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To File A Legal Claim Or Not: When Accidents Happen That Involve Family Or Friends

July 2, 2013

When people are injured or killed due the potential negligence of a family or a friend, it can be challenging for legal claims to be made. The family of the person killed or the injured person may not want to been seen as placing blame upon their family or a close friends. People become worried that they may be viewed in a negative light from their family or friends for bring legal claims against another family member or a friend. Such feels are subjective and natural for suffering victims who were injured or have lost a loved one.

However, the reality of the situation is that persons injured or killed suffer not only emotional hardship, but also financial hardships for these types of accident. Expensive medical bills are incurred. Lost wages happen, which puts a financial strain upon families. There can be permanent injuries, or in the case of a death, there is a lifetime of lost love, companionship, and a lifetime of lost income that would have financially benefited the family. The objective view is that the family has suffered losses and there is compensation out there to assist and offset the losses of the injured person or family, via various insurance policies.

People carry insurance to cover the financial aspect of accidents and negligence claims. The insured have paid their premiums to insurance companies, who in return for these monies have policies that financially pay for the accidents and negligence of the policy holder. As such, when a family member or friend brings a claim against another family member or friend, they are merely trying to utilize the financial help and benefits that have already been paid for by the person who was potentially negligent. To not make a claim for coverage that has been paid for and is provided would only be adding to the profits of the insurance companies, and continue the full detriment to the injured of their family.

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Louisville, Kentucky Has High Ranking Of Cities With Pedestrian Fatalities

August 17, 2011

For the calendar years 2000 through 2009, amongst 52 metropolitan areas, Louisville has been ranked 19th concerning pedestrian fatalities. In a recent report by Transportation for America, a safety-advocacy organization, the Louisville, Kentucky area had a "pedestrian danger index" rating of 95.7. That rating was based upon 192 pedestrian fatalities from 2000 through 2009. That figure translates to an average annual pedestrian fatality of 1.6 per 100,000 people. The metro Louisville area has approximately 700,000 residents currently in 2011.

Comparing Louisville with other metro areas, Nashville, TN ranked 14th with 204 pedestrian deaths and had a pedestrian danger index of 109.7. Indianapolis, IN ranked 31st with 180 pedestrian deaths and had a pedestrian danger index of 63.5, and Cincinnati, OH ranked 42nd with 172 pedestrian deaths and had a pedestrian danger index of 37.7. The highest ranked cities, which makes them the most dangerous for pedestrians, were Orlando, FL, Tampa, FL, Jacksonville, FL, and Miami, Fl. Orlando's pedestrian danger index was 255.4.

Kentucky pedestrian fatalities, if involving a motor vehicle striking the pedestrian, have numerous legal recovery options, including automobile insurance policies owned by the deceased pedestrian. If the death is related to a dangerous property condition, then there maybe property owner insurance or business insurance coverage to provide for a legal recovery for the family of the victim. The legal damages that can be claimed and recovered under Kentucky law resulting from pedestrian deaths, which are classified as Kentucky wrongful death claims, can vary based upon the economic factors of the deceased.

Topamax Legal Claims: Serious Birth Defects Involving Children Whose Parents Used Topamax

July 20, 2011

The Ackerson Law Offices are currently interviewing potential clients and working with other law firms protecting the rights of children and their parents affected by a mother's unsuspected use of Topamax while pregnant. These claims are against the pharmaceutical manufacturers who promoted the use of Topamax for uses which were not approved by the Food & Drug Administration. The makers of Topamax promoted the use of the drug for off label uses such as the treatment of migraine headaches.

Use of Topamax by women who were pregnant increased the likelihood that the child would be born with a cleft lip, a cleft palate, or other birth defects. If you are a parent that has a child with a birth defect and Topamax was used by you or the mother during the pregnancy, you should know your and your child's legal rights. You and your child may be entitled to be legally compensated for the birth defects of your child has suffered.

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Ackerson Law Office Settles $1.15 Million Dollar Kentucky Pedestrian/Auto Case

July 1, 2011

Kentucky auto injury attorney Brent T. Ackerson and the Ackerson Law Offices have settled a client's case for $1.15 Million Dollars. This case involved our client being hit by a car while placing warning reflective triangles in the expressway emergency lane, after his truck had broken down. Our client was struck and seriously injured after a young driver allowed his car to venture into the emergency lane.

