Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wrongful Death Suit Filed in Indiana Shooting Incident

On December 23, 2007, Indiana resident Jose B. Lemus-Rodriguez was shot and killed under unclear circumstances. That night, Lemus-Rodriguez had been detained for suspected intoxication while driving. Soon afterward, Lemus-Rodriguez escaped, leading Fort Wayne police on an extended car chase. After police had managed to slow Lemus-Rodriguez’ vehicle, James Arnold, a newly recruited police officer, fired his weapon repeatedly at the car, emptying an entire ammunition clip into the driver’s side. Lemus-Rodriguez sustained nine bullet wounds in the incident, which ultimately proved fatal. A wrongful death claim has recently been filed on behalf of the Rodriguez family.

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Texas Woman Claims that Chemotherapy Treatment Caused Stroke

When Ivalyn Anderson of Orange, Texas arrived at the Ben Rogers Cancer Institute to begin chemotherapy treatment for her disease in 2006, she and her family were holding out hope for a speedy recovery. Unfortunately, Anderson suffered a stroke soon after she began treatment, an outcome that she blames on the method that was used to administer her chemotherapy drugs. A subcutaneous central venous access device was inserted into one of Anderson’s veins to dispense medication, and soon afterwards, Anderson suffered a stroke, a traumatic rupture of her subclavian artery, and permanent injuries to her brain and heart. Anderson’s medical malpractice suit claims that the misplacement of the device – and the staff’s subsequent failure to recognize the error – caused her injuries.

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$11.4 Million Jury Award in Wisconsin Birth Injury Case

A recent case in Crawford County, Wisconsin underscored the potential severity of medical missteps that occur during the labor and delivery process. The family of a young boy who sustained severe brain injuries at birth filed malpractice claims against several medical staff members at the Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Specifically, the case claimed that a nurse and nurse midwife at the center acted negligently in the course of overseeing the patient’s delivery. A jury agreed with the substance of these claims, awarding the family $11.4 million in the case. Much of the award will be administered in a trust to help cover the patient’s health cover costs.

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New Lawsuits Add to Utility Terrain Vehicle Safety Concerns

Although utility terrain vehicles have long been a target of safety concerns, two recent injuries sustained by drivers and passengers of the model known as the Yamaha Rhino have added even more fuel to the fire. Critics claim that the Yamaha Rhino’s design is fundamentally flawed, with a top-heavy center of gravity that increases the risk of the vehicle flipping and rolling over. That’s exactly what happened in the cases that precipitated the two most recent lawsuits against Yamaha. In two separate incidents, an 11-year-old Tennessee girl and a 47-year-old Georgia man sustained serious injuries in rollover accidents.

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Families File Suit in Fatal Big Rig Wreck

On October 3, a van that was shuttling employees and job candidates between correctional facilities for interviews was struck by a big rig truck in Montgomery, Alabama. The van had previously undergone modifications to make it sufficiently secure to transport prisoners, and as such, the backseat passengers were unable to get out of the van after the crash. Seven passengers died as the vehicle was engulfed in flames. The trucking company, the truck driver, and the warden of the county correctional system have all been named as defendants in wrongful death suits filed by surviving family members.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Washington State Birth Injury Case Yields $4.25 Million Award

When an infant’s oxygen supply is cut off during the labor and delivery process, brain injuries and cerebral palsy are often the sad results. Tragically, these cases are often precipitated by preventable medical mistakes. That’s exactly what a Kirkland, Washington jury said happened in the case of 5-year-old Miriam Tavaras. Although her mother’s pregnancy had been classified as high risk, the jury found that hospital staff did not take proper precautions in the case or respond appropriately when signs of fetal distress were detected. The award of $4.25 million is intended partially to help fund the lifelong medical care that Miriam will require.

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Alabama Police Officer Killed in On-the-Job Collision with Big Rig

29-year-old Pell City, Alabama police officer, Kenneth Surles, was making his nightly rounds in his patrol car when he was struck by a diesel truck. The big rig was driven by James Scogin, who investigators claim failed to yield at an intersection before colliding with Surles’ patrol car. Scogin has been indicted on several criminal charges in the case, and the Surles family’s lawsuit against both Scogin and his employer, Hugghins Transportation, is moving forward.

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First Wrongful Death Suit Filed in Colusa Casino Bus Crash

The northern California town of Colusa is a popular resort destination, boasting a sprawling casino complex that serves as one of the area’s most heavily trafficked attractions. Many tourists and regional residents use chartered bus services for transportation to the casino. Recently, one such busload of casino-bound travelers was involved in a devastating crash that left nine dead and many more injured. The family members of Lou Vang, one of the crash victims, have filed a wrongful death suit that targets both the bus company and the casino itself. A court date has not yet been set in the matter.

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$28 Million Settlement Awarded in Big Dig Wrongful Death Case

The “Big Dig” is an ambitious public works project in Boston that was recently completed after nearly a decade of construction. However, the safety standards of the project were called into question by the death of Boston resident Melina Del Valle, who was killed when her car was crushed by a tunnel ceiling collapse in July 2006. Del Valle’s husband and children filed suit against the construction companies and public agencies who oversaw the project, claiming multiple instances of negligence and failed oversight. The case was recently settled out of court, with a total award of $28 million to the surviving members of the Del Valle family.

