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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hospital Billing Fraud Reward Information: Large Rewards Are Being Offered to Persons That Expose Hospital Billing Fraud by Hospital Billing Fraud Lawyer

Hospital Billing Fraud Reward Information: Large Rewards Are Being Offered To Hospital Administrators, Medical Professionals, and Others Who Properly Expose Hospital Medicare Fraud and Hospital Medicaid Fraud by Hospital Billing Fraud Whistleblower Reward Lawyer Jason Coomer

Hospital Billing Fraud including Illegal Kickbacks, Upcoding, Double Billing, False Coding, and fraudulent mischarging of health care services can be the basis of large whistleblower reward lawsuits that pay large financial rewards to hospital administrators, nurses, medical doctors, and other medical professionals that properly expose the fraud.  These whistleblower reward lawsuits are designed to recover false and fraudulent billing of government benefits including Medicare, Tricare, Medicaid, the Veterans' Administration (VA), and Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program.

Medical professionals that step forward to expose significant hospital billing fraud can contact a hospital billing fraud whistleblower reward lawyer to review a potential billing fraud whistleblower reward lawsuit as well as to obtain information on whistleblower rewards and protections that exist under the Federal False Claims Act.

For more information on Hospital Billing Fraud Lawsuits, please feel free to send an e-mail message to hospital billing fraud whistleblower reward lawyer, Jason Coomer, or please feel free to go to the following web pages: Health Care Fraud Whistleblower Reward Lawsuit Information and Hospital Medicare Fraud Whistleblower Reward Lawyer.

To Combat Health Care Fraud Which Is Estimated to Be Over $200 Billion Per Year The United States Is Offering Large Rewards to Persons That Expose Significant Fraud

Health Care Fraud is one of the fastest growing crimes.  It is estimated that health care fraud in the United States has increased to over two hundred billion dollars ($200,000,000,000.00) each year and is continuing to increase each year. Health Care Fraud includes Medicare billing scams and Medicaid billing scams.  Examples of these types of health care fraud include upcoding, double billing, billing for unnecessary services, billing for services not needed, and billing for services not provided. To combat Medicare fraud scams and Medicaid fraud scams, the United States government has amended the Federal False Claims Act to encourage medical professionals to step up and blow the whistle on Medicare fraud and Medicaid fraud. Medicare Fraud Whistleblowers and Medicaid Fraud Whistleblowers that are the original source of specialized knowledge of large health care fraud scam can make substantial recoveries if they are the first to file a successful qui tam claim under the Federal False Claims Act.

Health care administrators, doctors, nurses, and therapists are stepping forward and blowing the whistle on Tricare, the Veterans' Administration (VA), and Medicare billing fraud including manipulation of outlier payments to Medicare, kickbacks, upcoding, or bill padding. These health care professionals are commonly working with a lawyer to make sure that the fraud is properly exposed and to protect their career.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Expose Stock Fraud Schemes and Earn Large Rewards: New Laws Offer Large Rewards and Allow Anonymous Reporting of Stock Fraud and SEC Violations by Stock Fraud Whistleblower Reward Lawyer

Expose Stock Fraud Schemes and Earn Large Rewards: The SEC Is Offering Large Financial Rewards To Whistleblowers That Anonymously and Properly Expose Stock Fraud Schemes and other SEC Violations by Stock Fraud Whistleblower Reward Lawyer Jason Coomer

The SEC is offering large financial rewards to financial professionals and investors that properly expose stock fraud schemes, insider trading, and other SEC violations.  These rewards are through SEC bounty actions that allow whistleblowers to report fraud anonymously through a lawyer to protect their identity.  These bounty actions and whistleblower protections  have been established to encourage all financial professionals with original knowledge of executive insider trades, hedge fund insider trades, private equity fund fraud, false misleading information on a company's financial statements, false information on Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, stock manipulation schemes; embezzlement by stockbrokers; and other securities fraud to properly expose the violations.

