Archives for June 2016

Importance of Preserving Evidence – Why You Need to Hire an Attorney Early in the Legal Process

When you’ve been hurt because of someone else’s carelessness, the first and most important thing to do is get the medical care you need. But the next thing you should consider is hiring an attorney to protect your interests. One of the principal reasons? A lawyer will be able to recognize any evidence critical to your case and can take steps to ensure that that evidence is preserved.

There are many good reasons why it’s important to take immediate action to preserve evidence:

  • People move, die or forget-If there were witnesses to your accident, you want to take action as promptly as possible to get a statement. There’s no guarantee that the witness will be there tomorrow, let alone a year or two from now when your case might go to trial. The accident simply wasn’t as important to them as it was to you, so they have no motivation to be easily found, and no motivation to retain a clear picture of what happened. Without continual refreshing, memories can quickly fade. Your attorney will swiftly gather and preserve all relevant evidence.
  • Landscapes change-You may have been in a car accident or hurt on the job. It’s imperative that you preserve evidence of any physical circumstances that may have contributed to your accident. Was the weather bad? Was there a malfunctioning traffic signal? Was the road in disrepair? Take pictures of everything, including damage to your vehicle, as well as any injuries you suffered. Without that type of physical evidence, it will all be speculative to a jury.
  • Evidence gets lost-It just happens-critical evidence seems to get legs and disappear. Your attorney can make certain that doesn’t happen.

Contact Fritz & Bianculli

At the law office of Fritz & Bianculli, we have more than 30 years of combined experience successfully protecting the rights of personal injury victims in the greater Philadelphia area. We have recovered nearly $200 million in settlements and verdicts in cases that other law firms initially turned down.

To set up a free initial consultation, call our office at 215-458-2222 or send us an e-mail. Evening and weekend meetings can be arranged, if necessary. We will come to your home or the hospital for an appointment.

Study Shows Medical Mistakes Now Third Leading Cause of Death in America

According to a recent study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), medical mistakes in all types of healthcare facilities now account for more than 250,000 deaths in the United States every year, making medical malpractice the third-leading cause of death in the country. The report concluded that medical negligence causes more fatalities than accidents, strokes, respiratory disease or Alzheimer’s.

The study, led by a professor from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, shows a dramatic increase from previous studies, such one published in 1999 by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which estimated annual medical malpractice deaths at 98,000. The recent research includes the findings of four studies, conducted between 2000 and 2008, including one by the HHS Inspector General’s Office. According to Martin Makary, who co-led the research, medical errors account for nearly 10 percent of all deaths in the United States.

Makary said that, though the IOM report was anticipated to lead to changes that would reduce medical malpractice-related deaths, the trend has clearly been in the other direction. He cited lack of standardization in medical and hospital practices as a significant contributor. He said that the approach over the last two decades has been for the hospital to investigate malpractice on a case-by-case basis. He recommended that the patterns be studied at the national level.

Medical professionals say that injuries from medical mistakes are just as much of a problem. One doctor estimated that the injury rate could be 40 times the death rate.

Contact Fritz & Bianculli

At the law office of Fritz & Bianculli, we have more than 30 years of combined experience successfully protecting the rights of personal injury victims in the greater Philadelphia area. We have recovered nearly $200 million in settlements and verdicts in cases that other law firms initially turned down.

To set up a free initial consultation, call our office at 215-458-2222 or send us an e-mail. Evening and weekend meetings can be arranged, if necessary. We will come to your home or the hospital for an appointment.