One of the broadest categories for people needing legal help is Personal Injury. Our attorneys in this area see people who are hurting in a number of ways – physically, mentally and emotionally – whose lives have been set on an unexpected path through no fault of their own. They began one day just like any other, going to work or going about their business, only to encounter an unimaginable situation resulting in traumatic loss, serious injury or death. Just like that, dreams are dashed. Families are robbed of a mother or father, of peace of mind.
Personal Injury claims might involve single vehicle wrecks, traffic accidents, accidents in the work place, assault claims, accidents in the home, and nursing home neglect and abuse. Many times when our skilled team of professional investigators takes a look at a personal injury claim, they find a defective product is to blame. We help ensure that manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers and others who make products available to the public are held responsible for the injuries those products cause.
A San Francisco building supply company has been ordered to pay a $62,000 fine for several safety violations that led to the death of a worker in a forklift accident last November. In an area called the Dogpatch neighborhood, the accident occurred on Nov. 21 at Good View Roofing & Building Supply Co that killed Ruan Qiang, a resident of South San Francisco. Qiang was moving a load of building supplies from the company’s warehouse to a customer’s car using a forklift, a 5-ton vehicle the company often uses for heavy lifting. According to Cal-OSHA, a bag of mortar mix fell from the load and landed ... Read More
Montana authorities are treating a fatal side underride collision between a tractor trailer and a Dodge Caravan as a hit-and-run and remain on the lookout for a commercial truck driver who left the crash scene. According to the Montana Highway Patrol, the tractor-trailer hauling two-by-four lumber on Interstate 15 southbound near the Great Falls Airport made an illegal left turn in an authorized-vehicle-only median crossing. State troopers reported that the truck driver was attempting to access a weigh station on the northbound side of the interstate. A Dodge Caravan driven by Marvin Knutson, 72, of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada, on ... Read More
A Las Vegas man is recovering from second-and third-degree burns after some e-cigarette lithium-ion batteries he was carrying in the pocket of his shorts exploded. Matthew Beard told KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas that his was inside a Walmart Easter Sunday when he heard a strange noise he likened to a can of soda exploding. “Next thing I know I see a flame coming from my shorts,” Mr. Beard told KTNV. He told the station that he had to remove his clothes to escape the flames, but by the time he was able to do that the fire had already ... Read More
A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against E.I. DuPont De Nemours, a science and engineering company that makes construction materials, polymers, paints, plastics, printing materials, and more, alleging long-term exposure to “a potent bladder carcinogen known as aminobiphenyl” made a former employee sick. The estate of William Clawson filed the lawsuit in Jefferson County District Court in Texas on April 5, saying Clawson was a long-term employee of DuPont who was exposed to a chemical that led to his death. The suit alleges Clawson’s job description required him to work around aminobiphenyl, a “known human bladder carcinogen,” according to a hazard document produced by ... Read More
Recreational off-highway vehicle (ROV) manufacturer Polaris is recalling about 51,000 model-year 2015 Polaris Ranger 900-series ROVs, saying the heat shield on the affected vehicles can fall off, posing the risk of fire and burn injuries. The recall involves all model-year 2015 Polaris Ranger XP 900, XP 900 EPS, and CREW 900 ROVs, which were made in a variety of colors and have either three or six seats and a rear box. The name “Ranger” is printed on the rear box, and “900” is printed on the hood of the recalled ROVs. Polaris says that all 2015 Ranger 900 models and ... Read More
When the benzene level in the air at Kim Cupples’ Lansing Township, Michigan, home was found to exceed the state’s evacuation threshold, she says authorities including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) didn’t inform her for six months. During the EPA’s routine screening in March 2016, Cupples’ home measured 1.6 micrograms per cubic meter, then in July 2016 measured 5.96 micrograms per cubic meter. The EPA’s screening level requiring further evaluation is .36, and the state’s evacuation level is 3.6 micrograms per cubic meter. Despite the extremely high levels, the EPA took six months after the testing to “validate” the results and send ... Read More
Distracted driving is now a deadly epidemic in the U.S. Preliminary data from the National Safety Council shows that that 40,200 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016 – a 6 percent rise over 2015 totals and a staggering 14 percent increase in traffic deaths since 2014. A two-year jump like this has not been seen in 50 years. Distracted driving is also incredibly expensive. The estimated cost of motor-vehicle deaths, injuries, and property damage last year was $432.5 billion – a 12 percent increase from 2015. Distraction makes every individual an inferior driver. But one technology and analytics ... Read More
Former Ravens tight end Todd Heap accidentally struck and killed his 3-year-old daughter at their home in Mesa, Arizona, Friday in what his former team described in a statement as a “knee-buckling” and “overwhelmingly sad tragedy.” Mesa police said the accident happened about 3:45 p.m. in the gated community of Las Sendas when Mr. Heap was moving his truck forward and hit the girl in the driveway. Authorities responding to the accident said that Mr. Heap displayed no signs of impairment. An investigation of the accident remains underway. The girl was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced ... Read More
The Army is investigating the cause of a Black Hawk helicopter crash that killed one crew member and seriously injured two others on a Maryland golf course Monday afternoon. The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was from the 12th Aviation Battalion stationed at Davison Airfield in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The aircraft was performing routine training exercises when, according to witnesses, there appeared to be something wrong with it. One witness, who works in the pro shop of the Breton Bay Golf and Country Club in Leonardtown, Maryland, where the crash occurred, told WJZ Baltimore that the Black Hawk was “flying kind ... Read More
A Michigan man continues to recover from extensive third-degree burns he sustained when the lithium-ion battery in his e-cigarette exploded in the pocket of his pants. Thirty-five-year-old Sean Ritz of Canton, Michigan, told the Detroit Free Press his burn injuries, which covered his entire leg, were so severe that he spent four days in the intensive care unit, followed by more than a week at the University of Michigan hospital. Mr. Ritz was at home with his wife when the blast occurred Oct. 22. He said he heard a “fizzing” sound at first, before the device flared and engulfed his ... Read More