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Restrained By Police With a Dog Leash, Man Stops Breathing

January 23, 2016

Juventino Hernandez was allegedly hog-tied with a dog leash, handcuffed and placed in ankle restraints in 2006 by three police officers. He stopped breathing at a hospital, was revived, but sustained severe brain damage. Hernandez subsequently died from the injuries he sustained on arrest by three city of Clovis officers.

This case is disturbing for the use of a dog leash to tie up the defendant, who may have been having a psychotic episode at the time. The leash was used to stop Hernandez from attacking officers and to stop him from further harming himself.

While held in place on his stomach, he was transported to a hospital where the restraining dog leash was removed. On arrival, staff gave him medication to calm him down, but he stopped breathing. Although he was revived, he had suffered severe brain damage and clung to life in a vegetative state for several months before passing away.

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed.

In situations such as this, where a deceased defendant spent a significant amount of time in hospital, the medical bills would be extremely high. It would be difficult for the family to pay such bills while struggling to stay current on their own financial obligations.

The family might wish to consider applying for a lawsuit loan, otherwise referred to as litigation funding. Pre-settlement funding can be a lifesaver for cash-strapped defendants needing to pay their usual expenses and their extraordinary expenses and attempting to do so on a limited income.

A lawsuit loan, if the applicant is approved, is fast cash sent directly to a plaintiff’s bank account. On its arrival, they may use it to pay those pressing medical bills, funeral and burial expenses and other expenditures related to the care and subsequent death of a loved one.

Applying for pre-settlement funding is easy. It just takes a phone call or a visit to the litigation funding company website and filling out a form. Applicants need to be working with an attorney, file all the proper paperwork and provide as much information as possible to the company before a decision is made.

Plaintiffs find litigation funding to be appealing for a number of reasons. They do not need to have a job when they apply, they are not required to go through a credit check and they do not pay any money upfront or during his or her wait for a trial or settlement offer. If they lose the case, they keep the lawsuit loan. There are no strings attached.

Pfizer Faces Wrongful Death Lawsuit for Allegedly Not Revealing Lipitor Side Effects

January 15, 2016

Phillipa Peters’ family filed a wrongful death lawsuit, citing fraud and redhibition against Big Pharma giant Pfizer. Redhibition is a civil action in Louisiana filed against a seller/maker of a defective product.

The Peters family states in their lawsuit that Pfizer was negligent in their marketing of Lipitor, referred to as a statin designed to allegedly lower cholesterol levels in users. The drug company allegedly did not say much about the very high risk of Lipitor causing diabetes.

According to the statement of claim, Phillipa Peters took Lipitor from 1996 until 2014, the year of her death. She was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1997. Due to various complications arising from the diabetes, Peters needed dialysis until she died in Nov. 2014.

Peters spent a lot of time in and out of hospitals and as a result accrued large medical bills. On her death, her family would need to find a way to pay her medical debt. In launching the lawsuit against Pfizer, the family would hope for compensation to assist them in paying medical expenses.

While waiting for a lawsuit to make its way to court, or waiting for a settlement, the Peters family would be trying to pay their usual monthly financial obligations, whether that be the mortgage, a student or a car loan or even rent. Trying to find extra money would be difficult.

The Peters family may want to check into obtaining litigation funding, also referred to as a lawsuit loan. Pre-settlement funding is often the lifeline financially strapped plaintiffs need to be able to pay their usual and extraordinary expenses while they wait for their case to be resolved.

There are no credit checks required. There are no fees upfront. There are no monthly fees. The applicant plaintiff does not need to have a job when he or she applies. Approved applicants do not need to deal with insurance companies wanting them to settle for less than the case may be worth in court. They get to keep the lawsuit loan if the case is lost at trial.

While litigation funding is not for everyone, it is worth checking into. It might be the very financial lifeline needed to get the family through a very tough time.

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