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Supreme Court Sides with Goodyear Over Personal Injury Dispute

The Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision today siding with Goodyear Tire & Rubber (GT) in a dispute regarding a $2.7 million payment the company and its lawyers were ordered to pay in a personal injury case, the AP reports.

An Arizona family injured in a 2003 motor home incident sued Goodyear after a tire failed on their motor home, causing it to flip off the road.

After settling the case in 2010, the family discovered the Goodyear hadn’t turned over key testing data.

The justices today sent the case back to a lower court to determine if  the family is entitled to the entire $2.7 million.

A federal judge said nearly all of the family’s attorney fees could be blamed on the misconduct. A federal appeals court agreed.

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Parents of two men on Jose Fernandez’s boat sue pitcher’s estate for $2 million each

The parents of two men on the boat with Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez when it crashed, killing all on board, are suing his estate, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Investigators haven’t said who was driving Fernandez’s boat in the early morning crash on Sept. 25, but when the “Kaught Looking” smashed into the stone jetty that protects the channel between the PortMiami and the sea, it took Fernandez, 24, his friend Eduardo Rivero and acquaintance Emilio Jesus Macias with it.

READ MORE: Everything seemed right in Jose Fernandez’s life. Then it all went wrong.

Families of Rivero, 25, and Macias, 27, are filing negligence and personal injury lawsuits in Miami for $2 million each, the Sentinel reported. Late last month, Fernandez’s mother petitioned to take over his estate, which is valued between $2 million and $3 million.

Their joint attorney, Christopher Royer, told the paper that Rivero’s family’s claim was filed Friday and Macias’ will be filed Monday.

“The Rivero and Macias families are deeply scarred by the loss of their sons,” Royer said in a news release on Friday. “We remain open to a settlement and are hopeful a prompt resolution can be achieved to spare these families, and that of Jose Fernandez too, from any additional suffering.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article132107764.html#storylink=cpy

Plaintiff counsel withdrawing from personal injury case caused by workplace mold exposure

Nicholas Malfitano Jul. 5, 2016, 2:39pm

PHILADELPHIA – Plaintiff counsel in the case of a woman who claims she became disabled after long-term exposure to mold in her workplace has opted to leave the litigation associated with those claims.

Neil I. Mittin of Gay Chacker & Mittin filed a motion to withdraw appearance on May 5, explaining plaintiffs Julie Hice Carter and Ernest Carter of Smyrna, Del. had not responded to numerous attempts at contact, in order to proceed with proper litigation of their claims. Due to this presumed lack of cooperation, Mittin felt he had no choice but to withdraw from the case.

On June 30, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas ordered Mittin’s withdrawal be permitted.

Hice Carter was hired by the Therapeutic Center at Fox Chase Villa at the Bridge in Ambler, formerly known as St. Mary’s Villa for Children and Families, in December 2012. In July 2013, Hice Carter says she began to notice black spots on the carpet and walls of bedrooms and bathrooms of St. Francis and St. John buildings at her workplace. Hice Carter says she reported this condition to the administrator of the program and the buildings’ maintenance supervisor, to no avail.

In August 2013, Hice Carter says she began to suffer a cough, shortness of breath, headaches and sinus congestion, among other respiratory ailments. The following month, she was allegedly unable to breathe at work and was admitted to the emergency room at Riddle Memorial Hospital – adding her symptoms worsened anytime she was in the aforementioned workplace buildings.

On Sept. 24, 2014, Hice Carter stated she became disabled from her employment due to the respiratory difficulties she developed as a result of prolonged mold exposure.

Hice Carter alleged she suffered reactive airway disease, acute bronchitis, asthma, cough, rhinitis plus damage to her lungs, nerves, nervous system, and other ills and injuries, resulting in a permanent loss of bodily function. Hice Carter added she possessed none of these conditions prior to her employment.

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Personal Injury Lawyers Target Snapchat as Reason for Potential Car Crash Suits

POSTED 5:56 PM, APRIL 30, 2016, BY , UPDATED AT 05:54PM, APRIL 30, 2016

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Personal injury lawyers across the country have been asking people if they’ve been in a car accident that may have involved Snapchat.

Attorneys have set up websites to explain local laws on distracted driving, sent out press releases about Snapchat’s potential involvement in certain accidents, and written blog posts about the dangers of the app.

