Archive for February, 2017

Kansas City Medical Malpractice Attorneys Offer Tips on How Parents Can Protect Their Children From Medical Errors

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Having a child who is ill or has just been diagnosed with a serious medical condition can create a feeling of helplessness in a parent. As a parent, you want to do anything and everything in your power to help your child. Parents often report feeling at their most helpless when their child is admitted to a hospital. When your child has been hospitalized for an illness or is due to undergo surgery, it can be very difficult to know that your child’s health is in someone else’s hands. Parents worry about the things that could wrong while their child is in the hospital, which only adds to the feelings of being powerless. The good news is that there are things parents can do to safeguard their child and help ensure that they receive the best possible medical services—free from error. The following are five things parents can do to protect their children from medical mistakes:

  1. Educate yourself. One of the most important things a parent can do is to educate themselves about their child’s illness or medical condition. Learn as much as you can through reputable websites and publications about the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment options. Never be afraid to ask questions of your child’s doctors to get the answers you need to make informed decisions.
  1. Find a doctor that you trust. Finding a good doctor can be tricky. Sometimes the only thing more difficult is finding one you trust. It is important to find a doctor that is open to hearing your questions and offering detailed explanations. If your child’s doctor does not have your trust—do not hesitate to obtain a second opinion. A second opinion is always a good idea for major diagnoses and operations.
  1. Take notes regarding medications. Make sure you understand the treatment that your child’s doctor has recommended, including any medications he or she has prescribed along with the dosing instructions. You should know not only the name of the medication but also know why it is being prescribed. When you pick up your child’s medication at the pharmacy, confirm with the pharmacist that the medication is the same as the one prescribed by your child’s doctor. Wrong medication and wrong dose are both common medication errors.
  1. Make allergies and medications known. If your child is taking any medications or supplements or has an allergy to any medications, make sure that this is known to each and every doctor, pharmacist, and nurse your child encounters. The same is true if your child has a chronic health condition. Do not make the assumption that because you told one doctor or nurse, that this information is known to all.
  1. Be involved. Do not be afraid to be Mama Bear or Papa Bear when it comes to being involved in your child’s medical care. Parents who are involved in their child’s care are not only more likely to see better results but can also prevent medical mistakes from occurring.

If you believe that your child was a victim of medical malpractice, it is of great importance that you seek out an experienced Kansas City Medical Malpractice Attorney right away. Medical malpractice cases require an attorney that has key knowledge of the law and team dedicated to investigating the facts. The Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. have helped countless victims around the area, both in Kansas and Missouri. Our Attorneys know what it takes to prove a case. To find out how the attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. can help you, contact our office today at (816) 472-4673 to schedule a consultation. At Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. we will preserve to obtain justice for your family.

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Discuss the Dangers Millennial Drivers Bring to Roadways

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Everyone knows at least one “bad” driver, most of us know several. For example, drivers that the hug the center line a bit too closely or those that do not leave enough distance between their vehicle and the car in the front of them. These are the types of driving behaviors that cause passengers to double-check that their seatbelt is fastened and to grab ahold of that small plastic handle on the roof. While these are not great driving behaviors by any stretch of the imagination, most of us tend to think that we are pretty good drivers. However, obviously, we all cannot be good drivers, because clearly bad drivers do exist. In fact, a recent report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that one group of drivers stood out from the rest. If you think it is those newest of the new drivers that are the worst, you would be wrong. The most dangerous group was found to b the young millennials.

Millennials, which were defined by the report as drivers between the ages of 19 and 24, were found to be the worst behaved drivers. The study focused on drivers who engaged in risky behaviors or those that led to an increased crash risk. Drivers, across all age groups, were asked to respond to whether they engaged in any of the following risky behaviors: speeding, texting while driving and running a red light. Over 88 percent of millennials admitted to engaging in at least one of the three risky behaviors in the last 30 day—more than any other age group.

The scariest part of the study was the admission by some millennial drivers the believed their risky driving behaviors were acceptable. The following examples highlight some of the dangerous behaviors of this age group:

  • Almost 12 percent of millennials thought there was nothing wrong with driving 10 mph over the posted speed limit in a school zone. This attitude toward school safety was more the double that of other age groups.
  • Close to 50 percent of millennials admitted to running a red light that could have safely stopped for compared to only 36 percent of all drivers.
  • Millennials were more than 1.5 times more likely than all other drivers to have read an email or text message while driving. This age group was also almost twice as likely to have sent an email or text while driving compared to all other drivers.

One of the most frustrating parts of the study was the fact that while the overwhelming majority of the drivers in the study admitted that risky behaviors were unacceptable, a good percentage of those same drivers also admitted to engaging in these same risky behaviors. So it seems that while most of us know that engaging in dangerous behaviors is bad—it is not enough for us to stop committing these bad acts.

If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries after being involved in an auto accident, it is important for you to know that you have rights! The experienced Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. having been helping accident victims in Kansas and Missouri for almost two decades. Our team of seasoned Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys will work tirelessly to make sure that your case receives the attention it deserves. You can trust the Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to help you, just as they have helped countless injured victims around the area. To discuss your legal options, contact the attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. You can schedule a consultation by calling (816) 472-4673. At Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. we look forward to putting our 60 years of experience to work for you!