Every year thousands of people suffer injury due to defective products. A defective product is a product that results in injury to a person when he used that product. A product could be defective due to several reasons. It’s design could be defective, it might not be fit for use, it might be made from material which is defective or it might not have a suitable warning label. A defective product lawsuit could be the outcome of pure negligence, harsh legal responsibility or violation of guarantee. A Medtronic class action lawsuit can be considered a good example of a defective product lawsuit.

The defective product lawsuit is made on the basis of the jurisdiction within which the claim falls. It doesn’t really matter if the injury is small or big. You must file a defective product lawsuit if you are to enjoy your legal rights. A defective product lawsuit comprises of two important parts – the damages and the liability. Damages talk about the degree of the injury or loss endured by the user as a result of negligence on the manufacturer’s part.

You often find a new Medtronic class action Lawsuit being filed over the defective Medtronic defibrillator. The Medtronic class action lawsuits claim that the manufacturer did not caution the patients who had the defective defibrillators implanted in time. The Medtronic leads which were recalled in the October of 2007, have been associated with injuries after the wire which connects the defibrillator to the heart gets detached giving an enormous electric shock or stops delivering adequate shocks resulting in even a few deaths.

As per several Medtronic class action lawsuits, the Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator Lead recall happened a bit too late although the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) as well as the company were very much aware of the perils linked with these defective defibrillators for several months before the real Medtronic recall in the October of 2007.

Come January 2007, Medtronic had received as many as 700 reports on injury as result of the defective Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator Leads. This number increased to almost 800 in April and crossed 1000 come June. The Minneapolis Heart Institute told Medtronic that February that they would not be using the Medtronic Leads any more but would opt for a different kind of lead that had a lesser risk of injury. The FDA as well as Medtronic both did nothing to protect new patients from receiving implants of this defibrillator which was already known to be defective.

If a near and dear one of yours had this defective product replaced or is planning on a replacement, he could be the recipient of compensation no matter whether he suffered due to problems from surgery or from the device. There are a lot of agencies which have specialized Medtronic lawsuit attorneys who give you even free evaluation of your case. Some even have a nurse on their staff to answer any questions you might have about defects in Medtronic pacemakers or a possible Medtronic class action lawsuit.

Defective product lawsuits call for the lawyer to have plenty of knowledge and experience as well as resources as skilled witnesses will cost plenty of money. You must be careful when you choose a lawyer as not all of them have the resources or links to get skilled witnesses for a preliminary assessment.

If you win a Medtronic class action lawsuit, you will receive compensation or money for your medical bills and repayment for damaged property or loss of work as a result of the defective product. You are also eligible to receive compensation for any suffering and pain that the defective product might have caused you.

Spinal Injury or Spinal Cord Injury is a serious problem. It is often described as “trauma to spinal cord”. It can result in loss of proper function. Spinal cord is one of the major parts of human body. A group of nerves together forms the spinal cord that resides between the waist and the bottom of human brain. The spinal column protects the spinal cord. The lumbar spine, cervical spine and thoracic spine come together to form the spinal column.

Spinal injuries are mainly injuries to spinal column. The major reasons behind spinal damage can be motor vehicle accident, pedestrian accidents, truck accidents and bicycles accidents. Spinal injury can damage the bundle of nerves inside the cord. The mail locations of spinal injury include:

Cervical Spinal Cord Injury – 50%
Lumbar and Sacral Spinal Cord Injury – 20%
Thoracic Spinal Cord Injury – 30%

Spinal injury can be very harmful because the work of the spinal is related to the brain. The brain sends and receives signals through spinal cord. These signals result in sensations and movements. If the spinal cord is damaged you can not move properly. Central nervous system comprises of both the brain and spinal cord. If your spinal cord is injured it can damage the central nervous system which in turn can result in loss of proper function, loss of total or partial movement and loss of partial or all sensations.

There can be three kinds of spinal injuries such as:

Tetraplegia or Quadriplegia: this refers to trauma to Cervical Spine. This can restrict the movements of arms and legs and disable your over all movements.

Paraplegia: this refers to trauma to Lumbar Spine, Thoracic Spine or Sacral Spine. This can diminish one’s ability to move the legs.

Paralysis: this can disrupt the movement of the entire body.

