Safety and Health Reporter

Defending Plaintiff’s Deposition

Brien Roche
Insurance defense lawyers are typically seasoned trial lawyers.  They are also quite adept at taking depositions.  They take a lot of depositions.  Defense counsel tend to develop a routine.  Among the defense bar there tend …

Personal Injury Surveillance

Brien Roche
Surveillance in personal injury cases is not quite as common as it used to be.  It still is used by insurance carriers. 
It’s a very dangerous defense tactic.  It is fraught with deception.  For …

Personal Injury Jurisdiction

Brien Roche
The U.S. Supreme Court established the concept of modern personal jurisdiction in International Shoe.  Over the last several years the court has shifted gears on what are referred to as “general” and “specific jurisdiction”  General jurisdiction …

Eggshell Head Plaintiff

Brien Roche
The concept of an eggshell head plaintiff is known to most attorneys.  It refers to a client who was injured who has pre-existing sensitivities.  That doesn’t necessarily mean that the person has a …

Construction Accident-Wrongful Death

Brien Roche
On February 17, 2021 at approximately 7:30 p.m. a construction worker fell to his death.  The fatality occurred in the 1700 block of T Street, NW, Washington, DC.  The worker fell from the …

Daubert Standard
Brien Roche

The Daubert standard was adopted in the federal system in 1993.  The case is Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 509 U.S. 579 (1993). 
Daubert has never been adopted in Virginia.  In addition the Virginia Code at section …

Treating Traumatic Brain Injury

Brien Roche
Treating traumatic brain injury has evolved over the years.  Most doctors now recognize that treatment must be closely integrated with emphasizing that the patient gets adequate …

Gas Explosions

Brien Roche
 

In 2016 there was a deadly gas explosion in Silver Spring, MD. That explosion injured more than 30 and displaced more than 100. 
Gas Explosions Preventable
More than 10 …

Negligence Per Se Claims
Brien Roche

Negligence per se claims are interesting. Negligence per se is not a cause of action as defined in Rule 1:6.  It may not even be …

Accidental Gun Discharges

Brien Roche
Accidental gun discharges are all too common.  On Christmas Day 2020 a 17 year-old boy was shot and killed.  A teenage relative was handling a gun at …

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