medical bills after an auto accident, but, Florida is a “no fault” state when it comes to auto insurance, meaning you are on the hook for your own bills, not the at-fault driver. That’s why Florida requires every driver carry a minimum of $10,000 in Personal Injury Protection or PIP benefits. However, depending on the severity of the accident the $10,000 minimum might not be enough to cover all of your bills. This is why you need to make sure your doctor knows all of your injuries. So, any ache, pain or stiffness you have you will need to report to him. Whether it’s a sore neck in the morning or stiffness during the day, anything that has occurred after the accident could be related to the accident. Keep in contact with your doctor. A small pain in the neck in the morning could be a big problem down the road. Whether it’s the new pain or re-aggravation of an old pain, let your doctor know so that he can help you and treat anything before it becomes long term nerve damage and so your lawyer can be sure the cost of that treatment is covered in your personal injury claim. If you’ve been injured, if you have questions or if you think you have a case, give us a call. We can help. Our toll free number is 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.com Check out our latest podcasts on iTunes for free.

Reasonable Compensation

When a lawyer is representing you for a personal injury claim, be it an automobile accident or medical malpractice, he or she should feel responsible to do the best possible job for you. Now, we define the best possible job as getting the most money in a settlement that we can for you. But, just because a lawyer gets a large settlement for you doesn’t mean that he will put a lot of that settlement in your pocket. It doesn’t end there.
In order to get a substantial settlement in a case it is more likely than not you’ve endured a great deal of pain and suffering because of the physical problems the accident or the malpractice caused you. That means very often that the amount of money that we get for you may not cover all of your medical bills and still put a sizable portion in your pocket.
The lawyer you hire should feel obligated and in fact be obligated to do everything in his or her power to reduce those medical bills. Yes, believe it or not those bills can be negotiated not unlike you’re negotiating to purchase a used car. There is a certain amount of money that the doctor or the medical provider has already determined is necessary to cover their expenses in your treatment. It’s the responsibility of your lawyer to determine the minimal amount of money necessary to have covered those expenses and be fair to the medical provider. This amount and the amount doctor charges are often no where’s near each other. It is our duty as your lawyer to do the best we can to deal with those medical providers. It is our job to convince them that what they’ve billed and what they’re willing to accept are two different things and that we are only going to be paying the minimal amount necessary. That’s what puts more of that settlement into your pocket and less into the overhead of a medical provider.
It’s a duty we take very seriously here at Q Auto and Injury Attorneys. We work very hard to be sure that the bills are fair, not exorbitant. We can help with those bills. We are Q Auto and Injury Attorneys and we’re here to help. Call us now. Our toll free number is 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.com Check out our latest podcasts on iTunes for free .