Do You Need A Utah Lawyer for a Dog Bite Injury?

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Do You Need A Lawyer?

The decision to hire a Utah personal injury lawyer if you or a loved one have been injured by a dog is an important one.  Failure to hire an attorney can result in not receiving the compensation you deserve to pay for your medical expenses, lost wages, and future medical needs.  Even if you are not sure if you need an attorney, it is always wise to at least consult with an experienced Utah attorney to evaluate your options.  Most attorneys that do this type of work will talk to you for free.  If they do take your case, most will accept these types of cases on a contingency basis.  This means you pay nothing up front and only pay the attorney if you receive money on your case.  The attorney’s fee is generally a percentage of the recovery.

While every case is different, and no reputable and experienced attorney would guarantee specific results, people with lawyers generally receive much larger settlements than those without.  This is even taking into account attorneys fees.  Often, an attorney is required to evaluate the merits of your case, assess a fair value, and put appropriate legal pressure on the insurance company to pay what is fair.  Litigation (filing a lawsuit) is sometimes, but not always, necessary.  A lawyer can walk you through this often complicated process.

How Do You Choose the Right Injury Lawyer?

First and foremost, you want an attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable in Utah personal injury law.  Where did they attend law school?  How long have they been practicing law?  Have they successfully handled similar cases?  These are the types of questions you should ask.

In addition, you want an attorney who is available and willing to answer your questions.  You want an attorney you get along with and trust.  You want to be assured that your claim will be personally handled by a lawyer and not a paralegal in the firm.  Often the only way to determine these things is to meet with the attorney in person.

Many Utah dog bite lawyers will meet with you and talk to you for free.  This is an ideal time to get a sense for the attorney and decide if you think you could work well together.

Finally, don’t simply rely on advertising to make your decision.  Attorneys who advertise extensively are not necessarily better than those who don’t.  Having commercials and billboards does not necessarily mean that attorney will give your case the personal time and attention it deserves, nor does it mean that attorney is “successful.”

If you or a loved one have been attacked and injured by a dog in Utah, please feel free to contact Utah injury attorney Jared Faerber at the Faerber Law Firm, PC (801) 943-1005, for a free, no obligation, consultation to see if he is the right attorney for your case.

Misdiagnosis is the Most Common Type of Medical Malpractice

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New research has confirmed what I have observed in my nearly 15 years as a Utah medical malpractice attorney:  diagnostic errors are a common, and often deadly, form of medical malpractice.  A misdiagnosis can occur when the health care provider reaches  the wrong diagnoses or reaches the correct diagnosis, but too late.  Examples include failing to diagnose certain forms of cancer until they are too advanced, failing to correctly diagnose a heart attack or stroke, or mistaking a deadly illness with something harmless.

Dr. David Newman-Toker and colleagues reviewed 25 years of medical malpractice payouts and published the results of their findings in the medical journal BMJ Quality and Safety.  They found that diagnostic errors cost $38.8 billion in malpractice claim payouts between 1986 and 2010, and they were the most likely type of error to result in death or disability.  These types of errors created larger damages than medication errors and surgical errors.  It is likely that misdiagnosis is an equally serious source of medical malpractice in Utah as it is in the rest of the United States.

The question for the health care system is how can we reduce these types of errors?  In my experience as a medical malpractice lawyer, diagnostic errors are often the result of poorly coordinated care.  Sometimes physicians and hospitals fail to communicate accurately with each other and coordinate their care with each other.  Providers sometimes fail to take the time to carefully question their patients about past care and tests.  Diagnostic errors can also arise when providers fail to see the big picture and focus only on one or two symptoms.  Errors by one physician are relied upon by others thus lengthening the failure to diagnose.

While controversial, it would be beneficial if hospitals and physicians would track and disclose their misdiagnoses.  That way, others could study these mistakes and learn to avoid them.  Patterns could be recognized and additional resources could be directed to avoid common diagnostic errors.

Of course, these remedies do nothing to help those who have already been victimized by a misdiagnosis in Utah and around the country.  If you or a loved one has been injured due to a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis, I would be happy to discuss your situation for free.  Please contact me at The Faerber Law Firm, PC at (801) 943-1005.

 

 

 

 

 

The high cost of cancer medications is out of control – Cancer victims are victimized twice.

As highlighted in a recent 60 Minutes piece, the high cost of medications for cancer victims is out of control.  The shock and anxiety of a cancer diagnoses is often followed by a second jolt: the high cost of medications to treat the cancer.

As Lesley Stahl reported, many new cancer drugs cost well over $100,000.00 per year.  What if your cancer was the result of medical malpractice in Utah?  What if your, or a loved one’s, cancer could have been diagnosed and cured earlier, but was not due to medical malpractice?  Not only do you have to deal with the pain and difficulties of cancer, but you must deal with the financial hardships.

