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Lawsuits Over Cyberbullying

  By HG.org
For generations, bullying has been a problem on the playground and in the classroom. However, with more children having access to electronic devices, a new form of bullying has formed: cyberbullying. This form of bullying can sometimes rise to the level of a criminal offense or a tort in which the parents of a bullied child may be able to recover on a monetary level for the suffering their child has endured.

Recent Absestos Removal Violation Case

Certified Environmental Services Inc., a New York asbestos abatement testing company, recently pled guilty in federal court to negligence for releasing asbestos into the atmosphere.

Seeking Legal Assistance in Response to a Collision or Accident

Finding an attorney for car accident damages, civil cases and insurance disputes is a concern that should always be taken seriously.

Can You Get a Subpoena without a Lawyer?

  By HG.org
A subpoena is an order from the court demanding that someone or something be provided to assist in a case. Lawyers who are licensed in the state usually have the power to issue a subpoena. However, individuals who are a party to a lawsuit and other individuals may also be able to issue a subpoena, depending on the rules of civil or criminal procedure in the court that has jurisdiction of the case.

Construction Accidents and Supervisor Negligence

Construction site accidents happen for many reasons. Poor equipment, poor safety, and the constantly changing landscape mean those who own and run these sites need to be vigilant. Employers regularly have a site supervisor at the construction work zone to monitor dangerous conditions. Many times, the supervisor can prevent construction accidents but even with the best intentions, construction accidents still happen and often cause serious injury.

Scaffolding Safety Regulations

A worker was recently left hanging from his safety harness, eight stories up on the side of a building in Wilmington, Delaware for 30 nerve wracking minutes.

Negligent Supervision Increases Workplace Accidents

Proper supervision of employees is essential for the safety and well-being of all workers at a company.

Aerial Lift Dangers

Aerial lifts continue to injure construction workers. A common scenario is when a worker is pinned by a lift against an object, either to the side of the lift, or directly above the lift. On May 30, 2015 an aerial lift fatally pinned a 35-year-old Monroeville, Pennsylvania man against the roof of a bridge overpass near Pittsburgh, according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazzette.

Generic Drug Consumers Lack Important Legal Protections

Many times, people take generic drugs because they are more cost effective and included in insurance plans. However, these consumers may not have the same legal protections taking a generic drug as a brand name drug. Despite generics being copies of existing drugs, legal protections for consumers of generic drugs may not apply.

Teen Drivers Present Risks to all Road Sharers

New teen drivers pose risks to everyone on the road due to inexperience and immaturity.

How to Find a Reputable Injury Attorney & What to Expect after Contacting Them

If you've been injured in an accident, one of the most important steps that you can take following the accident is to have an experienced, respected attorney represent you. A good lawyer will deal with the present while preparing for the future. From investigating a claim to filing a lawsuit, they will answer your questions and fight for a settlement that will help you heal and rebuild your life. Also, many attorneys work on a contingency-fee basis, so they only get paid if you get paid.

What Do I Do When my Current Attorney is Pushing me into a Settlement I Don’t Feel is Adequate?

When you hire an attorney to pursue a personal injury claim on your behalf, you expect that lawyer to make sure you get all the money you deserve. If your attorney is pushing you into a settlement that you don’t feel is adequate, you may feel frustrated. Your lawyer works for you, not the other way around. If you feel a settlement is inadequate and your current attorney won’t or can’t give you a satisfactory explanation as to why you should accept this low settlement, get a second opinion.

California Indoor Air Quality and Sick Building Syndrome Litigation Attorneys

Lawsuits filed by attorneys in California over Indoor Air Quality or Sick Building Syndrome, are increasing. The WHO estimates that nearly 30 percent of new and remodeled buildings worldwide have indoor air quality problems (possibly 20 percent in the U.S., according to one study). In California, dangerous indoor air quality and sick building syndrome are a growing area of law for lawyers in the areas of personal injury, real estate, construction, homeowner associations and business.

