Safety and Health Reporter

Product Liability Tips

If you are injured as a result of a defective product in Virginia or elsewhere, then you must act quickly to protect your legal rights.  Whatever the product may be, it is critical that you keep it in a safe and secure location and gather all of the documents relating …

Virginia Motor Vehicle Accident Tips

An auto accident can completely disrupt your life. In 2010, there were 116,386 crashes reported in the Commonwealth of Virginia with 740 persons killed and 61,418 injured according to Traffic Crash Facts from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. For most of us an auto accident is a …

Cohen Syndrome

Cohen syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that is named after its founder, Dr. Michael Cohen.  To date, only about a thousand cases of this syndrome have been diagnosed.  It is found to be most common in ethnic groups such as the Amish, people of Finnish ancestry and residents of an …

Construction Accident Cases

Construction accident cases involve a number of peculiarities.  The most significant one is identifying the proper defendants.  Those proper defendants may be the property owner, the general contractor, the subcontractor, the construction manager or the developer. 
One way to identify the responsible parties is to get all permits for the project from the …

Failure To Warn- Generic Drugs

Failure to warn claims involving generic drugs took a significant hit on June 23, 2011 with the decision of Pliva, Inc. v. Mensing from the U.S. Supreme Court.  In that decision, the Court diluted the Wyeth decision by concluding that manufacturers of generic drugs cannot be sued for failure to …

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is frequently found to be the cause of sudden death among student athletes.  This is a condition in which the heart muscle is enlarged or in some other way is  abnormal.  Detecting this condition in young student athletes is extremely difficult because the warning signs that are most often present with …

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages may be awarded in a case where only nominal damages are awarded at the compensatory level.  In the May 8, 2011 decision in Feld v. Feld, the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia adopted the view from the Restatement Second of Torts Section 163, which indicates an award of nominal damages is …

Product Liability Limitations

Product liability statute of limitations were the subject of a recent decision from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York where it dealt with a claim asserted by Virginia plaintiffs against the manufacturer of Fosamax.  The claims themselves were determined to be time barred under the two-year …

Drownings-Rip Tides

Drowning-rip tides is a significant problem in many beaches across the United States.  The rip tide effect is essentially caused by a break in sandbars that are offshore allowing water that is washed on the shore side of the sandbar to then funnel through that break between two adjacent sandbars creating a suction effect …

Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries require special attention. Catastrophic injuries might be defined as ones involving total and permanent disability, the total loss of earning capacity,enormous past and future medical expenses, custodial expenses, and pain and suffering. Theses types of cases take a staggering toll on the victim. The predicate of proving the case is …

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