The term “financial toxicity” is beginning to show up in the literature to describe the dangerous economic effects of the high cost of cancer medications.  One troubling example is the medication Zaltrap used for treating advanced colon cancer.  This medication costs approximately $11,000.00 per month, roughly twice that of a comparable drug Avastin.  Zaltrap, however, is no more effective than Avastin.

Cancer victims are in a vulnerable position due to their health status.  They are in a position of needing these medications to live.  Many professionals believe the industry practice of charging exorbitant prices is immoral.

If you, or a loved one, are a victim of delayed or misdiagnosed cancer in Utah, you may have a claim for medical malpractice against those responsible.  You may be able to recover compensation to help pay for necessary cancer medications and other healthcare.  I’ve helped many victims of cancer misdiagnoses malpractice in Utah and would be happy to discuss your potential case with you for free.  Please contact Jared Faerber at The Faerber Law Firm, P.C. at (801) 943-1005 today for a frank, no-obligation discussion of your options.

 

What makes a good car accident injury case in Utah?

To prevail in any personal injury claim in Utah, the injured party must generally prove three things: 1) negligence; 2) causation; and 3) damages.  Each of these elements must be proven for an injured party to win their claim.  If any element is missing, the plaintiff will not recover.

What is negligence?

Negligence is the failure to exercise reasonable care to prevent harming others.  It is acting carelessly.  Excessive speed, failure to yield the right-of-way, and inattention are just some examples of negligence on the roadway.

What is causation? 

Causation in this context simply means the negligence (or carelessness) of the defendant caused the injury or injuries involved.  This sounds simple, but can become complicated when the injured party has prior injuries, or the accident was such that establishing a connection between the accident and the injury becomes difficult.  Generally, the treating physician is in the best position to document causation.  Experts, however, are sometimes employed to establish this critical element.

Damages

Finally, the Plaintiff must show damages.  Personal injury damages in Utah include both economic and non-economic (or general damages).  Economic damages are those that can be specifically measured such as past and future lost wages, past and future medical expenses, property damage, and other out-of-pocket expenses.

Non-economic damages, or general damages, are harder to measure.  However, they are equally important and justified for Utah car accident victims.  They include monetary compensation for pain and suffering, and the loss of enjoyment and life.  These types of damages can be a very significant portion of any claim.

What is my car accident case worth? 

I’m often asked this question by clients.  It depends on several factors including the strength of the liability, the medical expenses involved, the degree of pain and suffering, insurance coverage, and many other factors.  Each case is different and values vary greatly from state to state and case to case.  It generally requires an experienced attorney to properly evaluate your claim.

Over the course of my legal career, I have evaluated hundreds of personal injury claims in Utah involving car accidents, bicycle accidents, large truck accidents, and other types of injuries.  If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident, I would be happy to provide a no-obligation, free consultation regarding your case.  Please contact me at The Faerber Law Firm at (801) 943-1005.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources of Insurance Coverage for Injuries Involving Cars in Utah

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As you are probably aware, Utah law requires you to buy liability insurance on your vehicle.  What many people are not aware of, however, is that this auto insurance usually also includes uninsured and underinsured coverage.  These important coverages apply when you or another covered person (such as a household member) are injured by a vehicle with inadequate insurance coverage or no insurance coverage at all.

Uninsured and underinsured coverages often apply even if you, or a loved one, are not even in your vehicle.  The coverage may apply when you are bicycling, jogging, or walking.  The triggering event is being injured by another vehicle.  Utahns are often unaware of this important insurance.

There are important steps that must be taken to secure and obtain this coverage.  The specific steps necessary depend on your situation and are beyond the scope of this article.  In addition, there may be additional sources of insurance coverage for your Utah pedestrian/ automobile accident or bicycle/ automobile accident.  That’s why it’s important to consult with an experienced Utah automobile accident attorney as soon as possible.  At the Faerber Law Firm, PC, we have helped many people obtain appropriate recovery in these situations.  Feel free to call Utah car accident attorney Jared Faerber today at (801)943-1005 for a free consultation regarding your legal rights.

Please note that this article is intended only to be a brief introduction to the topic and is in no way exhaustive.  The actual statutes can be found here:

http://le.utah.gov/code/TITLE31A/htm/31A22_030500.htm

Utah medication errors are a common form of medical malpractice

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Medication errors are among the most common medical errors, harming at least 1.5 million people every year, according to a recent report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. The extra medical costs of treating drug-related injuries occurring in hospitals alone conservatively amount to $3.5 billion a year.