What a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Do for You After a Hit and Run Accident

Hit and run accidents are particularly brutal and traumatic. They create many problems afterwards especially if the driver cannot be found. You could be left pleading with an insurance company for just a small amount of compensation. This is why you need to contact a lawyer right away. A personal injury attorney can do many things for you after a hit and run accident.

Construction Industry in the UK Lost 1.1 Billion

Propelled by the government’s investment in property, the construction industry is a leading section for the UK economy. In an industry where workers rely upon pneumatic tools, heavy duty machinery and other high-risk tasks, it is surprising that 40% of construction sites failed health and safety checks last year.

Can I Sue My Spouse?

  By HG.org
In some circumstances, one spouse may consider suing his or her spouse for particularly egregious conduct. However, whether the spouse can bring a viable claim against his or her spouse depends on the nature of the behavior, the nature of the relationship, state law and the particular circumstances involved.

Drug Company Settles Lawsuits for $2.37 Billion

After a lengthy battle in court, Japanese drug manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceutical Company has agreed to pay out a record $2.37 billion to resolve claims that the company failed to warn users about cancer risks associated with one of their most popular drugs.

Fatal New Jersey Bicycle Accidents

New Jersey is a great place to ride a bike. Depending upon where you choose to go, you can enjoy a smooth ride along flat plains, challenge yourself on an adventurous mountain trail, or take in the fresh salt air as you bicycle along the boardwalk next to the Atlantic Ocean. That’s the good news. The bad news is that New Jersey ranks second in the nation for fatal bicycle accidents.

Types of Nursing Home Abuse

We live in a society that values our elderly citizens, yet sadly, nursing home abuse and neglect are more common occurrences than one may think.

Concern about Asbestos in Nation’s Schools

Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) recently focused their attention on the 1986 law created to protect students, teachers, and employees in the United States from asbestos exposure.

Asbestos Continues to Enter U.S. Ports

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) Action Fund recently released an analysis of federal trade data that more than eight million pounds of asbestos have entered U.S. ports since 2006.

Wearable Fitness Devices as Courtroom Evidence

Devices and smartphone apps that measure health information such as heart rate or sleep cycles could find their way to the courtroom.

Trial Award for Exposure to Asbestos in Talcum

In Los Angeles, California a jury has awarded a 73 year old woman $13 million for contracting mesothelioma from Colgate’s Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder.

Construction Projects Create Hazards for the Public

Public works and commercial construction projects are increasingly proliferating throughout the nation as our slow but steady economic recovery continues.

The Elements of a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

When a person dies as the result of someone else's negligence, recklessness or deliberate action, surviving family members can file a civil wrongful death claim or lawsuit. For instance, wrongful death may occur as a result of negligence or intent when a victim dies in a traffic accident, a slip-and-fall accident or due to medical negligence, etc.

Why a Traumatic Brain Injury Can Lead to Financial Ruin

Some auto accidents seemingly result in only damage to two or more vehicles and no injuries to the drivers or passengers. What is common, however, but not often acknowledged, is that plenty of car accidents also lead to traumatic brain injury (TBI). The force of two or more cars colliding can do plenty of unseen damage, the result of which could lead to a person’s financial ruin.

Car Hit on Private Property, Who is Liable?

  By HG.org
When accidents occur on the road, we all know that the first thing you do is call the police to report the accident, exchange insurance information, and document the scene. But, what do you do when an accident occurs on private property? Who is liable, especially if the other driver leaves the scene?

Top 10 Causes of Boating Accidents

Keep yourself safe while boating and avoid these common reasons for boating accidents.

Understanding the Importance of New Florida PIP Insurance Rules after an Accident

In New Florida, there some specific laws of insurance that demand owners of motor vehicles to have at least 10,000 dollars in personal injury protection coverage and just 14 days to use that coverage if needed.

Three Injuries that Regularly Occur in Warehouse Environments

Over 145,000 laborers across the U.S. work in warehouses, as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports. Sadly, about one in 20 of these workers will suffer injuries in a given year, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Due to the hazards present in most warehouses, the following serious injuries are especially common among these workers.

