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November 2020 Archives

Woman Decapitated by Gate at Park

Esther Nakajigo, then 25 years-old, went to Arches National Park with her husband to enjoy the landmarks. Unfortunately, the trip ended in tragedy. According to a wrongful death administrative claim, Nakajigo was "needlessly decapitated" by a metal gate that swung into the couple's car as they were exiting the parking lot.

Bolt EV Batteries Recalled After Five Confirmed Fires

Recently, the NHTSA (National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration) announced they are conducting an investigation into Chevrolet Bolt batteries, due to a potential fire hazard while charging. The recall according to Chevrolet is primarily for years 2017 through 2018, however, some of the MY2019 Bolt EVs are also included.

In some jobs, mitigating fire risk is imperative to preserve life

AdobeStock_262333851.jpegWorkers in the oil and gas industry are well aware of the dangers they face, yet some concerns are out of their control. It is an employer's responsibility to implement safety precautions for those surrounded by flammable materials.

Southeast Texas Man Sues for $10 Million After Oil Rig Explosion

A Southeast Texas man, Brandon Fregia, is suing Jeffcoat Production and SETX Oilfield Services after suffering second and third-degree burns across the entire upper half of his body in an oil rig explosion. The explosion occurred in Jasper County, Texas, on County Road 607 between Kirbyville and Buna on August 9, 2019.

Volvo Issues Airbag Recall Following Fatality

Volvo is recalling up to 54,000 cars as a result of evidence of metal fragments from an exploding airbag inflator that could kill drivers. This recall is similar to the Takata recalls, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently reviewing data with Volvo about not only the recalled vehicles, but other Volvo vehicles equipped with inflators made by parts supplier ZF/TRW. A spokesperson for ZF/TRW was unsure if the same inflators were sold to other automakers.

Philips Hue Recall: Outdoor Lights May Pose Electrocution Risk

The lighting company behind Philips Hue is recalling the power supply units associated with several of its outdoor lights and fixtures. The recall was issued for certain 40 Watt outdoor power units made prior to October of 2019. The company discovered that water leakage may cause the units to short-circuit, which could pose a shock risk if the units were touched in wet conditions. Power units supplied with the following Philips Hue lights are subject to the recall: Lily and Lily XL spotlights, Calla and Calla Large pedestal lights, Econic pedestal lights, and Impress pedestal lights.

Lawsuit Filed in Marathon Oil Fatal Building Collapse

The families of two men killed in a staircase collapse at the future Marathon Oil headquarters have sued the petroleum company and several subcontractors involved in the construction, claiming that negligence in training, safety protocols, and oversight led to the deaths. The lawsuit, filed October 8, 2020, is on behalf of two out of three victims killed by the incident. The family of the third victim, has not yet filed a suit.

Lawsuit Filed Over Building Explosion Caused by Propane Leak

Five injured firefighters, a severely injured maintenance worker, and the family of a firefighter who was killed by an explosion at a newly constructed headquarters for LEAP Inc., a nonprofit organization for people with cognitive disabilities, filed suit recently against C.N. Brown oil company and Techno Metal Post. Prior to the explosion, the maintenance worker smelled gas and warned other employees to evacuate. The building tragically exploded just after firefighters arrived and began to investigate the source of the leak.

Drivers Are Not Always The Cause Of A Collision

AdobeStock_355406720.jpegDespite investments in design and technology by the automotive industry, problems with the design of vehicles still arise. As a result, sliding into place behind the steering wheel comes with deadly risks that many individuals do not realize or appreciate.

Volvo Issues Recall After Driver Is Killed by Airbag Fragments

Volvo just issued a recall on 2001-03 Volvo S60 and S80 cars following the death of a driver, which was caused by metal fragments from an exploding airbag inflator. The recall currently involves up to 54,000 vehicles in the United States but could expand as investigators continue to research the issue.

Two Harris County Woman File Lawsuit After Golf Cart Malfunction Causes Severe Injuries

On October 13, 2020, two Harris County residents, on behalf of themselves and several minor children, ("Plaintiffs") filed a complaint in the Galveston County District Court against Galveston Golf Carts, LLC and John Frank Hall, Jr. (hereinafter "Defendants").

2019 Marks Third Consecutive Year of Decline in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents

Recently, the United States Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a preview of 2019 data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and preliminary estimates for the first half of 2020 which show a continued annual decline in traffic deaths in comparison to prior years. In 2019, 36,096 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents on United States roadways. This represents a 2% decrease from the reported 36,835 fatalities in 2018. This marks the third consecutive year that motor vehicle fatalities declined.

Ford Issues Recall for Explorers

Ford has issued a recall of Explorer SUVs spanning the model years 2013-2017. Ford issued the recall for 350,000 Explorers in the U.S. and 25,200 in Canada. The recall is related to the rear suspension toe link. A toe link provides more weight on the rear tires, so they stay firmly on the ground. The part can fracture and increase the risk of a crash and serious injuries or death.

Lawsuit Filed Against National Park After Woman Decapitated by Gate

A husband has filed suit against Arches National Park after his wife was tragically decapitated by an unsecured gate. Last summer, the couple was on a hiking trip to the park and attempting to leave the parking lot when an unsecured gate unexpectedly swung toward and struck their vehicle. According to the lawsuit, "the end of the lance-like gate pierced the side of their car and penetrated it like a hot knife through butter."

Apartment Complex Fire, Fire Safety System Failure Alleged in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The surviving son of Texas deceased man, Augustin Suchil, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against an apartment complex and the management company for the apartment complex. In April of 2019, the apartment complex caught fire during a lightning storm. Suchil was asleep when the fire began at the apartment complex, and smoke eventually consumed the apartment units and hallways. Firefighters bravely put the fire out and rescued Suchil, but unfortunately, Suchil later died of his injuries.

Takata Likely to Announce the Recall of Millions of Defective Seat Belts

Takata, just years removed from an airbag recall scandal that bankrupted the company, is likely to issue a recall of all vehicles containing its seat belts. This is based on statements issued by the Japanese Transport Industry, instructing automakers across the world to begin preparing for a recall of all vehicles containing Takata seat belts.

  • $50+ Million Fire & Explosion

    The firm successfully represented nearly 100 victims who suffered personal injuries and damages to property from a large fire and explosion resulting in a settlement of more than $50 million. The firm served as lead lawyers on the steering committee in this litigation.

  • $80 Million Plant Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 270 plaintiffs, taking a lead role in the plaintiffs’ steering committee, who suffered injuries in a large plant explosion resulting in a settlement of nearly $80 million.

  • $50+ Million Plant Fire & Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 45 personal injury victims in a plant fire and explosion, serving on the plaintiffs steering committee, concluding with a settlement of more than $50 million.

  • $22+ Million Worksite Accident

    The firm prevailed in a personal injury trial for a worksite injury client with the jury returning a verdict and resulting in a judgment of over $22 million for the firm’s client.

  • $12 Million 18-Wheeler Collision

    The firm successfully achieved a $12 million settlement for the family of a man who died in an 18 wheeler collision.

  • $48 Million Catastrophic Burns

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $48 million.

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