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The Brakes Failed In My Rental Car – Who Is At Fault?

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The Brakes Failed In My Rental Car – Who Is At Fault?

Imagine renting a vehicle for the weekend only to find out you’ve just put your life in grave danger due to the egregious negligence of the rental company. This was the story of a man who rented a compact car to go visit his girlfriend. When the man was only about 45 minutes into the trip his brakes completely failed (as reported by Reuters). Fortunately no one was injured, but inexplicably, the rental company blamed the driver for the mechanical failure and tried to charge him an additional fine.

Who Is At Fault?

Were you recently involved in an accident in your rental car and you believe the brakes were faulty? Like the gentleman’s story above, the insurance company may try to place the blame on you. If this is your story, don’t hesitate to enlist the advocacy of an aggressive Kamerow auto accident and product negligence attorney for the benefit of your case.

Police may not have charged you as the at-fault party, but the insurance company can still try to make the claim that you were at fault in the accident. Insurance companies and law enforcement have a different set of standards for determining who is at fault in any claim. This is another reason you need to have the strength of experienced representation from the beginning of the claims process.

Duty Of Care

There is a “duty of care” presumption that drivers take on when they get behind the wheel. Duty of care means drivers are obligated to see to it that their vehicle is in safe working order.   Usually it is the duty of the driver to make sure that the brake fluid and brake pads have been checked. The insurance company’s attorneys may try to leverage some form of “duty of care” in avoiding the blame.

Investigating A Failed Brakes Claim

In order to fully pursue the best possible outcome for your claim, Kamerow Law Firm will need to prove that the insurance company knew about the defect or that they were negligent to find it a missed safety check. Whether or not knowledge can be established, an investigation should be launched in order to prove fault.

When Rental Car Companies Are Negligent

Our practice has become known for high–quality and cost-effective auto accident representation. You may like to know the personal injury cases we take on are on a contingency fee basis. This means that you owe no attorneys’ fees unless we recover compensation for you.

For more than 25 years, the caring lawyers of Kamerow Law Firm, PLLC have helped people like you to get back on their feet. We are happy to serve car accident clients in Virginia, Maryland and the Washington, DC, metro area. If you or someone you know has experienced a similar situation, call 703-370-8088 or contact us online to speak to a representative.

 

I Went In To Get My Tubes Tied And Came Out With A Hysterectomy

While there are reportedly medical advantages for tubal ligation (mitigating the risk of ovarian cancer in particular), most women who decide to pursue this surgery are simply ready for a permanent means of birth control. The two most common choices for having your tubes tied are considered minor surgery.

Tying Fallopian Tubes = Minor Surgery

In a mini-laparotomy (AKA mini-lap), a surgery most often requested right after birth, the surgeon makes a small incision, pulls the fallopian tubes out, ties them, puts them back in place, and stitches the incision for healing. All in all, the surgery itself takes about 45 minutes and a few hours of post-op rest.

Laparoscopy also only requires a small incision. This should take the surgeon about 30 minutes. After a small incision is made the surgeon uses one of four tools to close the fallopian tubes:

  • Clamps
  • Clips
  • Electrocautery
  • Rings

Hysterectomy = Major Surgery

While there are different types of hysterectomy procedures – partial, total, radical, complete, and oophorectomy – all are consider major surgery. Hysterectomy is for the removal of all or part of the uterus. Most physicians would not recommend this surgery unless there is an existing health risk to keeping the uterus.

Laparoscopy is a surgical method used both for tubal ligation and hysterectomy. Could a surgeon mistake a laparoscopic surgery simply intended to tie fallopian tubes with a hysterectomy? If this medical error occurs, you may have a clear case for medical malpractice.

Legal Representation For Your Medical Malpractice Case

At Kamerow Law Firm, PLLC we believe health care professionals should be held accountable when they step outside of their responsibilities to you, the patient. Doctors, nurses, and surgeons are to uphold a standard of care. Violations of that standard of care in surgery or any other medical procedure can lead to serious injuries and future health complications.

Let our Kamerow Law Firm, PLLC medical errors and medical malpractice team aggressively seek full financial compensation for your injuries. Call to schedule your appointment with us today at 703-370-8088 or go online and fill out our contact form.

 

Doctor’s Sent Me Away Claiming I Wasn’t Dilated Enough, So I Had To Deliver My Baby At Home

This young couple was undoubtedly feeling a number of emotions at the first sight of their newborn baby boy. Baby Cameron was finally here, but happiness was not the strongest emotion at his birth. When mom and dad first laid eyes on their baby they were likely terrified. Not just that the umbilical cord was dangerously around the babies neck, that happens to babies from time to time in the birth process. No, the more alarming concern was that Cameron’s mom had to give birth to him in her bathroom floor without the help of a professional Doula. Camerons’s dad had to deliver the baby without the assistance of medical professionals of any kind.

How on earth did something like this happen? After mom had strong contractions, the couple went to the hospital like the majority of people would do, only to be abruptly sent home. The couple trusted the counsel of the doctors and nurses whose care they were to be under. Miraculously baby Cameron survived any imminent dangers, but this story (as blogged about on CafeMom.com) could have ended very differently.

Medical Misdiagnosis

The challenges that every baby faces at birth are numerous, even in ideal surroundings. In fact every year, the CDC reports that about 6 of every 1000 babies suffer from birth injuries in the United States. Again that’s even with the help of medical professionals during delivery. When a mother is sent home because of a medical misdiagnosis, not only is her precious infant exponentially more vulnerable to birth injuries or fatality, the mother is herself unsafe.

If you or someone you love has experienced these dangers, whether or not injury occurred, you may have a case for medical malpractice. We believe the medical professionals who operate within the presumption of a certain standard of care in the United States should be held accountable for negligence, medical errors, misdiagnosis, or malpractice

Contact Kamerow Law Firm, PLLC.

The experienced malpractice attorneys at Kamerow Law Firm, PLLC are prepared to represent victims of:

  • Birth errors
  • Birth injuries
  • Misdiagnosis (as referenced above)
  • Wrongful death during labor and delivery
  • Infant Cerebral Palsy

Call us at 703-370-8088 or contact us to speak to an attorney about your medical malpractice suit today.