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.
When Mitch LaPrade was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in 2005 at the age of 44, he was floored. “My wife and I were always trying to figure out, where do you get that? We didn’t even know what leukemia was,” he told CBC. Then his doctor asked about the solvents LaPrade used to clean the presses working as a pre-press technologist at a printing plant in Ontario. Benzene is a known carcinogen, and has been linked to various forms of leukemia. LaPrade said he was never given protective clothing like gloves or masks while on the job. When ... Read More
A Texas man who alleges benzene exposure on the job left him with a serious blood disorder has filed a lawsuit against several petrochemical companies and other manufacturers he worked with for several years. Jack Turner and his wife Betty are seeking compensatory and punitive damages for Mr. Turner’s “consciousness of impending death,” the SE TexasRecord reports. Mr. Turner suffers from Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a form of blood disorder marked by poorly formed and/or malfunctioning blood cells. Exposure to benzene over a long period of time, even in low doses, can result in Myelodysplastic Syndrome and various other blood disorders which ... Read More
Are e-cigarettes and other products in the bustling vaping market too risky for insurance carriers? A recent report by Insurance Business America suggests so. When e-cigarettes and other vaping products emerged in the U.S. in 2007, insurance carriers eagerly embraced this new market for its growth potential and promising revenue source. But as e-cigarettes and other vaping devices exploded, causing serious burn injuries and other harm to vapers, “the great fire of interest quickly whittled down to a few smoldering embers,” Insurance Business America reported. Although other factors have played a role, the risk of e-cigarette explosions and serious physical ... Read More
Concerned about the number of unrepaired Takata airbags in high-risk cars, federal auto regulators have issued an urgent plea to South Florida motorists, some of whom remain at an exceptionally high risk of injury or death. Defective Takata airbags have inflator mechanisms that rely on ammonium nitrate to create a chemical reaction that fills airbags in a crash. The chemical compound, however, is extremely volatile and grows increasingly unstable as it ages, especially in areas with a humid climate. As a result, the Takata airbags may deploy with deadly force, blasting car occupants with metal shrapnel in much the same ... Read More
Three workers were injured when a flash fire broke out at a BAE Systems-managed government ammunition plant in Radford, Virginia, Monday, June 12. According to the Associated Press, the workplace accident occurred at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant, also known as the Radford Arsenal, which serves as the main ammunition and explosives manufacturing facility for the U.S. Department of Defense. The sprawling facility, which occupies thousands of acres in southwestern Virginia, is owned by the U.S. government but is operated by major defense contractor BAE Systems. Plant official Charles Saks told Roanoke, Virginia’s WDBJ Channel 7 that “nitrocellulose material in ... Read More
The death of a 1-year-old South Carolina boy trapped inside a hot car underscores the importance of never leaving a child alone in a sealed car, even for a moment. Greenville, South Carolina’s WHNS reported that Crista McElhannon said her son Joe “Jojo” Lockaby was at his grandmother’s house for a sleepover May 31 when he took a short nap but woke up irritable. The grandmother loaded Jojo up in the car. Her plan was to take her grandson to McDonald’s for a Happy Meal – something that the two of them often enjoyed doing. But once Jojo was secured ... Read More
At least 60 people eight states have been sickened by Salmonella linked to melon products made and distributed by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, Indiana, spurring a recall of fresh cut melon and fruit salads, federal health officials announced. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the outbreak of Salmonella illnesses stems from fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit medley mixtures containing any of these melon products. Caito Foods and others distributed the affected melon products to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. People infected by the melon products, which are ... Read More
The mother of a South Carolina woman who was killed in February when a tractor-trailer rear-ended her car at a high speed has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, alleging the truck’s driver was negligent when he fell asleep at the wheel. The deadly crash occurred in the early pre-dawn hours of Feb. 28 when 57-year-old Angela Gambrell of Greenwood, South Carolina, was stopped at a red light on her way to work, The Greenwood Index-Journal reported. At the same time, a 2015 Freightliner tractor-trailer owned by Salem Leasing Corp. was traveling east on the 72 Bypass in Greenwood when it ... Read More
An Illinois woman was seriously injured when an e-cigarette exploded in her face at a vape shop in Machesney Park, Illinois, Monday. North Park Fire Chief Joel Hallstrom told Rockford Illinois’ WIFR 23 that the injured woman was taken to the hospital with a “significant facial injury.” A WIFR reporter tweeted about the incident at 12:39 p.m. Monday, saying the woman was being taken to the hospital after an e-cigarette “’blows off’ her face.” Report: Woman en route to hospital after e-cig "blows off" her face, police on scene at 631 Harlem Rd smoke shop — Jessie Schlacks (@23newsJessie) June ... Read More
Two workers of a Kansas power plant who suffered severe burn injuries on the job Sunday morning, June 3, have died. According to KSNT News of Topeka, Kansas, the deadly accident occurred at the Jeffrey Energy Center located in St. Mary’s, about 40 miles northwest of Topeka. The two plant workers were identified as operations supervisor Craig Burchett, of Overlook, Kansas, and Jesse Henson of Manhattan, Kansas. The men were critically injured when a steam safety valve on a piece of equipment failed, filling the area they were in with pressurized steam and leaving them with fatal burn injuries, The ... Read More