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Top Five Summertime Accidents

Summertime…and the livin’ is easy. Unless, of course, you’re involved in an accident.

Unfortunately, the many fun activities that are associated with summer living can also be dangerous. Let’s take a look at the top five summertime accidents that can occur if you’re not careful.


Barbecues and backyard cookouts are a great way to relax with your friends, but the combination of open fire and alcohol can lead to burns. Burns and other injuries from fireworks and fire pits are also common summertime accidents.

Car Accidents

Between road trips and cruisin’ around to visit friends and family, car accidents spike during the summertime – especially when drivers are intoxicated or distracted behind the wheel. Never get behind the wheel after you’ve been drinking. If you’re headed to a Fourth of July party or just enjoying some beachside cocktails with your friends, make sure to arrange for a designated driver.


It feels wonderful to go for a refreshing swim in the pool, lake, or ocean, but drownings can happen very quickly and turn your beach day into a tragedy. Again, boating or swimming while intoxicated is a very dangerous idea. Exercise extreme caution when you’re on or near the water, particularly if your swimming skills are limited.

Bicycle accidents

Sadly, some drivers still don’t know how to share the road. Whether you’re riding a bicycle for fun, for exercise, or as a way to commute, bicycle summertime accidents are a common source of injuries.

Amusement park accidents

The thrills and chills of riding a rollercoaster or other attraction at an amusement park is big business, and a big draw for summer crowds. However, some 4,000 people are injured every year while on an amusement park ride. Most of these are minor — scrapes, cuts, or whiplash — but some such summertime accidents can cause serious injury. In the most tragic cases, people can even be killed when ejected from a roller coaster.

If any of these accidents befall you, you may want to consult with a personal injury attorney to see if you have a case.

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Injured by Medical Personnel in the Emergency Room

Surgeries and medical procedures, including even the most minor ones, are inherently risky and put you at risk for further injury and even death. While anything can happen in a surgery or medical treatment, it is extremely disheartening when you are injured by medical personnel. If you suspect that medical personnel caused a further injury while you or a loved one was in the emergency room there are several different steps that you should undertake immediately.

Visit a Separate Unaffiliated Doctor

The first step after you are injured by medical personnel should be getting medical treatment for the medical problem that you are now experiencing. While this may seem obvious, it is a good idea to choose a doctor that is unaffiliated with the hospital or emergency room that you first were injured in. For starters, there may be a quality problem at this medical facility that you are better off avoiding. Secondly, you may need the new doctors that examine you to report on your condition in a court of law and it is to avoid potential conflicts of interest, if at all possible.

Document Your Process

It is a good idea to document your side of the story as it unfolds including your concerns and the chain of events that led to you being injured by medical personnel. Formally documenting these situations will help you to remember the details later when you may need to recall them in court.

Consult a Medical Malpractice Attorney

If you are injured due to the incompetence of medical personnel then you should obtain compensation for your injuries. Retaining a medical malpractice attorney can significantly increase the chances that you have for being compensated for your pain and suffering. Look for a law firm that is experienced in providing services for the specific injury that you received on the behalf of the medical facility or hospital that you visited, and make sure that they have the appropriate personnel on staff and time to handle your case.

Medical injuries are always disconcerting not only for the current pain that you are experiencing, but a for your suddenly unknown way in which it can impact your future life. Following the aforementioned steps can improve the chances you have for recovering some degree of comfort in your life after such a harrowing experience.

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Is Medical Malpractice Really a Leading Cause of Death?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists the most common causes of death every year in the United States. Its information is taken from death certificates that are completed by doctors, funeral directors, medical directors and coroners, but that information fails to take medical malpractice into account as a cause of death.

The Johns Hopkins Study

Patient safety experts at Johns Hopkins University recently completed an analysis of medical death rate data over an eight year period. They concluded that more than 250,000 deaths per year in the United States were attributable to medical errors. Assuming that the Johns Hopkins conclusion is valid, that would rank medical negligence as the third leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer.

Common Causes of Medical Malpractice Deaths

Some doctors have dismissed the conclusion of the Johns Hopkins team as spinning numbers to drive an agenda, but even if the number was 125,000, it would still be frighteningly serious. When medical negligence causes a death, the patient or the patient’s family can file a wrongful death case and seek damages from one or more health care providers. Those might be doctors, hospitals, clinics, nurses or others who participated in the victim’s care and treatment. Some of the more common causes of death resulting from medical errors include:

  • A failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis
  • Surgical errors
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Medication errors
  • Sepsis

Along with a wrongful death action, California law also provides for what’s known as a survival action if the decedent didn’t immediately die from his or her injuries. Different damages can be awarded in each type of action.

With offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles and the Central Valley, the Mitchell Law Group is the top rated medical malpractice law firm in California. We’re uniquely qualified to represent the families of those who have died as a result of medical negligence. Contact us for a free consultation about your loss at 877-637-1045, or email us by completing our short intake form, and we’ll be back with you in 24 hours.

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Mitchell Law Group is a premier law firm in San Francisco that represents clients throughout the Bay Area and California in medical malpractice claims. We handle claims involving catastrophic, life-altering injuries and fatalities. Our medical malpractice lawyers and staff have the ability to undertake the most complex claims and are uniquely qualified to represent victims of medical negligence. We use a unique methodology in developing creative legal strategies and have a broad network of resources and tools we can utilize to reach an effective outcome in your case.

We are the Bay Area’s only firm that is exclusively dedicated to the area of medical malpractice. While some attorneys will not even consider handling medical malpractice, we focus all our efforts toward advocating for victims. Why? We believe that people who have been hurt or have lost a loved one as the result of a medical professional’s negligent actions deserve to have someone on their side. Our San Francisco medical malpractice team hits the ground running and works to achieve the best possible result. Entire blog →


Higher Stroke Risk For Those Taking Popular Heartburn Medications

Millions of Americans take heartburn medications. They are often referred to as PPIs and are amongst the most prescribed medication in the US. They are also readily available for over the counter purchase by consumers.

Preliminary research presented at a recent American Heart Association conference revealed that popular heartburn medications may increase the risk of stroke in patients that use them regularly. The study’s head researcher said, “PPIs have been associated with unhealthy vascular function, including heart attacks, kidney disease, and dementia. We wanted to see if PPIs also posed a risk for ischemic stroke, especially given their increasing use in the general population.” Entire blog →

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