Archive for November 2010

The Law Firm of Perlmutter & Schuelke Explains Pharmaceutical Errors Increasing

Just about 1.3 million people across the U.S. will die each year as a result drug errors. Pharmaceutical mistakes are on the rise. It’s not a secret that medical malpractice lawsuits are growing every year, despite some states capping a victim’s award. Companion cases to medical errors made by surgeons, doctors, nurses and dentists are…

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Have A Safe Thanksgiving — Avoid Becoming A Traffic Fatality Statistic

 Over the river and through the woods……. Thanksgiving.  What’s it mean to you?  Turkey?  Stuffing?  Napping on the couch?  Football?  or… Traffic? It’s no secret that the Thanksgiving holidays make for busy roads.  But it also makes for dangerous roads.  Last year, there were over 1,000 serious injuries and 39 fatalities from car wrecks during…

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DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation Begins

Last week, the litigation involving the DePuy ASR  hip implants began in earnest as lawyers for claimants and Johnson and Johnson argued whether the federal lawsuits should be coordinated between one judge, and if so, who that judge should be. Going in to the hearing, both sides appeared to agree that the federal suits should…

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Catastrophic injuries are usually life-altering and permanent

Not too many people understand the difference between a serious and catastrophic injury. One slows life down; the other is life-altering. The injuries that have the biggest impact on a person’s life are those referred to as catastrophic. Catastrophic means that the injuries are devastating, usually permanent and are life altering – the person’s life…

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Texas Leads The Nation In Drunk Driving Deaths

As part of his efforts to adopt more strict DWI laws, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo has been routinely claiming that Texas leads the nation in drunk driving fatalities.  Today, the Austin American Statesman and Politifact put that assertion to the test and confirmed that it is mostly true.  On a raw numbers count, Texas…

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There are two sides to every big rig accident

While it may look like the big rig accident you’re seeing was the trucker’s fault; that might not be the case. Usually, when people see a trucking accident, they immediately assume that the trucker was the one at fault. In some cases, that assumption might be accurate. In others, not so much. Perhaps the driver…

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Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Claims

Today I had the pleasure of presenting a speech to about 60 local personal injury attorneys on uninsured/underinsured motorist claims.  Part of my presentation included a paper, which I’m including here.  It is intended for lawyers and isn’t leisure reading, like much of the stuff I post on here, but some may find it helpful.UM…

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Is It Wise To Invest My Personal Injury Settlement In An Annuity?

In the last few weeks, I’ve been talking to a few potential clients about structured settlements.  Structured settlements, often used in large personal injury cases or for settlement of minors’ claims, are settlements that pay off in annuities over time instead of the client receiving a one-time payment of settlement proceeds.  In cases of minors,…

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A Law School Professor Explains Why You Need A Personal Injury Lawyer

This week, Jay Feinman, a Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers University, was a guest blogger at the TortsProf blog (one of my favorites, and not just because friend and fellow UT alum Bill Childs is one of the authors).  In his guest post, Professor Feinman explained one of the shifts in the insurance industry…

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