December 10, 2013
What’s better: a bowl of cereal now, or a bowl of cereal in an hour? Well, if you’re hungry, the obvious answer is the former. But let’s complicate this a bit. What would you say if the deal were that you could receive ten cheerios now or a full bowl of cereal, to which you are entitled, in 5 hours?
Many car accident victims are faced with a far more serious version of the above dilemma. Often times, following a car accident, the insurance company for the negligent driver will make an offensively low offer to the injured driver, hoping …
December 2, 2013
In the Friday, November 29th issue of the New York Times, BP (formerly known as British Petroleum) took out a full-page ad lambasting the settlement process that has overseen payouts to claimants in the fallout of the horrific 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The ad lists a number of what BP calls “outrageous awards.” Among them, BP details the settlement of a cell phone retailer and service company that received a settlement award of $135,258, despite the fact that, according to BP, the store had shut down for all of the 2010 year …
October 31, 2013
It’s Halloween! Tonight, children (and enthusiastic individuals of all ages) will don costumes and make their way around the neighborhood, spreading Halloween cheer in the hopes of collecting gluttonous amounts of candy, which should last them weeks but will probably only last days!
With this entry, the personal injury attorneys at Aronberg and Aronberg want to make homeowners aware of the possible terrors that await them this evening. Aside from the impending frights of children dressed-up as ghosts and evildoers, there remains the very realistic possibility that homeowners, because of incidents that could take place tonight, may face a …
October 28, 2013
The family of three victims of a horrible shooting that took place in Ohio last year have, this month, filed a lawsuit against Cracker Barrel, where the shooting took place.
The victims were a mother and her two young children, who were confronted by the woman’s ex-husband in the restaurant. The man, who had a documented, violent past, left the restaurant after the initial confrontation and paced about the restaurant parking lot, only to return shortly thereafter with a gun, which he began firing, killing the three innocent victims. These victims visited Cracker Barrel in the hopes of enjoying a …
October 24, 2013
Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants is one of the most polarizing lawsuits of all time, defining the divide between plaintiff’s attorneys and tort reform activists. But it’s also one of the most misunderstood.
Back in February of 1992, 79-year-old Ms. Liebeck was in the passenger’s seat of a car, assembling her morning coffee, having just gone through the drive-thru of McDonald’s with her nephew. Given that her nephew’s car, a Ford Probe, had no flat surfaces (or cup-holders!) on or in which to place her coffee while she rummaged through the bag for cream and sugar, Ms. Liebeck did what we’ve …
October 18, 2013
Just days after workers lifted the Costa Concordia from its horizontal state off the coast of Italy following that ship’s disastrous wreck nearly two years ago, the ship’s parent company is again in hot water – a Florida boy has died after drowning in a Carnival Cruise ship pool.
Carnival Cruise can’t seem to keep themselves out of the news – if their ships aren’t crashing outside of Italy, they’re losing power in the middle of the ocean, stranding passengers in a floating sewage tank, or they’re playing host to a fatal swimming accident. According to this article from CNN…
September 27, 2013
It seems as though indiscriminate or negligent shootings by police have been popping up in the news rather frequently recently. This should give us pause, given that the police are supposed to be out on the streets working to protect the population – who would have thought that we would need to look out for protection because of the threat from police? Two instances of police shootings this September have caused outrage across the nation, and not because of their status as an anomaly. These atrocities can happen anywhere – in suburban areas such as residential streets in North Carolina …
September 3, 2013
Fast food restaurants seem to have a timeless place in the chronicles and developments of personal injury law.
Fresh in the memories of all trial lawyers (in addition to those of many others) is Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants, the iconic case that fundamentally altered the perception of personal injury law in the United States. Supporters of plaintiffs’ rights saw the case as an instance of a wronged customer taking on a giant corporation in the pursuit of justice; supporters of tort reform (those who support limiting plaintiffs’ abilities to recover damages from a tort case) saw it as …
August 26, 2013
When you’ve been injured, clearly the first concern you have – as you should – is ensuring that you treat the injuries. If you sustained a back injury, get yourself to a back specialist. If you received a foot injury, get yourself to a podiatrist. If you experienced psychological trauma, make sure to see a psychiatrist and/or a psychologist. Unfortunately, though, the injuries sustained during the actual personal injury incident may not be the only ones you endure. In this blog, we are going to outline a few rules to follow when dealing with your personal injury case; these rules …
August 12, 2013
Horace Mann, in the 1800′s, noted that education is the great equalizer, referring to it as the “balance wheel of the social machinery.” His comments were in the context of his support for public education during an era in which there was much debate over the subject. Today, in our modernized world, there are those that affix the term “great equalizer” to guns, implying their necessity in that they arm the weak against the power of the strong, creating a balanced playing field.
We propose another idea, one more in line with Horace Mann’s thinking about the good that …