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March 2013 Archives

Six Months Later, Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Is Not Over Yet

It has been months since public health authorities registered another fatality related to the tragic fungal meningitis outbreak traced to a contaminated compounding pharmacy last fall. Two people died in the last month alone, bringing the total national fatality count to 51.

FDA warns of black henna's dangerous side effects

If you're a parent of a teenager in California, there are a lot of things you worry about when it comes to them growing up. Though many concerns may stem from the fear that your child might be accidentally hurt, the dreaded 'tattoo talk' conjures up not only permanent choices but sometimes copious amounts of pain as well.

California motorcycle accident kills man after earlier collision

Multiple-vehicle car accidents can often prove particularly damaging, especially to any motorcyclists who are unexpectedly caught up in a collision. One recent motorcycle accident resulted in the potentially wrongful death of a man who came upon an earlier accident scene. He was unable to avoid crashing his motorcycle into one of the cars that was involved in that earlier crash.

Asbestos Litigation: Concerns About Future Compensation, Part 3

This is the third post in our series on the current status of asbestos litigation. Because of the slow-developing nature of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions, some victims may be at risk of facing serious diseases without the assistance of compensation from the companies responsible for the illnesses.

Fatal train accident leads to California wrongful death lawsuit

Train accidents can often have unfortunate if not tragic results, especially in situations where pedestrians are either directly struck or hit by flying debris. The trial of a recent wrongful death lawsuit began in a California courtroom, filed by the families of two young women who were killed in a train accident in 2007. While the Union Pacific railroad claims that the women's actions led to their deaths, the plaintiff's lawsuit contends that the train's engineer should have been able to stop in time to spare the women's lives if he had been following the rules surrounding railroad operations.

Too close for comfort: The dangers of real guns looking like toys

There is no doubting that the topic of gun safety is at an all time high in our country right now. With multiple shootings occurring across the nation and hundreds of serious injuries happening as a result of children accidently getting their hands on unsecured weapons, it's no wonder Congress has made it its mission this session to help put a stop to the tragedies.

California wrongful death: Proposed bill could improve ski safety

Some California ski enthusiasts may be surprised to learn that our state is the only state known for skiing that actually has no real ski safety legislation in place. When skiers suffer personal injury or even wrongful death on California ski slopes, resorts are not required to report them to the state or make them public. One state senator believes that ski accidents should become a matter of public record and is pushing for the passage of a ski safety bill.

Asbestos Litigation: Concerns About Future Compensation, Part 2

Although most Americans associate asbestos with old buildings and dangerous cancers, the facts of this toxic substance are less well known. Asbestos refers to a naturally occurring type of mineral fibers. While asbestos played a useful role in thousands of products in the 1900s and still exists in many aspects of everyday American life, the fibers are dangerous and can cause serious cancers.

Recent recall gives Costco members reason for concern

For anyone in the state of California with a Costco membership, the name of the company is usually synonymous with quality food at a good value. But that impression could be tainted this month after the wholesale store announced a food-safety recall for one of its products.

Asbestos Litigation: Concerns About Future Compensation, Part 1

After several decades of litigation, asbestos victims are still coming forward every day with symptoms of mesothelioma and other conditions. While these victims are still entitled to compensation, the landscape has become much more complicated after years of asbestos-related toxic tort litigation. According to a new investigation by the Wall Street Journal, future victims may not have any source of compensation if current trends continue.

Prescription Drug Overdoses and Medical Malpractice

With prescription painkillers like oxycodone more accessible than ever before, fatal overdoses cases are also on the rise. Doctors have a responsibility to help prevent overdoses by carefully controlling which patients have access to potentially addictive and deadly drugs. According to many observers, however, the medical community is not doing its part to protect patients.

Update: First DePuy Hip Trial Is A Win For Plaintiffs

In a development that bodes well for countless other people in a similar position, the plaintiff in the first trial over DePuy's ASR hip replacement systems has won a large jury verdict. The Los Angeles jury awarded $3.8 million to this plaintiff today - an indication that other recipient's of the DePuy ASR implants are also entitled to compensation.

Wrongful death lawsuit filed in fatal California truck accident

It can be difficult for family members to make the decision to file a wrongful death lawsuit in the wake of a fatal California accident. However, sometimes it is the right decision to make in order to seek an additional level of justice for a loved one whose life has been cut short. A wrongful death lawsuit can also help cover the final expenses of someone who has been killed in a fatal truck accident and can help provide financially for dependents that have been left behind.

Chrysler recalls some 278,000 vehicle in US for rear-axle failure

A recent recall by Chrysler had a number of California residents scrambling to their dealers last month after the automotive manufacturer announced that certain models of their vehicles could put drivers at considerable risk of injury or death.

Daytona 500 Crash Injures 30 Spectators, Part 2

Our last post covered the horrific crash that left around 30 spectators at the Daytona 500 with serious injuries after a safety barrier failed to keep debris out of the grandstand. This post will look at one of the big questions that legal experts are examining in the wake of this incident.

Daytona 500 Crash Injures 30 Spectators, Part 1

Last week, a last-lap pileup crash at the Daytona 500 resulted in serious injuries for 28 fans. Most racing fans know that crashes affect drivers on a regular basis - but spectator injuries are also a frequent occurrence. Nearly 50 spectators have died at racing events since 1990 and this is just the latest situation to attract renewed safety attention.

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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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