Personal Injury Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 76

Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2011 – A charter bus rolled over in Austin, with early reports indicating all passengers onboard are injured and may have catastrophic head injuries. “Brain injuries are one of the worst personal injuries a victim can sustain as the result of an accident,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “Often they are life-altering and the person’s life will never be the same again. In this case, it all happened in the blink of an eye. One minute the bus was on the road, and the next […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2011 – Anoxic brain injury caused a man’s death after what should have been routine knee surgery. “In this reported case, the man went to an outpatient surgical center in Marietta, Ga. for what should have been routine knee surgery. It turned out to have been anything but routine. On his way home from the outpatient surgery, he suffered cardio-respiratory arrest, dying two days later, as the result of anoxia,” said Robert Webb, an Atlanta personal injury attorney with Webb & D’Orazio, a law firm specializing in personal injury, malpractice, criminal defense, and […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2011 – The highways of the nation are crawling with traffic. Just about seven out of every 10 vehicles is a big rig. “It is not much of a surprise that big rigs accidents are quite common, not when you have as many of them on the roads as the statistics indicate – just about seven out of 10 vehicles are 18-wheelers. The more of these big guys you have, the higher your accident rates,” said Michael G. Smith, an Arkansas injury attorney and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2011 – A 4-year-old who went to hospital for eyelid surgery was overdosed on halothane and stopped breathing. “This reported case was shocking in a number of ways. The first was that a 4-year-old was assigned to an uncertified nurse anesthetist for halothane administration, and not an anesthesiologist MD. The second was there was no crash cart in the operating room and no doctor available to give CPR. The true insult to injury is that the little boy was without oxygen for 15 minutes before he was taken to another hospital ER. The […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 22, 2011 – The Third District Appellate Court of Illinois upheld a trial court’s ruling that a tractor-trailer driver and her company’s affiliates were liable for the deaths of two men and serious injuries of another. DeAn Henry was driving a tractor-trailer full of potatoes on Interstate 55 in Plainfield, Ill., when she realized that several vehicles ahead of her were not moving. She tried to stop her truck, but was unable to do so. Henry crashed into multiple automobiles, killing Joseph Sperl and Thomas Sanders, and injuring William Taluc. She was due to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2011 – Asbestos exposure is dangerous. Few realize that secondhand exposure may also be deadly. “It’s a fairly well known fact that direct exposure to asbestos typically results in deadly diseases. What many don’t know or understand is that secondhand exposure may also result in death – a wrongful death,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. For people who work directly with asbestos, they run the very high risk of contracting mesothelioma and lung cancer. Mesothelioma, in particular, is highly aggressive and rarely leaves its victims […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2011 – Hurricane season is quickly approaching, so homeowners need to be aware of property concerns. Even if an owner’s property is not subject to flooding, winds can do damage. Many people have trees on their property, and in the eyes of legal and insurance experts, trees can be a huge liability. Some properties have withstood heavy rains and winds for decades only to sustain serious damage due to falling branches or trees. In the eyes of the law, a property owner must maintain his or her premises in a safe, hazard-free way. […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2011 – It is not rocket science to figure out that bikers will suffer horrendous injuries or death, if they are involved in a wreck. The lack of protection is the main reason. “If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident and actually walked away, albeit in rough shape, don’t think twice about hiring an Atlanta personal injury attorney with experience to help you get compensation for your injuries. You have rights and those rights need to be protected. Most of all, you have the right to claim for compensation for your injuries, more […]


