Suffering From Acute Stress Disorder After Your Car Accident? Ask An Attorney For Help

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Suffering From Acute Stress Disorder After Your Car Accident? Ask An Attorney For Help

If you suffer from acute stress disorder after your car accident, seek legal counseling and representation from an attorney. Acute stress disorder, or ASD, is a life-changing and debilitating condition that occurs when you face a traumatic and life-threatening event. If you or someone you love almost died in your car accident, the event can affect how you handle stressful situations in the future. In addition, you can develop problems with everyday living, such as the inability to care for your family or attend school. Here’s what ASD is, how it affects you and what a car accident lawyer can do to help you. What’s Acute Stress Disorder? ASD is one of several types of mental disorders that develop from traumatic experiences. Acute stress disorder occurs weeks after you experience your car accident and takes a toll on your life for three days to a month after the event. It’s possible for your ASD to develop into post-traumatic stress disorder without the proper treatment. The symptoms of ASD can strike at any time and can vary in intensity. You can experience intense and vivid flashbacks of your accident during your awake hours and nightmares when you fall asleep. You may even avoid friends and family in order to hide your inability to cope with your accident. Some individuals become detached from their emotions to cope with the painful memories. Other people experience dissociative amnesia and can’t recall the events leading up to and after their traumatic event.  How Is ASD Diagnosed? Before an accident lawyer can add acute stress disorder to your personal injury case, they must obtain viable proof of your ASD. Because ASD can mimic the symptoms caused by alcoholism, depression, schizophrenia, and other mental illnesses, the at-fault driver’s insurance company may blame your post-traumatic symptoms on these issues. The insurer may not want to compensate you fairly for ASD, as well as any physical injuries you sustained from the accident.  A medical doctor or psychiatric specialist will generally use psychological tests to evaluate your mental state. The psychological tests may include asking questions about your childhood to see if you have a history of mental illness. The specialists may even acquire records of your medical history to see if you have any past problems or conditions that can possibly trigger your symptoms. Doctors may run a variety of blood and urine tests to rule alcohol and drug abuse. The healthcare providers can also use these types of tests to look for traces of any medications you might take for a mental illness. If you take narcotics or other strong pain medications to control the pain caused by your physical injuries, it’s important to reveal this information to the doctors. Some pain medications, such as opiates, contain ingredients that may show up as illegal drugs. After they complete the tests and rule out the issues above, the doctors will give the results to an attorney to look over and file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. The insurer may try to stall your case until it can verify the documentation presented to them. During this time, the insurer may also try to negotiate a settlement amount with a car accident attorney that doesn’t reflect the extent of your ASD and physical injuries. If the attorney doesn’t consider the settlement offer acceptable, they may choose to take...

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Live In An Area With A Lot Of Dogs? What You Need To Know About Canine Attacks

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Live In An Area With A Lot Of Dogs? What You Need To Know About Canine Attacks

If you suffer from cynophobia, a fear of dogs, or live in an area where there are a lot of off-leash canines, you may worry about getting bitten by one of the animals. Your fears are not unwarranted, as approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur every year. If you want to make sure that you and your family are prepared for dealing with dogs that turn hostile, the following guide can serve as your primer. Understanding the Health Risks While most dog bites do not become infected, the ones that do can cause serious health issues. Nearly 1 out of 5 of dog bites requires medical attention. Tetanus is a common infection that you can get from a variety of injuries, including dog bites. Even if you think you are simply suffering from a minor wound after a bite, you could be infected with tetanus. The average incubation period of the tetanus bacteria is 10 days, although it can take up to 21 days before you begin feeling ill from the infection. If you do not receive a tetanus vaccine shot right away, you may start suffering from muscle aches, fever, headaches, sweating and even seizures. You can also get a staph infection called MRSA from dog bites. If left untreated, the infection can spread to your lungs and blood stream and become life threatening. Rabies can also be spread via dog bites. Furthermore, if you do not receive treatment right away after an attack by a rabid dog, the rabies virus can be fatal. Other types of bacteria that you can get from dog bites include Capnocytophaga and Pasteurella. However, serious infections from these bacteria are not common. Reading a Dog’s Demeanor and Protecting Yourself While dogs can be gentle, beloved companions that provide protection and comfort to their owners, canines that have experienced trauma or that have been mistreated may react in unpredictable ways around other family members and strangers. If you are worried about getting attacked by a dog, you should learn how to read the demeanor of canines in order to ward off attacks. Dogs attack if they feel under stress, scared or lost. They begin to show signs of aggression including: Barking and snarling Baring teeth Raising ears Tucking the tail If you sense a dog is in attack mode, do not raise your voice. Back away slowly and do not run. If the dog does attack and bite, use your arms to deflect the dog away from your face and throat. Try to keep the dog in front of you and look for something to put between you and the canine. If you fall during the attack, curl yourself into a ball and use your arms to protect your head, neck and torso. Knowing What to Do After an Attack Even if you do not feel any pain from what seemed like a minor bite from a dog attack, you should seek medical attention. If the bite breaks the skin, you are at risk for an infection. You can wash a minor wound with soap and water, apply an antibiotic cream and cover it with a bandage before you head to the doctor. For deep wounds, call 911 for help. If you have a friend or family member with you, ask them for help...

