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Distracted Driving Awareness Month

driving-844132_960_720 April is distracted driving awareness month, so it’s a good time to review driving safety. Many people think distracted driving is simply using a mobile device or texting while driving. In reality, experts define distracted driving as anything that:
  • Takes your eyes off the road
  • Keeps your hands off the wheel
  • Distracts your mind from the task of driving
By this definition, many things can be defined as distractions behind the wheel, including:
  • Eating and drinking
  • Setting your dashboard controls or changing the music
  • ...

What Makes a Death a “Wrongful Death?”

law-1063249_960_720If you have lost someone you love, of course their death feels wrong. You may feel angry, hurt, upset and devastated. However, not every death is considered a “wrongful death” in the eyes of the law. In the court system, you can pursue a “wrongful death” claim only if a liable party was negligent and their negligence led to the death. Do I Have A "Wrongful Death" Claim? Wrongful death claims can arise in cases of murder or in cases where recklessness leads to a death. For example, if a fatality occurs as a result of a car accident or medical malpractice, you may have a claim. If s...

Brain Injury Awareness Month

brain-951874_960_720 Brain Injury Awareness Month March is brain injury awareness month and it’s a great month to get serious about concussions and brain injuries. They are much more common than you might think. About 2.4 million Americans sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) each year and an additional 795,000 sustain non-traumatic injuries known as acquired brain injuries (ABIs). Do You Know the Signs of Brain Injury? Would you know what to do if you or a loved one sustain...

State Law Won’t Apply in Recovery of Gulf Damages

Sabrina Canfield at the Courthouse News Service is reporting thatU.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled that Alabama and Louisiana may recover damages arising from the April 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, including punitive damages, under the federal Oil Pollution Act and maritime law. But Barbier said damages under state law cannot be applied. The article also reports, "Barbier this week granted in part and denied in part oil spill defendants' motions to dismiss complaints from the states of Alabama and Louisiana. In a separate ruling, Barbier said BP cannot use Transocean's liability insurance." You can read the full article here.

New Orleans Construction Product Supplier Settles in Chinese Drywall Suit

The Insurance Journal is reporting a settlement agreement has been reached with a New Orleans, La.-based supplier of tainted Chinese drywall in the multi-district litigation (MDL 2047) over the product. Attorney Russ Herman of the law firm Herman, Herman, Katz & Cotlar, L.L.P., said the settlement with Interior/Exterior and its insurers is the first settlement in the MDL with a major supplier of the Chinese drywall. “Following Court approval, Plaintiffs will proceed to trial later this year against Interior/Exterior’s excess insurers who carry more than $72,000,000 in coverage,” Herman said. You can see the complete article here.