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.
Columbia University and its associated hospitals “actively and deliberately” – and inexplicably – covered up the sexual abuse of several patients by one of its obstetricians, according to a lawsuit filed by 17 women. Instead, the university and hospitals “continued to grant Robert Hadden unfettered access to vulnerable, unsuspecting, pregnant and non-pregnant female patients,” the lawsuit claims. The women claim that under the guise of performing medical exams Hadden licked them, digitally penetrated their vaginas without gloves, and fondled their breasts and anuses. Only one plaintiff, Marissa Hoechstetter, has revealed her name, a decision she said she made after years ... Read More
Any burn injury survivor will tell you that the treatment of serious burns is an excruciating process, especially when it comes to dressing the wound – a procedure that usually must be repeated daily. But an Israeli nanotechnology company aims to provide more burn patients with needed relief with its new breakthrough medical device that treats burns without ever touching the patient. Nanomedic Technologies Ltd, based in the Tel Aviv area, says its SpinCare device spares patients the intense and traumatic pain of dressing changes by covering the burn with an advanced polymer solution that stays on the wound and ... Read More
Justus Booze had never been anywhere near a wood chipper before showing up to work in May 2016 for a landscaping job. His help wasn’t really needed. “It wasn’t a huge job,” said Tony Watson, owner of Countryside Tree Care. “I liked Justice and wanted to help him out.” But May 4, 2016, turned suddenly tragic when Booze was dragged headfirst into a Bandit 250 wood chipper with metal blades that spun so fast and powerfully they could shred two-foot massive logs in a mere second. Booze died from severe sharp force and shredding injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health ... Read More
A Westborough, Massachusetts, nursing home has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the daughter of an elderly woman who died from injuries sustained after falling at the facility. Candilou C. Hitchcock filed the lawsuit in Worcester Superior Court in 2017. Her mother, Betty “Betsy” Ford Crane, 89, was living at Beaumont Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center when, on July 29, 2015, she fell, suffering blunt force head trauma. She died a week later on Aug. 7, 2015. Crane suffered from dementia and had fallen at least 21 other times while at the facility. ... Read More
Sexual assault can happen to men, too, and the Department of Defense (DOD) wants men to know that they will be supported if they come forward. Only about 10 percent of male victims report sexual abuse, according to a survey conducted by the DOD. What keeps them silent is fear they won’t be believed or will be blamed if they report an incident. The same study also found that men who experience sexual assault do not actually see it as “sexual” as much as a cultural norm. But the DOD’s Air Force and Sexual Assault Prevention Response teams are committed ... Read More
Tap Rack Bang Indoor Shooting Range LLC in Killeen, Texas, faces up to $214,387 in penalties by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for exposing workers to unsafe levels of lead. OSHA investigated the firing range, which does business in Killeen as The Gun Range, after receiving a complaint of worker exposure to lead during firing range activities. During its inspection, OSHA officials found airborne lead exceeding the permissible exposure limit, and lead contamination throughout the facility. The company was cited for failing to replace damaged personal protective equipment, not medically monitoring employees for lead-related illnesses; and for sweeping ... Read More
A Seattle jury ordered Ride the Ducks International and its Seattle operator to pay the victims of a deadly 2015 duck boat bus crash and their families $123 million in damages. The awards to the 42 plaintiffs in the case range from $40,000 to $25 million, with the highest award of about $26 million going to Phuong Dinh, a severely injured crash survivor. The crash occurred in September 2015 when the left-front axle broke on a World War II-era amphibious duck boat, sending the vehicle into oncoming traffic on Seattle’s Aurora Bridge. The duck boat crashed into a charter bus ... Read More
West Virginia authorities are investigating a charter bus rollover crash that injured several members of the Martinsburg High School girls basketball team Feb. 2. The crash occurred just before 9 p.m. as the charter bus was rounding an entrance ramp to Interstate 64 after leaving the Big Atlantic Classic basketball tournament in Beckley, West Virginia. According to The Journal of Martinsburg, West Virginia, the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department said that the bus was about to merge onto I-64 East when the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle. The bus exited the ramp on the right side and flipped four ... Read More
A new winter challenge circulating online is sending people to the hospital with scald burns, doctors in the U.S. say. The “boiling water challenge” has gone viral in recent weeks as a polar vortex sent temperatures plummeting to several degrees below zero throughout much of the Midwest and Northeast. People participating in the challenge throw boiling water into the air and watch it freeze. Boiling water will freeze and turn to snow in mid-air at temperatures of -5 degrees and colder. According to CNN, Chicago’s Loyola University Medical Center treated eight people for scald burns of various degrees since the ... Read More
The U.S. government added an additional 1.7 million vehicles from seven different automakers to the Takata airbag recall as part of its continuing push to repair volatile airbags that can deploy with lethal force. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is managing the monstrous recall, added vehicles made by BMW, Daimler Vans, Ferrari, Mercedes, Subaru, Tesla, and Volkswagen. In its year-end report on the recall, NHTSA said that automakers have recalled 50.36 million Takata airbag units to date. Of those, 27.2 million were replaced, leaving more than 23 million unrepaired. The Takata airbag recalls collectively form the largest ... Read More