There are occasions when a vehicle has to be recalled, either by the manufacturer or by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) through a court order due to the following reasons:
- The same type of problem or defect has been identified in a group of vehicles of the same design and same year model;
- The defect poses a risk to the safety of the driver, passengers or anyone else on the road; and,
- The vehicle itself or any of its parts do not comply with the minimum performance requirement standards set by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). These standards make sure that a vehicle can be operated safely and that the driver and passengers would have enough protection from serious injury or death in the event of a crash. The FMVSS has actually set standards for tires, brakes, lighting, child restraints, air bags and safety belts, among others.
Vehicle recalls usually happen due to complaints consumers make to the vehicle manufacturer or to the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI), a department of the NHTSA. In October of 2014, for instance, Chrysler had to recall about 184,215 of its SUVs worldwide due to defective airbags and seat belts; this was besides the more than 850,000 vehicles that Ford already recalled in September of the same year (due to the same problem).
Seat belts keep drivers and passengers from hitting with great force any of a car’s interior parts (such as a door window, dashboard, or windshield) during an accident, thus, providing them with the best protection against serious injuries. Sadly, however, seat belts are not only known as life-saving devices. In some instances, instead of saving lives, these have caused injuries or death – due to defects.
A defective or malfunctioning seat belt may be because of poor manufacturing or poor design. Every year, at least 10,000 (of the more than 30,000) individuals who die in car crashes are said to have died due to faulty seat belts.
“Despite all the government testing and consumer warnings,” according to New Jersey car accident lawyers, “ innocent people are still being injured and killed daily by dangerous products. Whether the harm was caused by a manufacturing defect or a failure to warn of possible side effects, a product liability lawyer can fight to get compensation for your pain and suffering.” This it is important that you contact a car accident or a personal injury lawyer immediately after an accident.read more
Regardless of the type of work environment employees operate, there is always risk of an accident which can result to injuries. Risk of an accident, however, is always higher in and around construction zones where dangerous tools and heavy machinery are abundant; add to these the frequent unstable conditions within the area. These and many other factors, the most dangerous of which is negligence either of the employer or of the workers themselves, can be causes of catastrophic, even fatal, injuries.
Worker fatalities in construction sites was 899 in 2014, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). For decades now, OSHA has also identified falls, electrocution, getting struck-by-object, and getting caught-in-between, as the four top causes of injuries and deaths in construction sites.
With routine maintenance, due care, and strict observance of OSHA-mandated safety precautions, many injuries could be prevented. One type of serious injury which thousands of workers sustain is spinal cord injury. Every year from 2003 through 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics received reports of over a quarter of a million claims due to back and spinal cord injuries. Besides causing workers too much pain and discomfort, these injuries also limit their ability to walk, work, and live the full and independent life they are accustomed to.
How severe a spinal cord injury is depends on which part of the spinal cord is affected; one sure thing, though, is that the higher in the spinal column the injury occurs, the worse will be the outcome. Cervical spine injury (neck area) affects the neck, arms and hands; Thoracic spine injury (chest area) affects the torso and parts of the arms; spine injury at the lumbar or low back area affects the hips and legs; and, injury at the sacral or pelvis area affects the groin, toes and parts of the leg.
A spinal cord injury could be complete or incomplete. Complete spinal cord injury affects both sides of the body; it also renders all body parts (below the affected area) without sensation and function. Incomplete spinal cord injury, on the other hand, means some functioning below the affected area. Those with this type of injury may still be able to feel parts of their body which they cannot move, may have one side to their body functioning more than the other, or may be able to move one of their limbs more than the other.
