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Spotting Settlement Mills and Fast Food Lawyering

Settlement mills are high-volume personal injury law firms that advertise heavily and resolve claims mechanically. Avoid these firms like the plague although their national ads might make them a familiar name.

The phrase “settlement mill” was coined and popularized by Nora Freeman Engstrom, a Stanford Law School professor who researches the intersection of torts law and ethics. She writes extensively about how these firms resolve legal matters mechanically at the expense of client rights. It’s not a heartening tale but should be taken to heart.

Doctors Can Be Liable for an Appendicitis Misdiagnosis

Failure to diagnose a condition is a basis for a medical malpractice suit. The more common the condition and the easier to diagnose, the more likely it is that missing it constitutes malpractice. This general principle applies to appendicitis, too.

Appendicitis is a common condition but it is not always easy to diagnose. Abdominal pain can be a sign of many things, not just appendicitis. What that means in terms of medical malpractice is that, although the condition is common, a misdiagnosis is unfortunately not completely uncommon.

Winter is fast approaching, and with it comes icy and dangerous sidewalks. Slip and fall accidents injure millions of people every year, and many of them occur on poorly maintained or hazardous sidewalks.

So who’s responsible for keeping sidewalks safe? And what can you do if you’re injured on a sidewalk?

Two recent deaths of high school football players have shifted some parents’ focus from head injuries to abdominal injuries. From heat stroke to sickle cell trait to concussions and now the rupture of internal organs, the dangers of playing football seem to increase every day.

But are abdominal injuries avoidable in high school football, or just the cost of playing the sport?

Sadly, far too many motor vehicle accidents happen between cars and pedestrians. In most of these cases, the driver is at fault, and an injured pedestrian will sue the driver for damages.

But in some cases, the pedestrian acted negligently and may have contributed to an accident. When that happens, can a motorist sue a pedestrian?

Is It Worth Suing for Defamation to Protect Your Reputation?

Sticks and stones may break bones, but words will never hurt you. Or will they? When someone says something that damages your reputation, it might be worthwhile to sue for defamation.

"It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation and only one bad one to lose it," according to Benjamin Franklin. Defamation law recognizes this. Specifically, it allows people who have been unjustly publicly badmouthed to defend their good name.

False Imprisonment in Healthcare

False imprisonment is the intentional unlawful confinement of a person against their will. It comes in many forms and does not require physical restraint necessarily. When it happens in the medical context it is particularly scary.

In healthcare, false imprisonment happens when a patient is held involuntarily in a hospital, nursing home, other health facility or institution, or even in an ambulance. A critical element of the claim is consciousness of confinement. In other words, the person held had to reasonably believe they could not leave.

Liability in a personal injury case isn’t always clear-cut. Sometimes, those of us who feel like victims can end up being sued ourselves.

Every case is different, but there are some common themes to defending a personal injury lawsuit. Here are a few:

Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in the USA

Bringing home the bacon is dangerous business for some American workers. A report on perilous jobs in the US measures that risk. For those who may face injuries at work, it's important for you to understand your workers' compensation benefits.

The ranking below is generated annually using figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on workplace fatalities and is generated by CareerCast. It is based on two factors: personal perils and general hazards faced by those around the worker.

Certain diabetes medications can result in diabetic ketoacidosis, a condition of too much acid in the blood. Some users of SGLT2 inhibitors have developed ketoacidosis, which can be accompanied by insulin deficiency, hyperglycemia, and dehydration.

These conditions can be painful, and treating them can be expensive. If you've suffered from diabetic ketoacidosis due to SGLT2 inhibitors, you may have an injury claim. So what does a pharmaceutical injury claim look like, and where do you go for legal help?