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Applesauce Spill Blamed in West Virginia Slip-and-Fall Suit

Martinsburg, West Virginia resident Ann Moats has filed a personal injury lawsuit against local grocery store Weis Market after sustaining injuries in an in-store fall. According to the lawsuit, employees of the store had cleaned up shards of a glass jar of applesauce that had fallen and broken in one of the store’s aisles, but had negligently failed to remove the rest of the slippery mess that was left behind. Moats later slipped on the remnants of the applesauce spill and sustained a number of injuries. In her recently filed lawsuit, Moats has sought compensation of $74,500.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Death in New York City Hospital Spurs Lawsuit

The sad death of Esman Green, a patient at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, was captured on the facility’s security camera. For a period of more than 24 hours, Green lay prone on the floor of the hospital’s psychiatric emergency room, often writhing in pain. Although several nurses appeared to have noticed Green, no medical care was extended to her during the 24-hour period. Eventually, a nurse nudged Green with her foot, but by that point, Green was already dead. Patient records were later falsified to provide a different account of the patient’s care. The $25 million lawsuit to be filed in the case will include both medical malpractice and wrongful death claims.

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Pet Bird Causes Texas Man’s Death

Days after buying a cockatiel for his family, Corpus Christi resident Joe de la Garza succumbed to a sudden illness, dying a few days later. Surviving family members had the presence of mind to send the carcass of the bird to a veterinary laboratory for testing, where it was determined that the bird was a carrier for the deadly disease known as psittacosis (also sometimes called “parrot fever”). The Garza family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against PetSmart, and they are calling on the chain to discontinue its bird sales. According to news reports, similar incidents of animal illness and maltreatment have been reported in the past.

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Nebraska Family Awarded $1.2 Million in Medical Malpractice Case

When 13-year-old Ty Brandt began to experience severe abdominal pain, his parents rushed him to a West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. After several diagnostic tests, it was determined that Ty was suffering from appendicitis. Although doctors performed emergency surgery, it was too late to save Ty, and he died soon afterwards. Ty’s parents, Scott and Coni Brandt, filed a lawsuit against the two principal doctors involved in the treatment, claiming that the delayed diagnosis contributed to Ty’s death. One of the doctors was found liable by a jury, who awarded the Brandts $1.2 million in damages.

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Metal Fragment in Sandwich Prompts Lawsuit

Granite City, Illinois resident Jason Waters wasn’t expecting to get a mouthful of metal when he bit into a breaded chicken sandwich at an area Jack in the Box, but that’s exactly what happened. The resulting injuries landed Waters in an emergency dental clinic. All told, the injuries and loss of work cost Waters more than $50,000. Waters has filed suit against the restaurant, claiming negligence in its safety and employee training practices.

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Slip and Fall in Texas Wal-Mart Prompts Premises Liability Suit

Orange County, Texas resident Gwendolyn Jones was grocery shopping at an area Wal-Mart SuperCenter when she slipped and fell in an aisle near the frozen foods section. Jones has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the chain, claiming that negligent safety practices contributed to the incident. Although some details of the suit have not yet been made public, Jones is suing to reclaim the damages she incurred and her attorney’s fees.

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Deadly Commuter Train Wreck Claims 25 Lives

On September 12, a Los Angeles commuter train collided head-on with a Union Pacific freight train. The Metrolink train carrying 222 passengers was headed north in the LA suburb of Chatsworth when it struck a freight train staffed by a 3-person crew. The collision is being described as the deadliest train wreck in the United States since a 1993 Amtrak train derailment that killed 47.

By Sunday, 25 deaths had been reported, but officials fear that number could climb if more bodies are recovered, or if any of the 40 critically injured passengers currently being treated in area hospitals take a turn for the worse.

Although the recovery effort is nearing completion, rescuers reported that the overturned position of the trained slowed the process considerably, making it much more difficult than usual to find injured or deceased passengers and to move them to safety. Efforts to recover the train’s data recorders are still underway.

While an official statement on the cause of the collision has not yet been released, Metrolink representatives are claiming that human error played a factor in the collision. In the local LA media, unsubstantiated reports that the Metrolink engineer was engaged in a text messaging exchange in the moments before the crash have emerged.

Whatever the cause of the distraction, the circumstances of the wreck suggest that something had seriously impeded the engineer’s ability to safely operate the train. Three separate warnings that a head-on crash was imminent were reportedly disregarded.

Because human error appears to have been a major contributing factor in the collision, it is likely that a number of wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits will be filed on behalf of injured passengers and surviving family members in the weeks and months to come.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Metrolink Collides with Freight Train in Chatsworth

On Friday, September 12, 2008, a Metrolink train traveling from Union Station to Moorpark collided with a Union Pacific freight train traveling on the same track just as the Metrolink train was leaving the Chatsworth Station. At least 18 people are dead and more than 135 people have been injured in what has been called one of the worst train accidents in Southern California's history. Officials from Metrolink and Union Pacific are trying to understand why warning systems in place to prevent such collisions failed. The NTSB is investigating.

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Friday, August 1, 2008

Rifle Range Death Leads to Six-Figure Settlement

16-year-old Alain Garcia was a cadet at the Missouri Military Academy when he was shot and killed on the school’s rifle practice range. It was later found that the gun that caused the accident had been adjusted to have a “hair” trigger, discharging with less than one pound of pressure. A wrongful death lawsuit brought by the Garcia family was recently settled for $700,000.

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Mishandled Tumor Diagnosis Leads to $3.25 Million Malpractice Award

In 2002, a tumor was removed from the foot of Indiana resident Leslie Mieth. However, the removed tumor was never subjected to any of the pathological tests that had been ordered. The following year, another tumor was removed from Mieth’s foot, and this one was shown to be malignant. The lawsuit filed by Mieth and her husband claimed that this failure significantly slowed the course of her cancer treatment.

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Injuries Sustained in Fall Spark Lawsuit Against Municipality

When 25-year-old Des Moines, Iowa resident Timothy DeLong left his home to take a short walk to a corner convenience store, he certainly didn’t expect to end up paralyzed and suffering from extreme cognitive impairment. Unfortunately, after a 25-foot fall through a hole in a pedestrian bridge, that’s exactly what happened. DeLong’s parents filed a lawsuit against the city government, claiming negligence in the upkeep and maintenance of the bridge. The case was recently settled for $2.6 million.

