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Charlotte Injury Lawyer Matt Arnold answers the question: “How much time do I have to file a claim for my personal injuries after an accident?”

Every once in a while an important case comes along that sends the legal system scrambling. Many imagine these cases receive a great degree of fanfare, with names that stick in everyone’s mind. Though that is certainly true in some cases, there are a number of crucially important Supreme Court cases that have tremendous impact on the legal system, which are never widely known outside of the legal community. One example of that is the recently decided Bristol-Myers Squibb case.

Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: “What can you sue for in a personal injury case?”

It’s been a rough month for Samsung as the company has felt heat from U.S. government regulatory bodies, consumer groups and even airlines. The issue surrounds the Galaxy Note 7, a new, large display cellphone, and it’s potential to overheat and explode. The problem is serious enough that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall last week, around the same time as many major U.S. carriers refused to allow passengers to pack the phones in their checked luggage.

Charlotte Injury Lawyer Matt Arnold answers the question: “What is the value of my case?”

If you’ve been watching the news recently you may have heard about the recall issued by the Swedish retail giant Ikea. The company, known for its stylish and cheap housewares, has decided to recall an astounding 36 million dressers. The reason for the recall is that the dressers were linked with the deaths of some six children in the U.S. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the dressers have been found to tip over when all the drawers are open, unless the dressers are properly secured against the wall.

Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matthew R. Arnold of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “What exactly is a wrongful death claim?”

It was a case that experts on both sides of the legal spectrum have been anxiously awaiting and it ended in a victory, of sorts, for General Motors. The automaker just concluded the first of likely hundreds of lawsuits involving a faulty ignition switch that the company was aware of for years yet did nothing to fix until details emerged publicly recently. Many expected the first case, one of several bellwether cases that were hand picked by plaintiffs, to end differently. Though it’s good news for GM, at least for now, experts say the car company shouldn’t be so quick to breathe a sigh of relief.

Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matthew R. Arnold of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “What can you sue for in a personal injury case?”

In this post-holiday season, many people may now be dealing with the impact of the Christmas gift-giving binge. For some, that’s tackling enormous credit card bills, for others, it may be recovering from hoverboard-related injuries. The new tech toys were the hottest item this year, with kids and adults clamoring for the personal transportation items. Though they may be fun, they’ve also proven to be quite difficult to operate safely, opening up a new avenue for personal injury claims. To find out more, keep reading.

Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matthew R. Arnold of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “What can you sue for in a personal injury case?”

Physicians, politicians and law-enforcement officials across the United States are lining up to issue calls to ban Palcohol, a powdered version of vodka, rum and three cocktails.

Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matthew R. Arnold of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “Can I wait a few months to pursue a personal injury claim?”

 

Six years ago, Kurt Stuhlmacher had just begun to put together rafters on the roof a cabin he was building for his parents. He later testified—in a lawsuit he brought against Home Depot and Tricam Industries—that the ladder he was standing on “just, like, fell out—fell this way out from underneath me to the left.”

Ladders on house Charlotte Mecklenburg Injury Lawyer North Carolina Wrongful Death AttorneyStuhlmacher could not see whether the ladder split before or after his fall, because he tried to hold onto the rafter as it gave way beneath him. That distinction—when the ladder split—ended up breaking Stuhlmacher’s case.

His expert—Dr. Thomas Conry, who has a doctorate in mechanical engineering—testified that the ladder’s splitting was “underway” at the time of Stuhlmacher’s fall, but he could not tell whether the ladder split before, at the same time or a fraction-of-a-second after the fall. Dr. Conry concluded that the ladder’s “material had that crack in it and the bracket under the load was prying that rivet through.”

Magistrate Judge Andrew P. Rodovich struck Dr. Conry’s testimony, finding that the doctor’s explanation of the ladder’s failure could not be reconciled with Stuhlmacher’s testimony that the ladder suddenly shot out beneath him to the left. Without Dr. Conry’s testimony, Stuhlmacher’s case lacked crucial evidence that Home Depot and Tricam—Tricam was the ladder’s manufacturer—caused Stuhlmacher’s injuries.

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