Watch For Those Flashers!

It’s a good idea to watch out for those flashers. No, not the kind that expose themselves, but the emergency flashers on a car.

Recently, a driver found himself stuck at the end of a freeway off ramp and could not move the vehicle at all! So, he called for a tow truck and in the meantime, he had to sit there. He did turn on the vehicle’s flashers.  It was a two lane ramp, with the right lane designated for right turns only and the left lane for left turns only. He was stuck in the right hand lane. He still kept an eye out through his rear view mirror, just in case someone didn’t see the flashers. And, to make his situation “more visible”, he would gesture with his arm to tell people to go around when he saw cars approaching behind him in the right lane. Most people got it, especially when he gestured with his arm, and they would slow down and change lanes to go around him. But wouldn’t you know, some didn’t have a clue and came right up behind him. When the light turned green, they didn’t know why he wasn’t moving! Some even got mad and beeped their horns at him, but of course they ended up going around him. Anyway, the tow truck finally came and the situation taken care of.

This incident does remind us that people turn their flashers on for a reason, not to put on a light show. And sometimes they aren’t always able to get completely off the road. In this driver’s case, the vehicle, a company vehicle, just quit on him and he was lucky to simply be able to get off the freeway.

Also, be aware that there are many areas that have a law on the books often called a “Move Over” law, which basically says that if you see a vehicle, especially an official emergency, law enforcement, or highway maintenance vehicle on the side of the road with flashers on, and you are in the lane next to the side of the road, you are to move over one lane away if possible and slow down by 5 to 10 miles below the posted speed limit.

So remember to pay attention while driving. Watch out for flashing lights, and other things like brake lights and other hazards that may not always give notice. Be here, be now, as I wrote in an earlier post.

Anytime you see or hear of a car wreck, you’ll be glad you paid attention to your driving.

Be safe!

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What to do When You Become the Victim of Medical Malpractice

Being betrayed and let down by your doctor is genuinely one of the most shocking things you can experience. When you go to a doctor, you’re right to assume the best care and the best expert diagnosis and treatment. And that’s exactly what the vast majority of doctors will provide you with, but there’s always going to be a small change of things going wrong when you use a doctor.

When you are let down, this is known as medical malpractice. It means that the doctor or medical professional has failed to care for you to the standard expected of a doctor. Rather than just accepting this and moving on, there is a process of steps you should go through in order to get justice if you feel that’s the right thing to do. Read on to learn more about what you should do when you become the victim of medical malpractice

Get the Second Opinion of Another Doctor

Before you go any further, you need to think about your health and see exactly what damage was done by the negligence or malpractice of the previous doctor. This will involve heading it another doctor and seeing what they have to say about it all. They will help to get your healthy back on track and hopefully right the wrongs that have been done. On top of that, their testimony regarding what’s been done to you should also help you out later in the process.

Weigh Up Your Options

Next, you should think about what the best way forward is. In most hospitals and medical facilities, there will be a process that you can follow to help you to lodge a complaint that can then be reviewed and assessed by the hierarchy of the company. You should see if that’s something you can pursue; in most cases, this is the best way forward, so get that started. On top of that, you might want to pursue legal routes to get the compensation you feel you deserve

Find a Lawyer

You’ll definitely want to find a lawyer if you choose to take a legal route with all this. Sure, you could explore the option of representing yourself in court, but this rarely ends in anything other than tears for most people. You can visit website if you want a recommendation. See what they have to say and take things from there. Just be sure to shower a lawyer who knows what you need and can take appropriate steps to take your medical malpractice case forward.

Record and Compile Evidence

As well as the testimony from your new doctor, you might want to compile other forms of evidence to show people exactly what you’ve been through as a result of your doctor’s malpractice. This might include your general medical records that will track your health and your problems since the malpractice. And you might even want to write down your experience and take photos if that’s relevant to what you’ve been experiencing. The more evidence, the better it’ll be for you later.

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Listen to the Guidance of Your Lawyer

Once you have a lawyer in place and they’re working on your case for you, you should respect their expertise and listen to what they’re saying. There’s little point hiring a lawyer if you’re going to take the lead and make decision independent of their expert legal guidance. Remember, they’re working for you and they’re trying to secure the best possible outcomes for you in the long-term. If you follow their lead, you’ll achieve the best possible outcomes.

Prepare for the Case

By preparing the case properly alongside your lawyer, everything will be properly organized and ready to go when your day in court finally does come around. You should try to remember that and don’t rush through things. It’s only natural for you to want justice and compensation sooner rather than later given what’s happened to you, but you can’t simply skip past due process or rush things because that never ends well. Let your lawyer set the pace and be sure to get things right.

Alongside Your Lawyer, Present Your Evidence and Make Your Case

When the time finally does come for you to present your case and your evidence to the court, you should do it in a calm and objective way. Sure, this probably a very emotional and personal thing for you, but letting your emotions run away from you is not the way to achieve the outcomes you want to achieve through this process. Let your lawyer support and guide you through all this. That way, you’ll achieve the outcomes you want to.

Succeed in Court

In the end, it all comes down to the facts of what happened. If you and lawyer know for a fact that you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, and you present your case in the proper and professional way, you can expect to come out the other side with the right outcome. There’s no doubt about that. So it will only be a matter of time before you find the success you’re aiming for if you get all of the this stuff right.

Find a New Doctor Who You Know You Can Trust

Finally, when all this is done and you have compensation for what you went through, you should seek to find a permanent doctor that you can use and trust going forward. Given everything you’ve been through, it might be a little hard to trust the judgment of any doctor. But try to rebuild bridges with someone who’s professional and who has a good track record. There’s no alternative to that.

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No one wants to find themselves dealing with a medical malpractice case because we all trust our doctors. That makes it even more difficult when they let you down or make a mistake, but it’s important to take the right action to put things right and help you to get back on track sooner rather than later.

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