Can I still collect if the accident was my fault?

Accidents can happen out of nowhere. Often, we picture accidents occurring due to the negligence of another driver. But what happens if we get into an accident and it was our fault? If the entire accident is deemed to be your fault, you will not be able to collect any money for injuries or damage that occurred to you or your property. But, it is usually unlikely for many accidents to be deemed entirely one parties fault. If you are able to prove that you were only partly at fault, you could be entitled to compensation. An experienced attorney will be able to take informationRead More →

Going to the dentist is never a fun task. In fact, many people actually have a diagnosed phobia of sitting in a dentist’s office. Because of this, it’s very important that dentists treat each patient with the highest level of care to ensure that their experience is as painless as possible. But what happens if a dentist fails to do this and you end up getting hurt or contracting health issues due to a dental procedure gone wrong? This is called dental malpractice and yes, you are able to sue for it if you can prove it. Dental malpractice refers to a dentist whose patientRead More →

We pay a lot of our hard earned money each month to insurance companies to ensure that when and if something happens, we have the coverage we need. So when we do get into an accident or need to utilize our insurance, the last thing we expect is to not hear a response, or the response we expect, from our insurance provider. Unfortunately, this scenario is all too common. Insurance companies will delay payments, avoid communicating with you or deny your claim without reason just to make the process difficult for you and avoid paying out the full amount you are owed. If this doesRead More →

what do you do if you were hit by a drunk driver?

Car accidents are scary, but when an intoxicated driver is involved in the accident, knowing the right steps to take can be even more intimidating. It’s important to do your research and make sure that you are both safe and protected. These six steps should be your first after getting into an accident with an intoxicated driver. Keep Calm and Ensure Safety The most important thing you can do immediately following an automobile accident is to remain calm. Ensure that the passengers in your vehicle and the other vehicle(s) are safe and have not sustained any injuries requiring immediate medical attention. Limit your interactions withRead More →

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 →