May 17, 2013
So, you’re on your way home from work when somebody behind you, distracted by their cell phone, slams into the back of your car. You step out, back aching, and look over the damage. This seems pretty straight-forward. The guy who hit you is clearly at fault. So all you have to do is get his insurance information, contact your insurance agent, and his insurance company will pay for everything, right? Wrong. This is a perfect example of how something might look simple when in reality it is full of complexities. Your auto accident case might seem pretty cut-and-dry …
May 13, 2013
With the “P.I. Pulse” component of this blog, we try to keep you informed about goings-on in the world of personal injury law – specifically developments concerning the conclusions of issues: how they ended, why they ended in the way that they did, etc. Being aware of the different routes that a personal injury case can take can make you more aware of your options and prospects should you ever be in an instance similar to one described herein (or in any of our other blogs).
In this blog, we’re going to talk about a jury award benefiting the …
May 9, 2013
“Wrongful death” sounds like an odd – redundant – phrase to most people (and with good reason). Why qualify the word “death” with a variant of the word “wrong?” Isn’t death always “wrong” in one way or another? Well, in the realm of the legal system, a “wrongful death” case is an instance in which damages are sought against an individual or other type of party for causing a death. Essentially, in a wrongful death case, the death was not caused by natural causes or a pure accident—nor was the result of homicide. Wrongful death cases stem from someone, …
April 22, 2013
Let’s start with the largest award we will be discussing in this blog. A certain HMO (which is an acronym for “health maintenance organization”) had been sued by patients that had been infected by hepatitis C as part of an outbreak at a string of colonoscopy clinics, which were operated by a doctor who failed to meet procedural standards (i.e., the doctor reused syringes and cut other regulatory corners). Hepatitis C—currently incurable—is a disease that attacks the liver, an organ in the body that serves primarily to detoxify and engage in protein synthesis. Two women contracted the awful disease after …
April 19, 2013
So, what is a statute of limitations? A statute of limitation is a statute—an enactment in the legal system—that determines the maximum amount of time that can pass after an incident before legal proceedings based on the incident must commence. Statutes of limitations apply to both civil law (the type of law we handle) and criminal law (the type of law the government executes). There are some instances in which there are no applicable statutes of limitations. For example, in the United States, what are deemed to be “heinous crimes” carry no associated statute of limitations. Thus, as a general …
April 8, 2013
We have written many blogs about the problems stemming from taking medications — negative side effects, worsening of symptoms, etc., and, coupled with reporting those problems, we have discussed litigation against the drug manufacturers who are responsible for the drugs they put out into the public. Well, this blog entry is a little different in that we are going to talk about something that very few people know about. First, let’s deal with a fact that most people aren’t aware of: generic drugs (drugs that are identical to the brand-name versions but often come at a fraction of the …
April 5, 2013
Medical malpractice, or “med-mal,” as it is often referred to within legal offices around the country, refers to an instance or series of instances in which a medical practitioner has engaged in malpractice—illegal, irresponsible and/or negligent activity. Many professionals are held to certain standards of care and, when they fail to meet such standards, and their actions lead to other people experiencing damages, those professionals can be held accountable.
Medical malpractice is a highly contentious issue between lawyers and doctors, patients and hospitals, and even between politicians. In the overarching and polarizing theme of Tort Reform, which many conservative …
March 5, 2013
The phrase almost looks like a typo—wrongful birth? What could that possibly mean? Isn’t bring a baby into the world supposed to be among the most beautiful things humans can do? There’s a phrase much like “wrongful birth” that most Americans with some familiarity with the law are acquainted with: “wrongful death.” To explain the meanings of “wrongful birth” as they relate to personal injury law, we’re going to first begin by giving a very brief overview of wrongful death.
Wrongful death (is any death ever right?) is a term used to label deaths that happened from …
February 25, 2013
In this blog, we’re going to provide some information on two pieces of recent personal injury-related news: one concerns a major award in a lawsuit against a major company, and the other concerns an adjustment that a major insurance company is making to its homeowners insurance policies—and the change might include your best friend!
Let’s start with the jury award. The case in question revolves around a girl who, in 2003 at 7-years-old, had a headache and so her parents gave her Children’s Motrin. Instead of remedying the headache, the Children’s Motrin made it worse. The young girl wound up …
January 4, 2013
In this blog, we’re going to let you know about a settlement with a major auto manufacturer, a hefty award granted to a wronged individual, and a new lawsuit that had been filed against the state of Connecticut and was recently dismissed by the plaintiff. These cases discussed in this blog serve as examples of ways in which justice can be served after an injustice has been committed.
Let’s begin with Toyota. As you may or not know, over the last couple of years, Toyota has faced public outrage and litigation following malfunctions in their vehicles that have caused drivers …