Rollover Characteristics

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in Personal Injury Law | 0 comments

Of all the types of automobile accidents, rollovers are perhaps the most terrifying and most catastrophic overall. These accidents have a high potential for causing serious injury, particularly to the head and neck, and for throwing victims from the vehicle. In addition, they are also some of the most deadly types of accidents. According to several studies, rollovers are far more likely overall to end in a fatality than other types of automobile accidents (excluding motorcycle accidents). In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 9,873 individuals were killed in rollover accidents in the year 2000. In addition, studies have shown that of all vehicles, SUVs and vans are the most likely to be involved in a rollover accident, with Ford Explorers taking one of the top spots in such accidents. Because of this, research has been done into why these types of vehicles are more prone to rollovers and fatalities. The following is a list of the most common design problems and defects that cause rollover accidents to be more common and more dangerous:

High Center of Gravity The build of vans and SUVs makes them inherently top heavy. This high center of gravity is perhaps the main reason that a sudden swerve or tire blowout is more likely to pull the tires up on either the left or right side, sending the top heavy vehicle into a rollover in the blink of an eye.

Weak Roof Supports that Allow Roof Crush Because of their tendency to flip over, it is important that SUVs and vans have reliable roofs and roof supports. Unfortunately, many vehicles in this category fail miserably on this account. When the roof is crushed under the weight of the car, it often leads to severe head and neck injuries.

Lack of Reliable Door Latches Another reason for the high fatality rate in rollovers is weak door latches. When a rollover occurs, the impact on the car can cause the doors to pop open if they are not fixed with reliable latches. This increases the likelihood of a passenger ejection.

For information on how you or a loved one may be entitled to compensation from the vehicle’s manufacturer if you were involved in a rollover accident, contact a skilled accident lawyer today.

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Using An Expert Witness In Your Medical Malpractice Case

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in Law, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury Law | 0 comments

When patients go to the doctor or hospital for a diagnosis and to receive treatment they generally expect medical professionals to act responsibly the entire time they are under the doctor or nurses care. These medical professionals go through years of schooling and training to gain the knowledge and experience necessary for providing safe and effective care to every patient who walks through the door. Unfortunately, medical professionals make mistakes just like everyone else. However, unlike other mistakes, a doctors mistakes can cost someone his or her life.

When doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, surgeons, and other professionals make mistakes with diagnosis or during treatment, you could suffer life-altering consequences that may cost you dearly. If you have been injured due to a medical professionals mistakes, you may suffer physical injuries, emotional damages, as well as financial consequences.

The Expert Witness

According to the website of the Law Offices of Abel Law Firm, medical malpractice cases can be very complicated and involved. They can also be extremely difficult to win without the assistance of another doctor or other experts testimony. In many cases, the details of your injury and the care you were provided can be too complicated for common people to understand. An expert witness in your case can help with the following:

  • Discussing the standard of care and how a reasonable doctor would have acted
  • Explaining the doctors actions that breached the standard of care
  • Giving facts about your injury caused by the medical professionals negligence

An expert witness can also discuss other aspects of your case such as the expected cost of medical care and future costs. The term “expert witness” might seem a bit confusing. It is not a person who is an expert at being a witness, but rather a witness who is an expert in a required field whose testimony will be used to sway opinions in court.

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Vehicular Homicide

Posted by on Sep 4, 2012 in Law, Medical Malpractice, News, Personal Injury Law, Tort Litigation | 0 comments

There have been many new advances made over the years in automobile safety in an attempt to reduce the number of severe injuries and fatalities from car accidents. While these advances have been successful in lowering the rate of these tragedies, they have by no means been eliminated. The persistence of reckless driving is one of the reasons many of the most severe accidents continue to occur. When the result of the car accident is a fatality for anyone besides the at-fault driver, the person who caused the wreck may be held civilly as well as criminally liable for the death of that person. In reference to criminal charges, this is known as vehicular homicide when it involves intentional or reckless behavior. However, the families of victims are also allowed under intentional tort law to file civil charges against the other driver. A civil suit that results in compensation to the victims can provide the financial resources needed for medical expenses, funeral costs, and wrongful death damages.

What Qualifies as Vehicular Homicide

Vehicular homicide is defined by a certain type of negligent use of a motor vehicle which ends in the death of one or more individuals. By this definition, a person may be guilty of vehicular homicide for people in a separate vehicle, but also for people in the same vehicle. Types of negligent use of a vehicle that may qualify as vehicular homicide includes:

  • Drunk driving
  • Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
  • Reckless Driving
  • Distracted Driving
  • Speeding

These types of vehicular homicide cases are usually tried in civil courts as wrongful death suits. If someone you love was involved in a car accident that could be classified as vehicular homicide, you may need the help of an experienced attorney to help your family file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek the compensation you need. This can help you cover the cost of a funeral and make up for lost income.

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Propecia Body Disfigurement

Posted by on Sep 1, 2012 in Law | 0 comments

For many people, aging will naturally cause them to start losing their hair. Such effects are sometimes preventable through the use of prescription medications, such as Propecia. Unfortunately, recent studies have shown that Propecia is directly linked to severe health complications that could even cause body disfigurement. The active ingredient, finasteride, can cause a consumer severe harm rather than improving their quality of life as advertised. Unexpected side effects can have an adverse and lasting impact on someones life, potentially causing them significant physical trauma and financial burdens due to expensive medical treatments. Consumers who have been suffered harm from their prescription medication may find it necessary to take legal action to try and alleviate their losses.

Types of Disfigurement

Propecia changes the testosterone level in mens bodies in order to prevent hair loss. While it is not the only medication to affect testosterone levels, this one in particular does so in such as way as to create an imbalance in the endocrine system. An impaired endocrine system can have several severe effects on a persons body. Several of the ways in which an endocrine system damaged by Propecia might cause body disfigurement are as follows:

Shrinkage of the genitals sexual organs contract due to faulty regulation of testosterone

Penile fibrosis also referred to as Peyronies disease, this is a tissue disorder that may cause sexual and urological complications.

Gynecomastia the development of breasts in men

Pharmaceutical manufacturers are responsible for developing products that are safe for public use. When they fail to do so and release a medication such as Propecia, they may be liable for the injuries caused by their harmful drug.

Legal Options

If you are suffering from any of the side effects of Propecia, you should consider seeking legal representation from an attorney experienced with pharmaceutical defect cases in order to hold the manufacturer liable in a Propecia lawsuit.

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