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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Types of Personal Injury

Although the term “personal injury law” most often applies to motor vehicle accidents, it covers a broad range of circumstances in which an individual suffers harm due to the negligent action of an individual or corporation.

The injury attorneys at The Cochran Firm are national leaders in personal injury cases. If you were injured or a family member died due to the carelessness of another, one of our experienced lawyers may be able to help you recover the financial peace of mind you need and sense of justice you deserve.

The personal injury attorneys at The Cochran Firm have a proven track record of success in cases related to:

•    Auto accidents
•    Truck accidents
•    Motorcycle accidents
•    Construction accidents
•    Defective medical devices
•    Defective drugs
•    Dangerous consumer products
•    Defective automobiles and ATV's

Our injury lawyers have additional expertise in cases that involve severe injuries, including:

•    Spinal cord injuries
•    Brain injuries

The personal injury attorneys at The Cochran Firm understand the emotional, physical and financial stresses that occur when you or a loved one suffers harm due to the negligence of someone else. We can help you recover the compensation you need to cope with your injuries.

If you were hurt or a loved one was killed due to the careless act of another, please contact The Cochran Firm for a free case evaluation and to locate an injury attorney near you.

posted by Admin at 8:35 AM

Friday, December 21, 2012

Employer’s Workplace Safety Responsibilities

Premises liability cases frequently revolve around an employee suffering a significant personal injury while at work. These cases present their own sets of unique challenges, as many employees are reluctant to object to unsafe working conditions for fear of losing their jobs or being punished in some way. The lawyers at The Cochran Firm want you to know that not only do you have rights, but your employer has certain responsibilities when it comes to your safety. Those responsibilities include:

•    Provide a Safe Workplace: The most basic responsibility an employer has is to provide employees with a safe workplace that meets the legal standards set by OSHA and other government entities.

•    Notify Employees of Their Rights: By law employers must post, in a prominent location, an OSHA poster outlining the rights their employees have when it comes to their safety and well-being.

•    Keep Records of Injuries: Employers must keep detailed, accurate records of the work-related injuries and illnesses that occur on their premises. This information can prove crucial in establishing employer knowledge of dangerous circumstances.

•    Not Discriminate Against Employees: Employers must not discriminate against or otherwise punish employees who exercise their rights under federal law.

Employers who neglect their safety responsibilities should be held accountable for workplace injuries their employees suffer.

If you have suffered a significant personal injury while working and feel your employer bears some responsibility, or if you have questions about your rights under state and federal law, please contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at The Cochran Firm for a free consultation.

posted by Admin at 7:56 AM

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

FDA Approval Process for Medical Devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must approve any medical device before it may be released for public use, but every medical device comes with the potential for complications. And even with the FDA’s scrutiny, thousands of innocent consumers suffer severe personal injuries and wrongful death each year due to defective medical devices.

If you were hurt or a loved one died due to a defective medical product, the nationwide network of experienced attorneys at The Cochran Firm may be able to help you seek the justice you deserve and financial compensation you need to cope with medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.

The list of products the FDA considers medical devices ranges from simple objects such as tongue depressors to complex surgical implements such as hip implants. The FDA defines a medical device in part as an instrument that is:

•    “Recognized in the official National Formulary, or the United States Pharmacopoeia, or any supplement to them…”
•    “Intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease…”
•    “Intended to affect the structure or any function of the body … and which does not achieve any of its primary intended purposes through chemical action within or on the body … and which is not dependent on being metabolized for the achievement of any of its primary intended purposes.”

In addition to meeting these requirements, manufacturers of medical devices must conduct biocompatibility testing and clinical trials, and submit premarket data to the FDA. There are different classes of medical devices, and each must meet varying requirements during the FDA’s regulatory review.

If you suffered injury or a family member was killed as a result of a defective medical device, please contact The Cochran Firm for a free case evaluation and to locate an experienced injury attorney near you.

posted by Admin at 8:33 AM

Monday, December 17, 2012

Questions For Your Defense Attorney

When you're facing a criminal charge, the choice of criminal defense attorney is obviously crucial. This is the person who will be defending you in the most difficult time of your life. Fortunately, this is a choice you get to make. You should not be reluctant to ask probing questions of potential defense attorneys. These are some of the questions you should ask when choosing a lawyer.

•    How Much Experience Do You Have: People tend to talk about "lawyers" in general terms, but there are countless areas of law, and they all have their own sets of traditions, protocols and expectations. If a friend or family member recommended a particular lawyer to you, make sure he or she has substantial relevant experience, both in the appropriate area of the law and at trial.

•    Who Will Be Handling My Case: It's important for you to know who will be defending you. Occasionally, clients will speak to a partner or associate for their initial meeting and then find themselves dealing with an entirely different attorney throughout the case. This isn’t necessarily wrong, but before signing on with a firm, make sure you know who will be defending you.

•    How Much Will You Communicate: Lawyers are busy, and too often client communication can fall through the cracks, even on important matters like settlement negotiations. Establish early in the relationship how often you can expect to communicate with your attorney and make sure you have a designated contact person at the firm who will handle your questions should the lawyer be unavailable when you call.

Choosing the right attorney is important to successfully resolving your case.

If you are looking for a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney, please contact The Cochran Firm today for a free consultation.

posted by Admin at 7:55 AM

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