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State Sovereign Immunity and Personal Injury Lawsuits

When can you sue the government (and when can you not)? The doctrine of sovereign immunity varies from state-to-state, but could impact your personal injury lawsuit. The term “sovereign immunity” sounds like something that might be uttered during a conversation between a high-ranking government official and a foreign leader. But in reality, sovereign immunity is a legal doctrine that could impact your personal injury claim. Let’s take a closer look at sovereign immunity and how it may impact your lawsuit. What is sovereign immunity? Sovereign immunity is a legal doctrine that prevents a state government from being sued without its consent.Sovereign immunity might prohibit you from suing...

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What Are Mass Torts and How Do They Differ From Other Personal Injury Lawsuits?

Mass torts are civil actions that have many plaintiffs involved against one or several defendant corporations. The suits can be venued in state or federal courts. The term "mass" has several layers of meaning in mass torts. The first meaning refers to the participation of many plaintiffs in tort litigation. The second meaning refers to the use of mass media by plaintiffs' lawyers to recruit even more plaintiffs to join the ongoing litigation and plaintiffs' class. The media is used, even if indirectly, by plaintiffs' bar to air the case preliminarily to the public (and potential jury pool). How Mass Torts...

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After Hundreds of Crashes Britax Jogging Stroller Faced Recall

The crashes were brutal. With no warning, the front wheel on the three-wheeled BOB jogging strollers fell off, causing the carriages to careen and even flip over. Adults shattered bones. They tore ligaments. Children smashed their teeth. They gashed their faces. One child bled from his ear canal. Staff members at the Consumer Product Safety Commission collected 200 consumer-submitted reports from 2012 to 2018 of spontaneous failure of the stroller wheel, which is secured to a front fork by a quick-release lever, like on a bicycle. Nearly 100 adults and children were injured, according to the commission. The agency’s staff members...

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Window Washer Hit, Killed by Falling Bricks in Manhattan

A 51-year-old window washer was killed Monday when bricks fell on top of his head on the east side of Manhattan, police said. Nelson Salinas was washing windows on the sixth floor of 311 East 50th St., near Second Avenue, at about 11:30 a.m. when the bricks came tumbling down, according to the NYPD. He was hit in the head with debris, police said, and taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. It wasn't immediately clear how long he had been working at that location. By Allison Fox [AMNY]...

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NY State Budget Cuts City Public Health Funding by $59M

The state's $175.5 billion budget includes a $59 million cut to public health funding for the city Health Department, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday. The budget lowered the state's reimbursement for health services provided by the city to a minimum of 20%, compared with 36% for all other municipalities statewide. De Blasio said the funding is used for newborn home visits; clinics that treat STDs, HIV and tuberculosis; and public health response services that have been used for Legionnaires' disease, West Nile and Zika. It is also used to combat opioid addiction and test updated vaccines for diseases such as measles and...

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Could Social Media Impact Your Personal Injury Claim?

The use of social media is becoming more and more common. In fact, as of January 2014, 74 percent of adults who used the internet also used social media sites, a Pew Research Center report found. (Since that time, it is estimated that that number has grown.) As social media provides a forum for individuals to share their thoughts, feelings, experiences, and photos, it makes sense that some people who have been injured in an accident turn to social media to share details. However, social media effects on a personal injury claim can be negative, and using social media while in the...

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