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Atterholt v. Robinson (872 N.E. 2d 633)

Case: Atterholt v. Robinson (872 N.E. 2d 633) Parties: Plaintiff (Appellee) - Robinson, Personal Representative of the Estate of Irene Gray (deceased) - Defendant (Appellant) - Atterholt, Commissioner of Insurance of Indiana Court: Court of Appeals of Indiana (2007).

Childs v. Pinnacle Health Care, LLC. (399 Ill. App.3d 167)

Case: Childs v. Pinnacle Health Care, LLC. (399 Ill.App.3d 167) Parties: Plaintiff (Appellee) - Childs, Independent Administrator of the Estate of Dorothy Jones (deceased) - Defendant (Appellant) - Pinnacle Health Care, LLC. Court: Appellate Court of Illinois (2010).

Vincent v. Alden- Park Strathmoor, Inc. (399 Ill. App.3d 1102)

Case: Vincent v. Alden- Park Strathmoor, Inc. (399 Ill.App.3d 1102) Parties: Plaintiff (Appellee) - Vincent, Legal Representative for the Estate of Marjorie Vincent (deceased) - Defendant (Appellant) - Alden- Park Strathmoor, Inc. Court: Appellate Court of Illinois (2010).

Jones v. Crawforth (147 Idaho 11, 205 P.3d 660)

Case: Jones v. Crawforth (147 Idaho 11, 205 P.3d 660) Parties: Plaintiff (Appellee) - Jones, individually and guardian of the state of Lori Jones (Deceased) - Defendant (Appellant) - Crawforth, bankruptcy trustee for B&B Autotransfusion Services Court: Supreme Court of Idaho.

Lee v. Hawaii Pacific Health (121 Hawai’I 235, 216 P.3d 1258)

Case: Lee v. Hawaii Pacific Health (121 Hawai’I 235, 216 P.3d 1258) Parties: Plaintiff (Appellee) - Lee, as personal representative of the estate of her son, Ross Unebasami (Deceased) - Defendant (Appellant) - Hawaii Pacific Health Court: Intermediate Court of Appeals of Hawaii (2009)

Dove v. Ty Cobb Healthcare Systems, Inc. (305 Ga. App. 13)

Case: Dove v. Ty Cobb Healthcare Systems, Inc. (305 Ga. App. 13) Parties: Plaintiff (Appellee) - Dove, Representing the estate of Ann Royston (Deceased) - Defendant (Appellant) - Ty Cobb Healthcare Systems, Inc. Court: Court of Appeals of Georgia (2010)

Jones v. Mariner Health Care of Deland, Inc. (955 So.2d 43)

Case: Jones v. Mariner Health Care of Deland, Inc. (955 So.2d 43) Parties: Plaintiff (Appellee) - Estate of Clara Jones (Deceased) - Defendant (Appellant) - Mariner Health Care of Deland, Inc. Court: Court of Appeals of Florida (2007)

Beebe Medical Center, Inc. v. Bailey (913 A.2d 543)

Case: Beebe Medical Center, Inc. v. Bailey (913 A.2d 543) Parties: Plaintiff (Appellee) - Bailey, as Administratrix of the Estate of Julie Bailey (Deceased)- Defendant (Appellant) - Beebe Medical Center, Inc. Court: Supreme Court of Delaware (2006)

Wilcox v. Schwartz

Case: Wilcox v. Schwartz Parties: Plaintiff (Appellee) - Wilcox - Defendant (Appellant) – Schwartz Court: Appellate Court of Connecticut (2010).

Salas v. Grancare, Inc. (22 P.3d 568)

Case: Salas v. Grancare, Inc. (22 P.3d 568) Parties: Plaintiff (Appellee) - Salas, representing a class of nursing home residents (both deceased and living) - Defendant (Appellant) - Grancare, Inc. Court: Colorado Court of Appeals (2001).

Montoya v. Trinidad State Nursing Home (109 P.3d 1051)

Case: Montoya v. Trinidad State Nursing Home (109 P.3d 1051)Parties: Plaintiff (Appellee) - Montoya, on behalf of deceased husband - Defendant (Appellant) - Trinidad Nursing Home Court: Colorado Court of Appeals (2005)

Sababin v. Covina Rehabilitation Center (144 Cal.App.4th 81,50 Cal.Rptr.3d 266)

Case: Sababin v. Covina Rehabilitation Center (144 Cal. App. 4 th 81,50 Cal. Rptr. 3d 266) Parties: Plaintiff (Appellee) - Sababin v. Covina Rehabilitation Cente r- Defendant (Appellant) - Covina Rehabilitation Center, Real Party in Interest; Respondent- The Superior Court of Los Angeles County Court: Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 2, California

Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company v. Care Management, Inc. (2010 WL 744994 (Ark.))

