Accidents and mistakes happen, but that doesn’t mean you should pay or suffer any more for the wrongful death of a loved one. Knowing that there is no way to bring back a loved one, fighting for the justice of their legacy can give you a piece of mind.

Even in hospitals, which are supposed to be centers of healing, mistakes can happen. Administering proper drug dosages is a dangerous game that can end fatally. Nursing homes, similarly to hospitals, are places of medical help and attention. As the elderly live in nursing homes, death is imminent, however, if it seems likely that that death came too soon, there is something you can do about it.

In the article from Cleveland.com, it clearly shows how the nurse neglected to read the label on the bottle before administering the medication, thus neglecting to dilute the oral medication, oxycodone pain reliever, before giving it to Lawrence.Knowing the nursing home was at fault, they are offering a $37,000 settlement to the family, which is being discussed in court currently, and in hearing set for Oct. 2.

Lawrence had 21 grandkids and 10 great-grandkids, and by the mistake of a nurse, her life was taken from her family too soon. Having her own interior design business, raising a family, and living a good life, she developed Alzheimer’s disease, and later her condition worsened with the addition of pneumonia. Her pneumonia was being treated with antibiotics and oxycodone to relieve the pain, however, just hours after the last of five dosages of 100 mg, she passed away.

Her grieving family should not have to worry about the legal implications of this case while suffering from the loss of their mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. As Williams Khekher puts it, “taking prompt legal action against the party responsible may be the only way to protect your family, obtain justice for your deceased loved one, and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.”

There are many reasons why you should file a law suit after your loved one has experienced a wrongful death. The first being justice. We know that nothing can bring them back, but that doesn’t mean that no one should pay for what they did, literally. The second reason is that often, the wrongful death occurs on someone who provides for their family, and this compensation can help the family stay afloat. The third reason for taking legal action is so that the company truly feels the repercussions of their mistake, and hopefully prevent this mistake from happening to someone else. Sometimes legal action is the only measure to take to ensure the company has truly learned their lessons.

Just like any other law suit, it is important to seek legal action quickly. Hiring a lawyer can help you deal with the legal jargon, while you focus on the healing process of losing a loved one. Death is not something that can be taken back, but hopefully, a lesson can be learned, and compensation can be rewarded.


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Driving while intoxicated is a bad decision under any circumstances. All 50 states across have put in place a strict .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for their drivers. With any greater BAC, you are not legally or physically capable of driving. Alcohol affects your body in a multitude of ways that impair your ability to drive safely, such as reduced attention span, slowed reaction time, and difficulty with concentration. When people drive while intoxicated, they place themselves and everyone else on the road at risk. Two Philadelphia neighborhoods got a taste of the damages caused by drunk driving on August 27, 2017.

ABC 6 reported on the man who was taken into police custody, after being suspected of driving while intoxicated. At three o’clock Sunday morning, police received several reports of accidents that had occurred on Devereau Avenue.  Witnesses said that the car was driving out of control and smashing into cars along the side of the road. The driver went through two neighborhoods before the police were able to apprehend him. During this time he hit and damaged 27 cars in these neighborhoods. Fortunately, no one was in the vehicles at the time of the crashes, but there is still significant damage to many of the cars. Other witnesses said that the man was driving on only three wheels and the car was moving sideways, which caused him to hit cars on both sides of the street. The car was skidding and smoking but this did not stop the man from continuing to drive. He was able to continue moving for a full mile before police stopped his car. The 38-year-old man has been arrested and charged on several accounts, including driving under the influence.

Although this man caused serious damage to personal property, these Philadelphia neighborhoods were lucky there were no worse injuries. Individuals driving under the influence causes thousands of injuries and deaths each year, and yet this does not stop people from ending this behavior. It is hard to know what this man was thinking when he entered his vehicle that night and took off down the road. While alcohol may not have been the only thing causing his reckless behavior, it certainly did not help him make appropriate choices while driving. It is important that his man faces the consequences of his actions, and that we continue to work to stop people from drinking and driving.

The 27 people whose cars were damaged during this drunken rampage must now face the frustration of filing for insurance coverage and repairing the damages to their cars. This will cost significant time and money all because of another person’s reckless actions.


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Death is an inevitable fact of life. But if a person dies all of a sudden and due to the negligence of another person, that is something that is not easily acceptable by the surviving loved ones of the deceased. According to the website of the Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, the surviving relatives can file a wrongful death claim to make the person responsible for the death of their loved one liable.

A wrongful death claim can be made by a representative of the estate on behalf of the surviving members of the family and other affected parties. Such a claim can be made if the victim, who have made a personal injury claim, died due to the negligence or intentional harmful act of the defendant. There are several situations when wrongful death can take place, which includes:

  • The victim died due to an intentional act. A perfect example is the OJ Simpson case. He was sued and accused of intentionally killing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
  • The victim’s death was due to medical malpractice. If the victim died because of the failure of a doctor to properly diagnose a condition or if they showed carelessness in providing the needed level of care, the family members of the victim can sue the doctor for wrongful death.
  • The death of the victim was a result of a car accident caused by a negligent driver. If the victim died from a car accident injury, his heirs can file a wrongful death claim.

Proving Wrongful Death

To be successful with their claim, the death of the plaintiff should meet the same criteria that they would need to satisfy if the victim was alive. First, there has to be duty of care on the part of the defendant. Second, that such duty was breached by the defendant which was the direct and proximate cause of death. Thirdly, that there were damages that the plaintiff is aiming to recover.

Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim

A wrongful death claim can be filed by a representative of the family on behalf of survivors who had a relationship with the deceased. In all states, a spouse may file a wrongful death claim on behalf of their deceased spouse. Parents can claim damages for the wrongful death of their children, and minors can collect damages for the killing of their parents. In some states, the life partner of the deceased or anyone who can prove financial dependence on the deceased can file a wrongful death claim.

However, it would be much harder for distant relatives to prove that they can claim for wrongful death.


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In this day and age, people want things done swiftly. This is an age that is growing more and more impatient by the day as there are an increasing number of ways in order to get instant gratification. While some of these processes certainly make things faster, that doesn’t mean that they are better. In fact, there are some institutions that often take advantage of this mindset in order to get the best deal for themselves and withhold just retribution towards the innocent.

Take, for example, the case between the relationship of insurance companies and plaintiffs in personal injury cases. If a plaintiff doesn’t have an attorney during a situation that can constitute as personal injury, they may be advised by representatives from the defendant’s insurance company to accept a payout and to just pretend that the whole thing never happened. This can be tempting as it involves the gratification of getting paid but it also removes the potential complications and hardships that legal process could mean.

According to the website of the Law Office of Charles D. Hankey, insurance companies know that it is statistically more likely for victims to receive higher monetary settlements if they are represented by an attorney than if they proceed with the situation without one.

This is because a victim – or the surviving kin of the victim, such as in circumstances surrounding wrongful death – may not know how to navigate their way around a situation like this. They may accept financial compensation that is not sufficient to meet all of the damage that the injury has done. They may thought of repairs or medical expenses but the cost of the loss of wages as well as the potential emotional trauma that was caused by the injury could not have been taken into consideration.


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Doctors, nurses, and other people in the medical profession play important roles that are integral to the workings of a community. Without their help, individuals will be unable to receive proper medical attention vital to their health and well-being. This is particularly true for individuals who find themselves in emergency medical situation and require immediate attention. The United States Congress enacted the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act or EMTALA in the year 1986 to ensure that people in medical distress are able to receive the help they require regardless of their financial status or any other similar constraints.

Under the EMTALA, all hospitals with emergency room facilities that participate in the national health insurance program Medicare are required to provide appropriate medical screening and treatment for any patient who comes in with an emergency condition. The EMTALA also insists that hospitals must be able to stabilize the patient’s condition before being transferred to another facility. It also bars the hospital from asking for any type of advanced fees or payments when a patient or their representative asks for medical help.

The law defines an emergency medical condition as any situation that is characterized by severe acute symptoms that could result in the person’s health being put in serious jeopardy or significantly increasing risk of impairment or dysfunction of bodily functions and organs without proper intervention. EMTALA also provides for special provisions for emergency medical conditions involving pregnant women. Patients who are having contractions must be promptly examined and treated when there is little time to arrange a hospital transfer before delivery or when transferring to another hospital adds a significant amount of risk to the health of the patient and her unborn child.

The website of McCutchen & Sexton – The Law Firm also adds that patients who will need to be transferred to another hospital due to lack of staff and facilities must be provided with necessary treatments to reduce any risk. The hospital who will be receiving the patient must also agree to the transfer, noting that they have enough space, equipment, and personnel to deal with the situation. Failure to follow through with these regulations may result in the wrongful death of a patient and other medical malpractice scenarios. As a result, it’s important that medical professionals take note of their responsibilities to address the needs of a patient dealing with an emergency condition.


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Acute coronary syndrome is simply a blanket term that encompasses cardiac incidents in which blood flow to the heart is disturbed. This could include a heart attack, unstable angina, or simply mean clotting in the arteries. Many of these episodes are fatal or can cause permanent damage to the heart.

Chest pain is the main warning sign associated with acute coronary syndrome. Other common signs of heart problems include discomfort in the limbs, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, or sweating. The symptoms may come and go, be sudden, or cause continuous pain.

Xarelto, an anticoagulant manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and Bayer, was prescribed to treat acute coronary syndrome to prevent blood clots from forming. However, according to the website of the attorneys at Williams Kherkher, Xarelto may not be a viable option to treating acute coronary syndrome due to the serious side effects that it is reported to cause. While the drug is still prescribed for short-term use in acute coronary syndrome cases in the United Kingdom, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee have consistently denied the approval of Xarelto for that purpose.

A trial to test rivaroxaban in acute coronary syndrome cases took place to challenge the FDA’s ruling against the use of Xarelto. ATLAS ACS 2-TIMI 51 tested the effectiveness of very-low doses of Xarelto at 2.5 mg twice daily in trial patients. It was found that the drug reduced the risk for cardiovascular related death in reference to the placebo. However, the excess risk of bleeding was also found in users of the drug.

Over the course of 31 months, 15,526 patients with a recent episode of cardiovascular problems were given the placebo, 2.5 mg, or 5 mg of rivaroxaban. At the end of the trial, the instances of cardiovascular death, heart failure, and stroke. The treatment worked best with young, healthier patients rather than the predominant older population suffering from cardiovascular health concerns that were more likely to experience bleeding incidents. The FDA is currently investigating Xarelto for its increased risk of serious bleeding incidents.


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