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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What Does Drinking Do To Your Driving?

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Drunk driving laws are some of the most commonly broken rules on modern society. With so many people on the road, it can often feel as if these things aren’t applicable to you, especially as the number of cars grows. You trust yourself to drive safely, and feel confident in your abilities on the road, even when you’ve had a couple to drink. Of course, though, being confident isn’t what you need to be secure while driving. To help you out with this part of life, this post will be exploring some of the different ways which alcohol will change the way you drive, along with some of the issues which come with it.

Confidence: Being overly confident when at the wheel is a quick way to spell trouble for most people. It will make you do things which you wouldn’t normally do, ultimately putting yourself and other people at risk. Of course, while this sort of bravado will be great on the night out, it won’t be good behind the wheel, and is a key contributor when it comes to road accidents all over the world. Having skills is very different to believing you have them, with a lot of people misjudging what they will be able to do when a moment of panic strikes.

Judgement: Hazard awareness and judgement are very important to driving, with those controlling cars having to stay very attentive. Alcohol tends to lower reactions times, make it harder to notice threats, and will often cause people to make mistakes involving judgement, making it very bad for this side of the activity. This is why so many people are willing to fight when they are drunk. The normal warning signs stop firing, and this makes it hard for people to avoid situations which they would never encounter on a normal day.

Reflexes: Reflexes can be a very powerful tool, often taking over and controlling you when you don’t have the chance to react consciously. This makes people break, swerve, and perform other emergency actions to avoid accidents and stay safe. Of course, this also applies of the road, and people are often very good at keeping themselves safe. By hampering your reaction times, drinking can ruin this inbuilt safety feature. Not a lot of people look at drinking in this way, making it hard for governments to crack down on it.

Distractions: You mind is very good at delegating tasks and making sure that the most important are handled first. When you are doing something which requires focus, like driving, this stops you from being distracted by little things outside of your car. When you aren’t sober, though, even the smallest things will be easy to be fixated on, even if it means you have an accident as a result. While people are often able to recover from being distracted while they are sober, the same can’t be said when they have had a drink, and you have to be careful to avoid this.

Legal Standing: When you have an accident on a modern road, there are loads of ways for police to test whether or not you’ve had too much to drink. Even if the accident wasn’t your fault, being even slightly over the legal limit could make it impossible to get compensation for the loss of your property. You can find more information about this sort of issue around the web. If you’re worried about something like this, though, it could be worth looking for a professional to help you, as this will help to secure the best results.

Falling Asleep: Everyone has experienced the impact of a heavy evening of drinks at least once in their life. In this state, it can be very easy to drop to sleep, with your belly full and mind swimming. While this won’t cause an issue when you’re at home, falling asleep behind the wheel can be catastrophic. A surprising amount of accidents are caused by people drifting off at  the wheel. Of course, if you’re drunk, waking up to your car about the crash will make it almost impossible to do anything about it, as you’ll still be suffering with the other challenges on this list.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to stick to the law on this occasion, avoiding drink driving whenever you can. It can be hard to spend nights drinking soft drinks and waiting for other people to be ready to go home. When it comes to your safety, though, this will always be worth it, and will be a small price to pay.

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Repair, Recovery and Rights: Dealing With an Unexpected Accident

The moment you get into your first car accident is one of the scariest times of your life. The sudden panic and fear that rushes through your body is indescribable. It can truly happen to anybody, even the safest of drivers. When you are involved in a car accident there are many things you need to remember. Firstly, you need to make sure that you haven’t sustained any serious injury from the crash. Then you need to make sure you take the relevant legal path that is going to bring you the closure you deserve. Here is what to do if you ever find yourself in the unfortunate event of a car crash.

Your Legal Rights

When an accident wasn’t your fault you shouldn’t allow the perpetrator to get away with their mistake that easily. You should look for advice from The Rybak Firm, who can let you know your rights as the victim in a car accident. You might be entitled to compensation and you will be given full support from an attorney along the way. Don’t sit back and allow someone to get away with it; find out your legal rights and take action straight away.

