FAQ: Medical Malpractice

Q: Do most medical malpractice cases result in a verdict in favor of the patient?

A: No.  Statistics indicate that only about 30% of medical malpractice trials result in a verdict for the patient.  Medical malpractice cases are difficult because patients are required to prove that the doctor or provider was negligent, violated a recognized standard of care and caused damage.


Stock up on These Ten Suprising Super Foods

Certain foods get a reputation for being extremely healthy, some of the few that come to mind are spinich and samon. A recent list compiled by Forbes.com focused on some surprising superfoods that consumers should pay attention to – foods that may have gotten a bad rap in the past but actually are packed with nutrition and potential disease-fighting properties.  Here’s what they found:

  • Raw Chocolate – Can reduce the risk of heart disease and enhance a person’s mood.
  • Buckwheat Honey – Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
  • Avocados – High in potassium, B vitamins, vitamin E and vitamin K.
  • Pumpkin – Can defend against cell damage and help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration, an eye condition that can lead to blindness.
  • Black Tea – May help lower cholesterol and prevent dementia.
  • Eggs – Help keep bones, hair and nails strong, and also aids in heart and brain health.
  • Cinnamon – Helps delay onset of aging and has a positive effect on insulin levels.
  • Tomato Paste – Packed with lycopene which can provide strong defense against diseases like prostate cancer.
  • Frozen Blueberries – Filled with vitamin C and contain antioxidants that are said to improve brain function.
  • Wasabi – May help prevent a wide range of ailments, including ulcers, tooth decay, blood clots, and asthma.  If has antibacterial properties as well.

Even though the superfoods on the list can be very beneficial, researchers still stress the importance of eating a balanced diet and getting enough exercise.

Citizen Spotlight: Janelta Curtis

Janelta Curtis,

Weight Watchers Expert

Name: Janelta Curtis
49 years old
Weight Watchers Group Leader
Rick- husband of 30 years, Jeremy-son, Lindsay-daughter, and Janelta’s mother Mary Knight
Running and doing Sudoku puzzles
Year in profession:
I have worked for Weight Watchers for 10 years.
What are your plans when you retire?
When I retire I would love to move somewhere warm with no snow.

What qualities of your mother/father influenced you the most? Their work ethic because they did and do over and above what is/was expected.
What is the most difficult part of someone in your position?
The most difficult part of my job is dealing with people’s emotions and the way food has control of our lives.
What is the best part about being in your position?
The best part of my job is seeing lives changed and watching them regain their confidence and respect for themselves.
What is the best advice you ever got?
“Don’t let your past dictate your future.”
What are the biggest obstacles you see facing people today?
I believe the biggest obstacle that we are facing today is people not believing in themselves and the good they can do but always leaning toward the negative in each situation they find themselves in.

What is the biggest obstacle for teens today? I believe the biggest challenge for teens is drugs.

What do you think helps keep people motivated? I think that people are motivated by the way we treat them and the words that we use to communicate with them. Motivation has to come from within but we have to help people pull that out and sometimes that is a hard job.

What advice would you give our readers? Be the Best that God created you to be.

Whiplash Not Just From Motor Vehicle Wrecks

Most people have heard the term “whiplash” and almost automatically associate it with a neck injury suffered in a vehicle wreck, which makes sense given that whiplash-type injuries often occur in rear-end collisions.  The sudden impact causes a victim’s necks to extend and flex in an unnatural whipping motion causing damage to the muscles and other connective tissues in the cervical area.

But what many people don’t know is that whiplash is often caused by much less extreme impacts, and can include:

  • Winter-related accidents such as slipping on ice or falling while skiing or snowboarding.
  • Injuries in contact sports such as basketball, football or hockey.
  • Any assault that involves head trauma.
  • Child abuse, including shaken baby syndrome.
  • Repetitive stress injuries resulting from a poorly designed non-ergonomic work area.
  • Accidents in stores or restaurants that result from unattended spills on the floor or other unsafe conditions.

Whiplash is a serious injury and can result in long term medical implications if it is not diagnosed and properly treated.  If you believe that you have whiplash, the key is to promptly seek medical treatment.  Be aware of the symptoms of whiplash, which can include:

  • Neck, shoulder and upper back pain
  • Headache
  • Dizziness and/or blurred vision
  • Tingling in your extremities, particularly arms and hands
  • Unexplained fatigue or difficulties concentrating

If you have a whiplash injury and you believe it is due to another person’s negligent actions, please contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your potential claim.

FAQ: If the Other Party Does Not Receive a Ticket, Can I Still Receive Compensation For My Injuries?


                   Yes, you can.  A police officer does not have to issue a ticket in order for you to be able to pursue a personal injury claim against the other driver.  The key to recovering compensation is showing that the other driver was at fault for the accident, and most police officers assign fault for a collision even if they don’t write a ticket.

FAQ: Am I Safer in an SUV or Car?

The debate has endured for years with no clear cut winner.

While SUVs are larger and seemingly better able to protect passengers, they can have a tendency to roll over, greatly increasing the likelihood of death.  Cars, on the other hand, typically roll over less than SUVs, but their smaller size may leave passengers less protected in an accident.

So, which vehicle is safer?

A 2007 report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which focused on crash statistics from 2002 to 2005 and car model years ranging from 2001 to 2004, found that SUVs generally were safer than cars.  In a comparison of driver death rates by vehicle type, 12 of the 16 worst rated vehicles were cars.

Of the 15 best rated vehicles, SUVs accounted for 7 spots, while only 5 cars made the list.  It should be noted that there is some disparity among SUV types as the same study showed that SUVs classified as mid-sized or large were safer than SUVs categorized as small or very large.

Crash statistics from 2005 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) corroborate the IIHS’s findings.  According to the NHTSA, driver fatalities from any type of crash were less in SUVs than in cars, and the gap steadily widens each year.

While safety should always be your number one concern, you should also consider that West Virginians pay more to operate and to insure SUVs than typical passenger vehicle.

Dog Bites and Children .

While dog bites are a serious problem in this country for people of all ages, it is estimated that more than 4.7 million people are bitten each year – children, still being the most vulnerable among us.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of dog bite-related injuries is highest for children between the ages of 5 and 9.

If you are looking into getting a dog, the CDC recommends that you:

  • Consult with a professional such as a veterinarian or responsible breeder to learn about breeds of dogs that might be a good fit for your family.
  • Avoid dogs with histories of aggression if you have children.
  • Hold off acquiring a dig is you sense that a child is fearful or apprehensive about it.
  • Try to spend time with a dog before buying or adopting one and use caution when bringing a dog into the home of an infant or toddler.  Nearly every dog should be spayed or neutered which can help reduce aggressive tendencies.
  • Never leave infants or young children alone with any dog.
  • Avoid playing aggressive, rough games with your dog.
  • Properly socialize and train any dog entering the household.  Teach the dog submissive behaviors (e.g. rolling over to expose abdomen and relinquishing food without growling).
  • Immediately seek professional advice from a veterinarian or animal behaviorist if the dog becomes aggressive.

The bottom line is that a little planning and preparation can help reduce the chances of a child being bitten.