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Accidental Shooting Prompts Product Liability Lawsuit

Off-duty LAPD officer Enrique Chavez was left paralyzed when his 3-year-old son picked up his .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol and shot him in the back. In a recent lawsuit, Chavez has claimed that the Glock 21 was lacking a sufficient safety system to prevent such an accident. The suit also names the company that produced and sold the gun’s holster, as well as the store where Chavez purchased the weapon.

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Wrongful Death Suit Filed in Fatal Car Crash

A 2007 car crash that resulted in the death of Wabasha, Minnesota resident James Welby is being partially blamed on the county’s decision to alter all of the stop signs along the rural road where the collision occurred. In order to comply with state regulations, all of the stop signs were removed from County Road 25 and placed on a parallel road, County Road 2. The county’s failure to notify motorists of the changes is being blamed for Welby’s death in a lawsuit filed by his surviving family members. The other driver involved in the crash has also been named in the wrongful death suit.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Greasy Floor Prompts Slip-and-Fall Lawsuit in Missouri

Although a wet floor warning sign was posted in the soda fountain area of the O’Fallon, Missouri location of Penn Station East Coast Subs, customer Randa Carr slipped and fell when she entered the area to refill her beverage. She claims that the wet floor sign was insufficient warning, as the area had been cleaned with a grease-coated mop that left the floor slick and much more dangerous to traverse than if it had merely been wet. Carr’s lawsuit asks for at least $100,000 in damages.

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Wrongful Death Suit Filed in Heat Stroke Fatality

17-year-old migrant farm laborer Maria Isabel Jimenez collapsed and died while working in a vineyard outside Fresno, California in May. Jimenez, who was pregnant, had been working in 100-degree heat for nearly ten hours when she finally lost consciousness. Although she was rushed to an area hospital, she died two days later. An autopsy confirmed that her death was caused by heat stroke. The lawsuit her relatives have filed claims that basic workplace safety precautions could have prevented Jimenez’s death.

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Missouri Motorcycle Wreck Leads to Lawsuit Against Goodyear Dunlop

Avid motorcyclists Darla and Michael Green were touring Lafayette County, Missouri on their 2003 Harley Davidson Ultra when a sudden tire deflation caused the motorcycle to lose control. This resulted in a collision that threw both from the motorcycle and caused extensive injuries to both driver and passenger. The Greens claim that the accident can be blamed on a defective Goodyear Dunlop tire that the pair purchased over the Internet. The Greens are asking for at least $500,000 in damages in the suit they filed against the tire manufacturer.

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Personal Injury Lawsuits Stem from Seattle Police Shooting

A questionable police shooting incident that resulted in an intense firestorm of controversy has now led to a pair of personal injury lawsuits. Two years ago, off-duty Seattle police officer Zsolt Dornay shot two legal professionals in an alleyway confrontation. The incident began when the off-duty police officer rode his motorcycle through a crowded, narrow alleyway, accidentally striking one of the shooting victims. The confrontation soon spun out of control, resulting in a mob scene. In the midst of the melee, the off-duty officer fired several shots with his department-issued weapon. Although the victims survived the attack, both were left with extensive injuries.

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Illinois Railroad Death Prompts Lawsuit

Under unclear circumstances, Des Plaines, Illinois resident Craig Kindle wound up prone and unconscious on the railroad tracks that ran near the Kindle family’s residential neighborhood late on the night of Halloween 2007. Although he was spotted by the engineer of a southbound train, it was too late to achieve a full stop by the time the engineer applied the brakes. Kindle survived the collision, but he incurred massive injuries, dying 12 days later. Kindle’s surviving family members have filed a suit against the Canadian National Railway Corporation and subsidiary Wisconsin Central Transportation Corporation, claiming an array of negligent operating practices. The suit asks for at least $50,000 in damages.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

$400,000 Award in Pennsylvania Slip-and-Fall Case

An elderly woman’s visit to a local mall ended on a sour note when she was injured in the parking lot. Shirley Mays was walking back to her car after a visit to Millcreek Mall in 2003 when she fell into a large, water-filled pothole, causing extensive injuries to her ankles and knees. After a protracted legal battle, an award of $400,000 was given to Mays and her husband in the case.

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Customer Files Suit Against Kroger in E. Coli Case

An outbreak of the deadly E. coli bacteria has sparked several lawsuits in a central Ohio community. In the latest case, area resident Amanda Adams claims that she was made ill as a result of tainted ground beef she purchased from a local Kroger’s grocery store. A total of 18 people have reported similar symptoms after purchasing meat from the same store. Adams is requesting damages of at least $10,000 in the case.

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Boat Rental Shop Named in Wrongful Death Case

Chicago resident J.C. Trotter died earlier this summer in a drowning accident. Trotter and his party were fishing on a river that had been declared too dangerous for public use in the aftermath of storms and flooding. Trotter’s estate has claimed that the boat shop that rented a fishing boat to the party is negligent, as shop personnel did not inform the men that boating and swimming had been temporarily suspended in the area. The lawsuit asks for at least $50,000 in damages.

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Medical Malpractice Suit Filed in Castration Case

After complaining of groin pain, Cincinnati resident Stephen Kosti was admitted to an area hospital to undergo an exploratory procedure. During the diagnostic test, Dr. Gary Kirsch determined that the right testicle should be removed, as there was a strong possibility that potentially fatal cancer was the culprit behind the pain. After the procedure had been performed, Kosti sought a second opinion. Further tests determined that the removed testicle was completely cancer-free. Kosti has initiated a malpractice lawsuit in the case, requesting a jury trial.