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Recovery Time

If you have been in a car accident you need to allow yourself time to recover both mentally and physically. Getting back on the road straight away isn’t always a good idea as you might have developed some sort of anxiety towards the road that you’re unaware of. Give your body time to heal if you have been injured and let yourself rest for a while before embarking on a long journey. Seek medical advice from your doctor too; they will be able to tell you if it is safe for you to get back on the road.

Car Repair

Your car will probably be in a state of disrepair after a car crash, but there is no point in dwelling on this type of annoyance. Visit your local car body repair shop and ask them if the problems are easily fixed. If you’re lucky they will be able to repair the damage quickly. If you were in a really bad accident you might need to look into buying a new car. Still, there is no need to rush the process. As long as you are safe and on the mend that is all that matters.

Be Patient

It takes time to fully get over a life changing incident such as a car crash. It is likely that after the crash you will need time recuperate and get over the terrifying ordeal. Depending on the scale of the collision, your employer might recommend you take a little time off work. Be patient with yourself and don’t force yourself back into normal life if you aren’t quite ready to do so.

Nobody ever expects to be in a car crash and hopefully you never will be. If you are unfortunate enough, at least you now know how to deal with it every step of the way.

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How to Help a Loved One Recover After an Accident

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Accidents happen all the time but somehow we never think that they will happen to us. While you might take every precaution when driving or at work, you simply can’t predict what other people might do. Worse, there’s nothing you can do to prevent a loved one getting caught in an accident.

Though accidents are never pleasant, you can help make the aftermath much easier for your loved one. While they may struggle to make any real decisions about their care or not know whether they can get compensation or how to get it, you can step in to make sure that they get the best treatment and care possible.

Choose the Right Hospital

If your loved one requires surgery after their accident, you should look at which hospital will be right for them. Contrary to what you might think, the right hospital may not be a world-famous teaching hospital but a smaller rural hospital with excellent ratings. When you are helping them choose where to go, have a look at the data produced by the hospitals and don’t be mislead by advertising.

Surgery can be quite scary so another factor you should think of is how close you will be to the hospital. If you need to travel and stay in a hotel close-by this will add a lot to your expense whereas if you can choose somewhere closer to home you will be more comfortable.  

Get a Lawyer’s Advice

In many cases, where there is an accident, there is someone at fault. Perhaps the accident was at work where someone did not perform their due diligence or maybe your loved one was in a road accident on our ever more dangerous roads. Whatever it was, it is worth contacting a lawyer to see if you could claim compensation – especially to pay for earnings, necessary surgeries and other damages.

If you have a family lawyer, you could contact them for a recommendation, otherwise you should search for a lawyer with plenty of experience in dealing with your type of case. For example, if your loved one was hit by a drunk driver, you might contact a practice with lots of experience dealing with drunk driving injuries as listed under our practice areas.

Be There No Matter What

As your loved one recovers and life returns to your more regular routines, it is important that you also watch out for mental health issues that may appear or flare up. Post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety may all appear after an accident. The sooner you notice and start treating a mental health condition, the easier it will be to recover from.

After finding the best professionals to help support and fight for your loved one, the very best thing you can do is be there for them. Having an accident can be terrifying and recovery is an isolated process in many cases. Just knowing that you will come and visit as well as hold their hand through the hard bits will make all the difference in the world.

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The True Cost Of Hiring An Employee

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The simple fact you have clicked on this post means a congratulation is in order. You’ve grown your enterprise to a place where you need to employ someone to help you manage the workload. That’s amazing. That’s a testament to you working hard and making your dreams become a reality. However, before you jump into the whole hiring process and start writing job descriptions to put on a bunch of job boards, you might want to take a deep breath first and then work out the true cost of employing someone.

This isn’t to put you off. No way. It is to make sure that you don’t get caught by surprise. It is to help you budget effectively. It is also to help you understand just what goes into hiring someone.

