Monsanto Roundup Verdict

Roundup manufacturer Monsanto ordered to pay nearly $290 Million verdict.

Monsanto Roundup Verdict: Weeds with yellow flowers.
Photo by Mihail Ribkin on Unsplash

In a noteworthy case, according to San Francisco’s CBS affiliate (KPIX 5), a jury has awarded a groundskeeper for the Benicia Unified School District nearly $290 Million. The award is to be paid by Monsanto for the reason that it is the manufacturer of the popular herbicide which was used… “Roundup”.

Groundskeeper for the school district

Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, groundskeeper for the school district claimed the chemical ‘Glyphosate’ found in “Roundup” gave him the terminal non-Hodgkins lymphoma which has left 80% of his body covered in lesions.

Furthermore, Mr. Johnson said the lesions were due to the fact he sprayed 150 gallons of “Roundup” 20-30 times per year for the 4 years he worked as a groundskeeper for Benicia Unified School District.

“I figured if it could kill weeds it could kill me,” said Johnson. “I took it seriously. That’s why I wore anything I could to protect myself.”  Said a quote from Mr. Johnson in the news article from (KPIX 5).

Compensated Figures

Typically lawsuits of this nature will have compensated Dollar amounts assigned to different types of losses.

Economic Loss and Non-Economic Loss. As you would imagine, economic losses are for specific things like lost wages or actual incurred ‘costs’ such as medical expenses. They will almost certainly include future or anticipated losses of the same kind.

A non-economic loss is far harder to assess losses to. Typically such losses as pain-and-suffering, disfigurement and or disability, loss of reputation, loss of the ability to enjoy life consequently as the plaintiff once did.

Applied awards

Here’s how the Monsanto “Roundup” jury verdict applied awards to the losses:

  • $819,882 for loss of past earnings.
  • $1,403,327 in future earnings.
  • $4 million in past non-economic losses.
  • $33 million in future non-economic losses.

Finally, when it came to punitive damages:

Mr. Johnson’s attorneys had sought after $387 Million. Despite their request, the jury finally awarded only $250 Million in punitive damages to Mr. Johnson.

 

Monsanto Statement

Scott Partridge, Monsanto’s vice president, said in a statement that the company will appeal the decision. A USA TODAY article reported: “We are sympathetic to Mr. Johnson and his family,” Partridge said. But he added, that the court decision, “does not change the fact that more than 800 scientific studies and reviews . . . support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Mr. Johnson’s cancer.”

From a legal point of view, it’s very difficult for an appellate court judge to overrule a jury decision. What seems far more likely is the award amounts could be reduced.

Finally, if you or someone you love has been injured or catastrophically killed by the negligence of a careless individual or company. Or possibly, one of its products…First of all, call our Dallas Law Firm today. Set up a no-charge consultation with personal injury & wrongful death lawyer Dan StreetSubmit a case by clicking here.

Update: 

SAN FRANCISCO — A Northern California judge on Monday upheld a jury’s verdict that found Monsanto’s weed killer caused a groundskeeper’s cancer, but she slashed the amount of money to be paid from $289 million to $78 million.

 

 

Back to School

Young boy headed back to school wearing his backpack.

Back to School

Another summer is over and it’s back to school for many children. An exciting time, full of awe and for some –  anxiety. New friends, new teachers, new curriculum and tests, tests, tests.

But walking to school can be a hazardous and even a tragically fatal experience, take a few minutes to talk to your child or children about road safety even if they ride the school bus or your teen drives themselves.

Transportation-Related Fatalities

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration between 2006 and 2015 over 300 children were killed in fatal “transportation-related crashes“. NHTSA has suggested the following safety tip to help them stay S.A.F.E. traveling to and from school.

When riding the bus:

  • Stay 5 giant steps away from the curb
  • Always wait for the bus driver to tell you when to board.
  • Face forward after finding a seat on the bus.
  • Exit the bus when it stops, look left-right-left, and take five steps away from the bus toward the curb.

