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When Chimps Go Berserk: A Lack of ‘Oversight’

If you haven't heard Charla Nash's story yet, be warned. The extent of her horrific injuries from the animal attack are reason enough to call for an end to private ownership of chimpanzees. "An adolescent or adult chimp is a very dangerous animal that poses serious public safety concerns if they are not properly housed and managed," says scientist Steve Ross, as William Mullen reports for the Chicago Tribune. Chimpanzees are more than capable of causing serious injury or death to human beings; Charla Nash, now in her late fifties, underwent face-transplant surgery in May after a 200 pound chimp named...

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Insurance claims rise for personal injury claims

The Financial Times recently revealed that car insurance companies have lost £2 billion in 2010 thanks to the amount of personal injury claims rising. Some new customers taking out car insurance have had to pay 30% more for their insurance this year than last. In recent years the car insurance industry has been hit hard with claims for bodily injury soaring to new heights. The Royal Bank of Scotland alone has to put in reserves of around £390 million in their insurance business solely due to the amount of individuals making claims for injury in road traffic accidents. In the worst...

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Man says stores shouldn’t have sold him ‘bath salts’

6/22/2011 9:36 AM By Harmon Marks -Lincoln Bureau HAMLIN -- A Ranger man is accusing three businesses of marketing a product known as "bath salts" and sold as a "legal drug," and other plaintiffs might join his product liability and personal injury suit. Jason Vance filed the complaint May 11 in Lincoln Circuit Court. He is represented by attorneys Ronald G. Salmons, Jeffrey S. Bowen and Robby N. Long. In the complaint, Vance details six alleged counts. The defendants are Harts businesses K&B Quick Stop Inc., LT Jones Tobacco Plus and Smokin' Joes Arcade LLC of Barboursville. "Products known as 'fake cocaine,' 'synthetic cocaine'...

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Marketing key in making Glen Lerner a celebrity attorney

Close your eyes. Imagine Glen Lerner’s jingle. You can dial his number from memory, can’t you? In this age of speed dialing and cellphone-programmed contacts, how many telephone numbers can you remember? So the question has to be asked: Is Glen Lerner the most recognizable personality in Las Vegas? The 47-year-old Las Vegas personal injury lawyer has used his marketing savvy to turn a larger-than-life personality into a multimillion-dollar enterprise that has expanded into Arizona. Much like a singer who has a No. 1 song, Lerner didn’t want to be known as a one-hit wonder...

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Personal Injury Attorneys – Various Types of Accidental Injuries

Personal Injury Attorneys can be of great help to you in case you get some accident injury or brain Injuries due to the negligence of some other person or it is due to malfunctions of the faulty equipments being used. This is the situation that you should consult personal injury attorney in order to handle the situation in a good way. But before that there are some common questions which a lay man wants to know before filling a case against any company or an employer or may be some other person regarding personal injury caused due to them. Some of...

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My Kid is being Bullied: Tips from an Orange County Personal Injury Attorney

By Krithic Annamalai Most children find it very difficult to defend themselves when dealing with bullies. Bullies are known for repeating harmful acts and not admitting to (or feeling remorse for) the pain they have inflicted on others. Children who are bullied generally suffer from anxiety, fear, withdrawal, low self-esteem and poor concentration. The most obvious types of bullying involve hurting, threatening, intimidating, maliciously teasing and taunting, etc. And Social networking being what it is today, a new phenomenon called Cyberbullying (encouraging others to reject or spreading rumors about a child through social media) is...

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Average Personal Injury Case in Minnesota

June 9, 2011, by Ronald V. Miller, Jr. The average verdict in a personal injury case in Minnesota is $271,577. The national average is $885,600. Does this mean Minnesota juries are not sympathetic to personal injury victims? I think it might, actually. In fact, I think the statistics might actually underestimate how stingy Minnesota juries can be. Why? The biggest driving force in personal injury verdicts is car accidents because is the most common type of personal injury case. So the state's law in dealing with car accident claims is going to make more meaningful impact on personal injury statistics. Average Personal Injury Case...