Aside from causing physical, psychological and emotional pains and suffering, a spinal cord injury can also result to a lifetime of medical costs. Due to this, spine injury lawyers from the Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, law firm advises injured workers to find out and know about their legal rights and options to seeking the compensation that will save them from crippling financial situations. A highly-skilled lawyer may be able to provide them the legal assistance they may need regarding this matter.read more
For most people, explosions are something they only see in TV shows or movies. They feel distanced from ever being near an actual threatening explosion. The frightening reality is that explosions do occur in the real world and often result in severe injury and/or death. If the victim is able to come out alive after the accident, they often face life-altering injuries with impairments that change the course of the rest of their lives.
Not all explosions are preventable. Accidents sometimes occur in certain industrial settings. According to the Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm, many explosions can be prevented when all involved parties act safely and fulfill their responsibilities as expected. Unfortunately, protocol isn’t always followed and results in unsuspecting victims suffering due to the negligence of others.
An explosion could occur anywhere. By the same token, there are certain places where an explosion is way more likely to occur. These include industrial factories, nuclear or chemical plants, oil rigs, and manufacturing facilities. These places are at high risk for many types of accidents, but explosions are one of the more serious problems that could occur. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 138 deaths related to explosions in 2013.
Even if an explosion occurs at a less likely location, you can still take legal action against the responsible party. A few examples of less severe explosion accidents include failure to store chemicals properly, failure to train staff to properly handle flammable materials, and defective gas-powered appliances such as stoves, ovens, or water heaters.
German automaker giant Volkswagen is under pressure to refit its newer cars after the discovery of an intricately designed software device intended to defeat emissions tests. The controversy has caused the car company to lose $28 billion worth of market value in just one week. Apart from this decline, the refitting itself would cost the company more than $6.5 billion. The international scandal impacted the car market so hard that Martin Winterkorn decided to step down just days after the revelation.
According to the website of The Driscoll Firm, the “defeat device” enables the car to sense that it is under an emissions test, allowing it to make certain adjustments to meet emissions standards. But how is it possible? The software analyzes factors that would tell whether the car is driving in road condition or it is being tested. These factors include the position of the steering wheel, the duration of the engine operation, the barometric pressure, and the speed.
The trick begins once the car senses that it is being tested. During an emissions test, the car will switch to “dyno calibration,” where it will use a rich mixture for combustion. You might think that a rich mixture produces more unburned fuel and pollutants, which will definitely fail any emissions test. But because Volkswagen cars are equipped with NOx adsorbers (also called NOx trap or LNT), whose trapping capacity is enhanced with unburned fuel, a rich mixture fuel is what they need to pass the test.
On the other hand, during normal conditions, the affected Volkswagen cars will drive using a leaner mixture. Now, a study proposed by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) found that during regular operations, the car emits up to 40 times above the emissions standards. This is because leaner mixtures now only pass through the exhaust’s NOx adsorber (i.e. not trap it), allowing high levels of NOx gases to be released freely in the air.
If you’re a Volkswagen owner, this software trickery could significantly affect you. Apart from being deceived that you had bought a clean diesel car, future recalls to reprogram the software might require a visit to your local dealership, which could mean precious time wasted.read more
Spinal cord injuries qualify as some of the most dangerous injuries a person can sustain. Spinal cord injuries refer to any injury sustained to the spinal cord (stretching from the neck to the lower back) which results in a temporary or permanent change in the body’s sensory/motor function. These injuries can result from either trauma (such as gunshots and car accidents), or disease (such as polio or spina bifida).
Spinal Cord injuries can result in two types of paralysis: partial paralysis (known as paraplegia), and total paralysis (known as quadriplegia). Paraplegia often results from a thoracic or lumbosacral injury- or an injury occurring at or below thoracic spinal levels- affecting the arms and hands, or at or below the lumbosacral level- affecting the legs and hips. Quadriplegia often results from cervical injuries, or injuries that occur in the area of the spine located in the neck. If it is a “complete” injury, all areas at or below the point of injury are effected.
Louisville personal injury attorneys usually know that an injury of this nature can result in a victim’s life being “dramatically altered, resulting in the need for mobility aids, caretakers, and additional support.” these injuries require extensive hospital treatment and long term medical adjustments which can ultimately be very costly to the victim and their family in more ways than one.