Case: Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company v. Care Management, Inc. (2010 WL 744994 (Ark.))Parties: Plaintiff (Appellee) - Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company - Defendant (Appellant) - Care Management, Inc. Court: Supreme Court of Arkansas (2010)l

Chavez v. Avalon Care Center Tucson, L.L.C. (2009 WL 1124200 (Ariz.App. Div. 2O))

Case: Chavez v. Avalon Care Center Tucson, L.L.C. (2009 WL 1124200 (Ariz. App. Div. 2O)) Parties: Plaintiff (Appellee) - Pamela Chavez, personal representative of Adolfo Chavez - Defendant (Appellant) - Avalon Care Center Tucson, Avalon Heath Care of Arizona, Avalon Health Care Management of Arizona, Heritage Management II, Inc., and Avalon Health Care Inc. (Collectively, Avalon) Court: Court of Appeals of Arizona (2009)

Sands v. Green (156 P.3d 1130)

Case: Sands v. Green (156 P.3d 1130) Parties: Plaintiff (Appellee) - Sands - Defendant (Appellant) – Green Court: Supreme Court of Alaska (2007).

Mobile Infirmary Association v. Tyler (981 So.2d 1077)

Case: Mobile Infirmary Association v. Tyler (981 So.2d 1077)Parties: Plaintiff (Appellee) - Robert Tyler as administrator of the estate of his mother, Lida Mae Tyler - Defendant (Appellant) - Mobile Infirmary Association Court: Supreme Court of Alabama, 2007

Effects of Zoloft on Fetal Growth

Easier said than done, but if you can find a way to combat depression that doesn't involve Zoloft, especially during your third trimester, then those risks to your child are dramatically reduced. Certain birth defect risks, such as pulmonary hypertension, have been reported to increase 600% when mothers took Zoloft in their last trimester.

Four Subway Deaths in 24 Hours — Some Safety Reminders

Subways, buses, and public transportation are the preferred and most convenient mode of transportation for millions of New Yorkers. This convenience comes with some safety concerns, as evidenced by four recent fatal subway accidents. Subways and buses are the preferred mode of transportation for millions of New Yorkers every day. Not only is public transportation convenient, but it also helps protect the environment.

New York Traffic Deaths at All-Time Low; City Wants Even Lower

New York has seen record-low rates of traffic deaths, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg has credited much of it to money the city has spent on safety improvement projects such as raising public awareness and implementing several safety programs. N.Y. city officials recently installed 1,100 pedestrian countdown signals at crosswalks. The signals, which show pedestrians how long they have to cross a street, have been placed at high-injury intersections.

The Use of Social Media in the Court Room

Social media is an important aspect of our society. In many ways it has brought the world to our fingertips. Among the many uses for it, it has found its place in legal matters, providing evidence in some cases through the profile pages and updated statuses of those that are in the midst of a trial. The advancement of social media has made many changes to the time.


What are depositions and how do they work with personal injury claims? At its core a Deposition is simply recorded testimony, a way to gather information. Depositions typically happen outside the courtroom but act in the same way as if they were conducted in a courtroom. As in court, the person (sometimes called the defendant) is under oath, the attorneys are present, and any information obtained may be admissible in court during trial.

Understanding Your Rights under Premises Liability Law

Injury accidents are not always as accidental as they may seem. In fact some slip and fall injuries that occur on the grounds of another person’s property are less an incident of accident and more a result of inadequate premises maintenance. As such, these are situations that could call for a legal suit on the grounds of premises liability.

Types of Offshore Accidents

Common offshore accidents include falling objects, falls, fires and explosions. Offshore injuries incurred from these accidents can include severe burns, head trauma, back injuries and even drowning. Oil platforms, sometimes referred to as oil rigs, are large structures that are designed to drill wells and extract oil and natural gas. These platforms also store the product for a time until it can be transported back to land.

Seat Belt Laws May Help Reduce Number of School Bus Injuries

In the past few years, a string of school bus accidents has led school and government officials to raise questions about the safety of school children. As of now, there are only six states in America that require large school buses, weighing over 10,000 pounds, to have seat belts. California, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Florida have adopted this law to safeguard students against serious injuries in the event of a school bus crash.

