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New risk revealed with deadly Takata air bags

Cars and trucks are safer today than they. They have to be. Government regulations require it. Passive restraints in the form of seat belts and child safety seats are mandated. Air bags are no longer optional equipment. They were when they first came on the scene.

Many victims of car crashes have walked away from wrecks as a result. Unfortunately, many others have not. Serious injuries and deaths still occur all too often. Sometimes the cause of the problem isn't the crash itself, but faulty devices in the vehicle that malfunctions and kills or injures, rather than saves. Even recalls of such products aren't enough.

GBW Partner Chris Spagnoli Awarded for Lifetime Legal Achievement

The Los Angeles attorney, respected by her peers and feared by negligent corporations, was honored alongside Bernie and Jane Sanders and musician Jackson Browne.


Earlier this month, the national advocacy group Consumer Watchdog held its Rage for Justice Awards to honor the heroes and heroines of the public interest. Christine Spagnoli, a partner at Greene, Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, received the group's Lifetime Legal Achievement Award for her ongoing work on behalf of injury victims and consumers.

California may expand lemon law to include commercial trucks


Why properly maintained trucks are essential for safe roads

California's lemon law provides legal protections to people who experience chronic maintenance problems after buying new vehicles. While the law is primarily meant to protect consumers from being financially devastated by a bad vehicle purchase, good vehicle maintenance is also important to keep the roads safe for everyone.

Earlier this month, the California Senate introduced SB 713, a bill that would entitle the buyers of commercial trucks to some of the same lemon law protections afforded to auto buyers. Read on to learn what this could mean for motorists. 

It's National Electrical Safety Month. Protect your home in 6 steps.

In a recent post, we talked about common causes of electrocution, and how most electrical injuries occur with little to no warning. While there's no way to eliminate the chances of getting struck by lightning, there are simple steps you can take to minimize the chances of an electrical injury in your home.

May is National Electrical Safety Month, which means it's a great time to make sure your home electronics are working safely. Read on to learn how you can protect your loved ones at home - and what you can do in the event of a devastating electrical injury.

Have you been bullied on a plane?


By now, everyone in the world knows the story of Dr. David Dao, the physician who was forcibly dragged off United Airlines Flight 3411 at Chicago's O'Hare Airport April 9.

Video of Dr. Dao's ejection has triggered worldwide outrage. United's stock value has plummeted. Dao is "lawyering up" to demand damages.

5 unexpected causes of car crashes

We're all familiar with the dangers that commonly contribute to car accidents: drunk driving, distractions, speeding, fatigue. However, many accidents involve other factors that get overlooked. It's important to be aware of all potential causes of accidents - not just the most common ones.

Watch out for these five lesser-known factors:

Burn injuries and personal injury claims

Serious burns are some of the most painful injuries that anyone can have. In addition to being painful, severe burns are dangerous due to the threat of difficult-to-resolve infections. Although many burn victims can overcome and heal with proper medical care, the injury will usually leave behind disfiguring scars and painful nerve damage.

Recovery following a burn injury largely depends on the severity of the burn. Here's how burns are categorized according to severity:

Plan the claim after a loved one's debilitating brain injury

When a brain injury causes your loved one's life to be altered permanently, you might decide that you are going to try to seek compensation for the accident. Sadly, there are some accidents that lead to brain injuries that cause permanent disabilities. These situations are hard on the victim, but they are also hard on the family members who are left to pick up the pieces.

Often, a person who has a permanent disability from a brain injury will count on family members to care for them. The alternative to this is being placed in an institutional setting, which most family members don't want. This places considerable stress on the people who are left to handle the caregiver's duties.

Eating while driving: More dangerous than you think

When most people think of distracted driving, they imagine a scenario where a driver is talking on a cell phone or texting while driving. While this is certainly dangerous and a prime example of distracted driving, there are other forms of distracted driving that are often overlooked.

Eating and drinking while driving is something many drivers do often - and most drivers have done at some point. According to data compiled by Decide To Drive, drivers who are eating while driving are 3.6 times more likely to be involved in a car accident than drivers who are not. Approximately 65 percent of near-miss car accidents are caused by drivers who are eating or drinking while driving.


Predicting a recovery from a brain injury

A brain injury doesn't have to look severe in order to be disabling. In fact, nobody knows exactly why two people with apparently similar injuries can end up with two very different levels of impairment and different lingering problems long after the injury takes place.

It's also very difficult to predict with relative certainty how someone will recover after a brain injury because so many different areas of the brain can be impacted.

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