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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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More Infant Rockers Recalled Due to Safety Risks: What You Should Know

More than 165,000 reclined infant sleepers were recently recalled by four different companies due to a suffocation risk. This comes on the heels of an April 12, 2019 recall of almost 5 million Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, after Consumer Reports uncovered over 30 infant deaths over the span of 10 years in that product,…
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The future of auto accident litigation

Are autonomous vehicles safe? Self-driving cars and self-driving trucks are the future of transportation.  These vehicles are are also referred to as autonomous vehicles.  The future may be coming too soon for the safety of the motoring public and pedestrians. Autonomous vehicles use a combination of radar, lidar (complex sensors that use laser lights to…
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Why Medical Care Is Essential After a Truck Accident

After a truck accident, your personal safety should be your top priority. While may you feel fine immediately after a wreck, it is not uncommon for people to experience increasing pain and symptoms days later. Unfortunately, delaying treatment can negatively impact your personal injury claims. In this article, Phelan Petty’s truck wreck lawyers discuss the…
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Medical Malpractice in the Military: Can Service Members Sue?

At Phelan Petty, we have the utmost respect for our country’s service members. Unfortunately, when the unthinkable happens and they’re injured by another government employee, they cannot file a lawsuit and demand compensation. This includes active service members who fall victim to medical malpractice at a military hospital. A controversial rule called the Feres doctrine…
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Virginia Semi-Truck Crash

Rear-Ended by a Semi-Truck? Here Is What You Need to Know

You were doing everything right, but then your life changed with the flick of an eye. As you were stopped at a red light with a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, a semi-truck suddenly slammed into your vehicle from behind. Your head snapped forward and back, hitting the steering…
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Virginia Birth Injury Claims

What Every Parent Should Know About Virginia Birth Injury Claims

The birth of a child should be a beautiful, joyful experience. Throughout the process, it is the doctors and nurses’ duty to ensure the health and safety of both the mother and child. Unfortunately, a single moment or series of poor decisions can lead to improper medical care and a birth injury for the child…
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