So, without further ado, here are all the costs you need to be prepared to fork out for; costs that go well beyond just their salary:

  1. The Matter Of Recruitment

If time is money, then one of the major costs involved in all of this is the time you spend looking for the best candidate to fill the role you have going. There is writing the job descriptions, posting them to the different sites and reading through all the applicant responses, most of which will be frustrating and time-wasting because they’re from job hunters sending blanket responses. Of course, the other option is to hire a recruitment firm, which comes with its own costs.

  1. What About The Benefits

Employee’s don’t just look at what the base salary of a job is anymore. They want to know what other benefits and perks they will be getting, which is why you need to work out what they will cost. We’re talking about things like bonuses, healthcare costs, life insurance, retirement plans, disability coverage and all of these typical job benefits. And that’s without going into the new trend of perks like free fruit and food and drinks, and taking your team on team-building exercises and tickets to special industry events. It all adds up.

  1. Let’s Not Forget Legalities

The moment you go from solo entrepreneur to employer, you’ve gotta understand that you’re about to shoulder a whole new set of obligations and responsibilities in the eyes of the law. One look at Garrity Insurance and you’ll see there are things like general liability insurance and workers compensation insurance, as well as employment laws to adhere, tax obligations to know about, overtime stipulations and, yes, even rules when it comes to firing employees. Our advice: don’t go it alone on the legal front.

  1. The Rise Of The Overheads

The last thing you need to think about is how much your overheads will go up with the addition of a new employee. There will be new furniture to supply, new technologies, new software and tools. Then there are the office supplies that mustn’t go unnoticed, and the increase in heating bills and telephone usage and all sorts. We’re not saying the smaller things will be life-changing, but they will need budgeting for.

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Door to Door? Be Safe and Courteous!

So, you’re going door to door, are you? Well, whether it’s distributing fliers, selling items, handing out notices, getting sign-ups, and, whether it’s volunteer work, selling for a school or organization, a full or part-time job getting the word out, letting people know of an event or lost pet, or any other legitimate reason, etc., there are some things to know.

Go When You Can Be Seen

Firstly, do go when you can be seen, that is, during the day. Morning and early evening is ok, too, so long as there is sufficient light for someone to see what you look like. If it’s too dark to see what other people look like, then it’s too dark to be going door to door. For one, you might not see the potential assailant. And, for those whose homes you are going to, you’ll appear as just a dark menacing shape to them and, they may be extra suspicious of you, and for good reason. In some cases, their reaction may be extreme. Some years back, I heard of a guy getting shot as he and his group were knocking on doors, selling items to people. They had gone out late at night and one person, thinking it was a home invasion robbery about to start, shot one of the door to door salespeople.  Most people won’t react to that extreme, but they may not open the door, and probably won’t want to listen to what you have to say, and you won’t have a chance to get them the information or make the sale. During the daytime, those same people, seeing what you look like instead of some dark, menacing shape, will be much more likely to welcome you, as they are much less likely to feel threatened.

 

Go to the Front Door

Obviously, if your going door to door requires actual contact with the resident, you be going to the front door. But, even if you’re just distributing literature with no need to contact the resident directly, it’s still always a good idea to go to the front door. Even if there’s no adequate place to put the flier. If there really isn’t a place or way to put the flier in the front door area, then skip that house. If neighbors see you going to the garage, or especially, the back yard, they could rightly become suspicious and call the police on you. Always only go to the front door area!

Also, if you come up to a house and the front door is ajar or fully open and no one is there, skip that house. It’s most likely the owner just forgot to close the door and is probably inside, but, my feeling is that, if something in the house goes missing, you might be held liable and suspected of theft, even if you had nothing to do with it. It’s just a measure of self-protection that I believe in.

Finally, don’t place items you’re distributing in the resident’s mailbox or mail slot. I know in the United States, it is illegal to place non-postal or non-postage-paid items in any postal receptacle or slot, and this may be the case in other countries, too.

