Personal Injury Articles

Report says popular sleep aid causes binge eating and memory loss

Ambien, currently the most often-prescribed sleep aid medication, is the target of reports from patients who say the drug caused them to behave erratically and dangerously at night.

Kidney failure possibly caused by bowel-cleansing drugs

According to recent research, patients with chronic kidney failure may be able to blame their conditions on certain medications used to cleanse the bowels prior to colonoscopies.

Lawsuit over gas explosion caused by TV remote

A New York man who sustained severe burns when his TV remote control ignited a gas explosion in his apartment has filed a lawsuit seeking damages from the parties alleged to be responsible.

Study raises concerns over Taser safety

A study that has raised questions as to the safety of Tasers was recently published in the Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers.

NC bar owner agrees to $850,000 settlement of lawsuit over fatal crash

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- An $850,000 settlement will end a lawsuit against the owners of a North Carolina bar that served alcohol to a man who later killed two cousins in a car crash.

$17.5 million settlement in deadly construction accident

The families of two men involved in a construction accident have reached a settlement agreement with the contractor, building owner, and two other companies.

Kids on antidepressants may experience higher instances of suicidal behavior

Several recent studies have shown a possible link between certain antidepressants and an increased risk of suicidal behavior in the children taking the medications.

Medicated patches dangerous when heated, say experts

Medical industry watchdogs are calling on the FDA to launch an investigation into the safety of medicated patches that have been shown to malfunction when body temperature rises.

Parents of Washington boy killed by school bus to receive nearly $1.5 million

A Washington state school district has agreed to pay nearly $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the parents of a boy who was struck and killed by a school bus in late 2003.

Junior college basketball player injured in Texas van crash sues school, driver

A junior college basketball player critically injured in a 2004 school van crash that killed two of his teammates, is suing the school, the van driver, and the driver and owner of a tractor-trailer.

Autism Rate Plummets After Mercury Removed From Vaccines

According to a new study, the autism rate in children has dropped sharply after removing mercury from vaccines given to babies and young children.

Advocacy Group Wants Darvon Painkillers Phased Out

The advocacy group Public Citizen recently petitioned the Food and Drug Administration in an effort to begin a measured phase-out of propoxyphene, which includes the brands Darvon and Darvocet.

Parents Sue Baylor Transplant Team over Donated Kidney

The parents of a young man who died just weeks after receiving a kidney transplant at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas are suing the hospital's transplant team, alleging negligence for failure to inform them of the organ donor's history with drugs.

Arkansas Family Sues District Judge Accused of Leaving Accident Scene

NASHVILLE, Ark. -- An Arkansas family has filed a civil suit against a district judge accused of leaving the scene of an accident after colliding with their van and causing injuries to five family members.

Man Sentenced to Three Years for DWI

A drunk driver in Northern California was sentenced to three years in prison after causing an accident that left one man a paraplegic.

Central California County Maintenance of Back Roads Questioned in $2.6 Million Lawsuit

A Central California county's maintenance of a network of back country roads will be a major issue in a $2.6 million lawsuit brought by the widow of a man killed in a 2004 motorcycle accident.

Nationwide Box Fan Recall Prompts Wrongful Death Suit

The family of a girl who was killed after a defective box fan caught fire has filed a wrongful death suit against the product's manufacturer.

Supreme Court: Woman Who Slipped on Mail Can Sue

In a 7-1 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has determined that a Pennsylvania woman who slipped on mail left at her front porch can sue the U.S. Postal Service for negligence.

Family Considers Lawsuit Blaming Seat Belt for Daughter's Death in Vermont Crash

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. -- The family of a Vermont teenager killed in a high-speed crash last year is considering a wrongful death lawsuit that would blame her death on a defective seat belt.

Guidant Investigation Discovers Further Violations

Indianapolis-based Guidant Corp., which has recalled more than 200,000 pacemakers and nearly 90,000 defibrillators over the past year for a variety of defects, continues to come under fire for regulation violations.

