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Teenage girl dies after consuming 2 energy drinks

One afternoon, a 14-year-old girl was strolling around the mall with her friends. With some more shopping to go, she needed a kick that would help her power through the day. As a result, the teenager turned to an energy product. She consumed a couple of 24-ounce Monster drinks. When in need of a little push to get through the day, California residents tend to boost their systems with a quick energy beverage.

However, just one day after the girl consumed the product, she went into cardiac arrest. Doctors induced a coma to keep the teen's brain from expanding. Nevertheless, the 14-year-old never regained consciousness. Within six days, she had passed away.

Errant pickup truck kills baby, injures 2 at California bus stop

No one expects to be in immediate danger while waiting for the bus, which is something many people in Los Angeles do every day. Yet one California mother's life will never be the same after an unexpected motor vehicle accident occurred while she was waiting for a bus with her 18-month-old daughter. A pickup truck crashed into a bench near an El Monte bus stop. The collision killed the young girl, critically injured her mother and hurt a 12-year-old boy.

The accident occurred during the middle of a recent afternoon when a pickup truck inexplicably overshot a parking stall, drove over a planter and collided with the bench where the mother and baby daughter, along with the young boy, were waiting. It is not known if the boy is related to the others involved in the fatal accident.

Company Sells Product Despite FDA Rejection

Rejection by the United States Food and Drug Administration was not enough to stop one company from selling a product outside the U.S. The well-known company Johnson & Johnson continued to sell its defective DePuy hip implant overseas, including in Europe, despite the FDA ban on the sale of this device in the United States because of safety concerns. Because regulations overseas can differ significantly from those in the United States, the company can say that it operated fully within the law.

Kia Motors sued for defective seats

As many California residents know, some car collisions are simply unavoidable. Even if we are safe drivers, sometimes, the negligence of another motorist will induce an accident. Fortunately, if we are involved in a serious accident, we have some security knowing that our vehicles are designed to protect us.

However, in recent news, the family of a deceased woman says a faulty seat in a Kia Optima caused the death of their loved one. For this reason, the family has filed a lawsuit against Kia Motors America and Kia Motors Corporation for the auto defect. Johnson Controls and Weber Granite City Chevrolet Company are also named as defendants. Additionally, the driver and owner of the vehicle has filed suit against these defendants for her injuries, which were sustained in the same accident.

Roads More Dangerous for Elderly Drivers

Everyone grows older -- it's part of living. Although reaching old age is a positive milestone in many ways, becoming elderly requires us to prepare for the changes that come with age, both mentally and physically. The ways in which we will need to approach many day-to-day tasks will change, and this includes driving.

Study shows 60 percent of train operators don't get enough sleep

Almost 60 percent of train operators say that they rarely get an adequate night's sleep on a work night, says a recent study from the National Sleep Foundation. The survey also reveals that 26 percent of train operators believe their lack of sleep affects their job performance, and 18 percent of train operators responding to the survey have made a serious mistake, or had a "near miss" accident due to lack of adequate sleep. All of these factors, in California and across the nation, have the potential to cause serious injuries or even wrongful death in train accidents.

There is a very slim margin for error concerning the operation of a train due to the significant amount of damage an accident involving a train can cause. Train operators must understandably be wide awake and clear-headed to appropriately operate such a large vehicle. Interestingly, the National Sleep Foundation's survey also notes that 56 percent of train operators take at least one nap during the day, and 33 percent report taking a nap while on the clock.

Diabetes Drug Linked to Bladder Cancer Headed to Louisiana Court

A Louisiana judge has set a preliminary court date for the pending lawsuits against drug giant Takeda Pharmaceuticals. The defective drug lawsuits are in regards to Takeda's number one diabetes drug, Actos, which is believed to carry an increased risk of bladder cancer.

Low-Income Patients Miss Out on Malpractice Claims

Californians who believe they have been harmed by a physician's errors can seek compensation through filing a medical malpractice claim. Unfortunately, some injured patients tend not to exercise this right and may never be compensated for what happened to them. A recent study has revealed that low-income people in particular are less likely to sue their doctors than patients in other income groups.

Denied Claim Costs Insurance Company Millions

What could be thought of as a freak accident has led to an $8 million dollar award to a homeowner. This represents a slap in the face for insurance companies that have traditionally denied legitimate claims or responded with lowball offers. Insurance companies hoping to reduce claims paid out would do well to pay attention - what was originally a $220,000 claim became much more costly.

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