 

We represent individuals involved in controversies alleging a wrong or damage to another’s person, rights, reputation, or property resulting from events or activities such as car accidents, defective products, infliction of emotional distress, intentional misconduct, and negligence. Initial consultations are always free and contingency fees are available. 

Auto and Boating Accidents—Many personal injuries result from motor vehicle accidents. Accidents may involve negligence on the part of drivers, including drunk driving and reckless behavior. If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, we can assist you in receiving compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and other damages. 

Dog Bite Attacks—Illinois has specific laws governing the care and restraint of domestic pets. If you have been injured by an animal, you may have claims against the pet’s owner. Please contact our firm for assistance and advice. 

Medical Malpractice— We regularly represent individuals who have died or suffered extensive injuries resulting from negligence of a hospital, physician, nurse practitioner, or other health care provider. Catastrophic cases may arise from a primary care doctor’s failure to diagnose diseases, such as cancer, or failure to refer patients to an appropriate medical specialist, a baby who dies or is permanently maimed, and patients who are sent home from the emergency room with inadequate treatment. Not every bad result means someone was negligent. Our experience has made us adept at analyzing these cases, simplifying complex medical matters, and identifying and aggressively pursuing legal remedies. 

Workers’ Compensation—Our firm represents employees who are injured on the job in claims for lost wages and medical treatment expenses against private industry, federal, state, and local government employers and their workers’ compensation insurers.

Construction Accidents— Owners and general contractors have an obligation to keep the work site safe. If there is an accident, in many cases a worker will be able to bring a claim against the owner or general contractor in addition to a workers’ compensation claim. It is important to consult a firm with expertise in this area of the law to ensure that your rights are fully protected. 

Wrongful Death—If you’ve lost a loved one in an accident or as the result of a faulty or defective product or piece of equipment, we can represent your interests against the parties at fault and their insurance companies to seek damages on your behalf. 

Drug Possession: Health and Safety Code Sections 11350 and 11377

The crime is defined as the unlawful possession of a controlled substance. The prosecution must prove that the defendant knew the drugs were in his or her presence, and that the substance is in fact an unlawful drug. Often the police do not obtain fingerprints from the wrapping or container the drugs are found in, providing the defense an opportunity to contest who the drugs belong to. Constitutional violations committed by the police may lead to the entire case being thrown out of court.

The consequences for the conviction of a drug crime can be very serious. Possession of drugs offenses carry the possibility of jail or even federal prison. It extremely important that you retain the legal services of an experienced San Fernando Valley criminal defense attorney who understands how to successfully defend drug crime accusations. With the proper advocacy of our attorneys, our clients often obtain a sentence of drug treatment programs instead of jail time. Successful completion of such programs often leads to the entire case being dismissed.

 

Estate planning is the process of ordering your affairs in anticipation of your death.  Planning for the distribution of your property after death is wise.  

Keeping Real Property Out of Probate

Several options exist for conveying real property to your loved ones after your death without going through probate court.

Titling Property:  If you want your loved ones to have immediate ownership of your real property upon your death, consider including them in some way on the title to your property.Certain forms of property ownership come with a right of survivorship.  For example, community property and joint property ownership both automatically give real property to the other owners in the event of your death.  A life estate also enables property to convey to another automatically upon your death.

Trusts:  Lliving trusts ensure your property is distributed according to your wishes after your death.  In a living trust, you would assign someone the responsibility of distributing your property at your death.  This someone, known as a trustee, can be a person or a business.  During your life time, you would put your real property into the trust for distribution according to your wishes after death.  Trusts do not have to go through the probate process, so trust property gets distributed in a timely fashion after your death.

Probate – The Basics

Probate is a process conducted by a state court to distribute your property after your death.  Certain types of property avoid the probate process and get distributed directly to heirs, such as life insurance policies, certain bank accounts, gifts, trusts, and certain kinds of joint property ownership.  All other property must pass probate to get to your loved ones.  Many people plan their estates to avoid probate.  While probate ensures that your property is distributed fairly among your loved ones, it is a costly and lengthy process that can delay your gifts to your family and friends.

Real Property in Probate

Wills:Wills speak for you after your death.  In a will, you can outline your wishes for the disposition of your real property so that no misunderstandings arise after your death.  Wills have certain creation, signature, and witnessing requirements to be valid.  Wills must go through probate to ensure validity after which the property in the will is distributed according to your wishes.  If your loved ones dispute the distribution of your real property, probate provides forum to address the dispute.