When walking to school:

  • Children under 10 years old should be accompanied by an adult. Teach your children to always:
  • Use the sidewalk whenever possible, and if there isn’t a sidewalk, walk on the edge of the street facing traffic.
  • Focus when walking near traffic – this is no time for horseplay.
  • Use crosswalks whenever they are available to cross the street.
  • Look left-right-left before crossing any street.

When biking to school: 

What a fun and awesome time it is when you get to ride your bike to school. In addition to making certain the bike is safe to ride make sure the following guidelines are followed (and see our post on bike safety):

  • Always wear a properly fitted helmet and securely fasten the chin strap.
  • Ride in the same direction as traffic and follow traffic signs and signals.
  • Stay in the bike lane whenever possible.
  • Use the sidewalk appropriately and keep an eye out for other pedestrians.
  • Never use electronics while riding – they are distracting.

When driving to school:  

Among all drivers, teenagers are the most distracted age group that are involved in fatal automobile accidents says the NHTSA. As you can already predict, texting is by far the most common cause of distracted driving among teens. Taking one’s eyes off the road for 5 seconds at 55 mph is the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. In just 2015 alone almost 3,500 people were killed by distracted driving and 391,000 were injured.

  • Have a safe driver behind the wheel.
  • Do not let the car move until everyone’s seat-belt is buckled up.
  • Use appropriate car seats and booster seats for younger passengers, and remember: every child under 13 must ride in the back seat—no exceptions.
  • Finally, remember that the phone stays down when you’re driving!

Importance of road safety.

Parents, talk to your children about the importance of road safety, don’t just quiz them on if they have all their supplies in order, who their new teachers are, who their new friends are… Be certain to talk to them about a safe journey to and from school.

Our thanks go out to the NHTSA for the publishing of their article on back to school safety. Read the entire article here.

STREET LAW FIRM Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Attorneys have been honored to help our community and clients for over 35 years. Dan Street has personally earned our clients tens of millions of dollars in awarded resolutions. A no-fee consultation appointment is available by contacting us here or by submitting your case here.

Ten Best Personal Injury Attorneys

American Institute of Legal Counsel

Plaque displaying ten best Personal Injury Attorneys. Dan Street is named.

Ten Best Personal Injury Attorneys.

There are over 100,000 practicing attorneys in the State of Texas.  Recently, The AILC named Dan Street as one of the ten best Personal Injury Attorneys in the State of Texas for 2018.

Each year, their Personal Injury Division compiles an exclusive and noteworthy list of the ten best attorneys for each State.  Their list is particularly beneficial to potential new clients like you, who use the Institute’s website when looking for a top attorney.  The award is an honor for Dan and any attorney whom it is awarded to because of the following.

  • Dan was chosen or formally nominated by either the Institute, a client, and or a fellow attorney.
  • It acknowledges that Dan has attained the highest degree of professional achievement in his field of law.
  • Finally and above all, Dan was required to have an impeccable Client Satisfaction rating.

Press release to the local media

The Institute, in a press release to the media, which included both local TV. stations and internet search engine giants (Google and Bing). It said that Dan was selected for this honor and was scored according to the following criteria as part of the selection process.

  • Dan was required to have a 10 out of 10 in client satisfaction score.
  • He had to be seen in his field as a top-rated lawyer.
  • That Dan must be an industry leader.
  • It required Dan to have no unresolved complaints.
  • Any awards that Dan had previously received.
  • Associations that Dan is a part of.
  • Publications Dan has written (here’s one).
  •  Any speaking engagements Dan has ever hosted.
  • And finally, continuing legal education.

STREET LAW FIRM with Dan Street at its helm has been in the business of providing exceptional client service for over 35 years.  The Institute was proud to recognize Dan Street as one of Texas’ ten best personal injury attorneys. (We’re pretty proud he was too.)

Finally, have you or maybe a loved one been Injured in a car wreck? Or similarly, have you been hurt in a fall?  Or worse, has someone you love been killed or catastrophically injured by the negligence of an individual or company. If so, then please Contact Dan at 972-404-8585 for a free consultation.