For more information on anonymously exposing stock fraud schemes and other SEC violations, please go to the following web pages: Expose Insider Trading: Confidential Bounty Action Rewards and Securities Fraud, Commodities Fraud, and Investment Fraud Can Be the Basis of Whistleblower Reward Bounty Actions

Please also feel free to contact or send an e-mail message to Bounty Action Reward Lawyer Jason Coomer.

Confidential Reviews and Anonymous Reporting of Stock Fraud Schemes, Insider Trading, and Investment Fraud Actions Can Protect Financial Professionals and Investors

For many financial professionals and investors, it can be a difficult decision to step forward to expose stock fraud schemes, executive insider trades, hedge fund insider trades, private equity fund fraud, false misleading information on a company's financial statements, false information on Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, stock manipulation schemes; embezzlement by stockbrokers; and other securities fraud.  To protect these professionals, confidentiality safeguards have been put in place that allow the financial professional whistleblower to blow the whistle on securities fraud through an attorney.  By contacting a Stock Fraud Scheme Whistleblower Reward Lawyer or Investment Fraud Whistleblower Reward Lawyer, the financial professional can protect their identity and career as well as determine if they may have a viable whistleblower reward bounty action.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Texas Xarelto Fatal Blood Loss Lawyer: Xarelto May Cause Fatal Bleeding and Hemorrhaging by Texas Xarelto Fatal Blood Loss Lawyer

Texas Xarelto Fatal Blood Loss Lawyer: The Blood Thinner, Xarelto, May Cause Excessive Bleeding and Fatal Blood Loss by Texas Xarelto Fatal Blood Loss Lawyer Jason Coomer 

The blood thinner, Xarelto, may cause serious health problems including internal bleeding and hemorrhaging.  This excessive blood loss can be irreversible and may result in death.  Persons taking Xarelto should be aware of the potential danger and discuss the risks and alternatives with their health care provider.

If someone you love has been given Xarelto and has suffered fatal or severe blood loss, it is important that you report the adverse health event to the FDA.  For more information on Xarelto Fatal Blood Loss Lawsuits, please feel free to send an e-mail message to Texas Xarelto Blood Loss Lawyer, Jason Coomer.

Xarelto Internal Bleeding Lawsuit Information

Several Xarelto lawsuits have been filed by families of people that have been given Xarelto and who have lost loved ones as well as individuals that have suffered serious health issues including hemorrhaging.  These lawsuits allege that despite being aware of the significant risk of fatal bleeding and hemorrhaging as well as the fact that there is no know antidote for Xarelto, the manufacturers of the blood thinner, Xarelto, hid this risk from patients and medical providers, while pushing for increased sales of this drug.

The aggressive marketing of the Xarelto is expected to increase sales of Xarelto to over $1 Billion annually in 2014 and to over $3 Billion by 2018.  Several lawsuits for off label marketing of Xarelto are expected to be filed as the use of the drug become more common.

 Xarelto and FDA Warnings

The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a serious of boxed warnings as well as warnings and precautions regarding the safety of Xarelto.  Some of these warnings are in regard to hemorrhaging dangers that can be caused by Xarelto.

For persons that have been given Xarelto, it is important to seek medical attention, if you develop any signs or symptoms of bleeding such as:
  •     unusual bleeding from the gums
  •     nose bleeding that happens often
  •     menstrual or vaginal bleeding that is heavier than normal
  •     bleeding that is severe or you cannot control
  •     pink or brown urine
  •     red or black stools (looks like tar)
  •     bruises that happen without a known cause or that get larger
  •     coughing up blood or blood clots
  •     vomiting blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
  •     Other symptoms of Pradaxa internal bleeding may include:
  •     Tiredness and Lethargy,  Joint pain or swelling
  •     Headaches Dizziness Weakness
  •     swelling of the arms, hands, feet, ankles or lower legs
If you experience these symptoms or have lost someone that has been given Xarelto, it is important that you report the adverse symptoms or death to your loved ones' health care provider and the FDA.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fusion Surgery Cancer Risk and Health Alert: Infuse Bone Graft Used in Fusion Surgery May Cause Cancer and Nerve Damage by Texas Fusion Surgery Lawyer