Alabama Loss of Consortium Claims

An injured individual may have many causes of action that stem from an accident. This article explores Alabama's loss of consortium claim that allows an uninjured spouse to bring an action arising from an accident that injures his/her spouse.

Practical Tips for Avoiding Truck Accidents

Large commercial trucks are always present on the roads and highways of America, and they are accountable for over 500,000 accidents every year. The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) also states that commercial truck accidents account for 98% of annual traffic fatalities that involve automobile drivers. While it is a good idea to try to avoid driving behind or beside a commercial truck such as an 18-wheeler, it is impossible to avoid doing so at times.

A Graphic Example of Nursing Home Negligence: Amputation of a Leg Due to Untreated Bed Sores

One of the more tragic cases, my office is working involves a woman who developed pressure sores on her heels during an admission to a New Mexico nursing home. Despite the fact that the woman was bed-bound, the facility took virtually no preventive measures to avoid pressure sores. In fact, by the time the staff at the nursing home began to treat the wounds, much of her heels and feet were covered with necrotic tissue.

"Care Bundle" Strategies May Help Hospitals Prevent Birth Injuries

Given the state of our high-tech delivery rooms, it might seem contradictory that most major birth injuries occur as a result of simple human communication problems. We like to assume ALL doctors know exactly what they’re doing, at all times. Especially during the high-stress experience of labor. But study after study has proved that teamwork breakdowns are more threatening to a baby’s health than anything else - simply because there’s so much to keep track of, at such a risky time.

What is a Uterine Rupture and does it Pose a Danger to Mother or Baby?

A uterine rupture is a tear in the wall of the uterus. Accounting for ninety percent of all cases, uterine rupture is most common among mothers who have had a previous cesarean section. During contractions the extra stress can cause the previous incision scar tissue to expand and stretch, and can eventually stretch thin enough to give way.

What Can Doctors do to Prevent Newborn Jaundice or Hyperbilirubinemia?

Jaundice or neonatal hyperbilirubinemia is a straightforward medical complication that if left untreated or treated improperly, can have a devastating consequence on the rest of an infant’s life. Jaundice is a yellow discoloration of the skin and whites of the eyes. A yellow pigment called bilirubin builds up in the blood, causing the discoloration.

What are the Risk Factors for a Child Developing Cerebral Palsy?

Just as there are particular types of brain damage that cause cerebral palsy, there are also certain medical conditions or events that can happen during pregnancy and delivery that will increase a baby’s risk of being born with cerebral palsy. Research scientists have examined thousands of expectant mothers, followed them through childbirth, and monitored their children’s early neurological development to establish these risk factors.

Study: Ultrasounds Could Help Reduce Premature Birth Rate

One of the scariest parts of becoming a parent - aside from the roller-coaster ride of pregnancy - is the possibility of having a “preemie,” or baby born before 37 weeks. All premature babies have an increased risk of serious medical complications, and usually begin their lives in the hospital’s “NICU” - neonatal intensive care unit.

C-Diff Infection Alleged to Blame for Death of Nursing Home Patient

A recently filed wrongful death lawsuit claims that clostridium difficile, or commonly known as C. Diff, is to blame for the death of a patient in an Illinois Nursing Home. The lawsuit alleges two short-term stays at Helia Healthcare facilities (Helia Healthcare of Energy and Helia Healthcare of Benton) are to responsible for the man's C. Diff infection and development of decubitus ulcers. It is further alleged that these medical complications contributed to the man's death.

What Impact Does Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, or Oxygen Deprivation, Have on a Newborn Baby?

Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy is a condition in which the brain does not receive enough oxygen, which can occur during a difficult labor and delivery. The consequences can be severe and can include life-long complications. When a baby is deprived of oxygen during labor and delivery for over a five-minute period of time they can suffer from many types of long-term damage including learning disabilities, delayed development, seizures, and cerebral palsy.

Can Group B Strep Infections Contribute to Birth Injuries?

Group B Strep infections can be particularly scary for expectant mothers because anyone, even healthy mothers, can carry GBS and may not even display any symptoms. Group B Streptococcus (Streptococcus agalactiae, group B strep, or GBS) is a gram-positive streptococcal bacterium commonly found in the intestines and lower genital tract. In adults, it is usually harmless, but mothers can pass GBS to their babies during delivery.

