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Misdiagnosis

misdiagnosisWhen diagnosing patients, medical professionals use a variety of tools. Depending on the type and location of the injury, diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays, MRIs, and CTs scans, may be necessary. Physicians will report the patient’s account of symptoms: what they experience, when they appeared, whether they’ve increased (or changed) in type and severity. In forming their diagnosis, physicians may examine a patient’s past medical records or consult with colleagues or specialists.

But what if, despite years of training, the patient isn’t diagnosed properly? Misdiagnosis can cause patients further injury and harm, worsen their symptoms, produce new symptoms, and in severe cases, even lead to death.

A cough misdiagnosed as a symptom of the common flu, when it is in fact a symptom of COVID-19, may ultimately lead to a patient requiring a ventilator. A patient may receive a clean bill of health after an annual mammogram, only to find that indications of cancer were missed. Unfortunately, at the patient’s next mammogram, they may discover that the cancer was present, and growing, for over a year.

Misdiagnosis is a category of medical malpractice. Unfortunately, in most U.S. states, misdiagnoses constitute the most common basis for medical malpractice lawsuits.

Incidents of medical malpractice are frightening. Patients have a reasonable expectation of trusting medical professionals’ judgment when they seek an examination. Because we trust medical professional’s opinions, patients may reasonably believe worsening symptoms are caused by the condition itself. Patients may not be quick to question whether their physician properly diagnosed their condition.

Misdiagnosis, like all medical malpractice, violates a patient’s reasonable expectation that they can trust their physician’s opinion. Unfortunately, misdiagnoses can instill fear and panic in patients, and negatively affect their health and wellbeing.

What should you do if you suspect misdiagnosis?

Patients who suspect misdiagnosis should seek a second opinion from another doctor as soon as possible. You don’t need to vocalize your suspicions, but can simply describe your symptoms to a second physician. Obviously, the highest priority is to receive the proper treatment to alleviate or cure the ailment. Seeking a second professional opinion may provide a more accurate diagnosis, and as a result, more appropriate treatment.

But how do patients suspect misdiagnosis? After all, they aren’t medical experts, so how would they know?

The best evidence of a misdiagnosis is your own body. If the recommended treatment plan is not working or the symptoms are worsening, individuals may suspect their diagnosis is incorrect. Perhaps your doctor prescribed medication, but even after completing the prescription, your symptoms have not gotten better. Perhaps your doctor advised surgery or another treatment, but your symptoms remain the same after completing treatment.

If you seek a second opinion and the diagnosis is different, and the recommended treatment works this time, you may have suffered misdiagnosis.

Sometimes, the actions and responses of other healthcare professionals may indicate they are uneasy or suspect something is wrong. If your physician seems uncertain, it’s always a good idea to seek a second opinion.

Sometimes, you may discover or suspect that you were misdiagnosed at a later point in time. For example, a doctor may discover a cancerous lump after you were told a mammogram showed no signs of abnormality.

Always take note of feelings of suspicion and the reasons you were led to feel that way. If you suspect misdiagnosis, it’s prudent to consult an experienced medical malpractice attorney.

How does misdiagnosis happen?

The overwhelming majority of people who enter the medical field want to treat their patients well, with correct and safe diagnoses. Misdiagnosis is seldom intentional.

Healthcare professionals are human. Misdiagnosis can result from mistakes, such as observing symptoms and making incorrect conclusions about the underlying condition. It can result from choosing the wrong interventions to treat a condition. A physician may misdiagnose because they failed to create a thorough medical history for a patient or didn’t feel that further diagnostic testing was necessary.

Misdiagnosis can stem from misreading patients’ charts, incorrectly reading diagnostic tests—and even from mix-ups of charts and test results. In some cases, one patient’s results may be switched with another making proper diagnosis nearly impossible. Misdiagnosis can result from a physician failing to seriously consider a patient’s account of their symptoms. Doctors may be tired, overworked, or experiencing symptoms of an unknown illness themselves.

However it happens, misdiagnosis is a physician’s failure to treat their patients with the appropriate standard of care. Washington state defines the standard of care as:

“[T]hat degree of care, skill, and learning expected of a reasonably prudent health care provider at that time in the profession or class to which he or she belongs, in the state of Washington, acting in the same or similar circumstances.”

What types of medical professionals misdiagnose?