Back and Neck Fusion Surgery Health Alert: The Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft Product That Has Been Used In Thousands of Neck and Back Fusion Surgeries May Cause Cancer, Nerve Damage, and Even Death by Texas Fusion Surgery Lawyer and Texas Fusion Cancer Lawyer Jason S. Coomer  

The bone growth product, Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft, has been used in thousands of fusion surgeries.  Thousands of lawsuits have now been filed that Infuse Bone may cause an increased risk of cancer, nerve damage, or death.  Persons that have had fusion surgery where Infuse has been used should be aware of the potential health risks including cancer danger.  Persons that have been diagnosed with cancer or nerve damage after going through an Infuse Bone Graft Surgery should report the health issues to their physician and the FDA.  Additionally, families that have lost a loved one to cancer, nerve damage, organ failure, or respiratory failure after a fusion surgery should also contact the FDA regarding the death.   

For information regarding a potential Fusion Cancer Lawsuit, Fusion Nerve Damage Lawsuit, or Fusion Death Lawsuit, please feel free to send an e-mail message to Texas Fusion Cancer Lawyer and Texas Fatal Back Fusion Lawyer Jason Coomer. 

FDA Adverse Reports and Post Fusion Surgery Adverse Health Events

Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft is a product that has been commonly used in back fusion surgeries since 2002.  The product contains recombinant human Bone Morphogenetic Protein (rhBMP) which is a genetically engineered protein that initiates bone growth.  The Infuse Bone Graft was approved by the FDA for use in some specific back surgeries, but has not been approved for neck surgery.  The FDA has received more than 200 adverse reports from the Infuse product including patients that have suffered swelling of the neck tissue, which constricted their airways, requiring an emergency tracheotomy, feeding tube, and more surgery.

Persons who have had a back fusion surgery which included the use of Infuse Bone Graft and families of these people should be aware of and report any of the following post surgery adverse health events:

  •     Cancer
  •     Difficulties swallowing, speaking, or breathing
  •     Angioedema (swelling of the neck and throat, which can cause fatal suffocation)
  •     Compression of airway
  •     Impingement of nerves and nerve damage
  •     Unwanted bone growth
  •     Male sterility
  •     Paralysis
  •     Emergency surgery
  •     Disability
  •     Death
Fusion Surgery Cancer Lawsuit, Fatal Fusion Surgery Lawsuit, and Fusion Surgery Nerve Damage Lawsuit Information

For information regarding a potential Fusion Cancer Lawsuit, Fusion Nerve Damage Lawsuit, or Fusion Death Lawsuit, please go to the following web page: Fusion Cancer Lawsuit, Fusion Nerve Damage Lawsuit, or Fusion Death Lawsuit Information.  

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Large Whistleblower Rewards Are Being Offered to People that Properly Expose Fraud and Corruption

Whistleblowers That Properly Expose Fraud and Corruption Can Receive Large Financial Rewards by Whistleblower Reward Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

The Federal Government and several states have enacted Whistleblower laws that offer large financial rewards to individuals and businesses that properly expose fraud and corruption. Included in many of these laws are whistleblower protections that in some cases allow whistleblowers to anonymously report fraud and corruption through a lawyer, in other cases there are strong protections against retaliation that provide legal recourse against employers that wrongfully terminate whistleblowers for exposing fraud.