New Research Suggests Correlation Between Low Apgar Scores and Cerebral Palsy

Within the first few moments babies are pulled from the womb doctors administer the first test of their young lives. Known as an Apgar score, doctors use the scale to evaluate each infant’s physical condition --- and determine if there are any deficiencies that require additional medical attention— or that need to be monitored.

Complications During Pregnancy, Such as Uterine Rupture, Put Mother at Risk

Every day in the United States, more than two women die from pregnancy complications. An Amnesty International 2010 report (Deadly Delivery: The Maternal Health Care Crisis in the USA) revealed that women in the United States have a higher lifetime risk of dying from pregnancy complications than women in 40 other countries. A woman's chance of dying in childbirth in the United States is five times higher than in Greece, four times higher than in Germany, and three times higher in Spain.

Sexual Side Effects of Zoloft

Zoloft has been shown in several double blind studies to cause numerous sexual side effects for both men and women. Up to 70% of men on Zoloft experienced difficulties with ejaculation. For women on Zoloft, almost half experienced difficulties with orgasm. For both men and women, 12% had problems becoming sexually aroused, while on Zoloft.

Study: Hospitals Attempt to Bury Evidence of Medical Malpractice

A recent study indicates that hospitals bury evidence of medical negligence through underreporting and by refusing to perform autopsies. Hospitals in Arizona and across the country are burying their mistakes, according to a new study recently released by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson.

Arizona Teen Car Accident Fatalities on the Rise

The rate of teen crashes increases in Arizona and across the country. Experts say that teens receive inadequate instruction on how to drive safely. The number of teen car accident fatalities in Arizona recently increased, reflecting a problem seen throughout the country.

Personal Injury: Wrongful Death

Have you lost a loved one in an accident? Were they fatally injured by a defective product or by medical malpractice? A wrongful death lawsuit is probably the last thing on your mind after the death of a loved one, but it could be the only way to get them justice.

Las Vegas Slip and Fall Lawyers Educate You on Your Rights

Did you or a loved one come to enjoy the many tourist attractions of Las Vegas and end up with a fall instead? Slip and fall lawyers can help if you are visiting from out of town and sustain an injury. Whether you trip on unsecured carpet in a casino or slip and fall in your hotel’s lobby, seeking local, legal help is imperative to making your case.

Why Having a Las Vegas Dog Bite Lawyer is Important

Unfortunately, millions of people seek the aid of a dog bite lawyer after being attacked. With the annual costs of medical treatments totaling $165 million, insurance carriers may not be covering all expenses. When your insurance no longer covers your treatment, where do you turn?

An Experienced Las Vegas Accident Lawyer will Advise Caution During Celebrations

An accident lawyer in Las Vegas is the last thing on your mind this time of the year, right? Early summer in Las Vegas brings plenty of reasons to celebrate. So why think about injuries and legal cases? However, celebrations can often lead to reckless behavior. Party guests may not make wise choices, which could lead to injury. In fact, some mistakes may lead to the injury of another, prompting the need for an accident lawyer in Las Vegas.

Defending Your Rights in a Victorville Fall Accident

After sustaining serious injuries in a Victorville fall accident, it is crucial to take pictures or notes of the possible causes of your accident. When property owners fail to provide a reasonably safe environment for guests, by maintaining their property and fixing potential hazards, in the event of a fall accident, victims may be eligible to file a personal injury claim for damages related to the accident.

Why Proven Trial Experience is Important to Your El Cajon Accident Claim

When attempting to recover compensation for serious injuries, the legal skills and expertise of your El Cajon accident attorney can have a significant impact on the amount of compensation you will likely recover. An attorney with years of successful trial experience can increase the amount of compensation you recover several times greater than the settlement an unrepresented claimant is likely to receive.

Uninsured Motorist Case Settled for Policy Limits

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has resolved an uninsured motorist case for $250,000 on behalf of a 41-year-old carpenter who sustained cuts to his face and injuries to his back and neck. The incident occurred when a hit-and-run driver veered into his lane of traffic and collided with him head-on.

Don't Bother Giving Statements to Insurance Companies After an Accident

In the days following a personal injury accident, many injured people receive an outpouring of calls and messages from friends, family and.... insurance adjusters. While it may be easy to give the insurance adjuster a return call while in the call returning mode, the fact remains that insurance adjusters are not your friends.

