We have had a number of requests wanting to know about specific projects lawyers are working on in our firm’s Personal Injury and Product Liability Section. I will give a brief summary of some of the ongoing projects in the Section. Cole Portis heads up the Section and there are a total of 15 lawyers in the Section. We also have 11 legal assistants and seven in-house investigators in the Section who are involved in these projects.
GM Defective Ignition Switch – General Motors has recalled more than 17 million vehicles related to a defective ignition switch problem, which can leave a vehicle without power and the driver unable to control the vehicle in sudden and dangerous situations. Court documents and other evidence reveal that GM knew about the ignition switch problem as early as 2001. GM has established a Victims Compensation Fund to address serious injuries and deaths resulting from the ignition switch defect. To date, the fund has acknowledged more than 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. Our lawyers are also still filing claims outside the fund. Contacts: Ben Baker or Mike Andrews at 800-898-2034 or by email at Ben.Baker@beasleyallen.co or Mike.Andrews@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 wrongful death. Trucking companies and their insurance companies almost always 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. Lawyers in the Section will review any case involving catastrophic injury or death. Contacts: Mike Crow, Julie Beasley, or Chris Glover at 800-898-2034 or by email at Mike.Crow@beasleyallen.com, Julie.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 – Quite often product liability claims arise from on-the-job accidents that are considered workers compensation claims. After we investigate the circumstances that caused the injuries, many times we discover a defective machine may be the cause of the injuries. That can give rise to a products liability claim. Contact: Kendall Dunson at 800-898-2034 or by email at Kendall.Dunson@beasleyallen.com.
Heavy Truck Product Liability Claims – Tractor trailers and other heavy trucks are not required to contain many of the same protections for occupants as smaller passenger cars. They can contain dangerous defects putting the truck driver or passengers at risk of serious injury or death. These trucks many times have particularly weak roofs that crush in rollovers. The passenger compartments are often not protected by effective cab guards, and this allows loads to shift into the truck cab. We would like to review any case involving catastrophic injury or death. Contact: Ben Baker at 800-898-2034 or by email at Ben.Baker@beasleyallen.com.
If you need more information on any of the projects mentioned above, contact Sloan Downes, Section Administrator, at 800-898-2034 or by email at Sloan.Downes@beasleyallen.com and she will have a lawyer contact you.
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