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Who Can Be Held Liable for Medical Malpractice?

by Staff Blogger | November 14th, 2019

Medical malpractice is a term used to describe a situation when a medical or healthcare professional acts in a negligent or careless manner resulting in injury or illness in a patient. The healthcare industry is highly regulated and many of the roles that involve direct patient interaction require years of education, training, and certifications. When providers make mistakes that cause patients to suffer harm, they should be held accountable. But which providers can be liable for medical malpractice?

Almost all medical professionals can commit medical malpractice, including:

  • Doctors, surgeons, psychiatrists, and dentists
  • Nurses, midwives, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants
  • Physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, podiatrists, psychologists, pharmacists, optometrists, and more

The degree to which each professional may be held accountable for medical malpractice differs depending on their role in treating patients, their level of education, and their autonomy in healthcare practices. For example, doctors who make careless mistakes before, during, or after delivery are often held to a higher standard of care than nurses and midwives.

In addition, sometimes healthcare facilities themselves can be held liable when patients suffer poor outcomes, especially when their hiring practices are negligent or fail to abide by industry and state requirements and standards.

If you or someone you love was harmed by a healthcare professional or facility, it’s important to have an experienced Roanoke medical malpractice lawyer on your side. Skolrood Law Firm has many years of experience investigating, building, and winning medical malpractice claims for innocent victims, and we know who to hold accountable when serious mistakes occur. Contact us today for a free consultation.

3 Post-Auto Accident Dos and Don’ts

by Staff Blogger | November 7th, 2019

The aftermath of an auto accident is a confusing, stressful, and often painful time. It can be difficult to think straight after a crash that leaves you injured, but if you’re capable of doing so, following a few steps—and avoiding a few mistakes—can help you protect your health and your right to compensation.

After the crash, DO:

  1. Get medical attention—Even if you don’t think you were seriously injured, getting medical attention helps prove your injuries are accident-related and rules out internal injuries.
  2. Get the other driver’s contact information—Exchange insurance details with the other driver and get their name, phone number, and email address.
  3. Get a lawyer—Having a Roanoke auto accident lawyer on your side right away after a crash can improve your chances of getting compensation, especially when evidence is still easily obtained.

After the crash, DON’T:

  1. Leave the scene before police arrive—Always call 911 after the crash, and never assume someone else already has. When police arrive, remain at the scene until either you leave with EMS or you’re told you can go.
  2. Admit fault for the accident—Admitting partial or full fault for the crash can jeopardize your chances of getting compensation, even if it’s later proven you didn’t cause the accident.
  3. Exaggerate or downplay your injuries—When talking to the police, your doctor, or your lawyer, always be truthful about your injuries. Making false statements about your injuries can jeopardize your chances of getting a settlement.

Need an experienced law firm after an accident that wasn’t your fault? Contact Skolrood Law Firm today. We’re here to help.

What Injuries Are Associated with Motorcycle Accidents?

by Staff Blogger | October 31st, 2019

Motorcyclists can take many steps to protect themselves when they ride. Wearing an industry-approved and certified helmet can significantly reduce the risk of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and death, and wearing a riding jacket, pants, gloves, and boots can protect skin, limbs, fingers, and toes during crashes. However, no amount of safety gear can make motorcycles as safe as passenger vehicles, and riders take on significant risks every time they hit the road.

The two biggest risks that safety-conscious motorcyclists face are road hazards such as fallen tree limbs, loose gravel, and other road debris, and other drivers—especially when those drivers are negligent and fail to look for people traveling on two wheels. Whether motorcyclists are hurt because of obstacles in the road or because of careless drivers, the injuries they suffer can be serious and even life-threatening.

Common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents include:

  • Broken bones—When riders are thrown from their bikes during collisions, they’re likely to suffer simple or compound fractures of bones. Broken bones can range from painful to potentially fatal, and often impede victims from working while they recover.
  • Road rash—Exposed skin can be seriously injured during crashes, resulting in road rash. Even riders who wear protective gear may experience road rash if the gear isn’t thick enough to withstand the impact of the crash. Road rash is painful and can require skin grafts.
  • Traumatic brain injuries—Helmets add a significant amount of protection during crashes, and many helmet-wearing victims have been able to recover from crashes that would otherwise have been fatal. However, helmets aren’t always completely effective, and some victims suffer TBIs.

The Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm know how severe motorcycle accident injuries can be, and it’s our goal to help innocent victims get compensation. If you were injured in a motorcycle crash that wasn’t your fault, contact us today.

