Dentist offices give off an air of cleanliness that we expect at all medical professional offices, hospitals and clinics. So we would never expect our dentist or hygienist to be using equipment that is not appropriately sterilized. Unfortunately, we have recently seen this happen right here in South Florida. The orthodontic clinic operated by Nova Southeastern University’s dental school recently sent out notices to patients warning them that they failed to properly sterilize their equipment, causing potential harm to patients, for more than two years. It was proven that many residents were using disinfectant wipes to clean dental equipment before and after each patient. TheRead More →

Would you what to look for if your elderly relative was being abused at a nursing home.

When we place our loved ones into the care of a nursing home, we never expect them to be victims of abuse. Unfortunately, numbers have proven that abuse inside nursing homes and elderly care facilities is at an all-time high. Nursing home residents have a high risk for encountering physical, emotional and sexual abuse and are often not able or not willing to report their abuse—allowing for additional, prolonged abuse to them and others. To ensure that our loved ones do not fall victim to nursing home neglect and abuse, it’s important for family members to remain diligent and understand the signs of elderly abuse.Read More →

Who is at fault if you do not receive the correct medication

It’s a common occurrence: you see a doctor about a medical issue, they prescribe you a medication, you wait until it’s filled and then you go and pick it up at your local pharmacy. You rightfully assume that the prescription handed to you is the correct one and you proceed to take the medication as directed. For many, this is the situation they will find themselves in after being prescribed a medication. But what if you experience bad side effects and health issues after taking your medication, only to realize that it’s actually not the right prescription at all? Unfortunately, pharmacy errors and prescription misfilingRead More →

Traveling by plane has many perks, but it also has many downsides. From delayed flights to crowded seats, there are many things to complain about when it comes to air travel. And while we may expect to be seated in the middle row or be waiting for hours in bad weather or crowded times of the year, we never expect to be injured while on a plane. Unfortunately, injuries on airplanes are more common than people may think. With small confines and many people, injuries are bound to happen. But when an injury is serious enough to require medical attention or sustain lasting health issues,Read More →

Scooter accidents are becoming more common on busy South Florida roads.

Motorized scooters are the latest transportation craze here in South Florida. Head to Fort Lauderdale and you’ll see hundreds of scooters riding alongside cars. As the popularity for these scooters rise, so do accidents involving them. According to Local10, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue has received at least one call a day since the beginning of December relating to a scooter accident. While many of these accidents result in cuts and bruises, and a possible totaled scooter, many of them result in much more serious injuries—including a recent accident that left a 14-year-old in critical condition. Accidents occur when a car hits a scooter or whenRead More →

whether you were injured on a construction site or in an office, call Balkan & Paterson today

Getting injured on the job is something no one wants to deal with, but unfortunately, it is much more common than we may think. Whether your job requires a lot of manual work that puts you at a higher risk for injuries, or you have a desk job where the chances are much lower, getting injured at work can happen to anyone. Once injured, a person will go through a difficult battle of getting the medical attention they need, the wages they deserve and the rights to certain benefits. If you’ve been injured on the job, here are the first things you need to do.Read More →

Child Abuse

Child abuse is often associated with bruises, broken bones and physical signs of neglect, but what many people don’t know is that child abuse can be present even when a child does not physically show any symptoms. If you are around children often, or suspect a child may not be treated properly, it’s important to look out for vital signs of abuse so you can prevent it from continuing and get them out of a bad situation as soon as possible. If you do notice any of these signs, contact an attorney as soon as possible. Unfortunately, child abuse quickly becomes a legal matter andRead More →

bad faith insurance claims

Insurance companies are notorious for being difficult to work with. But while we may dread getting them on the phone, we never expect them to treat our case unjustly. We give our insurance providers a lot of money each year to ensure that our investments, property and lives are protected and covered. When something happens to harm or threaten these things, we expect our insurance company to help us with the recovery, not to stifle us or make things worse. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, insurance is a business and businesses are focused on one main thing: profit. Because of this, they areRead More →

Car Accident in Boca Raton - What should you do?

Getting into a car accident can be a troubling and scary ordeal, which is why it’s entirely normal for our first reaction to be one of fear and concern. But instead of getting worked up, it’s important to stay calm and follow the appropriate steps to ensure the accident is handled correctly and any injuries you or the other driver may have sustained are cared for. If you get into an auto accident in South Florida, you need to follow these five steps. Assess Your Injuries & Call 9-1-1 First and foremost, try to move out of the way of incoming traffic if possible andRead More →

Railway Crossing Accidents

With the new Brightline trains here in Florida and more Floridians opting for public transportation, the number of deaths and injuries caused along railroads has greatly increased. In fact, it is almost becoming commonplace to hear a news story about a train striking a pedestrian or a car while going at high speeds. This increase has left many people wondering who is at fault when someone is injured or killed by a train or along a railroad crossing. Determining the Cause of the AccidentA train accident can be traumatic as they often result in deaths or extreme injuries. The first step to finding who isRead More →