Beware of the Danger of Monster Energy Drinks


Monster Energy maintains a position that their energy drinks are safe to consume as long as they are used in moderation, but the Food and Drug Administration begs to differ. According to recent reports, five people have died as a result of consuming the highly-caffeinated drinks. One young woman recently died after consuming two 24 ounce cans of the Monster Energy liquid within 24 hours. Studies show that the amount of caffeine in two Monster Energy drinks can be equated to the amount of caffeine in one dozen Coca-Colas. The 14-year-old went into cardiac arrest while watching a movie at her home. Her family has already filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Monster, which has every intention to resist the allegations.

Monster claims that they have sold over 8 billion drinks and only heard of five fatalities as a result of abusing the liquid. Monster also includes labels that warn consumers that they should not have more than one energy drink within 24 hours. Still, the family who is bereft of their teen says that Monster Energy drinks are dangerous and that the company should stop marketing the products. A coroner determined that the deceased 14-year-old died of “cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity.” While the Monster drink may have sparked the condition that caused her death, the young woman had a genetic illness that made her prone to the cardiac complications.

The FDA said that it investigates every report of injury or death that it receives in connection to Monster Energy drinks, but has not yet seen a reason to go after the company. Regardless of whether or not the FDA will announce an official warning, the bad press from the death of 14-year-old Anais Fournier has caused Monster’s sales to spiral downward. If you have been injured by consuming a dangerous energy drink, then contact a personal injury attorney at Zinda Law Group and start your quest to seek the compensation that you deserve!

Personal Injury Possibilities: Baby Cribs


Did you know that your baby could be at risk to injury or death while he or she is sleeping? While cribs, bassinets, and play pens are safer than a lot of other places that your baby could sleep, there are times that the products are recalled for dangers. In fact, since 2007, over 11 million cribs, bassinets, and play pens have been recalled because they had a tendency to collapse or pose danger to the infant who lay inside. Babies spend a lot of time in these areas, so it is essential that you purchase a crib that is safe and sound. With any sleeping area, there are precautions you can take to heighten your baby’s level of safety.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission, it is always best to avoid placing pillows, thick quilts or other dangerous fabrics near your baby. Stick to breathable fabrics in order to percent the possibility of smothering. As well, you should make sure that there are no gaps larger than two fingers between the mattress and the sides of the crib that your child sleeps in. Large gaps could become an injury hazard, especially if your child sticks his or her fingers or arm into the crevice where it will get stuck. Also, make sure that the slats in the crib are not large enough for the baby to fit his or her head through. Make sure that all slats are study, and couldn’t break, splintering and harming your small child.

The CPSC also says that proper assembly is paramount when it comes to baby cribs or bassinets. Make sure to follow the instructions closely and secure all nuts and bolts tightly. You will want to call the manufacturer if you are not sure about how to put your crib together; guessing may cost you your child’s life. It’s a wise idea to get a new crib if your model is over 10 years old. Older products tend to deteriorate. The wood may get weaker, or the frame may sag. You should also observe proper assembly when setting up a play pen, and only use the mattress that came with the product. Extra reinforcement may be too much weight for the metal frame.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently released new federal requirements for all crib manufacturers. Now, the traditional drop-side cribs that have been used for years can’t be made or sold and all drop-side cribs cannot be replaced by a repair kit. This is because of the danger for children to fall out or to pinch their fingers. Also, wood slats must be made thicker so that they will not break when hit. The cribs must have reinforced mattress support, and have stronger hardware so that there is no possibility of a terrible collapse. Talk to a personal injury attorney if your sweet child was harmed due to the poor manufacturing of a crib!

Missouri Man Killed in Kansas Rodeo Accident

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A 22-year-old man from Missouri was recently killed when his attempt at bull riding ended in disaster. According to a Kentucky new station, the young man was riding a 1,700 bull at the Allen County Fair Rodeo when he was bucked off and trampled. The cowboy was wearing a vest and helmet to prevent harmful injuries, but the extra precautions weren’t enough. He was thrown just after leaving the gate, though he was trying to hold on for an eight-second ride. The cowboy has now been identified as Justin Jeffries.