Several types of medical professionals can misdiagnose. Physicians bear primary responsibility for diagnosis in all healthcare systems, clinics, and hospitals. Other healthcare professionals, such as nurses, pharmacists, and aides, typically follow the physician’s diagnosis and recommended treatment plan.

However, other healthcare professionals can also bear responsibility for a misdiagnosis. Laboratory technicians, for example, can misread or miscommunicate laboratory results. Radiologists can misread X-rays and other diagnostic tests. Pharmacists can misread or dispense incorrect prescriptions. Nurses and aides can misread instructions and describe conditions incorrectly.

Finally, hospitals and healthcare systems may bear responsibility if charts and records that contributed to a misdiagnosis were mixed up, misfiled, rendered unreadable, or incorrectly communicated.

How can a medical malpractice lawyer help me if I’m misdiagnosed?

If you suffered from a misdiagnosis, your health and general well-being may have suffered. Retaining a lawyer may benefit you in several ways.

Seeking compensation. Misdiagnosed patients who suffered harm may be entitled to seek compensation for the resulting damages by filing a medical malpractice claim. Injured victims may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical bills – Medical expenses including emergency treatment, surgery, hospitalization, doctor’s appointments, urgent care, prescription medication, rehabilitative therapy, diagnostic tests, assistive devices, and more.
  • Wages lost from work – If the condition causes the patient to miss time from work, they can recover lost wages.
  • Lifetime wages – If the misdiagnosis renders the patient unable to return to work at all, they may be entitled to lifetime wages.
  • Pain and suffering – Injured victims may be compensated for the physical, emotional, and mental pain they have endured.

Gather evidence. The outcome of any lawsuit or legal claim depends on the evidence presented by the parties. Lawyers work with investigators and skilled personnel with experience in gathering evidence in cases of medical malpractice and misdiagnosis.

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Seattle Personal Injury Attorney, Tatiana Boohoff

Offer expertise in the steps required of malpractice cases. Medical malpractice suits can be extremely complicated. Washington, like many states, has laws intended to shield physicians from false accusations and to keep malpractice damages minimal.

Malpractice lawsuits require more steps and certifications than other types of personal injury suit, including:

  • A Certificate of Merit – Signed by a qualified expert. A certificate must accompany any claim arguing that the standard of care was violated, effectively, acting as a representation that the patient did not receive adequate care.
  • Mandatory mediation – Both parties must complete mediation, which is a process of non-binding alternative dispute resolution.
  • A Certification of Reasonable Inquiry by the attorney – The attorney must state that they conducted a reasonable inquiry into the case before filing a lawsuit.

An experienced medical malpractice lawyer knows these steps and can fulfill them to the patient’s advantage.

For more information, contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney today.


Boohoff Law
2200 6th Avenue, Suite 768
Seattle, WA 98121
(877) 999-9999

How Much Does It Cost to Talk to a Lawyer?

How Much Does It Cost to Talk to a LawyerWhen individuals or their loved ones suffer an injury at the hands of another, not only are they burdened by physical pain, but also their financial and emotional circumstances. Depending on the type of accident and the severity of the injuries suffered, victims may require years of recovery or even a lifetime of rehabilitation.

Knowing that another’s action caused pain and suffering—that was most likely preventable—can create a sense of anger among victims that may hinder their recovery. Working with a skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer can help alleviate a victim’s stress and anger, so they can focus on getting back on their feet. Personal injury attorneys regularly fight for the rights of injured victims to seek the compensation they are entitled to. By allowing an attorney to take on the legal complexities of a personal injury claim, victims can breathe easy as they recover.

Victims certainly will have concerns about the process and the best next steps. When they work with the right personal injury lawyer, they can receive answers to all of their questions, and formulate a plan for moving forward with their personal injury claim. And the best part, injured victims can initially consult with an attorney for free.

How You Get Paid

In representing injured victims, our team works tirelessly to help them maximize their recovery to ensure they obtain the compensation they are entitled to. Naturally, some people have reservations about bringing a personal injury claim against another person. However, in most cases, the claim is filed against the other party’s insurance provider. In the U.S. The most common personal injury claims are car accident injury claims. However, over 70 million people in the U.S. suffer injuries requiring a hospital visit every year.

Hospital visits and the medical services provided can have significant costs. Medical expenses are the number one cause of bankruptcies in the United States. Working with a trusted personal injury attorney can help victims to ease the stress associated with the costs of their recovery.

