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Medical Malpractice: What is Informed Consent?

Informed Consent: What Is It & Why Does It Matter? Let’s say a medical treatment has been recommended for you. What does your doctor actually have to inform you about with regard to that medical treatment? As a patient you have the right to make informed decisions on any medical procedures done to your body that are recommended to you. It is important to know that a doctor should always disclose all material risks that...

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Personal Injury Car Accidents: Asleep at the Wheel

CAR ACCIDENTS AND PERSONAL INJURY: ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL. One of the most dangerous aspects of driving on any road in Syracuse and Central New York, whether it is Erie Boulevard or I-81 is sleep-deprived or overtired drivers. This applies not only to passenger cars, but also tractor trailers and buses.  How many stories have we seen in the news recently about accidents closing down portions of Interstate 81 or Onondaga Lake Parkway? Being sleepy or...

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What to Do Following a Personal Injury Accident

When you are involved in a personal injury arising from an accident caused by the fault of another, you and your family will undoubtedly feel overwhelmed, which is a totally normal response. Not only are you dealing with the immediate effects of your injuries and their consequences, but being compensated for your injuries and finding your way through the insurance claims and legal system is a totally foreign situation for the vast majority of people...

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Why Do I Need an Accident Injury Lawyer

Syracuse Accident Injury Lawyer answers questions

An accident injury lawyer can help relieve an enormous amount of stress after you've been injured. If you are injured in an accident, whether at work or not, it can be confusing and stressful trying to understand what you need to do or how to proceed. Apart from the emotional stress of the accident itself, what do you do?  Were you wounded?  If so, seek medical attention immediately. Then, once your injuries have been taken...

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What is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

Syracuse personal injury case lawyer claims value

No two Syracuse personal injury cases are the same. Every client's injury claim is unique. The question we get asked most often by clients is what type of judgement can they obtain for the injuries and what amount of payment can they receive as a result of their accident.  The question is extremely difficult to answer when it comes to personal injury accident claims. Here are a few of the factors that must be taken...

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Five Insurance Company Tricks to Watch Out For

Beware These 5 Tricks Insurance Companies Play If you have ever been in a fender bender accident, probably one of the first things you did was call your insurance company. This is fine when dealing with a fender bender but when there are serious injuries you need to realize that you should not trust the insurance companies. So consider these five insurance company tricks and remember them if you are ever in a serious accident and...

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Medical Malpractice: When Doctors Miss the Mark

CRICO Strategies, a division of the Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions released a report that looked into the medical malpractice cases. These cases are of diagnostic errors specifically. CRICO maintains a database with information of more than 300,000 malpractice cases that include open and closed cases. In their study the analyzed over 23,000 malpractice cases filed between 2008 and 2012 to see what kinds of medical errors led to the lawsuits. Over twenty...

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Causation In Personal Injury Cases | Syracuse, New York Law Firm

What is Causation and What Does It Mean? First of all we need to understand what causation is and how it relates to a personal injury case. If there is an accident it is the job of your Syracuse personal injury attorney to "connect" your injury to the accident. It might seem like an easy thing to do but the insurance company’s attorney is going to work to prove your injury is from a previous injury...

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Personal Injury Settlement Conference: What to Expect

Your Personal Injury Settlement Conference If you have a case that is going to court soon, it is more than likely that you will have to go through a personal injury settlement conference. In fact, most of the time courts will order both parties to meet and make some effort to settle a case in a settlement conference before they come to a trial. Most of the cases that go through a litigation process will settle, statistically,...

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Recorded Statements & Medical Records Release

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Should I Give the Insurance Company a Recorded Statement or Medical Records Release After an Accident? We have a lot of people call our personal injury lawyers at McMahon, Kublick, & Smith PC when they are involved in an accident. More often than not, one of the questions that comes up is when the insurance company of the other driver that caused an accident is requesting they give a "recorded statement" about the accident and their...

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