Category: Personal Injury Law

GM Recalls Spark Automaker Liability Scare

car ignitionThe massive brouhaha following the unprecedented recall by automaker General Motors of approximately 18 million vehicles for defects has automakers and suppliers scrambling to beef up on liability avoidance training.

GM has already been slapped with millions in fines by the Department of Transportation and faces criminal charges and civil litigation for problems associated with their vehicles, particularly the ignition switch debacle that has dragged parts manufacturer Delphi Automotive plc and airbag supplier Continental AG into the fray. It is alleged that they kept mum about the defective cars to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). The defective ignition switch has been linked to the deaths of 13 people. It is claimed that GM had known that the ignition switches were questionable years before but did nothing about it.

Central to the current attempt to evade liability is proper reporting of any questionable issues that may surface in day-to-day transactions. Suppliers are especially vulnerable to close scrutiny because of the ongoing investigation into the alleged collusion of a group of suppliers to fix prices of auto parts and components. Industry leaders fear that this can lead to isolationist company policies that will prevent effective collaboration.

Holiday Season Dangers: Dog Bites

Dog BiteDuring the holiday season, visits from friends and family members are a common occurrence. Unfortunately, reports of injuries caused by family pets tend to increase during this time, and in most cases, the injuries could have been avoided.

If a dog owner doesn’t exercise the right safety precautions, they may be unable to stop their dog from attacking another person in the event of an unexpected trigger or uncontrollable provocation. Dogs are supposed to be kept on a leash when in public and, if potentially a danger to others, should be restrained behind a fence. Especially in the case of potentially dangerous breeds, dog owners are responsible for the actions of their pet and may be held legally liable if that pet injuries someone.

A dog bite or attack may leave a person with considerable injuries that may require immediate medical care. Depending on the extent of the injuries, a person may need to go through a significant treatment and recovery process that can be physically, emotionally, and financially taxing. However, compensation may be available for these injured individuals through a personal injury lawsuit against the dog’s owner.

Legal Recourse for Dog Bites

Bites and attacks may leave a person with a sizable medical bill to address, as well as other expenses and a lack of income due to time spent away from work recovering. Compensation may be able to address the following financial concerns after a dog bite or attack:

  • Medical treatment expenses, including skin grafts and antibiotics
  • The cost of staying in the hospital while recovering from an attack
  • Long-term care in the event of particularly vicious attacks or falling injuries
  • Emotional damages and psychological therapy
  • Lost wages due to time spend off of work for medical operations and recovery

If an attack is particularly serious and causes life-long disability or disfigurement, a person may be entitled to pursue compensation that will support them for years into the future. While it may be difficult to consider legal recourse following a tragedy like a dog attack, it is advisable to discuss the circumstances of your claim with an experienced personal injury lawyer. This way, you will not be forced to pay out-of-pocket for medical bills, lost wages, and other unforeseen expenses following an avoidable accident like a dog bite.

What Nerds Need To Know About Dialysis

When individuals seek medical attention, they do so in the hopes that said treatment will help them to recover from a condition or ailment that is troubling them and that in the end, they will find themselves better off than they were when they sought treatment. Unfortunately, there are instances in which individuals are harmed by the medical treatment they receive, suffering because of dangerous medical products with damaging side effects.

Dialysis LawsuitWhen an individual is harmed because of a dangerous medical product or device, they should not be the ones left paying for the resulting damage. By taking legal action against the party or entity responsible for a dangerous medical product, victims and their families may be able to recover much needed compensation for their losses.

This is the situation that many families are facing after their loved ones have suffered because of the negative side effects associated with GranuFlo. GranuFlo is a dialysis medication that has recently been recalled by the FDA because of damaging side effects associated with the use of the medication.

Some individuals who have used GranuFlo have experienced a wide variety of health problems, including heart attack, cardiac arrhythmia, and stroke. This occurs because GranuFlo can increase the number of bicarbonates in the blood, resulting in a compromised health condition for some users of this medication.

