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Hyoscyamine Recall

Colombo Law has recently been retained to represent a client who was prescribed a super-potent prescription of Hyoscyamine Sulfate due to a manufacturing error by the pharmaceutical manufacturer. Because of the defect in the drug the client experienced stroke like symptoms, seizures, and is now required to take long term anti-seizure medication. 

Vertus Pharmaceuticals contracted with Pharmatech LLC to manufacturer this drug. Vertus Pharmaceutical has admitted that certain batches of this drug were defective and can cause stroke like symptoms, confusion, dizziness, imbalance, disorientation, and seizures. 

If you or a loved one are taking Hyoscyamine Sulfate and have experienced an adverse drug reaction, contact Colombo Law immediately.

More information on this drug is available on our website. 

Blind Spots and Car Accidents

Car accidents cause many injuries and fatalities every year in the United States. While there are a variety of factors that contribute to car accidents, the majority of accidents could be prevented with extra care or caution. One exampe of this is blind spot collisions. Accidents involving blind spots cause serious injuries and fatalities every year. If you or your loved one has been in a motor vehicle accident, you need to speak with a personal injury litigator who can assist you in filing a claim. The attorneys at Colombo Law can assist you with all of your personal injury needs.

Colombo Law is a personal injury law firm located in West Virginia that can assist you or your loved one in obtaining monetary compensation for your injuries that occur as a result of a motor vehicle accident. During your initial consultation, we will gather the facts and circumstances of your claim to determine the best course of action for you or your loved one. To schedule an initial consultation, contact us today.

What are Blind Spots?

Blind spots are the areas surrounding a motor vehicle that cannot be seen while the driver is looking forward or through his or her rear view mirrors. These areas can also exist due to parts of a vehicle’s structure blocking visibility such as windows, headrests, or even passengers riding in the vehicle. Blind spots exist with many motor vehicles, but particularly in cars and trucks.

How to Prevent Blind Spot Collisions

Motor vehicle accidents that occur due to blind spots are often the result of negligence. Additional measures must be taken to ensure there is enough visibility prior to changing lanes. This task is difficult as both new and experienced drivers forget to ensure that other vehicles will not prohibit safe travel. The best way to prevent blind spot collisions is to:

  • Adjust mirrors: Adjusting your vehicle's side view and rear view mirrors to ensure the maximum amount of visibility is crucial in preventing blind spot collisions.
  • Shoulder Check: A quick look over the shoulder is another crucial method in ensuring that the lane you intend on entering is safe for travel. However, it is important to make sure that you are not moving the steering wheel while performing the over-the-shoulder check. Otherwise, you may unintentionally exit your lane while another vehicle is beside you.


Contact Colombo Law Today

Colombo Law assists clients located in and around West Virginia including in Morgantown, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Kingwood, Grafton, Weston, Philippi, Buckhannon, Elkins, Parkersburg, as well as Monongalia, Marian, Harrison, Preston, Taylor, and Lewis county. If you have been injured in an accident or incident but are unsure of whether you have a personal injury claim, contact one of our attorneys today for a risk-free initial consultation to get you or your loved one the assistance that is deserved.

Vehicle Maintenance Issues Can Lead to Accidents

Each year there are thousands of car accidents that tragically injure or take the lives of coworkers, friends, and family members across the United States. Sometimes, these accidents are a result of negligence that occurs due to the vehicle operator falling asleep behind the wheel, driving while distracted, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, many accidents in cars and trucks occur due to mechanical problems that lead to a loss of control of the vehicle. If you or your loved one has been in a motor vehicle accident, you need to speak with a personal injury litigator who can assist you in filing a claim. The attorneys at Colombo Law can assist you with all of your personal injury needs. To schedule your risk free initial consultation, contact us today.

Brakes 

Brakes are one of the most important features on cars and trucks. This is often the sole mechanism for stopping your vehicle. While many cars have emergency brakes, they are rarely used in any other instance outside of using it as an added precaution when parking a vehicle. Even when an emergency brake is pulled, accidents may be unavoidable as pulling the emergency brake often causes drivers to lose control of the vehicle. To avoid accidents involving brakes, you or your loved one should ensure that your brakes are checked often to ensure they are properly functioning.

Tire Blowouts

Faulty tires are another major cause of accidents within the United States. Most tires come with recommended mileage, which represents the life of the tire. However, nails, potholes, and other factors can decrease the life of the tire. Many people ignore the warning signs such as a rapid loss of air, wires, or poor performance, and continue to drive on tires when they present significant danger. This often leads to tire blowouts. When tire blowouts occur, drivers often lose control of their vehicles causing them to swerve in another lane and strike a vehicle.