Furthermore, Dan Street takes all personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis.  As a result, that means you don’t have to come up with any money up front, and if Dan does not win your case for you, you don’t pay!

Also, if you would prefer you can submit your case for free by clicking here.

 

 

Untimely and Inaccurate Medical Diagnoses

Untimely and Inaccurate Medical Diagnoses: Stethoscope, blood pressure gauge, needle pills and vial, staged together for a photo.

Untimely and inaccurate medical diagnoses are often tragic.

A timely and accurate diagnosis can honestly be the difference between your life and your death. It doesn’t matter whether we are talking about the brakes on your car or your general healthcare.

Doctors are trained to diagnose conditions as soon as possible. While that’s quite a task, ultimately their experience and training will produce the best results. However, a lack of experience and training, will slow the process and could lead to a misdiagnosis. Moreover, even some of the best trained and most experienced doctors can make mistakes, it’s human nature, but now, it’s also a possible medical malpractice case when they do

Accurately and timely diagnosing

Accurately diagnosing your cancer in its early stages can often lead to treatment that may cure you, if caught early enough. Diagnosing strokes and heart attacks early, will too. Opening those accurate and timely doors to you receiving the exact treatment needed to save your life is, well, vital.

What about HIV

What about HIV? A Boston man, Sean Stentiford, recently received an $18.4 million award from a medical malpractice lawsuit. Why? Mr. Stentiford’s HIV had accelerated because it wasn’t diagnosed early enough to be able to timely treat his condition.  Mr. Stentiford claimed his neurologist canceled a test that could have diagnosed his HIV more timely. The neurologist did so because he didn’t think there was a risk for HIV.

That’s horrific.  However, the saddest part is, it would have turned out wholly differently if he had received an accurate and more timely diagnosis of his HIV.

If you need help with HIV, contact HIV services in Dallas.

Sounds like you need anti-freeze

Clearly, untimely and inaccurate medical diagnoses are hazardous ingredients to your health recovery in life-threatening cases. While sometimes they’re not always discovered, at other times it’s obvious that symptoms were overlooked. Squeaking brakes on your car are not indicative of your anti-freeze being low. Refreshing your anti-freeze levels while ignoring your noisy brakes would be negligent if you were a mechanic. Or could be considered a malpractice if it were a doctor making a similar mistake in your healthcare.

Medical Malpractice Caps in Texas

The maximum payouts (caps) for Medical Malpractice lawsuits in Texas are designed to prevent lawsuit damages from getting too high. Lawsuit damages fall into two categories, economic damages, and non-medical damages. The medical malpractice caps are only enforced on non-economic damages.

  • Economic Damages: Are related to your medical bills and expenses, past lost wages future lost wages things that are easy to put a dollar amount to.

 

  • Non-Economic Damages: Are related to items such as your pain-and-suffering, or mental anguish, or disfigurements, or impairments. Such damages are much harder to assess and put dollar amounts on.

How the caps work in Texas

So, non-economic damages in Texas are capped to a single hospital’s negligence at $250,000 and two or more hospital’s negligence have a $500,000 cap.

Negligence of Doctors, Nurses, Physicians, Pharmacists, aids or basically any human healthcare providers as opposed to non-human providers ie. hospitals have a $250,000 cap total, regardless of the number of individual doctors etc that were party to the negligence. It also includes the number of plaintiffs in the same case, for example, the pain-and-suffering of the spouse and children. It all has a global cap of $250,000 for the entire non-economic damages and everyone who has suffered them.

Confused? Don’t worry, it IS confusing. Help, however, is just a phone call away…

Dan Street is a qualified and an experienced medical malpractice attorney in the Dallas area. Dan has received awards for his clients in excess of tens of millions of dollars in the 36 years he has been practicing law. There is never a fee from STREET LAW FIRM until Dan successfully resolves your case. Contact our office if you or a loved one feel your medical case has been acted upon negligently or irresponsibly.

Amazon Workplace Injuries

Amazon Workplace Injuries

Amazon Workplace Injuries: Amazon delivery box robot
Photo by Hello I’m Nik on Unsplash

 

Delivery to your door within 2 hours comes at a price.