Shipping Contracts: Interpreting the Terms

The Supreme Court in the UK has recently considered a case which demonstrates the complexities that can arise from the interpretation of a contract. The judges examined the extent to which parties have the contractual power to form an opinion, and affirmed the need for decisions by contractual fact-finders to be reasonable.

What Should a Car Owner Know Before Negotiating with an Insurance Company When a Car Has Been Totaled?

If your insurance company informed you that your car has been totaled, you may wonder if you have any recourse to challenge this decision or if the amount they’re willing to give you is fair. Before you sign any kind of release, or even a check from the insurance company, you need to know what options you have.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim, and What Kinds of Claims Can they Bring?

If you recently lost a family member due to unpredictable and preventable circumstances, you are dealing with a lot. On top of your grief, you might be struggling to help keep your family financially afloat in the wake of unexpected funeral costs and the sudden loss of your loved one’s income. Filing a wrongful death claim could protect your family during this difficult time.

What Types of Damages Are Recoverable in Wrongful Death Cases?

A sudden death, like that resulting from an accident, leaves a void in a family’s life. Wrongful death laws vary by state. Generally, bereaved family members can seek money damages for both past losses, such as accident-related medical expenses and funeral costs, and future losses, such as future economic contributions to the family’s household.

What Should I Do If I Feel I Might Have a Medical Malpractice Case?

We trust our doctors to make us well and keep us healthy. Unfortunately, not every medical professional provides the standard of care that all patients deserve. Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor fails to provide acceptable care and the patient suffers harm as a result. If you believe your doctor may have done something wrong, contact our attorneys as soon as possible to start getting help and make sure you don’t miss any legal deadlines.

Federal Tort Claims Act Practice Alert: U.S. v. Wong

According to the United States Supreme Court, the two- year and six- month time limits in 28 U.S.C.§ 2401(b) of the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) "are just time limits, nothing more. Even though they govern litigation against the Government, a court can toll them on equitable grounds."

Fatal Crane Accidents

Construction workers must contend with a variety of safety hazards on every work shift. Many of these hazards come from the heavy equipment construction workers use on construction sites.

Slip and Fall Accident at New Jersey Property

A Florida couple has filed a lawsuit in Philadelphia District Court against the Hyatt Hotel Corporation for injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.

New Data Concerning Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working to reduce the incidence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) by raising public awareness and improving TBI treatment.

Tracy Morgan Settles Lawsuit With Walmart

Walmart has reached a settlement agreement with Tracy Morgan in a lawsuit filed by Morgan after a Walmart truck crashed into his limo on the New Jersey Turnpike and left him with a traumatic brain injury (TBI.)

Unmentioned Risks Associated With Power Morcellators Assisted Surgeries

The Wall Street Journal notes that power morcellator manufacturers may not have disclosed that the instrument can spread cancer when used in uterine fibroid removal procedures.

Slip and Fall Injuries among Elderly People

Forty percent of fatal injuries among people ages 65 and older are the result of slip and fall accidents, making falling the fifth leading cause of death among the elderly.

Malpractice and Birth Injuries

When obstetric teams communicate well and follow established protocols, incidents of medical error and birth injuries are preventable.

What to do when Bitten by a Dog in California and How to Protect Your Rights

Dogs are a very important part of life in California and can bring companionship and joy in a person’s life. However, some dogs can also be dangerous and aggressive at any moment.

Scaffolding Accidents

Construction workers are at an increased risk of injury or death when working above ground level at a jobsite.

Workplace Injuries Increase Income Inequality

Workplace injuries, along with an inadequate Workers’ Compensation system, may be contributing to the gap between rich and poor, according to the US Labor Department.

Photographing the Scene of Your Accident

Photographic evidence a powerful form of evidence in any type of accident. Photos can convey pertinent information, while also providing jurors with physical, tangible evidence they can hold and view while listening to testimony or deliberating. While pictures to do not replace written reports or other testimony, they provide useful evidence to help further explain the accident and who may have caused it. As such, if involved in an accident, it is important to document it with numerous photos.

