Recently, two women filed suit against Chevron U.S.A., Inc. after being trapped in an elevator in Chevron's building located at 1400 Smith Street in Houston, Texas. The lawsuit alleges that the two women were trapped in the malfunctioning elevator for approximately 40 minutes near the 39th floor of the skyscraper before the unthinkable happened. Apparently, the elevator then accelerated upward and crashed through the top of the elevator shaft at the 50th floor.
On April 16, 2013, a twelve person jury Cook County, Illinois jury rendered a verdict in favor of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, in a lawsuit brought by Carol Strum for personal injuries. This is the second case to go to trial regarding the DePuy ASR XL metal-on-metal hip implant that was recalled back in August of 2010. The first case resulted in verdict against DePuy for over $8 million back in March of this year, while this case resulted in a verdict in favor of the hip manufacturer. Over 93,000 of the DePuy ASR XL hip implants were recalled in August of 2010 due to an extremely high failure rate. Over 10,000 lawsuits are pending in the U.S. against Johnson & Johnson and DePuy for injuries sustained as a result of this hip implant failure and the defective design of the medical implant.
James Keten and his family sued the Minneapolis police department following a 2011 raid of their home during which the police shot and killed two of their dogs. The city recently settled the lawsuit for $225,000.
According to the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, a University of Idaho student was injured after she fell from a three-tiered bunk bed at the Delta Chi house following a party two years ago. She is now suing the national fraternal organization for incurred medical costs and other damages. The allegations are that the injuries are the result of falling out of a third-story window.
According to a recent study presented at the American Heart Association's 2013 Scientific Sessions, energy drinks may increase blood pressure and change the heart's rhythm. Researchers conducted a two-part analysis in which they reviewed data from seven previous observational and interventional studies. The participants in each of the seven studies were all healthy individuals between the ages of 18 and 45.
The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week against the victim of a train-truck collision in the case of Brown v. Illinois Central Railroad Company.
Houston's KHOU 11 I-Team recently did an investigation on "pop-up" clothes hampers based on a pattern of people who continue to be seriously injured by these hampers. The I-Team found that such injuries are becoming more common because these hampers contain metal wire that is under constant spring pressure in order to maintain its ability to "pop up." A long piece of vinyl tubing typically surrounds the end of the wire spring to prevent it from breaking through the fabric, but is not always effective.
On Thursday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Bombardier Recreational Products, Inc. (BRP), a manufacturer out of Valcourt, Canada, has recalled several of their 2013 Ski-Doo snowmobile models due to a fire hazard. The recall was prompted by reports that under certain conditions, the fuel pump inlet fitting can potentially come into contact with the oil tank and break. This may lead to a fuel leak. If such leakage occurs, fuel vapor in the presence of an ignition source could result in fire and can potentially cause serious injuries to the Ski-Doo snowmobile rider as well as bystanders.
Start the New Year off right by ridding your life of the following top five most common bad habits, as recently reported by Living magazine.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, Implus Footcare has recalled their Perfect Resistance Bands due to an injury hazard. The Perfect Resistance Bands are rubber tubes connected through a hole and secured by grommets to cloth sewn into loops. The resistance bands can be used alone or in conjunction with optional handles, which are sold separately. The bands are approximately 40 inches long and are used for exercises described on the product packaging card as well as in a Workout Chart available on Implus Footcare's website. The recall was prompted by reports that the resistance bands are able to detach from the mesh cloth loops, posing an injury hazard to the user as well as those in the surrounding vicinity.