Safety and Health Reporter

Mediation In Fairfax Virginia
Mediation is a mechanism by which a neutral individual is chosen by the parties to assist the parties in discussing settlement with the idea that at the end of the meditation the case will be settled.  In Fairfax, Virginia a virtual industry has arisen around mediation of civil cases of all ...
Demands For Settlement
Demands for settlement in any personal injury case are challenging especially in terms of deciding exactly how much to ask for. In Fairfax, Virginia claims adjusters certainly recognize that this is a relatively conservative area.  It is not unusual for Fairfax juries to award plaintiffs simply their medical bills and lost income ...
Disability Ratings
Disability ratings within a personal injury lawsuit can be important.  The term disability rating, however, can have a number of different meanings. If you are a veteran and making a claim against the Veteran's Administration, then a disability rating becomes important because that rating then determines the amount of compensation ...
Conflict of Interest- Medical Devices
Conflict of interest between physicians and medical device providers abound in the medical field.  Not only is it seen in terms of doctors prescribing medication that may work to their financial interest but also it is seen in terms of implanting medical devices that may benefit the surgeon financially. In a ...
Automobile Safety Data
Automobile safety data is now more available due to the excellent work of a motor vehicle safety advocate in Massachusetts by the name of Sean Kane.  Mr. Kane and his colleague have developed the Vehicle Safety Information Resource Center (VSIRC) which is a massive database of motor vehicle safety records and ...
Bus Seat Belts and Federal Preemption
Bus seat belts could well make the difference between life and death in a bus crash. In the 2011 case of Doomes v. Best Transit Corporation, the New York Court of Appeals noted that this state law claim premised upon the absence of seat belts in this commercial bus was not preempted ...
Valuing Wrongful Death Case
Valuing wrongful death suits is very difficult. There is no fixed parameter as to what a wrongful death case is worth.  In Virginia there was a time, approximately 40 years ago, when there was a $25,000 cap on what could be recovered in a wrongful death action.  Prior to that, wrongful ...
Excess Exposure In Liability Claims
Excess exposure in liability claims needs to be dealt with promptly.If you are sued as a result of an automobile accident or other type of injury claim and the party that is suing you is claiming that you are responsible for their damages, then that claim should be immediately submitted to ...
The Logic of Settling
The logic of settling needs to be looked at.If you are injured in an auto accident, slip and fall or other type of circumstance then, in most cases, it makes sense to submit your claim to the insurance company to see if the matter can be resolved prior to the ...
Scienter
Scienter is a term that relates to the knowledge of the wrongdoer.  Certain types of claims do require some scienter.  For instance, in a fraud claim scienter is necessary.  Scienter in that context means that the person committing the fraud must have intended to make the fraudulent representation.  That intent is ...
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