For more information on Whistleblower Reward laws and Bounty Action laws, please go to the following web site: Whistleblower Reward Information

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Texas Oil Truck Driver Accident Lawsuit Information: Fatal Oil Truck Accidents Are on The Rise by Texas Oil Truck Driver Accident Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Texas Oil Truck Driver Accident Lawsuit Information: Many Oil Companies, Trucking Companies, and Oilfield Supply & Equipment Companies Are Ignoring Safety and Causing Texas Oil Truck Driver Fatal Accidents and Serious Injury Accidents by Texas Oil Truck Driver Accident Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Several oil companies, oilfield related companies, and trucking companies are sacrificing safety to increase profits.  As such, Texas are seeing large oil trucks, pipe trucks, oil drilling mud trucks, and other oil industry trucks speeding down Texas roads by overworked and under trained drivers.  Some of these trucks when they collide with passenger vehicles are causing fatal accidents and catastrophic injury accidents.

Families that have lost a loved one to these vehicles should be aware of several potential causes of action that they have against large corporations and their insurance companies.  These families should also make sure to have a thorough investigation done of the fatal or catastrophic injury accident.  For more information on Truck Wreck Investigations, Texas Oil Truck Driver Accident Lawsuits, and Texas Fatal Accident Causes of Action, please go to the following web pages: The Truck Collision and 18-Wheeler Information and Investigation Center, Texas Oil Truck Driver Accident Lawsuit Information, and Texas Wrongful Death and Survival Actions.

These Fatal Oil Company Truck Accidents Should Be Investigated by Experienced Texas Oil Company Truck Wreck Lawyers to Determine the Cause of The Accident and Prevent Future Similar Accidents

According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, thousands of motorists are killed each year by commercial vehicles. Commercial vehicles including oil trucks, oil equipment trucks, and oil supply trucks are too often driven by under trained, inexperienced, and over worked drivers that are under pressure to drive fast as well as keep maintenance costs down.  These factors combined with old roads, country roads, farm roads, heavy traffic, and road construction or potential driver distractions such as cell phones, GPS devices, food, drinks, and texting can cause fatal automobile accidents.

Whether a driver is driving a large commercial vehicle such as a oil pipe truck, oil mud truck, oil equipment truck, company van, oil company 18-wheeler, dump truck, propane truck, garbage truck, construction truck, semi-trucks, tractor-trailer, utility truck, hauling truck, or other commercial vehicle, it is important that the driver be trained to operate the commercial vehicle and have their driving record reviewed for accidents as well as drunk driving convictions.  It is also important that these drivers are not overworked, that their vehicles are safe, and that the companies follow safety rules.  For more information on serious injury and fatal accident investigations, please feel free to contact Texas Oil Truck Driver Accident Lawyer Jason S. Coomer.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

International Drug Company Bribes: Large Financial Rewards Are Being Offered to People That Expose Drug Company Bribes to Public Officials

International Drug Company Bribes: Large Financial Rewards Are Being Offered to People That Expose Drug Company Bribes to Public Officials by International Whistleblower Reward Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) prohibits bribery of foreign officials by U.S. and foreign companies listed on the U.S. securities exchange.  These prohibitions include large drug companies that are paying bribes to doctors, health care administrators, and other government officials to sell drugs and obtain large procurement contracts in China, Russia, and other pharmerging countries. 

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Whistleblowers that properly report violations of the FCPA by a U.S. or foreign company listed on the U.S. securities exchanges can recover a large reward for exposing FCPA violations.  These whistleblowers can expose bribery schemes through a lawyer and protect their identify. 

For more information on Exposing Drug Company Bribes, please go to the following website: International Whistleblower Rewards

Between $100 Billion to $200 Billion in Corrupt Drug Procurement Contracts Are Obtained Each Year Through Fraud and Corruption

Every year over $4.1 trillion (US dollars) is spent worldwide on health services including approximately $800 billion (US dollars) that is spent in the pharmaceutical market on drugs and medications. It is estimated that approximately 10 to 25% of public health care procurement spending including drug contracts, medicines, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, and medical devices is lost to corrupt and fraudulent acts.  These acts include government official bribes, illegal kickbacks, and other illicit payment and fraud schemes.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines the term "medicines chain" to be the steps that are required for the creation, regulation, management and consumption of pharmaceuticals.  In other words it is the medication supply chain in the pharmaceutical industry from creation to end user. According to the World Health Organization, corruption is common in the international pharmaceutical sector and occurs throughout all stages of the medicines supply chain, from research and development to dispensing and promotion.  These unethical and corrupt practices in the medicines supply chain can take many forms such as falsification of evidence, false certification of adulterated drugs, import false certifications, export false certifications, conflicts of interest, and illegal bribe and kickback schemes.

