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Volkswagen Facing Lawsuits after Emissions Fraud Scandal

The news regarding the admittance of Europe’s biggest car manufacturer Volkswagen about cheating their emissions tests through installation of illegal devices in order to help improve sales and pass vehicle approval has caused feelings of anger, betrayal and being cheated. Millions of consumers have been left wondering whether that should also try filing a VW diesel lawsuit or join a class action lawsuit. Knowing what option best suits you will be the most effective way for you to get compensation following the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

In order to get the best from your lawsuit, you must first understand three major factors: what are you filing the lawsuit for, what have you actually lost, and what you could possibly gain should you join a class action lawsuit. A class action lawsuit is where one or few individuals help to represent a great number of plaintiffs who are suing one or more defendants. These plaintiffs typically have similar interests that will provide them with similar damage recoveries following the lawsuit. It is a very effective way for individuals who suffered the same or similar damages of harms to secure compensation.

Fling alone or on your own does have its advantages or drawbacks, but with defendants as big as Volkswagen it can be tiring to you and your lawyers’ time, effort and money to face such a company that may require extensive evidence. Unless the damages are unique and particular for your case, you might consider simply joining a class action VW diesel lawsuit rather than filing one on your own.

Given the international nature of the case and the German company’s admittance of their actions, it may be easier to get compensation for the damages that may make reselling the vehicle difficult. Furthermore, the civil lawsuit will not protect Volkswagen from possible criminal charges, and punitive damages can also be awarded to the plaintiff, adding to a significant amount of compensation.

Spine Stimulator – The Treatment that Will Enable Paraplegics to Walk Again

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) neuroscientist Reggie Edgerton believes that using electrical pulses to stimulate damaged spinal cords in human beings will enable paraplegics to walk again. A study he conducted on paralyzed rats proved to be successful. The study involved the implantation of electrodes in the animals, followed by a stimulation to their spinal cords; within four to eight weeks, the rats were not just able to stand, but were able to walk without assistance from Edgerton’s researchers.

Edgerton explains that the spinal cord transmits brain signals to the arms and legs for controlled movement. When damaged or injured, however, the line of communication between the brain and the limbs go dead and since nerve fibers do not usually grow again, the injury is becomes permanent.

In a study which Edgerton conducted in 1990, though, he saw how the spinal cord, when roused with electrical pulses, can awaken nerve fibers and send signals, which will control limbs and other body functions without dependence on the brain.

In 2009 the results of the study were applied to Rob Summers, a former college baseball player who was paralyzed from the waist down due to a hit-and-run accident. The procedure plus treadmill therapy gave Summers the capability to stand and take some steps (with assistance). His condition obviously kept improving as he also gradually experienced improvements in his bladder control, sexual function and blood pressure regulation. Besides these, Summers was also able to feel and move his hips, knees, ankles and toes.

A year ago, two other paraplegics underwent the same electrical stimulation on their lower spinal cord. Both were able to stand again for some brief moments – a sign that their condition is headed to improvement. It is believed that this spine stimulator will be the key to bringing back those confined in beds or on wheelchairs, due to spinal cord damage, to their former active life.

http://discovermagazine.com/2013/jan-feb/18-spine-stimulator-lets-the-paralyzed-stand-again
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1388930/Paralysed-crash-victim-Rob-Summers-walk-thanks-Superman-star-Christopher-Reeve.html