Intestate Distribution:  If you die without a will, the probate court will distribute your real property for you.  This may even be preferred if you know your loved ones my squabble over your property after your death.  The probate court will distribute your real property based on California laws of intestate distribution – laws that distribute your property based on a hierarchical family formula.

 

Property disputes with neighbors can be sources of great tension.  Some common disputes with neighbors, such as roving animals, trespassing, and boundary disputes, can be worked out easily by just talking and coming up with workable solutions.  If talking doesn’t work, mediation is always an option.  

Roving Animals

A common dispute between neighbors arises from pets roaming onto a neighbor’s property.  In this case, be sure you know the leash laws and other animal laws that apply to your local area.  If your pet is the one roaming, put it on a leash if the law so orders.  If a neighbor’s pet is roaming on your property, talk to the neighbor and inform them of the leash law that applies to your local area.  If you live in an area with a homeowner’s association (HOA), they may already have rules about pets that apply to the neighborhood.  In this instance, consult the HOA for help in dealing with a neighbor’s roaming pets.

Trespassing

Another common dispute between neighbors is that one neighbor crosses another neighbor’s property to get to a fishing hole or some other location.  To address this issue, you could talk to the neighbor and ask them not to cross your property.  Or, you could give them a license or easement to use your property at a cost.  A license is temporary permission to use  your property in a specific way.  An easement is permanent permission to use your property in a certain way.  Some easements stay attached to the land regardless of the landowner.  Riverside and Corona attorney, the McAndrew Law Firm, can assist you in creating a license or easement for aneighbor who regularly trespasses on your land.

Property Line Disputes

Often neighbors will dispute where the boundary to their property ends and begins.  Some property owners may place a fence, shrubbery, or other indicator of separation on their boundary line to mark the extent of their property.  Disputes arise when this boundary exceeds the actual boundary line by some measure.  In some instances, if a property owner has exceeded his or her property line with some form of physical boundary, such as a fence or shrubbery, they may take that excess of land from the neighboring owner by adverse possession.  Such a dispute can get complicated and is best undertaken with the help of the Riverside and Corona attorney, the McAndrew Law Firm.

 

With the immediate suspension of Hips being “so last month”, the Law Society has reiterated its desire to continue with reform in the Conveyancing process. The Law Society has said reform of the house selling process is essential to meet the needs of the home buying market. The Law Society’s opposition to the introduction of HIPs has been strong and consistent. In its opinion Hips had effectively marginalized Conveyancing solicitors with a process, that was at best pseudo legal, and a worst an additional marketing ploy by new entrants in to the home selling and buying arena.

The Law Society stated that HIPs have led to;

“increased costs and a host of cross selling initiatives that were not in the consumers’ interests. The advent of HIPs encouraged estate agents and HIP Providers to vie with each other to gain the initial access to the consumer so they could be referred, for a fee, to other professionals and service providers which distorted the market. These fees were not transparent to the consumer”

Reform Proposals:

The Law Society wants to revamp its Transaction scheme, which was introduced way back in 1989/1990. The Protocol included standard forms of Inquiries and a Fixtures and Fittings Questionnaire. A process which was badly copied under the HIP Regulations in the form of the Property Information Questionnaire (PIQ). The Law Society is recommending a revamp of the forms again to be provided in standard format.

Robert Heslett the Law Society President added;

“The professional integrity and legal skills which solicitors have traditionally brought to the housing market are probably more important now than they have ever been. The marked increase in property fraud, including registration fraud and mortgage fraud, means that the role of the solicitors as the gatekeeper in the process assumes a greater importance. This role falls to solicitors as the most highly regulated professionals in the process. Solicitors can help consumers understand the residential Conveyancing process, the role of the solicitor and others in the buying and selling market and to make informed choices.”

You might say they would say that wouldn’t they! What would be beneficial is for the reform process to be quickened, so that the consumer will see an honest attempt to fill part of the vacuum left by the demise of HIPs. This at a time where the new Coalition Government saw fit to axe a process with no thought or consideration as to what might replace it. In all the clamour surrounding the suspension of HIPs, no one has trumpeted a return to the “good old days” of slow Conveyancing, Seller and Buyer uncertainty and aborted expense.