Lawyers in our firm’s Personal Injury and Product Liability Section are working on a number of interesting projects. Their focus is on accident cases involving automobiles, large trucks, heavy equipment and consumer products. Some of the motor vehicle cases involve single-vehicle crashes, while others involve crashes involving multiple vehicles. The lawyers in the Section are ready to review any case involving catastrophic injury or death. I will give a brief summary of a few of the current projects below.
GM Defective Ignition Switch – As we have previously reported, General Motors has recalled more than 17 million vehicles related to its defective ignition switch problem. This defect can leave a vehicle without power and the driver unable to control the vehicle in sudden and dangerous situations. GM knew about the ignition switch problem as early as 2001. A Victims Compensation Fund was created to address serious injuries and deaths resulting from the ignition switch defect. To date, GM has acknowledged 192 death claims eligible for compensation since the fund began accepting claims on Aug. 1. The deadline to file a claim with the fund was Jan. 31, 2015. We are also still filing claims outside the fund and are handling a number of cases in state courts around the country. Contact Cole Portis, who heads up the Section, at 800-898-2034 or by email at Cole.Portis@beasleyallen.com for more information.
Heavy Truck Product Liability Claims – Tractor trailer and other heavy trucks are not required to have many of the same protections for occupants that smaller passenger cars must have. They can contain dangerous defects putting the truck driver or passengers at risk of serious injury or death. Many of these trucks have particularly weak roofs that crush in rollovers. The passenger compartments are often not protected by effective cab guards. This allows loads to shift into the truck cab. Lawyers in the Section are interested in reviewing case involving catastrophic injury or death. Contact Julia Beasley or Chris Glover at 800-898-2034 or by email at Julia.Beasley@beasleyallen.com or Chris.Glover@beasleyallen.com.
18-wheeler Accidents – There are significant differences between handling an interstate trucking case and other car wreck cases. It is imperative to have knowledge of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, technology, business practices, insurance coverages, and to have the ability to discover written and electronic records. Expert testimony is of utmost importance. Accidents involving semi-trucks and passenger vehicles often result in serious injuries and death. Trucking companies and their insurance companies almost always quickly send accident investigators to the scene of a truck accident to begin working to limit their liability in these situations. Our lawyers, staff and in-house accident investigators immediately begin the important task of documenting and preserving the evidence. Contact Julia Beasley or Chris Glover at 800-898-2034 or by email at Julia.Beasley@beasleyallen.com or Chris.Glover@beasleyallen.com..
Defective Tires – Tire failure can result in a serious car crash and even a vehicle rollover accident, causing serious injury or death to vehicle occupants. Air, heat and sunlight can cause the rubber in tires to break down. When a tire is defective, potentially serious problems like detreads and blowouts can occur long before the tire would be expected to wear out. If the tire failure is the result of design or manufacturing defects, and the manufacturer is aware of the problem, they have an obligation to alert consumers to the potential danger. Contact Rick Morrison at 800-898-2034 or by email at Rick.Morrison@beasleyallen.com.
On-the-job Product Liability – Many times product claims arise from on-the-job injuries involving workers compensation claims. After we investigate the circumstances that caused the injuries, quite often we discover a defective machine of some sort may be the cause of the injuries. Contact Kendall Dunson at 800-898-2034 or by email at Kendall.Dunson@beasleyallen.com.
Our lawyers and staff personnel are working on cases in a number of other areas. If you would like information on potential claims that I didn’t cover above, contact Sloan Downes, Section Administrator, at 800-898-2034 or by email at Sloan.Downes@beasleyallen.com. She will have a lawyer contact you.
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