February, 2010 | Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie Blog Archive
The number one question always asked by each prospective client is “how long is my personal injury case going to take.” In an age of instant messaging, downloadable files, connectivity by fire wire and wireless technology, the legal profession and the settlement of claims has slowly crept along. Claimants want quick resolution, as they receive in almost all other aspects of their life.
Five days before Christmas 2009, three families were enjoying the San Diego boat parade in a 24 foot Sea Ray when suddenly they were struck by a 33-foot Coast Guard vessel rushing to the scene of a boater in distress. An 8 year old boy, Anthony Cole De Weese died from blunt- force injuries. The other 7 people in the boat all were injured but were expected to recover.
Speeding is one the most prevalent factors contributing to motor vehicle crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHSTA, estimates that speeding-related crashes have an estimated societal cost of $40.4 billion dollars. Moreover, 31% of all auto accidents in 2008 were caused by speeding, more than any other factor.
In a not so surprising turn of events, Anthem Blue Cross has managed to show the face of greed in the course of one month. First it attempted to justify a 17% premium increase for individual policy holders. Note the subtle difference, then did not seek an increase for all policyholders such as corporations and company benefit health plans. The individual policyholder received this increase because Anthem decided their profitability was just not enough last year. (Check the profitability for yourself!)
In California, all children under six year of age and under 60 pounds must be in an appropriate child safety seat while riding in a passenger vehicle.
The rollover accident is by far the deadliest risk facing SUV, minivan and truck drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) more than 280,000 rollover accidents are reported each year and sadly, over 10,000 fatalities. These types of accidents are usually twofold; first the rollover occurs and then the roof crushes in and seriously injuries the occupants causing major head trauma. Rollover crashes result in 36% more passenger injuries than non-rollover accidents and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has researched that if SUV’s were just one inch lower, deaths would by decreases by one half.
I continue to write about medical malpractice limitations on damages because of such tragedy that has unfolded as in the example I write about today. A young woman had fallen unexplainably, and had a small cut on her forehead. Because she had fallen without explanation, she went to the emergency room. At the emergency room, she was asked to give a urine sample. Then on her way to the bathroom she fell again. This time, nurses thought she was having a seizure and and did nothing as she laid on the floor for more than a minute. Finally, when a nurse realized that she actually was not breathing, CPR was started and she was moved into an emergency room unit to address her condition.
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