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Can I Sue for a Black Friday Injury?

You woke up before dawn and posted up in front of the store. But you were not alone. When the doors opened, you and thousands of eager shoppers rushed to get inside. In the crush, you were hurt. What can you do?

You can sue for an injury that occurs on Black Friday, just like any other day. All the same rules apply to this frenzied occasion, meaning you will have to prove that injury was caused by someone's negligence. So let's take a look at how to prove a claim before you get back to that shopping list.

Can I Sue for Libel in Small Claims Court?

Theoretically, you can sue for libel in small claims court in most states. But there are monetary limits on small claims that would make this an unusual choice.

Small claims courts, as the name implies, generally handle small disputes with limited monetary damages. Some states do not allow lawyers to appear in small claims court but libel cases are difficult to prove and probably will require an expert. So for this and other reasons small claims court is usually unsuitable for a libel claim.

Maybe you thought you were being perfectly safe with that turkey fryer. After all, you put it outside, on concrete, and away from any flammable material. And maybe you watched as this seemingly safe setup still went awry, and the flame from the fryer ignited a leak in the hose from the propane tank to the burner. And maybe you thanked your lucky stars and all the smart propane tank designers that you and all your Thanksgiving guests didn’t ignite in a fiery and delicious inferno that day.

Not all of us have had a brush with death on Thanksgiving to make us think twice about our Turkey Day Safety. But luckily, not all of us need that kind of wakeup call. Here’s how to keep you and your family safe this Thanksgiving.

We’re told that accidents happen, but not every car crash is an accident. While you’re trying to stay safe on the roads, some less scrupulous drivers are trying to scam money out of insurance companies by staging car accidents. (And these scams aren’t just occurring in Asia or Russia.)

Luckily, many of these scams are similar and therefore more easily identified, if you know what to look for. Here are some of the more popular staged car accidents, and how to avoid them.

Can I Sue for Invokamet Side Effects and Injury?

If you were injured by Invokament side effects, you can sue. Liability suits against the drug manufacturer are already taking place around the country. The drug is used to treat patients with Type 2 diabetes, which occurs in over 28 million Americans.

Type 2 diabetes is a condition manifesting in the body inefficiently handling insulin, leaving sugar in the blood stream instead of used by cells as energy. High blood glucose levels lead to blindness, kidney failure, neurologic damage, and necrosis, or death of living tissue, often resulting in amputation.

Is There a Minimum Settlement Amount for Injury Claims?

There is no minimum settlement amount for injury claims. Parties to a lawsuit can agree to pretty much any terms they choose.

But the court will scrutinize any settlement for signs of unfairness or coercion, especially if the difference in power between the parties is significant. So while you can theoretically agree to anything, your attorney will realistically need to be prepared to explain the deal.

A suicide is a tragedy, and after someone takes their own life, we look for reasons why. Most often, those reasons fall to the person’s own unhappiness or mental illness. But that is not always the case. In some situations, it appears that a person has been pushed to commit suicide, or become more suicide-prone than he or she normally would be.

In these cases, could someone else be liable for a person’s suicide? And are there legal claims that cover these scenarios?

Can I Sue for a Recumbent Bike Accident?

There are all kinds of quirky bikes on the market now. Some are tiny and fold into a bag. Some are strange and look like a cross between a lounge chair and a tricycle. The latter are called recumbent bicycles and this odd mode of transportation is growing more popular.

Recumbent bikes have certain advantages — not far to fall, for one! But there are also dangers for recumbent bike riders that other cyclists do not share. The use of recumbents on the road is relatively new and there is no data on injuries and accidents related to these bikes specifically. But we do know why people start using them … and some reasons to give them up.

Those of us lucky enough to live in places without nasty winter weather know well enough not to gloat about that fact. But beyond avoiding sleet, snow, and icy slush everywhere, the best part about avoiding the worst of winter weather is avoiding the worst of winter drivers.

Don't be that worst winter driver. Make sure your vehicle is packed with safety necessities before you leave the house and use some good winter driving habits to avoid accidents this holiday season.

Are Drug Companies Liable for Side Effects?

Medications manufacturers may be liable for injuries from dangerous drug side effects. But there are limits on liability and not all manufacturers are made equal -- makers of generic drugs approved by the FDA can't be sued under state laws.

Still, if you are injured because a drug company, doctor, or pharmacist breached their duty to warn you about a drug's side effects, you do have recourse. A lawyer can help you figure out whom to sue.