At issue are the app’s “speed filter” feature that tracks how fast someone is traveling while they take a selfie. Because Snapchat photos and videos disappear after viewing, they demand more concentration, one lawyer argues.

“If they are behind the wheel of a car and they want to view a Snapchat picture, 100% of their attention has been removed from the road,” California litigation attorney David Azizi writes on his blog.

Some lawyers make a more direct plea for potential clients.

“If you have been injured by a distracted driver, someone who was texting or playing with Snapchat or other social media apps call us today for a free consultation,” writes Steers and Associates, a California firm.

“Is Snapchat causing car accident deaths?” Wolff and Wolff Trial Lawyers in St. Louis ask on a dedicated page.

Earlier this week, Georgia resident Wentworth Maynard sued Snapchat and a young driver for a car crash that left him with serious brain injuries.

The suit alleges that the driver, a young woman, was using Snapchat while she was speeding at over 100 mph because she was using the speed filter feature.

While she was distracted, her car crashed into a Mitsubishi that Maynard was driving, according to the complaint. He suffered serious brain trauma as a result.

Jay Peavy, a general litigator from Atlanta, is co-consul with one of the Wentworth’s attorneys on another case.

He told CNNMoney on Friday that Clayton County, where the accident took place last year, is a blue collar area where most drivers only have the minimum insurance coverage of $25,000.

Peavy suspects that the woman being sued had the minimum liability insurance, which is probably not enough to cover the medical expenses that Wentworth is seeking.

“Any good plantiff’s lawyers [are] looking to see if they can get good deep pockets,” he said.

Snapchat is not commenting on the suit, but has issued this statement: “No Snap is more important than someone’s safety. We actively discourage our community from using the speed filter while driving, including by displaying a ‘Do NOT Snap and Drive’ warning message in the app itself.”

Snapchat isn’t the only app that’s been targeted by personal injury lawyers for new cases lately.

Steers & Associates, for example, also describe ways to deal with accidents involving Uber and Lyft.

Sourced From     – http://fox40.com/2016/04/30/personal-injury-lawyers-target-snapchat-as-reason-for-potential-car-crash-suits/

Tips for finding a top personal injury lawyer

You’ve been hurt in a wreck. You’re in pain and you now have medical expenses and lost wages from missed work.

Who do you turn to for help? Aside from your medical care provider, a personal injury lawyer is an important part of any recovery plan.

But, not all lawyers are created equal. You’ll want to work with one you can trust, feel confident about and that is results minded and prepared to provide aggressive representation on your behalf.

Here are three suggestions to help you in your search to find a lawyer after an accident.

Ask around: Personal referrals from family, friends and co-workers are a good place to start in your search for an injury lawyer.  Keep in mind that even though their input is valuable, you’ll still want to contact the law firm directly to make sure they are a good fit for you and your type of injury claim.

Read reviews: Online attorney directories are another place for you to research a potential attorney.  Avvo, Nolo and Legal Match are just a few sites to learn more about a law firm and read reviews about specific attorneys.

Contact a law firm directly: A third option is to call a law firm directly and schedule a free consultation. During this meeting you’ll be able to go over the basics of your accident and get a better idea if they are right for you.

What to bring to a consultation

Once you have a list of potential lawyers and scheduled an initial free consultation, you’ll want to put together a list of questions to bring with you. You will also want to bring copies of your police report, medical records and bills, loss of income details and any correspondences you’ve have with an insurance company.

Important questions you should ask during a consultation include:

1. How long have you been practicing personal injury law?

2. Would your personal injury claim be handled directly by an attorney or other legal staff member?

3. Are there any potential costs that might be associated with handling your personal injury claim?

4. How long will it take to settle your case?

After you find a lawyer, there are additional steps you will need to take to help get your personal injury claim settled. Luckily experienced attorneys, such as those at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys, can help you through the process.

Wise Law’s legal team of board certified personal injury attorneys provide aggressive, results driven representation for personal injury claims throughout the great country of America.  Just like family, the law firm is available 24/7 — giving you peace of mind knowing that you can get assistance after an accident and / or injury, day or night.

Call them directly at 800-270-8184 for a free consultation. The call is free and there are no out-of-pocket costs and no fees unless they win compensation for your case.