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March 2017 Archives

Is a product warning ever insufficient?

We rarely read product warnings when we purchase something from the market, but that does not absolve the manufacturer from their legal obligation of providing warnings to the public even if their product does not have a design flaw and was manufactured properly. A product will still be considered defective when the foreseeable risks posed by the product could have been reduced or avoided by providing reasonable instructions and the omission of those instructions makes the product unsafe. This means that if a manufacturer releases a product without instructions, they could be liable for the injuries that result.

Are truck drivers' hours regulated?

Anyone working long hours without sufficient resting time in between workdays would get tired and truck drivers are no different in that respect. Many may think that since they are driving and sitting all day long, they are not bound to get as tired, but this is not the case. Just like any other occupation, fatigue can lead to a delay in assessing situations and responding slowly. However, unlike other occupations, a truck driver is operating heavy machinery that can turn deadly if not operated properly.

Understand your rights after a vehicle accident

Distracted and dangerous drivers are a major problem in Fairfax and throughout the rest of Northern Virginia. All across the DC metropolitan area, individuals become victims of car accidents when others fail to use reasonable care in the operation of their automobiles. Distractions come in many shapes and sizes, including but not limited to talking or texting on a smartphone, consuming food or drinks, programing GPS and music devices and others.

How does legal status of visitor affect premises liability?

Virginia residents may be aware generally of the concept that once they enter someone's property, they have the reasonable expectation that they will not get hurt on the property owner's property. This is why property owners spend time cleaning oil slicks and shoveling snow off the driveway-to ensure that they are creating the safe environment that they are legally responsible to. This concept is known as premises liability.

Knowing what to watch for following a brain injury is important

This blog recently discussed the significant costs associated with brain injuries. Because of the serious nature of brain injuries, and the fact that 138 Americans die each day due to injuries including brain injuries, it is helpful to understand how they are caused, how they are diagnosed and to be able to spot the symptoms of a brain injury when a victim or loved one has been injured. Brain injuries occur in a variety of ways and include a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the brain's normal function.

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