A truck driver and a police officer were sent to the hospital after a crash last week. The wreck occurred on Eastland Street at Hanna Street, in the northeastern part of our city, when the officer was responding to a call.
According to a report released by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, roughly one-third of nursing home patients released from hospitals were harmed by their caregivers. National Public Radio further reports that most of the harms result from neglect and errors in judgment.
According to Bloomberg news, Thoratec Corp. issued an urgent safety advisory about the use of the pocket controller for its mini heart pump after four patients died and five others were injured.
According to the New York Times, nearly nine years after the death of young girl, General Motors has recalled nearly 1.4 million cars in the United States, including Cobalts, saying that the ignition switch can shut off a car's engine and electrical system, and disable its air bags. Amber Rose's death was the first of 13 linked to the problem, and was an early warning in what would become a decade-long failure by G.M. and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to address a problem that engineers and regulators had been alerted to years ago.
A Santa Monica jury awarded $5.4 million to a victim who was allegedly raped by an employee of a West Hollywood nightclub in 2009. After a 15-day trial, jurors found that the nightclub's negligence played a substantial part in the assault and would therefore pay 40% of the total verdict. At trial, the victim's attorneys argued that the nightclub had turned a blind eye to sexual activity that was happening in the unisex restroom areas. Additionally, attorneys argued that security guards were not circulating through these areas as they were required to do under company policy.
The prescription drug Paxil has been used by many doctors across Texas and the United States to treat depression, anxiety disorders, stress disorders, and other mental conditions.
Last Friday, the family of Russian prizefighter Mogomed Abdusalamov filed notice in the New York Court of Claims that they intend to file a claim against the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) and the State of New York for injuries he sustained in a November 2, 2013 heavyweight bout against Cuban contender Mike Perez at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. The family alleges that the NYSAC, which sanctioned and oversaw the fight, negligently failed to stop the fight and failed to provide adequate medical attention to Abdusalamov during and after the fight, leading to Abdusalamov being placed in a medically-induced coma for weeks after emergency brain surgery to remove a blood clot and relieve brain swelling.
In 2004, ten years before a recall was issued, General Motors knew that its Chevrolet Cobalt's ignition switch could inadvertently shut off the engine while driving. Additionally, the driver's power steering and brakes, along with other safety systems such as airbags and anti-lock brakes, would be cut off.
One year later, Bonnie Herndon, a longtime rodeo volunteer and committee member, remains in a coma following her ejection from a golf cart at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo last February. Firm partner Benny Agosto Jr. is representing Bonnie's family in their lawsuit against the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the driver of the golf cart, and the companies responsible for the golf cart's design, manufacturing, marketing, and distribution. The lawsuit specifically points out that "the vehicle was not equipped with seatbelts". Mr. Agosto advises those riding rodeo transit this year to be cautious, stating that "if you're going to be in one of those transportation vehicles, you better be careful".
Federal safety regulators are overseeing the largest recall for child car seats that this country has seen in the last 5 years. Graco, a leading manufacturer for children's products including baby monitors, strollers, swings and high-chairs, is recalling 3.8 million car seats because defective buckles are preventing parents from removing their children from the seats in emergency situations. Reports of these defective buckles began in 2012 when parents complained to regulators that they had to cut the straps in order to free their young children from Graco car seats.