Having items delivered to your door within 2 hours of ordering them is a modern miracle. But it is taking its toll on Amazon’s warehouse staff and delivery personnel. That toll is being seen in a steep rise of Amazon workplace injuries. From tripping, falling, slipping, lifting, pushing, pulling, reaching, at places such as the shipping and receiving docks. Injuries and deaths involving fork-lift trucks, conveyor belts, storage accidents, to injuries that occur just as a result of overall manual shipping and handling methods.

  • On September 23, 2017, PhillipTerry, 59, was killed when his head was crushed by a forklift at an Amazon warehouse in Plainfield, Indiana.
  • On Sept. 19, 2017, Devan Michael Shoemaker, 28, was killed when he was run over by a truck at an Amazon warehouse in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

With strict delivery times come strict work checking, right down to the number of bathroom breaks you can take in a day. Amazon has even patented a wristband that tracks its warehouse workers’ hand movements!

Meaning if you don’t meet their quotas, or you are found to be inefficient or ineffective in your warehouse duties you will likely be let go. However, when you are meeting Amazon’s quotas and expectations of their fulfillment jobs, your body and health are put at significant risk. In part due to the stressful, demanding daily working conditions, one must suffer through as an employee.

Using A. I. Robotics

In an effort to minimize many of the injury risks to you its employee, Amazon is using A. I. robotics to help employees in the order filling process. This action is helping to put you at less risk of a personal injury.

At one time, Amazon hired over 800,000 warehouse employees, many of them have now been replaced by A.I. robotics. Amazon appears to be going to every length to ensure the safety and health of its workers. However, Amazon workplace injuries are still happening at rates higher than usual. Amazon still has around 125,000 warehouse workers exposed to the said heightened risks to your body and your overall health.

The Darker Side

The darker side of Amazon’s working conditions is also as deeply troubling as how awe inspiring Amazon’s A. I. robotics are.

In an article by The Guardian, in April 2018, it found Amazon’s warehouses were listed on the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health’s “dirty dozen” list of most dangerous places for you to work in the US. For example in Seattle, WA. seven workers have been killed at Amazon warehouses since 2013 – including three workers within five weeks at three separate locations in 2017.

Too young for back problems

After injuring his back, one worker was being told by his superiors he was too young to have back problems. Other injured workers complain of their paperwork being held up so they can’t get the proper treatment they need. Or worse, not being given any paperwork at all. There is doubt whether Amazon, in general, is doing all they possibly can to ensure the health and safety of their employees. While, it’s not humanly possible to manage all the claims and injuries that having so many warehouse fulfillment workers are going to bring, but they clearly need to do more to protect you at work.

Injured on the job at Amazon

Have you or a loved one been injured on the job at an Amazon workplace in Texas? First of all, get some legal advice. We suggest you contact us at STREET LAW FIRM. (We are not associated with Amazon in any way.)
The legal team at our Dallas offices are led by Dan Street who is a proven personal injury lawyer. Dan has earned for his clients tens of millions of dollars over the 35 years he has been in practice.

Do not

Let Amazon talk you into using one of Amazon’s doctors or agree to mediation before talking to an attorney. Do not sign anything without you first talking to our office or to another legal firm.

What you must do

Notify your supervisor of your injury in writing, right away. Seek medical treatment for your injuries, as soon as possible, from a doctor of your choosing. Furthermore, the staff at our office can advise you if you need us to. Just give STREET LAW FIRM a call at 972-404-8585 or Toll-Free at 866-529-3737)

Finally, remember there are no up-front costs or out of pocket expenses until your personal injury case has been successfully resolved. Give us a call.

Also, you can submit your Amazon workplace injuries case using our form here.

Painkillers

Painkillers Can Be Deadly

Painkillers can be deadly: Bags of seized Black-Market Fentanyl.

Opioids

First of all, as powerful painkillers, opioid drugs are used to treat those of you suffering from great pain. Including when you are recovering from surgery and when you have chronic long term pain, and furthermore, to treat some cancer patients.