Effects of a spinal cord injury can be permanent and life altering. Unfortunately, in many cases, a spinal cord injury was preventable and occurred due to the carelessness of another. Should you or someone you know be the victim of a preventable accident resulting in a spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to certain damages which can aid in the medical expenses associated with spinal cord injuries.read more
Have you ever had a relationship that you thought you could trust and then, suddenly, they pretend like you don’t even exist or worse – even try to worsen your situation for you because they have delicate information that you had trusted them with that they use against you?
This need not be a situation that is confined to a more romantic setting as these do happen in a more corporate circumstance – such is the case of people who suffer from situations involving insurance bad faith. Unlike a romantic relationship, after all, one that involves you and an insurance company can be taken to court if the latter cheats on the former. And this has happened enough over the years for there to be legal statutes over the matter.
According to the website of lawyers Smith Kendall PLLC, insurance companies are held legally liable to pay claims properly and promptly, as is the agreement between the two parties that has been made in good faith. Should an insurance company withhold such claims without due evidence, reasonable excuses, or justifiable intent – they are subject to legal action from the client who had trusted their services. If the insurance company can be proven to have acted in bad faith either willfully or maliciously, then the policyholder is warranted to receive better compensation than the initial, agreed upon investment.
It can be understandably intimidating to go against a large corporation as insurance companies are often backed by numerous resources and even private lawyers of their own. You needn’t have to, however, as there are insurance lawsuits out there who are dedicated to serving the individual against the threat of being cheated by larger corporations.
If you or someone you know has been unjustifiably and horribly treated by an insurance company by unlawfully withholding claims without proper evidence or reason, then it is of the utmost importance that legal action is sought in order to rectify the situation and you can get the closure and justice that you deserve.read more
Dealing with any sort of lawsuit can be one of the most stressful situations that anyone has to deal with. It requires patience, diligence, and dedication in the pursuit of justice. However, for those who are directly involved with the case – there can be a lot of pain and hassle involved. This is the case for any kind of lawsuit but one of the more personally difficult ones are those surrounding personal injury, according to the professionals with Abel Law Firm.
Personal injury is a broad term that involves a situation wherein one party was injured due to the (either intentional or malicious) negligence of another party. This definition can, of course, be more complicated than it sounds. This specific kind of lawsuit can branch out into different subsets such as that of premises liability, medical malpractice, motor vehicle accident, et cetera.
For example, if there had been a car accident and the spinal cord of a passenger was injured and the other driver was killed, that already involves three different kinds of subsets of personal injury. If that hypothetical car accident was, say, caused by a construction site – then the fault rests in neither of the drivers. There are a lot of complications that can be involved in personal injury and if you are already suffering from such trauma and so many ordeals, legal action may not always be the priority – when it is legal aid that could very well allow for you to be given the best resources necessary for you to have the most efficient and effective route to recovery.
Personal injury lawyers in TN, for example, can have the resources necessary to represent your case in a court of law as well as have intimate knowledge of all factors of the case, including medical jargon and technical knowhow that is often necessary to any legal proceeding involving personal injury. They can help more than you know – and give you more help than what you thought you needed.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident due to negligence, contact professional help immediately to know the best way to proceed after such a disorientating event.read more
There is a scientific law that states that energy cannot be destroyed – only transformed. If you take apart all the bits and bobs that make a watch – all its gears and cogs and wiring – it is still a watch, just with the pieces parted from each other. Nothing about what makes the watch what it is has changed in such a way that it cannot be put back together. Should a watch be subject to a chemical compound and then heated to a maximum amount, there is a probability of there to be a severe reaction.