An attorney may fight for compensation on their client’s behalf for the following damages:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning potential
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of life enjoyment
  • Present and future medical bills
  • Rehabilitation costs

Most victims do not realize just how much their medical care and treatment will cost. Even seemingly minor injuries can result in over $20,000 of medical expenses. The extensive costs are alarming, but injured victims who hope to fully recover deserve the best medical care they can receive. While obtaining adequate medical care may have extensive costs, victims should not have to pay for medical expenses related to injuries caused by another.

Of course, seeking compensation from an at-fault party’s insurance company will not make victims’ injuries and pain magically disappear. However, obtaining compensation can give victims the best chances of making a complete recovery and getting their lives back on track.

Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer can help injured victims ensure their rights are protected and that the compensation they receive is fair and adequate.

How We Get Paid

As personal injury attorneys, we have a vested interest in the success of their client’s claims. We will fight hard to protect our client’s rights and maximize their compensation. We understand the impacts that unexpected injuries can have on victims and their families.

As a result, we aim to help our clients get back to normal as soon as possible. When we negotiate a settlement or win a verdict at trial, we do so with our client’s best interests at heart. We typically operate on a contingency fee basis. Under a contingency fee agreement, our fees, as well as court costs, can be paid from the settlement funds or award received at trial. Our clients are not responsible for the upfront costs of pursuing their claim, until the claim is resolved.

While it’s true that most personal injury cases settle out of court, victims can still benefit from having a lawyer by their side to negotiate and communicate with insurance companies on their behalf. We try to avoid proceeding to trial because it takes extra time and resources. However, if an insurance company refuses to settle for a fair and reasonable amount, we will be willing and prepared to proceed to trial to ensure our clients receive the compensation they are entitled to.

Our team will only collect fees associated with pursuing a claim when the claim is resolved, whether a settlement or an award after trial. Whether we settle your case or we win a verdict at trial, only then do we get paid. While we have every intention of successfully resolving your personal injury claim, if we do not win, you will only be charged court fees and costs. Injured victims can’t afford to not speak with a lawyer about their personal injury case.

Time Is of the Essence

After suffering an injury, victims only have limited time to bring a personal injury claim against the negligent party. The timeline for filing a personal injury claim is governed by each state’s statute of limitations. For example, Washington’s statute of limitations requires a claim to be filed within three years of the date of the injury, whereas, Florida’s statute of limitations provides four years.

No matter what type of accident caused your injuries, you deserve a skilled legal team at your side working hard to protect your rights and maximize your recovery. Having an attorney’s skill and experience on your side offers the best chances of recovering the compensation you need to get better.

Speak With a Lawyer Today

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Seattle Personal Injury Attorney, Tatiana Boohoff

Whether you experienced a car accident, workplace accident, incident of medical malpractice, or any other accident causing you injury, you deserve to seek compensation for the damages you have incurred as a result. Someone else’s negligence may forever alter an injured victim’s life. Medical expenses often cause victims and their families unnecessary financial hardship. Do not let the losses caused by another person or company burden your family.

You have nothing to lose by picking up the phone and speaking with a lawyer today. Most firms offer a free consultation and case evaluation.

If you or a loved one has suffered any injury at the hands of another, you deserve skilled legal representation at your side. Don’t hesitate to contact a personal injury lawyer today.


Boohoff Law
2200 6th Avenue, Suite 768
Seattle, WA 98121
(877) 999-9999

Getting the Facts: What Happens After a Deposition in a Car Accident Case

A car accident can turn your world upside down. Your vehicle may be damaged, leaving you struggling to get from point A to point B. You may be injured, trying to make sense of your new reality, and juggling your day-to-day responsibilities between doctor’s appointments. On top of all that, you will need to determine whether you are entitled to compensation for your expenses. Should you decide to pursue legal action against the other parties involved in the accident, the process can be complicated.

Personal injury lawsuits often involve processes that you may be totally unfamiliar with. For example, depending on the specific circumstances of your case, you may be required to respond to interrogatories or participate in a deposition. Undoubtedly, the personal injury claims process will involve big decisions that may affect the amount of compensation you can recover. You may have to decide whether you will benefit more from settling your claim or proceeding to trial.

Read on to learn more about the discovery phase of a car accident case and what you can expect after.

Building Your Case

As you think about your circumstances, you may be considering filing a lawsuit. Two important components of your case will be demonstrating negligence and establishing damages. The strength of the evidence supporting each of these elements will help you make important decisions about how to handle your case.