Engine Failure

Problems with a vehicle's engine may present for a large number of reasons. Many times a vehicle's check engine light comes on as a warning that something is malfunctioning. There are also built in components that will shut off the power to your vehicle. This presents a number of dangers while driving at high speeds. Not only can it cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle when loss of power and steering occurs, it also poses a risk for a rear end collision due to the sudden drop in speed.

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Colombo Law assists clients located in and around West Virginia including in Morgantown, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Kingwood, Grafton, Weston, Philippi, Buckhannon, Elkins, Parkersburg, as well as Monongalia, Marian, Harrison, Preston, Taylor, and Lewis county. If you have been injured in an accident or incident but are unsure of whether you have a personal injury claim, contact one of our attorneys today.

Factors that May Impact Your Personal Injury Award

A personal injury claim is the avenue for relief when an individual is injured by another’s negligence or wrongdoing. Personal injury cases are complex matters requiring the assistance and expertise of multiple professionals when identifying an injury, determining the cause of the injury, and assessing the damages. If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident or incident and you are interested in determining the relief available, contact one of the attorneys at Colombo Law for a no-risk initial consultation today.

Type of Injury

The type and extent of an injury has an impact on a personal injury case. These two factors have an impact on a plaintiff’s award of damages. Different damages are available when injuries are severe, including those that are debilitating, involve dismemberment, or require long-term medical care. For instance, individuals who sustain injuries requiring multiple surgeries have a higher likelihood of recovering more monetary damages. Our attorneys fight to make sure our clients obtain just compensation for injuries sustained.

Cause of Injury

The cause of your injury is also a determining factor in your personal injury case. Damages are likely to be greater if the cause of your injury was the result of circumstances that were particularly egregious. In these circumstances, a jury may award additional damages, usually in the form of punitive damages. For example, punitive damages may be awarded in a case where a business knew of a hazard, but allowed the hazard to continue for a significant period of time or covered up a hazard instead of remedying the issue.

Number of Plaintiffs

The number of Plaintiffs in a personal injury action may have an impact on the amount of damages awarded in your case. In class action lawsuits, one large monetary award is obtained and subsequently split between all injured parties who provided appropriate notification of their claim. In smaller awards, the number of plaintiffs can have a significant impact on a personal injury claim. The assistance of an experienced attorney is crucial in determining the amount of damages so that all parties may be made whole.

Amount of Attorney’s Fees

Most personal injury claims are taken on a contingency fee basis. The percentages of contingency fees may vary widely. West Virginia law provides that the amount of an attorney’s contingency fee cannot be excessive. The attorneys at Colombo Law charge reasonable fees for our services provided, which ensures you obtain just compensation for your injuries.

Contact Colombo Law

Colombo Law firm is located in Morgantown, West Virginia. Our attorneys are highly experienced personal injury lawyers who successfully handle hundreds of personal injury claims each year, obtaining justice and monetary relief for our clients.

Colombo Law assists clients located in and around West Virginia including in Morgantown, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Kingwood, Grafton, Weston, Philippi, Buckhannon, Elkins, Parkersburg, as well as Monongalia, Marian, Harrison, Preston, Taylor, and Lewis county. If you have been injured in an accident or incident but are unsure of whether you have a personal injury claim, contact Colombo Law today for a risk-free initial consultation to get you or your loved one the assistance that is deserved.

Hazardous Workplace Materials in Construction Jobs

Throughout periods of our history, products were available that were thought to be cutting edge. Some of these products were used in homes and commercial buildings at a widespread level throughout the United States. Over time, the harmful consequences of these materials in the products became known and laws were passed to put an end to their use. However, nothing required homeowners to remove the harmful materials that were present in the ceilings, plumbing, and on the walls of these homes. Today, construction workers encounter these products while on the job remodeling and inspecting homes. If you or your loved one has been injured by a harmful substance present on a job site, contact Colombo Law to determine your rights to relief.

Asbestos

Asbestos was a common material used in building homes from 1950-1990. Asbestos becomes dangerous when its fibers are released in the area. While many families are not aware that the harmful materials are present in their homes, construction workers frequently encounter asbestos when renovating buildings, exposing them to the harmful particles. Once asbestos is in the open air, construction works are prone to inhaling it. Asbestos has been known to have several negative consequences to your health, particularly to the lungs. Health consequences can include mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis (scarring of the lung).

