Patrick Carr: Personal injury law promotes accountability and if people are held accountable, they’re going to be more careful when they drive a car, when they operate dangerous machinery, when they’re handling other things that might hurt us.
So for that reason, if we’re all accountable to each other, we tend to be safer.
Patrick E. Carr: If your loved ones fall and hurts himself or herself at a nursing home, it might be the fault of the nursing home because a nursing home is supposed to take care of older people to make sure they don’t fall.
So if that happens, a good idea is to call the Department of Health to make an investigation, to see what has happened and consider hiring your own attorneys to take a look at it, such as our lawyers at Carr & Carr.
Patrick E. Carr: The strength of the seats in your car is extremely important to safety if you’re in a car wreck. For instance, if you’re hit from behind, your body is going to move backward into that seat. If that seat collapses backwards, it’s much more likely you’re going to be hurt than if it remains upright.
If you have any questions about the strength of the seats in your vehicle, call us at Carr & Carr. We can help you.
It’s been a rough year for General Motors. GM recently revealed an ignition switch flaw in millions of their vehicles that caused cars to turn off while in operation, leaving drivers without the safety of the airbag, power steering, and power brakes. To date, ignition switch problems in GM vehicles have been tied to over 1,200 cases of serious injuries and at least 124 deaths.
Making matters worse, GM also revealed that its employees have been aware of the ignition switch problems for over a decade, but only started recalling cars in early 2014. It is this substantial delay in taking action that has landed the American car manufacturer in trouble and the reason why GM is now facing criminal charges and copious fines for their actions. GM CEO Mary Barra stated during a recent press conference, “This is a tragic situation and we understand that lives are impacted. We’ve made substantial changes, and people know we are sincere.”
In addition to issuing a public apology, GM has agreed to pay $900 million to settle the criminal charges levied against the company. Although they’ve agreed to pay the fines in full and have stated that they are making changes to their manufacturing process to ensure safety in the future, no GM officials will personally face criminal charges. Because of a nuance in the law, neither the company nor any of its leaders will be indicted, a fact that has only further hurt the families of those innocently killed.
Who’s to Blame?
Members of the public are outraged that none of the GM officials will face real world consequences. Many believe that they should be removed from their positions, jailed, and held accountable for their negligence. As it stands now, GM is slated to pay over $600 million to the victims and their families. They’re also looking at an expense of $4.1 billion in recall repairs to their vehicles. But how much do fines, fees, and settlements really mean if the individuals responsible for the mistake don’t face any consequences themselves?
Law makers and influential figures on Capitol Hill are tired of what GM has been able to get away with. They’re calling for reform in the auto safety law, that would hold car manufacturers accountable for their actions and impose strict criminal penalties if they’re not willing to comply. Former presidential candidate Ralph Nader is on board with these bills, stating in an interview with Democracy Now that we must, “Put criminal penalties in that auto safety law, after some 50 years of stonewalling and lobbying by GM. Otherwise, more people are going to die, more people are going to be injured.”
Injured by a GM vehicle?
General Motors is, by far, the largest automobile manufacturer in the United States. Since their founding in 1908, they’ve sold 9.025 million vehicles worldwide. If you don’t own a GM vehicle, you probably know someone who does. Whether it’s you, a family member, or a friend, if the GM vehicle in question has not been retuned for the necessary recall repairs, your health and safety may be at risk.
If you’ve been one of the many who have been injured by a GM automobile that has suffered an ignition switch malfunction, contact the attorneys at Carr & Carr. There is a statue of limitations on cases that deal with product or manufacturer liability. Don’t waste a moment of time. Our lawyers take cases from all over the country and we might be able to help you exercise your legal right to claim damages. We may be able to help you receive financial compensation for your injuries and suffering. Call us today at 1-877-392-4878 or contact us online. Our free consultations could help you discover the full potential of your case and, ultimately, get your life back.
The ability of the roof of your car to withstand a rollover is critically important because you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what will happen if that roof crushes down on you during a rollover.
So making sure you buy a car, own a car, or drive a car that has a strong roof is very important in case you’re involved in a rollover accident.
If you have any questions about the strength of the roof on your car, call us at Carr & Carr. We can help you.
If you’ve developed a severe infection after surgery involving a metal implant, contact Carr & Carr Attorneys immediately at 1-877-392-4878.
If you’ve had surgery involving a metal implant — such as a hip replacement or knee replacement — and then developed a serious infection which forced an amputation of your arm or leg, you should learn more about a potentially dangerous medical device called the Bair Hugger warming blanket.
During surgery, patients who receive anesthesia require assistance to regulate their body temperature. Hospitals sometimes use a warming device, such as a Bair Hugger warming blanket, to keep patients’ body temperatures at the proper level during the operation.
Used during surgery, the Bair Hugger blanket may cause dangerous bacteria to be deposited into the open surgical site of a patient undergoing an operation. The Bair Hugger warming system can circulate bacteria up from underneath the operating table and back into the surgical site where infection can start. Uncontrolled, severe infections can lead to removal of an arm or leg, or even death.
In fact, according to a New York Times article, Dr. Scott D. Augustine, the inventor of the Bair Hugger, believes that the air from the device can spread bacteria which is associated with hospital-acquired infections. Obviously, this is dangerous because dangerous bacteria should not be allowed inside a patient’s open surgery site.
If you or a loved one has suffered an infection which you think may be associated with the use of the Bair Hugger warming blanket, immediately contact Carr & Carr Attorneys.
It is important that you know there is a limited period of time to file a lawsuit to seek damages for injuries caused by medical devices like the Bair Hugger. If you miss that deadline, any case you file will be dismissed and you will recover nothing. Talk with a medical malpractice attorney at Carr & Carr today to learn more about these very important deadlines.