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May 2013 Archives

Toddler with serious brain injuries receives settlement

When a person suffers a serious injury for any reason, like trauma to the brain, it can be a difficult and even tragic experience for that person and his or her family and loved ones. Although many times accidents happen, there are cases when these terrible situations can be avoided. If a person has suffered a brain injury in West Virginia because of the negligence or carelessness of an individual or business, that person or his or her loved ones may be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering caused by someone else's wrongdoing.

Defective vehicle engine leads to lawsuit

A product liability lawsuit has been filed against the Ford Motor Co. over allegations of defective engines in the auto manufacturer's vehicles. Three different owners of Ford vehicles have filed the lawsuit saying that the company's six-cylinder EcoBoost engine is defective and could lead to car accidents. 

Surgical robot device may be defective, harm patients

Technology is always advancing and in recent years, more hospitals have started to use robotic surgical devices for certain surgical procedures. One specific robotic surgical system, the da Vinci robot, has become popular in operating rooms and is actually the only device approved by the Food and Drug Administration for soft tissue surgeries including hysterectomies, organ transplants and other procedures in the U.S.

McDonald's and driver sued after West Virginia car wreck

If an employee of a company negligently crashes into a person's vehicle, causing injuries to that person, then it may be possible in a lawsuit to hold not only the negligent driver responsible, but also the driver's employer. A West Virginia lawsuit unfolding in Kanawha involves these factors.

West Virginia court rules in favor of tobacco companies

A product liability lawsuit in West Virginia against big tobacco companies shows the legal action victims of defective products can take against the companies who sell dangerous and unsafe products to consumers. In this case, hundreds of people in West Virginia filed a product liability lawsuit against five tobacco companies for designing a defective product and not informing consumers about the danger their products may pose.

Proposed bill would keep recalled rental cars off the road

Recalled vehicles pose many risks to consumers on the road, including the risk of being in a car accident. Many consumers in West Virginia may be unaware that under current laws, rental car companies are allowed to rent or sell vehicles that are part of an open recall made by the manufacturer. This practice puts many consumers' lives at risk when they rent a vehicle.

West Virginia family fights for justice after 2008 fatal crash

The years-long legal struggle for a family in Taylor County continues. A woman filed a lawsuit on behalf of her late husband's estate after he was killed in a motorcycle accident close to Pruntytown. The lawsuit was filed in 2010, but the fatal accident occurred in 2008.

Vehicles recalled due to defective airbags in West Virginia, US

Airbags are designed to deploy during a collision to protect passengers from traumatic injuries. Unfortunately, when airbags fail to deploy during a car accident, passengers can face serious and even fatal injuries. Airbags not deploying during an accident can be very dangerous but a recent airbag recall in the U.S. shows another devastating impact of defective airbags.

Man changing tire dies in truck accident

Given the sheer magnitude of payloads, the size of the vehicle and the types of loads tractor trailers carry, truck drivers in West Virginia and throughout the country are legally held to a higher standard of safety than other drivers. Unfortunately, not every driver of a large commercial vehicle exercises due caution while on the road.

West Virginia State Police defendant in car accident lawsuit

Police officers are tasked with protecting members of the public. In cases where a car accident occurs, those individuals involved typically contact local police who respond accordingly. What happens, however, in cases where a police officer is accused of causing a car accident?

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