Negligence

To prevail in a car accident lawsuit, you must demonstrate that the other party acted negligently or intentionally. In addition, you must show that the negligent or reckless behavior caused the accident and your injuries. Depending on the facts of the accident, several different parties may be negligent. Potentially negligent parties include:

  • Another driver. If the other driver violated a traffic law, which caused the accident, they may be found negligent. Examples of traffic violations that may demonstrate negligence include speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, or running a red light. Some evidence of negligence may be included in a police report. However, other evidence of negligence will be harder to determine at the scene of the accident. At times, it may be easier to uncover evidence of negligence through a deposition or interrogatories.
  • Car manufacturer. If any vehicle involved in the accident malfunctioned in a way that caused the accident, the manufacturer may be responsible. Alternatively, your vehicle’s safety equipment mat malfunction. For instance, an airbag may fail to deploy or deploy unnecessarily. In either case, the malfunction may cause you to sustain more severe injuries. To establish whether a vehicle malfunctioned, it may be necessary to conduct a deposition of a mechanic or manufacturer. Document production may also help provide helpful evidence.
  • Local government. If the local government failed to properly maintain the roadway where the accident occurred, they may be liable. Local governments have a duty to maintain roadways that are safe for drivers. If a traffic signal malfunctions and causes an accident, the local government may be responsible for any resulting damages. However, securing information and pursuing a lawsuit against a governmental entity has restrictions and additional requirements that can be complicated to navigate.

To establish negligence, you will need to gather evidence about the events leading up to the accident. A police report or other documentation of the accident scene can provide valuable evidence initially. If law enforcement officers do not respond to the scene, be sure to file a collision report, as this is an obligation under Washington law. To build a strong case, you may also need additional evidence, such as interviews of witnesses or videos of the accident.

Damages

Getting the Facts What Happens After a Deposition in a Car Accident Case Boohoff LawAfter a car accident, you are likely to be dealing with damage to your vehicle and as well as physical injuries. Depending on the seriousness of the accident, injuries can range from scratches and bruises to traumatic brain injuries.

Types of damages that are often recovered after sustaining injuries in a car accident include:

Medical expenses: The amount of your medical expenses will depend on the severity of your injuries. However, medical costs are likely to include doctor’s bills, hospital stays, and medications. If your injuries will require future care or ongoing rehabilitation, these expenses may also be recoverable.

Loss of income: Your injuries may require you to miss work, resulting in lost wages. These lost wages along with future time off are potentially recoverable damages. If your injuries limit your ability to perform your job or opportunities for future advancement, you may recover lost future earnings.

Property damage: Chances are high your car was damaged in the accident. In addition, the accident may have also damaged property you had with you in the vehicle. In your personal injury claim, you can seek the costs of repair or replacement of damaged property.

Emotional distress: Injured victims often experience emotional distress after an accident. Emotional distress can take many forms. For example, victims may experience depression from immobility caused by their injuries or PTSD that is triggered when riding in a car. You may recover for these damages.

Loss of enjoyment: Your injuries may limit your ability to perform activities you previously enjoyed, like playing an instrument or participating in sports. Injured victims may recover for the loss of enjoyment of these activities.

Punitive damages: You may have heard of defendants securing huge sums of money in the form of punitive damages. Punitive damages are not meant to compensate victims for their injuries, but rather, to punish the defendant for egregious behavior. Washington State does not permit a jury to award punitive damages, but in select circumstances, a court may award increased damages.

Calculating some damages will be straightforward, but others may require the input of experts, such as an economist or a medical expert. Include the full extent of the impact of your injuries in your damages claim. Any potential settlement or recovery will be based on the damages you assert in your claim.

Conducting Discovery

While a police report and pictures of the accident scene will provide valuable insight, more in-depth research and evidence is often needed to build a strong case. The phase of a trial where the parties gather evidence is called discovery. The process utilized during discovery and the timeline is mandated by the courts. Parties often mutually agree to extend the timeline for discovery. Scheduling and gathering the required information can be a time- and work-intensive process.

Depositions

Depositions provide sworn, out-of-court, oral testimony of witnesses or parties to a lawsuit. While it is sworn testimony, depositions do not happen in court or before a judge. The person being deposed is the one being questioned. Normally the deposed party, their lawyer (if they have one), the lawyer for the opposing party, and a court reporter are present. Any party to the case and their attorney also have a right to be present.

The deposition is conducted by the lawyer for the opposing party. The attorney for the deposed party can object to questions being asked of their client. Some depositions are calm and simply a fact gathering process. Other times, they can become heated, especially if they are addressing a contentious disputed fact of the case.