3 Reasons to Get a Lawyer for Your Wrongful Death Claim

by Staff Blogger | October 24th, 2019

Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences in life. It can be even harder to deal with when the deceased was the primary income earner for your household. If your loved one’s death was caused by another person’s or party’s negligence, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim to get compensation for expenses such as medical bills, lost wages, and loss of companionship.

However, wrongful death claims are often difficult to build and prove. Having an experienced Roanoke wrongful death lawyer on your side can be helpful throughout this process in three key ways:

  1. We’ll handle all communication with the insurance company—When you’re grieving your loss, the last thing you want is a constant back and forth with the insurance company. After getting a lawyer on your side, the insurance company will have to communicate with us instead.
  2. We’ll determine how much money you’re owed—Wrongful death claims are often more complex than personal injury claims. That’s because there are more factors involved, including loss of companionship and consortium. We’ll calculate exactly how much money your family is owed for what you’re going through.
  3. We’ll fight to get you every penny—Insurance companies remain profitable by reducing or denying claims whenever they can. We won’t let the insurance company mistreat you or dismiss you after the death of your loved one, and we’ll fight to maximize your chances of getting full damages.

The legal team at Skolrood Law Firm is ready and waiting to assist you during this difficult time. Contact us today for a free consultation.

What Are Common Causes of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?

by Staff Blogger | October 17th, 2019

Moving a loved one into a nursing home is often met with mixed emotions for everyone involved. The person moving into the facility may mourn the loss of their independence, but welcome the increased level of healthcare and social outlets. Meanwhile, their family members may feel guilt about the decision, but may also be relieved that their loved one will get better and more frequent medical attention.

Unfortunately for some nursing home residents, moving into a facility can result in serious abuse and neglect—and it can start years after they move in or even right away. Elder abuse is shockingly common, and while it’s often perpetrated by family members, it can also be caused by caregivers in healthcare and nursing facilities.

It’s most common when nursing homes value profits over resident comfort, health, and satisfaction. Nursing homes often have hundreds of residents with unique medical conditions and healthcare requirements. Taking care of that many residents requires a large staff of highly trained personnel, which can be an enormous cost for nursing home owners and administrators.

To save money, some nursing homes intentionally understaff or hire underqualified employees. Cost-cutting measures such as that can be detrimental to residents’ well-being, as they may be more likely to be neglected due to staff shortages or abused by employees who lack sufficient training and who may not have been properly vetted before being hired.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyers are here to help anyone whose loved one was mistreated while living in a nursing facility. Contact us today for a free consultation.

We Hold All Negligent Parties Liable After Truck Accidents

by Staff Blogger | October 10th, 2019

Unlike auto accidents where liability is often cut and dry, truck accidents are legally complex. That’s because up to three parties may be responsible for the safe operation of a single truck—the driver, owner, and company using it. When any of those parties fails to uphold their responsibility to safety, the truck may become involved in a serious crash, and they can be held liable for any injuries that occur.

Truck accident claims are complex due to the industry being subject to both normal traffic laws as well as guidelines established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Those guidelines are significantly more restrictive than ordinary traffic laws, and the parties responsible for a truck may be in violation of one or more guidelines at the time of a crash, despite the truck driver seemingly following all traffic laws to a “T.”

Because of this legal complexity, it’s vital to have an experienced Roanoke truck accident attorney on your side from day one after a truck crash. At Skolrood Law Firm, we have years of experience helping truck accident victims get maximum compensation, and we do it by having an extensive knowledge of the trucking industry and its various laws, rules, and regulations.

Finally, we know how to determine who was at fault and how much they were at fault, even if there are multiple parties. It’s our goal to get you the compensation you deserve, while holding all negligent parties accountable for their roles in the crash. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Why Are Some Auto Accident Claims Denied?

by Staff Blogger | October 3rd, 2019

Virginia drivers are legally required to carry valid auto insurance to drive on public roads. This insurance coverage is supposed to protect drivers after accidents, as the injuries associated with crashes can result in expensive medical bills and prolonged time away from work. However, getting compensation via your own or someone else’s insurance after an accident isn’t easy, and insurance companies are well known for reducing or denying claims whenever possible.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke car accident attorneys know how insurance companies work from the moment they first learn of a crash involving one of their policyholders. They have teams of employees called adjusters whose primary job is to find ways to pay claimants as little money as possible. They’re often able to accomplish that because of these common mistakes:

  • Victims wait too long to file claims—Virginia’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years. When victims wait longer than that, they’re ineligible to seek compensation.
  • Claims are incomplete or contain inaccurate information—Insurance companies never overlook anything when reviewing claims, and if they find missing information or inaccurate facts, they won’t hesitate to deny them.

