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Bacteria Loaded IV Bags Infects 19 Patients

June 30, 2011

When someone goes to hospital, they expect to get well. They do not expect they will be infected by bacteria in their IV feeds.

“The fallout from this case will likely continue for a number of months, if not years. It all happened in Alabama, at six different hospitals. Nine patients were infected with bacteria while they were on IV fluids and died. Nineteen in total were infected. The culprit was subsequently identified as serratia marcescens bacteremia,” said Daren Monroe, who writes for Litigation Funding Corporation, Southfield, Michigan.

The CDC tracked the bacteria to bags used for intravenous feeding, referred to total parenteral nutrition. Unfortunately, nine had succumbed to the bacterial disease, and 10 were seriously suffering as a result of receiving the infected IV fluid, before there was a discernable pattern emerging of bacterial infections in high-risk patients.

“Evidently the outbreak actually started in late January, but was not identified as being a problem, until mid-March, 2011. The bags were all recalled and had only been available through one manufacturer,” Monroe said.

It is extremely likely that at least nine families of those who died as a result of the contaminated IV bags will want to file wrongful death lawsuits. It is also possible that those who survived the bacterial infection may wish to file personal injury lawsuits.

“When issues such as wrongful death and serious injury as a result of someone’s negligence arise, most people are facing catastrophic financial ruin when the bills start arriving. Hospital stays for any length of time, even with health insurance, are horrendously expensive. Add in the extra care required for patients during the bacterial outbreak and the bills will go up higher,” Monroe said. What options do the families of the nine dead patients have to pay medical bills and other expenses? What options do the survivors have?

In either instance, the parties have the option of applying for litigation funding. This is a lawsuit cash advance or loan, advanced in anticipation of a settlement or court verdict, to the plaintiff to let them get back on their feet financially. This is very important for the plaintiff, who by the time they apply for pre-settlement funding is likely staring at near financial ruin as a result of their illness.

When a victim applies for litigation funding, they do not get put through a lot of hoops. The lawsuit finance company considers the details of their case, determines if it stands a chance of winning in court and if they think it does, they move forward from there and send funds. In most, if not all instances, the plaintiff’s legal funding will arrive within 24 to 48 hours.

When the funds arrive, the plaintiff uses them to pay their bills – all of their bills. Their only other task is to then wait for justice and heal. They do not have to take ridiculous settlement offers from insurance companies, not with pre-settlement funding in the bank. “It’s a good deal for plaintiffs,” Monroe said, “and we would encourage you to call our offices if you have any questions, or find yourself in a situation where you need legal funding to get back on your feet.”

To learn more about lawsuit funding and litigation funding, visit http://www.litigationfundingcorp.com/.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit D.C. Train Accident Still Unresolved

June 28, 2011

June 22 marked the two year anniversary of the most fatal public rail system accident in 33 years. The accident occurred in Washington near the Fort Totten station when one commuter train rear-ended another during rush hour. Investigators determined that the cause of the crash was a malfunctioning electronic circuit. The train operator and eight passengers died. In addition, over 70 people went to local hospitals to be treated for injuries that ranged from minor sprains, cuts and bruises to life-threatening injuries.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had previously recommended that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Administration (WMATA) change these cars because the ability to make it through a train accident was not certain, but cost concerns prevented the WMATA from doing so. Could this devastating train accident have been avoided if the WMATA did not ignore the NTSB’s warnings? Were other warning signs ignored as well?

Lawsuits filed by victims and their families have been consolidated into one case. Although some progress has been made, the pending lawsuits may not be resolved until 2012. In addition to providing compensation to the victims, a wrongful death lawsuit can express the importance of following up on safety warnings before tragedies occur.

It has already been a long road in seeking justice for the victims and their families. As the litigation process continues, many victims may be experiencing difficulty paying the mortgage, rent, car payment, medical expenses, funeral expenses, and other important bills. What can they do until a settlement is reached?
One possible solution is lawsuit funding. A lawsuit cash advance will help pay the bills, relieve financial obligations, and provide the ability to wait for a fair and equitable settlement. Applying for pre-settlement funding is quick and easy; the process can be completed within 24- 48 hours. A lawsuit cash advance may be the strategic move to retain financial security while waiting for case resolution.

For more information on lawsuit funding, visit us at www.litigationfundingcorp.com.

Drinking And Fighting In The Wrong Place Results In Fatality

June 15, 2011

Just when you think you may have heard it all and nothing is a surprise, along comes this story. It is a bizarre tale; but true nonetheless.

This is a tale of two men on a moving bus who decided to get into a fight on their way back from a beer-tasting tour. The odd thing about this story is that the two men were fighting in the bathroom on the bus, and as they were hammering on one another, both fell out of the window onto a major highway. The police found the men in the breakdown lane of the highway. One was dead at the scene, and the other was rushed to hospital and was listed in serious, but stable condition.

Quite the story, and the legal ramifications of something like this would be quite complex. For instance, who started the fight? What were they fighting about? Did anyone else witness it? Can the man in hospital recover compensation for his injuries? Can the family of the dead man file a wrongful death lawsuit?

These questions aside, either man may well be eligible to apply for pre-settlement funding through the auspices of a legal finance company. They only need to fill out an application online, or call the litigation funding company directly, and find out how it works. It does not take a long time to apply, nor does it take a long time for the money to arrive for an eligible plaintiff.

If the plaintiff’s case is deemed to have a chance at winning in court, the lawsuit loan company will approve it and send out their lawsuit cash advance; typically within 48 hours or less. They don’t waste any time, largely because they know that when a plaintiff applies for pre-settlement funding, they desperately need the financial assistance to get back on their feet and out of debt.

