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Supermarket store hit with second personal injury bill

Asda has been forced to payout yet more personal injury compensation to a shopper who slipped on discarded fruit and veg in the Rivergate store in Peterbrough. Jonathan West, partner and personal injury specialist at Graysons WE, has now agreed a substantial settlement with the supermarket for 74-year-old Patricia Hill who hurt her knee and ankle after slipping on vegetables in a non-fruit and veg isle while shopping in May 2008 – just 4 months after a similar incident at the same store. Supermarket store hit with second personal injury bill...

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel making big push for bike paths

Jim Freeman, a bike-riding attorney in Chicago who represents pedestrians and cyclists in personal injury cases, sees enforcement as the biggest factor that will make biking safe, to keep cyclists from ignoring traffic laws while keeping cars out of bike lanes. To alleviate the tension between bicyclists, pedestrians and drivers in Chicago, the Chicago Police Department needs to get aggressive with traffic enforcement, Freeman said. He'd like to see in Chicago what he has seen in Milwaukee -- cyclists getting pulled over for running a red light. Adolfo Hernandez, director of outreach and advocacy for Chicago's Active Transportation Alliance, said he believed...

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SAE International Releases New 3-Volume Book on Biomechanics of Head Injuries

SAE International released the 3-volume set Head Injury Biomechanics, edited by Jeffrey A. Pike, which is designed to aid those studying head injury from a broad range of causes, including transportation, falls, sports, personal violence, and blast-related. Nearly 50,000 Americans die from brain injuries annually, with approximately half of all traumatic brain injuries (TBI) being transportation-related. TBI is a critical and ever-evolving safety topic, with equally important components of injury prevention, consequences, and treatment. This compendium, available as individual volumes or as a set, includes three volumes: Skull Fracture, Brain Injury, and Mitigation. Each volume includes a new chapter that ties together...

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National Personal Injury Attorney Wendy Fleishman Comments On FDA Warning On Safety of Yaz Birth Control

Attorney Represents Women Across America in Yaz Injury Lawsuits Against Bayer NEW YORK, Sep 26, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a statement today that the FDA remains concerned, but has not yet reached a conclusion, about the potential increased risk of blood clots from Drospirenone-containing birth control pills such as YAZ, YASMIN, BEYAZ, and OCELLA, among others. Preliminary results from an FDA-sponsored study of 800,000 women taking birth control pills shows that there is a 1.5 increased risk among Drospirenone-containing pill users. To address these concerns, the FDA has scheduled an important meeting for December 8, 2011....

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How the Litigation Process Works for a Personal Injury Case

Litigation of a personal injury lawsuit can be a frightening prospect to people who have suffered an injury in any type of accident. This process can be made more complex when you are dealing with a serious injury, and trying to focus your attention on recovery. Knowing what the process entails can help alleviate some of this apprehension and give you a better idea of what may be required to get you the compensation you deserve. Link...

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Two more lawsuits filed in Indiana stage collapse

Two new separate lawsuits were filed Monday in connection with last August’s deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair. Both lawsuits were filed by the same lawyer, personal injury attorney Kenneth Allen of Valparaiso, Indiana. The first suit, filed in Monroe County Superior Court in Indianapolis, seeks compensation from the State of Indiana for the wrongful death of 29-year-old Christina Santiago of Chicago. Santiago entered into a civil union with her same-sex partner Alisha Brennon. Both attended the Indiana State Fair where the band Sugarland was about to take the stage when a fierce storm with high winds toppled the stage. Brennon...

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Bumper ban

You can’t buy crib bumper pads in Chicago: it’s become the first city to ban the sale of these soft pads that are tied onto the cribs slats and wrap around the inside of a crib. The city council approved the ban, citing the suffocation risk posed by bumpers and the lack of a federal ban despite reports of deaths, the Chicago Tribune reports. Stores that continue to sell bumper pads can be fined up to $500. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against using bumper pads, as does Consumers Union. We believe bumper pads are unnecessary and not worth the possible...