Cognitive Neuroscience Therapies Needed for Brain Injuries

Brain injured patients are not benefiting from the newest cognitive neuroscience therapies available, according to scientists in an issue of Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences.

When Can an Injured Seaman Recover Money Damages Under the Jones Act?

A seaman may be entitled to money damages in a maritime accident. The Jones Act, found at 46 U.S.C.A. §688 (46 U.S.C. 30104), allows for a seaman to recover for injuries suffered during the course of his employment while at sea. The family of a seaman who is killed during the course of his employment may also file a suit under the Jones Act. Whether the injured party is able to recover will depend upon the actions of the those who control the ship.

Safety Regulation Violations Lead to Charges in Employee Death

Charges were filed against employees of Bumble Bee Foods in the 2012 death of a worker who was performing maintenance on a 35-foot-long oven at the Santa Fe Springs Plant in California.

Product safety Recalls in Children's Products

Protecting children is a main priority in the United States, yet many consumers are unaware of the safety philosophies of the companies selling children’s products.

New Drug Delivery System for Mesothelioma Treatment

Pemetrexed is the only medication that has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of pleural mesothelioma. Since it was approved in 2004, pemetrexed combined with cisplatin has become standard treatment for mesothelioma patients.

Uninhabitable Conditions in California - The Right of a Tenant To Move Out And Break Their Lease

In certain circumstances, California Civil Code Section 1942 allows a tenant or lessee to move out of a rented property without prior notice when the property is uninhabitable. A rented property must be fit for humans to live in. When it is so unhealthy as to be a danger to the renter, the renter has the right to leave the premises even when there is a lease. However, there are steps to take before doing so in order to support your claim that the property is uninhabitable.

Operation Orange Squeeze on the Pennsylvania Turnpike

Operation Orange Squeeze has begun along the Pennsylvania Turnpike as Pennsylvania State Police make the safety of their construction workers and turnpike work crews a top priority.

Brain Injuries Change Lives Permanently

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result from a blow to the head that may or may not show outward objective evidence of injury like a bump, cuts or bruising. A TBI can also occur when the brain gets jostled inside of the skull and collides with the bone against it. About half of these injuries occur when the victim is involved in a motor vehicle collision.

Game of Assessing Groans: How East Coast Lawyers Would Advise the Houses of Westeros

So far, season 5 of Game of Thrones has most people on the edge of their seats (especially from episode 6, which we are all still shocked about.) Despite the compelling story lines, it is clear that one of its most controversial and memorable aspects are the horrible, yet riveting personal injuries that have been inflicted on many of the characters both beloved and hated.

New Options in Pain Management Therapies

Mesothelioma is one of the most serious forms of cancer a person can become afflicted with in the 21st century.

Child Product Recalls

A recent look at which companies have issued the greatest number of product recalls has revealed some surprising insight into the safety philosophy employed by these firms.

Personal Injury Attorneys In California Need To Be On The Lookout For Legionnaires’ Disease

Few people realize Legionnaires’ Disease can occur in nearly any location. The first reported outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak was at a Legionnaires Convention at a hotel in Philadelphia in 1976. Since then, outbreaks have been traced in California and other states to building water systems, spas and pools, fountains, and ventilation and cooling systems in hospitals, nursing homes, apartment complexes, shopping centers, fitness centers, dental offices, and individual homes.

GM Repairs Faulty Ignition Switches

In the year and two months since General Motors instigated a worldwide recall of more than two million cars due to faulty ignition switches, the company claims to have repaired nearly 70% of all vehicles with the product defect.

Risk of Injury From Treadmills

The deaths of SurveyMonkey CEO and Mike Tyson’s four-year-old daughter by treadmill are rare headlines in the daily news.

Importance Of Water Safety For Children

With the summer months quickly approaching, children are looking forward to swimming with family and friends at local pools and in backyards; however, recent statistics reveal that it is vital for parents and children to understand the risks involved while swimming in pools and spas.

