While everyone has a different preferred mode of transportation, there is one method that everyone shares – walking. At some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian. Although the rates of car accidents are decreasing, the number of pedestrian accidents have increased. According to the National Highway Traffic Association, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and injured in a car accident about every 7 minutes in traffic crashes in 2014. In the United States, the total number of pedestrians killed rose from 4,884 in 2014 to 5,376 in 2015. An estimated 14% of all traffic fatalities are pedestrians.
According to Zavodnick, Zavodnick, & Lasky, 63.8% of all pedestrian injuries involving automobiles occurred in major cities, such as Philadelphia. Cities like Philadelphia are full of large and often dangerous intersections. With the number of pedestrian fatalities and injuries on the rise, the US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx declared pedestrian and bicyclist safety among his top priorities while in office, with a focus on large city intersections.
If you are involved in an accident as a pedestrian, you should call the police immediately and remain at the scene. You may also want to gather names and contact information of any witnesses. Be sure to take photos of anything relevant to the accident, including the car, the location, license plates, and even yourself. If you are unable to complete any of the previous steps, ask a bystander or witness for help and be sure to jot down their contact information. After seeking medical attention, start an insurance claim and find a lawyer who ideally specializes in personal injury and pedestrian collisions. You may be able to recover damages from your injuries if the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence.
Injuries in the hip can be a debilitating one. It may cause difficulty in movement on the person. In most cases, the patient may be asked to rest for a while. For serious injuries in this part of the body, surgery may be required. Hip replacement is the removal of a painful hip joint with arthritis and replaced by an artificial implant usually made from metal and plastic.
Hip implants are supposed to ease and relieve the debilitating pain caused by the broken hip. Unfortunately, some products in the market have done the opposite causing more pain than relief. According to the website of Russo, Russo & Slania, PC, defective hip implants can cause serious damage on the patient. These devices were introduced on the belief that it is durable and can help ease the pain in the patient. However, instead of doing that, metal debris are released into the patient’s body. As a result, the patient experiences a wide range of complications such as inflmamat6ion, groin pain, dead tissue, to name just a few.
Since the FDA does not require clinical trials for implants if the device is similar to a product that is already in the market, it would be easier for manufacturers to make incremental changes without resubmitting them for approval. Such is the case of the DePuy ASR which was changed with unapproved designs without the need for clinical trial. The Consumer Union found around 578 recalls from six major manufacturers from the period 2002 – 2013. Unfortunately, the recall proved too late as the defective device already claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people.
There are different types of hip implants and they are classified according to what they are made of. Hip implants can either be ceramic-on-metal, metal-on-plastic, and ceramic-on-ceramic. However, some of these devices puts patients more at risk rather than relieved.
Records from the United States Bankruptcy Courts show that by the end of 2015 the total number of bankruptcy cases filed in the U.S. was 844,495. Filed under Chapter 7, specifically, was 535,047, while cases filed under Chapter 13 was 301,705.
Bankruptcy is the government’s way of helping individuals, families and businesses find ways to settle their overwhelming debts in order for them to regain control of their financial future. This legal way through which debtors may free themselves from their debts is made available under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code which the U.S. Congress passed into law in 1978. Many Americans, however, shy away from filing for bankruptcy due to the thought that it will affect their credit standing. While this may true, so is staying in debt, with the latter having more damaging effects to their financial future.
When filing for bankruptcy, many individuals choose Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Law over Chapter 13. Both of which are available options for individuals and businesses, but differ in some of the benefits they offer, in their requirements for qualification, and in the length of their plan. While Chapter 7 Bankruptcy may last only for a short while, a Chapter 13 plan last from three to five years. Despite its length, Chapter 13 offers benefits not found under Chapter 7, which debtors would find more advantageous than those offered under the latter. These benefits include:
- Saving their home from foreclosure
- Debtors can have their creditors modify their mortgage payment. Through a process known as “lien stripping,” debtors’ second and even third mortgages can be modified and, since additional mortgage liens are not secured, a bankruptcy court may even have these stripped or removed.
