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Catastrophic Injury

What Are Catastrophic Injuries?

What are catastrophic injuries? The way that I typically think of that is a life-altering injury. If something happens to someone that changes the way they view the world, and changes how they interact with other people, those are catastrophic injuries. Some of them are obvious things like spinal cord injuries, but there are other,…

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What Constitutes Catastrophic Injury?

In the legal realm, you might hear the terms “personal injury” and “catastrophic injury.” Are the two interchangeable? What’s the difference? A catastrophic injury can be a type of personal injury but, as its name implies, it is extremely serious. Victims of minor accidents might escape with only a few scratches or bruises. However, in…

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BMW Recalls More Than One Million Cars Because of Electrical Fire Danger

Car and Driver reports that BMW is recalling more than a million vehicles because of the potential for electrical fires. There are two different problems, leading to two different recalls: “740,561 cars [are being recalled for] a positive crankcase ventilation valve heater that can short, melt, and ignite. Also known as a blow-by heater, it…

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Brain Damaging Delivery Leads to $42 Million Verdict

Every injury caused by another’s negligence is disturbing, but these incidents are even more alarming when they result in injury to an innocent newborn. The award in a lawsuit brought by the family of an injured infant is costing the federal government tens of millions of dollars for physician negligence that left a baby permanently…

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What You Should Know about Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) often occur from a sudden traumatic blow to the spine that fractures, dislocates, or compresses vertebrae, ligaments, or bone disks. These injuries disrupt the signals that are carried back and forth between the body and the brain, which comprises the central nervous system (CNS).   With complete SCIs, the spinal cord cannot…

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House Fires: Don’t Let Smoke Cloud Who’s Liable

House fires are the most common structure fires in the U.S. In fact, 92 percent of civilian deaths in structure fires happen in homes. The main house fire starters: cooking equipment and smoking materials. Most house fire deaths, however, are due to smoking materials.* But causation is not as clear as the numbers seem to…

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New UL 325 Standards Aim to Make Security Gate Systems Safer

A key national safety engineering advocacy group has announced updated design standards to decrease dangers of automatic gates to apartment complexes, upscale communities, subdivisions and business lots. They couldn’t come at a better time. Security gates are ubiquitous as living behind walls becomes ever more popular. Underwriters Laboratories, which tests, audits and verifies commercial, industrial…

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