Blog Posts in July, 2014

  • NCAA Settles Concussion Lawsuit with $70 million Fund for Diagnosing Brain Injury

    This week, the National Collegiate Athletic Association settled a class-action head injury lawsuit by establishing a $70 million fund to diagnose former and current college athletes to determine if they have traumatic brain injury from playing soccer, hockey, football, or other contact sports. The National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA, has also agreed to instate a return-to-play policy ...
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  • National immunization Awareness Month

    Immunization is the first defense against dangerous and potentially deadly diseases. Even adults need shots to prevent illnesses like the flu, measles, and tuberculosis. That’s why each year, the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention and National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases sponsors National Immunization Awareness Month . The purpose of National Immunization Awareness ...
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  • Girl's Galaxy S4 Phone Burns Up While she Sleeps

    It’s common for people to charge their devices while they sleep, but last week the activity proved dangerous for a 13-year-old girl in North Texas. The girl had plugged in her Samsung Galaxy S4 before going to sleep, when she woke up a few hours later to the smell of something burning. After searching for the source of the smell, she found that her cell phone had been wedged under her pillow as it ...
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  • New Study Finds Hysterectomy Technique May Help Spread Cancer

    On Tuesday, July 22 a new study found that a surgical technique used in hysterectomies may help spread cancer. The technique, known as morcellation, is a minimally invasive surgery which involves cutting the uterus into smaller fragments for removal. According to the study, morcellation can disperse undetected cancer. Performing a hysterectomy with morcellation involves surgeons using a power ...
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  • Nationwide Fruit Recall by Wawona Packing Co.

    Wawona Packing Co. voluntarily recalled peaches nectarines, plums and pluots this week which were packed in Cutler, California between June 1 and July 12. Wawona reports the produce may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The products were distributed to Costco, Kroger, and Walmart, which includes Sam’s Club stores. The stores have posted recall notices about the contaminated fruits on ...
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  • Do You Know How Many Workers are Injured Every Year on the Job?

    Though the Occupational Safety and Health Act ( OSHA ) was instituted to provide a harm-free work environment, the workplace is still a hazardous place. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , 2012 saw nearly 3.0 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported. This comes out to an incidence rate of 3.4 cases per 100 full-time workers. The rate reported in 2012 continues a trend ...
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  • Understanding Wrongful Death Claim in California

    In California, a wrongful death claim can be filed when negligence on the part of a person or entity results in someone’s death. Wrongful death is considered a civil lawsuit and is brought to the court by survivors of the deceased. Wrongful death claims differ than criminal cases for homicide, and fault is expressed in monetary damages paid to the survivors rather than probation, jail or prison ...
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  • Recent Lawsuits Prove: Any Injury in an Amusement Park can Warrant a Lawsuit

    In Anaheim, California, a recently filed lawsuitagainst an amusement park found that an injury does not have to be particularly severe to warrant legal action. Rather, if an individual gets an injury that causes the person pain and suffering, or is found to be debilitating in any way, then than individual can reasonably file for a lawsuit. The case in question involves a woman from Palisades Park, ...
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  • Motorcyclist Wins $5.4 million in Settlement against the U.S. Government

    In June of 2014, a motorcyclist received $5.4 million in damages from the United States Government. Plaintiff John B. Hendrickson suffered severe injuries after a motorcycle collision with an on-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent, which resulted in Hendrickson’s leg being amputated. The court awarded $6.3 million overall, attributing the fault 85 percent to the U.S. Government and 15 percent to ...
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  • Mass Vehicle Recalls due to Defective Air Bag Explosions

    Last month Japan’s Takata Corp., the second-largest auto-safety parts manufacturer in the world, caused a recall of 2.9 million vehicles around the world due to faulty air bags. The Takata air bags, made between 2000 and 2002, were manufactured incorrectly and are at risk for exploding unexpectedly and shooting shrapnel at the car’s occupants. Over the last 5 years, Takata airbags have caused ...
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  • Personal Injury Lawsuit: Best Buy Employee Wins $1.2 Million in Settlement

    In June of 2014, a Best Buy employee won a settlement of $1.2 million from the manufacturer of a hydraulic operated picker. Plaintiff Christopher Connors had fallen from the lift platform while moving a television from an elevated storage area in Bloomingdale, Illinois in 2008. Connors ad a safety belt around his waist that was made by Big Joe Manufacturing Company, a company which had also made ...
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  • Recent Recalls

    On July 15, Bollinger Fitness recalled their resistance bands due to a risk for injury to the user. The fitness resistance bands, which include a door anchor attachment, have a black plastic ball attached to the resistance band’s door anchor which can release unexpectedly and strike the user. So far about 60,000 units have been recalled in the United States and 3,000 have been recalled in Canada. ...
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  • Adults Texting while Driving more than Teens

    It’s well known that texting while driving is a quickly-growing problem that endangers all involved. Most people associate texting and driving with teenagers-however, recent statistics have shown that more adults than children admit to texting while driving. According to a recent survey by AT&T, about half of adults admit to texting while driving, compared with 43 percent of teen surveyed. What’s ...
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  • Increased Use of Prescription Drug Use in Drug Related Fatal Crashes

    A study published in Public Health Reports has revealed new information regarding drug use and fatal car crashes. The study found that drivers involved in vehicle crashes are more often testing positive for prescription drugs, cannabis, or multiple drugs, and are more often over the age of 50. The study analyzed common characteristics of U.S. drivers who were involved in fatal vehicle crashes and ...
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  • What Makes a Road Dangerous for Pedestrians?