However, According To The FDA

Every day, 60 people die from opioid painkiller overdoses. That’s 22,000 people every single year. Furthermore, four out of the six most deadly pre­scription painkillers given to Americans like you are powerful painkill­ers known as opioids.

Similar to heroin, opioids are related to the opium that comes from poppies. Opium has long been known for its painkilling ef­fects. Modern opioids, however, are up to 100 times more potent and are therefore much more dangerous.

Certainly, all of these drugs including oxycodone (aka oxycontin), fen­tanyl, morphine, and methadone, have legitimate medical uses. Yet each and every one of them have all been proven to be very deadly for you. Fentanyl is possibly the worst of all of them.

Painkillers don’t kill the pain. They kill people

“Painkillers don’t kill the pain. They kill people,” says  Dr. Don Teater, a National Safety Council medical advisor. People think taking opioids is the best way to treat pain. But the reality is, other non-addictive medicines are just as effective, including many over the counter drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen.

Opioids Are Overprescribed

However, opioids are overprescribed by doctors, leading to your possible addiction to the opioids. Even if properly prescribed, accidental misuse of these drugs is common and can, as a result, end in a deadly overdose for you or a loved one.

The lifetime odds of you being killed by opioid usage is 1 in 109. Right behind the chances of you being killed in a motor vehicle accident, which is 1 in 102 odds of it being the cause of your death.

Overdosing

Furthermore, your overuse of, or overdosing on any of these drugs can cause you to stop breathing or respiratory depression. Both of which can very easily lead to your death.  Finally, these drugs will have other side effects on you. Side effects which can get even more harmful and worse the longer you use them.

How to get help

If you have been harmed by using these opioids or someone you know has died or suffered some other bad outcome from using them, contact usYou may be eligible to file a lawsuit and be compensated for your losses.

Remember there is never a charge to contact a lawyer with STREET LAW FIRM.

Also, If you feel you or a loved one needs help with an opioid addiction problem click here.

Mosquito Bite

Employer Responsible For Dangerous Mosquito Bite

A mosquito bite to someone's arm. Zoomed in close up.

West Nile Virus

As a general rule, employers have a duty to pro­vide their employees with a safe place to work. A recent mosquito bite case may help define just how far that duty goes.

The suit was brought by a worker who had been bitten by a mosquito. Unfortunately, the mosquito-carried the West Nile Virus and the worker contracted encephalitis. As a result, he suffered a severe loss of cognitive function, and he can no longer walk without a cane.

He Sued His Employer

He sued his employer, a rail­road. The evidence showed that the railroad knew of the dangers mosquitos presented but that it had neither warned the employees nor provided those who were working outside and around mosquito-in­fested areas with bug spray.

The railroad argued that there was no evidence showing that the worker had got a mosquito bite while work­ing, that it had no duty to protect its employees from “wild” animals, and that in any case, the danger that someone working outside might be bitten by a mosquito is well known.

$780,000 Settlement

The parties initially had trouble finding 12 jurors willing to consider whether the employer should be held liable, but once the jury was seated, the trial took just a few days. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the worker for over $780,000.

If you have suffered a personal injury at your place of work, you need to protect your rights and contact an attorney as soon as possible. A personal injury lawyer at the STREET LAW FIRM can evaluate your case at no cost to you. If we determine you have a personal injury claim, we will handle your case aggressively. You pay absolutely nothing unless we win your personal injury case. Contact our Dallas Law Firm today.

Above all, mosquitoes can spread deadly viruses, learn how to prevent mosquito bites from the Centers for Disease Control.

Smartphone Distractions

Smartphone Driving Distractions: smh

Talking on the phone.  Sending a text. Using your GPS. Adjusting your stereo. Talking to passengers. All of these things can lead to smartphone dis­tractions.

Distracted driving is dangerous, claiming 3,450 lives in 2016 alone

Distracted driving occurs when a driver is trying to do something else while driving.  Lacking the ability to give his or her full attention to the road. Some may see these distractions as trivial. The National Highway Traffic Safety Admini­stration  however, estimates that 9% of all traffic deaths (3,000 out of 33,000) are caused by distracted drivers.

