Multidistrict Litigation: a Primer

When a large number of people have been harmed in a similar manner by the same defendant, it is common for a few representative plaintiffs to file a single class action lawsuit. This makes sense when the degree of harm is similar across the board. But when each plaintiff has different injuries and unique expenses, […]

Auto Safety Regulations: Are They Safe Enough for You?

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has often mandated improved safety features such as airbags for newly manufactured vehicles. Currently, the NHTSA is negotiating on the newest lineup of non-mandated safety features which includes automatic emergency braking systems, backup cameras, electronic stability control, ejection mitigation, occupant crash protection, and roof crush resistance. Despite clear evidence […]

Hit and Run Accidents

Hit and runs are more common than we’d like to think. Throughout the country, this type of accident occurs with increased frequency. Between 2009 and 2011, there was a 13.7 percent increase in hit and run accidents. And the problem is more severe in metropolitan areas, especially those with extremely dense traffic. Los Angeles, for […]

What Is Preemption?

After Diane Levine had her forearm amputated due to a botched intravenous (IV) push, the world was abuzz about a fairly basic concept in tort and personal liability law – a concept known as preemption. Levine, who suffered from migraines, took Demerol for pain and Phenergan for nausea. The Phenergan could be administered in one […]

Leaving the Hospital: What You Should Know

Being discharged from the hospital is often what you look forward to most about your hospital stay. You can finally rest at home without machines beeping constantly and staff waking you for testing and blood draws. However, what you should be aware of is that transitioning from the hospital to home care can be one […]

Preventing Medication Errors: What You Can Do to Help

  Medication errors are a far too common kind of medical malpractice. Errors in the type and dosage of medication can cause serious injury and even death in some patients. A recent Penn State survey reported that one-third of respondents in Pennsylvania had experienced a preventable medication error themselves or in their family. Although you […]

Pain and Suffering When You Sue a Hospital

Medical malpractice lawsuits against hospitals typically involve damages for pain and suffering. In fact, you may find that your pain and suffering means more to you than your economic damages. As part of your non-economic damages, pain and suffering may or may not be limited in your state. You’ll need the help of an experienced […]

Preventing and Dealing With Drowning Accidents

It’s a tragic affair to lose a loved one to accidental drowning. The sad fact is it’s a relatively common cause of death, not just in the US but around the world. Given the widespread nature of this issue, it’s important to take the proper precautions to protect you and your loved ones. And if […]

The Very Real Problem of Nursing Home Abuse

  The scary, unavoidable fact about nursing homes is that once elderly patients are admitted, they are subject to the risk of abuse. There are a number of reasons for this. For one, those who live in such conditions must rely on caregivers for almost every aspect of daily life. Residents rely on the nursing […]