    In 2012, a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) found walking to be the most popular form of exercise activity in America. This finding emphasized the importance of recognizing and addressing the high rate of pedestrian injuries and fatalities. The report found that between 2003 and 2012, more than 47,000 people were killed and almost 700,000 people were injured ...
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  • World Cup Player Injuries starts Concussion Debate

    The frequency of concussions and injuries in the World Cup has raised concern about the treatment of concussions in professional soccer. Several instances of players suffering head injuries and immediately returning to play has instigated a debate among experts. On Sunday’s World Cup tournament, German player Christoph Kramer suffered a severe hit to the head from an Argentinian player. Though the ...
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  • The Increased Crash Rate for Elders Driving with Pets

    A new study has found that there is an increased risk for car crash for senior drivers who regularly take a pet in the car. The study, which was performed by researchers at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, found that the crash risk for drivers who always drove with their pets was twice as high as that of drivers who never drove with a pet. Crash rates for those who sometimes or rarely ...
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  • Latest Consumer Product Recalls

    On July 10, 2014 company Master Cutlery Inc . recalled about 4,000 units of their product the MTech USA Karambit Neck Knife and Sheath. The sheath does not securely hold the knife securely, which causes the knife to fall out the sheath unexpectedly which poses a risk of laceration to the user. The recall affects the Karambit neck knife and sheath. The knife is half-moon shaped and measures 7 ...
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  • Can a Remote Texter Be Held Accountable for a Texting and Driving Accident?

    A case in New Jersey has raised the question, can a remote texter be held responsible for a texting-and-driving car accident? In New Jersey, texting while driving is already against various jurisdictions, but a lawsuit last year raised concern about the person sending a text to someone whom they know is driving, and whether or not they can be held liable. In 2013, a trial was brought to the New ...
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  • Unregulated Use of Antipsychotic Drugs in Nursing Home Facilities

    Despite an initiative to reduce the use of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes, the use of antipsychotic drugs has not significantly decreased. In 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ( CMS ) raised concern about the amount of antipsychotic medications being used in U.S. nursing home facilities. So far, the decrease has been unsatisfactory to those at the CMS, and in some ...
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  • Study Ties Yogurt Recall to Fungus Infections

    A new study found on Tuesday, July 8, that a fungus that caused a yogurt recall last year poses a health risk to all consumers. The recall occurred in September 2013 after consumers who ate Chobani brand Greek yogurt reported illness. After the company issued a recall, the yogurt was found to be contaminated with a fungus called Murcor circinelloides. Experts say that this discovery calls for more ...
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  • 3 Simple ways to Prevent Forklift Injury

    An industrial warehouse can be one of the most dangerous places to work. Employees have a lot of workplace risks to keep track of at all times, including complex machinery, uncontrolled traffic, and the desire to optimize productivity. Luckily, there are a few simple tips that workers can employ and, in addition with adequate safety training and planning, significantly reduce the amount of ...
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  • NAFA Raises Concerns about NTSB Truck Safety Recommendations

    The NAFA Fleet Management Association has issued some questions about straight truck safety recommendations released by the National Transportation Safety Board ( NTSB ). The NAFA Fleet Management Association, which represents over 3.5 millions vehicles including trucks, sedans buses, and public safety vehicles, claims the NTSB failed to present the distinction between vehicles manage in a fleet ...
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  • Recently Recalled Consumer Products

    Big Fireworks has recalled approximately 1,040 units of their Big Sword Fireworks devices this past Thursday, July 3. The firework fountain device can explode unexpectedly, which poses a risk of impact and burn to the user. The recall affects the Big Sword fireworks device, which is a mock sword that is intended to be held in hand by the user while it emits sparks from the tip of the sword. The ...
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  • Supreme Court Ruling on Birth Control

    This Monday, June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court passed a ruling that allowed family-owned companies to refuse birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act, on the grounds that it violates their religious beliefs. The unprecedented ruling was passed in a lawsuit filed by companies Hobby Lobby Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. Both companies claimed that the requirement to cover ...
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    HIGH SPEED REAR END COLLISION – CATASTROPHIC BRAIN INJURY

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    DELIVERY TRUCK ACCIDENT – AMPUTATION & BRAIN INJURY

    National package delivery truck driver veered from his lane of traffic to on-coming lane and hit head on, drove up, and over ...

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    MOTORCYCLIST STRUCK BY VAN—SEVERE LOWER LEG INJURY

    A school van turned left in front of a motorcyclist, nearly taking off his lower left leg. The accident resulted in a serious ...