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Alabama workplace fatalities plummeted from 2008 to 2009

Workplace fatalities in Alabama dropped to their lowest levels in 2009. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70 workers were killed on the job that year – the lowest total annual (and most current calculation) for the state since the BLS first started tracking workplace fatalities in 1992. The 2009 total represents a decrease of 37 fatalities from the 107 recorded in 2008, a 35-percent drop. Even more remarkably, the 2009 totals represent a 55-percent decline since 1996 when 155 workplace fatalities were recorded. The most frequent types of workplace fatalities in Alabama were highway incidents (14), homicides ... Read More

Gary Busey helps other brain injury survivors with Celebrity Apprentice winnings

In 1988, actor and recent “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant Gary Busey had a motorcycle accident that threw him head-first into a curb without a helmet. That nearly fatal crash set the one-time Oscar nominee down the lifelong path of coping with a traumatic brain injury. Now Busey is giving back to the people at The Center for Head Injury Services in St. Louis, MO, who kept him alive and helped him to bounce back from his massive head injury with surgery and out-patient rehabilitation services. On a recent episode of “Celebrity Apprentice,” Busey led his team to victory by organizing and ... Read More

The top 10 deadliest jobs in America

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2009, 4,340 workers left for work never to return home. This number represents a significant decline in the number of fatal on-the-job accidents from 2008, when 5,214 workers lost their lives, but many labor analysts suspect workplace fatalities will rise again in proportion to economic gains and rise in employment. The agency also analyzed these workplace fatalities to determine the top 10 most deadly jobs in America. 1. Fisherman (118 deaths per 100,000) Storms, wind, rogue waves, violent seas, dangerous equipment, illness, isolation, and the constant risk of hypothermia and drowning ... Read More

Texas woman injured by detached carnival trailer seeks damages

A Texas woman who collided with a trailer loaded with carnival equipment is suing the carnival owners and operators for damages related to the injuries she received in the incident. The plaintiff was driving on U.S. Highway 96 in Jasper County in 2009 when the trailer became unhitched and collided with the vehicle in which she was riding. The lawsuit claims one of the defendants named in the suit was towing the trailer with a Ford pickup truck. The trailer suddenly came loose from the truck, striking the plaintiff, who was traveling behind the vehicle in a 2008 Dodge Ram. ... Read More

Sudden acceleration in Ford Freestyles under investigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating several consumer complaints involving Ford’s Freestyle car-SUV crossover vehicles for their potential to lunge forward unexpectedly. The agency’s database says the investigation was opened on May 11, 2011 after receiving 238 complaints about problems with the vehicles’ speed control. These reports of unintended acceleration have been submitted by owners of 2005 to 2007 model-year Freestyles. Unlike many reports involving sudden, unintended acceleration in Toyota and Lexus vehicles, which many drivers have alleged raced out of control over long distances and at violent speeds even when the brakes were fully pressed, complaints about ... Read More

Florida bill lets automakers off hook, burdens taxpayers

Last month, the Florida State Senate approved a bill that makes it much more difficult for people harmed by automotive defects to hold carmakers responsible for their injuries. The legislation, which the St. Petersburg Times considers to be the latest attack in the “interminable war” waged by Republican legislators against trial lawyers, will actually hurt Floridians by removing liability for car crash victims from carmakers and placing it on the shoulders of Florida taxpayers. The Crashworthiness Doctrine mandates that because vehicular crashes are inevitable, automakers must be held to a duty to keep the safety of crash victims in mind ... Read More

AAP, NHTSA support stronger rules for infant and child car seats

Studies have proven that infant and child car seats protect children and save lives. Now the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are urging stricter guidelines for children under 2 that they say will save more lives. Currently, parents are instructed to put infants up to 12 months of age or 20 pounds in rear-facing car seat. At a year old, the infant can be placed in a front-facing car seat. But a review of a 2007 study demonstrating that children ages 12 to 23 months were five times more likely to die or ... Read More

Bill aims to protect young ATV riders from brain injury

Charleston, South Carolina’s WCSC reports that one local emergency room physician is giving his support to a proposed bill that would toughen restrictions for young riders of all-terrain-vehicles in that state. Dr. Keith Borg, an emergency room physician at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, told WCSC he would like to see less kids admitted to his hospital with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) caused by ATV accidents. “We can fix broken bones,” Borg told WCSC. “But we don’t have good treatments for traumatic brain injuries and those losses are devastating and life long.” According to South Carolina’s health ... Read More

Wrongful-death suit involving Mazda seatbelt may proceed, Supreme Court rules

In a unanimous decision that surprised many across the political spectrum, the U.S. Supreme Court gave a wrongful-death lawsuit the green light to proceed against Mazda Motor Corp. The decision by the Supreme Court, which became conservative and corporate-friendly by a majority in 2006, offers some hope that the little guy suing a big corporation in America still has some chance for justice. The lawsuit was filed by the parents of a girl named Thanh Williamson, who was killed when the lap belt she wore in the backseat of a 1993 Mazda minivan failed to secure her during a head-on ... Read More

Illinois truck accident lawsuit settled for $5 million

A wrongful death lawsuit has been settled in Illinois between the family of a man killed in a fatal truck crash and Peoria-based OSF St. Francis Healthcare Systems. The $5-million settlement is one of the single largest wrongful death settlements in the history of La Salle County, according to the plaintiff’s attorneys. On Dec. 16, 2009, the 57-year-old victim was driving his car north on Route 23 about three miles south of the town of Streator, Illinois. After coming to a stop at an intersection stop sign, the victim proceeded to drive but was struck by a semi-trailer that ran ... Read More