In some situations, users of GranuFlo have died as a result of this medication. Fortunately, for victims and their families, it may be possible to take legal action to pursue compensation for the losses resulting from use of GranuFlo. In most cases, affected individuals seek the assistance of a Granuflo lawsuit lawyer to help them pursue the compensation they need. Compensation can be awarded to help cover medical bills, lost income from time spent away from work recovering, and for emotional damages, such as pain and suffering.

Mobile Technology and Client Portals

For attorneys, communication is a crucial part of success.  Computer services targeting lawyers are not a new concept, but there have been many recent changes to the way that attorneys can use applications, such as cloud storage systems, to better their client relationships.  Advances in mobile technology have allowed people to make the most of these services via mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads, allowing both attorneys and clients to access critical information from anywhere with the simple touch of a screen.

Client portals are unique online storage spaces that give attorneys and their clients access to case-relevant documents from any device with an internet connection.  These secure portals can be used to:

  • Share documents
  • Make travel arrangements
  • Answer questions
  • Pay bills
  • Set reminders
  • Request client feedback

By utilizing client portals, law firms have been able to keep clients up-to-date in real time and include them in important discussions.  While this can make cases easier, it also may help to increase client loyalty by helping them feel connected to what’s happening in their case.  Hopefully , this will allow smaller firms that make the most of client portals to better compete with larger firms and improve their ratings in order to grow their business.

Many personal injury law firms have been able to make the most of technological advances in their practice without encountering problems pertaining to security. However, it is important to ensure that the portal service selected has proper security protections in place to safeguard the sensitive information stored in the cloud system.

A Quick Recap On New Jersey Personal Injury Law

Motorcycle Accident LawThroughout the course of any person’s daily routine, they are likely to engage in at least a few activities which have the potential to place their health and personal well-being at considerable risk. One of the most basic activities that many of us engage in on a daily basis, motor vehicle transportation, is also easily one of the riskiest. Because of the considerable force that a moving car, motorcycle, or other type of motor vehicle carries, a crash involving an automobile is often an extremely dangerous situation.

In 2010, the latest year for which data are available, 556 fatalities occurred as a result of motor vehicle accidents in the state of New Jersey. Of these, 71 occurred as a result of an accident involving a motorcycle. Motorcycle accidents may be particularly dangerous, as riders have significantly fewer safety features available to help protect them from injury.

There are many reasons why motorcycle accidents occur in New Jersey, but one problem which has begun to pose an increasingly significant threat is the rise of distracted driving caused by cell phone use. In 2011, 3244 accidents were caused by drivers who were distracted because of calling or texting on their phones. However, law enforcement agencies have increasingly begun to target drivers who use their cell phones, which is a crime in the state of New Jersey. Recently, in fact, a teenaged driver was convicted of motor vehicle homicide for the death of the driver of a vehicle which he crashed into because he had been texting on his phone, the first case of its kind in the nation.

Most car accidents involving cell phone use don’t result in fatalities, but they can still leave those involved in the accident badly hurt, sometimes requiring medical intervention for their injuries. This can be quite costly, particularly if the individual has insufficient or no insurance. Fortunately, personal injury law allows individuals who have been hurt by the reckless or negligent actions of others (a category under which driving while using a cell phone falls under) to pursue compensation for their damages.

Leading Causes of Death in New Jersey

As much as automobile accidents can pose a threat to the health and safety of New Jersey citizens, it remains a minor cause of mortality in the state. The leading causes of death in the state of New Jersey, in fact, are mostly medical in nature, and include the following:

  • Ÿ  Heart Disease
  • Ÿ  Cancer
  • Ÿ  Stroke
  • Ÿ  Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases
  • Ÿ  Unintentional Injury

With many of these medical issues, particularly heart disease and cancer, early detection of possible warning signs is critical to improving a patient’s prognosis. Unfortunately, in some cases, a doctor may fail to register appropriate concern about certain risk factors, which can make a patient more likely to suffer the adverse effects of an illness later on.

As is the case with negligent drivers who cause injuries to others, doctors who fail to exercise the caution and professionalism expected of their position may be held liable for the damages they case to their patients through a medical malpractice lawsuit.

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