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Understanding Personal Injury Settlements

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Understanding Personal Injury Settlements

If you are like most people, you have probably read about personal injury case settlements in the news and secretly thought the person was awarded a lot of money for a simple injury. So it may surprise you to learn that people who win a personal injury settlement don’t really receive the large settlement reported in the papers. If you or someone you know is involved in a personal injury claim, expect the final award to you to be much lower than the reported settlement. Why don’t people get all the money from a personal injury settlement? The amount of a personal injury settlement is subject to some required deductions once the case is settled. That means any expenses related to the case must be paid before the settlement amount is awarded to the injured party. Here are some common expenses that are deducted from the settlement before a check it is issued to the injured party. Legal Fees: Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee, which means they don’t get paid unless you win the case. But that doesn’t mean the lawyer is working for free. It only means he is willing to wait until the case is settled to get paid. Personal injury lawyers typically charge between 33% and 40% of the settlement. The amount an attorney can charge depends on the regulations in the state where the injury occurs. Attorney fees are calculated after other required fees are deducted. Medical Bills:  You assume that if your medical insurance has covered medical bills related to the injury that you are free and clear of any obligation for payment. In the case of personal injury cases, this isn’t true. Because another party has been found responsible for the injury, the insurance company has the right to recoup any and all money they have paid on your behalf.  Because medical costs were part of the formula for determining your personal injury award, you are responsible for paying those bills. Your lawyer can negotiate the repayment of the medical costs, which may substantially reduce the amount you need to repay the insurance company; however, he may charge an additional fee for doing so. Police Reports: Any fees related to acquiring police reports will also be deducted from the settlement. Expert Witnesses: If your lawyer took advantage of expert witnesses to prove your case, you are responsible for any fees paid to them. Misc. Costs: This includes phone calls, postage, filing fees, copying fees, research fees, fees to acquire medical records and any other service needed to prepare or try your case. How would the court know if you paid the fees? When your case is settled, the awarded amount is sent to your lawyer. He is responsible for seeing that all the required expenses are paid. He will not write a check to you until everything is tallied and subtracted from the total settlement. How much does the injured party actually receive? It is not unusual for the injured party to receive much less than the total settlement amount. An award of $50,000 can quickly dwindle to less than $25,000. Assuming you have $10,000 in medical costs and another $2000 in other required costs, this brings the total down to $38,000. If your lawyer then subtracts his fee...

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Medical Malpractice For A Defective Dental Implant: What Evidence Would You Need?

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Medical Malpractice For A Defective Dental Implant: What Evidence Would You Need?