As such, the World Health Organization and many other international public health organizations are seeking public policy changes under the umbrella of good governance initiatives within the medicines chain to reduce government corruption and optimize public health outcomes.  Some proposed public policy changes that can help reduce corruption and fraud in the pharmaceutical medicines chain include: 1) protection of international medicines supply chain whistleblowers; 2) offering financial incentives to international medicines chain whistleblowers; 3) passage of legislation and regulation for drug quality control and official certifications to monitor the transport of medications including the export and import of medicines throughout world and along international medicines supply chains; 4) increased enforcement mechanisms for violations of existing pharmaceutical laws and regulations; and 5) increased resources for conflict of interest management and checks to ensure key people in the medicines chain are not accepting illegal bribes, kickbacks, and other illicit payments.

In response to these good governance initiatives, the international community including the United States, United Kingdom, and many other countries have enacted new anti-bribery and anti corruption laws that will enable persons with knowledge of international medicines supply chain fraud and corruption to expose the illegal acts and reap rewards from blowing the whistle, while being protected from potential retaliation from the wrong doers.

While there are an increasing number of reported cases of corruption in the medicines chain, much unethical practice has historically gone unreported.  This is changing as new whistleblower protections and whistleblower financial incentives are coming into place to help overcome  institutionalized corruption in the pharmaceutical medicines chain and to provide protection for courageous whistleblowers that want to change the institutionalized corruption that is damaging their countries.

Because medicines typically change hands several times in the medicines chain between the drug manufacturer and patients, the large number of steps in the medicines chain allows numerous opportunities for unethical practices to take place.  Therefore increased regulations and laws throughout the medicines chain including manufacturing quality assurances, export regulations and inspections, import regulations and inspections, health care provider regulations and inventory policies, and patient protections are needed.  Fortunately, the new international whistleblower laws will allow international whistleblowers with specialized knowledge of the corruption to blow the whistle on fraud, false certifications, and illicit payments that are occurring throughout the medicines chain.   

A lack of transparency and accountability within the medicines chain can also contribute to unethical practices and corruption.  Therefore increased enforcement mechanisms are needed for violations of existing pharmaceutical laws and regulations.  These enforcement mechanisms include "SEC Bounty Actions" that allow private citizens to work through international medicines supply chain whistleblower reward lawyers to expose significant fraud and obtain large bounties for successful prosecution of pharmaceutical illicit payment schemes.  Ideally, these international medicines supply chain whistleblower reward actions will track fraud and corruption to the root causes and help reform corporate corruption of public health care systems.  Through international pharmaceutical representative whistleblowers, international drug executive whistleblowers, foreign government official whistleblowers, health care provider whistleblowers, and other medicines supply chain whistleblowers, the international community can efficiently identify, expose, and remedy medicines chain corruption.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Texas Investment Fraud Lawyer Confidentially Reviews Investment Fraud Lawsuits Including SEC Bounty Actions

Texas Investment Fraud Lawyer Jason Coomer Confidentially Reviews Investment Fraud Lawsuits Including SEC Whistleblower Reward Bounty Actions by Texas Investment Fraud Lawyer Jason Coomer

Texas investment fraud lawyer, Jason Coomer handles investment fraud lawsuits including retirement fraud, broker fraud, business fraud, and whistleblower reward fraud lawsuits.  He works with investors on cases where fraudulent and negligent misrepresentations have cost investors and businesses substantial amounts of money. 

