The Scarsdale Daily Voice

Scarsdale, New York

What Airplane Accident Victims Should Know

March 18th, 2013

You may hear other people saying that accidents are inevitable and that they are bound to happen. This may be true, but only if people choose not to care for the safety of others. Thus, if you are ever involved in an accident and sustain an injury, due to another person’s recklessness or carelessness, then, under the law, you are entitled to pursue compensation from the liable party for your financial losses, such as lost salary and injury-related expenses, including medical treatment.

According to, these injuries don’t just cause bodily harm; they may also result in mental or emotional anguish suffered by the victim. The amount of compensation a victim of personal injury may be entitled to receive will depend on different factors, like the nature of the injury (that is, temporary or permanent), cost of medical treatment, and amount of losses in salary.

There are many different ways through which you can sustain a personal injury; one of these ways, wherein your personal injury attorney can very effectively represent you, is airplane accidents.  Accidents, such as these, can be caused by pilot error, mechanical defect or malfunction, airline liability or negligence, air traffic controller error, and pilot intoxication.

Although airplanes are a fast and convenient means of transportation, they are also potentially extremely dangerous if they are involved in an accident. Due to the severe nature of these types of accidents, serious, permanent injury or even death is often a result.

Regardless of the type of injury an injury victim sustains, one thing holds true – that he or she can (and ought to) receive compensation. For more information on effective training for airplane pilots, click here.


Proving a Medical Malpractice Claim

March 6th, 2013

Medical malpractice is the name given to the actions of a doctor who injures a patient as a result of a failure to perform his or her duties with the degree of competence that is expected of professionals in the unforgiving field of medicine. When doctors make mistakes, they can have severe, sometimes life threatening, consequences on their patients. Doctors can actually be held accountable for these injurious mistakes through medical malpractice claims. There is a lot that must go into filing and proving these claims, however.

medical mistakeOne of the first things that must be proven in a medical malpractice suit is that the doctor being accused of mistreating a patient was actually rendering medical services to him or her. If the accused doctor can prove he or she wasn’t the plaintiff’s acting physician, the case will be thrown out. This is the easiest part of any malpractice case.

The most difficult part is proving that the doctor behaved negligently. To do this, most claimants call on the expertise of other medical professionals in hopes of illustrating that their doctor failed to provide the level of care that a typical  doctor would reasonably supply under similar circumstances. If the doctor’s treatment method was reasonable and careful, it will be incredibly difficult to prove malpractice.

However, if it is determined that the doctor was negligent, the next step to proving malpractice is proving that the doctor’s negligence and mistakes directly led to the injury sustained by the patient. This is challenging because the vast majority of people don’t go to the doctor unless something is wrong with them to begin with. It can be difficult to determine the root of an injury, but it is possible.

Medical malpractice lawsuits offer the victims of irresponsible doctors an opportunity to recover compensation for the high costs of the detrimental treatment they received as well as any further treatment they may require as a result.

News On Topiramate and Its Effects

February 22nd, 2013

On March 4, 2011, the US Food and Drug Administration warned the public of the grave complications Topiramate can have when taken during pregnancy. Listed under the brand Topomax, the prescription drug Topiramate effectively reduces the likelihood of epileptic seizures and migraine attacks. FDA studies, however, have shown that it increases risk of injury to a fetus, potentially resulting in birth defects like Hypospadias, a condition in which the urethra, the tube through which urine is drained from the bladder, is found at the underside of the male organ instead of at its tip.

If you have taken Topiramate during your pregnancy and have given birth to a baby with a physical deformity, you should considering contacting an attorney and allow him or her to study your case. If your child’s defect is determined to have been caused by Topiramate, then under the law you are allowed to file a claim against this product’s manufacturer and receive compensation for the damages you and, especially, your child have gone through. Though neither a Topamax lawsuit nor any amount of compensation will ever erase the marks of injury, your child may, at least, be able to have the financial security that is necessary to afford surgical procedures and further medical treatments.

First introduced in the market by Johnson & Johnson in 1996, Topiramate proved to be an effective prescription drug, providing epileptics and those suffering from migraines their needed relief. The drug also seemed to have worked where all other medications failed. It was manufactured in two different forms: pill and powder (allowing it to be mixed in food easily). To reduce seizures and migraine attacks, Topiramate suppressed all seizure or pain-causing signals coming from the nerves. Despite being an effective treatment for its intended conditions, however, the effects of Topiramate can be devastating for families.

Though the FDA never banned the prescription, sale, or use of Topiramate, it advised medical authorities and professionals to observe extreme care when prescribing the drug, especially to pregnant women, suggesting that it may only be recommend to expecting mothers if its benefits undoubtedly outweigh the risks.


Filing for Social Security Disability Payments

January 20th, 2013

People who are victims of accidents due to another person’s negligence are eligible for compensation while they are in treatment in and out of the hospital and while they are unable to work. While this can be a great help to people who don’t have enough to pay for hospitalization and treatments, there are certain injuries that can put a person out of work for a very long time, which can eventually deplete their savings and put them and their families in danger.

Many suggest that when a person injured in a work-related accident has become unable to work for more than a year or if the nature of that individual’s work has caused the person to contract a serious illness, he or she may be eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits, such as SSDI. When such a circumstance occurs, it is vital for the victim to file for these financial benefits as soon as possible in order to acquire basic support while they are unable to work.

The complexity of filing for Social Security Disability payments and benefits can cause a lot of people to have their payments delayed, while some are even denied the benefits they deserve. Therefore, it is vital to know how to proceed beforehand in order to have your basic support through Social Security in order to help you get back on your feet again after an accident.

There are certain factors that will be taken into account before you are able to acquire disability benefits after your accident. Talking with personal injury lawyers who have extensive knowledge about these things and how they work can greatly increase your chances of getting the necessary benefits. When you are already suffering from a disability caused by a workplace accident due to another person’s carelessness, troubling yourself with processing all the paperwork for Social Security disability benefits is the last thing you should have to worry about. As such, it would be better to get help from professionals who know how this process works so you can focus on recovering from your injury.