Lead

Lead was extremely popular to used in the 1900s until state and federal laws were enacted that banned the use of the highly toxic product. By then, many consumers had lead in several parts of their homes such as the plumbing and paint. Exposure to lead is extremely dangerous. It has negative effects on nearly every part of one's body. Exposure to lead can lead to:

  • Cognitive impairments in children
  • Mental retardation
  • Permanent damage to the kidneys
  • Inability to reproduce
  • Negative affect on red blood cells and bones
  • Death


Mercury

Mercury is a highly toxic material that can enter into the body through absorption through one's skin, mouth, or lungs. Mercury poisoning has a harmful effect on the brain, lungs, and kidneys. It can cause learning disabilities, speech and hearing impairments, vision problems, negative effects on one's muscles, and problems with coordination.

Contact Colombo Law

When you or your loved one has been injured on the job from coming in contact with a hazardous material, you need to speak with a lawyer about your rights to relief. Many times contact with chemicals and other hazardous materials has unintended consequences that go well beyond the immediate signs of illness you are presenting. The long-term effect on your health can be devastating. Contact Colombo Law today for a risk-free initial consultation to get you or your loved one the assistance that is deserved.

Distracted Driving During the Holiday Season

While October 31st starts the festivities of the holiday season, it is also the beginning of a more dangerous driving season. For many, the holiday season is a more enjoyable time to drive. After all, there are lots of tiny tots going door to door trick-or-treating to find their favorite treats and plenty of homes decorated with pumpkins and goblins. You will also find many houses decorated as the occupants prepare for holiday celebrations. Lights on porches and roofs certainly make for a more entertaining and comforting ride, but it creates additional road hazards for all motorists traveling on roadways. Whether your distraction comes from holiday lights, a cell phone, or another person in your vehicle, the attorneys at Colombo urge you to drive safely during the holiday season. We want everyone, near and far, to make it home safely to their family each and every night.

Distracted driving results in thousands of accidents and deaths each year. These encounters are unfortunate because, in most cases, there is a high chance that the entire accident could have been avoided if the driver was focusing on the roadway they were traveling on. If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident that senselessly occurred as a result of another's negligence, you need a lawyer. The attorneys at Colombo Law are available to meet with you to discuss your rights to compensation.

Reasons to Avoid Distracted Driving During the Holidays

While distracted driving should never occur, drivers are warned to be especially careful during the holiday season. There are several reasons distracted driving should be avoided during the holiday season.

  • There are more vehicles on the roadways. During the holiday season more people are traveling on roadways across the country to complete holiday shopping, attend parties, and enjoy some time off. With more motorists on the roadway it is important to pay attention to the road.
  • There are more pedestrians on the streets. With the start of Halloween, there are more pedestrians out. Whether those pedestrians are carolers, black Friday shoppers distracted driving is a senseless reason to bring one's holiday cheer to an end.
  • Adverse weather conditions. The start of the holiday season also marks the start of the winter season. It is important to pay attention as winter conditions make the driving commute more dangerous.


Contact Colombo Law

While drivers may be lucky enough to avoid an accident under normal conditions, luck may not be with you during the holiday season and, as a result, you may be putting yourself and others in danger of a serious accident.

If you or someone you know have been injured by a distracted driver and have suffered injuries to your property or person, contact Colombo Law today. Colombo Law firm is located in Morgantown, West Virginia. Our attorneys are highly experienced personal injury lawyers who successfully handle hundreds of personal injury claims each year, obtaining justice and monetary relief for our clients.

The Dangers of Self-Driving Vehicles: Tesla's Autopilot Death

In recent years, there has been a frenzy of conversation about where the car industry is headed. With talks of modernizing cars to be self-driving Tesla and other motor vehicle manufacturers have been working to produce cars that have the ability to self-navigate when a feature called autopilot is turned on. While the phenomenon is very new, regulations have been put in place to ensure basic standards of safety. However, with the development of new designs and features it is difficult to assess the safety of these features. If you or someone you know has purchased a product and are later injured by that product, you need to speak with an experienced attorney at Colombo Law. Our personal injury attorneys are available to meet with you to determine your rights to relief.

What Happened that Caused the Driver's Death?

Since the time of Tesla's autopilot release, there have been a couple of deaths for which the autopilot feature is being linked to the cause of death. In Florida, Joshua Brown lost his life after a tractor-trailer turned in front of him. Instead of the vehicle coming to a screeching stop, the vehicle plowed forward striking the truck and passing underneath it. To the surprise of many, the motor vehicle continued to drive and hit several objects before coming to a stop.

What Happened as a Result of the Crash?