Bar Fights, Negligent Security and Your Legal Rights

With many people taking vacations over the summer months and with colleges being on break, the crowds at nightclubs and bars increase greatly and so do the chances of being involved in a bar fight.

Car Accident Limited Tort Suits

For limited tort suits in Pennsylvania, plaintiffs have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. Moreover, plaintiffs may only seek non-economic damages when they have suffered a serious personal injury.

Considerations When Pursuing a Lawsuit for Car Crash Injuries

Car crash injuries can affect your entire body from head to toe, but there are certain injuries that are the subject of lawsuits more often than others. Those injuries and what the lawsuits entail follow.

Train Accident Cases

  By HG.org
Cases involving train accidents and resulting injuries have a number of significant differences from other personal injury cases. By being aware of the following information, you can make a more informed decision about whether to pursue a train accident case.

Distracted Driving Penalties Increase Under New Ontario law

If you’re prone to using your phone behind the wheel, you could end up driving yourself out of money. There will be a maximum $1K fine and three demerit points for drivers who text, email or talk on handheld phone

Illinois to Introduce Safe Phone Zones

Like it or not, cell phone use is a part of life in the 21st century. People use their phones for everything regardless of rules against their use in cars, public transportation, and certain public spaces like gyms, restaurants, and churches. Statistics have shown that driving a car while using a cell phone can cause accidents.

Orphan Drug Destroys Mesothelioma Cancer Cells

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new orphan drug that is designed to help fight malignant mesothelioma.

Seeking Compensation for Construction Accident Injuries in Rhode Island

Learn what you need to do if injured in a construction accident for a greater chance of success in your injury claim.

New Diagnostic Method for Determining Brain Injuries

Injuries to the head can result in a wide variety of afflictions ranging from simple bumps and mild concussions, to severe brain trauma that can greatly impact a person’s life.

Swim at Your Own Risk: Tips for Swim Safety

Every year Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season and also the start of the season during which the risk of drowning exponentially increases.

What Are the Elements of Negligence?

  By HG.org
Every year, individuals are injured due to the negligent acts of others. These types of claims involve individuals who have been injured because of accidents. These accidents could have been prevented. A successful negligence lawsuit provides monetary recovery for the victim and punishes the careless person or entity responsible for the accident.

Seven Important Questions for Your Personal Injury Attorney

  By HG.org
There are thousands of personal injury attorneys available to assist victims who are injured in accidents that are caused by negligent individuals and entities. However, there are vast differences between lawyers. Before hiring a personal injury attorney, interview several and inquire about the following matters.

New Changes Under Bill 15 in Ontario

On November 20, 2014, Bill 15, titled the Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act, 2014, received Royal Assent in the Ontario Provincial Parliament.

Summer is Almost Here!

The warm summer air brings families outside their homes for vacations, gardening, barbeques and every day fun in the sun!

UK Hospital Liable for Birth Injury

The family of a seven-year-old girl with severe cerebral palsy is awaiting the final award amount following a settlement agreement by the hospital where the girl was injured.

Medical Malpractice and Birth Injuries

Expectant parents dream of the day their happy, healthy baby comes into the world. When a baby suffers a birth injury; however, this special day becomes a parent’s worst nightmare.

Dangers of Construction Work Zones

Construction work zones are dangerous places for construction workers, pedestrians, drivers, and passengers.

Asbestos in University Campus Renovations

In a common scenario for buildings constructed during the post-World War II era in the U.S., the discovery of high levels of degraded asbestos often requires extensive removal and abatement programs before renovations can begin.

Car Accident in Pennsylvania: At Fault Driver Does Not Have Insurance

If you were in a car accident in Pennsylvania and learn that the other driver at fault does not have insurance, can you still recover for your damages?

Your Abilify Lawsuit Questions Answered

Learn more about the drug Abilify and some of the common questions regarding the drug.

Pointers on Taking Accident Scene Pictures

  By HG.org
If you are involved in an accident, being able to take pictures of the scene can make the difference between winning or losing your case. Photographs can help provide a more objective perspective to the case, whether the accident is a motor vehicle accident, a slip and fall injury or another type of injury.