All depositions must follow the procedural requirements of the relevant state. After a deposition, a court reporter will generally prepare a transcript for review by both parties. At this point, it is important to identify any errors or omissions in testimony because the testimony may be referenced later in court.

Depositions allow the parties to gather evidence and receive a preview of any evidence that may be used against them at trial. Depositions are also helpful in preserving witness testimony while it is fresh, rather than waiting months or years before a trial.

Interrogatories

While depositions are oral testimony of a witness, interrogatories are written questions provided to the opposing party for response. Interrogatories are also called “requests for further information.” Any questions included in interrogatories must be relevant to the issues involved in the lawsuit. Interrogatories are intended to clarify facts.

For example, in a car accident case, interrogatories may seek to undercover facts that demonstrate the other driver’s negligence, such as:

  • How fast were you driving at the time of the accident?
  • Within the past five years, have you been involved in any other automobile accident?
  • Where were you coming from when the accident occurred? Where were you going?
  • Did you consume any alcohol or medication in the 24 hours before the accident?

The above questions are just examples. However, they are intended to illustrate how well-crafted interrogatories can help draw out important information for the case. The questions will vary for each scenario. Additionally, the responding party will do their best to avoid providing harmful information where possible.

Document Production Requests

Depositions and interrogatories focus on getting information directly from people. In many situations, however, relevant evidence is contained in documents under the control of another party. To gain this information, a party will have to issue document production requests, also called “requests for production.” This is a legal request for documents, electronically stored information, or other tangible items that pertain to the subject matter of the lawsuit.

The other party is not obligated to produce any documents that are protected by attorney-client privilege or any other privilege. Other reasons for not producing documents may be that they are unavailable or if providing the document would be unduly burdensome.

Strategy After Discovery

The discovery phase of the trial, including depositions, will likely provide valuable information that will help evaluate the strength of your case. After this phase is completed, it is a good time to reevaluate your strategy. You may reconsider whether you want to continue to trial or attempt to settle.

Settlement

The vast majority of personal injury cases are settled outside of court. Settlements are often favored because they offer a quicker resolution, more immediate compensation for the victim, and certainty in the outcome. Discovering evidence of the other party’s fault through depositions or other discovery, may provide leverage for an improved settlement offer. Alternatively, if discovery failed to provide you with solid evidence, you may consider a settlement to ensure some recovery.

Trial

While a much smaller percentage of cases proceed through the entire trial process, sometimes this is the better strategy. If the depositions or other discovery provide strong facts to support your position, it may become clear that the settlement offer is inadequate. Knowing you have strong evidence on your side may reduce the risk of an uncertain outcome at trial.

Should you choose to proceed to trial after discovery, it will be necessary to file and resolve any motions about the admissibility of evidence. If key evidence is found to be inadmissible, this may be another juncture to consider your settlement options. The jury will also be selected before the trial officially begins.

The parties are authorized to settle at any point before a final verdict is issued by the jury. The amount of negotiation power will depend on whether the arguments in the courtroom tend to support your position.

Contact an Attorney for Help

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Seattle Car Accident Attorney, Tatiana Boohoff

Many aspects of a personal injury case can be overwhelming and complicated. While it may be very clear that you were injured in the accident, it is often not enough to ensure you will recover for your damages.

A qualified attorney can help injured victims analyze the facts of their case and prepare a strategy for seeking recovery. Additionally, an attorney can build leverage during the discovery phase of the trial to benefit the case. Depositions, interrogatories, and production requests are valuable tools for securing evidence to support your claims of negligence and damages.

If, however, you don’t follow the procedural requirements, you may not receive any helpful information. Experienced attorneys are familiar with the procedural requirements associated with discovery. They may ensure that injured victims can secure the facts to support their cases.

After you have completed discovery, and throughout the process, you will want to continuously explore your settlement options. When appropriate, an attorney can help evaluate any settlement offer and consider the pros and cons of settling versus continuing through the trial process.


Boohoff Law
2200 6th Avenue, Suite 768
Seattle, WA 98121
(877) 999-9999

Boohoff Law Helps North Port Family Get Into New Home

NORTH PORT, FL, March 31, 2020: When someone moves to an area with the help of family members, and after a year, the family members unexpectedly kick them out right after the birth of a new baby, money is tight. Furthermore, it’s expensive to get into an apartment or rental house. Most landlords expect tenants to pay the first month’s rent, the last month’s rent, and a security deposit equal to one month’s rent. With just one income coming in and medical bills stacking up, it may prove difficult to come up with a few thousand dollars to move the family into a new home.