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New Haven, CT (Law Firm Newswire) June 14, 2011 – Mark Hirschbeck is getting a little bit of his life back now that a settlement has been reached after years of wrangling with Wright Medical Technology and his former doctor, John Keggi. Hirschbeck was a Major League Baseball umpire for 15 years before he had to get hip replacement surgery. He did extensive research about the best doctors in the area before he chose Dr. Keggi, who recommended a ceramic hip replacement from Wright Medical. Yet a month after surgery, as Hirschbeck was at home watching TV, he heard a […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 13, 2011 – Statistics show that 16-year-olds are six times more likely to get in an auto accident than drivers over 30 years old. The Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection Act (STANDUP) plans to decrease deaths and injuries by setting national teen driving laws for all new teen drivers. Many states already have some form of graduated driver licensing laws, but standardization across the country is shown to save lives and money, say the STANDUP sponsors. “Over the last five years alone, over 40,000 teens have died in motor vehicle crashes and […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2011 – That 18-wheeler on the road takes up a whole lot of space. When small meets large, large wins and it is not pretty. “Did you know that just about every year fatal crashes involving big rigs go up by about 10 percent? Ten percent is a lot of seriously injured and dead people. Think about it. Just about one in eight deaths is caused by these behemoths. Overall, roughly four percent of all injuries as a result of a car wreck are caused by semis. Need I say more?” said […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) June 9, 2011 – Not all medical malpractice cases go to court. However, that option remains should settlement negotiations be a wash out. “When dealing with birth injuries, such as Erb’s palsy, the usual cause of this affliction is improper treatment by the doctor. That might include his or her failure to understand a C-section needs to be done because of the baby’s size, not delivering the baby properly in shoulder dystocia cases and/or using too much pressure on the baby’s head or shoulder during delivery,” said Christopher Mellino. Mellino is a Cleveland medical malpractice […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2011 – Tragedy randomly struck two families whose teenaged sons died at the bottom of the ocean. It is unclear what caused their deaths. “This reported case was a great shock to the two families involved,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “Two young men, ages 16 and 17, went missing from their charter boat on a diving expedition. They were subsequently found at the bottom of the ocean in full cardiac arrest.” The two were out for the day on an expedition to dive in […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 6, 2011 – A defective aircraft and wrongful death lawsuit will continue court proceedings in Illinois, ruled the Appellate Court of Illinois, First Judicial District, Sixth Division. Michael Russell flew an emergency medical service helicopter for Air Angels, Inc. throughout Cook County. He died when the aircraft he was piloting crashed. His family subsequently discovered that one of the helicopter’s drive-shaft bearings fractured, causing the tail rotor not to work. A French company, SNFA, made the allegedly defective part, and unsuccessfully tried to keep the case out of Illinois courts. SNFA makes custom tail […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) June 2, 2011 – Most slip and fall accidents happen when someone slips on something and hits the ground. Bravo Sports has turned that concept on its head with failing pogo sticks. “It had to happen. Someone creates a product that kids, and adults who feel like kids, use for the fun of it, and that defective product causes them to fall, putting them at risk for serious lacerations, head and spinal cord injuries and broken bones,” said Michael G. Smith, an Arkansas personal injury attorney and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law […]


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New Haven, CT (Law Firm Newswire) June 1, 2011 – The National Labor Relations Board is sending a powerful message to the nursing home operator HealthBridge Management that it unfairly fired then rehired 700 nursing home employees. The NLRB is pushing to make HealthBridge pay back wages to the workers and restore their seniority. A hearing on the wrongdoing is scheduled for the middle of July. The 700 workers did laundry and housekeeping services throughout six Connecticut nursing homes under the subcontractor Healthcare Services Group. Days after they were fired, they were rehired for lower pay and a lesser title. […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) May 30, 2011 – A patient diagnosed with cancer thinks the diagnosis should have come earlier. What do they do? Failure to diagnose is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. today. Failure to diagnose is also referred to as misdiagnosis or even wrong diagnosis, although misdiagnosis usually means a wrong diagnosis and the wrong treatment. Wrong diagnosis may also mean the wrong conclusion about a disease and the wrong treatment being prescribed. “What if this happened to you? What if you were diagnosed with cancer too late to do anything about […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 27, 2011 – Driving while drunk is illegal. It is just that simple. And yet, the number of drunk driving deaths continues to creep up every year. “There are a number of states that have zero tolerance laws when it comes to drinking and driving. That may involve staggering fines, suspended licenses, jail and perhaps community time. And yet, people keep drinking and driving, largely because they think the law does not apply to them, that they don’t have a drinking problem and that they can handle whatever they do drink. Wrong,” said Robert […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 25, 2011 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has started a new safety rating system for 2011 model year vehicles. The ratings involve tougher crash tests and crash warning systems, which provide consumers with one overall safety score. Passenger cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and pickups are all tested. The NHTSA admitted that most vehicles were getting a four or five star rating, so these new, stricter standards will show the differences more easily to the consumer. Four collision tests – frontal, side-impact, rollover and the new side pole collision – will […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 24, 2011 – Wrongful death cases may involve serious personal injuries to other victims. This case is a prime example. “Serious personal injury cases may involve a wrongful death and vice versa,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “Either victim may come to you seeking help in filing a lawsuit, it is just that in one instance the claim would be for damages for personal injuries to pay medical bills, etc., and in the other, it would a claim for economic compensation for the loss or injury […]


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