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- Paul Zuckerman

Say “No” to cheap settlements and “Yes” to trial by fire

Seven- and eight-figure verdicts are truly awesome. The thing is that these big wins are only a very small percentage of the cases being handled in our communities. ‘When I am introduced today, the list of big verdicts is what people hear and it’s gotten to the point where I have been called for advice one too many times with the preface, “I know this isn’t worth your time because it’s not a big multimillion dollar case.”…

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Safety Concerns Mount Over Electric Vehicles Powered by Lithium-ion Batteries

- Paul Zuckerman

Electric vehicles are becoming more popular for various economic, aesthetic, and environmental reasons. However, there has been recent concern over the safety and design of plug-in electric vehicles with lithium-ion batteries after a General Motors Co. (GM) Chevrolet Volt caught on fire in May while parked at a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) testing center.

The NHTSA announced in early November that it is currently working with all vehicle manufacturers to make sure that proper post-crash protocols are being implemented in regards to vehicle fires. Not only is this important for vehicle occupants, but also for emergency responders, tow-truck operators, and workers at salvage yards.

Although a damaged electric vehicle may present different risks than gasoline-powered vehicles, the NHTSA has asserted that it doesn’t believe electric vehicles pose a risk of fire greater than other vehicles. Instead, the agency emphasizes that the different design of electric vehicles will necessitate different safety standards and precautions.

According to a Bloomberg article, the NHTSA has inquired about lithium-ion battery fire risks to automakers, including GM, Nissan Motor Co., and Ford Motor Co., that sell or plan to sell vehicles with lithium-ion batteries. Both GM and the NHTSA crashed a Volt in June and couldn’t replicate the fire. A spokesman for GM stated that there are safety procedures for handling the Volt and its battery after a collision and if those procedures had been followed, the fire wouldn’t have occurred. The spokesman also stated that as new technology is developed, new safety protocols need to be developed as well to match the technology just like there are safety protocols for conventional cars.

The NHTSA will continue to conduct additional testing of the Volt’s lithium-ion batteries in addition to monitoring these vehicles.

At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, our California product liability attorneys are committed to protecting the rights of injury victims and family members of wrongful death victims who otherwise wouldn’t get their shot at justice. In winning numerous groundbreaking jury verdicts and settlements, our law firm has the legal experience, resources, and knowledge to hold large corporations and businesses liable for negligence and oversight. Contact us today by calling 213-514-8332 for a free and confidential consultation.

Power Switch Fire Causes Recall of 7.5 Million Toyotas Worldwide

- Paul Zuckerman

Toyota Vehicle RecallJapanese automaker Toyota Motor Corporation has announced the recall of 7.5 million vehicles across the globe, with 2.5 million in the United States alone. The recall is due to a faulty power window switch, which has been the cause of hundreds of smoke and fire incidents and at least nine reported burn injuries, according to The Los Angeles Times.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began an investigation into the problem four months ago; however, incidents involving the defect were reportedly brought to Toyota’s attention in 2008, according to a report by Bloomberg Businessweek. The defect is due to some vehicles being built with less effective lubricant for the internal components for switch assemblies, which can result in switches malfunctioning and overheating, leading to a fire.
 

Vehicles being recalled in the United States are as follows:

  • Pontiac Vibe 2009
  • Toyota Camry 2007-2009
  • Toyota Camry HV 2007-2009
  • Toyota Corolla 2009
  • Toyota Corolla Matrix 2009
  • Toyota Highlander 2008
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2008
  • Toyota RAV4 2007-2009
  • Toyota Scion XB 2008-2009
  • Toyota Scion XD 2008-2009
  • Toyota Sequoia 2008-2009
  • Toyota Tundra 2007-2008
  • Toyota Yaris 2007-2008

Toyota will be notifying all owners of defective vehicles and its dealers will inspect the switches and apply special grease that inhibits heat buildup. Any damaged switches will be replaced without charge. Toyota owners can contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at (800) 331-4331 and Pontiac Owners can call Pontiac Customer Care at (800) 762-2737.

If you or a loved one has been harmed due to a defective product, you have the legal right to pursue compensation for all damages that resulted. At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, our Beverly Hills, CA product liability lawyers are dedicated to protecting injured victims and holding responsible companies at fault for the dangerous actions. For more information on how we can aid you, call 213-514-8332.

Steve Halteman’s Hike to Raise Awareness for Escuela Verde

- Paul Zuckerman

Los Angeles Law Firm PhilanthropyJury consultant and co-author of Nick Rowley’s new book “Trial by Human,” Steve Halteman has begun an incredible journey to raise awareness and funds for Escuela Verde by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail; a daunting trek that starts at the California-Mexican border and winds its way north to the Canadian border.

Escuela Verde is a bilingual school located in Costa Ballena, Uvita, Costa Rica that, in just six years, has grown from a small rented home to become a family-centered school, with classes ranging from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade levels.

Halteman’s passion for helping others is evident in his commitment to dedicate himself wholly to raising awareness for a small community that has changed the lives of hundreds of families in what is known as one of the poorest parts of Costa Rica.

In support of Halteman’s dedication to Escuela Verde, the Los Angeles law firm of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley have pledged to donate $3 to the school for every mile that Halteman walks. With a total of 2,668 miles to cover, the firm’s contribution will certainly go a long way to help Escuela Verde achieve its goal of expanding to include junior high and eventually high school level curriculums.

Follow Halteman’s four to five month adventure on his blog: http://www.storiesfromsteve.org

To learn more about Escuela Verde or to make a donation, visit: www.escuelaverdecostaballena.com

The personal injury attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley are deeply committed to helping others in the pursuit of justice, just as Halteman has devoted the next few months of his life to support children’s education. If you or a loved one has been injured by a reckless or negligent party, our legal team will work to help you achieve the compensation you deserve. To learn more, contact us at 213-514-8332.

Attorney Nicholas Rowley Wins Verdict against Health Care of Iowa for Nursing Home Death, Continues to Pursue Damages

- Paul Zuckerman

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Attorney Nicholas C. Rowley and the legal team at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley recently won $600,000 in damages from a Des Moines County, Iowa jury for the family of a victim who died in a 2009 nursing home accident. The lawsuit sought damages against Danville Care Center and its owners Health Care of Iowa for a man who died after breaking his neck, wrist, and facial bones in a fall at the nursing home, as reported by The Hawk Eye.

However, Attorney Rowley will be asking the court to award an additional $1 million in attorneys’ fees in an effort to change the way that Health Care of Iowa operates its nursing homes. “We thought we needed to bring attention to the fact that these corporations make millions of dollars warehousing these patients and get away with negligence and other abuse and neglect all the time,” said Rowley.

After the fall, the victim was returned to bed, but then eventually sent to Great River Medical Center. He was later transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where he died due to respiratory failure that resulted from the accident. The unanimous verdict awarded $450,000 to the victim’s 88-year-old widow for loss of fellowship and $150,000 to the man’s estate for damages, including pain and suffering.

Rowley intends to appeal his request for punitive damages against the company, but has stated that, “This was a huge win for all nursing home patients and will increase the quality of care for all living in nursing homes in Iowa.”

The Beverly Hills nursing home injury lawyers at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley are dedicated to finding compensation for victims injured due to the abuse or neglect of nursing home staff. Through our representation, you can find the compensation needed to recover from your injuries to the best of your abilities while holding the nursing home responsible in order to prevent the victimization of other residents. For more information on how we can help you, call us at 213-514-8332.

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