In one recent case, the Boge family—a husband, wife, two kids, and now a brand-new baby from Haiti—found itself with no choice but to live in a car. The Boges asked members of the community where to find help.

Word started getting out, primarily through social media, that this family with three children needed help. The community began donating clothes, diapers, food, and more. However, the family still needed a place to live. The community raised $1,643, but that wasn’t enough for the Boges to move into a new home.

Boohoff Law stepped in and matched the amount that the community had already raised dollar-for-dollar. Ultimately, the family received a total of $3,286, which, when combined with what the family already had, was enough to secure a new home for the Boges and pay their first month’s rent.

As a result, this family got a fresh start in a community that supported them. The Boges can work and contribute to the community’s growth without having to worry about where the kids will sleep at night, where to shower the next morning, or the other uncertainties and dangers that accompany homelessness.

About Boohoff Law

Boohoff Law doesn’t just help individuals who were injured in accidents. Indeed, Boohoff Law serves the community in many beneficial ways. For example, Boohoff Law offers a scholarship to help deserving students afford college, and holds an annual Thanksgiving turkey drive, during which the firm’s staff gives out 300 turkeys.

Find out more about Boohoff Law by calling (877) 999-9999 or writing to Boohoff Law online.

Boohoff Law $3,000 Scholarship Contest

SEATTLE, WA, March 31, 2020: Every year, the costs associated with college climb higher and higher. Tuition, books, room and board, meals, and personal expenses rise faster than the rate of inflation. Even with student loans and other scholarships, obtaining undergraduate and graduate degrees is becoming more stressful due to rising costs.

The personal injury attorneys at Boohoff Law’s Seattle office understand the stresses of trying to maintain good grades while worrying about money—thus, Boohoff Law created a $3,000 scholarship to help with costs for individuals entering college or who are already in the middle of earning their degrees.

The scholarship does not require that an individual choose a particular course of study. Boohoff Law selects the winner based on two-minute videos that students must submit. After choosing a winner, the firm will write a check directly to the university or college of the winner’s choice.

Eligibility Requirements

Students who apply for the Boohoff Law scholarship must attend or plan to attend a university or college for the 2021-2022 academic year. If you are a current student, you must be in good academic standing at your school. If you are under 18 years old, you must have permission from a parent or legal guardian to participate.

When you apply for the contest, apply via email with your name and the name of the college or university that you are (or will) attend. Submit a two-minute video on the essay topic by September 1, 2020, via email to Boohoff Law. The video should be in YouTube format.

Boohoff Law expects many submissions, so get your video in early if you are eligible to take part in this scholarship contest.

The Essay Topic

Boohoff Law’s scholarship involves creating a video that discusses the challenges or obstacles that you overcame or that you need to overcome while working on your degree or to start working on your degree.

Many non-financial challenges are associated with entering and completing college. In your video, you should answer the following question: What challenges or obstacles did you need to overcome, or will you need to overcome, to enter college and start earning a university education?

Email your video in YouTube format to boohofflawscholarship@gmail.com.

We will choose the winner based on creativity, originality, and feasibility. While Boohoff Law will issue the scholarship check directly to your university or college, you can use the funds for costs other than tuition, including books, computers, notebooks, and other school supplies.

Boohoff Law hopes that this scholarship removes some of the financial stress of going through college so you can concentrate on your classes and maintain a high GPA.

About Boohoff Law

Boohoff Law helps individuals who were injured in accidents recover compensation—but also works to serve and benefit the community through an annual Thanksgiving turkey drive and other efforts.

Find out more about Boohoff Law and the services it provides by writing to the firm or by calling (877) 999-9999

The Hazards of Reckless Driving

Every year, more than 1.25 million people die in accidents on the road. Millions more suffer serious, often life-altering injuries. Many of these injuries and deaths occur due to reckless driving accidents. Unfortunately, all too many people continue to engage in reckless driving behaviors despite knowing they significantly increase their risk of causing a serious accident. If you or a loved one has already experienced a traumatic accident with a reckless driver contact a skilled auto accident attorney to discuss your legal options.

What Is Reckless Driving?

