Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Why are e-cigarettes dangerous?

    E-cigarettes contain high concentrations of nicotine. Because they are still developing, teens are more at risk of health issues from vaping. Reported issues include respiratory illnesses, seizures, anxiety disorders, poisoning, addiction, and serious lung diseases similar to popcorn lung disease.

  • What is vaping?

    Vaping uses electronic smoking devices – referred to as electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes – that contain oil cartridges. The device heats the oil and releases a vapor that the user inhales. Many companies have created flavored oils that appeal to teens. Studies have shown that almost 40 percent of teens vape, up almost 10 percent from the year before. Medical and safety advocates are sounding the alarm, however, about the dangers of vaping, including addiction and health issues.

  • Can I receive compensation if I come down with food poisoning from airline food?

    In order to protect your right to pursue damages, there are steps you want to be sure to take:

    • Document when you first began feeling ill. Food poisoning symptoms can take up to a few days to appear.
    • Consult with a doctor to confirm the food poisoning and diagnose the type.
    • See if you can find out what company provides the food for the airline you flew with
    • Find out if other travelers also developed food poisoning. This can be often be found online.
    • Your attorney can also obtain FDA inspection reports to find out if there were any violations at the food company facilities.

  • Is airline food safe to eat or do I have to worry about food poisoning?

    Although airlines have stringent regulations they are required to follow in food preparation, there is actually a larger risk of bacteria in airline food than in restaurants because of the lag time between when the food is prepared and when it is served.

    However, recent investigations have revealed the following violations at some airlines over the past few years:

    • Bird and rodent feces in facilities
    • Condensation dripping water on food
    • Cross-contamination between raw and cooked meats
    • Expired food being used
    • Fans blowing dust on food
    • Food that was not stored at a safe temperature
    • Listeria contaminations in facilities

  • What are the long-term effects and disabilities of asphyxia?

    • Behavioral or emotional challenges
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Cognitive differences and learning disabilities
    • Difficulty with paying attention (ADD or ADHD)
    • Epilepsy
    • Intellectual challenges
    • Sensory differences
    • Speech and language difficulties
    • Visual and hearing problems

  • What are the three types of birth injury asphyxia?

    1. Fetal Stroke: When there is a disruption of blood flow to the brain, the infant can suffer a prenatal stroke. This is one of the most common causes of cerebral palsy. Fetal strokes can also be caused by the wrong use of forceps or vacuum extractors or a failure of the doctor to diagnose medical conditions in the mother, such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, or autoimmune disorders.
    2. Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE): HIE occurs when there is a lack of oxygen to the brain. Brain swelling also occurs, causing the blood supply to be cut off. As the body attempts to protect the brain, other organs can be damaged. Complications in labor or delivery, maternal health issues, preventable infections, and the failure to perform a Cesarean section can cause HIE.
    3. Meconium Aspiration Syndrome: Meconium is the fecal matte that a newborn passes shortly after they are born. If the infant experiences stress while still in the uterus, they may pass the meconium and inhale the meconium while still in utero or right after delivery. Meconium can cause the baby’s lungs to swell and block the airways.

  • What is asphyxia in relation to birth injuries?

    Asphyxia occurs when the infant’s brain is deprived of oxygen for an extended period of time during labor or delivery. Asphyxia is irreversible and can result in abnormal neurological functions for the baby. It is often caused by negligence on the part of medical professionals who fail to properly monitor the baby during labor or respond to signs the infant is in distress.

  • Who is liable for a tire blowout crash?

    If the driver of the vehicle had properly maintained their tires, then a Virginia car accident attorney will evaluate their case to determine who has liability for the crash. Some of the possible at-fault parties may include:

    • Manufacturer if there was a design or manufacturing defect
    • Municipality if road conditions caused the crash
    • Other driver if the crash was caused by their tire blowing out because they failed to maintain their vehicle.

  • What causes tire blowouts?

    Tire blowouts occur when there is not enough air pressure in the tire, causing the tire to stretch further than what it is meant to until the tire becomes separated from the internal fabric and steel cord reinforcement. Reasons why this drop in pressure may occur include:

    • Defective tires
    • Heat
    • Not inflated properly
    • Potholes
    • Slow leak
    • Worn treads