- Reduction in their car payment. This is possible so long as the date when the car was purchased has not exceeded 910 days. This reduction is called “cramming down” of a loan; the modification is directed at matching the loan amount with the value of the car.
- Discharge of tax debts which, like credit card debts or overdue medical bills, can be considered as unsecured debts. This particular benefit is among the least known benefits under Chapter 13.
Generally speaking, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy is some sort of a “pay what you can afford” solution to debtors’ financial problems, regardless of how overwhelming the amount of their debts may be. As mentioned in a website belonging to Ryan J. Ruehle Attorney at Law, LLC, this long-term payment plan, a benefit not allowed under other Bankruptcy chapters, my just be the type of solution which could help debtors get back on their feet.
The issue of emissions fraud involving German car manufacturer Volkswagen which started in the US has now spread to other countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Canada, and even in Germany itself. The use of diesel, which is acknowledged as a gas that is more pollutant and damaging to health than gasoline, can be a legitimate issue for discussion and basis of billions of dollars in fines and compensation; however, rather than the use of diesel, the actual legal concern is centered on the fraudulent means used by Volkswagen to pass tests conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be able to penetrate the US car industry.
A Volkswagen emissions lawyer would tell you that the sad fate now faced by Volkswagen cars, originally advertised as clean and environmentally-friendly substitutes to vehicles with gasoline engines, is car recalls that number in the millions. In the US, cars equipped with the “defeat device,” which enabled Volkswagen to cheat emissions tests, number close to half a million; in the whole of Europe, about 11 million cars are said to be equipped with the said computer software.
According to the EPA, the “defeat device” allows a Volkswagen diesel car to recognize test scenarios and automatically put the vehicle into safe mode if it does so. This means that once in safe mode, the device makes the vehicle run below its normal power and performance and, more importantly, reduces its emission of nitrogen oxide (NOx), a major factor in the formation of ground level ozone or smog. Once back on the road, though, the engine switches out of test mode and runs under normal power, under which it emits pollutants that are up to 40% higher than the level allowed by the EPA.
While it may be true that Volkswagen’s claimed “clean diesel” cars have lower carbon emissions and ensure up to 30% fuel efficiency or gas mileage, it is also a fact these emit nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter which are more damaging to health.
Clearly, this is not the type of a “clean diesel” car that customers thought they would get to own. Those who have been duped by Volkswagen can maybe file a lawsuit against this German car maker for the justice that may be due them.
The Bard G2 IVC Filter has been associated with many serious health complications. The device is temporarily implanted an individual’s interior vena cava and is used to prevent the migration of blood clots into the lungs that can cause pulmonary embolism. One of the most hazardous risks of the device is the effects it can have on an individual’s heart.
The Bard G2 IVC Filter runs the risk of migrating to an individual’s heart. Patients may experience headaches and severe pain, according to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., but the actual repercussions of the device can stretch far beyond these side effects. The device can cause major heart complications, including cardiac tamponade. This condition causes fluid buildup in the space around the heart and can lead to blood not being able to be pumped to the heart, heart tumors, and heart attacks. The device may also cause ventricular tachycardia, which leads to improper electrical activity of the heart that can lead to a rapid heartbeat among other side effects. Since the device is originally implanted so close to the heart, it can lead to even more life-threatening heart conditions if not removed immediately after the threat of blood clots is eliminated. Some other heart conditions that can arise from the Bard G2 IVC filter include hemmorhagic pericardial effusion, perforation of the heart, and laceration of the heart. The device can even erode and become embedded into the heart.
All of these conditions of the heart caused by the filter are potentially life-threatening and have already caused the deaths of individuals who had the device implanted. Despite these horrific heart risks, C.R. Bard, the company behind the device, failed to recall the device or properly warn against the risks. If you or a loved one has suffered a heart injury due to the Bard G2 IVC Filter, you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering.