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Safety Bulletin on Cell Phones

13 Jan 2020

Cell phone explosions or fires seem unlikely, but the chemical properties of the lithium-ion batteries make it possible. 

There are more than 225 million active cell phones in the U.S. alone. Approximately 96% of Americans use a cell phone on a day to day basis. 

Why Do Lithium-Ion Batteries Explode?

Your device can become unsafe for use and can injure you if not properly cared for. Here are some tips to help preserve your device and well-being:

  • Do not use incorrect phone chargers or batteries. Just because it fits doesn’t mean it’s compatible with your device. Lithium-Ion battery explosion
  • Phone chargers and batteries need to match the wattage of your device. Using improper accessories can compromise the safety of the battery. 
  • Don’t discard phone batteries with heating issues or puncture marks. Using a compromised battery without replacement can lead to injury.
  • Keep your phone dry and cool. Do not expose your phone to excessive heat or water. The phone battery can begin to deteriorate due to these conditions. 
  • Do not recharge your phone battery in temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Doing so will cause the lithium-ion in the phone battery to solidify as metallic lithium. Recharging a cold battery can lead to catastrophic failure. 

Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys in Yuma, Arizona

We here at Karnas Law Firm want our clients to be well informed about preserving their device. Contact us if your device has malfunctioned and led to an injury. 

If you’ve suffered an injury, you’ve already suffered enough. Don’t go through that alone. Reach out to our proven and trusted dangerous products attorneys today. 

The dangerous products lawyers at Karnas Law Firm are here to help you recover the maximum amount available for all associated damages. With more than 25 years of experience representing injury victims in Arizona, we understand the stress of being injured as a result of a dangerous product. Our team can lift the burden of settling a personal injury claim from your shoulders and relentlessly fight for fair compensation. 

Our attorneys are known as some of the top lawyers in the business and have received accolades such as Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Lawyers and Top 100 Trial Lawyers. We are also Lead Counsel rated. 

We are available in Tucson at (520) 338-1641 or at our Yuma location at (928) 550-8020. You can also email Olivia Gaxiola at ogaxiola@karnaslaw.com to set up an appointment.

To get started on your case, contact us today for a free case evaluation. We look forward to talking to you soon.

Who Can Sue For Wrongful Death?

06 Jan 2020
Wrongful Death Claims

Wrongful death claims are made against a person who can be held liable for the death of another. A wrongful death constitutes that a fatality must be caused by some form of negligence. Examples of negligence are an auto collision caused by another driver or medical malpractice. 

How Does a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Work?

Wrongful death claims are brought into civil action by a personal representative of the deceased victim. According to subsection A of Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) 12-612, action for wrongful death is initiated by the surviving spouse, child, or parent/guardian.  Wrongful Death Claims

A personal representative of the deceased person can be used on behalf of the surviving family member. If none of the family members are alive, a personal representative can be appointed on behalf of the decedent’s estate.

What Damages Are Available in a Wrongful Death Case?

The dollar amount recovered in a wrongful death case will be distributed to the plaintiff. If recovery is on behalf of the descendant’s estate, the amount is then an asset of the estate. ARS 12-612 is in place to fairly award survivors of the case. 

A jury will determine how much to award each survivor. They evaluate damages based on factors that include:

  • The financial dependency of survivors on the deceased
  • Emotional damage
  • The cost of the funeral
  • and future earnings of the deceased. 

When a decision is made by the jury, compensation is distributed as the court sees fit. 

What Are Damage Awards Subject To?

Damages awarded are not subject to debts and liabilities of the deceased when awarded to a survivor. However, if the wrongful death claims are made on behalf of the estate, damages are used to settle the deceased person’s debts and liabilities. 

Here at Karnas Law Firm, we want our clients to be aware of who can make wrongful death claims and the recovery that can be made. If you have lost a loved one due to negligence, contact us anytime. 

Experienced Car Accident Attorneys in Yuma, Arizona

If you’ve suffered from a car accident, you’ve already suffered enough. Don’t go through the aftermath of the accident alone. Reach out to our proven and trusted car accident attorneys today. 

The car accident lawyers at Karnas Law Firm are here to help you recover the maximum amount available for all associated damages. With more than 25 years of experience representing injured accident victims in Arizona, we understand the stress of being injured as a result of a third party’s negligence. Our team can lift the burden of settling a personal injury claim from your shoulders and relentlessly fight for fair compensation. 

Our attorneys are known as some of the top lawyers in the business and have received accolades such as Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Lawyers and Top 100 Trial Lawyers. We are also Lead Counsel rated. 

We are available anytime at (520) 338-1641 or at our Yuma location at (928) 550-8020. You can also email Olivia Gaxiola at ogaxiola@karnaslaw.com to set up an appointment.

To get started on your case, contact us today for a free case evaluation. We look forward to talking to you soon. 

Underage Drunk Driving

23 Dec 2019

Teen driving statsUnderage drinking is a major concern in the United States. Underage drinking is not only illegal, it’s also a major safety concern. In the United States, one out of three fatal car accidents is caused by a drunk driver between the age of 16-20. 

Underage drunk driving has become an increasingly serious safety concern because it ultimately results in a drunk underage person taking the wheel.

Why Are Teens at Risk of Drunk Driving?

Underage drinkers are at an increased risk of drunk driving. Teen drinkers consume alcohol on a less frequent basis than adults but are more inclined to binge drink.  Twelve to twenty-year-olds are responsible for more than 10% of alcohol consumption in the United States. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 50% of high school students drive under the influence of alcohol. These drivers are more likely to cause a fatal car crash. Studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) show that fatal crashes from people aged 16-20 are on the rise. 

There are currently more than 4,300 deaths caused by underage drinking annually.[1] Since 2015, fatal crashes by this demographic have increased by nearly 4%. Nearly one-third of these fatal crashes involve alcohol.[2]

How Can Parents Help Fight Teen Drunk Driving?

Underage drunk driving continues to be a problem, but safer behavior can be modeled by parents. Not having booze in the house or locking it up can be a solution to underage drinking. [3] 

Children need to be informed through regular conversations regarding the dangers of alcohol. Regular conversations about the dangers and consequences for teens may be enough to prevent drinking. 

Stay in touch with your child and their friends’ parents. Adults can be held responsible for an intoxicated minor if they’re caught drinking. Driving drunk is never safe or acceptable. Rideshare services are available all hours of the day to make sure no one ever has to drive drunk. 

Get the Advice You Need from a DUI Attorney

Here at Karnas Law Firm, we want our clients to make the wise decision to always travel sober. If you’re in a collision with a drunk driver, call us anytime. If you’ve suffered from a car accident, you don’t need to go through the aftermath of that accident alone. Reach out to our proven and trusted car accident attorneys today. 

The car accident lawyers at Karnas Law Firm have more than 25 years of experience representing injured accident victims in Arizona. Our team can lift the burden of settling a personal injury claim from your shoulders and relentlessly fight for fair compensation. 

We are available in Tucson at (520) 338-1641 or at our Yuma location at (928) 550-8020. You can also email Olivia Gaxiola at ogaxiola@karnaslaw.com to set up an appointment 

Our attorneys are known as some of the top lawyers in the business and have received accolades such as Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Lawyers and Top 100 Trial Lawyers. We are also Lead Counsel rated. 

To get started on your case, contact us today for a free case evaluation. We look forward to talking to you soon. 

[1] Underage Drinking Statistics: United States.” Edgarsnyder.com, https://www.edgarsnyder.com/car-accident/who-was-injured/teen/underage-drinking-statistics.html.

[2] Rivera, Jose. “Underage Drinking Accident Statistics.” LegalMatch Law Library, 25 June 2018, https://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/underage-drinking-accident-statistics.html.

[3] Sobering Up AdministratorSobering Up: A blog about drunk driving, et al. “The Sobering Statistics of Underage Drunk Driving.” Sobering Up, 12 Nov. 2018, https://www.scramsystems.com/blog/2018/02/sobering-statistics-underage-drunk-driving/.

Staying Informed About Handling Medical Treatment After a Collision

09 Dec 2019

We here at Karnas Law Firm want our clients to be well informed on how to handle medical treatment following a collision. Being informed allows you to save time and money. 

How Does Arizona Law Deal with a Patient’s Injury Case?

Medical treatment following a collisionArizona law allows health care providers to place a lien on a patient’s injury case for necessary medical treatment. 

The law states, “Every individual, partnership, firm, association, corporation or institution or any governmental unit that maintains and operates a health care institution or provides health care services in this state and that has been duly licensed by this state, or any political subdivision or private entity with ambulances operated, licensed or registered pursuant to title 36, chapter 21.1, is entitled to a lien for the care and treatment or transportation of an injured person.”[1]

What Happens When a Lien is Filed in an Accident Case?

When a lien is initiated, it’s the legal right of the creditor/health care provider to collect collateral from the injury case. If you find yourself receiving medical attention following a collision, call us immediately.

