Passenger Injuries and Lawsuits

Submitted by jrlaw on Apr 10th, 2013

Not every car accident lawsuit involves someone who was hit by another motorist. Some of them involve people who were passengers in a car that was being driven negligently and who suffered injuries as a result of that negligence. Here are some things to consider if you’re wondering if one of these lawsuits is an option for you.

Were They Drunk?

If someone caused you injury due to an accident that occurred because the driver was drunk, you may want to consider exploring a lawsuit. These cases are increasingly common as people develop a lower and lower tolerance for drunk drivers. Whether you’re in the car with a drunk driver or outside of it, you may stand to win compensation by filing a lawsuit against that drunk driver if they injured you. Your being in the car does not constitute consenting to being injured due to their negligence.

Are Product Liability Claims Worth It

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 26th, 2013

Product liability claims are likely more common than you think. For instance, according to the US Consumer Products Safety Commission, some types of product liability claims have increased in number over the years.


Toys are very common causes behind product liability claims. In 1997, according to the US CPSC, there were approximately 141,000 injuries that resulted from toys. By 2006, that number had increased to over 255,000 with increases every year during the time span measured.

Whistleblowers Turn Case in Nursing Home Lawsuit

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 26th, 2013

According to the Daily Journal, two people who formerly worked at a nursing home were instrumental in turning a jury against a facility accused of rampant abuse and fraud. The women were employees up until 2004, when they decided to speak out about what was going on at the nursing home. Unfortunately, their story is common among nursing home abuse cases.

Phony Claims

One element of the case involved filing phony claims to Medicare and Medicaid, according to the report. This is not uncommon and is something that these agencies have to deal with all the time. Some nursing home facilities claim that care was given that was never rendered or bill for other expenses that are unjustified, taking in the profits off of the claims once they are paid.

Fast Food Restaurant Sued Over Slip and Fall

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 26th, 2013

Slip and fall injuries are very common reasons behind premise liability lawsuits. A recent case filed in West Virginia alleges that a woman took a spill in a restroom at a fast food restaurant and suffered medical costs and other hardships as a result.

Because people tend not to understand the severity of the injures that people oftentimes sustain as results of slip and fall injuries, it’s sometimes easy to dismiss these claims as frivolous. This is not at all the case, as this lawsuit illustrates.

C-Section Delay Leads to Lawsuit

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 12th, 2013

A Texas family is suing over a delayed C-section that they hold led to their child suffering injuries. According to Injury Lawyer News, the family is suing because the mother was not informed that delaying the C-section would possibly lead to a greater chance of injuries being visited on the infant. The case names several different defendants.

The delayed C-section, according to the lawsuit, resulted in the child suffering brain injuries. These types of injuries never heal, of course, and that has big implications for the person who suffers them. The lawsuit is being filed on behalf of the child.

Another Nursing Home Abuse Case Discovered by Hidden Camera

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 12th, 2013

According to WABC in New York, a woman who had her grandmother in a nursing home in the Bronx discovered abuse going on by planting a hidden camera in the room. The woman who was being abused suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and from dementia, two conditions which make it much easier for abusers to conceal what they’re doing.

The woman started to get suspicious when she noticed that her grandmother had bruises on her hands. The nursing home administration told her that the woman’s bruises were caused when she was banging her hands on the railings on her bed. The victim’s granddaughter, however, didn’t buy this and decided to hide a camera in a plant in the woman’s room.

2 Killed in Grand Prairie Crash

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 12th, 2013

Two people lost their lives in a car crash that resulted in a fire in Grand Prairie. An article in DFW CBS referenced the police report of the accident, which revealed that the drivers of the vehicle had come into a construction zone travelling at a high speed. Their vehicle swerved and ended up hitting two other vehicles before hitting a cement wall and bursting into flames. Both people in the vehicle died at the scene.

Travelling at a high rate of speed is dangerous enough but, with spring on its way, it’s going to be more common to see construction zones on the highways and freeways. These areas merit some particular care on the part of drivers.

Getting Advice About Daycare Abuse

Submitted by jrlaw on Feb 14th, 2013

Some cases of daycare abuse aren't reported directly by the parents of the children who are being abused. The parents, however, most often do play a crucial role in reporting that abuse. If you suspect abuse, here are some things you can do to answer questions that you may have.


If you see bruising on your child and you're not sure exactly what caused it, you should set up a visit with the doctor. Because it is a child being discussed, a trip to the emergency room is entirely appropriate. The reason that a trip to an emergency room is a good idea is that it easier for doctors to determine the cause of an injury if that injury is relatively fresh. For example, a woman in Louisville Kentucky is facing charges of abusing a child because the parents brought the child into an emergency room and physicians determine that the bruising on the child was caused by a hand. The parents didn't see it, but the emergency room staff recognized right away that it was a handprint they were looking at when they were examining the child's bruising.

Hulk Hogan Files Medical Malpractice Claim

Submitted by jrlaw on Feb 14th, 2013

Hulk Hogan is likely one of the most well-known wrestlers in the world. Like many people in athletics, he has, over the course of his career, suffered some grievous injuries to his body as a result of how he makes his paychecks. According to Cageside Seats, Hulk Hogan is filing a lawsuit against a Tampa Bay medical facility that performed procedures on his back.

This may seem like light reading to anybody considering a medical malpractice claim, but there is a lot in this claim that reveals why many medical malpractice claims are filed.

Loss of Work

According to the lawsuit, the wrestler endured procedures that were recommended by staff at the clinic he is suing that did him no good. He also claims that the procedures further destabilized his back, according to the reports. Because of this, the lawsuit alleges that Hogan did not receive proper treatment in a timely manner and that affected his ability to do his job, which is wrestling in a ring for this particular individual.

Which Workplace Hazards Are You Most Likely to Face?

Submitted by jrlaw on Feb 6th, 2013

Workplace injuries are frighteningly common. Unfortunately, they're also frustratingly easy to avoid, provided that the owners of the business take measures to protect their employees. There are some types of hazards in workplaces that you're more likely to face than others.


Violations of fall protection regulations were the most commonly-cited violations in workplaces by OSHA in 2012. Falling from an elevation causes some of the most devastating injuries imaginable and, of course, these falls all too often end up killing the victim. If you work at an establishment that expects you to ascend heights without fall protection, you should tip off OSHA about it before someone gets hurt or killed. Scaffolding violations were the 3rd most common type of OSHA violation in 2012, so remember to keep an eye out for employers who don’t live up to standards in this regard, as well.


One of the most overlooked sources of injury in workplaces is simple communication. According to OHSA, violations related to not living up the standards for communicating hazards were the 2nd most common types of violations in 2012. When an employer asks you to do 100% of a job with less than 100% of the information about the dangers involved, they're asking you to risk your life and limb. Report it and don't take on jobs when you're not given thorough information about the hazards involved.

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