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Horse-Car Collision Prompts Personal Injury Lawsuit

Mairead Coogan certainly didn’t expect to collide with a horse as she was driving in the northern New Mexico town of Tesuque, but that’s exactly what happened to the new teen driver in August 2007. Horses from the nearby Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa had escaped their corral, and resort staff did not act quickly to round up the errant animals. The Coogan family has filed a lawsuit against the resort, claiming negligence or asking for an unspecified amount of compensatory damages.

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Chicago Area Family Awarded $9.75 in Birth Injury Settlement

When Rosa Lopez’ pregnancy entered its 41st week, her doctors decided to induce labor with the drug Pitocin. However, the drug’s action proved to be too intense, putting the fetus under pressure and depriving the baby of much-needed oxygen during delivery. As a result, the child, Madeleine, suffers from severe brain damage and will require ongoing care for the rest of her life. After several years of negotiation, the individual doctors were dropped from the suit and the hospital agreed to pay a settlement of $9.75 million.

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Last-Minute Settlement in Hotel Electric Shock Case

When a 47-year-old commercial airline pilot decided to take a hot shower in his Virginia Beach hotel room before taking off on another long day of flying, he certainly wasn’t expecting to receive an electrical shock that would essentially put an end to his decades-long career. An exposed light bulb near the shower stall emitted a strong shock after being splashed with water from the shower, and when the pilot’s hand accidentally grazed the bulb, he received a shock so powerful that he was temporarily knocked unconscious. Later, it was found that the shock had caused irreparable damage to his optic nerve and vision acuity, rendering him unqualified for continued service as a pilot. After a trial, the parties settled for $1.5 million before the jury could return a verdict in the case.

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Fatal Reaction to Hair Dye Prompts Lawsuit Against L’Oreal

Chicago resident Cornelia Morris was trying to touch up her roots with a home hair color kit in July 2006 when she suffered a severe allergic reaction to the Soft Sheen Dark and Lovely product she was using. An autopsy later named hair dye-related anaphylactic shock as the direct cause of Morris’ death. Morris’ family has initiated a wrongful death claim against L’Oreal, the manufacturer of the product, asking for at least $500,000 in damages.

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Botched LASIK Surgery Yields $2.1 Million Settlement

New Jersey resident James Dell’Ermo was hoping to achieve improved vision when he scheduled an appointment for corrective laser eye surgery at Dr. Joseph Russo’s clinic. Instead, Dell’Ermo wound up legally blind after the procedure was performed incorrectly. The lawsuit filed in the case claimed that Dr. Russo did not use standard diagnostic criteria that would have identified Dell’Ermo as a poor candidate for LASIK, due to the unique configuration of his corneas. The case was one of a group of 16 malpractice cases filed against Russo’s clinic last year.

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Pennsylvania Man Seeks $75,000 in Suit Stemming from Motorcycle Crash

Another driver’s reckless lane change brought Pennsylvania motorcycle enthusiast James Miller’s pleasant morning cruise to a sudden end, according to a civil suit recently filed by Miller and his wife. On May 27, 2007, Maryland resident Ernest Entzian was driving south on I-25, hauling a large camper that was attached to the back of his GMC Sierra truck. In the process of making a left-hand turn, Entzian’s vehicle momentarily entered the northbound lane of the interstate, where his camper collided with Miller’s motorcycle, throwing Miller to the ground and causing him to suffer five broken ribs, a separated left shoulder, and multiple contusions. The Millers have requested a jury trial and are seeking at least $75,000 in the case.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed after Pharmacy Mix-Up

Expectant mother Chanda Givens was doing everything she could to ensure that her pregnancy was a healthy one. She adhered closely to the regimen of prenatal vitamins prescribed by her obstetrician. There was just one problem – a local Walgreen’s pharmacy had mistakenly filled her prescription with a strong chemotherapy drug used to treat Hodgkin’s disease. Givens’ pregnancy ended in miscarriage, but she continued to take the pills she thought were prenatal vitamins in hopes that she would soon conceive again. It was only after she called to have her prescription refilled that the mistake was discovered. Medical experts believe that the medicine not only caused the miscarriage, but also may negatively impact Givens’ ability to become pregnant again in the future. A court date has not yet been set in the case filed by the Givens family.

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Lawsuit Filed in Florida Big Rig Collision

49-year-old Florida resident Timothy Powers was struck and killed while he was riding his motorcycle in January 2008. The driver of the big rig was making a U-turn on a state highway, and heavy morning fog made it difficult for Powers to see the truck. Powers hit the truck broadside and was thrown from his motorcycle. Powers’ widow has filed a wrongful death suit against Felix Villa, the driver of the truck, and the trucking company that employs him.

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Company that Manufactured Defective Ax Ordered to Pay $1 Million

Schenectady, New York resident Richard Van Norden was chopping wood in his backyard in November 2003 when the ax he was using broke apart, launching a sharp piece of metal into his eye. Despite undergoing emergency surgery, Van Norden lost vision in his eye, impacting his ability to continue his work as a crane operator. A judge agreed that the design of the ax was defective and that its manufacturer, the Mann Edge Tool Company, was to blame in the incident. A combined judgment of more than $1 million was awarded in the case.

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Jury Awards $60 Million in Florida Wrongful Death Case

Nelson Serrano, once a successful Florida businessman, was found to be responsible in the shooting death of 27-year-old George Patisso, Jr. Patisso was one of four victims killed in a 1997 mass murder incident. Serrano, who had recently been released as a partner in the Erie Manufacturing plant, returned to the facility and opened fire on a group of employees. Serrano has already been sentenced to death for each of the four murders, and is currently awaiting execution in a Florida state penitentiary.