Errors are common at every stage, from prescription and administration of a drug to monitoring of the patient’s response.  These errors occur at the pharmacy level, at hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities. It estimated that there is at least one medication error per hospital patient per day, although error rates vary widely across facilities. Not all errors lead to injury or death, but the number of preventable injuries that do occur is troubling.

New computerized systems for prescribing drugs and other applications of information technology show promise for reducing the number of drug-related mistakes. Studies indicate that paper-based prescribing is associated with high error rates. Electronic prescribing is safer because it eliminates problems with handwriting legibility and can automatically alert prescribers to possible interactions, allergies, and other potential problems. Many providers have already switched over to electronic systems.

Confusion caused by similar drug names accounts for up to 25 percent of all errors reported to the Medication Error Reporting Program http://www.usp.org/hqi/patientSafety/mer operated cooperatively by U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). In addition, labeling and packaging issues were cited as the cause of 33 percent of errors, including 30 percent of fatalities, reported to the program. If you or someone you know has been injured by a medication or pharmacy error, contact experienced Utah medical malpractice lawyer Jared Faerber today at The Faerber Law Firm (801) 943-1005 for a free, no obligation consultation.

Cancer Misdiagnosis in Utah: A Medical Malpractice Lawyer’s View

Many types of cancer are curable- particularly if caught early.  For example, if a breast cancer diagnosis is made at Stage 0 or 1, the five-year survival rate is close to 100 percent.  However, if the diagnosis is missed, the chances for a better outcome decline.  At Stage IV, for example, the five-year survival rate is typically less than 20 percent.  Early diagnosis is therefore key.  A missed or delayed diagnosis of cancer due to medical negligence is therefore often actionable in Utah and other states.

Delayed or misdiagnosed cancer cases often involved common causes.  These include the misinterpretation of chest x-rays, mammograms, PAP smears, and other tests.  Other negligent causes of a delayed diagnosis might include a physician minimizing or ignoring your complaints, relying on a less than definitive means of diagnosis when a definitive test, such as a biopsy, is available.  Sometimes doctors might improperly assume your complaints have a “benign” cause.  For example, they might attribute rectal bleeding to hemorrhoids when your symptoms might warrant further testing and investigation.

Missed diagnosis of cancer cases involve a loss of chance for a better outcome.  These are real and tragic injuries.  My firm has successfully handled delayed cancer diagnosis lawsuits on behalf of people in Utah and Salt Lake City and can help you or your loved one seek justice.  We work with oncologists and other experts nationwide to prove your claim.  Feel free to contact us online or call (801) 943-1005 directly for a free consultation. 

 

Utah Medical Malpractice Lawyer for Victims of Heart Attack Misdiagnosis

A leading cause of death in the United States is coronary artery disease, or a narrowing of the arteries supplying blood to the heart.  This condition often results in a heart attack.  In some cases, a heart attack kills almost instantly and nothing could be done to save the victim.

However, in other cases, appropriate and timely diagnoses can make the difference between life and death.  Some heart attack victims who get proper treatment immediately may have the opportunity to avoid serious heart damage and resume normal life.

Too often, medical mistakes in Utah deprive heart attack victims of this opportunity.  Why is this?  Here are some common reasons why heart attacks are misdiagnosed:

  • Heartburn-  Chest pain is a common and indicative sign of a heart attack.  Doctors sometimes misdiagnose patients with a gastrointestinal problem and send the patient home, when, in fact, they are suffering a heart attack.
  • Patients don’t fit the heart attack profile-  Heart attacks can be misdiagnosed in patients who don’t fit the profile of the “typical” male over the age of 45.  Women and younger men can, of course, also suffer from heart attacks.  Sometimes the symptoms are slightly different.  However, a doctor’s failure to perform a thorough exam, order necessary tests, and consult cardiac specialists may lead to a heart attack misdiagnoses.
  • Mild Symptoms- Heart attack symptoms vary greatly from one person to another.  One person may or may not experience all of the typical symptoms.  A physician may dismiss a patients symptoms such as nausea and fatigue as not serious.
  • Undiagnosed in the Emergency Room- Sometimes a heart attack may go undiagnosed in the emergency room, particularly if the patient is a woman or younger man.  EKG’s may even be normal.  A heart attack may be misdiagnosed as GERD, musculoskeletal pain, or a respiratory problem.

If you believe a loved one’s death or serious injury was the result of medical malpractice in Utah due to the failure to properly diagnose a heart attack, please contact Utah Attorney Jared Faerber at The Faerber Law Firm at (801) 943-1005.  We have helped numerous victims of medical malpractice in Salt Lake City and throughout the State of Utah.  We are happy to discuss your potential case with you for free.