Quadriplegic Teen Sues Juvenile Detention Center Over Injury

Artie Allen, 18, became a quadriplegic after attempting a back flip off of a picnic table at the Garza County Regional Juvenile Center in Post. He is suing the center for $25 million in damages.

Woman Injured by Fiery Bug Bomb Explosion Suing Landlord

Galveston woman, Myra Miles-Brown is suing her former landlord, Marion Tompkins for $5 million in damages after being injured in an explosion caused by 18 bug bombs.

Man Sentenced After Injuring His Children in DWI Crash

A man from Verbank, N. Y. was sentenced after injuring his two children in a DWI accident.

Victim's Family Blames Driver, Company in California Wrongful Death Suit Against Greyhound

SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- The family of a woman who died in a bus crash in Central California last November has filed an amendment to their wrongful death suit blaming both the driver and Greyhound.

Senate Fails to Approve Asbestos Trust Fund

The U.S. Senate fell two votes short of approving a $140 billion trust fund that would have provided compensation to victims of asbestos-related diseases.

Federal Vioxx Retrial in Jury's Hands

New Orleans, La. -- Jurors began deliberations Friday in the retrial of the nation's first federal Vioxx court case, which previously resulted in a hung jury.

Anisonia Reaches Settlement in Wrongful Death Suit

A $300,000 settlement has been reached between the city of Anisonia, Conn. and the family of James Law, who was accidentally killed while in police custody.

Asthmatic's Death Linked to Praxair Explosion

The explosion and fire at the St. Louis Praxair bottled gas depot last summer has been tied to the death of an asthmatic woman who lived nearby the plant.

Gynecologist Faces $2.5 Million Malpractice Verdict

A jury in Cooperstown, New York ordered obstetrician Khalid Parwez to pay $2.5 million to a former patient this Wednesday, finding Parwez acted negligently during a routine gynecological procedure.

Doctor to Represent Himself in Screwdriver Lawsuit

Opening statements were heard this week in the case of a Hawaii surgeon being sued for inserting the broken shaft of a screwdriver in a patient's spine during back surgery.

Rhode Island Jury Awards $2.5 Million in Infant Death Lawsuit

In one of Rhode Island's largest medical malpractice verdicts since the 90's, a jury has ordered Women & Infants Hospital in Providence to pay $2.5 million to a Pawtucket couple whose infant died just minutes after birth.

Military Wife Awarded $2 Million After Faulty Diagnosis

The wife of a naval officer treated at Jacksonville Naval Hospital was awarded $2 million earlier this month after a federal judge ruled that her ovaries and uterus were unnecessarily removed by doctors.

Residents Receive $295 Million Settlement for Groundwater Contamination

Pacific Gas and Electric agreed to pay $295 million to settle groundwater contamination claims with more than 1,000 residents in several Mojave Desert towns.

Woman Sues Housing Authority Over Toxic Mold

A New York woman, claiming she suffered permanent health problems after moving into her apartment in 2000, has filed a suit against the housing authority. The apartment tested positive for toxic mold last February.

Firefighter Sues Transit Union for Injuries Received During New York Strike

A New York City firefighter is suing a transport workers union for creating conditions he claims caused him to suffer severe injuries when he was hit by a charter bus while bicycling to work.

Relatives File $12 Million Suit in Maryland Traffic Deaths of Grandmother, Grandchildren

A $12 million lawsuit was filed last week by relatives of a Maryland grandmother and two of her grandchildren who were killed when their car was struck by a shuttle van.

Settlement Reached in Father's Lawsuit over Crash Death of Iowa Teen

A lawsuit by an Iowa man whose teenaged son died in a 2003 car crash has been settled out of court. Two other teens were injured in the crash and have filed suits.

Wal-Mart Product Liability Suit Headed to Jury

A lawsuit, which asserts that children's bicycles with inadequate warnings resulted in hundreds of injuries, is expected to come to a close this week.

Illinois Man Alleges Street Racing in Suit over Death of Wife and Son

An Illinois man has filed a wrongful death suit in which he claims his wife and son were killed last October as a result of two men racing on a public street.