Reckless Driving Accident AttorneyReckless driving fails to take the rules of the road or basic safety precautions into account. Generally, police officers classify reckless driving as a more serious offense than careless driving: reckless driving deliberately ignores safety protocols, while careless driving generally involves a general lack of attention to the road. Washington law notes, “Any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.” Reckless driving may include:

  • Traveling at excessive speeds. Most states automatically issue a reckless driving ticket to drivers who travel at speeds well over the posted speed limit. Generally, state law enforcement officers issue these tickets when a driver is traveling more than 25 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. At least when it comes to Washington Law.
  • Ignoring traffic laws. Drivers who swerve in and out of lanes may find themselves convicted of reckless driving, as may those who deliberately ignore posted traffic signals or signs.
  • Racing. Drivers may choose to deliberately race their vehicles down roads used by other people, posing substantial danger both to themselves and to anyone else who uses the road. Racing becomes particularly dangerous when drivers take up both lanes of a two-lane road or attempt to cross into the other lane of traffic to gain an advantage.
  • Passing on a blind curve. Most roads clearly indicate where passing can occur safely with a broken yellow line. On roads with a solid yellow line, drivers should avoid passing one another, even if the front vehicle is traveling excessively slowly. Passing on a blind curve can make it impossible to see oncoming traffic, substantially increasing the risk of an accident.
  • Ignoring or going around railroad barriers. Railroad barriers exist to prevent cars from moving onto the train tracks as a train passes by. Ignoring these barriers can result in getting hit by a train—and drivers who ignore them without getting hit may quickly face reckless driving charges.
  • Passing a school bus with its stop sign extended and lights flashing. Any time a school bus extends its stop sign and flashes its lights, it is indicating that children can board or exit the bus. Ignoring this signal can put children in significant danger. Even passing a school bus at a slow rate of speed can leave drivers facing reckless driving charges.
  • Trying to avoid or outrun a police officer. Some drivers will go to extraordinary lengths to get away from law enforcement officers. Unfortunately, speeding, swerving, or engaging in other illegal actions to avoid an officer can count as reckless driving.
  • Drunk driving. Many people under the influence of drugs and alcohol are more likely to engage in reckless driving behaviors. In some cases, the act of operating a vehicle while under the influence by itself can result in reckless driving charges.

Potential Consequences of Reckless Driving

Reckless driving carries with it a substantially increased accident risk. Traveling at excessive speeds requires a much faster response time and can lead to significantly greater injuries if you do have an accident. Not only that, reckless driving can carry other severe penalties.

  • Tickets and fines. If a police officer catches you engaging in reckless driving behavior, especially if your reckless behavior results in an accident, you may receive a ticket and associated fines.
  • Loss of your license. Engaging in exceptionally reckless behavior or engaging in reckless driving behavior on multiple occasions can result in license suspension. In some cases, you may have your license permanently revoked for ongoing reckless driving.
  • Increased insurance premiums. When you engage in reckless driving, you raise your accident risk, and your insurance company does not want to bear the burden. As a result, your insurance premiums may go up, sometimes significantly, when you get caught driving recklessly.
  • Difficulty acquiring some positions. If a job requires you to regularly operate a motor vehicle, you may have trouble getting that job after a reckless driving conviction. You may also struggle to gain employment in some government offices or other facilities that require a high level of trust and ethical behavior.
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. If you choose to drink and drive, leading to reckless driving behaviors, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. This may come with reduced driving privileges, including a restricted license that only allows you to operate your vehicle at specific times or to get to school or work.
  • Jail time. In some cases, your reckless driving behavior may result in time in jail. You may have an increased likelihood of spending time behind bars if your recklessness led to an accident that caused serious injuries or death.

Avoiding Reckless Driving

As a driver, you bear responsibility to everyone else on the roads to help keep the roads as safe as possible. Each time you get behind the wheel, you help determine the safety of every driver or passenger around you. Are you struggling to avoid reckless driving behaviors? Try some of these strategies.

  • Refresh yourself on the rules of the road. Improve your familiarity with the Washington Driver Guide. Make sure you understand when you can appropriately pass, the average speed limits on highways and in rural areas, and any other information that could impact your ability to safely navigate Washington roadways.
  • Slow down. Make note of the speed limit every time you drive, and make a habit of remaining at or below that speed, especially in dangerous weather conditions. If you have a habit of speeding, you may need to retrain yourself to adhere to the speed limit.
  • Leave plenty of time to arrive at your destination. Often, reckless driving behavior arises out of a sense of being rushed. When you must hurry to reach your destination, you may struggle to drive safely. Leaving plenty of time, on the other hand, can make it easier to avoid reckless driving behaviors.
  • Pay attention to the road around you. Avoid multitasking or distracted driving, and make a habit of looking at everything going on around you. Observe traffic patterns and other drivers around you. Often, especially in unfamiliar areas, this can prevent you from accidentally engaging in reckless driving behavior.

