Virginia: Car Accidents – a Lawyer’s Airbags

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The Trial Lawyer is the quarterly journal of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Its issue for Summer 2015 is entitled “IS IT TIME TO RETHINK THE MDL?”

In addition to a lead article of the same title, id. at 48-55; Summer 2015’s The Trial Lawyer also features an article on vehicle crashes and product liability, entitled “TAKATA LITIGATION UPDATE: NEWS FROM FRONT LINES OF THE STATE COURT INJURY CASES”. Id. at 20-22. “The Takata airbag defect…spawned the largest automotive recall in U.S. history [and] an unprecedented effort to protect the rights of state court plaintiffs”. Id. at 22.

The Trial Lawyer also reports “Hospital Greed Frenzy In The U.S.”. Id. at 24-25. The short notes examples of “for-profit medicine”: “1000% mark-up on health care services and products”; “defrauding Medicare”; and a “2009 Harvard study reported that nearly half of all bankruptcy filings were due to medical costs – up from only 8% in 1981”. Id.

Additionally, The Trial Lawyer published 5 critiques of the pharmaceutical industry, “big pharma”: “Whistleblower Exposes Criminal Conduct of Big Pharma,” id. at 24; “Terva Pharmaceutical: Pay to Delay?,” id. at 25-26; “Damning Evidence Revealed in Xarelto Lawsuit,” id. at 26; “XARELTO: HOW MANY LAWSUITS WILL EVENTUALLY BE FILED,” id. at 74-75; and “BIG PHARMA IS KILLING US”. Id. at 90-91. Product liability litigation involving these prescription drugs is marqueed.

Mr. Waterman is a member of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers for Virginia. His practice focuses on vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and other cases of wrongful death, brain injury, and other serious personal injuries.