Here at Karnas Law Firm, we want our clients to be well informed on medical procedures following a collision. If you’re stuck paying for medical expenses caused by a collision, call us anytime. 

Trust the Car Accident Attorneys in Yuma, Arizona

The car accident lawyers at Karnas Law Firm are here to help you recover the maximum amount available for all associated damages. With more than 25 years of experience representing injured accident victims in Arizona, we understand the stress of being injured as a result of a third party’s negligence. Our team can lift the burden of settling a personal injury claim from your shoulders and relentlessly fight for fair compensation. 

If you’ve suffered any injuries in a collision, contact us. We are available in Tucson at (520) 338-1641 or at our Yuma location at (928) 550-8020. You can also email Olivia Gaxiola at ogaxiola@karnaslaw.com to set up an appointment.

To get started on your case, contact us today for a free case evaluation. We look forward to talking to you soon. 

[1] Arizona Laws: Title 33, Chapter 7, Article 3(§ 33-931). https://www.lawserver.com/law/state/arizona/az-laws/arizona_laws_33-931

Concussions are a serious injury in a collision. Most go undiagnosed

04 Nov 2019

Car Accident ConcussionConcussions are a common injury in a motor vehicle collision, but most cases go untreated. Even in a minor motor vehicle crash, a concussion may occur. This is why it’s important to seek immediate medical attention in any type of motor vehicle collision.

What Are The Causes of a Concussion?

A concussion is caused by any cranial impact that causes a displacement of the brain relative to the skull[1]. The proceeding impact of the brain on the inside of the skull is what causes the injury. Concussion symptoms vary greatly in severity and can have lifelong impacts on your health. Here at Karnas Law Firm, we advocate proper concussion protocol to properly diagnose concussions in a collision.

Car Accidents Cause Concussions and Head Injuries

Car collisions are one of the leading causes of concussions in the United States. Car crashes are responsible for 17.3% of all diagnosed concussions[2]. This bears in mind that many of those who suffer a concussion in a crash do not seek medical attention or are simply not tested for one. Functions of the brain become altered after a concussion; however, the brain has little to no abnormalities in appearance.

What Are the Symptoms of a Concussion?

Typical concussion symptoms are:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Ringing ears
  • Nausea
  • Confusion/amnesia
  • Irregular sleep patterns
  • Mood changes
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Difficulty thinking
  • and seizures in extreme cases.

Symptoms of a concussion can be so subtle that they are nonexistent.

If you find yourself in a collision, get a professional opinion. Even if you do not exhibit any symptoms and are unsure of your condition, it’s worth it to get a professional medical opinion. Concussions get much more severe based on the frequency and severity of previously suffered brain traumas. The long-term health side effects of concussions are still largely unknown but have been linked to potentially fatal neurodegenerative brain diseases such as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and dementia.

Trust the Car Accident Attorneys in Yuma, Arizona

If you think you may have suffered a concussion in an accident, refer to the concussion symptoms test posted below.[3] If symptoms persist or worsen, seek immediate medical attention. Here at Karnas Law Firm, we advise our clients to undergo proper concussion protocol after a collision.

The car accident lawyers at Karnas Law Firm are here to help you recover the maximum amount available for all associated damages. With more than 25 years of experience representing injured accident victims in Arizona, we understand the stress of being injured as a result of a third party’s negligence. Our team can lift the burden of settling a personal injury claim from your shoulders and relentlessly fight for fair compensation.

If you’ve suffered any injuries in a collision, contact us. We are available in Tucson at (520) 338-1641 or at our Yuma location at (928) 550-8020. You can also email Olivia Gaxiola at ogaxiola@karnaslaw.com to set up an appointment.

To get started on your case, contact us today for a free case evaluation. We look forward to talking to you soon.

[1] Drew Demann & Gerald Leisman (1990) Biomechanics of Head Injury, International Journal of Neuroscience, 54:1-2, 101-117, retrieved from https://www.tandfonline.com/action/showCitFormats?doi=10.3109%2F00207459008986624
[2] MemoryHealthCheck. (2019). Concussion Symptom Test – MemoryHealthCheck. [online] Available at: https://www.memorylosstest.com/concussion-symptoms-test/ [Accessed 29 Oct. 2019].
[3] MyBrainTest. (2019). Free Concussion Test – MyBrainTest | MyBrainTest. [online] Available at: https://www.mybraintest.org/concussion-test-online/ [Accessed 29 Oct. 2019].

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