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$1.25 Million Settlement in Toddler’s Meningitis Death

In 2002, the Bartzis family of Indiana went through the nightmare scenario that no parent wants to imagine – they endured the sudden death of their 18-month-old son, Christopher, who contracted an extremely uncommon strain of meningitis. The tragedy of the situation was compounded by the fact that the Bartzis’ family pediatrician, Dr. Azra Sherriff, initially misdiagnosed Christopher’s condition as a minor stomach ailment, delaying proper treatment. The Bartzis family was awarded $1.25 million.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Crash that Killed Bicyclist Focus of Ohio Wrongful Death Lawsuit

On April 14, 2008, 39-year-old Lawrence Anderson was hit by a car while riding his bike and left at the scene of the collision. He died hours later at an area hospital from injuries he sustained in the crash. The driver accused of causing Anderson’s death, 36-year-old Kevin Mills, fled from the scene of the accident without reporting the incident or summoning emergency help to the site. In addition to the wrongful death lawsuit that has been filed by Anderson’s parents, Mills is facing a number of criminal charges in the case, including aggravated vehicular homicide. A court date has not yet been set in the matter.

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Train Derailment Results in $7 Million Settlement

Over 3000 residents of Minot, North Dakota recently began receiving their share of a $7 million settlement stemming from a 2002 train accident in the area. In 2002, a train owned and operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway ran off the tracks in the vicinity of the small town, causing a major chemical spill that released toxic substances such as anhydrous ammonia into the environment. Many residents complained of eye problems and breathing difficulties in the aftermath of the incident, and several believe they developed cases of lung cancer as a result of the exposure.

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Charleston Doctor Sues Two Colleagues for Malpractice

Health care professionals who are undergoing medial treatment sometimes fall victim to the same type of negligence that is responsible for thousands of injuries and deaths every year. In April of 2008, Charleston gynecologist Dr. Jan Cunningham was being treated for an abdominal condition in an area hospital. Cunningham claims that he was not afforded proper aftercare during his recovery from the operation, resulting in an infection and sepsis that left him in debilitating pain and eventually required several additional surgeries to treat. Along with his wife, Cunningham has filed a malpractice lawsuit against the two doctors who were in charge of his treatment, as well as the hospital in which the treatment was provided.

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Family Files Multiple Lawsuits in North Carolina Woman’s DWI Death

The surviving family members of 24-year-old Emily May, who died a year ago in a fatal car crash, have filed lawsuits against several individuals and businesses they believe should be held responsible in the crash. May was a passenger in a car driven by an underage friend whose blood-alcohol content was over twice the legal limit when the accident occurred. The car struck an aluminum utility pole, which was mounted with a 500-lb. traffic camera. Upon impact, the camera was dislodged from the pole and crashed into the car, instantly killing May. Parties named in the suit include driver Danielle Polumbo, several servers at the restaurant where the two ate dinner, and city officials who approved the camera’s positioning.

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$15 Million Awarded in Traumatic Brain Injury Case

In 2005, 14-year-old Hanford, California resident Christopher Chan was riding his bicycle on the streets of his hometown when he was struck by a vehicle. Chan suffered severe injuries in the collision, including a traumatic brain injury that significantly limited Chan’s cognitive ability. Chan’s parents filed a suit against the city, claiming that municipal workers failed to maintain basic safety standards on the street where the collision occurred. The $15 million that was recently awarded in the case will be paid in installments over the course of Chan’s lifetime.

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Surgeon Named in Wrongful Death Suit

A Wisconsin surgeon who struck and killed a pregnant women and her 10-year-old daughter in an April 2008 car crash has been named in a lawsuit filed by the woman’s surviving family members and the parents of another child who was also killed in the crash. The driver, area surgeon Mark Benson, has been charged with three counts homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol. Benson and several insurance companies have been named in the lawsuit.

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Wisconsin Residents File Suit Against County in Environmental Contamination Case

According to environmental reports, official agents of Wausau County, Wisconsin allowed a dangerous chemical known as pentachlorphohenol to be released into the atmosphere from area manufacturing plants. The agent was used to treat raw wood in the county’s numerous lumber mills. The chemical is now recognized as a carcinogen, and several area residents who have developed lymphoma have banded together to file suit against the county. Others named in the case claim that proximity to the facility has depreciated the value of their land.

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Lawsuit Filed in Car Crash that Killed Colorado Teen

16-year-old Hannah Boemker was struck and killed by an ambulance that was en route to an accident on May 1, 2006. The teen, who was driving a Honda Civic, apparently did not notice the lights and sirens of the emergency vehicle. Although it has been claimed that headphones may have limited Boemker’s hearing ability and contributed to the crash, that allegation was not substantiated by investigators. The lawsuit was filed by Boemker’s parents. A dollar amount of damages sought has not yet been named in the case.

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Medical Response Team’s Questionable Performance Sparks Lawsuit

The death of a 48-year-old Sacramento-area bus driver sent shockwaves through his family and devastated his bereaved fiancĂ©e. However, the family’s emotional pain was compounded when they discovered that Quintin Jones’ death may have been caused by the emergency medical team that was supposed to be saving his life. After Jones’ bus crashed into a pole, he was rushed to an area hospital in an air ambulance. Although he appeared fine at the scene of the crash, his status deteriorated quickly en route, and died soon afterward. The coroner’s report in the case indicated that Jones’ death was caused when he aspirated his own blood after a failed medical procedure was performed by the air ambulance crew.

