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Dog Bite Insurance Payouts Increase In Senior & Children Cases

By Brian Chase on May 18, 2015 - No comments

Dog Bite InjuryInsurance companies’ costs for dog attacks increased in 2014 as medical costs increased in incidents involving vulnerable victims such as children and the elderly.

According to a Bloomberg news report, the average cost per claim increased to $32,072 in 2014 from $27,862 a year earlier.

The numbers came from the Insurance Information Institute and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company.

More Severe Injuries Reported

Dog bite injuries cost the insurance industry about …Read the rest »

Posted in: Dog Bites

GM Recalls Malibu Cars For Defective Seatbelts & Seat Anchors

By Brian Chase on May 17, 2015 - No comments

GM RecallGeneral Motors Company announced two auto defect recalls for problems with seatbelts and seats that may not be properly anchored.

According to a Detroit News report, the automaker is recalling nearly 469,000 2011-2012 Chevy Malibu cars because a steel cable connected to the safety belt can fail.

According to documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the flexible steel cable that connects the safety belt to the vehicle can …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Recalls

Smart Cars Recalled For Steering Problems

By Brian Chase on May 12, 2015 - No comments

Mercedes RecallMercedes Benz has issued an auto defect recall for certain 2014-2015 model year SmartForTwo minicars to fix a problem, which could result in a broken steering gear, increasing the risk of a crash.

According to documentation submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the fault lies with the steering gear bolts on the front crossmember of the affected cars built on the previous-generation Smart 451 platform.

Increased Risk of a Crash

Mercedes-Benz officials say a certain batch of bolts used between …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Recalls

Bill Proposed To Curb Rentals Of Recalled Cars

By Brian Chase on May 11, 2015 - No comments

Rental Car RecallA new bill that aims to prevent companies from renting out defective or recalled vehicles that have not been repaired has been released in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.

According to a news report in Law360, the Senate bill, which has been proposed in each of the past three legislative sessions, was reintroduced by U.S. senators Chuck Schumer, Barbara Boxer, Claire McCaskill and Bill Nelson.

An identical bill was introduced in the House as well. Schumer reiterated that …Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Defects

Class Action Lawsuits Pile Up Against Manny Pacquiao

By Brian Chase on May 11, 2015 - No comments

Manny Pacquiao Class Action LawsuitManny Pacquiao and his promoters are continuing to see more class action lawsuits come in, alleging they failed to disclose his shoulder injury before consumers purchased tickets and pay-per-view telecasts for his much-anticipated fight against Floyd Mayweather.

According to ESPN.com, the first class action lawsuit was filed in Nevada on May 5, 2015, but others were filed later the same say including two in California, and one each in …Read the rest »

Posted in: Class Action

Crashes Involving Recalled Vehicles Going Unreported

By Brian Chase on May 6, 2015 - No comments

Car AccidentHundreds of car accidents involving older defective vehicles are going unreported each year, according to a Claims Journal report.

This is apparently because U.S. safety regulations do not require automakers to report suspicious accidents for models that are more than 10 years old.

This is terribly worrisome because the average age of cars on our nation’s roadways is …Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Defects

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  • “I went to law school knowing I wanted to be a personal injury attorney. I wanted my life’s work to have a positive impact on other people’s lives.”

    Brian Chase

    on what made him want to become a personal injury attorney

  • “I was in a serious auto accident when I was in law school. I had to hire a personal injury attorney and had a really bad experience.”

    John Bisnar

    on what made him want to become a personal injury attorney

  • “Everybody either drives in a car or rides in a car, so when I do the auto defect cases I really feel like I’m making the world safer by making vehicles safer.”

    Brian Chase

    on why he focuses on auto defect cases

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    John Bisnar

    on his philosophy on running a law firm

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  • “There are many, many defects in vehicles that can lead to life or death that could be fixed with a mere $40-$50 [on the assembly line].”

    Brian Chase

    on the shocking facts about the vehicles we drive

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    John Bisnar

    on the role compassion plays in his profession

  • “I’m convinced, because of all the lawsuits...the auto industry finally found out it was cheaper to fix the problem than to keep paying in the litigation.”

    Brian Chase

    on making the world a safer place

  • “...if [manufacturers] build a dangerous product and someone is seriously injured from that, some personal inury lawyer is going to call them on the carpet about it.”

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  • “I was always jealous of doctors. They get to save lives and they get to heal. I don’t get to do that but I get to have a very big impact on another person’s life...”

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    John Bisnar

    on mentoring young attorneys

  • “We try to figure out how we can help [our clients] get through what they’re going through emotionally. Because just getting them compensated is only part of the job.”

    Brian Chase

    on the role compassion plays in his profession

  • “The Lakers have always been a winning organization, a class organization. I’ve used the Lakers as kind of a model for how to run my practice as well.”

    John Bisnar

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California Nursing Homes Settle Over Medication Claims

Leaders of two nursing homes in Watsonville, California, have agreed to pay $3.8 million in settlement funds after a federal lawsuit was filed against them alleging they provided substandard care and

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What We Know The Largest Auto Recall In US History

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that Takata Corporation will declare 33.8 million vehicles defective because they are equipped with airbags that can

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Federal Regulators Criticize Chrysler For Late Response On Safety Recalls

Federal regulators have expressed deep concern about the slow pace of repairs for vehicle defect recalls issued by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, the

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