Thousands of Americans successfully undergo dental surgery to install implants every year, and these implants offer practical and esthetic benefits to people with missing teeth. Unfortunately, some people with implants undergo considerable pain and suffering because a dentist failed to install the implant properly. If you believe your dental implant failed because your dentist did something wrong, learn more about the four main types of evidence you will need to have to successfully file a medical malpractice lawsuit. The dentist-patient relationship To successfully file a medical malpractice lawsuit, you need to prove that there was a formal dentist-patient relationship in place when you underwent the treatment. This is probably one of the easier elements of the case to prove because the relationship exists as soon as a dentist agrees to diagnose or treat you. Very few courts will challenge this part of the case, but it may help if you can keep copies of a diagnosis and treatment plan that the dentist gives you. This part of the lawsuit may become more difficult if the dentist claims the relationship ended before the date when you allege malpractice took place, so medical reports and dated invoices are still important types of evidence. The dentist’s negligence or sub-standard care All doctors and dentists must act with the level of skill and care that any other health professional would demonstrate in the situation. There are plenty of sources of information that your attorney can use to prove that the dentist was negligent. These sources of evidence include: Clinical practice guidelines from groups like the American Dental Association. Expert witness testimony about what the dentist should/not have done in the circumstances. Other medical malpractice lawsuits. It isn’t always easy to prove that the dentist was negligent, as every case is different. However, under United States law, the plaintiff (you) need only demonstrate the facts by a preponderance of the evidence. This is an easier legal standard to prove because you only need to show the court that your evidence is more likely to be true than false. Nonetheless, the defendant’s attorney will almost certainly present evidence to suggest that there was no negligence. As such, you still need to make sure that you have as much evidence as possible that the dentist failed to perform as he or she should have. The link between the negligence and your injury The dentist’s negligence won’t always directly result in an injury. For example, a serious infection could occur after the dentist installs the implant. Even if you can show that the dentist didn’t install the implant correctly, other factors (including your inability to clean the wound site) may lead to the infection. As such, you will need to show how the negligence contributed directly to the injury. Common examples of reasons for failed implants include: Perforation of the nasal sinuses, which can lead to discomfort and infection Loose implants that occur due to inadequate bone Nerve impairment where the implant interferes with the nerve In each case, you would need to show how the dentist’s negligence directly resulted in the injury, and you may need to discount a claim from the defendant’s attorney that something else caused the problem. The harm caused Just as negligence is not always the cause of harm, a dentist’s sub-standard care may...

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Denied SS Benefits For Earning Too Much Income? Here’s What You’ll Need To Know

Posted by on Jan 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Denied SS Benefits For Earning Too Much Income? Here’s What You’ll Need To Know

There are plenty of reasons why you may be denied your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Having too much income is one of the most common reasons you could be denied benefits. To understand why, it’s important to know what the income limits are and how certain activities could count against you when assessing your benefit eligibility. Understanding SGA The Social Security Administration (SSA) usually determines SSDI and SSI eligibility according to an applicant’s ability to earn a living by performing significant physical or mental activities, also known as “substantial gainful activity” (SGA). If you’re disabled and applying for benefits, the amount of money you’re able to earn could count against the SGA threshold set by the SSA. For 2016, the thresholds are $1,130 per month for non-blind recipients and $1,820 for blind recipients. In order to qualify for benefits, your medical condition must be serious enough that it keeps you from making a significant living throughout the year. Earning wages beyond the set thresholds for SGA could put your benefits in jeopardy as your earning activity indicates an ability to work normally in spite of your condition, even if you work part-time or make substantially less than before you were disabled. Voluntary Work Could Also Count Against You Even unpaid activities such as volunteer work could be considered SGA, as these activities demonstrate that you’re able to work at the SGA level. If you pitch in at a local charity or animal shelter for a few hours a week, volunteer at a business owned by a family member or volunteer in a position where wages would be above the SGA level if it was a paid position, the SSA could deny your SSDI or SSI benefits based on this demonstration of your work abilities. The only exceptions to this rule are voluntary activities covered by the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973 and the Small Business Act. Performing work for programs such as Volunteers in Service to America and Active Corps of Executives won’t count against you when it comes to applying for your SSDI or SSI benefits. Exceptions to the Rule Not every activity falls under the SGA rule when it comes to initial eligibility. For instance, the everyday activities you perform to take care of yourself aren’t counted as SGA. Ordinary household chores aren’t counted and your normal social activities won’t be counted as well. You also won’t have to worry about running afoul of SGA levels when undergoing physical, mental or occupational therapy. While these activities won’t affect your initial eligibility, they may play a small role in the SSA deciding whether to continue or terminate your benefits upon reevaluation. If you’re receiving SSI, you may have some of your earned and unearned income exempted from being counted as SGA. This includes the first $65/month of your earned income plus 1/2 of remaining earnings. Money received from need-based assistance and other social services programs (including rent subsidies and food stamp/EBT programs) are usually excluded from SGA calculations. Your earnings could also be treated as a subsidy if your employer decides to pay substantially more for your labor due to your disability. As with excluded income, the SSA won’t consider subsidies when determining your eligibility under SGA. Does Self Employment...