Respect “No Soliciting” Signs

I still distribute fliers and I do respect “No Soliciting” signs. While it’s most likely true that most people who put up those signs don’t want their doorbell rung or the knock on the door and wouldn’t mind the simple placing of a flier at their doorstep, it’s still a good idea to pay heed to those signs, regardless. When people see that you respect their wishes, they tend to respect you more. And, only if you are not selling something, if you see someone outside of a home with a “No Soliciting” sign, it’s ok to ask them if they want the flier. I’ve found that the resident will accept the flier much more often than not in these cases.

Sometimes, you will come across variations of the “No Soliciting” sign, such as “No Peddlers or Agents”, or simply a “No Trespassing” sign. Other wording, too, can tell you that they mean, “No Soliciting”, so do read and pay attention. In the case of the “No Trespassing” sign, if it is on a gate leading to the back yard and not in the front door area, then I’ll still go to that house, since they most likely mean, “Stay out of my back yard!”. But, if it’s on the front door or window, then I skip that house.

Sometimes you may by chance be at a house, then somehow spot a “No Soliciting” sign so small and obscure that an eagle would almost need glasses to read it! In these cases, unless you’ve made contact with the resident, it’s best to just skip that house. But, a word of advice to those of you who have put up a “No Soliciting” sign, please, don’t make it so small that it requires a magnifying glass close up to read, and don’t put it in an obscure place where someone is not likely to look. It keeps more of them from disturbing you and also allows them to skip your house and waste less of their time. Just a two-way courtesy where both sides win.

So, just pay attention to this advice and your door to door selling or distributing has a much better chance of going  without incident.

Happy distributing, selling and good luck!

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Converting Your Home To Business Premises: 5 Crucial Considerations

When you’re in pursuit of turning your business dream into reality, you have to think big.

Successful entrepreneurs are all united by the driving force of their ambition. Faced with situations that others might dismiss as unworkable, true entrepreneurs are prepared to throw themselves full-throttle into trying to overcome the obstacles in their path– even if that means sacrifice.

Sacrifices Start At Home

One such sacrifice that many business owners find themselves contemplating is a need for business premises… and not having the funds to rent and outfit entirely new premises. It’s at this point that many entrepreneurs may decide to rein in their business plans, or do something different, but a good entrepreneur knows that there are always options to pursue. If their business absolutely needs premises, then they’re going to obtain business premises– whatever it takes.

Unfortunately, what “it” sometimes takes is the home of the entrepreneur. After all, their home is something they are already in possession of. It’s a physical space, with a backyard they can use for storage, and there’s an established gas, electricity, and water supply to the property. When evaluated from a business perspective, there’s plenty of benefits there to consider. It really might work.

The downside, of course, is that their home becomes their office, their workspace. They lose that thing so crucial to a good work-life balance; having their own space.

If you’re a budding entrepreneur who is struggling to afford premises, then you may find yourself considering converting an area of your home into office space. You may have wondered just how much storage you can fit in the backyard; and idly considered how you might need to adapt your property to suit business requirements. Would it be worth it? Is this a step you should take, or a terrible idea from the outset? Let’s dive deeper into the things you need to know when considering converting your home into your business premises…

Know The Difference: Working From Home vs. Premises Conversion

Many people assume that there is little difference between “working from home” and “converting your home for use as premises”. However, this is an oversight, as the differences are actually rather stark. Many people work from home; this requires no adaptation for the most part, just a working internet connection and a laptop.

Conversely, converting your home into business premises is far more detailed and laborious.

So you have to figure out which you really need. Here are a few circumstances in which converting to premises is suitable:

    • You need a space to host customers or clients. Most people who work from home don’t need this; if they do, on occasion, have to meet a client, they will arrange it at a local coffee shop/business venue.
    • Your business requires you to hold large amounts of stock. While it’s possible to run some small ecommerce-type businesses without converting your home, anything more advanced will require larger storage capabilities than the average home can hold.

 

  • You want to offer a retail space. Some people choose to convert an area of their home into a retail space. This happens for various reasons; not being able to afford conventional retail outlets, wanting to take advantage of a good location (for example, if their house is close to an area that receives a high volume of foot traffic) or just out of preference– it’s a pretty short commute if you live above the store, after all.