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Plant Must Disclose Data to Fight Cancer Lawsuit

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN CHICAGO (CN) - The parents of a girl who developed brain cancer can access over a decade of data on an Exelon power plant they claim discharged harmful radiation, a federal judge ruled, but the energy giant can withhold certain other information. Joseph and Cynthia Sauer say their daughter, Sarah, was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma, a highly malignant brain tumor, roughly three years after the family moved to Grundy County, where Exelon operates the Dresden Generating Station and Unitech Services Group has a nuclear facility. They claim that radioactive discharges from the plants traveled through the groundwater, causing Sarah's cancer. After...

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Chicago Law Firm

Jeffrey Friedman represents victims and their families in connection with all types of unfortunate accidents, such as car accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, as well as construction site accidents, premises liability, and other accidents caused by the wrongdoing of some other individual or company. Chicago Law Firm ...

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Judge OKs $5.9M settlement over fair credit act

September 8, 2011 By  Bethany Krajelis, Law Bulletin staff writer A federal judge has approved a $5.9 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit over the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The settlement is believed to be the largest settlement involving employment-related FCRA claims ever, said Christopher J. Wilmes, an associate with Hughes, Socol, Piers, Resnick & Dym Ltd., who serves on the legal team representing the plaintiffs. Wilmes said U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer on Wednesday put her stamp of approval on the settlement, nearly two years after the original class-action complaint was filed against First Student Inc., a school bus service operator,...

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3 settle injury lawsuits over Martha Stewart chair

By MICHAEL J. CRUMB Associated Press Published: Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 - 8:45 am DES MOINES, Iowa -- Three people whose fingers were snipped off or injured by Martha Stewart patio chairs have won settlements against her company and Kmart, which sold the furniture, their attorney said Thursday. Des Moines attorney Guy Cook declined to say how much the three - a young girl in Kentucky, a college student in Illinois and a retiree in upstate New York - were awarded at the settlement conference in Chicago on Monday. Their lawsuits claimed that the lounge chairs' legs are defective and snap forward, "serving...

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Wrong Patient and Procedure Study Shows Need for Better Oversight

Wrong Patient and Procedure Study Shows Need for Better Oversight According to Briskman Briskman & Greenberg CHICAGO, IL, Aug 12, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Wrong patient, wrong site and wrong procedure surgeries happen as much as 40 times a week nationwide, a new study by The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare shows. Eight surgery centers and hospitals around the country participated in the study. These problematic incidents are a result of miscommunication, distractions, scheduling and pre-operative processes, and not having all relevant staff participate in Time Out procedures, The Joint Commission said. Also, more errors were committed when more...

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Personal Injury Lawyers offer expert advice on whiplash claims

It is unfortunate fact of life that due to the increasing numbers of vehicles on the road, there are more and more accidents occurring on a daily basis. With this fact comes the undeniable fact that more and more injuries are sustained. One of the most common and prevalent injuries that occur on a regular basis are whiplash injuries, which involve an injury to the neck, usually caused by any impact from behind. As those who have suffered an injury such as this will testify, it can be painful and debilitating. Although the injury causes pain it also causes loss...

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3 Medical Care Mistakes to Avoid After an Auto Accident

Indianapolis - Car accidents are the most frequent cause of severe injury in the United States, according to a report from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Association. In Indiana, the number of auto accidents rose by 6.6% from 2006 to 2008. It adds insult to injury when these tragic accidents are the result of another’s negligent or reckless behavior. Indianapolis car accident lawyers can help. If you have been injured in one of the thousands Indianapolis accidents that occur each year, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries through the assistance of one of Indianapolis’ car accident...

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Know What to Expect in Your Texas Personal Injury Case

June 12, 2011 Learn more about the steps involved in a Texas personal injury lawsuit. Pre-filing Some important actions must be taken before a case ever reaches a courtroom. Usually, the instigating event behind a personal injury suit is some type of accident. After dealing with immediate medical needs, victims should contact a Texas personal injury attorney. You should carefully consider what kind of attorney you would like to retain, taking into account factors such as experience, location and fee structure. It is important to find your personal injury lawyer as quickly as possible: in Texas, the statute of limitations on personal injury claims...