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Three Types Of Videos That May Be Beneficial In Your Personal Injury Case

Posted by on Jan 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Types Of Videos That May Be Beneficial In Your Personal Injury Case

There is an old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. If this is the case, then a video can be worth even more. This could be especially true if you have incurred a personal injury due to the negligence of others. There are several different types of videos that may be beneficial to your personal injury case. Knowing the difference in these videos, as well as their pros and cons, is the first step to deciding if a video will play a starring role in your case. Accident Reconstruction Video When an accident occurs, it is not uncommon for one driver to tell one version of how the accident happened and the other driver to tell another. This makes it difficult to tell exactly how an accident occurred, which can make it difficult to determine who is at fault. An accident reconstruction video can help to demonstrate how the accident unfolded, as well as the conditions when the accident occurred. Not only can these types of videos be powerful visual aids to accompany the testimony of your expert witnesses, but they can make your accident clearer for the judge and jury. “Day In The Life” Videos A good personal injury attorney is often a good storyteller. They are able to use words in a way that will allow them to paint a picture for the jury they are in front of. No matter how good a storyteller they are, however, there are still going to be people who will have difficulty visualizing exactly what is being described. When your attorney is able to provide a “Day in the Life” video to the jury, they may have a better understanding how your injury has affected you and your family. This type of video will allow the jury to see and experience your difficulties from your perspective or the perspective of the one providing your care. This will have more impact than a written or verbal description of your injuries. Some of the things that they may want to showcase may include: Any medical services or therapy that you are engaged in Any activities of daily living you are having difficulty with Family activities you may no longer be able to participate in and more Clips of your day in the life of video may be used to help enhance your personal testimony, as well as the testimony of your spouse, your doctors, or any other expert witnesses the attorney is planning to use. Some attorneys have found that by spacing your day in the life of video throughout these various testimonies, instead of having one continuous viewing, has resulted in better juror attentiveness and higher settlements. Deposition Videos A deposition is any type of witness testimony that is taken by attorneys on both sides outside of the courtroom for the possibility of using it later in court. This is often done with a stenographer or a court reporter who records everything that is said during the meeting or interview. A deposition video provides the same ability to record testimony, but it allows you to be able to see the person who is providing the testimony. This could be important for a variety of reasons. A good video can quickly capture the attention of the judge and jury. The...

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Do Not Allow Your Christmas Tree To Be The Cause Of An Accident

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do Not Allow Your Christmas Tree To Be The Cause Of An Accident

During the holiday season, many families are hunting for the perfect tree. Once they find it, they must figure out how to get it home. This is an easy task if you own a pickup truck, but it can become a challenge when you are attempting to bring it home on top of your car. Cars were not designed to carry Christmas trees, and any type of large item on the roof of your car can put you at risk of an accident. Here are a few tips that will hopefully get your tree home safely, as well as make you less of a hazard on the road. Make Sure Your Christmas Tree Is Properly Strapped Down The last thing you want to happen when you are bringing your Christmas tree home is for it to come loose from the top of your vehicle. Depending on the direction it chooses to go, this could be an accident risk for you or other motorists around you.  The best way to make sure that this does not happen is to make sure you have the proper equipment with you to move your tree. You will need: Ropes, straps, or other means to secure your tree to the top of your vehicle Tarp or netting to wrap or cover your tree if it is not pre-wrapped Tape, flags, or reflectors to mark your tree if it extends beyond the length of your vehicle One of the best ways to tie down your tree is with ratchet or tie down straps. These come in two basic styles. They are: Loop straps Two-piece straps Both allow you to loop the strap over your tree and around the roof of your vehicle, then increase the tension of your strap until it is tight and secure. If you do not have ratchet or tie down straps, bring a length of rope. Make sure you know how to tie a good truckers or movers knot. When properly executed, either of these will keep your tree from slipping. Ensure Your Tree Is Not Obstructing Your View Once your tree is secured to the top of your vehicle, check your windows and mirrors before leaving the lot to make sure you are able to see. If your vision is blocked, readjust your tree so that you can see clearly. Choose The Right Route Consider an alternate route to get home instead of the highway. A tree coming loose when you are traveling 65–70 miles per hour is going to create a much higher accident risk than when you are driving 35–40 miles per hour. It is estimated that if your tree comes loose when you suddenly brake at 31 mph, it will generate enough force to launch it through the rear window of the car in front of you or seriously injure a pedestrian on the side of the road.  If you cannot choose a less traveled road, slow down, stay in the right hand lane, and brake slowly. Allow enough distance between you and the cars in front of you that you will have room for error if your tree goes flying. Find Alternative Ways Of Bringing Your Tree Home The best way to avoid your tree coming loose from the top of your vehicle is to not tie it up...