Authorities say that Jeffries was kicked off in such a way that he fell below the bull’s hind hooves in the dirt. The raging bull stomped Jeffries in the chest and abdomen, and the 1,700 pounds inflicted irreversible damage. The terrible calamity was the first fatality in the 27-year history of the Allen County Fair Rodeo. Officials say that Jeffries was in his first year as a member of the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association. The young may have been inexperienced, or given a bull that was too violent and rough for his fresh status.

If you have been injured, or someone you love was killed in a rodeo accident, then you need to contact a personal injury lawyer for help. At Zinda Law Group, we serve the men and women of Dallas, Texas with any wrongful death or personal injury claims that they present to us. As long as we believe that we can develop your complaint into a legitimate case, we will fight relentlessly to get you the compensation you need. While your damages can’t bring your loved one back, they can help you to cope with the loss. In the event that you or someone you love was harmed in a rodeo accident, the person at fault may be ordered by the court to cover medical expenses and other costs associated with the injuries. Talk to a personal injury lawyer at our firm today!

Woman Sues JPMorgan Chase Foreclosure for Death of her Husband


While a foreclosure isn’t physically violent, one Texas woman believes that the notification of a foreclosure was enough to kill her husband. The emotional shock translated into physical trauma, and she believes that this sparked a heart attack which caused his early death. The plaintiff, Wando Jo Engel, says that JPMorgan’s home foreclosure and eviction notice created so much stress that it overwhelmed her husband to death. The foreclosure was false- a mistake made by the company in their paperwork. The family of the deceased Harry Engel is suing JPMorgan for wrongful death as well was wrongful foreclosure and eviction notice.

The deceased father and husband was a minister and was 79-years-old at the time of his death. His wife claims that Engel collapsed in his favorite easy chair when he read the eviction notice that had arrived in the mail. The Engels’ lawyer says that the family is very close, and that Harry’s death was an unspeakable loss for them. The father had no significant medical problems that could have aided in his death. JPMorgan is fighting the lawsuit and saying that the case is riddled with factual inaccuracies. They say that they had not started the foreclosure, and that they were working with the Engel’s to avoid causing them to lose their home.

The Engels say that they have lived in their home for 22 years, and that they were up-to-date on their mortgage payments during the entire time. However, despite being faithful on their bills, they received a letter from their bank telling them to refinance their loan in 2009. They went to a local Chase branch and the advisor there told them to “miss a payment” so that they could qualify for government refinancing. The Engel’s did as they were told, and received a letter from a bank telling them to be current on their payments immediately. This set them back, because both spouses operated on a fixed income. Eventually, a representative from Chase arrived at their home and enforced an eviction notice. If you have been wrongly treated in an action that caused the injury or death of a loved one, then talk to someone at our firm today. We can help you to pursue justice in your case.

Twins Die in Swimming Pool Disaster


Police say that 4-year-old twins were killed after they were found unresponsive in a swimming pool in North Texas. The boys died on Tuesday night, and the accident was apparently unintentional. Police told local news stations that the children’s father found the preschoolers in the pool. They were immediately transported to the Arlington hospital, but then pronounced dead when they arrived at the medical facility.

The twins were visiting relatives at their home, which had a pool that was accessible for the children. In many states, pools are required to have a fence when children are near the home, so that this tragic occurrence does not happen. If your child was killed in a pool drowning and it was the homeowner’s responsibility to keep them safe, you may be able to seek damages. While we know that this will never suffice the hurt and suffering of losing your loved children, the damages may be able to cover any medical expenses, funeral costs, and other financial burdens that you have to satisfy. You may be able to use the money to take a vacation and get away for a while to grieve in peace.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that about ten people die in unintentional drowning accidents every day. Two of these deaths each day are children that were under 14. This is the fifth leading cause for unintentional injury death in the United States. As well, children who don’t perish from their drowning experience may sustain brain damage from the many minutes that they were not able to breathe. This can cause a child to be physically or mentally maimed for life. If your child has experienced any of these tragic circumstances, then talk to a personal injury lawyer about how to seek damages from the party responsible.

University Sued After Student's Suicide

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A young man who killed himself in 2008 is now the center of a wrongful death lawsuit and the university he was attending has been named as the primary defendant in the case of 20-year-old N.C. Four years ago, the victim's roommate called campus police to report his concerns about N.C. He claimed that his roommate was going to kill himself using helium. When campus police arrived at the dorm room they did find a tank of helium, but after speaking with the student they determined that he was not suicidal. Shortly after the police left his room, the victim placed a plastic bag over his head filled with helium and died of asphyxiation.

