Archive for February, 2012

Shimano Mountain Bike Handlebars Recalled

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada have announced a recall of approximately 300 mountain bicycle handlebars due to fall hazards. Imported by the Shimano American Corporation, the agencies found that the bolts holding the handlebars together can come loose while riding and can cause riders to lose control and fall. The company has received one report of a rider falling due to the defects.

Read Article: The Sacramento Bee

7 Things to do Immediately After a Car or 18-wheeler Wreck

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

As part of our firm’s commitment to bring good information about car wrecks and 18-wheeler wrecks to the community please consider this list of things to do after a auto accident, 18-wheeler accident or motorcycle accident.

Accident Checklist / To Do’s

1. Turn off the ignition in all the cars or 18-wheelers involved in the wreck. For your safety and the safety of those around you turning of the engine of all cars involved in a wreck is strongly recommended.

2. Determine if medical assistance in necessary and if necessary, call 911. Some injuries which occur in auto and 18 wheeler wrecks are not immediately ascertainable, such as concussion. So make sure to check in with each person involved in the wreck and look for signs of potential injury.

3. Cooperate fully with police and/or first responders. It is their job to protect you, and they can do a much better job of that if you do not get in their way.

4. Determine any immediate hazards / Move yourself or others out of the road. Often you will not want to move the vehicles, but remove any debris from the path of other cars traveling the roads.

5. Determine the identity of all people involved in the accident and vehicles. Write this information and the information in #7 down.

6. Photograph/measure skid marks, property damage, debris, etc. This information is often very important and trying to go back to the scene of a wreck after the fact and determine with precision that the marks you see are from the wreck is difficult.

7. Ask witnesses to the accident for their names, addresses and telephone numbers. (do not assume the police or others will do this for you) After the day of the accident it becomes very difficult to find additional witnesses to verify your version of the facts.

We have also put this information on a flier that will easily fit in your glove-compartment so you will have it when you need it the most.

Glove Compartment guide of what to do in an Auto Accident

Print and put in your glove compartment.

Clexa, Risperdone, and Trazadone and their potential side effects.

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Providing information to people who are injured and wonder if they have a claim is an important part of the practice of law. One resource we have started using in order to serve and inform the community at large are social media sites. Here is a question that was posed on one of those sites and our answer to the question:

Can i file a suit after taking antisychotics caused serotonin syndrome? I was on risperdone, trazadone, and celexa all at the same time and went thru what the doctor’s called serotonin syndrome and hypertesive crisis caused by the serotonin thing.

There are class action lawsuits arising from the side effects of most types of prescription medications. Risperdone, Trazadone and Celexa each have litigation associated with them and serotonin syndrome is noted as a possible side effect for each of these medications.

There is likely an attorney near you that takes this type of case who can guide you further and give you examples of the types of injuries that have compensible claims in these matters. Risperdone when combined with SSRI’s like Celexa has been the source of a good number of unforseen side effects in patients. It is worth looking into.

Beyond that there is the question of if you were properly warned by your physician of possible dangers or product interactions when you were first put on these drugs. Sometimes patients have no idea what it is that they are looking for and they begin to experience symptoms of a dangerous side effect and have not been informed by their doctor of the possible harm. Contact a local attorney and they should be able to guide you through the process.

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Monday, February 13th, 2012

In many of the cases we work on we try to paint a vivid picture of the negligence that caused the injury, or show what should have been done but was not. In some of our recent personal injury and wrongful death cases illustrations and photographs have made all the difference in the outcome of the case.

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In one recent wrongful death case we represented a young man who was fatally shot simply going from his car into his apartment. The complex was gated but had a rusty opening that allowed thugs to lurk on the premises. John drove to the property and photographed the gate while several of the thugs approached his car. The photo was part of our strategy which ended up winning the case. This is the kind of representation and personal attention that everyone deserves.

Why You Need Uninsured Motorist Auto Insurance Coverage

Friday, February 10th, 2012

One of the most important things you can do for your family is to purchase coverage under UIM or otherwise known as uninsured motorist coverage. You should get an amount for each vehicle in your family equal to the liability limits. This coverage is critical because most coverages will cover family members in the household whether they are riding in your vehicle or with someone else. There are lots of Mississippi drivers who only carry $25,000 in coverage and some with no coverage. This insurance protects you and your family whether you are a pedestrian and injured by an uninsured or underinsured motorist, on the school bus, riding with friends, riding with other family members, this coverage will provide protection for your family and those living in your household. It is just as important (if not more so) than liability coverage.