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Liability Insurance for the Small Business

By: Rumen Iliev When you are an owner of a small business, you have many responsibilities and even if you are operating your business carefully and you follow all of the small details, sometimes a client may consider you didn’t do your job well and you’ll end up with a lawsuit. What you need to do, in order to protect your assets and your business from the losses that potential mistakes can cause, is a liability insurance policy. The business liability insurance can help you in situations where your mistakes of negligence have done some damage to your customers, and they...

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How Using Social Media Can Harm Your Case

An innocent "tweet" could cost you big money. Social Media is continuing to explode in usage and is a huge part of our collective hyper-connected daily lives. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace and other forms of social media can, however, seriously harm your personal injury or medical malpractice case. Insurance companies, adjusters, investigators, and defense attorneys will want to uncover as much information as they can about you to help undermine your case in an effort to pay you the least amount of money possible. You have the opportunity to afford them that chance by utilizing social media. In a case where a...

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Cell Phones and Cancer. Are You Concerned?

By now, you may have heard about the recent World Health Organization (WHO) study potentially linking cancer to cell phone use; although, the organization says that no adverse health effects have been established. This hot topic has been around since shoe-size cell phones hit the market in the late 70s. Since then, roughly thirty studies have failed to establish a link between cell phones and cancer. Cell phones have become our communication umbilical cord; we link with family, friends, and business associates. We have become slaves to our cell phones – talking, emailing, texting. It is hard to believe that we ever...

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Raspberry Falls Residents Seek To Drop Lawsuit After Tainted Water Claims

It is not yet clear whether the $300 million lawsuit filed by a residents in the Raspberry Falls subdivision north of Leesburg will move forward to trial. In a hearing last week Ted Yoakam, the attorney representing the residents, made an oral motion to non-suit the lawsuit, which, if granted, would stop all the proceedings against Loudoun Water, Van Metre, and K. Hovnanian Homes. The lawsuit was filed in February on behalf of 250 residents and property owners in the Raspberry Falls and sought actual and punitive damages that resulted from claims of contaminated drinking water and to compel the construction...

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Family Brings Lawsuit after Mother is Set on Fire During Surgery

The family of Selah Schulze has filed suit in Grayson County, Texas, alleging Ms. Schulze sustained injuries when she was caught on fire during a routine operation. Defendants include Texoma Medical Center, surgeon Dr. Robert Wilcott, and anesthesiologist Dr. Mark Villareal. Kay L. Van Wey of Van Wey Law, PLLC, is representing the family of Ms. Schulze. Dallas, TX (PRWEB) June 07, 2011 The family of Selah Schulze filed suit in Grayson County, Texas, last Friday against Texoma Medical Center, surgeon Dr. Robert Wilcott, and anesthesiologist Dr. Mark Villareal, among other defendants, for negligence and gross negligence relating to injuries Ms. Schulze...

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RI jury sides with state in personal injury case

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A jury has sided with the state of Rhode Island in a $40 million personal injury lawsuit brought a paralyzed man. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin says a Providence County Superior Court jury on Monday ruled the state does not have to pay damages to Brett A. Roy and his family. Roy was paralyzed in 2008 after he dived into a pond located at the World War II Memorial State Park in Woonsocket. The jury found the state and its Department of Environmental Management are not liable for Roy's injuries. via RI...

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Strauss-Kahn Will Plead Not Guilty to Hotel Attack, Lawyer Says

June 6 (Bloomberg) -- Former International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn will formally deny charges that he sexually assaulted and tried to rape a Manhattan hotel maid at a hearing today, his lawyer said. Strauss-Kahn, 62, will enter a plea of not guilty in New York State Supreme Court, attorney Benjamin Brafman said June 3. Strauss-Kahn previously rejected the allegations in his letter of resignation to the IMF last month. He was arrested May 14 and later indicted on seven counts, including criminal sex act, attempted rape, sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching. If convicted of the top charges, he...

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Six Tips to Help You Select a Personal Injury Attorney

No one calls a personal injury attorney until they need one. That means that it's likely that when you first think about if you or a loved one needs a lawyer that you'll probably be distraught and perhaps in some pain. You won't necessarily be in the best frame of mind for making such a momentous decision. And yet so much is riding on whom you select to represent your interests "a good attorney can make the difference between winning or losing a personal injury case." Even if you settle out of court, a good attorney will make sure that you get the maximum...

