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December 2016 Archives

Carnival's alleged dangerous property conditions cause injury

A woman in another state recently decided to take legal action against Carnival Corporation, which does business as Carnival Cruise Lines. She claimed that she slipped and fell on one of the company's ships during a cruise. If a business in West Virginia fails to keep up its property properly and a customer is injured as a result of its dangerous property conditions, the business may be held financially responsible for that customer's injuries.

Surgical errors lead to injuries, grounds for lawsuit

A man in a different state recently claimed that doctors incorrectly performed a procedure on him. He has, therefore, filed a medical malpractice suit against the physicians and the medical center. When surgical errors and other types of errors cause patients harm in West Virginia and elsewhere, these patients have the right to seek justice through the legal system.

Banning teens who are 14 years old and younger from using tanning salons is highly cost-effective, a new study finds

Banning teens who are 14 years old and younger from frequenting tanning salons-- and exposing themselves to cancer-causing ultraviolet rays--could save thousands of lives and millions of dollars in treatment costs, according to a new Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) study.

Defective products include bicycle lights and chain saws

A few products were recently recalled due to hazardous defects, with the recalls potentially affecting consumers in West Virginia. Among these products were bicycle lights and chain saws. If defective products cause customers harm, the manufacturers of these products may be held liable through the civil court system.

Traumatic brain injury victims benefit from quality sleep

For people in West Virginia and elsewhere who have serious injuries to their brains, researchers have identified a solid link between their recovery and their sleep patterns. Researchers completed a study involving 30 patients who were hospitalized for traumatic brain injury, both its severe and moderate forms. They learned through the study that a patient's brain function improves if his or her sleep quality improves.

Falls allegedly lead to man's death in nursing home

A nursing home in a different state was recently sued after being accused of being negligent and causing a man's death. The lawsuit was filed in late November. If a nursing home's carelessness in West Virginia allegedly causes the death of a patient due to falls or other similar problems, the patient's surviving family members have the right to seek justice through the civil court system.

Alleged surgical errors spark lawsuit following procedure

A man in another state recently claimed that he was injured in a medical procedure. He has therefore decided to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the medical center where the surgery took place. If a patient in West Virginia or elsewhere suffers injuries due to surgical errors, it is within his or her rights to try to hold the reportedly responsible medical facility and staff accountable.

Who is liable in a commercial truck crash and why?

All too often in West Virginia, we see commercial trucks, also referred to as semi's or 18 wheelers, create dangerous situations for other motorists. When a commercial truck crashes, it can cause a tremendous amount of damage to other vehicles and serious injuries to other motorists and passengers. While truck drivers are sometimes at fault, the legal responsibility for these crashes is not always placed solely on the driver. The question is who are the potential responsible parties when a large commercial truck is involved in a collision that causes serious injury? The answer, as it turns out, depends on the conditions leading up to a crash.

Alleged dangerous property conditions cause woman's fall

A woman in another state has claimed that she was injured at a market due to the business's negligence. The woman has filed a premises liability lawsuit against the company. If dangerous property conditions at a business cause injury to a customer in West Virginia or elsewhere, it is within the rights of the customer to take legal action.

Spinal cord injury victims may benefit from electroacupuncture

Spinal cord injuries can happen in a number of different ways. In West Virginia and elsewhere, victims could suffer the injuries in a motor vehicle accident or from a fall at a business, for example. A spinal cord injury can be life altering, but researchers recently revealed that acupuncture may be able to help those suffering from this type of injury. Electroacupuncture may be especially useful for injury victims.

Cuisinart food processor blades deemed dangerous products

Consumers in West Virginia might be impacted by a recent recall of food processor blades. The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the small kitchen appliance manufacturer Cuisinart recalled eight million of these dangerous products in the United States after consumers reported that they had found pieces of the blades broken in the food they had processed. Conair, which makes the food processors, received a total of 69 consumer reports.

Car Accidents & Children: What You Need to Know

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, automobile accidents are the leading cause of death among children in the United States. In 2013, the most recent year for which data is available, nearly 650 children were killed in car accidents. An additional 127,000 suffered injuries. Many of those injuries were extremely severe.

Defective medical devices include some hip implants

Two hip systems that patients in West Virginia may be using have been the subjects of several product liability claims due to their defects. Both of these defective medical devices, the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System, are metal-on-metal systems that have reportedly caused a wide range of health problems in patients. They have been linked to broken or dislocated hips, thyroid issues, kidney problems and heart and nerve issues.

Auto defects may spark recall, liability claim

Car crashes are the top killer of people under the age of 34 in the United States. However, removing automobiles with auto defects from the roadways in West Virginia continues to be a significant concern. and the rest of the country is one way to increase people's chances of avoiding injuries or death. An auto recall is one way in which to get unsafe vehicles off our roadways before they cause serious car accidents.

Traumatic brain injury may be closed or open

About 1.7 million deaths, visits to the emergency room and hospitalizations happen each year as a result of traumatic injury to the brain. A person in West Virginia can suffer a traumatic brain injury even if he or she is not traveling quickly when he or she hits a hard object. Brain injuries may result from work-related accidents, car accidents and falls.

Auto defects lead to recalls of Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs

Drivers in West Virginia may be affected by two recalls recently issued by Ford. The recalls were issued due to auto defects in more than 680,000 Lincoln MKZ and Ford Fusion sedans. Most of the vehicles might have issues that impact their seat belts, while a smaller number may have backseat issues.

Spinal cord injury patients may benefit from prosthetic

In the past, the ability to reverse paralysis seemed like a miracle. Now, that miracle is closer to becoming a reality. In the next few years, people with spinal cord injury in West Virginia and elsewhere might be able to reclaim control of their legs and start walking again.

Walmart's alleged dangerous property conditions cause fall

A man in a recent out-of-state case suffered injuries at a Walmart store. The accident reportedly happened due to dangerous property conditions at the store. If a person in West Virginia is injured due to a property owner's failure to keep up the property, he or she has the right to take legal action.

Many dangerous products may still be in consumers' homes

Several toys that were recalled due to defects between January 2015 and October 2016 may still be in people's homes throughout the United States, including in West Virginia. This information comes from a Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC, report about these dangerous products. Unfortunately, these products may cause harm to consumers, which is grounds for litigation.

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