Blog Posts in September, 2015

  • Electronic Logbooks in Commercial Bus and Truck Industries

    What is the FMCSA? This stands for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, whose primary mission is to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that involve large commercial trucks and buses. They are also responsible for developing and enforcing data-driven regulations to balance motor carrier safety with efficiency, target educational messages to all involved, and more. The FMCSA is ...
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  • Defective Medical Devices: Biomet Hip Replacements

    Every year, many products fall under product liability due to being defective in their manufacturing or other components of how they are made and distributed. Biomet is a medical device manufacturer based in Indiana that has undergone scrutiny in recent years due to this very reason. A timeline of events led up to this, including Biomet’s implant sales being up to $312.9 million in the United ...
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  • Types of Defective Product Liability Claims

    Each year, many U.S. citizens are injured because of products they used that might have had defects. You may have even heard of some of these cases in the news. For instance, in 2011, a New Jersey lawsuit over severed fingers lead to a U.S. Supreme Court case on product liability. A man was operating a shearing machine when his right hand slipped forward and caught in the device, slicing through ...
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  • Airplane Turbulence and In-Flight Injuries

    Serious in-flight injuries occurring from airplanes are actually very rare, but they do happen. Imagine being excited about taking a trip and going on a ride in an airplane, and it just so happens that this flight is one that causes you grief and injury due to an unsightly accident. There are many accidents that can happen way up in the air that you might not even think of before you make a trip – ...
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  • Skiing and Snowboarding Accidents and Lawsuits

    There are many types of skiing and snowboarding injuries and many common causes of these accidents as well. Each year, people sustain injuries from the things they enjoy doing the most – and, in worst case scenarios, these situations sometimes even end in fatality. Injuries that result from these accidents range from relatively mild injuries like knee injuries and fractures to severe conditions ...
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  • What is False Imprisonment?

    False imprisonment, as a term, is intentionally restricting another person’s freedom of movement. However, it can be seen as both a crime and a civil cause of action. What if somebody is being held against his or her will in a bank hold-up? This would be cause for false imprisonment, because they are being told they will be killed if they leave. The crime can really occur anywhere that a person is ...
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  • Proving a Defective Product Liability Claim

    Product liability law in the United States is implemented in regards to the legal rules concerning who is responsible for defective or dangerous products. Why is this law so important? Because, each year, many people are injured or even killed at the hands of faulty products that are dangerous and cause harm. This law has been set in place to make it easier for an injured person to recover damages ...
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  • Airplane Accident Litigation and Victim Assistance Programs

    Airplane accidents may not be as prevalent as, say, accidents involving motor vehicles like cars, buses, or motorcycles. However, they still occur and they still bring grief and misfortune to many families. For instance, in San Diego August 2015, a midair collision occurred in Southern California. The death toll rose to five after an investigation took place. Two planes involved were approaching ...
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  • Brain Injury Lawsuits

    Brain injuries are very traumatic injuries that take place in 1.4 million people in the United States every year. The reasons for these accidents include car accidents and sports activities and so much more! The most important thing to remember is that many brain injury lawsuits will take place due to somebody else’s negligence. If one wants to pursue a lawsuit against another party, they must ...
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  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Lawsuits

    California has had some alarming numbers and statistics involving sexually transmitted diseases over the years – it is no wonder that people have become concerned about their well being. The number of newly reported gonorrhea and syphilis cases have only skyrocketed in 2013, according to the state Department of Public Health. The problem with this is that STDs are preventable, so why have the ...
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  • Maritime Worker Injuries and the Jones Act

    Are you a maritime worker who has been injured on the job? You may classify as a seaman or another type of maritime worker; but in either case, you may be entitled to certain compensation. These people are known to perform many tasks on the job like painting ship surfaces, maintaining and handling cargo equipment, and much more. The problem with this is that all of these things, like other jobs, ...
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  • Can I Sue if a Pharmaceutical Drug I Took Causes Negative Side Effects?