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Ohio Parents Seek $5.5 Million in Drag Racing Crash that Injured Son

Drag racing is a popular summer spectator sport in the Ohio communities that straddle the border of West Virginia, but these often–unregulated events can have dire consequences when accidents occur. In June 2007, the Proger family of Steubenville, Ohio was watching a drag race at the Carroll Country Airport when a car spun out of control and entered the crowd. 11-year-old spectator Allen Proger was pinned beneath the vehicle, sustaining multiple serious injuries, including a concussion, broken bones, and cuts and burns. The driver of the car and several sponsors of the event are named in the lawsuit.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Virginia Mother Files $3 Million Suit in Son’s Death

16-year-old Virginia resident Daniel Lewis was killed in the summer of 2006 when the car he was riding in ran off the road. Last month, Lewis’ mother filed a $3 million wrongful death suit against the estate of driver James Hollie, claiming that Hollie operated the vehicle in a negligent manner. Although Hollie did not die in the crash, he is now deceased, explaining the suit against the executor of his estate. A court date has not yet been set in the matter.

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Florida Man Injured in McDonald’s Stickup Attempt Files Suit

John Mario, 59, was shot in the head during an aborted robbery attempt at a Port St. Lucie, Florida McDonald’s in early 2006. As Mario and his wife sat in their car in the parking lot, an area resident accosted them with a gun and demanded money. In a struggle for the gun, the weapon discharged, resulting in a serious head wound. Mario claims that restaurant management was aware of a crime problem in the neighborhood and failed to provide adequate security. He is asking for compensation for medical costs and damages of more than $15,000 in the case.

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Dennis Quaid Supports Consumers’ Right to Sue

Having nearly lost his newborn twins to a medical error, Dennis Quaid recently testified to Congress about the importance of allowing patients to pursue damages in cases of medical malpractice. Quaid’s appearance was the highlight of a hearing on the controversial topic of providing blanket immunity to pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers whose products have been approved by the FDA. Based on his personal experiences, Quaid’s testimony lent powerful and compelling support to the cause of securing patients’ rights under the law.

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Family of Police Office Killed in Crash Seeks $8.5 Million

The surviving family members of a 36-year-old Nebraska police officer who was killed in an on-the-job traffic collision last year are now seeking damages in a wrongful death case against the state. The case claims that unsafe road conditions contributed to the crash that left motorcycle cop Shad Nicks dead. An expert in roadway engineering has testified that the intersection poses some design hazards. A separate wrongful death case against the driver in the crash is also in the process of being settled.

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Wisconsin Family Receives $4.45 Million in Medical Malpractice Case

When 45-year-old Inland Steel security supervisor Roger Vuckovich was released from a local hospital on December 22, 2001 diagnosed with a kidney stone, his relieved family believed that his health was on the upswing. This assumption proved to be sadly mistaken, as Vuckovich died a mere 12 hours after his release. In the subsequent malpractice case, attorneys argued that the patient was improperly diagnosed, and that a simple CT scan would have revealed the abdominal aortic aneurism that experts say took his life. After an hour of deliberations, the jury awarded his survivors $4.45 million.

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Friday, June 6, 2008

College Athlete Sues Reebok in Defective Product Case

Former college hockey player Bryan Horan has filed a defective product lawsuit against sports gear giant Reebok after suffering permanent vision loss as a result of an injury he sustained playing in a regional college hockey tournament in 2007. Horan has claimed that his face mask’s design was defective, as it could not prevent eye injuries caused by the narrow end of a hockey stick. The amount of the damages Horan is asking for in the case has not yet been disclosed.

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City Employees Sue for Damages After On-the-Job Crash

Two Roanoke, Virginia municipal workers have filed personal injury lawsuits against the drivers who were involved in an April car crash that injured both men. On the morning of the incident, three city workers were repairing a traffic signal adjacent to a busy intersection. When a car and a truck collided at the intersection, the two workers were also hit by the truck, which was propelled toward them by the force of the crash. One city employee, William Gravet, was actually trapped under the wreckage of the truck and suffered massive injuries as a result. Both remain on indefinite medical leave from their jobs.

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Denver Hospital Pays Multimillion-Dollar Settlement in Inmate Death

After 24-year-old Denver resident Emily Rice was involved in a car accident, she was apprehended for unresolved traffic warrants by the police who responded at the scene. In police custody, Rice was taken to the Denver Health Medical Center for evaluation and treatment. Hospital staff believed the extent of her injuries was limited to superficial contusions, for which she was prescribed ibuprofen. The next day, Rice died in police custody of multiple internal injuries, including a lacerated liver and spleen. Although the exact amount of the settlement was not disclosed, hospital representatives confirmed that several million dollars would be paid to the deceased’s surviving family members.

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New Group of Plaintiffs Moves Forward with Next Phase of Case Against Oil Giant BP

The third phase of a staggered case against petroleum industry giant BP recently began in a Texas courtroom. The large and complex injury and wrongful death suit stems from a series of 2005 explosions at a Texas City, Texas production facility that left 15 dead and hundreds wounded. The plaintiffs’ attorneys have claimed that BP chose to maximize its profits rather than adhering strictly to best safety practices. Legal analysts expect that a settlement may be forthcoming in the case.

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Family of Minneapolis-Area Woman Killed in Fatal Crash Files Lawsuit

56-year-old Margaret Lopez shared a close relationship with her husband of more than 20 years, Ramsey County sheriff’s deputy Joseph Lopez. She regularly accompanied Lopez on his patrols as part of the county’s community ride-along program. It was during one such late-night patrol when Margaret Lopez was fatally injured in a crash caused by an intoxicated driver, 23-year-old Elizabeth Rhodes, who registered a blood-alcohol level of .19 at the time of the incident, nearly twice the legal limit. Lopez’s surviving family members are suing Rhodes and the Big Ten Supper Club, the establishment that they claim negligently served alcohol to the driver.