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Caltagirone calls ‘fair share’ bill unfair to victims

A bill is making its way through the legislature that would significantly erode an injured person's ability to recoup damages awarded in a lawsuit. Today, I opposed legislation approved by the House Judiciary Committee known as the "Fair Share Act" that would repeal the joint and several liability law in Pennsylvania. The joint-and-several-liability law allows claimants to hold multiple parties liable for damages and restitution awarded by the courts, and makes sure injured people are not victimized again by the defendants' reluctance or refusal to pay. Link...

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Slip and Fall Accident Traps Man Overnight

New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman comments on the slip and fall accident that left a street sweeper trapped at the bottom of a debris-filled drywell for over seven hours. The incident reminds New York personal injury lawyer Perecman of a similar case he handled a few years ago when a construction worker fell into an unsecured hole. Perecman's case was settled at the trial for $2,100,000 According to the New York Post, Joe Hranicka, the victim of the New York slip and fall accident, left his truck to move a large piece of plywood board that looked like trash. New York...

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Can a fall lead to a lawsuit?

By Heather Nolan In efforts to curb frivolous law suits, a bill, recently signed by Rick Perry, will require the some civil plaintiffs to pay the defending attorneys fees if they lose in court. It's Sunday afternoon and you're on your weekly grocery store trip. A few seconds before you make the turn into the condiment aisle, a clumsy shopper knocks a jar of pickles onto the floor. You turn the corner, don't see the juice, step in it and land flat on your back. Did you just fall into a lawsuit? That depends. Unless the evidence against the store is overwhelming, plaintiff's attorneys say...

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Personal injury suit against Rosewood Care Center

Trial opens with nurse's testimony in personal injury suit against Rosewood Care Center 6/21/2011 2:21 PM By Amelia Flood Plaintiff Delia Marguerite Giannini is suing the nursing home for damages in excess of $75,000 and other damages. The trial testimony of a nurse began the plaintiff's case in a personal injury suit filed against Rosewood Care Center Inc. by a former resident who claims to have fractured her leg after a fall. Former Rosewood nurse Janet Holcomb gave testimony about the plaintiff's fall risk and the nursing home's procedures to prevent falls at the beginning of the plaintiff's case after closing arguments concluded Tuesday...

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Endsleigh warns Leisure Trusts at risk from personal injury claims

by Brian Turner A new report published today by Endsleigh, the specialist insurance broker for leisure trusts, warns trusts that they could be liable should a customer injure themselves on a piece of faulty gym equipment. The report highlights that under the terms agreed between some leisure trusts and companies leasing gym equipment, it is the trust and not the supplier who would be liable to meet the costs brought by an injured customer due to a fault on the part of the manufacturer. Endsleigh warns that costs could end up being in the tens of thousands...

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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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Lawsuits Claim Real Housewives of New Jersey Cast & Crew Attacked Two Chicago Men

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 13, 2011 Corboy & Demetrio coordinated the simultaneous filings of lawsuits, in New York and Miami, naming various individuals and entities allegedly responsible for the February 23, 2011 beating of two Chicago men, Adolfo Arreola and Jason Gomez. Gomez and Arreola were allegedly attacked by members of the Cast and Crew of The Real Housewives of New Jersey while they vacationed at the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, according to the lawsuits. The beating allegedly occurred after one of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Theresa Giudice, sprayed champagne into the eyes of Arreola’s mother-in-law, Yolanda...

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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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Home Insurers Kick Around Cyberbully Coverage

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox In recent years, a number of tragic cases have captured the public's attention in which teenagers committed suicide after being taunted, harassed or shamed, due to invasions of privacy on sites like Facebook, MySpace and YouTube. If you have a teen or a college student who is fond of social networking, the rise of cyberbullying is enough to give you gray hair. But now there's another reason to fret over the rise of online intimidation: It could subject your family to expensive lawsuits. And incidents of cyberbullying may not be covered by your liability insurance. Effective this fall, "cyberbullying" is...

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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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