Given that new technologies like cell phones and GPS  systems are a common source of distrac­tions. In 2010, 13% of the distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes were between  15 and 19 years old. However, teenagers are not the “only culprits–48% of young driv­ers saw their parents talking on the phone while driving. Another 15% saw their parents texting while driving.

Many of these crashes involved sending or receiving a text. Looking at the average text takes your eyes off of the road for almost five sec­onds. At 55 miles per hour,  this is the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field without looking where you’re going.

A number of different ap­proaches are being taken to try to reduce the amount of distracted driving.  Many states have enacted laws forbidding texting while driv­ ing and all cell phone usage by novice drivers, and several states limit cell phone usage for all drivers to hands-free devices so that the driver can keep his or her eyes on the road.

Vehicular Manslaughter

Some states are enforcing their vehicular manslaughter laws against those who kill someone  be­ cause they were driving while dis­tracted.  For more information, go to distraction.gov.

Have Your Teen Drivers Sign A “Safe Driving Contract”

Parents should try to set a good example for their children by not allowing themselves to be dis­tracted while driving.  Many parents are asking their teen drivers to sign a “safe driving contract,” where the teen pledges not to talk or text while driving and to do other things to increase safety, such as wear a seatbelt and not drive with someone who has been drinking.

There is nothing you need to say or see that is worth risking your life or the lives of others. Remember to “Put It Down” when you’re driving.

If you, or someone you know, or love, has been injured in a vehicle accident, contact us immediately at the STREET LAW FIRM. Do not settle for less than what you are due, Dan Street an experienced personal injury lawyer will be happy to discuss your case with you with no fee until your case is won.

Fracking

Fracking: A New Frontier For Law

A schematic drawing of how hydraulic fracking is done.

Hydraulic Fracturing or “Fracking”

In the past decade, the growth of the practice known as hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) has exploded. Fracking is used to drive natural gas out of formations of shale rock. Many see it as an important way to meet our nation’s future energy needs. However, for every fan of fracking, there is an opponent, and it remains to be seen how the law in the area will develop.

Many of the complaints about fracking are based on how it is done. The technique involves drill­ing a deep hole into a formation of shale rock.   A large amount of water, mixed with a smaller amount of sand and chemicals, is then pumped down the hole at very high pressure. This mixture of pressurized water, sand, and chemicals open up fissures in the shale from which the trapped natu­ral gas can escape and be captured for use.

Shale formations are common throughout the United States, with at least 36 states boasting enough shale to make fracking economi­cally viable.

Barnett  Shale Formation

Here in Texas, the largest shale formation is the Barnett Shale formation, in the north-central part of the state.

Moreover, advances in direc­tional drilling (which allow wells to be drilled sideways instead of up and down) have expanded the reach of fracking operations. Which have resulted in their reaching places where there has never been drilling before. All this fracking has led to many different kinds of lawsuits.

Lawsuits

Some are to be expected. Like any industrial operation, fracking can be dangerous, and many of the suits are brought by workers alleg­ing that they were injured on the job. Others are breach-of-contract lawsuits. Which are brought by property owners who claim that the company that leased the rights to the shale under their property has paid them less than they are owed or has otherwise breached the lease. Some suits allege that the fracking operations are a nuisance, interfering with the property owners’ right to use and enjoy their land without outside interference. However, many suits are based on things unique to fracking.

Some Law Suits Claim

Some of the suits claim that the water/sand/chemical mixture used in fracking has polluted or even poisoned the groundwater in the area. Property owners claim that they can no longer drink out of their wells and that the value of their land has been reduced because they now have to truck in water for their families to drink.

In A Famous Video

In a famous video (available on YouTube, seen below), one homeowner showed why the water coming out of his sink was undrinkable-when lit, the water caught fire. Other property owners claim that they have been exposed to some of the chemicals used in fracking  (either through their drinking water or otherwise) and that this exposure has caused them to suffer personal injuries, mental anguish, or both. Still, others have alleged that fracking operations have disturbed the shale formations in a way that has caused earthquakes.