SEC Whistleblower Bounty Actions Are Designed to Encourage Persons With Knowledge of Investment Fraud and Significant SEC Violations To Confidentially Expose the Fraud By Offering Large Financial Rewards For People That Are The Original Source of Information That Expose The Fraud

SEC Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits or SEC Bounty Actions are a product of the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  These laws were designed to create bounties that can be collected by whistleblowers that properly report SEC violations, financial fraud, securities fraud, commodities fraud, and stimulus fraud that result in monetary sanctions over one million dollars ($1,000,000.00).  The SEC can award the whistleblower up to 30% of the money collected.

Persons that report this fraud through an attorney can remain anonymous and still collect a large reward through their attorney.  By creating anonymous whistleblower bounties, the SEC expects investors and people with specific information of fraud to expose hard to detect fraud and to help regulate the financial market and prevent large investment corporations, banks, hedge funds, and other large corporations from committing financial fraud of billions of dollars.  For more information, please feel free to contact Bounty Action Lawyer Jason S. Coomer or go to the following web page, SEC Bounty Action Lawsuits.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

St Jude Spinal Stimulators: St. Jude Eon Stimulators and Medtronic Stimulators May Malfunction by Defective Spinal Stimulator Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

St Jude Spinal Stimulators: Implantable Neurostimulation Systems Including St. Jude Eon and Eon Mini Spinal Stimulators May Malfunction Causing People with the Devices to Experience a Continuous Shock and Extreme Pain or Require Removal Through Surgery by Defective Spinal Stimulator Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Defective Implantable Neurostimulation Systems have caused many people to suffer severe shocks, severe pain, and other significant health problems. Persons with or thinking about receiving a St. Jude spinal stimulator or Medtronic stimulator should speak with their health care provider about the potential health risks of having a spinal stimulator implanted in them as well as make sure that the device is being used for an FDA approved indication.

Persons that have experienced severe shocks, malfunctioning batteries, and other problems with an implanted spinal stimulator, should consult their health care provider and make sure that any adverse health events from the implanted spinal stimulator are reported to the FDA. For more information on defective spinal stimulator lawsuits, please go to the following web page: St. Jude Spinal Stimulator  Lawsuit Information or please feel free to send an e-mail to Defective Spinal Stimulator Lawyer Jason Coomer.

FDA Action on Spinal Stimulators

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issues warning letters when it finds certain problems that it wants a company to fix.  In a letter dated July 17, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter related to Medtronic’s process for handling complaints and stated that regulatory action might ensue should the manufacturer fail to address the agency’s request to take action. The FDA also issued a warning letter to St. Jude Medical, resulting in the company’s announcement that there were weld failures present within the internal batteries of their units. Physicians and Patients who may have been implanted with defective stimulators are being notified individually by St. Jude Medical. Since the problem surfaced in 2011, over 300 heat-related complaints have been filed on behalf of carriers of defective units and several lawsuits have been filed. The failure of a stimulator to operate correctly has had many effects on our clients. At a minimum, defective devices expose clients to the very pain the devices are supposed to relieve. In addition to increased pain, other symptoms our clients have reported experiencing include:
  • Severe irritation and  burning at the battery site
  • An inability to control the stimulator (resulting in unwelcome jolts, pain, or temporary paralysis)
  • Severe burns while recharging the battery
  • Premature battery depletion
  • Bladder problems
  • Increased numbness
  • Lead migration and broken anchors
  • Partial paralysis
In most cases, when a stimulator is found to be defective it must be removed. This surgery can be both costly and cause its own complications. Not only is there always a risk of infection with every surgery, but because the removal of a stimulator requires navigating delicate nerves in the spine, it is possible that nerves can be nicked or otherwise damages during the procedure leading to symptoms such as weakness, pain, or numbness in the body. In some cases, removal of the simulator can result in a leakage of spinal fluid from the epidural space, leading to severe and long-lasting headaches or feelings of fatigue which may heal on its own or may require its own surgery to repair.

