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Damages Available in Personal Injury Cases

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The value of your case is ultimately determined by what a jury is willing to award, but a jury can only award damages if you ask for them. That's why it is important to have an experienced attorney who can help you identify and articulate the various types of damages you are entitled to.

Nursing Home Operators to Pay $1.25M for Substandard Care

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A Georgia-based non-profit and associated companies have agreed to pay $1.25M for claims that they provided effectively worthless services to residents in a Mississippi nursing home. The lawsuit was filed against nursing care conglomerate owners, Julie and Douglas Mittleider, and their companies for rendering prison-like conditions to elderly residents. A string of former complaints, and even a state-wide ban in Massachusetts, precedes the Mittleiders' reputation for providing substandard care that has left residents severely injured and dead.

Children Seriously Injured by Golf Carts

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A new study presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 & Exhibition in Chicago September 18, 2017, shows that an increase in the use of golf carts off the course has caused a significant number of children to be harmed.

Traumatic Injuries to Children May Cause Long-Term Behavioral Effects

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According to studies conducted by the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, traumatic events experienced by children, including injuries, can have long-term effects on a child's physical and behavioral development. The old axiom is that trauma to young children has no lasting effects because they are too young to remember the event. However, recent studies demonstrate that young children, including infants, are even more at risk than older children and adults because of their developing brain.

Fifth Circuit Holds That Limitations Tolling Statute Means What It Says

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In a brief per curiam opinion on November 22, the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals made what, perhaps, should have been an obvious ruling: that where a Texas limitations tolling statute does not contain an exception, a federal judge cannot simply create one. However, in Clyce v. Butler, the trial judge decided otherwise, and was reversed by the Fifth Circuit.

Takata Takes Its Time with Deadly Airbag Recall

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Despite a finding that Takata airbags are prone to dangerous explosions when deployed, the Japanese auto supplier, Takata, and the auto industry as a whole have been slow in their widespread recall. This slow recall poses a deadly threat to millions of drivers and passengers.

Residents Sue Nursing Home After Abandoned During Fire

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Four residents of Villa Capri assisted living center have sued the facility and alleged that on October 9, 2017, they were abandoned by the facility's staff when a firestorm forced an evacuation. The suit alleges that the residents, along with "other residents in wheelchairs, and other residents with dementia who were physically and cognitively incapable of escaping a burning building without assistance," were left stranded. The suit names Oakmont Senior Living and Oakmont Management Group as the defendants.

Common Causes of Trucking Accidents

truck-driver.jpgAccidents involving semi-trailer trucks are often catastrophic due to the size and power of these vehicles. The result can include not only extensive property damage, but also devastating injuries to those involved.

A look at some common causes of truck accidents include:

Woman Lost All Her Limbs Due to Flesh Eating Disease

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A woman in Canada gave birth in March and didn't seem to face any complications. She returned to the hospital the day after bringing her baby home and complained of stomach pains. She was told by her doctors that her stomach ache was a result of constipation, and she was sent home. The next day, she was rushed into emergency surgery due to a dangerous flesh-eating disease. She was then diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, which is an infection that results in the death of the body's soft tissue. Necrotizing fasciitis is a severe disease of sudden onset that spreads very quickly and usually enters the body through a break in the skin, such as a cut or burn. Unfortunately, the woman has had to go through multiple surgeries and has had her legs and arms amputated to prevent the spread of the infection. The woman remains mostly bedridden at the hospital several months later. She is now suing the hospital and the negligent doctors for not properly assessing her and for misdiagnosing her. She believes that if they had done their jobs properly when she first came in with symptoms, most of the damages could have been prevented and her limbs may have been spared from amputation.

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