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Do You Have Attention Seekers Or Charlatans Committing Workers’ Compensation Fraud?

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do You Have Attention Seekers Or Charlatans Committing Workers’ Compensation Fraud?

It is estimated that in addition to the billions of dollars of legitimate workers’ compensation claims that are paid each year, there are approximately $7.2 billion dollars paid out each year in fraudulent claims. This makes workers’ compensation one of the fastest growing segments of insurance fraud. Fortunately, not every employee who files a claim is committing fraud. Differentiating between the employees who are and who are not committing workers compensation fraud is not as difficult as you think. Those who are committing fraud will usually fall in one of two basic categories.  The Attention Seekers – These are those employees who have found ways to get attention by filing workers’ compensation claims. They often report injuries that did not take place at work, and may file multiple claims compared to other employees. When attempting to identify the attention seekers you may want to look for the following clues:  They often report injuries that occur unseen by any other employees Injuries occur in remote areas of your company that are not covered by a camera Their injuries are often not reported immediately after they occur Injuries may be reported following leave days, holidays, vacations, or other time away from work The attention seeker will often require you to spend money on claims and expenses that should not have been filed to begin with. They will take time, attention, and benefits away from the employees who rightfully deserve them. They will require you to launch more in depth investigations into their claims, which may cost you more upfront money, but will save you money in the long run.  The Charlatan – The charlatan is the employee who has actually been injured on the job, but who pretends that their injury is more severe to get more benefits than they are entitled to. These employees are often your malingers. You can usually recognize them by the following symptoms: These employees are often non-compliant with their treatment plans by either cancelling, or failing to show up for scheduled doctors appointments or therapy Medical providers often have difficulty finding the source of all of their symptoms Their symptoms appear to be more severe than expected for the type of injury they incurred This employee often doctor shops, or seeks multiple medical opinions in an attempt to find a doctor that will agree they are disabled Their injury keeps them out of work much longer than other employees with similar injuries They are often unwilling to return to work when the medical providers deem them to be ready to do so This employee is often more difficult to discern because they do have a legitimate injury. Fortunately, further investigation will often reveal them participating in activities that they should not be able to participate in based on their reported condition.  In your investigation of their claims, look for: Multiple injury claims filed with you, or other employers if they have not been with your company for a long period of time Secondary employment during the time they are drawing workers compensation benefits with you Social media posts showing them engaged in activities outside of their doctor’s recommendations Verbal reports from co-workers, friends, and neighbors about outside activities that are not consistent with their restrictions Once you have identified a case that you suspect is...

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Wrongful Death Lawsuit: Frequently Asked Questions

