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  • Burns v. Caterpillar - a products liability case
  • Skrine v. Victory Gym & Fitness - a personal injury case
  • Castleman v. America's Favorite Chicken - a work injury case
  • Pinales v. HI LITE Industries - a chemical injury case
  • Ogburn v. Sanmina-SCI Corporation - a personal injury case
  • Dunlap v. Excel Corporation - a personal injury case
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Mesquite Personal Injury Law Blog

What are some of the leading causes of aviation accidents?

The National Transportation Safety Board tracks the incidences of aviation accidents in the United States. Part of its responsibility is to determine the causes of these accidents. Analysis of the main causes of accidents can be helpful in identifying situations in which negligence may be a contributing factor.

According to the NTSB accident data, the most common cause of aviation accidents that results in injuries may have little to do with pilots, aircraft manufacturers or ground personnel. That cause is air turbulence.

Other sources of aircraft accidents, however, are more easily connected with human error.

Dallas brain injury victims can make effective claims

A serious accident can produce lasting effects which may be critical. A car crash or major fall can lead to brain damage which in turn may cause permanent disability such as amnesia or even a coma. Any head injury might require rehabilitation or long-term care and impact one’s ability to work and participate in regular daily activities.

If that were not bad enough, insurance companies in Texas may argue over how much money is realistically necessary to cover the medical expenses of victims in the aftermath of their accidents. 

Rear-end auto accident on I-30 in Texas kills one, injures others

Sometimes drivers on interstate freeways who are surprised by the sudden deceleration of the vehicle in front of them will seek to avoid a collision by using the shoulder of the highway as a bailout lane. But as a recent fatal accident in Texas has shown, this is not always a safe tactic to attempt.

The accident was caused as a result of debris on the roadway on Interstate 30 in Morris County. This caused vehicles to slow down, presumably to avoid hitting the objects.

Your loss of a loved one can be compensated under the law

Most of us have thought from time to time about what the consequences might be if we were to be injured in an accident that was caused by someone else. But less often do we contemplate what would happen if it was a loved one who was the victim -- and worse, what if the injury that he or she suffered was a fatal one?

Even if you have not been personally involved in an accident, the avoidable loss of an immediate family member -- a parent, a sibling or a child -- can be devastating in multiple ways. The loss of a mother or father can deprive the surviving spouse of support and companionship, and the children of that parent’s support and guidance. And of course there is the loss of income if a wage earning parent dies.

Recovery from a car accident can require professional legal help

You can try to be the safest driver on the road; you wear your safety belt, you observe speed limits, you never drive under the influence of alcohol and you carefully look both ways before proceeding through an intersection.

You can try to do everything right but still find yourself in an accident with another driver, because not everyone else is so dedicated to safety.

Even if an accident is not your fault, it can still negatively affect your life in several ways. There is the property damage to fix. Worse than that can be the physical injury you may have suffered. And worse than that may be if someone in your family who counts on you may not be able to do so if your injuries keep you from working, or make it impossible to be at your best on the job as well as at home.

Product liability; when bad design or manufacture leads to injury

At some point almost everyone will have a disappointing experience with a product purchase; the temptation of some manufacturers and sellers to over-promise and under deliver is too great sometimes. This can lead to a consumer item that makes you wish you had never made that particular buying decision.

Occasionally, though, the consequences of a maker or seller cutting corners can result in more than just a case of buyer’s remorse, and can harm not just your wallet or purse but you, too. This is where the law of products liability becomes involved.

Can parents be liable for their child's car accident?

During the summer months when children are on vacation from school, the likelihood that some of them will be spending more time behind the wheel increases. With that increase of driving frequency, the chance of an auto accident may also increase.

If a young person was involved and driving a vehicle he or she did not own, the question as to whether his or her parents may be held responsible for letting him or her drive it may arise. The legal basis for such a claim is a variation of vicarious liability called negligent entrustment; and in the case of a parent letting a child drive a car which he or she gets into an accident with, it also goes by the description, the family car doctrine. 

How can I prove that I have been harmed by a defective product?

If you have been injured while using a product, you may have a cause of action against the manufacturer of that product. The general term for this theory of recovery is, "product liability."

Product liability can be challenging to prove. There are different ways of proving it, depending on the circumstances that led to your injury. In general, there are four ways to demonstrate product liability: negligence, misrepresentation, breach of warranty and strict liability. A brief introduction to each of these approaches follows.

Auto accident in Texas on wet pavement kills 2 drivers

Negligence behind the wheel of a car can manifest itself in different ways. Any instance of driver negligence will involve a failure to observe a reasonable standard of care under the circumstances as they existed at the time of an accident.

Sometimes what may at first seem to be an unavoidable car accident, could, upon closer investigation, be the result of some negligent act or omission by a driver.

What is "strict liability" in a case of product liability?

If you have been following the news lately, or have perused our blog in the past, you are probably aware of the large-scale vehicle recalls that General Motors has undertaken in connection with allegedly defective ignitions. These recalls can lead to two questions regarding the legal theory of product liability:

  1. What is "product liability," and
  2. What is "strict liability" in connection to product liability?

Generally speaking, the concept behind product liability is that sometimes a company may make something that, when it is designed, or built, is inherently unsafe to its intended customers. 

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