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 PennSTAR medical helicopter fatally crashed on Thursday at 11:55 a.m. in New Castle, Delaware, ABC affiliate WPVI reported. The pilot, 37-year-old Michael R. Murphy from Franklinville, New Jersey, was the only person on board when the helicopter crashed. The Eurocopter EC135, registered with University of Pennsylvania Health System’s PennSTAR air transportation service, was conducting a training exercise and was not engaged in any life-saving operations when it crashed. The aircraft went down in an area behind a U.S. Post office, which is about a mile south of the New Castle County Airport. Murphy, according to NBC Philadelphia, was flying ... Read More
Another deadly car crash in north-central Alabama claimed the lives of a Locust Fork woman and two children Wednesday, May 24 – the latest car crash victims in a series of collisions that have occurred in Blount County in a span of 10 days. According to AL.com, Alabama State Troopers said that a 2007 Jeep Cherokee driven by a 16-year-old Blountsville teenage boy left its lane on Alabama 79 at 9:33 a.m. and veered into the path of a Cadillac SRX. The head-on collision killed 47-year-old Locust Fork resident Deanna Whitfield and two of her granddaughters. One of the granddaughters, ... Read More
Fidget spinners may be entertaining for kids, helpful for those with attention-deficit issues, and annoying to parents, but they are also becoming a health hazard for some. Just days after a 10-year-old Texas girl was sent to the hospital after swallowing a bearing that popped off her fidget spinner, requiring doctors to go down her throat and retrieve it, a 5-year-old boy gulped a loose part of his spinner and suffered the same fate. Joheley Morelos said she was terrified when she saw her son Cayden vomiting blood as doctors pushed a tube down his throat in search of the ... Read More
A 10-year veteran of the Macon County Fire Department in Georgia, Darrell Plank, was struck in the head by a metal coupling when a fire hose snagged on a fire truck while fighting a fire on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. The Telegraph reports that Plank was taken by ambulance from the incident location in Montezuma to a nearby Medical Center, Navicent Health, where a CT scan later revealed he had suffered a stroke on the left side of his brain indicating a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Darrell’s family and fellow firefighters held out hope for his recovery until ... Read More
A Cincinnati hazardous waste management company faces multiple criminal charges and permanent closure after a Dec. 2013 flash fire and explosion severely burned two workers, one of whom died hours later. Twenty-year-old Zachary Hanzerling had started working for Environmental Enterprises Inc. just three weeks before the workplace accident that claimed his life. He was cleaning air filters at the facility when a chemical reaction created a flash fire that left him with severe burn injuries over 90 percent of his body. Mr. Hanzerling was also blinded when the safety goggles he was wearing were melted onto his eyes by the ... Read More
A former farm worker has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against GMO seed company DuPont Pioneer, claiming she was fired for voicing concerns about the how the company handled toxic herbicides on a Hawaiian farm. Shannell Grilho alleges DuPont Pioneer fired her and her husband last year after she questioned company officials about spraying practices on the company’s Waialua, Oahu, farm, according to a report by Hawaii News Now. Ms. Grilho alleges that Pioneer continued its unsafe spraying practices even after employees raised concerns about them. She says Pioneer instead retaliated against workers who complained, and that its unsafe herbicide sprayings ... Read More
Three workers were killed and several more were injured in an explosion at a Louisiana packaging facility two months ago. Joe Gooch, the father of one of the victims, has filed a lawsuit over his son’s death, KFDM News reports. The lawsuit has been filed against Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), where Jody Gooch was killed during an explosion ignited by “hot work” performed on a containment vessel. Combustible byproducts were still present in the tank, emanating flammable vapors, while a worker was welding on or near the vessel. The case also includes Elite Industrial Services of Pasadena, Jody’s employer at the time. “We ... Read More
The family of a worker who died in an industrial accident at an ExxonMobil petrochemical plant in Beaumont, Texas, has filed a motion to compel discovery in the case, alleging the corporate energy giant refuses to cooperate. According to the SE Texas Record, Hector Barron filed suit against ExxonMobil in Jefferson County, Texas, Court, May 17, 2016, seeking damages of more than $1 million for the death of his brother and coworker Miguel Barron. The lawsuit also names AltairStrickland, an industrial engineering company that specializes in petrochemical plant turnarounds, and B&G Crane Service. The lawsuit alleges that on May 11, ... Read More
A bill addressing distracted driving has passed the Texas Senate, making its way closer to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk and to becoming law. Texas House Bill 62 takes aim at texting and driving specifically. If signed into law, the bill would take effect Sept. 1. The bill, HB 62, would make it a misdemeanor criminal offense to use a “wireless communication device” while driving to “read, write or send an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle unless the vehicle is stopped.” A Distracted Driving Law With Exceptions Though it addresses texting and driving, which in recent years has emerged ... Read More
Former Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian was arraigned last week on numerous charges related to the deaths and injuries of passengers aboard Amtrak 188, which derailed in Philadelphia two years ago, killing eight passengers and injuring numerous others. Mr. Bostian, 34, was charged with eight counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of causing or risking a catastrophe, and multiple counts of reckless endangerment. He was arraigned Thursday, May 17, and released on an $81,000 bond, with his next scheduled court date set for June 7. Mr. Bostian was operating the seven-car Amtrak commuter train on May 12, 2015, when it approached ... Read More