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Charlotte Injury Lawyer Matt Arnold answers the question: “What is Maximum Medical Improvement and how does it effect my claim?”

When we are sick, injured, or otherwise needing medical attention, we expect our medical professionals to treat us with care and attention so that we can get back to our “normal,” healthy selves. Doctors, nurses, hospitals, and other medical staff/providers are responsible for the well-being and care of people and therefore are held to a standard of care to provide to their patients. Even with care requirements, mistakes can happen that result in additional injuries or damages to an individual. This sometimes results in a legal claim for medical malpractice.

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Why should I hire an attorney to represent me in a personal injury claim?

Whenever there’s a stampede, it’s important to look carefully to find the cause. People don’t move suddenly and in large numbers for no reason, after all. If there’s a dramatic increase in activity, it’s a good idea to find out why. The same holds true when it comes to lawyers. If you see attorneys taking action all of sudden and seemingly without warning it makes sense to pay attention and try to learn more about what might be going on.

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Charlotte Injury Lawyer Matt Arnold answers the question: “Do I have to pay taxes on a settlement or jury award in a personal injury case?”

Those in Florida who have suffered serious personal injuries due to the negligent or reckless action of doctors can rejoice after a recently issued state Supreme Court ruling. While other states debate passing new and more strict damage caps, those in Florida have come under intense fire from a skeptical judiciary. Though doctors, hospitals and insurance companies may complain, victims of medical malpractice and their advocates say the recent ruling tossing out damage caps is cause for celebration.

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Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: “What can you sue for in a personal injury case?”

In a confusing case recently filed in Texas, a personal injury attorney has filed a personal injury suit against a personal injury law firm related to a personal injury suit the firm is pursuing on behalf of other personal injury clients. The case concerns a class action litigation surrounding inferior vena cava filters, or IVCs. A Texas attorney sued an Arizona law firm, the Arentz Law Group, for making unsolicited phone calls in an attempt to round up potential claimants.

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Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: “What can you sue for in a personal injury case?”

Going under the knife can cause anyone a lengthy list of concerns, but catching on fire is not usually one of them.  However, numerous stories in the news this year have highlighted the disturbing frequency with which operating room fires actually occur.

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Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: “What can you sue for in a personal injury case?”

If you’ve ever had a stress nightmare about losing all your teeth, this one will make you cringe; an Indiana man made headlines this month after coming forth about a March dental appointment to remove four wisdom teeth that left him covered in blood, in a medically-induced coma and missing all his teeth.

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Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: “What can you sue for in a personal injury case?”

Male circumcision is an ancient practice that is still so prevalent in modern times that it is almost a norm. However, it is important to be aware of the rights of the parents and child involved. An uptick in legislation in recent years has shown an increasing trend for courts to recognize the consent issues surrounding the topic and a child’s right to “bodily integrity.”

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Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matthew R. Arnold of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “May I choose my own doctor in a personal injury case?”

Injured patients have been watching and waiting for a result in the second of what will likely be many personal injury lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson over its DePuy metal-on-metal hip implants. The wait is now over as a jury in Texas came back after a week of deliberations and found that the hip implants were defectively designed. As a result of the defective design and lack of warning by Johnson & Johnson, jurors awarded a total of $500 million to a pool of five plaintiffs.

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Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matthew R. Arnold of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “Do I have to sign a release allowing the insurance company to get my medical records?”

Everyone has heard horror stories of what can go wrong in surgeries. These tales often involve scalpels or bandages left behind inside a patient’s body or amputation of the wrong appendage. Though these mistakes are gruesome and terrible, they’re also fairly rare occurrences. Though medication errors may not be nearly as attention getting as some of the more extreme examples of medical malpractice, experts say they present a far greater danger to patients, occurring with alarming regularity and potentially causing serious damage when the mistakes do occur.

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Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matthew R. Arnold of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “What exactly is a wrongful death claim?”

 

Dr. J.B. Perdue says “ambulance-chasing lawyers” are to blame for the first known settlement of a lawsuit ever made by North Carolina’s medical examiner system.

Body Bag Charlotte Injury Lawyer North Carolina Wrongful Death AttorneyThe lawsuit was filed after Dr. Perdue declared a living man dead.

Larry Green was found by emergency responders lying face down beside a road in Franklin County, North Carolina on January 24, 2005. Green had a noticeable head wound, and one paramedic could find no vital signs.

Dr. Perdue was summoned to the scene. After examining Green, Perdue ordered the man to be placed in a body bag and transported to a morgue. A paramedic suggested to Dr. Perdue that Green might be breathing, however Dr. Perdue dismissed this by saying that left-over air was merely escaping Green’s body.

According to court documents, some eight witnesses saw Green’s chest and abdomen move while on the scene. In addition, as Green was placed into the body bag, witnesses saw his right eyelid twitching. Dr. Perdue attributed this to a muscle spasm, saying it was “like a frog leg jumping in a frying pan.”

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