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A Lawyer’s Perspective on Suing Cruise Lines

I write frequently about legal issues concerning the cruise industry.  I was surprised at the number and tenor of the comments posted about my recent blog on Pre-Paid Alcoholic Drink Packages on cruises.... Link to Full Article

As firework laws are relaxed, injuries increase

Fireworks are synonymous with Fourth of July celebrations. But as entertaining as sparklers, bottle rockets and other consumer items can be, they're also responsible for many injuries, which can sometimes result in death.... Link to Full Article

Bicyclist sues over alleged injuries from accident on bridge

A bicyclist who claims she was injured when she was thrown to the pavement after her bike tire got caught in a groove on a bridge is suing the companies that designed and constructed it as well as the levee district where it is located.... Link to Full Article

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Over 3 million workplace injuries in the U.S.

According to the annual Survey of Occupational Illnesses and Injuries compiled by the BLS, there were 3.3 reportable workplace injuries per 100 workers during the year 2013. More than half of these injuries were serious events involving periods of time away from work, temporary work restriction, transfer to a new job or retraining for a different position. Nearly one out of every 100 American workers suffered a severe career disruption due to a job-related injury.... Link to Full Article

Children Hurt in Personal Injury Cases

Personal injury cases arise when a party’s negligence is responsible for another’s injury. Personal injury cases can be more complicated when children are the victims.... Link to Full Article

Common Causes of Summer Accidents

With the summer months come relaxation and recreation. Longer days allow for more adventures in the outdoors. Activities increase in proportion for most people. However, with the greater amount of activities comes a much higher degree of accidents. Safety and assistance to those injured during these months are important to family and friends. It is with safety guidelines and caution that most activities have fewer mishaps.... Link to Full Article

Common Questions Accident Victims Have

At Shapiro & Appleton, the sole legal focus our firm has is representing accident victims. Many victims have similar questions about how the personal injury legal process works. The following are some of the most common. For more detailed information and to find out how we can help, contact our office today.... Link to Full Article

Construction Worker Injuries and Your Legal Options

Construction jobs can be very dangerous. Heavy machinery. Working at heights on scaffolding or below ground in trenches. Using potentially dangerous tools and equipment. Even while surrounded by all of these hazards, however, you still have the right to expect that your workplace will be reasonably safe and that you’ll be protected from unnecessary risks and injuries.... Link to Full Article

Continued Fallout from Three-Year Delay to Recall Problematic Endoscopes

One distinct ‘added value’ of any lawsuit, regardless of genre or subject matter, is the unearthing of useful documentation during the discovery process. Such has been the case with an Endoscope lawsuit filed earlier this year in a Pennsylvania court against Olympus Corp. (Olympus), the manufacturer of an allegedly problematic duodenoscope thought to be at the center of serious infections.... Link to Full Article

Could Social Media Impact Your Personal Injury Claim?

The use of social media is becoming more and more common. In fact, as of January 2014, 74 percent of adults who used the internet also used social media sites, a Pew Research Center report found. (Since that time, it is estimated that that number has grown.) ... Link to Full Article

Cow-involved car wreck turns into bizarre lawsuit

A local man filed a negligence lawsuit after he suffered severe injuries when the truck he was riding in struck a wandering cow on the road. The lawsuit has become one of the most talked about cases in Texas, and one defense attorney hopes it will make the Supreme Court rethink a Texas law.
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Damages: How much is a Personal Injury Case Worth?

If you're considering filing a personal injury lawsuit over a car accident, slip and fall, or any other kind of injury, you may be wondering "What is my case really worth?" The answer comes down to "damages" -- figuring out what your injuries have cost you monetarily, physically, and mentally (and, in some cases, whether the defendant's conduct should be punished).... Link to Full Article

Despite High Rates of Nursing Injuries, Government Regulators Take Little Action

Just about everybody who has studied the hospital industry agrees that it needs to confront the epidemic that plagues many of its staff: Tens of thousands of nursing employees suffer debilitating injuries every year, mainly from doing part of their everyday jobs — moving and lifting patients. The problem is, nobody agrees how to get hospitals to take aggressive action.... Link to Full Article

Dog-Bite Lawsuits: What Happens If the Victim Was Partly at Fault?

If someone else’s dog bit you or caused another kind of injury, you may be thinking about filing a lawsuit or insurance claim to get compensation for your damages. If you do, the other side—the dog’s owner, the owner’s insurance company, or their attorney—will probably argue that you were at least partly responsible for what happened.... Link to Full Article

Dog owner, mail carrier settle suit over attack

Kristin Joachim had sought $183,000 in her lawsuit, which she filed last April in Lane County Circuit Court.

She alleged that she was delivering mail on Sandy Drive when a Siberian husky named Yukon waylaid her on April 14, 2012. Jill Cole was walking the dog and had a toddler on her hip when Yukon jumped on Joachim and “viciously attack(ed) her without provocation,” according to the suit.

Joachim claimed that she suffered a major facial laceration that tore partially through one of her lower eyelids and into her cheek.

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GM sued by New Orleans woman over faulty airbags

The plaintiff asserts that she purchased a 2005 Pontiac Grand GT at Ibrahim’s Autoplex in January 2012. She claims that as she was driving her vehicle in a safe and prudent manner on Jan. 3, 2014, the “Supplemental Inflatable Restraint” system malfunctioned and deployed the airbags, causing personal damages including a serious wrist injury.... Link to Full Article

Homeless vet could get $1M in injury suit but won’t go to court

Decorated war hero Anthony Franzese has at least a million dollars coming his way via a pending lawsuit against the East Village apartment complex that let the air conditioner topple out a window and onto his head in 2010.

But Franzese, 73, remains severely traumatized and is now insisting he wants nothing to do with the seven-figure negligence payout that would easily be his if he would just agree to come to court, his frustrated lawyer told The Post. 

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Horrific Theme Park Accident Lawsuit Loses on Appeal

To the other extreme is a man who suffered a horrific theme park accident. Carlos Ibanez was hit by a roller coaster in August 2008 at the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park located in Valencia, California. Ibanez suffered a traumatic brain injury in the roller coaster accident and sued Magic Mountain LLC for negligence. The first trial ended with a deadlocked jury. A second trial found in favor of Magic Mountain. Ibanez appealed, and earlier this month a California appeals court upheld the lower court ruling.... Link to Full Article

How Does International Law Affect Airplane Crash Liability?

Tragically, airplane crashes often result in catastrophic losses. Hundreds of people may die in a single incident. Those lucky enough to survive often suffer from debilitating injuries. When an airplane crash occurs, those affected may consider how to seek compensation for the losses that they have suffered. Airplane crash investigation and liability can often be complex.... Link to Full Article

How Personal Injury Lawyers Help Accident Victims

When a person is injured because of the negligence of another party, personal injury lawyers may be retained by the victim. Many personal injury lawyers take accident cases on a contingency basis, which does not require a payment of legal services unless the case settles or the jury awards a verdict. Consider the following ways that personal injury lawyers may be able to help your case.... Link to Full Article