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Author Archives: Kevin S. Kaufman

Who Gets the Stimulus Check When Spouses Are Separated or Divorcing?

Going through a divorce is stressful enough, but the coronavirus pandemic spreading throughout the United States presents additional complications for spouses who have decided to split. In addition to changes that might need to be made regarding custody and visitation arrangements while travel is restricted, negotiations over property division need to address any new economic… Read More »

Cancer Risk Gives Zantac Users Reason for Heartburn

The medication ranitidine has been on the market since 1981 and has been heavily advertised under its most popular brand name, Zantac. It is available over the counter to treat mild cases of heartburn and may also be prescribed by doctors in stronger doses to treat ulcers. But recent news suggests that the cure might… Read More »

Recall Spurs Lawsuits by Valsartan Users at Risk of Cancer

Valsartan, which came on the market in 1996, is a drug used by millions of people to treat high blood pressure. But starting in 2018, the FDA began ordering recalls of several generic versions after discovering that they included chemicals found to be potential causes of digestive-tract cancer and liver damage if consumed in large… Read More »

How Are Pain and Suffering Damages Proved in a Personal Injury Case?

People who suffer injury because of another party’s negligent or purposeful actions can usually recover money damages for their medical expenses, lost wages and other provable economic losses. More challenging is putting a dollar value on the pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life or other intangible injuries you experienced or will… Read More »

After Three Huge Losses, Roundup Weed Killer Manufacturer Poised to Settle Mass Torts Case

If you have used the popular weed killer Roundup, you may well have put yourself in serious danger of contracting cancer. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer linked glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, to various types of cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and leukemia. Thousands of cancer victims have filed suit, and… Read More »

Mass Tort Suits Mount Alleging Roundup Herbicide Caused Cancers

If you frequently used the popular weed-killer Roundup and developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or some other form of cancer, you may be able to recover costs and damages against the product’s manufacturer. As of August 2019, there were more than 18,000 claims pending claims charging that Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup, failed to warn against the… Read More »

How to Prove Truck Driver Fatigue Led to a Crash

When truck drivers are exhausted from long hauls without sufficient rest, they can make mistakes and even fall asleep at the wheel, causing catastrophic and sometimes deadly accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that commercial truck and bus drivers are among those most likely to suffer sleep deprivation. The Federal Motor Carrier… Read More »

How Post-Crash Investigations Can Affect Recovery of Damages in a Truck Liability Lawsuit

People who have been injured or who have lost loved ones in truck crashes should pay close attention to the results of subsequent investigations by state and federal agencies, local law enforcement and insurance companies. Investigators try to determine whether violations of truck safety regulations or other factors caused the crash. Their findings could indicate… Read More »

What Special Issues Arise in Logging and Coal Truck Crashes?

Coal and log trucks are common sights on West Virginia roads, representing two very important sectors of the state’s economy. However, they can also be hazardous to other drivers and pedestrians, causing crashes that injure or kill. In recent months, there have been numerous instances of logging and coal trucks causing injury or death in… Read More »

Using Inspection Records in Commercial Vehicle Accident Cases

Commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) such as tractor trailers and tanker trucks can cause serious damages when they crash. In some cases, investigators determine that an accident could have been prevented if a CMV owner or operator had performed simple, required maintenance. In other cases, however, figuring out who is at fault for damage in a… Read More »