The whole idea behind lawsuit funding is that the plaintiff makes an application for lawsuit financing, and once they are approved and the money arrives, they use the litigation funding to pay their medical expenses, and any other outstanding bills they may have. This allows them strategic control over their case, and gives them the peace of mind of being able to wait for justice, and a fair and equitable verdict through the courts.

If an insurance company happens to come along and makes them an offer to settle, the plaintiffs are under no obligation to take the offer, as they have lawsuit funding in the bank backing them up. The only thing the plaintiff is expected to do is take the time to heal, and just wait for their case to be resolved. If by chance they do lose their case in court, and that does happen now and again, any litigation financing they received would still be theirs to keep, with no strings attached.

Daren Monroe writes for Litigation Funding Corp. To learn more about lawsuit &ufding and litigation funding, visit Litigationfundingcorp.com.

Rear Ending a Semi Trailer Causes a Car to Roll and Kills Two

June 7, 2011

There is no doubt about it. Freak accidents do happen, and when they do, people sometimes die.

This case was particularly tragic, as it involved the death of two young teenagers and the serious injury of another. The accident was an odd one, and no one quite seemed to know all the details, leaving the police to try and piece together what had happened after the fact.

“From what the police report indicated, the car involved, a Toyota Camry, rear ended the rear corner of a trailer being hauled by a semi. The car spun and then rolled, causing severe damage to the front passenger area. Both front seat passengers were dead at the scene and the backseat passenger was airlifted to the nearest hospital for immediate trauma care. While it was not an underride accident, it turned out to be every bit as fatal as one,” Monroe said.

While the police are not certain how this accident happened, they do have eyewitness reports that indicate the Camry was heading east when it smashed into the trailer being hauled by the 18-wheeler, as it was in the process of crossing the road. Whether or not driver inattention was a factor in this fatal crash remains to be seen.

From a legal point of view, there are likely two people involved in this case who may wish to file lawsuits; the dead passenger’s family may wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit, and the backseat survivor, might want to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for his injuries. If the 72-year-old driver of the semi was crossing the road without yielding to oncoming traffic, the dead driver’s family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit as well.

In any event, the possible wrongful death and/or the personal injury case, the plaintiffs might want to find out more about litigation funding. Pre-settlement funding would help them get money in the bank right away, and let them pay off all of their bills. “They would then just need to wait for justice, as nothing else is required of them, other than they fill out an application for the litigation funding company to assess. Once the legal finance company knows they stand a chance of winning in court, the funds are sent within 48 hours or less,” Monroe said.

Pre-settlement funding is ideal for the cash strapped plaintiff needing an emergency loan to tide them over until their case is heard in court, or goes to settlement and, if they lose their case in court, they still keep the lawsuit cash advance, without any further obligation to the litigation funding company. “There are a lot of benefits for plaintiffs needing legal funding, and we’d be pleased to answer any questions online or by phone,” Monroe said.

To learn more about lawsuit funding and litigation funding, visit http://www.litigationfundingcorp.com/.

Salmonella Death Linked To Pastries

June 1, 2011

Pastries that bite back are rare, but that is what happened in this Zeppole story.

This case was unusual, largely because it involved a bakery, some very delicious goodies, and about 56 people who were infected with salmonella. One of those badly affected by ingesting the custard-filled confection was a 16-year-old boy who got quite ill and experienced fever, cramping and diarrhea. His stool cultures revealed the presence of salmonella.

The boy’s mother filed a personal injury lawsuit, seeking damages for his suffering and money to pay for medical expenses, not to mention lost wages. She chose to file the lawsuit, as her son was seemingly not able to make a full recovery from the bout with salmonella.

The incident was reported to the health department, who conducted an in depth investigation and noted that 10 of 26 people who had to be hospitalized were still there after several days, and one 80-year-old man died as a result of eating the salmonella contaminated pastry. The bakery where these people bought the pastries was shut down, and all products were tested for signs of salmonella. The culprit was located in cardboard boxes where the empty pastry shells had been stored.

Evidently, the boxes had previously held eggs. It was assumed that some of them may have broken open, and if infected, the sticky left over residue would have come into contact with the surface of the already baked Zeppole pastries.

There will likely be more than one lawsuit filed as a result of this incident, and in the case of the man who died as a result of eating a contaminated pastry, his family may wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In any of the cases involved here, most of the people would have large medical bills for several days stay in hospital, expenses for medications and lost wages for recovery time. The question would become how would they pay for the expenses? Most people do not have a lot of extra cash lying around these days.

The people involved in this instance, could check out whether or not they are eligible for litigation funding; an emergency lawsuit cash advance sent to a qualified plaintiff, to help them get back on their feet financially. It’s money the plaintiff may use for just about anything, but most know it’s to be used to pay medical bills and then wait for their case to be heard in court.

There are numerous advantages when applying for pre-settlement funding: no upfront fees, no monthly payments to make, no hidden costs, no credit checks, no requirement to be working, no hassles and best of all, the chance to tell an insurance company that comes in with a really cheap and dirty lowball offer, that they can take a hike. When the plaintiff has a lawsuit cash advance in the bank, they don’t need to consider insurance company offers.

It is a really good deal for plaintiffs and well worth the little bit of time it takes to go online and check out the litigation funding company’s website for more information.

Daren Monroe writes for Litigation Funding Corp. To learn more about lawsuit &ufding and litigation funding, visit Litigationfundingcorp.com.

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