Other common causes of reduced or denied claims include admitting fault for the crash, making misleading statements about the severity of injuries, failing to see a doctor in the immediate aftermath of the crash, and having a pre-existing injury that’s similar to the injury suffered in the accident.

Our legal team knows these common mistakes and causes of denied claims, and we’ll do everything we can to prevent them from happening to you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Get the Compensation You Deserve After Medical Malpractice

by Staff Blogger | September 26th, 2019

Medical professionals, whether they’re doctors, surgeons, or specialists, are trusted to act in a manner that prevents their patients from suffering unnecessary harm. However, every year in the U.S. patients suffer serious injuries and health complications at the hands of medical personnel. Many of those poor outcomes occur when healthcare workers are negligent and fail to uphold their duties to do no harm.

If you or someone you love was harmed by a medical professional, it’s important to get an experienced legal team on your side as soon as possible. Getting compensation after medical malpractice can be difficult, as it requires plenty of proof that indicates healthcare workers were negligent. The longer you wait to get in touch with an experienced Roanoke medical malpractice lawyer, the less evidence may be available. In addition, the hospital and their insurance company may be more skeptical of your claim.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know what it takes to build strong medical malpractice claims. We have many years of experience assisting people who were harmed by their doctors, surgeons, and other healthcare professionals whom they trusted with their well-being, and now we want to help you, too.

It’s our goal to help you get maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering after a medical malpractice injury. We know that staying on top of your everyday living expenses, let alone your additional medical costs, can be difficult when your health has suffered because of a healthcare professional’s mistake. Contact us today for a free consultation, and let us work to get you the money you deserve.

Our Lawyers Know the Impact TBIs Have on Victims and Their Families

by Staff Blogger | September 19th, 2019

When people experience blows to the head, whether it’s due to motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, sports injuries, and even physical violence, they’re at risk of suffering traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). TBIs can range from minor concussions to severe injuries that result in life-threatening complications and lifelong disabilities.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we’ve seen how serious TBIs can be for victims and their loved ones. Even relatively minor TBIs can affect victims enough to make it difficult or impossible for them to work due to impaired cognition, concentration, and fine motor skills. More severe TBIs not only rule out working, but they also may necessitate specialized healthcare, including around-the-clock medical supervision. The costs associated with TBIs can be enormous, especially when the victim was the primary income earner for their household.

If you or someone you love suffered a TBI because of someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation for what you’ve gone through. Your livelihood may be permanently affected, and you may deal with complications such as impaired movement, personality and cognitive changes, and reduced independence for the rest of your life. Unfortunately, insurance companies rarely give TBI victims the money they need for their injury related expenses, including their current and future medical bills and lost wages—not to mention their pain and suffering.

Our Roanoke brain injury attorneys want to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

We Protect Injured Motorcyclists from Biased Insurance Companies

by Staff Blogger | September 12th, 2019

Because of their affordability, excellent fuel efficiency, and easy parking, people of all walks of life ride motorcycles. However, insurance companies often view motorcyclists as being reckless, aggressive, and even dangerous on roadways. When motorcyclists are involved in road accidents, insurers and their teams of adjusters may try to assign blame to riders—even when there’s evidence that shows they weren’t at fault.

This unfair bias results in countless injured motorcyclists having their compensation claims reduced or denied every year. At Skolrood Law Firm, we believe that motorcyclists should always get a fair shake when it comes to getting money for their medical bills and lost wages. That’s why we do everything in our power to build strong claims for riders that insurance companies can’t simply dismiss out of hand.

Unfortunately, getting fair treatment from the insurance company is a rare occurrence—especially if you’re a motorcyclist. Trying to get compensation on your own after a motorcycle accident can be like rolling the dice. Our Roanoke motorcycle accident attorneys see the bias that motorcyclists face all the time, and we know how frustrating, stressful, and unfair it can be.

When you contact us, we’ll use our years of experience to build a claim that leaves no doubt about who was at fault. We compile enough evidence and present it in such a manner that even the most biased insurance company will have no choice but to reconsider their kneejerk reaction to the accident. Ready to get the money you deserve? Contact us today for a free consultation.