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

City Government Settles Negligence Case for $15 Million

The city of Hanford, California has agreed to pay $15 Million to the family of minor resident Christopher Chan. In 2005, then-14-year-old Chan was riding a bicycle on a municipal thoroughfare when he was struck by a vehicle, resulting in catastrophic brain injuries. In the subsequent lawsuit, Chan’s lawyers claimed that the intersection was a danger to students attending the nearby school, and that the city did nothing to remedy the obvious problem. The $15 million settlement will be used primarily to fund Chan’s round-the-clock medical care.

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Lawsuit Filed in Taser-Related Death

News of another wrongful death claim in a case involving a Taser device is adding fuel to the growing controversy surrounding these supposedly non-lethal weapons. Surviving family members of 20-year-old Jarrel Grey have filed a lawsuit asking for more than $145 million in damages against Frederick County, Maryland Sheriff Chuck Jenkins and Corporal Rudy Torres. The lawsuit levels a number of charges against the law enforcement officers, including police brutality and negligence.

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Cincinnati Area Family in Birth Injury Case Claims $22.6 Million Settlement

Today, 11-year-old Cassie Grow suffers from brain damage and an array of other health problems and developmental disabilities. Doctors say that the problems began as a result of complications during her 1997 delivery at an Ohio hospital. When the labor was not progressing normally, hospital staff administered a large dose of pitocin, a labor-inducing drug, to Cassie’s mother. Lawyers for the family claimed that the amount of the drug caused stress in the birth canal, which in turn caused irreversible injuries to Cassie’s brain. A jury recently awarded the Grow family $22.6 million in the case.

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Medical Malpractice Case Yields $2.8 Million Settlement

Today, doctors say that Knoxville, Tennessee resident Robin Farley has less than three years to live. In 2004, Farley was diagnosed with advanced cancer when doctors found a large tumor in one of her breasts. Farley claimed that the results of a routine mammogram performed in 2001 were misinterpreted when radiologists missed the tumor, delaying the diagnosis when the cancer may have been more treatable. A jury agreed with Farley’s claims, handing her a verdict totaling nearly $2.8 million.

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Illinois Woman Files Suit in Wal-Mart Slip-and-Fall Case

A simple trip to stock up on household supplies ended in serious injury for Cahokia, Illinois resident Carolyn Case. The shopper slipped on a puddle of water that had accumulated at the base of an ice machine located near an interior door of a local Wal-Mart store. In a recently filed personal injury lawsuit, Case claims that she suffered multiple permanent injuries as a result of the fall. Both Wal-Mart and the company that owns and services the ice machine have been named in the suit. A court date has not yet been set in the matter.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Birth Injury Case Yields $15.35 Million Settlement

What was supposed to be a momentous day for the Jenkins family of Chicago ended in tragedy. Problems during the delivery of their infant son limited the oxygen available to the fetus, resulting in later diagnoses of mental retardation and cerebral palsy. The baby was eventually delivered via Cesarean section, but the malpractice suit that was later filed contended that the crucial damage occurred when the doctors continued to pursue vaginal birth aided by vacuum extractors, even after indicators suggested that the infant was experiencing distress.

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Former Supreme Court Nominee Settles Slip-and-Fall Suit

When law professor and controversial former Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork ascended a dais at the Yale Club during a speaking engagement in June 2007, he might have expected his ideas to come under assault, but not his physical safety. Instead, due to what Bork has claimed was an unstable speaking platform, his attempt to reach the podium ended in a serious fall. Bork suffered numerous injuries from the incident, including a burst hematoma in his leg. The original suit asked for $1 million in damages, but the exact amount transferred in the settlement has not been released.

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Florida Woman Files Suit Against Makers of “Eco-Friendly” Power Generator

Nancy Younger and her husband William were trying to help the environment by installing a device known as the IdleAire into their big-rig truck, but they ended up losing much more. The device, which was supposed to harness solar energy to power devices such as air conditioners and electronics in idling big-rig trucks, is claimed to have siphoned deadly carbon monoxide gas into the cab where the Youngers were sleeping. William Younger died as a result of the incident, and Nancy sustained a near-fatal case of carbon monoxide poisoning. An award of up to $18 million is expected in the case.

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New Jersey Man Receives $809,000 Following ER Misdiagnosis

When a 14-year-old male gymnast visited the emergency room complaining of nausea, abdominal pain, and groin pain, personnel at Heywood Hospital issued a diagnosis of appendicitis. When further tests disproved that diagnosis, a testicular infection was believed to be the cause of the illness. In truth, however, the boy was suffering from testicular torsion, a rare condition that is somewhat more common among young male athletes. However, because the condition was not diagnosed soon enough, the patient eventually had to have one of his testicles surgically removed. After a five-year court battle, the plaintiff was granted a combined award of more than $800,000 in compensation and interest.

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State of Ohio Settles Wrongful Death Suit for $1 Million

A tragic car crash in 2006 cost one Ohio mother her life. Lori Smith, 32, died in the fiery aftermath of a collision caused by an Ohio state trooper. The officer who caused the collision was traveling at a high rate of speed, reportedly en route to an area hospital to check up on the seriously ill infant of a coworker. According to court documents, the officers who caused the collision were not engaged in a legitimate chase that required traveling at such a high rate of speed. Smith’s survivors, including her husband and three young children, filed a wrongful death case in the incident. Although the exact details of the state’s settlement have not yet been released, officials have confirmed that the award will exceed $1 million.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Texas Teacher’s Family Files Lawsuit in Big Rig Crash

33-year-old Texas schoolteacher Cynthia Carter was proceeding through an intersection one autumn afternoon in 2006 when the driver of a big rig ran a red light and struck her vehicle. After the collision, Carter’s truck was dragged 150 yards before it burst into flames. Carter was killed instantly, leaving behind a husband and three young children. Her family has filed a lawsuit in the incident, claiming that the driver has a troubled driving history. The suit also names the big rig’s operating company, which has faced several past citations for operating its trucks in an unsafe and careless manner. The driver, Jeremy Davidson, is also facing criminal charges in the incident.