Safety of ADHD Drug to Be Studied By FDA Panel

After finding a link between Adderall and increased heart attack risk, an FDA advisory committee will be taking a closer look at the safety and efficacy of such medications when given to children with ADHD.

Medical Malpractice Victim Awarded $8 Million

A Waupun, Wis. resident was awarded more than $8 million this week in the largest medical malpractice verdict handed down in Wisconsin since the State Supreme Court overruled the noneconomic damages cap last summer.

Visiting Police Dog Bites Indiana Student at School

During a routine demonstration at Hazelwood Middle School in New Albany, Ind., a sixth-grade girl was bit in the face while petting a police dog.

Father of Boy Killed in Kentucky Tractor-Trailer Crash Sues Driver, Owner

The father of a 10-year-old boy who died in a five-vehicle crash on a Kentucky highway last April is suing the driver and owner of a tractor-trailer he blames for his son's death.

Fox News Employees File Suit over Alleged Toxic Mold and Pesticide Exposure

Two Fox News employees have filed suit, alleging that toxic molds and pesticides present in a Fox building caused them to become sick.

Florida Doctor Convicted in Oxycontin-Related Death Cases

Accused of prescribing large quantities of Oxycontin and causing the deaths of five patients in the last three years, Dr. Thomas G. Merrill of Apalachiola, Fla. was found guilty on nearly all counts against him.

$2 Million Awarded to Man Injured by Defective Golf Club

A Denver man who was struck in the head by a golf club that came apart while his son was in mid-swing, has been awarded $2 million for his injuries.

Tour Manager of Great White Accepts Plea Bargain

Dan Biechele, the former tour manager of Great White, has plead guilty to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter in a plea bargain deal, which limits his jail time to a maximum of 10 years.

Kentucky Children Receive $5.4 Million Judgment for Death Of Mother in Trucking Accident

A Kentucky jury awarded two children who lost their mother in a fatal collision with a tractor-trailer $5.4 million last week. Their father received $1.475 million for the loss of his son in the crash.

Woman Sentenced for Drunken Driving Fatality

A woman in New Hampshire was sentenced to a minimum of two years in prison after killing an elderly woman in a drunk-driving accident.

Settlement reached in Fatal Ohio Motorcycle Crash; Second Suit Filed

The widow of a man killed in an Ohio motorcycle crash has settled her lawsuit against a driver involved and filed a new suit against the owners of two businesses located where the accident occurred.

$17.2 Million Settlement for Gas Explosion Deaths

Alabama residents, Heath and Tara Carey have been awarded a $17.2 settlement for the wrongful death of their two children in a 2002 gas explosion at their apartment complex.

Illegal Body Parts Scheme Likely to Set Off Lawsuits

A Long Island woman who allegedly contracted a virus from a cadaver bone implanted in her back plans to join a long list of potential plaintiffs across the country caught up in a large-scale scandal involving the illegal collection and sale of body parts from the dead.

Woman Alleges Long Island Doctor Caused Wrongful Death

The wife of a Huntington, NY man who died from cardiac arrest in 2003 has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against her husband's longtime physician, alleging the doctor failed to perform an adequate physical examination.

Drunk Driver Sentenced to 38 Years for Deaths

Moises Perez Carreon was sentenced to 38 years in prison for the deaths of Maria and Sergio Valenzuela, who were killed in 2003 when Carreon, who was driving drunk, collided with their pickup truck.

Bomb Sniffing Dog Bites Girl Scout

Gwinnett County, Georgia authorities have confirmed that a trained police dog jumped over a six-foot fence to attack a 9-year-old girl who was playing on a trampoline next door.

Anti-Bleeding Drug Shown to Cause Kidney Problems, Death

Trasylol (aprotinin), a medication designed to reduce bleeding during heart surgery, has been linked in studies to an increase in serious health problems and death.

Alabama Firefighter's Mother Sues Trucking Firm, Drivers in Crash Death of Son

The mother of an Alabama firefighter killed when the fire truck he was driving collided with a tractor-trailer is suing the owner of the commercial truck, its driver, and the driver of another truck.

