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January 2013 Archives

Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Hip Implant Defect Trials Begin

The first of nearly 10,000 Depuy all-metal hip implant trials has made it to Los Angeles Court. The plaintiff in this first case contends that Johnson & Johnson's ASR XL hips had a defective design, Johnson & Johnson knew about the defects and it failed to timely warn consumers.

Sixteen people ill from salmonella after eating contaminated beef

In the last few months, it seems like consumers haven't been able to get away from the threat of salmonella poisoning. After the FDA recalled hundreds of products over the holiday season, people across the nation have welcomed the last few weeks of respite.

Motorist dies in California chain-reaction truck accident

A truck accident can take place so quickly that it may be difficult for vehicles traveling behind tractor-trailers to stop in time to avoid a collision. This fact can be especially true if one of those vehicles is another semi. This appears to be what happened in a recent fatal truck accident that resulted in the death of a motorist driving a much smaller car.

Hotel Fire Leaves 14 People Injured, Liability Questions Exist

when an aggressive and fast-moving fire forced them out of the building. Fortunately, none of the guests died in the blaze but 14 people suffered injuries. Three guests were hospitalized in critical condition.

California sees disturbing rise in motorcycle accident deaths

One recent report indicates that the state of California is witnessing a disturbing trend in the number of motorcycle deaths taking place each year. For the two-year period from 2009 to 2010, California saw a sharp drop in the number of motorcycle accident fatalities. Unfortunately, however, that drop has reversed and the number of motorcycle-related fatalities is once more on the rise.

Over 46,000 Bugaboo strollers recalled for safety risk

To some degree, when we purchase products here in the United States, we expect that the more we pay for something, the higher quality it will be. And although for the most part this appears to be true, sometimes it's the higher-end products that end up being the most dangerous.

Los Angeles Trucking Accidents Highlight Risk Factors

With a notoriously high volume of vehicle traffic, Los Angeles sees car and truck accidents on a regular basis. This week was an exception only in that it saw two serious crashes involving semi trucks on Los Angeles freeways. These crashes are a good illustration of the risks that large trucks can pose to other motorists.

Unlicensed Drivers Three Times More Likely to Cause a Fatal Crash

The results of a recent California study of unlicensed drivers are sure to prove controversial in the debate about undocumented immigrants. Unlicensed drivers, many of whom are undocumented immigrants, are apparently three times more likely to cause a fatal accident than all licensed drivers.

Battery packs for Columbia jackets recalled because of fire hazard

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall extension this month for the Omni-Heat Lithium-Polymer Rechargeable Batteries stamped with the Columbia logo. According to the CPSC report, the batteries are being recalled because of a cell defect that can cause the packs to overheat, posing a risk for fire hazard.

Medication Errors: New Research Raises Concerns

While medical mistakes are nothing new, a recent study reached some alarming conclusions about how doctors and hospital employees respond to them when they occur. Research from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that hospitals only notify affected patients in two percent of cases.

California train accident kills woman: Wrongful death claim?

When cars get into collisions with trains, catastrophic injuries are often the result for the occupants of the much smaller vehicles. One recent California train accident caused fatal injuries to a woman who was only in her mid-20s. At last report, officials were still investigating the exact factors surrounding the train collision and the woman's potential wrongful death.

Legal dispute between CPSC and company escalates

In a majority of cases, when the Consumer Product Safety Commission issues a recall for a product, it's generally done with the help of the company who is providing the product. Together, both parties usually come up with a plan to make the product safer for consumers.

NHTSA Calls for Noisier Roads to Reduce Pedestrian Accidents

In the age of texting-while-walking, it should come as no surprise that pedestrians have forgotten how to look twice for cars before crossing the road. Usually, however, their multiple senses will tell them that a car is approaching, causing them to jump back in time to avoid a pedestrian-and-car accident. As cars change, however, so do our abilities to perceive them.

Man to be sentenced for fatal California auto collision

Pedestrian deaths in the wake of auto collisions can be hard for surviving family members to deal with after losing a loved one. This can be especially true in the case of an auto collision where a driver speeds away after the accident rather than trying to help the pedestrian that they have struck. One California County saw 25 pedestrians killed in car accidents in 2012.

Defective Medical Devices: Medtronic Drug Infusion Pumps Recalled

Medtronic has, yet again, recalled some of its devices. This time, the devices are drug infusion pumps whose motors can stall and fail to deliver medications to patients. Due to the defective devices, patients have experienced a return of their symptoms and even death.

Woman dies, family injured in California motor vehicle accident

Head-on motor vehicle accidents number among some of the most deadly collisions on American roadways. This is especially true when the motor vehicle accident occurs on a state route or highway where drivers are often traveling at a high rate of speed. One recent California head-on collision claimed the life of a 53-year-old Oceanside mother and sent several of her family members to the hospital.

Knott's Berry Farm Amusement Park Ride Malfunctions, Injures Three

Yesterday, three people were injured at Knott's Berry Farm when a wheel fell off a stagecoach, causing it to tip. The accident could have been much worse -- fourteen people were riding the stagecoach when the ride malfunctioned.

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The Soto Verdict

Girardi | Keese attorneys have won a $2.3M verdict for a Long Beach resident run over by a Parks & Rec truck. Read more here.

The Madero Verdict

Attorney Christopher T. Aumais persuaded a San Bernardino County jury to deliver an  exceptionally high verdict in an area known for low jury awards.

A Champion of Justice

Partner Amy Fisch Solomon was a Champion of Justice in 2015, proving that success in law isn't just about the size of your verdict or settlement.

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