Spinal Stimulator Lawsuit Information

In reviewing potential failed back surgery implant lawsuits, it is important to obtain copies of your medical records and to determine if the implantable neurostimulation system was properly implanted by the spinal surgeon or if the spinal stimulator was defective.  If the spinal stimulator was defective and has/had to be removed, it is important that the defective device is kept as potential evidence.  For more information on this topic, please feel free to go to the following web page, Failed Back Surgery and Defective Implantable Neurostimulation System Lawsuits  or please feel free to send an e-mail to Defective Spinal Stimulator Lawyer Jason Coomer.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

West Texas Truck Wreck Lawsuit Information: Preservation of Evidence Is A Key to A Successful West Texas Truck Wreck Lawsuit by Texas Truck Wreck Lawyer Jason Coomer

West Texas Truck Wreck Lawsuit Information: Investigation of The Accident Scene and Review of Evidence Are Keys to Successfully Litigating A West Texas Truck Wreck Lawsuit by Texas Truck Wreck Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

After a truck wreck, an efficient and effective investigation can create advantages in the preservation of key evidence and information that can win a large verdict in a law suit or result in an early and large settlement of an insurance claim.  For this reason, it is important to have professionals working for you that understand how to investigate a serious accident and preserve key evidence that can prove liability or damages.  For more information on investigating West Texas Truck Wreck Lawsuits and other Texas Truck Wreck Lawsuits, please go to the following web page: Texas Truck Wreck Lawsuit Investigation Information.

Investigation at the Scene of the Accident

Immediately after an accident, the trucking company and their insurance company are typically in route to the accident scene to collect evidence that will help them avoid paying or limit the amount that they pay for any deaths or injuries that were caused by the accident.  These individuals will be taking photos and video of key evidence that will help absolve their client of liability as well as attempting to take recorded statements of key witnesses in an attempt to lock in crucial testimony from witnesses.

Even though law enforcement professionals also investigate serious wrecks, their primary purposes at the accident scene is to get people to safety, protect people from other traffic, and to clear the accident scene for traffic to resume to move and flow.  Sometimes these law enforcement professionals do an excellent job of accident investigation and can easily determine the cause of the collision or accident.  At other times, they do incomplete interviews; accept the story of one or more biased witnesses; are influenced by the trucking company or insurance company's representatives; or are too busy getting the survivors of the collision to safety, clearing the debris & vehicles, dealing with tow truck drivers, and directing traffic to properly investigate the scene of an accident.   

If possible, it is typically useful to have your own experienced accident investigator at the scene of the accident to observe the accident scene; take photographs and video of the debris, vehicles, & skid marks; and make a list of all potential witnesses with contact information.  Whether this person is a family member, friend, truck accident lawyer, off duty police officer, or other competent person that you can trust, it is often important to have someone that can properly investigate the accident scene as close to the time of the accident as possible. For the experienced accident investigator, it is useful to have working cameras, measuring tape, a reflective vest, business cards, tape recorder, and a note book or device to take names, addresses and other information.

The experienced accident investigator will carefully search for not only obvious skid marks, drop offs, crush damage, and contact points, but also for inconspicuous clues such as damage to all vehicles, damage to guard rails, scuffs, scratches, and dried liquids.  Carefully documenting and measuring this crucial evidence can be extremely important in proving liability in a fatal collision or catastrophic injury accident case.   

Like preserving wreckage and data recorders, it is important to make sure that crucial documents are preserved and obtained from all vehicle owners and drivers involved in the collision.  Documents including key maintenance records, driver logs, communications with drivers, delivery schedules, driving records, police reports, witness statements, photographs, driver safety training materials, truck owner's and operator's manual, accident investigations, and medical records can all provide crucial information regarding the cause of a truck collision.

Therefore, after a fatal accident or catastrophic injury accident, a preservation letter is often needed to preserve crucial documents that can prove fault in a truck accident or commercial vehicle collision.  A letter/notice should have language regarding spoliation of evidence and instruct the potentially at fault parties to preserve all relevant documents and information concerning the accident