A representative for Tesla called the accident a tragedy. Tesla also acknowledge the malfunction could be possible, indicating that the autopilot feature is “not perfect” and requires drivers to be alert at all times. Representatives acknowledged that the autopilot features are still not the finished product. The accident has prompted investigation into the vehicle's safety.

Can Tesla Be Responsible for the Driver's Death?

Yes, Tesla may be found liable for the driver's death and be required to pay monetary damages. Products liability claims arise when a manufacturer's product is not fit for its intended use. Because the vehicle's auto-pilot feature is designed to operate without a manual operator, malfunctions that occur due to the vehicles failure to brake or detect objects nearby give rise to products liability claims.

Colombo Law: Your West Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers

While car manufacturers are always on the lookout for ways to make their vehicle more modernized, new, or cutting edge, great discretion is necessary to determine whether the features being put on the market does not put consumers life and safety in jeopardy. When products are prematurely put on the market or result in injuries, Colombo Law can assist you in recovering damages for your injuries.

Colombo Law firm is located in Morgantown, West Virginia. We assist clients located in and around West Virginia including in Morgantown, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Kingwood, Grafton, Weston, Philippi, Buckhannon, Elkins, Parkersburg, as well as Monongalia, Marian, Harrison, Preston, Taylor, and Lewis county. If you have been injured in an accident or incident but are unsure of whether you have a personal injury claim, contact Colombo Law today for a risk-free initial consultation to get you or your loved one the assistance that is deserved.

Discovery: An Important Tool in Personal Injury Cases

Personal injury cases are complex matters that require skilled representation and knowledge of the many intricacies that intersect in any given case. To properly prepare for a case, attorneys must anticipate legal arguments and the theory of a case the opposing party will assert. A lot of the information regarding an opposing party is obtained through discovery. The attorneys at Colombo Law are experienced attorneys who can assist you with a personal injury claim arising from an accident incident in the state of West Virginia. For an initial consultation, contact Colombo Law today.

What is Discovery?

Discovery is a process in which parties are able to request certain information from the opposing party. The answering party must respond to questions and produce requested documents within a specific time frame imposed by the court. This process can be a formal or informal exchange of information which is later used during a trial or to negotiate the terms of an agreement. If formal discovery is filed, there are procedural rules that must be followed regarding the type of information that may be requested, the information can be requested, and the time frame for responding. Sanctions may be imposed for a party's failure to comply.

What Type of Information can be Obtained During Discovery?

In general, any relevant evidence can be subject to discovery. However, our attorneys are particularly interested in any evidence that tends to show fault or prove damages. In most personal injury cases, the following will be subject to discovery:

  • Medical records: In personal injury cases, a victim's medical records are often examined very closely for anything that can prove or disprove a claim. Medical records provide detailed information regarding a victim's medical history and any statements regarding the individual's current condition as a result of the accident or incident.
  • Receipts/Expenses: Any document which may show an amount of damages will be subject to discovery. Usually this amount of damages shown in receipts will differ from the amount of damages requested as it will only include actual damages. Actual damages are damages that can be subject to a calculation such as lost wages, damages to a vehicle, and medical expenses.
  • Photographs: Any photographs taken shortly after the time of the accident may also be subject to discovery. Photographs are helpful in showing the seriousness of an accident. They are also useful in placing individuals at the scene of an accident and allows individuals to form an account of what happened.


About Colombo Law

Colombo Law firm is located in Morgantown, West Virginia. Our attorneys are highly experienced personal injury lawyers who successfully handle hundreds of personal injury claims each year, obtaining justice and monetary relief for our clients.

Colombo Law assists clients located in and around West Virginia including in Morgantown, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Kingwood, Grafton, Weston, Philippi, Buckhannon, Elkins, Parkersburg, as well as Monongalia, Marian, Harrison, Preston, Taylor, and Lewis county. If you have been injured in an accident or incident but are unsure of whether you have a personal injury claim, contact Colombo Law today for a risk-free initial consultation to get you or your loved one the assistance that is deserved.

Leading Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic Brain Injuries affect millions of people each year. While traumatic brain injuries can range when it comes to severity, serious injuries often result in fatalities. However, the most common type of brain injury sustained are concussions and can be treated with proper medical attention. If you or someone you know has suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of someone's negligence, contact Colombo Law today to determine your rights to relief. Our attorneys are available to meet with you to discuss the circumstances surrounding your claim and your rights to compensation.

