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.
Got raw milk? It’s a slogan used by Texas-based K-Bar dairy, which is currently in the limelight for illnesses spanning seven states linked to Brucella bacteria found in its raw milk, which had not undergone pasteurization to kill germs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas State Department of Health Services have received reports of people who drank K-Bar’s milk and have symptoms of brucellosis in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Ohio, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas, according to a CDC press release. “It’s very important for people who drank raw milk from this dairy to seek treatment ... Read More
U.S. transportation regulators hit Frontier Airlines with a near-record fine of $1.5 million for violating a federal law prohibiting passenger planes from excessively long tarmac delays. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, an investigation led by the agency’s Aviation Enforcement Office found that from Dec. 16-18, 2016, Frontier allowed a dozen of its domestic flights to remain on the tarmac at Denver International Airport for more than three hours without allowing passengers an opportunity to deplane. The long tarmac delays on these 12 flights occurred during and after a large snowstorm. Federal transportation rules prohibit U.S. airlines from allowing ... Read More
A ninth resident has died as a result of injuries suffered in the Hollywood, Florida, nursing home that lost its air conditioning for days after Hurricane Irma ripped through the state. The 93-year-old man was evacuated last week with the other residents of Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills after authorities discovered three patients had died in the facility, where temperatures had risen to dangerous levels. By that afternoon, five more patients had died and dozens more were treated for dehydration, breathing difficulties and other heat-related symptoms. The dead ranged in age from 71 to 99, and all appeared to have ... Read More
A semi-autonomous Tesla Model S that crashed in Florida last year, killing its driver, had “operational limits” that played a major role in the accident, federal investigators said. The main shortcomings of Tesla’s semi-autonomous technology involved the vehicle’s inability to monitor and ensure driver attention, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found. Joshua Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio, died when his semi-autonomous Tesla car failed to apply its brakes as a tractor-trailer turned left in front of it. The May 7 crash occurred on a divided highway in Williston, Florida. Mr. Brown’s death was the first death to occur in a self-driving ... Read More
Ralphie’s mother in A Christmas Story warned that if he got the Red Ryder B.B. gun he wanted so badly he’d, “Shoot your eye out.” Few people would expect the same risk with playful Nerf guns. But a new report from emergency department doctors at one British hospital reveals the toy guns may not be as safe as people think. The hospital reported three serious injuries from Nerf Guns, and “calls into consideration the need for protective eyewear with their use,” said Drs. Mukhtar Brizrah and Seema Verma of Moorfields Eye Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust, in London. According to the British team ... Read More
Federal investigators said that a full review of a plane crash that killed three people near Savannah, Georgia, Aug. 28 is underway but the probe could take more than a year to conclude. The plane crash killed pilot Randy Hunter and his passengers Byron and Catherine Cocke, who were featured on an episode of HGTV’s My Big Amazing Renovation, which followed the renovation of their family home. The episode, titled “Going Big in Georgia,” aired in 2011. Mr. Hunter, 39, took off from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport about 8:30 a.m. with the Cockes aboard. Shortly after takeoff, Mr. Hunter reported ... Read More
A tour bus speeding through New York City streets crashed into a city bus Monday morning, killing three people and injuring 16 others. “We’ve had a really tragic morning here in Flushing, Queens,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told the press. “It’s just shocking to see the scene over there. Hard to compare it to anything I’ve ever seen — the sheer destruction from the impact of the collision.” Authorities have just started an investigation of the bus crash, but evidence shows that “an enormous amount of speed” contributed to the accident, the Associated Press reported, citing Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman ... Read More
An airplane crash that killed two men and seriously injured a third while filming the Tom Cruise movie American Made in 2015 has spawned multiple lawsuits, including one filed Sept. 8 by four production companies seeking indemnity for damages awarded against them in other lawsuits. The lawsuit, filed in California, seeks to hold S&S Aviation, a Georgia company responsible for maintaining the airplane that crashed, at least partly responsible for any damages and lawyer fees resulting from the wrongful death and personal injury claims the production companies face. The movie “American Made” is set to be released later this month. It ... Read More
Crashes are the leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old, according to the National Safety Council. To prevent unnecessary injury, safety organizations across the country are encouraging caregivers to take time during national Child Passenger Safety Week, September 17-23, to examine car safety systems and research information that could save young lives. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Healthychildren.org provides information on the types of car seats and corresponding ages for each: Infants and toddlers should use only rear-facing or rear-facing convertible car seats until they are at least 2 years old and typically up to 40 ... Read More
Support for self-driving technology in tractor-trailers and other heavy commercial trucks is gaining steam in the upper echelons of the U.S. government. On Sept. 13, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing titled “Transportation Innovation: Automated Trucks and our Nation’s Highways,” offering legislators, industry officials, safety advocates and others an opportunity to discuss the benefits of automated truck technology as well as the impact self-driving trucks could have on jobs and the U.S. economy. From a safety angle, the evidence is indisputable. Even at its current level of development, self-driving vehicles are far safer than vehicles ... Read More