How to React to a Reckless Driver

While you may control your own driving behaviors, you cannot control how someone else behaves behind the wheel. You can, however, decrease the impact reckless drivers may have on you and your passengers. Try these strategies to help keep you safe from reckless drivers.

If You Get in a Car with a Reckless Driver

Most people do not deliberately get in the car with a driver known for reckless behaviors. If you do know someone has a reputation for driving recklessly, try to avoid riding with them—and after one reckless ride, try to avoid going with them again in the future. When you find yourself stuck in the car with a reckless driver, try these strategies.

  • Call attention to the behavior. If you notice the driver of your vehicle driving at excessive speeds, swerving through traffic, or operating a cell phone while driving, call attention to it and ask them to stop. Many drivers may fail to take note of their own reckless driving behaviors, especially when distracted or ill, while others will show willingness to curtail reckless behaviors when asked by their passengers.
  • Stop the ride. If your Uber or Lyft driver is behaving recklessly, cancel the ride and note the reason for that cancellation in the app. Be sure to leave a review so that future riders know to avoid that particular driver. When in the car with a friend or loved one, let them know that you want to get out. Try not to “wait it out” or “hope for the best” to avoid rocking the boat. Reckless driving often has serious consequences, and you don’t want those serious consequences to be injuries to you or others in the vehicle.
  • Call for help, if needed. If you find yourself stuck in the car with a reckless driver who will not pull the car over or allow you out of the vehicle, summon help. Call 911 and wait for the driver to get pulled over. You do not have to make yourself unsafe for a ride.

If You Spot a Reckless Driver on the Road

Seeing a reckless driver on the road makes many people tense up, prepared for the driver to do anything. While you cannot stop another driver’s behavior on your own, you can take steps to keep yourself and your passengers safe.

  • Do not engage the other driver. Resist the urge to, for example, block in a reckless driver so that they cannot pass you. Do not make hand signals or other gestures that could incite anger in the other driver. Road rage can cause even more dangerous driving behaviors or cause the driver to react badly to you and your passengers, including choosing to follow you until you stop to attack you. Instead, continue driving as normally as possible while near the reckless driver.
  • Get out of the way, if you can. Pull off to the side of the road, if needed, and wait for a reckless driver to pass. Getting out of the way will decrease the odds that a reckless driver will injure you or your passengers. If you notice a reckless driver growing enraged with you, move your vehicle to a safe location. Try not to exit the car until you know that the other driver has moved on to another location or until help has arrived.
  • Call 911. If you notice ongoing reckless driving behavior and worry about the safety of others on the road, pull into a safe location and call 911 or have one of your passengers call 911. Report the make and model of the car, the license plate number, and your current location. Police officers will take steps to stop the reckless driver.

How Does Reckless Driving Cause Accidents?

Reckless driving can increase the risk of an accident and cause more serious injuries during an accident. As a driver, it can lead to more serious penalties after an accident, including higher fines or loss of your license. If you suffer injuries at the hands of a reckless driver, however, the other driver’s behavior may have a significant impact on your case. Consider:

  • Reckless driving helps determine fault in the accident. If you know the other driver engaged in reckless driving behavior, it may increase the responsibility that driver bears for the accident. However, if you contributed to the accident through reckless behavior of your own, including speeding or ignoring traffic signs, you may still share liability for the accident, which can reduce the compensation you receive.
  • Boohoff Law P.A.Reckless driving on the part of the other driver does not change the compensation you receive. The insurance company will typically base the compensation you receive for an accident off of the extent of your injuries, any damage to your vehicle and personal possessions, and the coverage offered by the driver’s insurance policy. The driver’s behavior at the time of the accident does not change the compensation you have the right to seek, nor will it change the way the insurance company interacts with you.

Speak with an Auto Accident Attorney

If you suffered injuries in a serious accident due to another driver’s reckless behavior, you may need a car accident attorney. Contact a car crash lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. The sooner you contact Boohoff Law, the sooner they can start working on your behalf, from collecting evidence to negotiating for the compensation you deserve for your injuries.


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