    Pharmaceutical Drugs with defects will typically end up as a product liability suit when it comes to those who take action. A duty is owed to those who use these products by the manufacturers. They are supposed to appropriately test the drugs and medicines before they release them onto shelves with the aid of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). When this doesn’t happen, where does a ...
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  • Amusement Park Accidents

    Every year, people are involved in accidents at amusement parks. In fact, recently, four people were injured after an amusement park accident occurred outside of London on June 2, 2015. A car full of thrill-seekers boarded a ride called “The Smiler” at Alton Towers, which is where the accident took place. It slammed into an empty car stuck on the tracks that Tuesday and the force of the collision ...
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  • DUI Sentencing

    Let’s say that a person is sentenced for a DUI. What happens next? After pleading guilty, this person will go through a sentencing and the appropriate punishment will be determined. Many different penalties could occur, including the following: First-Time Offense Incarceration: For a first time offense, many states will give an offender a shorter stint in jail. Suspension of Driver’s License: Many ...
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  • Can I Sue a Cruise Line if I Get an Illness on Their Ship?

    Cruise ships are meant to bring fun and excitement for those seeking a getaway from home. However, as with anything, things can go wrong – and in this case, that could include becoming ill on a cruise ship due to many different causes. Recently, a California cruise ship known as the Celebrity Infinity made news headlines when Gastrointestinal Illness (GI) gripped 112 people on its decks. The ...
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  • Differences Between Theft, Burglary, and Robbery

    Theft, burglary, and robbery are all different in their own distinct ways. However, there is one thing that they all have in common: They are each illegal and involve the unauthorized stealing of someone’s personal property by another person. Theft/Larceny Theft is a pretty basic crime – it involves stealing an item from somebody with the intentions of permanently depriving that person of their ...
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  • Recognizing the Signs of Nursing Home Injury or Abuse: What Can Be Done?

    Everybody is always using a recognizable phrase: Respect your elders. Unfortunately, it is a known fact that, each year, more and more elderly people are falling victim to abuse in nursing home settings. More than 1.5 million people are currently residing in nursing homes; however, with this growing population comes the risk of neglect taking place. The abuse is actually somewhat common, with 10% ...
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  • Railroad Worker Injuries and FELA Claims

    The history of our country says a lot about how we have protected the rights of employers for years. In 1908, Congress passed the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), which protected the thousands of railroad workers employed nationwide. But what is FELA? A FELA claim is similar to that of a workers’ compensation claim; both are designed to compensate injured workers for injuries sustained in ...
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  • Compensation for Defective Products and More

    Understanding Liability The first thing you will want before you consider what compensation you can receive for an injury is to determine liability. When it comes to defective products, a product liability claim may fall on many different people including the manufacturer, distributor, or seller of the product and any component parts that may have contributed. You may need to identify all of the ...
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  • Amusement Park Accidents

    Accidents happen all the time, even in places where we expect to be having the most fun. Amusement parks are really no exception. In fact, amusement park rides like roller coasters, water slides, and bumper cars can cause thousands of injuries each and every year! Injuries resulting from these accidents can range from cuts and bruises, to broken bones or severe head trauma – and even, in some ...
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  • Injuries Caused by a Security Guard or Bouncer

    Injuries stemming from accidents are always in the news – but what about injuries caused by a security guard or perhaps a bouncer? In May 2015, a security guard in Jersey City at a North Bergen nightclub was accused of shoving a man onto the sidewalk, which sent him to the hospital with serious head injuries. He ended up being charged with aggravated assault and offenses related to his failure to ...
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  • Can I Make a Carpal Tunnel Injury Claim?

    If you work in an industry that requires you to use your hands repetitively, then you may be one of the 15 million people who fall victim to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The American Academy of Family Physicians found that CTS affects approximately three to six percent of all adults in the United States. However, you may be wondering what Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is and what causes it. Carpal Tunnel ...
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    DELIVERY TRUCK ACCIDENT – AMPUTATION & BRAIN INJURY

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    MOTORCYCLIST STRUCK BY VAN—SEVERE LOWER LEG INJURY

    A school van turned left in front of a motorcyclist, nearly taking off his lower left leg. The accident resulted in a serious ...