Medicare Standards Require Nursing Home Patients to be Transported Safely

Emergency medical and transportation services are a necessary component of a comprehensive medical care program. Ambulance services can be provided by: volunteer, municipal, private, independent and institutional providers. All providers must meet requirements set by State and local laws in order to ensure adequate services and safe transport.

Cars in Parking Lots Pose a Real Danger to Child - Pedestrians

Over the past few weeks, I've been spending a lot more time shopping than I normally do. With a recent move, I've been hitting the Home Depot - Container Store - Bed Bath & Beyond circuit pretty hard. In addition to doing my part to jump start the economy, I've noticed just how dangerous the parking lots in these places can be for adult and child pedestrians alike.

Did Sloppy School Bus Driving Cause Crash and Injuries to Children?

A school bus driver forgot one of the tenants of good winter driving-- keeping an adequate distance between vehicles-- when he swerved the bus to avoid hitting another car that apparently lost control. The bus landed in a ditch on the side of the road injuring six of the children inside. The six injured children were transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center.

'Dooring' Is an Under-Appreciated Danger Facing Bicyclists

When a client tells me that they were involved in a bike accident, I begin to envision the horrific lay of the land as they are peddling down the street and a car ignores a traffic signal or is busy jabbering on their cell phone and..... whack... Well, not to say that the above circumstances don't happen-- and happen with a fair amount of frequency--- the truth is that there's another major component of bicycle injuries that tends to go unknown-- until it happens to you or your child.

It’s Time for Illinois to Recognize the Dangers Associated with Bike-Dooring Accidents

Only recently have states and municipalities recognized the disastrous consequences dooring accidents can have on bicyclists in urban areas. Thankfully, many cities-- such as Chicago-- have recognized the importance of preventing these injuries by incorporating ordinances to protect cyclists from the unavoidable harm caused when a car door is quickly flung open in front of them.

Catastrophic Injuries

If you were involved in an accident that was not your fault, you could be left dealing with life-altering injuries and disabilities. Learn more about the causes and ramifications of these injuries. A child paralyzed after being hit by a drunk driver. A young man loses a limb in a construction site accident. When people are reckless or careless, catastrophic injuries can happen at any time and at any place.

Making Sense of Medical Malpractice Law

Many people have a general understanding about the definition of medical malpractice. However, far fewer individuals are familiar with the law as it pertains to instances of medical misbehaviors. In order to really understand the claims you make against a negligent healthcare professional it will greatly benefit you to understand medical malpractice law as well.

Should California Change Its Policy Toward Undocumented Immigrant Drivers?

California leads the nation in the number of undocumented immigrants living in the state, accounting for 2,570,000 of the 10.8 million people illegally residing in the United States in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Given that the state requires people to provide a Social Security number and proof of residency to obtain a driver’s license, this population undoubtedly contributes to the incidence of unlicensed driving.

Tort Reform: Beneficial for the State but Injurious for Its Citizens?

A recent article in the Orange County Register discussed debates going on throughout California on the subject of tort reform. The article cited the example of a Huntington Beach woman who had recently filed 48 lawsuits against the state over the course of a few months, underscoring the extent to which frivolous lawsuits plague the state. An attorney explains the issue and how tort reform can, in some cases, benefit the state and its citizens, and, in others, prove injurious for the latter.

Gun Flashlight Wrongful Death: A Case of Defective Design or Product Misuse?

SureFire is a California company that makes gun-mounted flashlights and weapons accessories used by law enforcement officials throughout the United States. Recently, however, a Dallas, Texas family sued the company, alleging that a bad flashlight design led to an inadvertent shooting and fatal personal injury. An attorney examines which argument concerning the cause of the death is more likely to prove successful in court: defective product design or product misuse.

Do Digital Billboards Distract Drivers?

Despite an effort in 2009 to impose a two-year ban on the construction of new digital billboards in Orange County, Los Angeles, and throughout California, there is currently no state law prohibiting these billboards from appearing up and down the sides of highways. Extensive controversy exists surrounding the potential for digital billboards to distract drivers and cause car accidents.

Does Federal Car Seat Crash Testing Account for Overweight Children?

The number of overweight and obese children in the United States has continued to grow, more than tripling in the past 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In response to the increasing population of larger, heavier children, safety restraint manufacturers have introduced car seats with higher weight capacities.

California Building Codes: What Are the Consequences of Violations Causing Personal Injury?

