We all have some bad habits. But some of them have a high cost. When you are on the road, it’s not difficult to spot people who have dangerous driving habits. Sometimes it’s a lack of education about safe driving; sometimes it’s just poor driving habits. These people present danger to themselves as well as the others, passengers and pedestrians.


Or driving over the speed limit!

Without saying, you know it’s dangerous. Roads all over the world have speed limits, which take into consideration the condition of the way, the number of carriageways, and whether or not you’re driving within the pedestrian area.

Driving over the speed limit puts you and everyone around you at risk. If you get caught, you’re putting other passengers and other motorists at risk if you’re involved in a car accident. However, it’s pedestrians who bear the brunt of the dangers of speeding drivers. There’s a direct connection between pedestrian fatalities and speed!

Parking in Illegal Areas

Even though most parking areas are monitored closely, drivers continue to park where they shouldn’t — red zones, accessible parking spaces, clearly-marked legal parking hours and so on. Having your car towed can be expensive, so remember that when you have the urge to “park just for five minutes”!

Ignoring Traffic Signs

Do blow through the stop sign. Those signs are there for a reason, and if there’s no one around, you should obey them. You never know when a car or pedestrian might come out of nowhere or even cop!

Acceleration Through Yellow lights

There is an adventurer in every one of us. Sometimes we’re just exhilarating to speed up and catch the light.  Often, we don’t make it, and you end up holding other drivers who have a green light. This habit can lead to significant collisions. Some lights are longer than others, so sometimes you think you have more time when the truth is that you don’t. Do the responsible thing and slow down when the light turns yellow if you’ve got room to stop.

Cell Phone Use

Many people use cell phones on a regular basis to keep in touch with business associates, friends or family. The only problem is, it’s tough to keep your eyes on the road while talking on a cell phone. Buy the hands-free device and set your phone so it’s accessible while driving.

Driving Too Slow

Some drivers and new drivers can operate at the same speed on the highway as they do in a residential area. It’s better to check speed limits and adjust your speed accordingly.

Not using Turn signals

This can be very dangerous. If you don’t tell other people where you’re going, how can you expect of them to know? Changing lanes or turning without signaling can put you in harm’s way. The worst situation is when drivers slow down to turn without putting their signal lights on. This can quickly catch the cars behind them of the guard.

If you have suffered a severe injury from a defective medical device, and you are wondering if it makes sense to sue the manufacturer, we may have a few tips for you. As an important decision as it is, you might need some additional information and input from a skilled attorney to answer it.

How to know if you have a valid case?

To have thoroughly answered the best advice is to consult us by phone 480-757-5000

This is where the years of experience and seeking justice for clients before you will come into play. Professionals can always see the standpoint of a case so they can decide if it’s worth pursuing from a legal and financial perspective.

Your lawyer should always make sure that you are within the statute of limitations and that you have sufficient evidence to prove your case and compare your situation to other similar cases to estimate how much compensation you might be able to recover. A reasonable probability lawyer will analyze your situation, and examine your case to other similar cases to determine how much benefit you might be able to recover. Also, a good lawyer should analyze the defendant’s perspective and explore the possibilities of counterclaims.

What do I need to prove to win a products liability case?

This is a product liability lawsuit if you are making a defective medical device case.

To sustain your case you need the following elements:

•    You sustained an injury

•    The product you used was defective

•    The product’s defect caused your injuries

•    You were using the product as specified in the time of the injury

Who might be liable for my injuries from a defective medical device?

In defective product case, you may begin with the manufacturer of the device, but there is a whole chain of commerce liable for your injuries as well including the suppliers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers that were connected to the development, creation, and sale of the defective product.

What are the potential outcomes of a products liability lawsuit?

A trial can take a lot of time and effort, much of it will be boring, frustrating and time-consuming. Be prepared to see less than appealing aspects of human nature on display during the trial, and after all planning and preparation, and energy wasted, the jury might not rule in your favor, and you will not end up any better than when you began. The odd advice is, you should check out some television, cause sometimes, it can manifest some interesting detail that might have validation in real trials.

With a skilled liability lawyer who can present the case with strong evidence and arguments, you could prevail and feel vindicated for taking the time and effort to make the case to trial.

There’s a lot of elements involved.  We at Schenk and Podolsky won’t take your time into settlements that can be disputed. We work hard and appreciate our clients. Call today for free consultation.

There are so many myths and misconceptions surrounding medical malpractice. Some types of cases are making the news with wrongful publication. For example, enormous payouts, making a medical malpractice lawsuit seem like winning a lottery. The fact is no-one wants to experience the error of negligence in medical care. However, if you have been the victim of medical malpractice, you should know more about this type of lawsuit.

