Dickerson Oxton - March 2019

personal injury case, they may not be the right lawyer for you.

“contingency fee billing.” This means the attorney only collects legal fees if you win your case. Regardless of what kind of structure the attorney you meet with uses, clearing up any questions you may have beforehand will prevent any confusion down the road.

WHAT’S YOUR APPROACH?

Whether they’re criminal or civil, most cases boil down to a choice: Go to trial or try to reach an agreement out of court with the other side. Depending on the facts of your case, the first strategy may be more viable than the alternative. Still, you want to make sure that whichever approach an attorney chooses, it’s because they are primarily motivated by your best interests. Ask them to explain how

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they approach cases like yours and to provide reasoning why choosing to settle is better than going to trial, or vice versa.

CAN YOU CLARIFY YOUR BILLING POLICY? During these free consultations, it’s best to ask about the attorney’s

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fees or billing structure before you decide to employ them. Some firms, including ours, offer

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When something is wrong, we trust doctors to tell us what the problem is and how we can fix it. Most of the time, this works. But on those rare occasions a doctor does not take the time to fully examine your symptoms or mistakenly attributes them to another cause, the results can be disastrous. Below are just a few examples of misdiagnosis that can lead to painful — or even fatal — consequences. COMMON MISDIAGNOSES • Heart attack misdiagnosed as indigestion or panic attack • Asthma misdiagnosed as bronchitis or having been caused by obesity • Lymph node inflammation treated as appendicitis • Stroke labeled as a migraine or other minor issue • Tumors misdiagnosed as “fatty tissues” WHAT YOU CAN DO For those who have been harmed by a misdiagnosis, including the financial strain of unnecessary treatments and medical costs, there are legal options available. A medical malpractice suit gives the patient

a means of recourse when the mistakes of a medical professional produce pain and suffering. A successful case can recover damages for medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering caused by

directions • 3/4 cup popcorn kernels • 2 tablespoons flaky sea salt • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds • 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic • 2 teaspoons granulated onion • 1/3 cup canola oil • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1. In a small skillet over medium heat, toast sesame seeds. Shake skillet often and cook until white seeds are golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and add garlic, onion, and salt. 2. In a large saucepan, combine popcorn kernels and oil. Cook over medium-high heat, covered, until popcorn kernels start to pop. Once popping, continue cooking and shaking the pan intermittently until popping ceases, about 3–5 minutes. 3. Transfer popcorn to a large mixing bowl. Pour in butter and toss to coat. Finally, add seasoning, toss again, and serve.

your doctor’s negligence. DO YOU HAVE A CASE?

Not every mistake made by a doctor qualifies as negligence. If you’re wondering if an interaction with a physician qualifies as medical malpractice, consider the following: • Did you have a doctor-patient relationship with this physician? • Did they fail to meet the standards of care a similarly trained physician should provide? Did the doctor’s failure to properly diagnose your symptoms actually and proximately cause your injuries? Sometimes determining the answer to these questions can be tricky. Experienced Kansas City medical malpractice specialists, our team at Dickerson Oxton Law Firm can help you understand the strength of your case and plan your next steps after a misdiagnosis. If you have been harmed by the negligent actions of your doctor, our team is here to help. •

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