A 30-year old woman was repeatedly raped by an employee of a long-term care facility called Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix, Arizona. The woman, who was dependent on a feeding tube and unable to speak, was the victim of a series of sexual assaults while under the care of the facility. The sexual abuse went unnoticed by the facility until the woman gave birth to a baby boy.
On February 20, 2019 a lawsuit was filed in a Galveston County District Court against Moody Gardens, Inc. and the City of Galveston. In the lawsuit, the Plaintiff alleges multiple causes of action against both defendants.
A 3 year-old boy recently drowned at a Quality Inn & Suites in Knoxville, TN. He is the third drowning victim at the hotel since 2015. The family of a 7 year-old boy, who drowned in 2017, is currently suing the hotel for negligence. A 4 year-old boy drowned in the same hotel pool in 2015.
A Kroger customer filed a lawsuit in the Galveston County District Court against the grocery store for injuries she suffered while shopping there. Filed on April 23, 2019, the lawsuit involves an accident that took place in May of 2017. Apart from suing Kroger, the customer also brought an action against the manager of the store where the incident occurred.
A dump truck worker sustained injuries on January 10, 2019 after a ladder malfunctioned on the dump truck he was operating. The worker filed a lawsuit on April 16, 2019 in Harris County against Strong Industries, Inc. ("Strong"), the designer and manufacturer of the dump truck.
On April 7, 2017, a four-year-old boy was seriously injured at Flight Deck Trampoline Park in Fort Worth, Texas. The young boy's family filed suit against the trampoline park for the severe and permanent injuries the boy suffered after losing control on a park trampoline. According to the lawsuit, the child will have to visit an orthopedic specialist every six months until he is 18 years old and will be strictly prohibited from ever playing sports due to the injuries he suffered.
A federal jury in Miami awarded the family of a passenger who died on an Alaskan cruise $3.38 million. The Wisconsin man, Richard Puchalski, was with his family on the cruise ship in 2016 to celebrate his 70th birthday. While on the cruise, Puchalski began to experience shortness of breath and sought medical treatment from the ship's doctor. Puchalski was treated and later sent back to his cabin where he had a heart attack and collapsed. The complaint alleges that the ship's medical staff made serious errors in Puchalski's treatment that turned a serious cardiac incident into a fatal heart attack.
A bar patron was injured on June 22, 2018 after a large light fixture fell from the ceiling while he visited a Houston bar.
The Deer Park chemical facility that caught fire last week has a long history of state and federal environmental violations. According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) has been fined for multiple infractions that could have been avoided. In 2008, ITC was fined when a relief valve failed causing 6,745 pounds of unauthorized butadiene to be released into the atmosphere due to the facility's failure to prevent an increase in pressure. The Commission said the event was "avoidable by better operational practices." Butadiene is a carcinogen to humans and is used to make plastics.
A West Virginia jury awarded nearly $17 million to a woman who was injured when Walmart employees attempted to detain a shoplifter. The plaintiff, a 53-year-old woman, says employees tried to detain a shoplifter when the shoplifter ran into her shopping cart. The impact caused the woman to fall to the ground with the cart falling on top of her.