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, …
May 7, 2013
Lawyers as a class are the recipients of a disproportionate amount of unfavorable commentary. We are the subjects of countless jokes and derogatory phrases and we are constantly being referred to as people who try to make a buck off someone else’s misery. Our type of law in particular, personal injury, always seems to be in the hot seat, whether we’re the butt of an anecdote or being disparagingly referenced in a proposed piece of legislation. Personal injury lawyers—often degradingly and misleadingly referred to as “ambulance chasers”—fight hard to protect the rights of those who have been wronged by helping …
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 …
March 18, 2013
In this blog, we’re going to outline for you two awards and a settlement. The first award stems from a case against a manufacturer of a medical product, and the second deals with an on-the-job injury. The settlement has to do with a former prisoner suing the county over the conditions in which he was kept.
We’re going to start with a case against a subsidiary of the corporation Johnson and Johnson called Ethicon, a company who deals, in part, in transvaginal mesh products. The verdict against the company meant $11.46 million being awarded to a nurse from South Dakota. …
February 18, 2013
There are varying degrees of justice and differing accounts of what can be defined as “justice.” In the legal system, justice is often equated to fairness. In a personal injury case, specifically, we can understand justice to be when the negligent, damage-causing party pays (figuratively and literally) for the wrong they have done (the damage they have caused the victim). While no amount of money can counteract the loss of mobility, enjoyment of life or in some cases a loved one, compensation can help the healing process in that it can assist the victims in their recovery by giving them …
February 15, 2013
At the Law Offices of Aronberg & Aronberg, we hear about a great many “but what if…” questions, so we decided to, here in a blog, answer some common ones that you, a loved one, or a friend may have. These questions—and they are surely not a comprehensive list—are born from curiosity relating to the accident and sometimes fear in the aftermath of the accident.
But what if they didn’t mean to hit me with their car?
This is a question that people ask very often. Nobody (with the exception of a few wackos out there) means to hit …
February 8, 2013
First, let’s discuss the award. Just this past week, a military veteran received an award following his suing the Department of Veterans Affairs (the VA). The lawsuit dealt with issues far beyond the scope of one service member. The plaintiff in the case sued the VA for its mishandling of his issues relating to his diagnosed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a type of anxiety disorder that typically occurs after one has experienced or seen a traumatic event that often encompasses the threat or possibility of death or serious injury. Many military veterans suffer from PTSD, and the VA …