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Vaping and product liability

Electronic cigarettes and vaping technology have been growing in popularity, but along with this trend has come a worrying number of reports of lung injury. Some state and local governments have urged people to stop vaping after recent reports of an outbreak of lung disease connected to vaping products.

Authorities don't know yet what is causing the recent outbreak, but for years there have been reports of health problems associated with vaping. A growing number of people have filed product liability lawsuits against tobacco companies and others, seeking to hold the defendants liable for their injuries. These lawsuits allege design defects, failure to warn and other problems.

Legal protections for victims of trucking industry negligence

Truck accidents can cause catastrophic injuries and harm to victims, which is why it is essential for truck accident victims to be familiar with the legal protections available to them. Legal protections could help them with the physical, financial and emotional damages they have suffered.

Depending on the circumstances, truck drivers and trucking companies may be liable to compensate truck accident victims for the harm and damages they have suffered. Both trucking companies and truck drivers could be liable, depending on the cause of the truck accident. Victims of truck accidents could recover compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.

The costs of brain injuries

Victims of brain injuries know that they can be costly to treat and that it can take a considerable amount of time to recover from brain injuries. In some circumstances, victims of traumatic brain injuries can spend a lifetime dealing with the physical, financial and emotional impact of a brain injury.

Brain injuries can cost from $600,000 to $1.875 million to treat over the course of a victim's lifetime. The cost of brain injury can vary based on the nature and severity of the injury. A mild brain injury may cost $85,000, while a moderate brain injury may cost $941,000 and a severe brain injury may cost $3 million. However severe the brain injury is, the bottom line is that brain injuries are costly to treat and care for. The annual cost of hospitalization in the U.S. for brain injuries is estimated at $31.7 million. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention further reports the cost of acute care and rehabilitative care for brain injuries at $9 to $10 billion.

Two vehicle car accident kills one, injures another

The Virginia State Police are performing an investigation into a two vehicle collision that killed a woman, age 86. The fatal accident took place on August 13 at approximately 1:00 p.m. A Ford Taurus was heading southbound on Route 220, but failed to yield to oncoming traffic when executing a left-hand turn onto Route 614. The Ford collided with a Buick Regal, which had been heading northbound on Route 220.

A passenger in the Ford was taken to an area hospital, but she did not survive the crash. The driver of the Buick was also injured in the accident. The incident is being investigated with the assistance of the Virginia State Police Accident Reconstruction Team.

A refresher to drive carefully alongside school buses in Virginia

Summer is winding down for many children in Virginia, and this means that drivers will soon be sharing the road with school buses transporting kids to and from school. In fact, almost one million pupils ride school buses daily in Virginia.

School buses are generally safe for children. They are highly regulated, are easy to see and are equipped with flashing red lights and stop-sign arms. Still, none of these safeguards can protect children if a motorist drives negligently and causes a car accident involving a school bus.

Are truck accidents increasing or decreasing?

It is becoming all-too-common to hear of semi-truck accidents occurring in Virginia and across the nation. Despite tightening federal regulations on trucking regulations, one report indicates that over the past 10 years, the number of deadly large truck accidents in the United States is growing. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that between 2009 and 2017, the number of deadly accidents involving large trucks rose 42%. In 2017, approximately 4,800 individuals lost their lives in such accidents.

These crashes come despite that throughout that time period, more sophisticated systems were being used to track the mechanical fitness of large trucks as well as safety violations that occurred throughout the country. It is suspected that driver error played a role in many trucks accidents.

Domestic violence victims often suffer brain injuries

It is often the case that those who commit domestic violence against another person will try do so in a way that the victim's injuries cannot be seen. One injury that can be caused by domestic violence is a brain injury.

Brain injuries are another "invisible" injury that may go unnoticed by medical professionals and law enforcement in Virginia and may result in domestic violence victims being placed in a very dangerous situation.

Are dangerous products being kept under wraps from consumers?

According to one report, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is prevented, by law, from disclosing the manufacturer and names of dangerous products that many consumers in Virginia and across the nation have in their home. One prime example is the Fisher-Price Rock and Play Sleeper. While the sleeper has since been recalled, 32 infants died due to the defective product. According to the CPSC, it knew that the sleeper was causing fatalities as far back as 2009, one decade before the sleeper was taken off store shelves.

However, Section 6B of the Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits the agency from disclosing information about whether a product is safe while claims involving the product are under investigation. According to some, 6B keeps consumers in the dark, allowing them to unknowingly purchase dangerous products even if the manufacturer and CPSC are aware that the products are harmful.

Who may sue after a wrongful death?

Wrongful deaths are often preventable tragedies that rob spouses of their significant others, children of their parents, and loved ones of those who they hold most dear. Under Virginia law, compensation can be sought when an individual's death is wrongful due to an act of negligence, recklessness, or wrongdoing. However, not everyone who is harmed by the loss of a wrongful death victim has the right to sue for damages.

Generally it will fall on the executor or administrator of the victim's estate to sue for the damages created by their death. While an executor is someone who the deceased party named in their estate planning devices, an administrator is a court-appointed person who takes over managing the decedent's estate if they did not have a will or other testamentary plan.

What is post-concussion syndrome?

A concussion is a serious and often traumatic brain injury that can significantly impact a victim's health. Individuals who suffer blows to the head in car accidents and other personal injury events should always seek medical attention to ensure that they have not sustained life-threatening harm. However, even a mild or moderate concussion may seriously affect the long-term health of a Virginia accident victim.

That is because concussions can lead to post-concussion syndrome. Post-concussion syndrome is a complicated condition that can manifest differing symptoms in different people and they can last for various durations of time. Many individuals who develop post-concussion syndrome experience pain in the form of headaches, dizziness, and other complications for weeks and even months after sustaining their injuries.

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