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Going beyond saying you’re sorry

More hospitals using quick remediation strategies following medical errors By Maureen McKinney When preventable medical errors occur, most hospitals rely—many times begrudgingly—on the usual deny-and-defend approach. They shut down nearly all communication, turn the matter over to attorneys and often relegate patients and their families to legal battles that can drag on for years. It's an approach that's isolating and frustrating for patients and clinicians alike. But in recent years, a few hospitals have seen real success in circumventing the usual policies and instead opting for full transparency, quick remediation and improvement of the systems that caused the error. via Going beyond saying you're...

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Larry Beinhart: Class Warfare III — Losing Your Right to Fight Back

The courts are a way to make bad behavior -- injurious, even murderous, acts -- cost enough to make a corporation stop. Without lawsuits we wouldn't know that tobacco companies knew that cigarettes caused cancer even while they advertised them as healthy; that Firestone tires, combined with Ford SUVs, made them roll over; that the Catholic Church harbored and protected hundreds of pedophile priests; that Vioxx damaged people's hearts and killed them. Big business hates lawsuits. They hate being made accountable. They hate having to pay. So what can they do about it? They hire PR companies to spread stories -- frequently less...

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Autopsy shows Tyree died of accidental air embolism

CHICAGO — The Cook County medical examiner’s office said Friday the death of James Tyree, chairman of the company that owns the Lake County News-Sun, was an accident. Tyree, 53, died Wednesday after suffering for months from stomach cancer. But the medical examiner’s office said an autopsy Friday revealed that he died from an air embolism and dialysis catheter removal. It called his death an accident. via Autopsy shows Tyree died of accidental air embolism - Lake County News-Sun....

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Construction Deaths Lead to Stronger Personal Injury Compensation in UK

The Health Service Executive or HSE has recently tighten up on how construction sites provide safety measures, and personal injury compensation for its construction workers, as the recent report shows that death rates and injury are still high in United Kingdom’s construction industry. In 2010, there were about five less deaths and 171 less injuries compared to 2009 — in the south west. On other side of the Atlantic, in New York City, several construction accidents were also recorded at the Department of Buildings including a recent 15 complaints against a construction site at Upper West Side, and the recent two...

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Wrongful death suit filed against Hartland company

A Texas couple has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a Hartland-based manufacturer of medical wipes. The lawsuit alleges that alcohol wipes made by the company, Triad Group, contained bacteria that, when used to clean the boy’s spinal tap, spread to his brain and caused a fatal case of meningitis. The boy died in December at the age of two. His medical ordeal began when he fell off the couch at home and bumped his head. A routine CT scan revealed a cyst in his brain. Surgeons removed the cyst; the boy returned home, according to the complaint filed in U.S....

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Inmate’s violent 2010 death leads to lawsuit in Fort Bend County

By ZEN T.C. ZHENG HOUSTON CHRONICLE A woman whose son died a year ago while in custody in the Fort Bend County jail has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the county and Sheriff Milton Wright. Emmanuel Earl Baines, 18, who was in jail on a burglary charge, was repeatedly punched in the chest by another inmate on Feb. 13, 2010, according to a custodial death report filed by the sheriff's office with the Texas Attorney General's office. He was sent to Oak Bend Medical Center and pronounced dead at about 12:45 a.m. the next day, according to the report. Roynecia Baines filed...

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Family files wrongful death suit against ambulance company

(NECN: Alysha Palumbo - Boston) - "Something that should have been very, very routine, ended up in a nightmare for myself and my family," said the victim's brother Peter Zacarelli. It's been two years since Peter Zacarelli lost his 68-year-old sister Barbara Grimes. Zacarelli said, "I spoke to her that morning and she said I'm going to be going for dialysis, and I said hey Barb, I'm going to try to drop by tonight or I'll talk to you later and that was it." It was January 31st, 2009 and it was the last time he spoke with her. Grimes was being transported home...

