Villa v. Furar – Summary & Comment

On July 29, 2008, Amalia Villa and Santiago Alamillo were traveling on I-17 in Phoenix when they were involved in a car accident with Donald Furar. Two years later, Villa and Alamillo filed a personal injury lawsuit against Furar. In Furar’s answer, he admitted that he had been negligent, but denied that he had caused […]

Kaweske vs DeRosa – Dog related injuries

Pamela Kaweske, et al., Plaintiffs, v. Thomas DeRosa, et al., Defendants. No. CV-15-01198-PHX-GMS. United States District Court, D. Arizona. June 24, 2016 In Kaweske v. DeRosa (2016), a U.S. District Court case from the District of Arizona, plaintiff Pamela Kaweske and defendant Beatrice DeRosa were talking in a fenced-in dog park at Canyon Vistas RV […]

Granville v. Howard – Summary & Comment

Personal injury lawyers must carefully follow the many rules that apply to pre-trial discovery. Failure to do so can have drastic consequences. Consider the following case, where a seemingly small mistake turned a judgment for the defendant in the amount of nearly $18,000 into a judgment against the defendant in the amount of over $24,000. […]

Gamboa v. Metzler – Summary & Comment

Jaime Gamboa was a passenger in a car involved in an accident with Dorothy Metzler. Gamboa sued Metzler, claiming that she had caused the accident by failing to yield at a stop sign. In response, Metzler claimed that Gamboa and his driver were at fault. At trial, Gamboa’s personal injury attorney, Hermilio Iniguez, planned to […]

The Real-Life Erin Brockovich Case

In the 2000 film Erin Brockovich, Julia Roberts told the story of a single mom who brought down an American powerhouse, despite her lack of formal education. The real Erin was the youngest of four children born in Lawrence, Kansas. After earning an Associate degree in Applied Arts from Wade College in Dallas, Texas, she […]


In 2004, leading drug manufacturer Merck fell from grace when its prescription pain-relief medication was recalled worldwide. Investigations revealed that not only did Merck conceal the associated heart attack risks, but also schemed with federal drug regulators to keep it a secret as long as possible. Though the drug was recalled when the public discovered […]

How Is Fault Determined After an Auto Accident?

Car insurance in most states is fault-based, so the at-fault driver’s insurer typically helps pay for repairs, medical expenses, and other losses associated with the car accident. Most car insurance companies determine fault based on the legal definition of negligence in that particular state. For this reason, it’s a good idea to meet with a […]

Exploring the Causes of Brain Injuries That May Result in Legal Compensation

Causes of traumatic brain injury are diverse, but the top three causes are car accidents, firearms, and falls. Young adults and elderly carry the highest risk of traumatic brain injury, which can also make them susceptible to spinal cord injuries. There is no cure for TBI, so prevention is the best approach. Open head injury […]

The McDonalds Coffee Burn Case

In 1992, 79-year old Albuquerque resident Stella Liebeck rode in the passenger seat of her son’s truck, as the pair visited a McDonald’s drive through. When Ms. Liebeck accidentally spilled her coffee on her lap, she suffered third-degree burns that required skin grafts. After a jury awarded her $2.9 million in damages, it incited a […]


In the 1960s, a new drug named Thalidomide was introduced to the United States. Originating overseas, the drug’s German manufacturer handed out samples to its own employees, claiming it was even safe for pregnant women to take. On Christmas day in 1956, the daughter of a Thalidomide employee was born without ears. Development In the […]