Violations of California’s building codes resulting in serious or fatal personal injury have legal consequences for those responsible for the unsafe structure, whether the homeowners, builders, or architects. An attorney cites a recent case in which code violations proved fatal for an emergency responder to illustrate the dangers of incompliance with building laws and the consequences for the parties involved.

Two Years Later: Effects of West Virginia Coal Mining Explosion

In April 2010, a coal mining explosion killed 29 men in southern West Virginia. Nearly two years have passed and the story is far from over. Upper Big Branch is a coal mine in Montcoal, West Virginia and is operated by Massey Energy. At 3:27 p.m. on April 5th, 2010, an explosion occurred over 1,000 feet deep in the mine. High levels of methane were detected in the mine and later an unknown cause sparked an explosion.

What You Need to Know About Class Action Lawsuits

There are too many instances of personal injury throughout the nation, and sometimes the accidents or acts of negligence which cause these injuries are widespread enough to affect more than just a single person. When groups of people are wrongfully harmed in an accident of any type, there may be legitimate cause for a class action lawsuit.

Elderly Driving: Is it Dangerous?

Elderly driving – is it impacting our roadways and causing the accident rate to increase? Learn more about the potential dangers and threats that elderly drivers possess when behind the wheel. You’ve heard the stories of being “cut-off” or “rear-ended” by an elderly driver, yet you wonder if these drivers are truly posing a threat to other drivers on the road.

New Legislation to Prevent Truck Driver Fatigue

Recently the Obama administration has approved of legislation to further regulate the amount of rest truck drivers are required to get while working. This law comes as a result of the high volume of trucking accidents that are caused every year because of truck driver fatigue.

Car Accident Insurance Claims and Adjusters

If you were involved in a car accident, there are probably many questions going through your mind. Understanding what your rights are concerning insurance claims is imperative in order to get the compensation you need. What many people do not realize is that the verdicts and settlements given out for car accidents are, for the most part, paid by the driver’s insurance company.

Accidents Caused by Driving While Texting

Laws banning texting while driving exist for very specific reasons. As such, these laws are just as important as any other and deserve to be followed equally as closely. Failure to do so could create accidents catastrophic enough to end in serious injury or even fatality.

Filing an Injury Claim for Whiplash

Whiplash is one of the most common injures incurred during a car accident. Severe whiplash injuries can have a serious and devastating impact on a person’s life, and victims of whiplash may be able to file a claim and seek compensation for their pain and suffering.

Annular Tears: About the Injury

One of the most painful of spinal injuries that can occur – and one of the most frequent – is that of the annular tear. In this article, we will address just what this injury is, as well as some of the common symptoms and medically accepted forms of treatment. To understand what an annular tear is, one must first understand the anatomy of the spinal cord.

Zoloft Discontinuation Syndrome

What is Zoloft discontinuation syndrome? - Zoloft discontinuation syndrome is the technical term for what occurs when patients experience 'Zoloft withdrawal', or stop taking Zoloft too suddenly. There is no way to tell in advance if one will experience withdrawal symptoms – it is determined by numerous factors such as the dosage, how the patient was taken off the drug, metabolism, etc. The withdrawal symptoms can be severe and can last several weeks.

When Should I Speak With a Lawyer After a Car Accident or Truck Wreck?

Questions after a car or truck accident. After a car accident or truck wreck, people sometimes feel overwhelmed with the entire process of returning to life as normal. Car accidents and truck wrecks can leave people injured and without transportation, both of which affect everyday life.


Mesothelioma is a type of rare cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos and the inhalation of asbestos particles. Asbestos is a set of naturally occurring silicate minerals that is used commercially for its resistance to fire, heat, and electrical damage and applied for use in electrical insulation and building insulation.

Should California Implement Measures to Prevent Distracted Walking and Cycling?

In recent years, distracted driving has received widespread government and media attention, from laws in California and elsewhere prohibiting text messaging and talking on cell phones while driving to educational campaigns and public service announcements featuring celebrities, explains an attorney.

How Have Past Tobacco Lawsuits Impacted Outcomes for Plaintiffs Today?

Tobacco litigation in the United States has been going on since the 1950s when the first reports were released linking tobacco to injurious health consequences, such as cancer, explains a lawyer. Although the first big win for plaintiffs came in the California case Henley v. Philip Morris, battles continue to rage on regarding what tobacco companies’ obligations are to smokers personally and to the public at large.