Pivotal Vioxx Trial Underway

Rio Grande City, TX -- The attorneys representing the family of Leonel Garza opened their case Wednesday, contending that the man's death was due to a heart attack caused by Merck's popular painkiller Vioxx.

Father of Girl Killed in 2004 Crash Awarded $312,815 by Virginia Jury

CHESAPEAKE, Va. -- The father of a 12-year-old girl who was one of two people killed in a crash in Virginia in 2004 was awarded $312,815 by a jury in the Chesapeake Circuit Court.

Guidant Expands Pacemaker Recall

Guidant announced more pacemaker defects Monday, the company's latest in a string of extensive recalls spanning more than seven months.

Virginia Senate Puts More Bite Into Dog Attack Laws

The Dorothy Sullivan Memorial Bill, named after an 82-year-old woman who was attacked and killed by three pit bulls, aims to place harsher penalties on dog owners whose pets injure or kill others.

Next Vioxx Court Case About to Begin

Rio Grande, Texas -- The nation's fourth Vioxx trial, pitting the family of Leonel Garza against pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., is set to commence this week.

Illinois Judge Upholds Case Against Deputy

An Illinois judge last week denied a motion by the defense to dismiss the negligence portion of a lawsuit filed by a reporter seriously injured while riding in a sheriff's patrol car.

Man Convicted in Drug Dealer's Murder

Man was sentenced to life in prison after murdering a 19-year-old drug dealer.

Missouri City to Pay Kansas Teen $2.98 Million for Police Chase Injuries

OLATHE, Kan. -- A Missouri city has agreed to pay $2.98 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a Kansas teenager injured when a police car struck the vehicle in which she was a passenger.

Patient Awarded $280,000 For Surgical Instrument Left in Abdomen

A Belmont, Massachusetts man was awarded $280,000 last Thursday after a jury found two doctors negligent for leaving a foot long surgical instrument in his abdomen.

Court Affirms Jury Verdict Linking Welding Rods to Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer

The New York State Appeals Court affirmed the first-ever jury finding that asbestos-containing welding rods, which were sold in the early 1980s, had caused lung cancer and mesothelioma.

FDA "Black Box" Warning Placed on Two Eczema Drugs

Both the Elidel cream and the Protopic ointment will receive the strong cautionary labeling after reports of nearly 80 cases of cancer, including lymphoma and skin cancer, in patients taking the drugs.

Warning Issued by FDA on Unapproved Brazilian Diet Drugs

Available via the Internet and marketed under such names as Emagrece Sim and the Brazilian Diet Pill, the pills contain habit-forming ingredients similar to those in Prozac and Librium.

Jailhouse Physician Named in Wrongful Death Suit

The family of a man who lapsed into a coma and died after being held in a Franklin County, Illinois jail has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against jail officials and a jailhouse physician.

NY Smokers Sue Phillip Morris for Lung Cancer Screenings

A group of current and former Marlboro smokers filed a class-action suit against Philip Morris USA, asking the cigarette manufacturer to pay for screenings that may detect the early stages of lung cancer.

Paralyzed SJSU Cheerleader Plans to File Suit

Former San Jose State University cheerleader, Rechelle Sneath, 20, is planning to file a lawsuit against SJSU and its former cheerleading coach for the catastrophic injury that has left her paralyzed from the waist down.

Wrongfully Imprisoned Man Receives $756,900; Files Federal Suit for $50 Million

Kenneth Marsh, of San Diego, who was wrongfully imprisoned for 21 years for the death of toddler, Phillip Buell, has received $756,900 in compensation for his prison time and is seeking an additional $50 million.

Family of Man Killed at Virginia Historic Site Files $5 Million Lawsuit

The family of a man killed at a Virginia historic site when a truck backed over him has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the operators of the site and a truck leasing company.

Relatives of Pregnant California Woman Killed in Bus Accident Sue Company, Driver

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed this week against Greyhound Lines, Inc., and one of its drivers by relatives of a pregnant California woman killed in a bus accident Nov. 27.