"The insurance company had been fighting us tooth & nail for sometime now. We were very pleased with this settlement. It will go a long way towards taking care of our client and his family." - Brent Ackerson

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Louisville, Kentucky Auto Accident Insurance Requirements Are More Stringently Enforced: Good News For Accident Victims

June 16, 2011

Louisville and Jefferson County, Kentucky is more stringently enforcing insurance requirements for drivers. This is good news for all drivers, especially accident victims (the not at-fault parties of car wreck). When a person is involved in a car wreck, they can suffer various injuries, and the damages can range from small to large amounts. Insurance is important in these situations because the insurance is often the only source of recovery for injuries and damages suffered due to the negligence of the at-fault driver.

Kentucky requires drivers to carry a certain minimal amount of automobile insurance coverage in order to operate a motor vehicle. However, the courts are flooded with criminal cases where drivers are cited by police for not having car insurance while driving a vehicle. This means that lots of people are driving cars, potentially causing car crashes, and do not have adequate insurance to pay for damages and injuries they may have caused.

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EEOC Settles Age Discrimination Suit Against Retailer For $50,000.00.

May 19, 2011

Dillard's Department Store has agreed to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The suit alleged that the retailer fired a 61 year old employee manager, who had 4 years on the job experience and good performance reviews, and replaced her with a 24 year old, who had only 4 months experience. The lawsuit settled for $50,000.00.

Employment discrimination cases are very factually driven matters, and case settlement values can range dramatically based upon the various factors involved.

Johnson & Johnson Admits To Bribing Doctors

April 12, 2011

The durg manufactiuring giant Johnson & Johnson has admitted to bribing European doctors in relation to its medicines and drugs. It has agreeed to a multi-million dollar settlement as a penalty for such. To read more about this, click on the link below.

Federal Judge Rules Lawsuit Against Insight Cable Company Can Continue

March 25, 2011

Thumbnail image for 1038828_u_s__supreme_court_2.jpgU.S. District Court Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr. ruled this week that an antitrust lawsuit against Insight Communications can proceed. The case was filed by two Insight subscribers asking the court to bar insight from making customers pay $15.95 per month to rent an Insight converter box if the customer wanted services such as pay-per-view. The lawsuit alleges that subscribers should be allowed to purchase their own converter boxes from an electronics manufacturer and use such for the insight programming.

Insight Cable Company had asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit claiming that it was not forcing the subscribers to do anything. Additionally, Insight sought to have the lawsuit stayed and held in abeyance until the Federal Communications Commission releases an expected ruling on the converter box issue.

The court, in its ruling, sided with the plaintiffs and has allowed the case to continue.

Kentucky Information On Traffic Related Accidents

March 10, 2011

Kentucky information related to how many traffic accidents occurred over the last few years, including the number of DUI related accidents and pedestrian related accidents, can be found on the Kentucky State Police website. Click here to link to this information:

Garrard County, Kentucky: Worker's Personal Injury Lawsuit

March 5, 2011

Thumbnail image for 952313_gavel.jpgA Rockcastle man who was doing construction work in Garrard County, Kentucky has filed a lawsuit after being injured while working road construction. At the time of the accident, the man was operating a blacktop paver when the paver was struck by a dump truck driver. The man was thrown from the paver over a guardrail and suffered serious injuries. The dump truck went on to hit and injury two other workers. The Kentucky State Police have cited unsafe speed, road conditions and driver unfamiliarity with the area as causes of the accident.

In cases where people are injured while working by a person not employed by the same employer or business, the injured people have both a workers compensation claim and a third party negligence claim to recover their lost wages, medical bills, and pain & suffering. Many times workers compensation does not afford a full recovery for the injured worker. In cases like the above, the worker can sue the driver of the dump truck and the business that owned the dump truck to recovery the full amount of monetary compensation and reimbursement he or she is owed. These are referred to as third party claims and they seek to make sure that the injured person is granted full justice and a full financial recovery.