Most medical malpractice Claims are Frivolous

Not true. The myth is that basically suing the doctor and another medical professional was merely a matter of an unhappy patient seeking revenge and attention. But, according to studies, only 3 percent of cases are considered frivolous.

Medical Malpractice Cases Has result in Huge Medical Payouts

Fewer than 1 percent of medical malpractice claims result in award 1$ and higher. Most people only compensate for medical bills. Depending on the case, some may be compensated for ost wages, pain, and suffering, etc.

Medical Malpractice Cases are filled for Money

Many people just want answers in these types of cases. Filling suit will force a medical professional who made a mistake to testify so patient and his/her family can find out what went wrong.

Medical Errors are a Realistic and Expected Risk

Very few individuals would expect to get harm by a doctor. There are complications sometimes. Sometimes the patient can set the chain of events that could lead to injury. In many instances, the error was one that could have been prevented if policies and procedures were being followed.

I’m not able to afford an Expensive Medical Malpractice Claim.

Medical malpractice suits are costly to litigate. These cases often involve thousands of pages of medical records and other documents, testimony by experts and other witnesses, and raise complex technical questions of law and medicine.

In additions, There can generally be interventions from powerful companies with massive resources, including insurance companies. However, these costs should not dissuade families from pursuing the claim. So, families should be aware that they can afford to get the help they need.

Medical Malpractice Claims Cause Health Care Costs to Rise

The new date we gathered is that while health care costs have risen, medical malpractice claims have decreased. Blaming the rising costs of health care and insurance, in general, doesn’t’ hold any truth.

If you have been injured at Mesa area, you can call our office for a free consultation with any question you might have. Don’t believe everything you heard about medical malpractice lawsuits until you speak with professionals. We can determine the facts about the case and the liability of going to court.

Malpractice lawyers will take any case.

It’s not easy to retain the lawyer services. Talking the case, lawyer thinks there is a good chance of winning it, and taking on a situation that doesn’t have a good chance of winning a settlement isn’t a good time investment for a lawyer. It’s always best to consult with professional so call us today +1 480-757-5000!

Settlements are reached before the case goes to jury trial in almost all cases.  If the agreement is reached, your attorney will inform defending attorney that you have agreed to the settlement either by phone, letter or some combined methods.

Personal Injury settlements are not taxed by the federal government, or by the state if the proceeds are for personal injury claims. As a result of personal injury, any damage is excluded from federal tax law. The cases where only receive compensation for personal injury, the proceeds are not taxed.

Some of the following examples of damages:

Lost wages

Physical Pain

Medical Bills

Emotional Suffering

Attorney fees

Some of the above are direct examples of the injury that you sustained, and any compensation you receive will not be eligible for taxation.

For example, if you find yourself in a car accident and you sustain injuries that require medical treatment, your bills, emotional suffering, inability to work, wages lost and attorney fees will be compensated for as a result of your physical injury without any tax.


Most of the personal injury is non-taxable, but there are some specific cases where your settlement would be taxed- when a breach of contract is involved. If you breach the agreement, you would be responsible for paying taxes on the damages relating to the breach of contract so long as the offense is the basis of the lawsuit.

Punitive damages are taxed. By definition, compensatory damages are to equal the amount of pain and suffering you sustained.Punitive damages are those awarded to plaintiffs when compensatory damages are ruled an inadequate remedy for the defendant’s actions.

In most situations, compensatory damages are calculated based off of actual costs (medical bills, lost wages, etc.)Punitive damages are meant to turn aside the defendant from engaging in conduct similar to that on which the lawsuit is based. A reasonable attorney will request the verdicts to be separated into punitive (taxable) and compensatory (non-taxable), making it easier to distinguish what settlements you owe taxes on.

Emotional Injuries

Emotional damages are eligible for taxation cause personal physical injuries are non-taxable. Because of this, it’s important to disclose any physical injuries that you endured during an accident. Emotional wounds are not tax exempt.

Contact the Professionals

Settlements and going to court can take a lot of time and energy. In the current world of disinformation, it’s always imperative to have professionals by your side. You need a thorough investigation of any case before you can make a settlement.

Money that is obtained as compensation in settlement (or verdict) of a personal injury claim is not taxable as income under the federal code.

Each state’s tax laws may be different, although many States follow the federal guideline on this point.

Schenk Podolsky Attorneys at law office can help you with Injury claims and vast areas of practice.

Our client comes first. You can try our free consultation service https://www.myarizonainjurylawyers.com/about-us#case-consultation

We have a different approach to every case. Remember, health comes first!