According to a recent study published by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, most medical devices that are being approved for use in pediatrics are not actually tested on children first. Research found that nearly all of the devices are tested on adults ages 18 and older.
When a helicopter crashes, the wreckage can leave a trail of clues that leads all the way back to the aircraft's design and manufacturer. In 2012, civil helicopters flew more than 3 million hours in the United States, resulting in 153 accidents. Of that number, 22 were fatal and 23 resulted in serious injuries. Prompt investigation of the crash site and knowledge about common causes of these crashes are critical. Abraham Watkins has handled many aviation cases through the years.
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) was ordered by a Texas jury to pay $1.2 million to a woman who alleged one of the company's lines of vaginal-mesh implants to treat incontinence was defectively designed, in the first verdict against the company over those devices. Jurors in Dallas determined the design of the TVT-O mesh sling implanted in Linda Batiste was flawed. The jury found $1.2 million in compensatory damages.
A defective ignition switch installed in General Motors vehicles has caused thirteen deaths and severely injured a Houston-area woman. Tiffany Adams, a 30 year old Sam Houston State University graduate, was traveling on U.S. 59 on December 23, 2013. A defective "ignition module" caused her key placed in the ignition to inadvertently switch from the "run" to the "off" or "accessory" position. As a result, Adams' 2007 Pontiac Solstice spun out of control, hit a tree and prevented Adams' airbags from deploying. The impact left Adams with a broken neck, broken ribs and injuries to both of her legs that required amputation. About two months after the accident that took her legs and broke her spine, Ms. Adams received a letter from GM informing her that her vehicle was being recalled.
A total of 6.39 million vehicles are being recalled by Toyota Motor Corp., a Japanese based car manufacturer. Roughly 30 models globally have been affected.
As reported by KPRC, the fuel tanks of an 18-wheeler caught fire and exploded after the truck overturned on Highway 290 in Northwest Houston early Tuesday morning. The driver of the truck was killed in the fire, but a passenger in the sleeper car was able to escape with minor injuries.
On November 9, 2010, Thomas Haskell, then 63 years old, underwent cardiac bypass surgery at Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) in Ellsworth, Maine. Due to complications, Mr. Haskell died four days later.
A recent interview on CNN focused on a young woman who was killed in a GM vehicle on her 29th birthday in Georgia. Brooke Melton's parents hired a lawyer in Georgia to investigate the claim and their expert (not GM's) found a .90 cent defective part that had been installed in her 2005 Chevy Cobalt. Brooke had the same problem four days before her death when her ignition shut off, and she lost control of her power steering and her brakes. She took it in for service and the GM dealer returned it to her, telling her it was all fixed.
A bulletin the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) released recently shows 459 people died in Texas last year in crashes caused by distracted drivers, and the total number of collisions caused by inattentive motorists increased by four percent compared to the previous year.
Alcohol. Truck Tractor. Running a Red Light.