What is Tort Reform?

  By HG.org
The term “tort reform” has been a favorite in the news for years, but what does it really mean? What is a tort, why does it need to be reformed, and what kind of change needs to be made?

After a Riot, Who Pays for the Damage?

  By HG.org
Riots have erupted all over the United States in recent years, often in the wake of racial tensions created by police activities. Often beginning as peaceful protests, these demonstrations sometimes degenerate into violent riots where people and property suffer harm, leaving innocent people to pick up the pieces. This has led many to ask who should pay for the damage after a riot?

A Website Published Embarrassing Content About Me, What Can I Do?

  By HG.org
The Internet has brought many benefits to modern civilization. Unfortunately, just as with any technology, it also has a dark side. So, when a website publishes embarrassing content about you, what can you do?

Infant Wrongful Death Due to Medical Errors

Negligence resulting in the death of an infant at, or shortly after, birth is avoidable.

Construction Worker Killed in Mast Climber Accident

Three construction workers were recently killed, and one seriously injured, when the mast climber they were working on collapsed and sent them hurling to the ground.

Struck by an Object Construction Injury

Construction workers are often confronted with risks unique to their industry, including being struck by an object or debris.

Pennsylvania Statewide Spotlight on Aggressive Drivers and Work Zone Safety

Pennsylvania has undertaken a new statewide effort for 2015 that is meant to increase driver and road worker safety across the state’s roadway infrastructure.

How Does Workers’ Compensation Work?

  By HG.org
Injured employees across the country are able to receive medical treatment and have a portion of their wages replaced after being injured in a work-related accident or becoming ill on the job through the workers’ compensation program. Employers and employees both have a number of responsibilities under the program.

What Pictures Should I Take after a Motor Vehicle Accident?

  By HG.org
After being involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is important that you or someone with you be able to establish an accurate depiction of the scene. This is so vital that many insurance companies included a disposable camera as one of the items in their emergency preparedness handouts to clients. Now, with the advent of modern technology, many people have cameras in their possession at a moment’s notice.

The Benefits of Avoiding Slip and Fall Accidents

According to research conducted at the Trondheim University in Norway, the key to a long and productive life is avoiding falls.

Fatal Collapse Accident at Construction Site

Three construction workers were recently killed, and one seriously injured, when the mast climber they were working on collapsed and sent them hurling to the ground.

Preventing Drunk Driving on Pennsylvania Roadways

The Pennsylvania Driving Under the Influence Association (PA DUI) is working hard to keep drunk drivers off of Pennsylvania’s roadways.

My Neighbor's Dog Keeps Barking; Do I Have Any Legal Rights?

  By HG.org
Noisy dogs are a common legal dispute. After all, while pet owners may feel annoyance at a dog that barks at every little noise, a neighbor has absolutely no control over training the dog not to respond in this manner. Thus, as the neighbor, what can you do legally to get the pet owner to quiet his noisy animal?

Teen Victims of Dating Violence

A recent change in the phrasing of the questions on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Youth Behavior Risk Surveillance System Questionnaire has produced alarming new statistics.

Understanding Defamation ... Slander ... Libel

Everyone has heard of the terms: defamation, slander and libel. But not all understand the meanings of the words or the elements necessary to bring a successful lawsuit involving those legal concepts.

Victims of Personal Injury Accidents Are at Risk for these 3 Mental Health Illnesses

The victims of personal injuries often live with many harmful long-term consequences. These individuals may suffer from ongoing health complications or permanent disablement. Many injury victims face challenges performing daily activities, from work to hobbies. Sadly, some victims also develop debilitating mental illnesses or disorders.

Are Bars and Clubs Responsible if Their Customers Get a DUI?

  By HG.org
People injured in DUI cases often sustain life-changing injuries. Frequently, these injuries mean the victims will require expensive medical attention, either for a short period of time or for the rest of their lives. Of course, individual drunk drivers may not have the resources to fully compensate victims in these situations.


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