A traumatic brain injury can occur when any kind of injury that disrupts the normal brain functions. These injuries can be the result of something minor like a bump on the head to something more dangerous like a forceful blow to the head. Many Americans know little about brain injuries. However, many individuals suffer injuries by engaging in the same activities or being involved in similar incidents. The leading causes for traumatic brain injuries include:

  • Slip and Falls: Falls are the number one reason for sustaining some form of traumatic brain injury. Research suggests that falls impact young children, between zero and 14, and those over the age of 65 the most. Despite the common belief that traumatic brain injuries result from falls which occur at significant heights, slip and falls from wet or slippery surfaces while standing can cause brain injuries.
  • Blunt force: Blunt force trauma to the head are another leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. Blunt force injuries usually occur in instances in which one's head is struck forcefully against something or by an object. Examples of blunt force injuries may include televisions falling on a child's head or firearms accidents.
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents: Motor vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of deaths that occur as a result of traumatic brain injuries. When traveling at moderate to high speeds sudden stops or impacts can cause one's body to propel forward, allowing a person's head to hit the steering wheel, airbag after deployment, and other nearby objects. These and other factors, such as not wearing a seat belt, may contribute to the causes of traumatic brain injuries.
  • Assaults: Many assaults occur each day of the year due to a variety of reasons including thefts and robberies, bar fights, stranger altercations and or domestic violence cases. In many cases, individuals sustain direct hits to the head with fists or objects. Any direct hit to the head can result in a traumatic brain injury.


Contact Colombo Law

It is important to exercise great care in protecting one from sustaining a traumatic brain injury. There are often long-term consequences associated with traumatic brain injuries. If you have suffered a brain injury, you need proper medical attention to determine the extent of any brain damage.

Colombo Law is a personal injury law firm located in Morgantown, West Virginia. We assist clients in and around West Virginia including in Morgantown, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Kingwood, Grafton, Weston, Philippi, Buckhannon, Elkins, Parkersburg, as well as Monongalia, Marian, Harrison, Preston, Taylor, and Lewis county. If you have been injured in an accident or incident but are unsure of whether you have a personal injury claim, contact Colombo Law today for a risk-free initial consultation to get you or your loved one the assistance that is deserved.

Car Accidents Expected to Rise: What You Need to Know

With the winter season quickly approaching, car accidents will likely rise throughout West Virginia and all across the United States. These accidents range in type and severity, but any accident will likely rattle the drivers and passengers. If you or your loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to speak with a personal injury lawyer to determine your rights to compensation. The experienced attorneys at Colombo Law can assist you with a claim for any injuries arising in the state of West Virginia.

If You are Injured in an Accident

If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident, you may have a claim to a negligence cause of action. An accident or incident involving negligence occurs when:

  • A duty exists;
  • There is a breach in the duty owed;
  • The breach is the proximate cause of damages sustained;

When the three requirements listed above are met, the injured party may be entitled to monetary damages. Monetary relief could include, but is not limited to, payment for damages to your vehicle payment for injuries sustained as a result of the accident, and lost wages due to missed work.

If a Serious Injury Results

Significant injuries or illnesses that occur as a result of an accident can have a devastating impact on you and your loved ones. A personal injury lawyer can include some of the following damages when serious injuries occur as a result of an accident or incident:

  • Loss of earning capacity: A claim for this type of loss arises when an individual is no longer able to work due to the injuries sustained in an accident.
  • Future medical expenses: When a devastating injury occurs, injured parties often suffer from injuries that may require long term care such as physical therapy and/or lifetime medication. Any quantifiable expenses for future medical treatment may be included in a claim for relief.


When a Death Results

When a catastrophic accident takes the life of your loved one, the estate can bring a claim for wrongful death against the wrongdoer. Wrongful death suits can greatly assist family members who are are required to carry the burden of their deceased loved one's by allowing the following damages:

  • Medical and funeral expenses
  • Loss of expected earnings
  • Damages for mental anguish
  • Loss of care and companionship


Contact Colombo Law Today

Colombo Law firm is located in Morgantown, West Virginia. Our attorneys are highly experienced personal injury lawyers who successfully handle hundreds of personal injury claims each year, obtaining justice and monetary relief for our clients.

Colombo Law assists clients located in and around West Virginia including in Morgantown, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Kingwood, Grafton, Weston, Philippi, Buckhannon, Elkins, Parkersburg, as well as Monongalia, Marian, Harrison, Preston, Taylor, and Lewis county. If you have been injured in an accident or incident but are unsure whether you have a personal injury claim, contact Colombo Law today for a risk-free initial consultation to get you or your loved one the assistance that is deserved.