Product Misrepresentation: How California Law Protects Consumers

A Southern California woman recently made headlines after she personally sued Honda in small claims court when her car failed to live up to promise mileage standards, resulting in financially injurious consequences for her. The woman, Heather Peters, was awarded $9,867 from the small claims court judge and is encouraging others to follow her lead in making claims against Honda. A lawyer examines her case and explains the laws protecting consumers from product misrepresentation.

Elder Abuse and Psychotherapeutic Medications: When Has the Law Been Broken?

A 68-year-old California woman is claiming to have suffered the injurious consequences of abuse while in a nursing home and has filed a lawsuit against the Orange County care provider. The woman, a retired preschool teacher, claims she was drugged in an attempt to restrain her so the nursing home could begin collecting her social security check. An attorney explains the laws the nursing home may have violated.

Premises Liability: When May You Hold a Property Owner Liable for Your Injuries?

Under California law, a person who is injured due to an owner’s negligent management of his or her property may be entitled to compensatory damages. However, determining negligence depends on certain circumstances, including the duty the owner owes visitors to ensure their safety. A lawyer explains how this duty can shift with the context of the situation, citing an accident at an Orange County amusement park as an example.

Will Crocs Be Held Liable for an Orange County Child’s Injury?

At the end of January 2012, an Orange County, California couple added their names to the growing list of parents suing the shoe company, Crocs Inc. Crocs has settled with at least five families after their shoes allegedly caused escalator injuries. An attorney examines the case and explores the likelihood of the company being held liable for the child’s injuries.

Will New Fuel Economy Standards Jeopardize Safety of American Drivers?

In the past, new fuel economy standards have resulted in the production of smaller vehicles that fail to adequately protect occupants from suffering serious or fatal personal injuries in collisions. The federal government’s proposed CAFE standards have elicited concerns among safety advocates and lawyers in California and elsewhere for the safety of American drivers.

Types of Car Accidents that Can Occur

When it comes to car accidents, there are various types that can occur depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident. Every year car accidents claim the lives of thousands. In 2009 alone, almost more than ten million motor accidents occurred and over 35,000 lives were lost as a direct effect. Throughout all of these incidents there are various types of car accidents that can happen as a result of unsafe roadway conditions, negligent drivers and other factors.

Alabama Dog Bite Law

This article provides a brief overview of Alabama dog bite law. Many apartment complexes and homeowner associations are beginning to place limits on the breed of dogs that owners and tenants may own. These breed restrictions come in response to a recent increase in serious dog-bite injuries.

General Guidelines for California Product Liability Claimants

Product liability lawsuits are among those personal injury claims that are very difficult to assert for, much more, to win. Thus, any product liability claimant must learn the basics involved in this type of personal injury claim. Legal - Definition of Product Liability - Generally, product liability is attributed to a manufacturer, seller, or retailer being held liable for producing or selling a defective product to the public.

What to do After a California Wrongful Death Construction Accident

The construction industry has one of the highest rates of fatal and injury workplace accidents in the United States. A construction site offers workers a unique set of hazards that was the cause of more than 800 construction fatalities in 2010, accounting for approximately one-fifth of all fatal workplace accidents of that year.

The Importance of Retaining a Local Victorville Motorcycle Lawyer

Intersections are the most likely location for motorcycle accidents. Every year, numerous motorcycle accidents occur because of driver negligence and failure to respect the motorcyclist’s right of way. In 2009, the California Highway Patrol recorded four fatalities and fourteen injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents.

Asbestos Exposure and Naval Veterans

Naval Veterans may have been exposed to asbestos during their service. This can lead to a number of harmful disease including lung cancer and mesothelioma. Lawsuits are now underway to help victims of asbestos exposure. Breathing asbestos has been associated with a multitude of medical ailments, including lung cancer and mesothelioma (a cancer of the lung lining).

Hip Replacement Problems

A number of patients who have implanted with hip replacements have experienced unnecessary pain and elevated metal levels in their blood. This leads to revisionary surgeries. Lawsuits are currently underway to recover medical expenses and for the pain and suffering caused by these defective medical devices.

Breastfeeding on Zoloft

Currently there is a general consensus among medical professionals that Zoloft does pass through breast milk and it should only be taken by women who breastfeed if the benefits outweigh the risks. Quantifying both of these of course can be awfully difficult. According to WebMD, Sertraline (Zoloft) does pass through breast milk.