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What Ehline Law Accident Attorney Says You Should Know About Alleged DUI Newport Beach Bicycle Wrongful Death

February 26, 2011 Various things we can all learn from the Newport Beach bicycle accident causing a death with an alleged DUI. What Ehline Law Accident Attorney Says You Should Know About Alleged DUI Newport Beach Bicycle Wrongful Death. LOS ANGELES, CA, February 26, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. an innocent, 41 year old bicyclist was struck while riding his bicycle east on San Joaquin Hills Road, near Spyglass Road by a white Volkswagen Jetta. The bicycle rider was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash after paramedics attempted to resuscitate him. The driver of the injury causing Jetta, Danae...

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Yamaha Rhino ATV Wrongful Death Lawsuit Set For Trial Monday

A wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a 10-year-old girl who died in a Yamaha Rhino ATV accident is scheduled to go to trial on Monday in Ohio. The Yamaha Rhino lawsuit was filed by the family of Ellie Sand, who died in October 2007 after she was thrown from one of the four wheel all-terrain vehicles (ATV). Sand and her family were at a church picnic when the accident occurred. The lawsuit, brought by John and Tammie Sands names Yamaha, Clinton County Motor Sports and Let It Gro LLC as defendants. Shortly after the Yamaha Rhino ATV was introduced...

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Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Suit Vs. AEG Can Proceed, Judge Rules – Music, Celebrity, Artist News

Katherine Jackson and family are pursuing a claim against concert promoter. By Gil Kaufman When he was alive, Michael Jackson was forever embroiled in a series of complex and expensive-sounding lawsuits. But even in death, the late King of Pop is the subject of major legal action. None could potentially be bigger than the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the pop icon's mother, Katherine Jackson, against concert promotion giant AEG Live. Reuters reported that a Los Angeles judge ruled on Wednesday that the civil lawsuit can go forward. It will proceed in parallel with the criminal case against Jackson's physician, Dr. Conrad Murray,...

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City Slapped With Another Blizzageddon Wrongful Death Suit

Last month saw two wrongful death lawsuits against the city in regards to the December Blizzageddon and now we can add a third to the list. On the morning of Monday, December 27, 2010—the day after the worst of the blizzard—the son of Bed-Stuy resident Lillie Cockburn, 56, found his mother lying unconscious on the floor. He quickly got her back in bed and called 911, around 7 a.m., and waited for help. Nobody came. He tried again at 1 p.m. but again, no ambulance came. Finally a family member helped drive her to the hospital, it was too late....

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Hylla approves settlement of tow-truck wrongful death suit

2/24/2011 12:00 PM By Amelia Flood A woman's wrongful death suit filed over the deaths of her husband and infant son in a tow-truck accident is over. Madison County Circuit Judge David Hylla entered the final approval of the confidential settlement between Jessica Legens, Regions Bank and all of the defendants in her 2008 suit on Feb. 15. Jessica Legens sued tow truck driver Mark Ikerman, his employer Mannheim Services Corporation, the owners of Sparky's Pub 397 and Mac & Mick's Sports Bar and Grill for damages in excess of $50,000. There was also a move to add punitive damages to the suit...

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$5 million awarded in wrongful death lawsuit

Steve Stout OSF St. Francis Healthcare Systems based in Peoria has agreed to a settlement of $5 million with the estate of Richard J. Berry of Streator relating to a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from Berry's death in December, 2009. Circuit Judge Joseph Hettel approved the settlement and dismissed the case this week. On Dec. 16, 2009, Berry was driving his car north on Route 23 near the intersection of Route 17 about three miles south of Streator. The driver of a semi-trailer owned by the hospital, David DeFrance of Canton, was eastbound on Route 17 when he failed to stop at the...

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Judge Seeks Narrowing of Sept. 11 Wrongful Death Suit

A judge is urging lawyers in the June trial of the only wrongful death case remaining from the Sept. 11 attacks to see if they can trim the number of defendants, but one lawyer cited lingering questions over how weapons made it onto the plane as a reason why a Boston airport might need to remain in the case. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein during a pretrial hearing last Friday invited an airport security company and the Massachusetts Port Authority to submit written arguments if they want to be eliminated as defendants in a case brought by the family of Mark...

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