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Lawsuits filed in connection to El Faro sinking, crew deaths

Two separate wrongful death lawsuits have been filed by the families of two crew members missing and presumed dead after the El Faro cargo ship was lost in Hurricane Joaquin on Oct. 1. The 790-foot ship was making a routine run from Jacksonville, Fla., to Puerto Rico laden with cars and containers when it left port Tuesday, Sept. 29. The El Faro’s last known position was about 35 miles northeast of Crooked Island, Bahamas, in a channel about 15,000 feet deep. The first suit was filed on behalf of the family of Lonnie Jordan, one of the ship’s 33 crew ... Read More

$338-million settlement approved for victims of Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster

Victims of a horrific oil train derailment that nearly wiped out a small Canadian town in 2013 should get some financial relief soon after a U.S. bankruptcy judge approved a settlement fund that will release $338 million to resolve personal injury and wrongful death claims. Judge Peter Cary approved the settlement Friday after Canadian Pacific withdrew its objections, disputing its alleged liability for the disaster, and after a Canadian judge gave conditional approval on Thursday. The settlement will resolve claims made by victims of the July 2013 derailment of a Maine-based Montreal, Maine & Atlantic train hauling highly volatile Bakken ... Read More

Woman Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over Deadly Midair Collision

A California woman has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the pilots of two airplanes that collided midair near San Diego August 16, killing her husband, both pilots, and two others. Sofia Palos told KGTV San Diego’s Team 10 that her husband, Carlos Palos, 40, was a confident flyer who flew frequently for work. He shot a video of himself on his cell phone during the flight and Mrs. Palos said she holds that last image of him close, KGTV reported. Mr. Palos was aboard a twin-engine Sabreliner jet leased by BAE Systems, an aerospace and defense company, when it ... Read More

Lawsuit alleges airplane defects caused crash that killed three Kansas doctors

The family of two Kansas physicians killed when their airplane crashed in Palos Hills, Ill., last October has filed a lawsuit against the plane’s manufacturer, alleging the crash was a result of airplane defects. The complaint alleges the aircraft was “negligently designed, manufactured, and assembled.” The Beechcraft Baron was headed to Topeka, Kan., when it crashed Oct. 12, 2014 about five minutes after taking off from Chicago Midway International Airport. The airplane’s three occupants, neurosurgeon Tausif Ur Rehman, pulmonologist Ali A. Kanchwala, and Dr. Kanchwala’s wife Maria Javaid, an interventional cardiologist, died on impact. All three doctors were originally from Pakistan. ... Read More

Mother of toddler sues power morcellator maker for cancer spread

Viviana Ruscitto is suing the makers of a medical device that she claims spread cancer throughout her body, worsening her odds for survival. The mother of a two-year-old is fighting for her life in a New York Hospital, suffering from stage 4 leiomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form a uterine cancer. She underwent a laparoscopic procedure last fall for a routine hysterectomy, during which a surgical tool called a power morcellator, was used to shred her uterus into bits, which were removed through a small incision in the abdomen. Power morcellation is often favored over open surgeries for hysterectomies and ... Read More

DuPont fined for deaths of four Texas chemical plant workers

HOUSTON, Tex. — In November 2014, a worker at a DuPont chemical manufacturing plant collapsed when a supply line unexpectedly released more than 20,000 lbs. of methyl mercaptan, a deadly chemical gas. Three co-workers rushed to the worker’s aid in an attempted rescue, but all four were fatally asphyxiated by the colorless, flammable, and highly toxic gas. The fatal incident spurred the U.S. Labor Department to investigate the DuPoint facility in LaPorte, Texas, where the chemical release took place. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) authorities investigating the plant found multiple hazards that prompted them to expand the probe. The probe ... Read More

Wrongful-death lawsuit filed against Philadelphia amphibious boat tour company

The family of a woman who was hit and killed by an amphibious tour boat on a downtown Philadelphia street in May has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the tour company and the City of Philadelphia, asserting the vehicles should not be allowed on city streets. Elizabeth Karnicki, 69, of Beaumont, Texas, was touring Philadelphia on foot with her husband May 8 when the tour boat on wheels hit her as she was crossing a street. The Ride The Ducks tour drives visitors around Philadelphia’s historic neighborhoods and attractions before descending a ramp into the Delaware River for views of ... Read More

Truck driver faces criminal charges for deadly Oklahoma bus crash

The truck driver whose tractor trailer crashed into a bus and killed four members of the North Central Texas College softball team in Oklahoma last year has been charged with four counts of first-degree manslaughter. Authorities in Murray County, Okla., charged Russell Wayne Staley, 53, of Saginaw, Texas, Thursday in Murray County District Court for the deaths of the players in the Oklahoma bus crash. The players were returning to Gainesville, Texas, Sept. 26, 2014 after a scrimmage in Oklahoma. Mr. Staley was driving northbound on Interstate 35 when for unknown reasons his truck veered into the median and drove ... Read More

Amtrak lawsuits mount in wake of deadly Philadelphia crash

Lawsuits continue to mount against Amtrak and engineer Brandon Bostonian alleging the reckless operation of Train 188 caused it to derail and crash in Philadelphia May 12, causing serious personal injuries and other hardships. Newlyweds Declan MacFarland, 34, and Kathryn Varnum, 33, are the latest to file a lawsuit blaming Amtrak for injuries. The couple was on their way to New York from a family visit in Virginia when the train crashed. A lawyer representing the couple told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Varnum received multiple hip and spine fractures and MacFarland received a concussion and other injuries. They were traveling ... Read More

Chevron to pay $5 million to family of worker killed in fracking blast

A Pennsylvania County court approved a $5-million settlement Tuesday between Chevron Appalachia and the parents of a man killed in a 2014 natural gas explosion at a fracking operation in the southwestern corner of the state. Ian McKee was 27 when he was killed in a violent explosion at the Marcellus Shale fracking well on Feb. 11, 2014. He had been working as a field service technician for Houston-based Cameron International Corp., which Chevron had contracted for service work at the well site, when the blast occurred, setting off a fire that raged for five days before it burned out. ... Read More