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Hip Implant Safety Recall: DePuy Hip Implant Litigation

March 4, 2011

DePuy Hip Implant recipients need to know their legal rights when it comes to the recalled hip implants they have.

The DePuy Hip Implant Problems:

Common Symptoms of Defective Hip Implant:
Difficulty standing or walking
Crunching and popping noises from the hip area
Limping or favoring one leg
Hip fracture or dislocation
Tissue inflammation & infection in the hip area
Pain in the hip area

Hip Implant Timeline:
In 2003, DePuy began marketing these hip implants as the Rolls Royce of implants.
In 2005, the medical literature began discussing the problems with metal on metal implants.
In 2007 & 2008, DePuy began to recognize the problems with the product in Australia and pulled the product from the Australian markets.
In late 2009 & Early 2010, DePuy began a silent recall to reduce the sale of these implants and remove inventory from the market.
In March 2010, DePuy issued Urgent Field Safety Notices about the hip implants.
In July 2010, the Depuy ASR 100 and ASR 300 Hip Implants were recalled.
In August 2010, physicians were notified of the recalls.

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Safety Recall: Medtronic Pain Pumps Have Been Recalled Due For Safety Reasons

March 3, 2011

Medtronic%20Infusion%20Pump.jpgThe Medtronic infusion pain pumps are devices implanted in the abdomen of patients to gradually deliver drugs and fluids. These pumps have been known to allow too much of the drugs to be injected and cause overdoses and deaths. These incidents usually involve the refill process. In January 2011, Medtronic sent letters to doctors reminding them of the refill procedures and it has updated its instructions and warning labels.

Even in light of the extra precautions taken by Medtronic, the FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration, last month, issued a Class I recall on Medtronic infusion pumps. Class I recalls are the most serious issued by the FDA/U.S. Government. If you or a loved one has a Medtronic infusion pump you should be aware of the dangers involved.

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Louisville, Kentucky Judge Orders Information & Records Turned Over To The Kentucky Commission On Human Rights

March 2, 2011

952313_gavel.jpgA Jefferson Circuit Court Judge has ordered the City of St. Matthews, Kentucky to respond to a 2008 complaint filed by a former female police officer with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. The Human Rights Commission had sought information and a response from the city for nearly 2 years in regards to the complaint filed by the former police officer. The case has been stalled until this information is received and the investigation can continue.

The ruling this week requires the city to produce the information to the Commission within 30 days. From there the investigation into the complaints can move forward.

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Danville, Kentucky Lawsuit Over Being Dropped BY EMS

March 1, 2011

875412_balance.jpgA lawsuit has been filed in Boyle County Kentucky regarding a Danville man who was dropped and injured by Boyle County EMS workers. The case involves the Boyle County, Kentucky EMS responding to call at the man's apartment after he suffered a minor fall, injuring himself. As the EMS workers transported the man from his apartment, they dropped him onto the concrete stairs leading from the apartment building, and caused him even greater injury.

EMS workers can be liable in these situations if they were negligent in transporting the patient. The questions surrounding this case are:

How they transported the patient;
Should they have done something different and been more careful; and
Did their negligence cause the patient to be dropped and injured.

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Oldham County, Kentucky: Suit Filed Against Former Mayor Of LaGrange, Kentucky Over Missing City Records & Second Suit Over Sale Of City Property

February 19, 2011

Thumbnail image for 1038828_u_s__supreme_court_2.jpg Two lawsuits have been recently filed in Oldham County Kentucky Circuit Court. One is against the former Mayor of LaGrange, Kentucky alleging that the Mayor either removed or caused to be removed, records belonging to the city and pertaining to the city's business. The second lawsuit alleges that the City of LaGrange improperly sold a home it owned, which was assessed at $85,000.00, to a man for only $14,711.00. Both cases involve active of the former Mayor of the City.

Case which allege or involve potential abuses by government officials can be reported by government employees to proper authorities without the threat of retaliation, even if the allegations prove that no wrong doing existed. Such government employees are protected when making these reports by the Kentucky Whistleblower laws. These laws are designed to encourage people to report suspected abuses or illegal activities which involve government.

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