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Lawsuit Filed in Border Patrol Agent’s Death

36-year-old David Webb was monitoring the desert near Why, Arizona in his work-issued Chevy Tahoe truck on November 3, 2006 when a tragic series of events caused the Border Patrol agent’s untimely death. First, the tread separated from one of the truck’s rear tires, causing Webb to loose control of the vehicle. When the truck flipped over, the roof of the vehicle caved completely in, causing the fatal head and brain injuries that doctors say caused Webb’s demise. Last week, Webb’s surviving family members, including a wife and two young children, filed suit against both General Motors and Continental Tires, claiming that defects and safety problems with both the vehicle and the tires directly contributed to Webb’s death.

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Georgia Woman is Awarded $8.8 Million in Medical Malpractice Case

Lifelong diabetic Shirlyn Gallagher is well aware of the importance of keeping close tabs on her blood sugar levels and administering insulin when appropriate. Unfortunately, medical personnel at the Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida failed to adhere to this long-established standard of practice. After going without insulin for an extended period while undergoing treatment at the facility, Gallagher’s blood sugar peaked, causing her to experience a stroke and subsequent brain damage. Representatives of the hospital have stated that they intend to file an appeal in the matter.

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Excessively Rigorous PE Class Led to Student’s Death, Suit Claims

14-year-old high school freshman Kevin J. Stallard had a heart condition that prevented him from being able to participate in demanding physical activities. In fact, the pediatric cardiologist who treated Stallard had issued strict orders limiting Stallard’s participation in his high school’s physical education class. However, according to Stallard’s mother, these orders were ignored by the high school’s coaching staff, despite repeated reminders. Stallard died last year after being forced to run multiple wind sprints in hot summer weather, and questions remain as to whether the school staff provided appropriate resuscitation measures after the student collapsed. A $25 million suit has been filed in the case.

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Tennessee Woman Sues for $4.5 Million after Wreck

After a serious collision last year, doctors were forced to keep 51-year-old Tennessee resident Barbara Godfrey McCloud in a chemically-induced coma for nearly two weeks in order to stabilize her condition. The injuries, which included multiple fractures, torn ligaments, and a concussion, occurred after McCloud was struck at high speed by 28-year-old driver Michael Geames. To date, McCloud’s medical costs have exceeded $300,000, and disability experts have stated that her future quality of life and earning capability remain in question. A court date has not yet been set in the matter.

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Friday, May 9, 2008

Brooklyn Judge Files Suit After Slipping on Wet Courthouse Floor

A judge is sitting at the plaintiff’s table in one recently filed slip-and-fall case. Supreme Court Justice Jack Battaglia fractured his knee after leaving the restroom in the Brooklyn, New York courthouse where he works, typically presiding over civil lawsuits that often bear many similarities to the suit Battaglia himself has brought against the city and a city employee. The judge is asking for over $1 million in damages in the case.

No matter what their station in life may be, everyone is vulnerable to the careless actions of others. If you or a family member has been negatively impacted by negligence, we can help. Contact the California personal injury attorneys at The Heller Law Firm for a free consultation, or call us direct at 866-461-5791. You will hear from us either the same day or within 24 hours.

Deadly Dallas Freeway Crash Spurs Wrongful Death Suit

Irregularities and mechanical problems have long plagued the large fleet of utility trucks operated by Dallas-based Texas Industries. Lawyers claim that this spotty maintenance may have played a role in the April 11, 2008 crash that killed a Dallas realtor and severely injured her 5-year-old daughter. A cement truck driven by Edward Magallon swerved out of control and skidded for more than 140 feet before flipping and landing on an SUV driven by 41-year-old Maria Gomez. The recently-filed lawsuit also claims that Magallon has a long history of traffic, speeding, and DUI convictions.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in an auto collision, you need to understand your options.
Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at The Heller Law Firm for a free consultation, or call us direct at 866-461-5791. You will hear from us either the same day or within 24 hours.

Lawsuits Against Nail Gun Manufacturers Multiply

Air-powered nail guns offer construction workers, laborers, and hobbyists unparalleled convenience, but a growing number of injury and wrongful death suits suggest that the devices are too risky. One such suit was recently filed by the widow of construction worker Manuel Murrillo against nail gun manufacturer Hitachi-Koki U.S.A. Murrillo died in 2006 after accidentally puncturing his chest with a nail gun. The suit claims that the gun’s defective design emphasized speed over safety.

Has a defective or unsafe product harmed you or a loved one? We can help.
Contact the California personal injury attorneys at The Heller Law Firm for a free consultation, or call us direct at 866-461-5791. You will hear from us either the same day or within 24 hours.

Hip Treatment Resulted in Patient’s Death, Suit Claims

Epidural injections are best known as a way to control pain during childbirth. However, they are also sometimes used to control chronic localized pain in the back, legs, and hips. This is the treatment that Oliver McAfoos submitted to in early November 2005 – and which his surviving family members claim was eventually responsible for his death the next year. The lawsuit filed against staff at a St. Louis-area hospital claims that the medical team there failed to elicit a full medical history from McAfoos prior to the procedure, and further failed to adhere to common standards of care during the execution of the treatment. Several days after the procedure, McAfoos was admitted to a regional trauma unit with a diagnosis of an epidural hematoma. Days later, he lapsed into the coma that would eventually kill him. A judge has been assigned in the case, but a court date has not yet been set.

Has your family suffered as a result of careless medical treatment? You need the help of an experienced team of personal injury attorneys.
Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at The Heller Law Firm for a free consultation, or call us direct at 866-461-5791. You will hear from us either the same day or within 24 hours.