Manufacturers that are forced to settle claims brought by those injured or killed by their defective products have a strong incentive to keep these settlements secret. They will typically demand that the injured plaintiff or her lawyers execute a “Confidentiality Agreement” as a condition of settlement. These agreements forbid disclosure of the settlement and prevent consumers from learning about potentially deadly defects in the products. Product safety lawyers have long known that onerous confidentiality agreements are a serious impediment to consumer safety.
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A May 20, 2016 article in The Huffington Post discussed why some auto safety organizations are trying to influence the media to move away from using the term “car accident” and instead use the term “car crash” or “car wreck.” The reasoning is the term “accident” implies that there is no one at fault, that the whole incident was a mistake with no one to blame. “Crash” or “wreck” more fully describes what actually happened by implying fault–that is one reason we call it a Police Crash Report.
After more than a six-month investigation, the Knoxville Tennessee Police Department said the driver of a Knox County school bus that crashed into another bus, killing two students and a teacher’s aide, was distracted due to sending and receiving text messages.
We have represented dozens, if not hundreds of people with traumatic brain injuries, and count them as our friends, as well as our clients. Long after the initial head injury, our clients are so often plagued with thinking problems--memory, attention, processing speed and cognitive fatigue after a few hours of concentrated activity.
White House Joins the Call for Increased Awareness of Traumatic Brain Injuries:
Many of our clients have suffered traumatic brain injuries in motor vehicle collisions. They may have no obvious physical injuries, so it can be difficult for them to explain to friends and family that they have actually suffered an injury, though an “invisible” one.