Failure to Diagnose

Medical science has made remarkable leaps forward in our lifetime, providing us all with a quality of life that past generations could not have imagined. Conditions that were once fatal are now routinely treated. In many cases, the success of treating an illness is very dependent on an early diagnosis. The failure to diagnose a potentially fatal condition can result in needless suffering and even death. Failing to diagnose cancer or heart disease at an early stage can devastate your family. Knowing that had the diagnosis been properly made at an earlier stage it would have made all the difference is very difficult to bear.

You deserve answers. Contact a knowledgeable injury lawyer from our proven firm as soon as possible. Our firm understands the emotional turmoil and anger you and your family are going through. We are well-versed in these types of cases and we will work hard to pursue justice and compensation on your behalf. Cases involving a failure to diagnose are very complicated and rely on expert interpretations of sophisticated tests such as MRI results, blood tests, x-rays and more.

At Howard, Morrison, Ross and Whelan, we have the skill, experience and resources you need to handle a medical malpractice case. We will methodically investigate your case to determine what went wrong and to determine an effective legal strategy. We work closely with our medical consultants and are available to answer any questions and keep you up to date on any developments in your case.

Victims of a misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose are often left facing more expensive and more extensive medical treatments. Families can be burdened not only by incoming medical bills but also by lost wages leading to financial strain. Our firm will tenaciously protect your rights and fight for you. We have been helping families through the most difficult periods of their lives since being originally founded in 1923. A confident and determined attorney from our firm will assist you in achieving optimum results.

The Dangers of Mud Bogging Races

In July of this year, a fatal accident during a mud bogging race at Haislip Farm Lane took the life of the driver and injured four others. Investigators say that even though the driver was experienced, he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a pond where people were swimming. The Fluvanna County Sheriff’s investigators say that extreme heat could have played a part in the crash, but the cause of death has not been determined.

Mud bogging is a popular pastime in Virginia and races typically attract large crowds. Also known as mudding or mud running, this form of off-road motorsport determines the winner by which driver travels across the pit in the shortest amount of time. Unfortunately, there have been a number of mud bogging accidents this year that have taken the lives of drivers. A 48-year-old driver was also killed in July of this year when he competed in a mud bogging race in St. Joseph County, Indiana. Spectator videos captured the final seconds leading up the crash, and viewers can see the driver shut off the engine to the dragster and cruise across the finish line. But shortly after, the driver lost control, rolled and landed upside down on a concrete barrier. Additional units had to be called to pull the driver out of the car because the on-scene crews did not have the necessary equipment. Investigators say that even if the emergency officials on the scene had what they needed, it probably would not have made a difference in saving the man’s life.

The lack of adequate on-scene help has been a major concern of law enforcement officials with the recent string of accidents that have occurred, and it may be possible to seek compensation for injuries that take place during a mod bogging race. When mud bogging events are held at a complex, the owner of that complex is liable for keeping spectators safe from wayward racers. When a crash does occur, one of the first things that investigators look for is mechanical malfunction. Once this has been ruled out, investigators check for signs of alcohol impairment and also examine the safety procedures that were in place.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a mud bogging accident, call our team for the legal support and representation you deserve. We will conduct external investigations into the accident to determine the exact cause, and we may be able to file a claim for compensation on your behalf. With the help of a personal injury lawyer from Howard, Morrison, Ross & Whelan, you can focus on recovering from your injuries while we take care of the legal work on your behalf.

Other Types of Injury Accidents

There are countless accidents which can cause severe and even life-threatening injuries. Regardless of the circumstances that you find yourself facing, it is vastly important that you get the legal assistance that you deserve in helping to fight for the compensation that you deserve. At Howard, Morrison, Ross & Whelan, our firm understands the complexity of personal injury claims and we are prepared to go above and beyond in our efforts to help seek maximum compensation. As an AV® rated firm by Martindale-Hubbell®, we have proven time and time again that we have what it takes to help in virtually every type of claim and lawsuit. Below, we explain just some of the different situations that we can help with involving personal injury claims:

Boating Accidents
With countless lakes and rivers flowing throughout Virginia, such as Lake Anna, Kerr Lake and Burke Lake, boating is a favorite pastime for many. Unfortunately, boating does not always have a happy ending. According to a 2007 report released by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF), there were over 146 incidents in the year with over 100 injuries and 13 fatalities. From improperly trained operators to those who choose to drink behind the wheel, these accidents can be severe.

Bus Accidents
Public transportation is a commonly utilized method for cheap transportation – however, it is not without its dangers. Per the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), there were over 579 buses involving in fatal crashes in 2005-2006. According to this study, most often the accident was attributed to a driver error, such as inadequate surveillance, inattention and tailgating. Other causes can include bus fires, brake failures and even weather-related causes, such as having ice on the road.

Bicycle Accidents
Riding a bicycle instead of utilizing a passenger vehicle is a more cost-effective form of transportation, but can leave the bicyclist vulnerable should an accident occur. According to the Virginia Highway Safety Office, over 740 bike accidents occurred in 2011 – over a 100 spike from the year before. The causes of this are endless, but can often be attributed to drivers of passenger vehicles not paying attention to the smaller vehicles that they are sharing the road with, causing accidents when turning, crossing intersections and more.

Construction Accidents
While any job can leave an employee at risk of injuries, the construction industry is infamous for being one of the most dangerous of industries. From accidents occurring on scaffolding to accidents occurring from falling objects, there are countless causes to these types of injuries. If you have been involved in this type of accident, you could look into the possibility of filing a workers’ compensation claim to protect your rights as an injured employee or you could look into pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. Either way, we could help.

Pedestrian Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines a pedestrian as anyone who is on foot – regardless of whether they are walking, running, jogging, hiking or sitting. Due to their lack of natural safety protection, accidents that involve pedestrians can be life-threatening in nature. In fact, in 2009, there were over 4,000 pedestrian fatalities – accounting for over 12 percent of all fatalities in traffic crashes.

Train Accidents
Due to their massive size and high speed, accidents involving trains can be absolutely devastating. Take for example, the accident that occurred in Amherst County, VA in November 2011 where one train struck five pedestrians who had been walking on the trestle. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a train, regardless of the circumstances, you should not hesitate to get our involvement today.

These accidents can have a lasting impact on a victim’s life, leaving them under mountains of debt and in significant pain or permanently disabled. Seeking compensation for the damages, injuries, and hardships you have had to endure as a result of an accident is an absolute necessity. If you have been injured in an accident, it is very important that you speak with an attorney immediately. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney representing you in your claim could greatly increase the amount of the compensation you receive in a settlement, judgment or verdict.

The attorneys at Howard, Morrison, Ross and Whelan have extensive experience helping clients seek restitution in a wide variety of accident cases. We have been on the list of Best Lawyers in America since 1993 and have been placed in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association. With over 120 years of combined experience, you can rest assured that our legal team is highly qualified, and can be trusted with your serious injury claim.

Our firm has helped clients obtain millions from the big insurance companies. You should not have to live in pain and discomfort due to an accident that was beyond your control. Call our firm today so that we can move forward with evaluating your damages and filing a claim to recover damages, either through a claim to an insurance company or in court if your claim is not satisfied fairly, and in a timely manner. We will aggressively represent your interests, and have a proven record in high value settlements.