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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2014 – The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal of a Missouri family’s wrongful death claim on the grounds of Missouri’s “one recovery rule.” Michael Thompson had been smoking for decades when he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1997. After his diagnosis, Thompson pursued and won a personal injury claim against several tobacco companies.  Then, in 2009, Thompson died of cancer, and his family brought a wrongful death lawsuit against a group of tobacco companies. But because Thompson had previously recovered compensation for harm caused by cigarette smoking, […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2014 – As an innovation, operating room black boxes could help victims find out how adverse hospital errors, also called never events, happened. Moreover, the data the boxes gather could inform training to prevent never events from recurring. “Most Americans are familiar with what a black box does. These devices record the final events prior to an incident of some kind. Big rigs use them, as do airplanes and trains. A black box in the operating room could spot and take action on surgical mistakes. The theory is being tested right now […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2014 – Police officials described it as the worst they had ever seen “in terms of lives lost and a devastating accident scene.” Six people died in an August 10 collision in League City, Texas, about 30 miles south of Houston. Juan Garcia Ahuezoteco, 23, caused the horrific collision after attempting to evade police on the road. “One person’s terrible, split-second decision can cost lives — and too often, not just his or her own, but many others. My thoughts are with the victims’ families and loved ones,” said Richard LaGarde, a Houston […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2014 – Johnson and Johnson has issued a global recall as evidence mounts that a commonly used surgical device can accelerate the spread of uterine cancer. The recalled device is a laparoscopic surgical instrument known as a power morcellator, frequently used for minimally-invasive hysterectomies and for the removal of uterine fibroids. The morcellator grinds tissue into smaller pieces for later vacuuming, according to Medical Daily.  New research published in major medical journals suggests that if the tissue being treated contains cancerous or precancerous cells, the device can spread those cells across a wide […]


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WSHB’s commitment to diversity to be celebrated at DRI conference in October Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2014 – Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP has been selected to receive the DRI’s Law Firm Diversity Award at the 2014 DRI Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA on Thursday, October 23, 2014. DRI is the nation’s leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel. Each year, DRI’s Annual Professional Achievement and Service Awards celebrate and honor outstanding performance by law firms and individuals. “This award demonstrates a significant commitment to diversity,” said J. Michael Weston, DRI President, in […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2014 – Just as a reader cannot always tell a book by its cover, a family shopping for nursing home care cannot rely solely on a facility’s outward appearances. “Generally, when a parent needs to be placed in care, most children rely on visual clues they see in a facility itself and as the staff interacts with others. If those two checkpoints meet their approval, they feel they have a quality home that is safe for their loved one. Unfortunately, that is not always the case,” explained Arkansas nursing home abuse lawyer, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2014 – The number of fatalities caused by defective ignition switches in General Motors vehicles may be much greater than the 13 that GM itself has linked to the problem.  A Reuters analysis of government data on fatal crashes indicates that there have been at least 74 deaths in GM cars with key similarities to the deaths already attributed to the faulty switches. “It’s unsurprising that an independent observer is finding more deaths caused by the ignition switch defect than GM found,” said Paul Greenberg, a Chicago wrongful death attorney. “There is a […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) September 9, 2014 – The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed new regulations that aim to reduce injuries and fatalities caused to passengers in rollover bus crashes. The new proposal focuses on the structural integrity of large buses. To meet the new standard, the emergency exits of a bus must remain operable after a rollover, and the space around passengers must not collapse so much that passengers cannot survive in the remaining space. “Companies that provide commercial bus and motorcoach transportation are ultimately responsible for the safety of their passengers,” remarked David […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 9, 2014 – In a highly publicized medical practice case, stemming from a 2009 hospitalization of an 89-year-old at St. John’s Health Center, a jury of 12 reached a unanimous verdict on behalf of the hospital, finding no negligence. In the original complaint, filed in 2010, causes of action were also brought for elder abuse and general negligence. After years of litigation, the matter proceeded to a two-week trial in the West District Superior Court located in Santa Monica. “This is an important win for Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman,” said WSH&B partner […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 5, 2014 – A wrongful death lawsuit over last year’s construction accident on the Northwestern University campus, which resulted in the death of an iron worker, is pressing forward. Michael Kerr, 57, was killed on May 16, 2013 when a crane knocked a 70-pound beam off the sixth floor of a new building being constructed on campus. Kerr was standing on the ground floor when the 16-foot beam struck him in the head and chest. He was pronounced dead two hours later at Evanston Hospital. Kerr’s son, also named Michael Kerr, has filed a […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 15, 2014 – Big oil drives the economy in Texas, but the industry is also responsible for a high number of workplace deaths. “It’s hard to miss the construction boom going on in Texas with the resurgence of big oil. Along with progress, though, often comes greed, underregulation, out-of-control spending and a distinct lack of due attention to safety on construction and other work sites,” said Austin workplace injury lawyer Brooks Schuelke of Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. While the economy thrives, Texas workers die. The Lone Star State has led the nation in on-the-job […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 4, 2014 – On June 30, Shirley Holmes of Gretna, Louisiana, filed a wrongful death lawsuit after her husband’s passing, pointing toward alleged asbestos exposure he suffered years before. In the 1970′s, Kermit Holmes worked at the Avondale shipyard in Louisiana, where he was allegedly exposed to asbestos dust and fibers. In the years that followed, he developed asbestosis and mesothelioma lung cancer. He died in September 2013.  “His wife blames his death on this exposure, claiming that he was not provided with appropriate safety equipment that could have protected him from the harmful […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2014 – Texas law firm the Law Offices of Alex R. Hernandez Jr. PLLC adds attorney Luis Cuellar to its staff of attorneys as Of Counsel. Luis is a Victoria Texas native and will be handling the litigation department in the Victoria and Austin offices. Luis Cuellar is a graduate of St. Mary’s University and has lived in Austin for several years. Luis has extensive experience in family law matters and has tried cases in Austin, Bastrop, and Lockhart. Luis is bilingual. The Law Offices of Alex R. Hernandez Jr PLLC is a […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) September 2, 2014 – This summer, a cluster of crashes involving Houston’s MetroRail light rail system caused serious injuries and reignited concerns about the system’s safety. Three incidents occurred in the same week, all involving collisions between a light rail train and a passenger car, according to a news report in the Houston Chronicle. According to the Chronicle, one of the crashes was deemed preventable by the light rail operator. The other two were likely the fault of motorists. “These three accidents add to the mounting evidence that the Houston light rail system poses undue […]


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Rockville Centre, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 29, 2014 – A new study shows that physicians are prescribing Pradaxa, Xarelto, and Apixaban in higher numbers than ever, notwithstanding research linking these blood-thinning drugs to potentially fatal adverse side effects. According to an analysis published in the American Journal of Medicine, physicians have been prescribing newer anticoagulants such as Pradaxa, Xarelto, and Apixaban to treat patients with atrial fibrillation, instead of older drugs such as the popular warfarin. An editorial that accompanies the study acknowledges that “there is no antidote to reverse the anticoagulant effect with these new drugs in the […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) August 28, 2014 – Preventable explosions caused by combustible dust continue to kill industrial workers, asserts a new case study from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB). The agency has called for better regulation and has said that both private and government organizations are to blame. The CSB case study focuses on a 2010 combustible dust explosion that killed three workers at AL Solutions, a West Virginia metal recycling facility. The report notes that dust explosions and resulting fatalities had previously occurred at the facility, but that the owner failed to implement recommended safety measures […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 28, 2014 – Many Texans still feel that Ethan Couch should have gone to jail for killing four people and paralyzing another. “As many recall, Couch was a young Texas teen who killed four and paralyzed one after causing an while driving under the influence. He is currently in a rehab program which costs $438,000 a year. “Affluenza” took on a new meaning in this case. Taxpayers are now sustaining the affluenza epidemic, footing the bill for 17-year-old Couch’s stay in the North Texas State Hospital,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury lawyer […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) August 25, 2014 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that car accidents cost the United States $871 billion a year. “Most people think of car accidents in terms of the physical harm done,” remarked Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer, “but few think of the financial cost beyond their own involvement.” The latest study released by the NHTSA reveals that nationally, cars crashes carry a $277 billion annual price tag in cash. Crashes do approximately $594 billion of societal damage related to loss of life and life-altering crash injuries. The most […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2014 – Despite the thousands of lawsuits against the makers of transvaginal mesh slings, the devices are still in use. “As more and more women file medical negligence lawsuits against the makers of transvaginal mesh slings, it would seem sensible to take them off the market. Such a decision would not be unusual for an allegedly defective product, but it does not seem that its manufacturers are interested in making it,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin lawyer who litigates transvaginal mesh lawsuits. In one Oregon case, the victim no longer wants to get […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2014 – Antonio Romanucci, principal of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, a leading personal injury and civil trial practice law firm in Chicago, was elected Chair of the Police Misconduct Litigation Group and Vice-Chair of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice (AAJ, ). AAJ is the world’s largest trial bar, working to make sure people have a fair chance to receive justice through the legal system when they are injured by the negligence or misconduct of others. The appointment was announced at the organization’s annual convention in Baltimore […]


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