His parents have since filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the school for failing to protect their son against himself. They argue that the campus officers should have taken better measures to determine whether their son was indeed suicidal before leaving him alone. Do you have questions about what constitutes a wrongful death in the state of Texas? If so, contact Zinda Law Group today to receive immediate answers from a knowledgeable Dallas personal injury lawyer from our team.

Wrongful Death Suit Filed against Truck Driver and His Employer

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Last year, a tractor trailer driver caused a truck accident that killed a young man. The family of the victim has since filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver and the company that employed him. According to the lawsuit, the driver was talking on his cell phone while driving. The family asserts that it is this negligent action that caused the accident that killed M.S. in Texas. In response to the lawsuit, the company that employed the driver said it has strict no-cell phone policies for all of its drivers.

Police reports show that the teenager had been in an accident with another vehicle on the highway and was walking back to his car when he was struck by the tractor trailer. As a result of the collision the teenager lost his life. At this time, neither the truck driver nor his trucking company is responding to media inquiries regarding the wrongful death claim which was filed by the victim's mother. If you plan to move forward with a wrongful death claim in Texas, take the time to contact Zinda Law Group today so you have the opportunity to discuss your case with a knowledgeable Dallas personal injury attorney.

What is UIM coverage?


Potential clients and clients alike often what Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage is, and when it applies. Although there's no easy answer, here are answers to common questions regarding UIM coverage:

1. What is UIM Coverage?

ANSWER: UIM coverage is automatic in the state of Texas. In fact, the only way that you do not have UIM coverage is if you specifically rejected it by signing off on UIM coverage in writing. With that said, UIM coverage protects you and your family in the event that an at-fault driver that causes a collision is either uninsured, or does not have enough coverage to make everyone whole for their injuries.

2. When does UIM Coverage Apply?

ANSWER: UIM coverage applies in several different situations. Firstly, UIM coverage may in situations in which the driver that caused the collision doesn't have insurance. In that case, you would go through your insurance just as you would have gone through the opposing party's insurance. Secondly, UIM coverage may apply if the amount of the third-party's insurance isn't enough to cover your injuries. In that instance, you would attempt to recover the maximum amount allowable under the opposing party's insurance, and then go through your insurance for the rest. You insurance is allowed to take into account what you've been paid by the third party, and what you may have been paid in PIP funds in evaluating your claim.

3. What if I want to know more?

ANSWER: If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, or bicycle accident and has any questions, please call an experienced Plano personal injury lawyer that will aggressively and compassionately fight for your legal rights.

City Council Considering New Bicycle Ordinance


After seeing an increase in car crashes involving bicycles over the past several years, the Plano Bicycle Association is trying to find new ways to decrease those numbers in the future.

According to the Plano Star Courier, a new ordinance is being considered by the city council that would help spread awareness of the growing problems involving bicycle and motor vehicle crashes.

The ordinance would put into place new guidelines regarding the passing of bicycles on the roadway. For instance, the ordinance, if passed, would require vehicles on a two-laned (or more) road to switch lanes in order to pass the bicycle. Additionally, the ordinance would attempt to prevent situations where vehicles would pass a bicyclist and then quickly slow down in an attempt to turn right, often times crashing into the bicyclist.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bicycle accident, motorcycle accident, car accident or truck accident, please call an experienced Plano personal injury attorney that will aggressively fight for your legal rights.

Family Suing Camp for Son's Death

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Two years ago a family received a phone call that every family dreads. At that time, a 9-year-old boy was participating as a camper with an environmental group. He and another boy were camping outside when a 100-year-old tree fell on top of them. They were part of a group of kids that were taking part in a two day camping trip despite high-wind advisories.

Due to the accident, the family is now suing the camp that organized the trip for the death of their little boy. In the lawsuit, the parents contend that the camp should not have taken the campers out during such windy and cold weather. The county is also being sued for their role in the accident as the parents claim that county leaders never issued an apology for the death of the little boy.

The lawsuit goes on to explain that the family is demanding $5 million in damages for each parent, as well as $2 million for the boy's estate. This money will go towards covering $60,000 in medical bills as well.

If you have intentions of filing a wrongful death lawsuit for your loss, contact a Dallas wrongful death lawyer from our office now. With help from a Dallas personal injury attorney, you can seek damages for medical bills, funeral expenses and also for loss of companionship.