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.
Under pressure by Congress to increase its oversight of nursing home quality and safety after a growing number of reports of nursing home abuse and neglect, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that it would be increasing the number of weekend inspections to long-term care facilities with lower-than-average staffing on weekends. CMS notified state survey agencies charged with conducting inspections at nursing homes that receive federal reimbursements that instead of requiring 10 percent of surveys to be conducted on weekends or non-business hours, at least half of the inspections should take place on weekends. Inspectors ... Read More
A Florida man whose e-cigarette exploded in his pants pocket was airlifted to a Manatee County hospital Nov. 21 with extensive burn injuries. The 43-year-old man reportedly stowed the e-cigarette in the back pocket of his pants. The device exploded when he sat down on a chair at work. E-cigarettes are powered by powerful lithium-ion batteries, which can burst with intensely hot flames if damaged, flawed, overcharged, or stored with other metal objects. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported that the man’s burn injuries are not considered life-threatening, but he was flown to Blake Medical Center by BayFlite as a trauma alert. ... Read More
The presence of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in multiple environmental samples collected from a Saranac, Michigan food producer has prompted the federal food police to shut down the company’s facilities. A complaint filed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Nov. 29 alleges Saranac Brand Foods Inc. and its owners, Dennis and Daniel Nowak, are producing ready-to-eat foods such as macaroni salad, coleslaw, spinach dip, enchilada sauce, and other salads, dips and sauces in a dangerously dirty facility contaminated by Listeria in several places. Numerous FDA inspections and testing showed that the facility hosted a “resident strain” of the Listeria pathogen, ... Read More
On April 28, 2016, at 65 years old, David Younger became the 110th Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) employee killed on the job. Younger was part of a milling crew that had stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 40 in Hickman County, Tennessee to change a flat tire. Suddenly, a tractor trailer struck one of the parked vehicles, killing Younger and injuring three other TDOT employees. A 22-year-old maintenance worker was taken by life flight to a local hospital and later released. Two other crew members were taken by ambulance to local hospitals for treatment of minor injuries. Younger was ... Read More
Concerns about benzene and other health threats emanating from an extensive and long-burning underground fire have prompted at least one family in Bella Vista, Arkansas to file a lawsuit. Bella Vista resident Curtis Macomber and his family are suing Brown’s Tree Care, alleging the company created a public health hazard by burning brush on the property, triggering an underground fire that has been burning since July. The fire is smoldering at the site of a “stump dump,” where the Bella Vista Property Owners Association once operated a collection area for residents’ leaves, tree stumps, branches, and brush. Bella Vista Property ... Read More
The family of a wheelchair-bound woman who was allegedly abandoned by American Airlines employees overnight in Chicago O’Hare International Airport says the airline needs to “revisit their policies” for dealing with the disabled and elderly. Sixty-seven-year-old Olimpia Warsaw was on her way to Detroit to attend her ex-husband’s funeral. Her son Claude Coltea told CBS News Chicago that he took his mother to the airport and made sure she was checked in for her flight. Mr. Coltea said an AA staff member assured him that the flight was on time and that they would take good care of his mom, ... Read More
A South Florida construction worker suffered an accidental amputation of his full arm on a job site in Hillsboro Beach on the morning of Nov. 29. According to Miami’s WSVN Channel 7 News, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said witnesses reported that the 44-year-old construction worker was working with an auger, a machine used to bore holes into the ground, when his arm became entangled in the machine’s drill bit. “The mechanical force of the drill-bit caused a complete amputation of his right arm just below the shoulder,” Broward Battalion Chief Michael Kane said in a news release. A Hillsboro ... Read More
New York City authorities are investigating a partial building collapse in Harlem that trapped and injured a man Thursday. The building collapse occurred at an old three-story church at 316 W. 135th Street just before noon on Nov. 29. Authorities said the church structure had been in a state of disrepair for a long time and was undergoing a planned, controlled demolition when the first floor suddenly collapsed into the basement. No workers were in the church at the time of the building collapse but a man on a motorcycle in the parking lot was covered with debris. The man ... Read More
The family of a 6-year-old girl who suffered brain damage after being electrocuted by an illuminated handrail bordering a fountain at MGM National Harbor Hotel in Oxon Hill, Maryland, has filed a lawsuit against the resort. On the evening of June 26, Zynae Green touched the lighted handrail, which sent 120 volts of electricity through her body – 10 times what the railing needed to stay lit, according to the complaint. When her mother, Rydicka Rosier, and a security guard tried to pull her away from the railing, they also were electrocuted. The jolt caused Green to go into immediate ... Read More
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., has filed assault charges against a superintendent and branch manager at a construction site after two ironworkers were “gravely injured” at the jobsite. The incident occurred in June 2018 at a luxury residential construction site in Harlem where a Jekko mini crane fell several stories severely injuring two workers. Terrence Edwards, 39, and Timothy Braico, 41, were charged for their role in allowing an untrained employee to operate the crane, which led to the horrific accident. Vance said in a statement, “158,000 New Yorkers now make up our city’s construction workforce. It’s these ... Read More