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Small Study Finds Link between Placental Injuries and COVID-19

Women who have tested positive for COVID-19 while pregnant may be at risk of placental injuries. The study, conducted by Northwestern University and published in the journal American Journal of Clinical Pathology, looked at the placentas of 16 pregnant women who had tested positive for COVID-19. Thought the sample size is small, this is still the largest…
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The Potential for E-Cig Battery Fires and Explosions on Passenger Flights

If you use electronic devices such as electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, smartphones, laptops, or other mobile device, then you most likely use lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are usually the power source for these types of devices. The key to whether any of these devices operate safely is whether the battery overheats. In recent years, there have…
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What Is Post-Concussion Syndrome?

Individuals who suffer from a mild traumatic brain injury may recover in just a few months of sustaining the initial injury. Some symptoms can clear up in about 30 days. However, a percentage of concussion victims experience symptoms beyond a six-month period. When this occurs, a doctor may diagnose the patient with post-concussion syndrome (PCS).…
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Electric Bikes and Battery Fire Dangers

Electric bicycles are popular around the world. Millions of people around the world own an electric bike. Electric bikes cost $1,000 or more. An electric bike is powered by rechargeable lithium batteries. Riders use the electric motor to power them through hills, headwinds, or fatigue. These bikes can also travel as far as 60 miles…
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Are Outdoor Toddler Swings Dangerous?

Parents put their trust in the manufacturers of the baby products they purchase, believing the manufacturer has tested the products for all foreseeable uses and that the products will cause no harm. When a responsible manufacturer of baby products learns that its product is dangerous for foreseeable uses, it takes steps to minimize the damage…
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Business Interruption Coverage Policy Terms You Should Know

Commercial property insurance policies, for the most part, include coverage for loss of business income through the addition of an endorsement to the property policy. This endorsement is worded in such a way to provide protection against business income loss resulting from damage, destruction, or any type of direct loss of insured business property by…
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What Are the Lifetime Costs of a Spinal Cord Injury?

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is nearly always considered a catastrophic injury. It is life-altering physical trauma resulting in permanent disability and a lengthy recovery period. When a person experiences an SCI, it can affect many areas of the body, leaving them with a variety of issues, both medical and financial. After suffering an SCI,…
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Who Bears Liability for Injuries Caused by a Defective Product Purchased on Amazon?

Shopping on Amazon has become one of the most popular ways to review and purchase both essential and sometimes not-so-essential items. Almost everything is available on Amazon, and often at better prices than you can find at your local retail store. In addition, the fact that you can get your items delivered in 1 or…
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The Rural Hospital Crisis and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Hundreds of rural hospitals across the country are currently struggling to survive, due to cutbacks in federal funding, Medicaid, and economic losses. Millions of Americans, many of them low income, live in rural areas and depend on these hospitals for care and treatment. Now, in the midst of a national pandemic, patients need hospitals more…
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Business Interruption Insurance and COVID-19: Getting Help

Business interruption insurance is part of every business owner’s coverage. When you purchase insurance coverage for your small business, it is meant to cover any losses and damages resulting from events or disasters that shut down your company or store. You pay your premiums, and in turn, your insurance company should provide coverage when you…
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Recent Bicycle Recalls and Product Liability

With the warmer weather emerging, people are getting out and on their bikes for fresh air and exercise. However, when bicycle components fail, serious injuries can occur. Bike components commonly malfunction due to design or manufacturing defects, which are typically referred to as “product liability.” Component failures on bicycles can include problems with wheels, forks,…
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How Does a Commercial Truck’s “Black Box” Help You Prove Liability in a Truck Accident Claim?

“Black boxes” are used commonly in airplane accident investigations for the purpose of gathering information about the performance of the pilot and plane during the time leading up to the crash. Most commercial trucks also come equipped with black boxes. These black boxes can provide vital data to investigators in the event of a truck…
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Injuries from Defective, Exploding Pressure Cookers

Pressure cookers and appliances that perform similar functions in the kitchen are popular with everyone from amateur, at-home cooks to professional chefs who work in in commercial kitchens. These cookers are used every day to prepare meals quickly and easily. In fact, you may have one these cookers in your kitchen right now. The pressure…
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Infant Death Toll Rises From Use of Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper

Every product recall represents a significant risk to the welfare of the general public. This is particularly true when it comes to recalls involving products that interact with small children or infants. For the last decade, companies have marketed inclined infant sleepers as a safe and soothing option for helping babies map and sleep. These…
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Founder of the French Laundry and Per Se Files a Business Interruption Lawsuit

Thomas Keller, the renowned chef and owner of The French Laundry and Per Se, has filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California County of Napa to recover losses attributed to the coronavirus outbreak. French Laundry Partners, LP and the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group are suing Hartford Fire Insurance Company “to establish legal precedent…
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Information about COVID-19 and Accessing Benefits in Virginia

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new, novel respiratory virus that the World Health Organization (WHO) designated as a global pandemic on March 11, 2020. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), a pandemic occurs when a new virus comes on the scene that infects people and is able to spread…
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Holding Drug Makers and Distributors Liable for Their Role in the Opioid Crisis

Numerous lawsuits are being brought throughout the country against the manufacturers and distributors of opioids. The drug makers are being accused of using aggressive and false marketing campaigns to promote the effectiveness of opioids for pain relief, while minimizing the dangers of opioid addiction and overdoses. Distributors are being accused of failing to monitor and…
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America Still Loves Football – Just Not As Much As We Used To

With Super Bowl LIV come and gone (congratulations, Kansas City), it’s time to take another look at one of our favorite sports. The Super Bowl is definitely an American tradition and cultural touchstone, but viewership in both pro and college football has been dropping over the past few years – and many experts believe that…
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Liability for Deaths and Injuries Due to Defective Children’s Products

Parents have the right to expect that the products they buy for their children won’t be hazardous to their children’s health. Products for children should be specifically designed and manufactured with the size, weight, and developmental abilities of the child in mind. When defective products cause deaths, those who placed profit before safety should be…
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A Brief Look at Traumatic Brain Injuries

Brain trauma, also called traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a damage to the brain caused by a sudden trauma to the head.  TBI can be caused by such incidents as a blow, jolt, or bump to the head that creates enough force to cause the brain to impact the inside of the skull.  TBI can…
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