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May 2012 Archives

Woman dies in recent motorcycle accident

Motorcycles are small vehicles compared to other vehicles that share the road. Drivers of these bikes may feel empowered by their small size, believing they have greater flexibility on the roads than larger vehicles due to their ability to navigate smaller spaces with greater ease. However, this is not always the case, and a motorcycle accident can happen with the same frequency as any other automobile accident. One California couple was tragically involved in a fatal motorcycle accident in Southern California near Julian on May 19.

Personal Injury Litigation May Arise out of NFL Bounty Scandal

Some sports law and personal injury attorneys believe that the recent NFL bounty scandal may result in personal injury litigation. The NFL scandal erupted earlier this spring when it came to light that the New Orleans Saints had a bounty system which encouraged team members to injure their opponents.

California Woman Awarded $415,000 in Slip and Fall Case

A Los Angeles County woman was recently awarded $415,000 in a slip and fall case. The woman was at a Costco store when she slipped on liquid soap that was not cleaned up by store employees. It is unclear where the soap came from but the woman's attorney believes that it likely spilled from a shopping cart.

Couple Wins Wrongful Birth Medical Malpractice Claim

A jury recently awarded $3 million to a Portland-area couple in a wrongful birth case. These types of lawsuits are extremely rare and can be awkward for many parents to bring. The parents alleged that a hospital failed to properly do a chromosomal test which would have revealed that their daughter would be born with Down syndrome.

As California cycling increases, so must safety precautions

As cycling becomes a more popular activity, and more people choose to bike places rather than drive, road safety becomes an increasing concern. In one California city alone, an annual cycling event that spans the month of May will see upwards of 5,200 participants. With events like this come the need for increased caution for biker safety on the roads -- because when a bike is matched with an automobile, serious injuries can occur.

Family of crash victims file lawsuit against Chrysler

California residents are aware that any car accident is a horrible experience. However, when a crash wrecks a family apart, an accident is a sheer tragedy. In recent news, relatives of a couple killed in a collision, which additionally paralyzed two of the couple's children, filed a federal lawsuit against Chrysler, the manufacturer of the family's minivan. The suit also charges liability against the other motorist that was involved in the car accident.

Button batteries are a serious hazard to children

Many California residents probably do not realize that the seemingly harmless remote controls on their coffee tables can serve as a hazard to their children. A new study reports that button batteries, which are commonly used in electronics, are becoming a big problem for kids. These small, circular batteries have led to a significant amount of battery-related emergency room visits over the past few decades. Ultimately, these batteries are transforming safe items into dangerous products.

Cellphone-related crashes continue to rise

Texting and driving is a growing concern in the eyes of the public as more and more teenagers -- and even adults -- become victims of car accidents caused by this distraction. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that in 2009 alone 5,474 individuals were killed and 448,000 sustained an injury from a distracted driving car accident. With an increase in the number of people owning cellphones, and especially in the number of people owning smartphones, one could imagine that these numbers may only be increasing in California as well as across the nation.

Study Exposes The Myth of Tort Reform

The growing cost of healthcare is one of the most pressing issues in California and the entire country. Many politicians and doctors blame the increase in medical costs on medical malpractice lawsuits and unnecessary "defense medicine" practices used to ward off malpractice claims.

California Woman Wins $22 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict

A Palo Alto-based hospital group was recently hit with a $22 million medical malpractice verdict after a woman suffered a stroke during an unnecessary surgery recommended by her doctor. Medical malpractice is a common issue in hospitals throughout California and sometimes results in devastating injuries to a patient.

Amanda Bynes' Car Accidents Highlight Negligent Driving Problem

Actress Amanda Bynes has become a tabloid mainstay during the past few weeks due to her poor driving behavior. The "Hairspray" star first drew public scrutiny after sidewiping a West Hollywood cop car while under the influence in April. She was subsequently ticketed for texting while driving and then sideswiped another vehicle in Hollywood on Friday.

Hit-and-run ends in tragedy for California family

Any California vehicle crash is a potentially tragic event. A fatal car accident is even more agonizing. What's even more heartrending is when the death is caused by a hit-and-run driver. Sadly this was the case for one woman -- a wife and mother -- after her husband was killed in a recent car accident that also left her 7-year-old daughter in a coma.

Target sippy cup recalled due to eye injuries

As your infant grows into a toddler, it is important to make adjustments. After all, no one wants to hinder the development of his or her child. One of the biggest transitions is the graduation from the baby bottle to the sippy cup. This is one of the many childhood milestones enjoyed by all parents. However, in recent news, one sippy cup has proved to be harmful to little ones.

Report: Medical Devices Often Inadequately Tested

A recent investigation by Consumer Reports Magazine has concluded what far too many Californians know firsthand: many medical devices are released to the market without adequate safety testing. These defective medical devices often fail and result in massive class action lawsuits, but medical device manufacturers know that they can make millions of dollars before the first lawsuits come in.

California ambulance, garbage truck crash leaves 3 hospitalized

When we think of car or truck accidents, we rarely think of emergency vehicles. They are on the roads to help save people, right? However, they are not immune to the car accidents that can plague our streets and may sometimes result in more serious injuries if traveling at high rates of speed.

Man suffers a long-standing erection after a 4-hour motorcycle ride

We have all heard about some of the dangers or risks associated with riding a motorcycle. However, in recent news, a California man has sued BMW North America and a motorcycle-seat maker after a four-hour ride on his 1993 BMW motorcycle resulted in a long-lasting erection. In medical terms, the man has "a severe case of priapism." This condition has continued for approximately 20 months--and counting.

Judge Rules That Taser Caused Wrongful Death

A federal judge recently upheld a jury's finding that a taser caused a North Carolina teen's wrongful death. Tasers are a popular law enforcement tool because tasers are non-deadly weapons that can immediately immobilize a person without the use of violent force. Unfortunately, it appears that in certain instances that tasers can bring about a person's death.

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