In this Issue — July 2011
- WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
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- INSPIRATION OF THE MONTH
Last month we attended a Mediation. Naim, the son of my client Norma, brought his mom to the Mediation. In talking to Naim, I found out that he has been on dialysis and has been waiting for a kidney transplant for years. I saw, touched and learned what he goes through every day. I saw his scarring and what dialysis has done to his arm and muscles. Yet no complaining. No saying, “Why did I get a raw deal?” No saying life is so unfair. Just taking up his cross daily. The same thing goes for his mother, Norma. I really feel blessed just knowing these fine people.
- PROPERTY OWNERS NOT LIABLE FOR UNDERAGE DRINKING
A State Supreme Court has decided property owners were not liable for an automobile accident caused by a minor. The minor claimed the parents knew they were consuming alcohol on their property. The Plaintiffs were injured when the car the intoxicated minor was driving crashed. The key was the parents did not serve any alcohol to the minors.
- $24M AWARD IN RAILROAD ELECTROCUTION CASE UPHELD
A U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania has ruled the evidence supported a $24 million award to two teenagers who were electrocuted by high-voltage overhead wires while climbing on a parked railroad car.
The teenagers went onto railroad land and climbed on top of a parked, laddered railway car stationed in their neighborhood. They were severely burned by an arching electrical charge from a high voltage wire running above the railroad tracks. One of the kids suffered second and third degree burns to 75 percent of his body.
Why was the railroad company responsible? Because the railroad knew that the area had school and graffiti problems there and also had reports of trespassers. The railroad also knew teenage trespassers liked to climb on top of parked railroad cars. Although the railroad company knew of and trained its employees about the dangers of arching charges from its high voltage wires, it had not posted any warning signs around that area. A jury awarded $24 million in compensation.
- SEARCH OF CAR TRUNK UNCONSTITUTIONAL
A State Supreme Court has decided that while the odor of marijuana justified a search of the passenger compartment of a Defendant’s vehicle, it did not provide probable cause for a search of the trunk of the car.
The Court ruled that neither the smell of burnt marijuana nor the driver having a suspended license was enough evidence to go inside the car’s trunk.
- WOMAN AWARDED $1.14M AFTER SIDEWALK FALL
A jury has awarded $1.14M in damages to a woman who fell after getting her heel caught in loose concrete on a downtown sidewalk.
The victim, Nichole H., severely injured her ankle and needed several surgeries after the accident to correct her condition.
- PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING – MAN SUES WWE OVER INJURY
A man has filed suit against the World Wrestling Entertainment, claiming he was injured while attending a wrestling match in Kentucky. The suit alleges the victim’s leg and knee were injured at the wrestling match.
The lawsuit says the match between “The Rock” and “Triple H” spilled over a retaining wall separating them from the audience. The wrestlers ended up pushing another spectator, who fell on him and caused the injuries. The suit accuses the WWE of failing to maintain adequate security and requests compensatory and punitive damages.
Congratulations to Amanda B. whose name was drawn from persons who answered last month’s Newsletter question correctly. Amanda will receive a $50 gas card! Now for a chance to win a $50 gas gift card:
Question of the Month: Who is the current manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates? Barack Obama, Jay Leno or Clint Hurdle? Duh!
- CONSIDER US:
If you or someone you know has been hurt in any of the following situations, please feel free to contact me for a free consultation: Personal Injury cases, Injuries Involving Surgery of any kind, Children’s Injuries, Fractured Bones, Vehicle Accidents, Catastrophic Injuries, Medical Malpractice cases, Wrongful Death cases, Product Liability/Defective Product cases, Homeowners Liability cases, Workers Compensation cases and Criminal Defense.
- We sincerely thank you!
- Referral Thank You Column!
I would like to personally thank Eric F, Lisa E, Don H, Rich J, “Skip” K and Bryan P for your kind referrals to our firm, of people injured in accident cases.
- GO PIRATES!