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.
Recently, Mahoney’s Auto Mall and employee Andrew Fuller in Potsdam, New York, were indicted for burying 55-gallon drums full of used oil, containers of used oil filters and tires, totaling 140 gallons of hazardous substances. The hazardous waste was discovered buried on the auto dealership’s property, which led to 12 counts of felony third-degree endangering public health, safety or the environment, and eight counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree endangering public health, safety or the environment. “Failing to properly dispose of hazardous material jeopardizes the health of New Yorkers and the surrounding environment,” Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said in his press release. “We will continue to hold ... Read More
Two tractor trailers set off a harrowing highway accident in Paramus, New Jersey, Wednesday, Feb. 22, seriously injuring a New York man whose passenger vehicle was struck by a steel beam that flew off one of the commercial trucks. Crash reports indicate the accident may have started with a mechanical problem or malfunction in one of the commercial trucks. Police investigating the crash reported that the 63-year-old driver of one of the tractor trailers said the brakes of his truck locked as he slowed for traffic in the northbound lane of Route 17 in Paramus. The truck became disabled and ... Read More
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a devastating disease that affects 20,000 Americans and claims the lives of 10,000 every year. Last December, it claimed the life of Craig Sager, longtime NBA and Turner Sports broadcaster. “There will never be another Craig Sager,” said Turner president David Levy. “His incredible talent, tireless work ethic and commitment to his craft took him all over the world covering sports. While he will be remembered fondly for his colorful attire and the TNT sideline interviews he conducted with NBA coaches and players, it’s the determination, grace and will to live he displayed during his ... Read More
Authorities have identified the body of a 49-year-old landfill employee who was found inside a compacting machine that was buried under 40 feet of trash after a landslide. The body of William L. Pierce, a decade-plus veteran with Advanced Disposal, was discovered Feb. 10 at the Greentree Landfill in Elk County, Pennsylvania. His body was recovered two days after a large amount of waste and dirt shifted off a large disposal area, burying large equipment and multiple workers. Though four workers escaped the slide before emergency services arrived, Pierce remained unaccounted for and crews worked for days to locate him and ... Read More
A high-speed crash that killed an Alabama woman and her grandson on a rural Madison County road last month was caused by a driver speeding at 118 mph – 73 mph above the posted speed limit – according to an Alabama State Trooper crash report. The report shows that 32-year-old driver Johnny Mara of Hazel Green, Alabama, was driving a 2003 Lexus west on Ready Section Road at a violent speed when he lost control of the vehicle after topping a rise in the road near the intersection of Butter and Egg Road. A crash report diagram shows Mr. Mara’s ... Read More
Texas lawmakers are taking aim at bad nursing homes after a report by AARP Texas revealed that the state officials were surprisingly lax when it comes to making nursing homes own up to violations. There are about 1,200 nursing home facilities in Texas. According to the report, nursing homes state officials reported 17,466 violations at state nursing homes in 2015, but only 40 resulted in enforcement actions. Of those violations, 328 were listed as serious, but the state only fined 22 of them, allowing others to skirt accountability at the expense of residents’ health, AARP Texas said. In 2016, 18,089 violations ... Read More
A team of atmospheric scientists, experienced in more than 30 years of air quality research in the most polluted urban environments in the world, have tested the effects of vaping on human health. The study, published in November 2016’s issue of Environmental Science & Technology, focuses on the affects of aerosols, or “vapor,” produced by flavored e-cigarettes. The study confirms that the aerosols contain high levels of carcinogens, providing a dangerous risk for the user and dangerous second-hand vapor to others. Flavoring compounds release aldehydes, such as formaldehyde, which is formed by the chemical breakdown of the flavored variety of e-cigarette ... Read More
A collision between a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer in west Jefferson County, Alabama, Monday, Feb. 13, killed two siblings and left two surviving siblings fighting for their lives in Birmingham hospitals. Jefferson County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Randy Christian told AL.com that the crash occurred around 8 a.m. on Highway 269 near the intersection of Short Creek Road, which is in the Mulga community. The four siblings were the only occupants of the car. Nine-year-old Michael Scoggins was pronounced dead at the scene. His 17-year-old sister, Meagan Scoggins, was pronounced dead later at an area hospital. Katie Scoggins, 19, the ... Read More
Ice hockey is considered one of the most violent contact sports, but the National Hockey League (NHL) begged to differ when it was faced with a proposed class action lawsuit alleging that the league hid the dangers of head injuries from professional players and encouraged aggressive behavior in the games. The NHL argued against the collective knowledge of medical experts and scientists by arguing there is not a link between repeated head blows and the much-talked about degenerative brain disease CTE. Researchers have found that when a brain is concussed, proteins called tau are released in the brain. Repeated head ... Read More
E-cigarettes were first introduced into the United States in 2006 and have rapidly increased in popularity, often due to vape sellers’ claims that e-cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes, while also delivering the craved nicotine hit. A study led by Dr. Holly R. Middlekauff of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California in Los Angeles points out that e-cigarettes may certainly have a significantly lower number of carcinogens, but appear to be just as harmful to the heart as smoking. Nicotine addiction is as prevalent with e-cigarettes as it is with traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes produce little or no tar, ... Read More