Unfortunately, these suits are not easy to win. In 2005, the government excluded oil and gas companies from the Safe Drinking Water Act. And also, the Clean Water Act.  However, the effect of this exemption is that the companies most responsible for pollution. Companies that in many areas cannot be held liable under the laws designed to prevent such pollution. Consequently, leaving injured land­ owners to proceed under a patch­ work of state environmental laws.

In all cases, the exact mixture of chemicals used in fracking operations is kept hidden from the public,  with gas companies claim­ing that the information is proprie­tary and secret. This can make it hard for those who may have been injured by those chemicals to prove the cause of their injuries.

Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act

There is the potential for positive change.  A bill called the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act was first introduced in the Senate in 2009. The bill has been re-introduced several times, the last of which in April 2017. Although it still has not been passed.  It will both require energy companies en­gaged in fracking to disclose what chemicals they are using in their operations.

Also to close the loopholes. Loopholes allowing them to avoid the re­quirements of the Safe Drinking Water and Clean Water Acts.

Help Is Here, However.

The period of time following an accident is one of confusion and uncertainty. There are many things to take care of.

 Hiring a good lawyer is one of them.

Many times, you don’t know where to go when you need legal help. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call us.

We will vigorously represent you and make sure that you are justly compensated for your injuries. That’s our job, and you don’t pay if we don’t win your case.

Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Wrongful Death Lawsuits Help Surviving Family Members

Auto accident staged roadside injury scene.

What do the following accident and injury scenarios have in com­mon? Wrongful death lawsuits?

  • Automobile Driver Collides with a Pedestrian
  • Medical Doctor Botches a Sur­gery
  • Poorly Designed SUV Rolls Over on the Interstate
  • Customer Is Assaulted in a Poorly Lit Parking Lot

The answer is that any one of these can result in a fatal injury to the victim due to someone else’s negligence. When someone dies in a form of a wrongful death claim as a result of another party’s negli­gence, legally it is known as a “wrongful death.”

Losing A Family Member Is Emotionally Devas­tating

Obviously, losing a family member is emotionally devas­tating. But when the death is related to carelessness on the part of an­other person, then the loss becomes much harder to accept. The death of a person has an IMMEDIATE impact on the family members left behind. In an instant, lives are changed forever. That’s why the law provides a legal remedy for surviving family members in the form of a wrongful death claim. If successful, the family members may be rewarded compensation for:

    • Medical Expenses
    • Funeral Expenses
  • Loss of Future Wages
  • Mental Suffering

It is important to remember that just because a person dies in an accident, the death may not be “wrongful.”  Instead, a wrongful death suit is valid only where someone else causes the person’s death through a wrongful act, neglect, or carelessness. In other words, a suit for a wrongful death should be filed only if the death is caused by the intentional acts or negligence of someone else.

Nothing can replace a lost loved one

While nothing can replace a lost loved one, a successful wrongful death lawsuit can provide some level of comfort and assurance in the face of uncertainty and grief. No one would trade the life of a family member for a check, no matter how large. However, there are some kinds of losses the law cannot fix, such as death. The damages that can be recovered in a wrongful death suit are intended to make the loss more bearable by compensating the family.

A wrongful death lawsuit is complex, so you need our firm on your side to help you. And remember: If a family waits too long to file a wrongful death suit it may lose the right to file suit at all.

Let Us Help  You

The last thing most people think of after the death of a family member is calling a lawyer, yet there are many important reasons to do so. First, we can help you determine if you have a wrongful death claim at all. And, the sooner you contact our firm, the sooner we can work to preserve valuable evidence that will help you win your case.

We can help you negotiate the often complex legal world. We will arrange for the necessary expert witnesses. Also any others essential to proving your claim. We will work out an arrangement with these vendors. So, you do not have to pay for this expert advice and assistance by the hour.

And finally, please call us if you ever have any questions on these issues. Remem­ber, the better your case, the more likely that an insurance company representative will contact you. But only offering you a fraction of what you deserve.