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 130,000 Americans lose their life due to an accident or unintentional injury each year. If you’ve recently lost a loved one due to an accident that was caused by carelessness or negligence, you might be considering filing a wrongful death suit. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit can be intimidating, and chances are you will have many questions moving forward. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions associated with wrongful death lawsuits: What Exactly Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit? A lawsuit is classified as a “wrongful death” case when the victim dies from another person’s negligence or an accident caused by another individual. In addition, if the death was intentional and not the result of another individual’s carelessness, this can also be classified as a wrongful death case. For example, if your loved one dies in a car accident that was caused by the carelessness of the other driver, this could be considered a wrongful death case. A malpractice suit brought against a negligent doctor or other medical professional can also be a wrongful death suit. If you’ve recently lost a loved one and aren’t sure whether or not you have a wrongful death case, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney. Who Can File a Wrongful Death Suit? The laws concerning who can file a wrongful death lawsuit vary by state. However, in most cases, the victim’s spouse is the first individual who is entitled to file a wrongful death suit. If the spouse is deceased or the victim was unmarried, their children are the next individuals who are able to file a suit. If there are no children or the victim wasn’t married at the time of their death, the victim’s parents are able to file a suit. Finally, if there isn’t a spouse, children or parents, then other family members or the executor of the deceased’s estate can file a suit. Once again, the laws determining who is able to file a wrongful death suit vary from state to state. Contacting an attorney to learn about the specifics in your case is the best way to determine who is able to file a wrongful death suit. Will I Have To Go To Court? If you’re hesitant about filing a wrongful death lawsuit, one of the biggest reasons might be your reluctance to go to court. In many cases, the suit is settled outside of a courtroom, meaning you won’t need to go before a judge or deal with the cost and stress associated with a long, drawn out trial. However, be aware that there is still a chance you will need to go to court. This is why it is vital you have an attorney on your side you can help you navigate through the murky waters of your wrongful death suit. Where Do I Begin? Whether your loved one’s death was caused by a careless driver or a negligent physician, it is vital that your first step must be to hire an attorney. In addition to helping determine if you have a case, an attorney can ensure that every detail is handled correctly. For example, if your loved one perished in an automobile accident, gathering evidence from a crime scene and interviewing witnesses in...

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Prescription Medication Errors And Wrongful Death: Reducing Your Risk While Preserving Evidence Just In Case

Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Prescription Medication Errors And Wrongful Death: Reducing Your Risk While Preserving Evidence Just In Case

While prescription medications can be beneficial, they can also be dangerous if dispensed or used improperly. With over 100,000 deaths a year due to adverse reactions to medication, it’s no surprise that there are wrongful death suits associated with prescription medications. Doctors and pharmacists are human, making them vulnerable to making mistakes. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you get a prescription to protect yourself and to ensure necessary evidence in the event of a problem. Keep Your Medication List Up to Date Create a list of the medications that you’re taking, including dosage information, what the medication is for and who prescribed it to you. If you take any over-the-counter supplements or medications, include those on your list too. You’d be surprised at how many prescription medications can have negative interactions with over-the-counter medications and supplements. Bring a copy of the list to your physician every time it changes, and keep a copy with you when you go to the pharmacy. The information is essential for your doctor or pharmacist to identify any potential conflicts between medications. Providing this record to the pharmacy not only reduces the risk of negative reactions, but also ensures that the information was available to the pharmacist if your family needs the evidence in a wrongful death suit. Make Sure Your Prescription Is Clear Some prescription errors can be avoided if you ensure that the prescription that your doctor writes is clear. Anticipate any questions that the pharmacist may have about the prescription and ask your doctor about them directly. Many doctor’s offices have started sending prescriptions to the pharmacy digitally or printing them for legibility, but some older doctors still prefer handwritten prescriptions. Your doctor’s handwriting should be clear enough to eliminate any uncertainties when filling the medication. Consider photocopying all of your handwritten prescriptions so that you have a copy in case the doctor’s handwriting legibility is called into question in court. Make sure your family members know where these copies are stored so that they can provide them if necessary. Always Check the Inserts Those paper inserts that come with your medications are far more important than you may realize. Those documents are intended to provide you with complete details about the medication you’ve been prescribed, what it looks like, the conditions it’s used to treat, any potential side effects that you could expect and any negative interactions with other medications. Read through these inserts before you start taking any new medication, because it helps you understand how to take it, too. Store the inserts for any medication you’re taking along with your other medical records. Those inserts can be valuable evidence in the event of a wrongful death case, especially if there’s information that wasn’t disclosed in the insert that should have been. Always Request a Pharmacist Consultation Most pharmacies offer you the option of having a consultation with the pharmacist any time you fill a new medication. Take advantage of this opportunity to speak to the pharmacist directly. Ask him or her specifically about the medication, how you should take it, and what you need to know about the potential side effects. Then, to ensure that you’ve received the right pill, ask the pharmacist to describe it for you while you check it against...

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