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February 2013 Archives

Man suffers potential wrongful death in California train accident

Pedestrians rarely survive the injuries that they suffer after being struck by trains. The great sizes of trains, in addition to the speeds at which they typically travel, often result in catastrophic injuries being suffered by pedestrians who are hit. One recent California train accident resulted in the death of a pedestrian; the first such fatality reported by Caltrain in 2013. Details in this case remain few and there is not yet any word on whether a wrongful death lawsuit will be filed.

DNA testing reveals horse meat in IKEA meatballs

I'm sure just about everyone in the state of California has seen the headlines by now. With powerhouse news agencies like the New York Times and ABC News placing it as a front page story, it's hard not to. And as much as we'd like to think that something like this couldn't happen, authorities in the Czech Republic have confirmed that horse meat was being used in meatballs sold at IKEA stores worldwide.

DePuy Hip Implant Trial: Doctor Notes

In 2008, a physician consultant sent a note to Johnson & Johnson executives telling them to slow marketing on the DePuy ASR hip implant. The doctor wrote that the Articular Surface Replacement was poorly designed. He was not alone; other doctors also recommended that the company stall hip implant marketing efforts.

Good Samaritan dies in California hit-and-run car accident

Hit-and-run accidents often leave families struggling to understand why they have lost a loved one. One such recent California car accident left a tow-truck driver dead after he tried to assist a motorist stranded on the side of Pacific Coast Highway. Witnesses to the hit-and-run accident stated that a silver vehicle headed east struck the man on the side of the road as it passed by the stranded vehicle.

Could new Mountain Dew product 'kickstart' new problems?

Many people here in California may be familiar with the comedic ranting of Jim Gaffigan; particularly the one where he sarcastically praises the invention of a breakfast HotPocket. Playing off of the often nauseous feeling most people feel after ingesting a HotPocket, Gaffigan ends his joke with the phrase, "You can have a HotPocket for breakfast, a HotPocket for lunch and be dead by dinner."

ESPN X Games Medical Officer Facing Medical Malpractice Suit

The chief medical officer for ESPN's X Games, Dr. David Chao, is under scrutiny by the Medical Board of California for his negligence in hip surgeries. According to the Board, the sports medicine doctor was grossly negligent in a 2007 hip surgery and was found negligent in three other surgeries. Furthermore, the doctor improperly maintained medical records, which could have led to additional patient injuries.

California rollover accidents: bus crash injures dozens, kills 7

Rollover accidents can be frightening for the average person traveling in a car or SUV. Whenever rollover accidents involve people traveling on a bus, however, it can be even more terrifying. One recent California accident involved a tour bus that flipped over, killed seven people and caused injuries to more than 30 others.

Higher Injury, Death Rate Among Older Motorcyclists

It should come as no surprise that older motorcyclists, and all older motorists, are more easily injured in motor vehicle accidents. Older riders tend to have weaker bones and less elasticity in the chest, among other physiological changes. The rate at which older drivers are injured compared to younger drivers, however, is surprising.

Helicopter Crashes During Filming of Reality TV Show Near LA

Three people are dead after a helicopter crashed near Acton, California on Sunday morning. The accident occurred during filming for a Discovery reality show at the Polsa Rosa Ranch, a popular filming area near the Angeles National Forest.

California wrongful death: Woman dies on whale-watching boat trip

Whenever a fatal accident occurs during what is supposed to be a fun event, it can seem particularly tragic. This unfortunately proved to be the case for one 84-year-old woman who recently suffered deadly injuries while she was engaged in a boat outing. The woman suffered what could potentially be considered a wrongful death while on a whale-watching boat near San Diego, California.

Boeing Battery Problems: Common Issue?

In January, all Boeing 787 Dreamliners were grounded after two planes experienced problems -- including a fire -- with their lithium batteries. Investigators are still working to determine what caused the batteries to malfunction. They believe that one of the batteries may have been overcharged, but the other had not.

Single-use laundry packs still posing a threat to children

In a September blog post we talked about the health risk that laundry and dish soap packs posed to children. Because of their bright colors, many children across the nation, including here in California, were mistaking them for candy. When accidentally ingested, the children became incredibly ill and many medical experts warned that if a large enough amount was unintentionally ingested, it could put a child at risk of death as well.

California Tour Bus Accident Caused By Brake Failure?

New information is surfacing regarding the fatal tour bus accident in Southern California. According to records from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the truck company involved in the accident -- Scapada Magicas, was on a federal watch list.

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