Property Damage Total Loss Claims and Insurance Company Use of CCC

If your car was totaled in a collision, there's a good chance that the Insurance Company will use CCC Information Services to generate a valuation. What you need to know. When your car is declared a total loss after a motor vehicle accident, many auto insurance policies, including many in Pennsylvania, provide that you will be reimbursed for the actual cash value (read: market value) of your vehicle.

Never Event #7: Surgical Site Infection

According to the the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, 2.6% of the the 30 million operations performed each year are accompanied by a postoperative infection. Certain procedures account for a higher number of infections---some procedures have infection rates of up to 11%.

Poorly Monitored Medications May Put Children at Risk for Developing Stevens Johnson Syndrome

One of the most profound cases I worked on involved a girl who was prescribed Bactrim by doctors at a medical clinic for complaints of a sore throat following an outdoor soccer match in cool weather. Soon after taking the medication, the girl began to develop bumps on her throat, followed by a skin rash. After several more visits to the clinic, the doctors advised the girls parents to continue with the Bactrim.

C-Diff Infection Alleged to Blame for Death of Nursing Home Patient

A recently filed wrongful death lawsuit claims that clostridium difficile, or commonly known as C. Diff, is to blame for the death of a patient in an Illinois Nursing Home. The lawsuit alleges two short-term stays at Helia Healthcare facilities (Helia Healthcare of Energy and Helia Healthcare of Benton) are to responsible for the man's C. Diff infection and development of decubitus ulcers. It is further alleged that these medical complications contributed to the man's death.

Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Patients' Rights in Medical Malpractice Cases

For the third time in recent years, the Illinois Supreme Court has rejected the State legislatures attempt to limit the rights of those who have been harmed by negligent doctors and hospitals. This most recent decision held section 2-1706.5 of the Code of Civil Procedure was unconstitutional because it violated the separation of powers between the judiciary and legislative branches of government.

What are the Early Signs that a Child May have Cerebral Palsy?

The signs of cerebral palsy usually appear in the early months of life, although specific diagnosis is usually delayed until later. Parents are often the first to suspect that their baby’s motor skills aren’t developing normally. Infants with cerebral palsy frequently have developmental delay, in which they are slow to reach developmental milestones such as learning to roll over, sit, crawl, smile, or walk.

Underlying/Associated Diseases Not Diagnosed

A misdiagnosis malpractice claim may lead to compensation if you were injured as a result of an undiagnosed underlying or associated disease. Contact a medical neglect lawyer.

When an Undiagnosed Aneurysm Leads to a Medical Malpractice Claim

If you or a loved one was the victim of an undiagnosed aneurysm, you may be entitled to pursue a medical malpractice claim against the doctor. To learn what your rights are, you should seek counsel from a malpractice attorney in Cleveland, Ohio. When there is a failure to diagnose a serious medical condition, and it results in devastating consequences, liability may be found with the doctor. This may be a case of medical negligence.

What Impact does Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy or Oxygen Deprivation, Have on a Newborn Baby?

Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy is a condition in which the brain does not receive enough oxygen, which can occur during a difficult labor and delivery. The consequences can be severe and can include life-long complications. When a baby is deprived of oxygen during labor and delivery for over a five-minute period of time they can suffer from many types of long-term damage including learning disabilities, delayed development, seizures, and cerebral palsy.

Are Cesarean Sections Helping or Hindering the Health of Mother and Infant?

As a lawyer, who litigates birth injury cases, I've noticed that there is still quite a bit of confusion about c-section deliveries. I've noticed that many doctors fail to adequately explain the procedure to their patients and many times is is done so during a particularly stressful time--- like when the woman is in labor!!

Medical Malpractice and Nursing Homes

Medical malpractice claims arise when people are injured by negligent or intentional acts of a licensed medical professional. Medical malpractice claims may involve a: doctor, nurse, psychiatrist, dentist, chiropractor, podiatrist, hospital, or other healthcare provider.

Proving Permanent Impairment in Your Personal Injury Case

If you are not completely healed at the time you are considered to be at maximum medical improvement, your personal injury is considered a permanent impairment and you are entitled to compensation for this loss of function. This article reviews your legal options if you have a permanent medical impairment suffered from a personal or work-related accident.

Alabama Child Personal Injury and Contributory Negligence

Alabama law recognizes that a child's mental capacities are different from those of an adult. Thus, Alabama follows special rules for determining whether a minor has the requisite capacity to contribute to his or her own injuries and be barred from recovery pursuant to the defense of contributory negligence. This article provides an overview of Alabama child injury law and contributory negligence.

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