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.
Two workers suffered serious burn injuries when a propane-powered deep fryer exploded in the kitchen of a popular southern Maine restaurant Oct. 11. The accident occurred just before 11 a.m. in the kitchen of Rick’s All Seasons Restaurant in York, Maine, when the fryolator suddenly burst into “a ball of fire,” according to Seacoast Online. A sprinkler system quickly put out the fire, but the explosion and hot oil left employees BreeAnne McDowell and Marianne Porter with serious burn injuries. According to Seacoast Online and the Bangor Daily News, York Village Fire Department Chief Chris Balentine said one of the employees ... Read More
A truck driver who collided head-on with a church bus near Concan, Texas last year was impaired by a combination of prescription drugs and marijuana, federal investigators said. In its Oct. 16 report, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the March 29, 2017, crash that killed 13 people and seriously injured two underscores deficiencies in leadership, law-enforcement training, and bus safety that should be corrected to help prevent similar accidents from happening in the future. The deadly crash occurred when Jack Dillon Young, the 20-year-old driver of a pick-up truck, crossed the center line of U.S. Highway 83, entered ... Read More
Last week’s crash on Interstate 94 in Minnesota resulted in the 13th fatality of a road construction worker in the state so far this year – already well above average for Minnesota and the highest number on record since 2007 when 17 workers died on the job, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. This crash, like the others before it, “was preventable,” said Lt. Tiffani Nielson with the Minnesota State Patrol. “It’s frustrating for construction workers who have to be out in all conditions, all types of weather and they have to focus on what they are doing,” ... Read More
Federal authorities have expanded a government investigation of the e-cigarette industry while threatening to pull dozens of new vaping products off the market if they are found to be noncompliant with U.S. regulations. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it sent letters on Oct. 12 to 21 e-cigarette companies, including the vape units of Big Tobacco companies British American Tobacco, Imperial Brands, and Japan Tobacco as part of a probe to determine whether they are illegally marketing some 40 new products. Earlier this month, FDA authorities paid a surprise visit to the San Francisco offices of Juul, the world’s ... Read More
A commercial bus carrying Cornell University students and alumni from Ithaca, New York, to New York City, veered off the highway in Pennsylvania over the weekend, killing one woman and injuring several others. The bus crash killed 33-year-old Rebecca Blanco of Vacaville, California. Ms. Blanco graduated with an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management last year, the Mercury News reported. According to Northeast Pennsylvania’s WNEP, the bus crash occurred shortly after 9 p.m. when the bus left the southbound lanes of I-380 near Moscow, Pennsylvania, in Covington County, a few miles south of Scranton near exit 20. ... Read More
Faulty work orders Columbia Gas of Massachusetts issued to crews upgrading natural gas mains led to a series of explosions and fires that caused widespread property damages across three northern Massachusetts towns, killing one person and injuring 21 others, federal investigators found. In its preliminary report on the Sept. 13 gas explosions, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that work crews were taking a century-old cast-iron gas main out of service and replacing it with a new plastic main. However, Columbia Gas failed to instruct workers to deactivate pressure sensors. The sensors, detecting low pressure in the pipes, automatically ... Read More
California’s lack of a lead-poisoning benchmark for workers and the reluctance of state agencies to adopt tougher rules governing lead exposure in the workplace have become a serious occupational hazard, the Los Angeles Times reports. Unlike the majority of other states, California hasn’t adopted the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) standard for lead, which sets a “red line” of 25 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. Under the standard, any reading above that level automatically triggers an OSHA inspection of the workplace. California, however, lacks a lead-poisoning benchmark that would prompt an inspection by the California Division ... Read More
On Sept. 14, Mark Uptain, 37, a Jackson Hole, Wyoming hunting guide for Martin Outfitters, headed out with a client into the backcountry of Terrace Mountain in the Teton Wilderness and bagged an elk. But the adventure turned into tragedy when a 10-year-old sow grizzly charged at Uptain. His body was found the next day by search-and-rescue crews. Five days later, the Wyoming Department of Workforce were on the scene investigating whether possible workplace safety violations may have contributed to Uptain’s death. “We do have an active investigation regarding this incident with Martin Outfitters, and the unfortunate attack that cost ... Read More
Needlestick injuries among workers in the waste and recycling industries are a serious workplace hazard, with an estimated 2.7 incidents per 100 workers occurring, a new report from the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). The waste workers most at risk of being affected by a needlestick injury are workers in material recovery facilities, especially line workers who sort solid waste for recycling. Researchers analyzed 2016 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and found the injury rate at material recovery facilities, including injuries that didn’t involve needlesticks, was 6 per 100 ... Read More
An Idaho truck driver faces criminal charges for allowing his truck to leak its load of sulfuric acid on a Pocatello, Idaho highway, causing extensive damage as well as a bicycling accident that seriously injured a man. The truck driver, identified by Idaho State Police as a 59-year-old resident of Pocatello, was charged for violations of Federal Motor Carrier Safety (FMCSA) rules and Idaho state law for intentionally letting about 60 gallons of sulfuric acid to leak from his truck. The incident occurred on Sept. 27 when the truck driver was hauling about 83 gallons of sulfuric acid from Soda ... Read More