This is talking of a smaller scale kind of reaction – but these kinds of situations on a grander scale are, unfortunately, possible. Such is what happens during an accident that results in an explosion. Explosions that cause injury and destruction (and in the worst possible scenario, death) are often due to negligence. Chemicals and such things don’t just explode out of their own volition, these are not natural disasters. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, these kinds of circumstances that involve explosions can devastate hundreds, possibly thousands, of people – or even entire economies, simply because of the massive scope of the explosion.
Information from the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® suggests that sometimes these explosions occur as a result of negligence. Failure to properly maintain or inspect hazardous chemicals or materials can trigger a tragic accident; and those that sustained injuries during the explosion are innocent. In these cases, the negligent party should be held responsible.
Think of your skin as parchment; upon an explosion, all of your energy is then converted to ash in the wind and unidentifiable bone. Think of everything you have ever worked for and built; upon an explosion, all of it can turn to unlivable, indistinguishable rubble. These circumstances are more often avoidable and they should have been, were it not for the willful or intentional negligence of a single party or an entire corporation. Either way, there is fault that lies somewhere and it is the duty and right of those negatively affected to seek justice for the consequences dealt unto them.read more
This is no new problem – drugs. Addiction to substances has been a legitimate problem since the innovation of medical science and the potential for its abuse in the wrong hands. Over the years, there have been more creative ways to acquire it until it has become hazardously easy to obtain these drugs. And all it takes to become hopelessly addicted is to start once.
This kind of problem is one that requires a solution and those who suffer from its hold need help – yet to be convicted of a criminal drug charge, or to even be falsely accused and have it be on your record, can damage the potential opportunities you should have had. Should one mistake, a problem that has been infecting people over centuries upon centuries, then define your entire life? This does not have to be so.
Drug crimes, in relation to representation in the media, are also dramatized and antagonized without putting in how hard quitting or recovery can actually be. It is a heated debate among many various groups of people and so cases like this in court can be twisted and turned for the benefit of propaganda instead of the actual person who has to suffer this crime. Some people are even turned unwittingly dependent on a drug, not from their own volition but the addiction remains.
A Westchester drug crimes lawyer can tell you that a single criminal charge, even something like this, can have worse effects than that of more heinous crimes. That is why, should you find yourself in a situation wherein you require the services of a criminal defense lawyer, it is imperative that they are a dependable firm that is committed to justice. The defense for your case is highly dependent upon the situation and upon the people handling such delicate information. Any little fact that may have been misrepresented could mean the end of everything you have fought for – which is why you need someone who is experienced in this kind of situation.
This is no new problem – but there are people out there who can help now, in all the right ways.read more
Imagine yourself to be throwing a pebble along a small body of water. You ready your arm and with a flick of your wrist, off the pebble goes! A hop, skip, and a jump – and everywhere the pebble had touched caused a ripple to occur along this body of water. Think of that pebble, then, as yourself – and think of the ripples as some of the most important events in your life. Not everyone gets three, some people get more or some get less – it matters not, but the effect is the same.
These events shape your world around you, as much as it shapes the water, and you may not always see the effect they have upon the first skip but these ripples extend on and on and on. Not all of these ripples can be beneficial, however, and such is the case should you have to suffer the consequences of an accident that has caused personal injury.
According to the website of Jeff Sampson Law, the term ‘personal injury’ is a broad term, due to the fact that there are several different kinds of accidents that could cause severe injury. Yet the experiences can be of, more or less, the same nature. There are medical expenses that come with being injured that the victim may not have been prepared for, as well as the loss of wages that may result from being not being able to work for a certain period of time. These consequences should not fall unto the responsibility of the injured person, as it was not the victim’s fault. There is a guilty party at play and that is why professional, specialized legal services are required in situations like these.
The law surrounding personal injury cases can also be quite complicated as there might be small discrepancies in what the local court follows, per state. For example, if you have found yourself suffering an injury in Colorado, it would be advisable to seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney.
The only thing you need to worry about, after suffering through this life shaping injury, is your recovery – and you may yet land upon calmer, safer shores.read more