injury | Law Firm Newswire - Part 3

Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 19, 2015 – Texas legislators have been attempting for the last three years to get a bill signed into law that would ban texting while driving. Governor Rick Perry kept vetoing it because he viewed it as micromanaging lives. However, since Texas is set to welcome a new Republican Governor, Gregory Wayne Abbott, in January 2015, many speculate that he intends to sign the bill, previously approved by the Legislature in 2012, into law. Abbott is a lawyer and politician. “Two children and two adults have died in a collision where the trucker was […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 16, 2015 – Road workers are at high risk for on-the-job injuries in Illinois and elsewhere in the United States. In the United States, 20,000 road workers are injured annually in work zones, according to the Federal Highway Administration. “Road workers are at an increased risk of on-the-job injuries,” said Robert Briskman, a work injury attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg in Chicago. “Injured workers deserve compensation.” There were more than 100 on-the-job fatalities among road workers from 2009 to 2013. Injuries and fatalities to road workers comprise more than 1.5 percent of total […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2015 – A casino continually served drinks to a severely inebriated patron, leading him to fall off the bar stool, and irreparably damage his spinal cord. “Apparently Kenneth Sanders was extremely intoxicated the night he fell off his bar stool at a local casino. Despite clear evidence that he was obviously and clearly drunk and known by staff to be an alcoholic, they kept serving him drinks. He became so inebriated he fell off his bar stool and severely injured his neck,” recounted Daren Monroe, Litigation Funding Corporation representative. The injury was so […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2015 – Country music star Chris Young has joined burn survivor and firefighter Luis Nevarez in supporting a campaign to raise awareness and money for burn injury victims. The campaign is co-sponsored by Kidde Fire Safety, a manufacturer of fire alarms, and by the Phoenix Society, a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting burn survivors. As part of the campaign, Kidde plans to donate more than 1,000 fire alarms to families in towns where Chris Young will be singing as part of his ongoing tour. In addition, Kidde will donate $25,000 to the Phoenix […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 7, 2015 – A young football player, tackled by three others during a game, received head, hip and leg injuries in November 2014. The high schooler, from Gretna, LA., alleges that despite the fact he was knocked out, he was discharged from the local hospital with only pain medication and crutches. Layne Punch arrived at the hospital and was diagnosed with a hip contusion and concussion. He expected that the medical personnel would do something to check out his concussion, particularly since he lost consciousness during the game. That did not happen. “Punch returned […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 12, 2015 – The more big rigs on the road hauling higher loads, the more accidents happen. More accidents mean more injuries and deaths. With the construction and oil boom in Texas comes far more heavy-duty truck traffic carrying everything from backhoes to crane parts, from oil rigging to large excavation equipment. “It is no surprise that on a fairly regular basis a truck rams into a bridge, misses a sharp corner due to the load being off balance, and turns over on its side, or gets jammed under a bridge overpass, unable to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 31, 2014 – In 2012, the state of Florida passed a youth concussion law designed to protect young athletes from brain injuries, joining more than 30 states that had already adopted such laws.  Safety advocates say that such protections are badly needed. Of the more than 300,000 head injuries reported each year in high school sports, more than 90 percent are concussions. “Measures like Florida’s youth concussion law provide some much-needed protection,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa attorney with Joyce & Reyes who handles brain injury lawsuits. “Brain injuries can have serious long-term effects […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2014 – Did a misread MRI end a promising football career? In this medical negligence case, legal professionals are disputing a surgeon’s alleged misinterpretation of test results. “The proving point rests on how a surgeon read the results of an MRI for a 26-year-old aspiring football player. The plaintiff suggests he was told his initial surgery to reattach an Achilles tendon looked good and was intact – a signal he took to start playing again,” explained Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer. Subsequently, the young man re-injured his Achilles tendon and required […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) December 29, 2014 – A two-vehicle crash near a Philadelphia high school matches the profile of similar incidents in the United States. A deadly head-on collision on November 12 has left one person dead, another seriously injured and many questions unanswered. The police have launched an investigation into the two-vehicle crash. Even before the investigation concludes, a few factors have already stood out as common elements with most high-profile, fatal accidents on U.S. roadways. According to police, the crash occurred near Northeast High School. A 21-year-old woman was driving northbound on Algon Avenue and collided […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 23, 2014 – Seven people were involved in a four-car collision. One died at the scene. According to eyewitness reports, a truck, heading south, had slowed down to turn into a gas station. The car behind that truck also slowed down, but a Chevy pickup hauling equipment, which was travelling behind the car, rammed into it. The impact shoved the car into the north lanes. At that point, a four-door Chevy pickup in the north lane collided with the car, killing the passenger instantly and badly injuring the driver. The trailer hauling the equipment […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2014 – Continental Fabricators, a St. Louis manufacturer, has been cited for more than 15 serious safety violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A fine of $52,000 has been proposed by the government agency. In a news release, OSHA indicated that Continental Fabricators has an injury rate higher than the national average. Prior to the investigation, workers at the plant complained of fractures and other traumatic injuries that occurred while at work. “This company has acted in a careless and reckless manner with regard to the safety of their […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2014 – Researchers at Boston University have published a new study exploring the links between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and unemployment. The researchers found that 45 percent of the 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans diagnosed with TBI were unemployed. That rate far exceeds both the national unemployment rate and the general unemployment rate among veterans. “This study makes it clear that we need to work harder to ensure that every veteran with TBI gets proper treatment and support,” said Jim Fausone, a veterans disability attorney. “TBI causes a range of physical and psychological […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – Last year, retiree Medric Mills died in a parking lot while waiting for an ambulance that was sent to the wrong address. As the minutes ticked by, the victim’s daughter begged the 911 operator to simply call the firehouse that was across the street from the lot, but the operator refused to do so. According to a new report from ABC News, this is just one in a series of emergency response blunders that is drawing attention to systemic problems in the way emergency response centers are run. “This report shows […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – One of the most controversial products on the market today is the transvaginal mesh sling. For the last several years, its use has resulted in devastating physical issues for women with the implanted kit. “It appears that embattled medical device manufacturers noted for producing transvaginal mesh kits under various names are beginning to wave the white flag,” indicated Bobby Lee, an Austin injury lawyer who handles transvaginal mesh cases for Lee, Gober & Reyna.  Transvaginal mesh kits were once touted as a less-invasive alternative to patient body tissue slings in assisting […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2014 – New technology may save the lives of those who cannot seem to stop texting while driving. “People know they should not text and drive, but they do it anyway. In response to this inability to stop doing something that could kill them and others, there is yet another gadget that has been designed to halt calls dead in their tracks,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney who handles distracted driving cases. This latest device takes temptation out of the hands of an addicted driver and blocks incoming and outgoing […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2014 – Joan Rivers will always be remembered for her sharp wit, iconic style and acerbic personality. Many also remember how suddenly she died. “Rivers went for what was to have been a routine outpatient procedure. Something went wrong that caused her to stop breathing and later suffer a heart attack. Did a preventable anesthesiology error happen?” asked Arkansas injury lawyer, Michael Smith. Hospital errors have long triggered medical malpractice lawsuits. Outpatient clinics, which are rarely as fully equipped as hospitals, are open to even more legal issues. Outpatient clinics, or surgicenters, […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 29, 2014 – In May 2012, the parents of a baby girl born February 2010 filed a medical malpractice against Spectrum Health’s Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “The Gort family alleged that air was introduced into their child’s IV line during a jaundice exchange transfusion,” explained Daren Monroe, a Litigation Funding Corporation representative. The air in the IV line caused loss of oxygen and blood to the brain. The toddler subsequently sustained a severe brain injury. The hospital admitted there was negligence involved in this case and that it was responsible […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2014 – A new study indicates that when a young person suffers a traumatic brain injury, the future physical and psychological consequences can be severe. According to the study, published in the journal Plos One, brain injuries can be the source of significant impairment, disability and years of life lost for adolescents. The study examined gender and age differences in the association between traumatic brain injury and harms to adolescents. “Studies like this one continue to show that injuries to the brain can have severe and long-lasting physical and psychological effects,” said Robert […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2014 – Illinois state troopers are cracking down on motorists using cellphones in an effort to curb distracted driving, a major cause of car accidents. Statistics from the Illinois State Police show that distracted driving citations in the first half of 2014 increased by 193 percent compared to the same period last year. The crackdown comes after a statewide ban on the use of cellphones went into effect in January. Prior to that, texting while driving was already prohibited statewide, and Chicago and several other municipalities had banned cellphone use entirely while driving. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2014 – The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is applicable to all state, local and federal government and private employers with at least 50 workers who live within a 75-mile radius. “For employees to be eligible for leave, they must have worked for at least 12 months and 1,250 hours prior to starting leave. Many workers do not know that by law, employers are not required to provide paid sick leave. However, they are in certain situations mandated to permit employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave,” Timothy Coffey, […]


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