On Christmas eve of 2011, a Houston car accident left Maria Christina Gomez injured, and she has been seeking justice ever since. Though the facts of the accident are fairly straightforward, with Ms. Gomez’ car having been struck by another that skidded on a rainy road, the issue has been significantly complicated by the fact that the car that hit her was a police car being driven by a Houston police officer. This week an appellate court ruled that her case is strong enough that it can overcome the immunity defense being mounted by the city.
Winter is just around the corner, and those responsible for maintenance of properties in cold-weather climates should pay close attention to a recent jury award of $3.2 million to a woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury after slipping on an icy walkway. Kimberly Taherian’s injury occurred in February of 2015 outside of her local CVS store, and witnesses to the scene of her accident testified that the conditions outside of the store were “atrocious,” and had been the cause of the lifelong injury that she suffered.
An early September Lyft accident left a San Antonio, Texas construction worker dead and the driver responsible for the accident arrested on charges of “suspicion of failure to stop and render aid.” The driver is accused of striking the woman on the side of the road and then fleeing the scene.
Last August, a Wisconsin jury took less than two hours to find Wayne Murphy guilty of reckless driving and causing great bodily harm in a truck accident involving a school bus. Though Murphy insisted that his driving was not impaired by the drugs he had taken earlier in the day, his perilous driving had been reported to his trucking company by another motorist before the crash, and that company had called the police to intervene. Unfortunately, by the time the police caught up with him, his semi had sideswiped a school bus filled with students and their chaperones stopped on the highway. Several passengers were left in critical condition, with many suffering broken bones, concussions and difficulty breathing.
While the American public’s attention is captured by news of a whistleblower’s White House report, other types of whistleblowers continue to come forward to report financial fraud against the government, and they are being richly rewarded as a result. In one of the latest examples, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced that a whistleblower who reported significant concern about wrongdoing has been awarded $7 million.
Though the makers of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder continue to deny their responsibility for causing malignant mesothelioma, the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has just published a new study that shows that 33 individual mesothelioma patients who submitted tissue samples all tested positive for asbestos that’s found in cosmetic talc rather than in commercial asbestos products.
The significant risk of permanent traumatic brain injury posed by concussions has become common knowledge, but that didn’t stop a Utah high school coach from insisting that a former high school football player continue to play after sustaining a head injury. That coach’s action, which represents a departure from the accepted protocol, has resulted in the player and his family filing a lawsuit against the Cache County School District and the Utah High School Activities Association.
Three staffers who work for a North Carolina memory care facility have been charged with assault on an individual with a disability in relation to a horrific case of nursing home abuse. According to the Winston-Salem Police Department, 32-year-old Marilyn Latish McKey, 20-year-old Tonacia Yvonne Tyson, and 26-year-old Taneshia Deshawn Jordan were responsible for the care of dementia patients at the Danby House assisted living and memory care facility, but instead, they created their own fight club and encouraged two residents to pummel one another.
In June of 2014, Yong Juan “Maggie” Zhao tried to prevent the birth injury that has left her son Steven disabled and unable to participate in the types of activities that other five-year-olds take for granted. But her obstetrician, Dr. Paul Cruz, refused to provide Zhao with the cesarean section that she requested. The result was a permanent injury to Steven’s brachial plexus that has left him largely unable to use his right arm.
The July 2019 truck accident that claimed the life of 13-year-old Brian Duarte is being blamed on a truck driver who was under the influence of both drugs and alcohol. Now the driver, Christopher Downing, has been arrested for intoxication manslaughter and three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and four devastated families have filed a lawsuit against Downing’s employer.
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