 

If you don’t need any of the above, then you don’t need to consider a full-scale conversion.

If, however, you do need premises for one (or more) of the above reasons, then read on.

The Legal Hoops: A Guide To Jumping Through Them

The process of converting your home for use as business premises is an extensive, time-consuming one, and the biggest time suck of all will be the bureaucracy you have to deal with.

There are so many different legal areas you need to consider prior to a conversion. Here’s a primer on the areas you will need to investigate, the companies you will need to contact, and the notification you will need to give to ensure your conversion is allowed:

 

  • Call your home insurance provider. If you’re going to change the nature of your dwelling, then your home insurance company needs to know. In all likelihood, you will require an entirely new home insurance policy; one that covers you for business as well as domestic use.
  • Call your local authority. This is particularly necessary if you’re opening up a retail space; you must have permission to trade from the local government. Obtaining this permission can be a long, slow process; you neighbors will have a right to register their displeasure at your plans, and you will need to prove you are insured for business usage and public liability.

 

  • Learn your codes. You’re going to need permission for a material usage change for your home from three coding sections: Zoning, Business Ordinances, and Business Licensing. Hopefully, your initial call to your local authority will have directed your queries in the direction of these offices, but you are responsible for checking this has happened.

If all of the above sounds worrying, well, that’s because it should be. This road isn’t an easy one, and it will take time to ensure you are fully compliant with local requirements. However, there are plenty of steps you would need to take to register for any business premises, so don’t be unduly deterred by the list above– just focus on the paperwork and make sure everything is in order.

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The Conversion Process: What Do You Need To Do?

When you’ve obtained all of the appropriate permissions, you now have to move into the conversion process itself. There are numerous areas you’re going to need to consider.

 

  • What rooms are you going to dedicate to the business? A common choice is to convert the ground level of your home and “live” on the second floor. This works well, but what about the kitchen? You may want to adapt your home, which will require consulting with an architect and building firm.
  • What about entrances and exits? Firstly, you will be required to provide adequate fire escapes as part of the process you undertake with your local authority. You need to make changes to ensure that all of your business visitors — be it suppliers making deliveries, customers arriving for appointments, or eager shoppers — are able to access your property comfortably. For supplier deliveries, you may need to consider extra wide safety gates to ensure trucks can enter your property boundary correctly to load and unload. For customers, you’re going to need to think about where they will park their vehicles; your neighbors will swiftly turn to anger if the street is blocked up by customer cars.
  • Which security changes do you need to make? Home security is always important, but this necessity moves up another gear when your home is also your business. You may want to consider installing extra CCTV systems, and if you have gates, you’re going to want some kind of intercom system installed.
  • What do you need to redecorate? If you’re converting a space in your home for business use, that space needs to stop looking like a home. You’re going to need to redecorate, install new furniture, and ensure you have adequate lighting. If you’re opening a retail space, you are pretty much going to be outfitting the entire selling area from scratch– so you need to have room for this in your budget.
  • What happens if you want to sell the house in the future? Unless you are lucky and find a buyer who wants a home/business premises combination, you might find that you struggle to set your home for the amount it would be worth if it was still just a home. This is an aspect you’re going to have to calculate into your future financial planning, so be aware of it.

 

One thing that’s important to remember is that the conversion process will not be rapid. You will need to manage the project efficiently, juggling multiple different issues at the same time, and ensure that you keep an eye on your costs, too. It’s hard work, which begs the question… is it worth it?

So Should You Convert Your Home For Business Usage?

The above sounds like an exhausting list of potential problems, issues you are going to face, and more red tape than you have ever dealt with before in your life. Is it worth going through all of that stress?

The answer is probably “yes”. If there’s a reason you don’t want to invest in commercial premises, then the home conversion is the next best thing. Not only are you able to control everything about the process — there’s no landlord whose preferences you have to take into account, for example — but you will also save a fortune on leasing fees in the long term.

Ultimately, the decision is yours. If you don’t mind the short-term hassle, then you may just find that converting your home into business premises is the right solution for your business.

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