According to the Houston Chronicle, the parents of a teenage girl have filed suit against two well-known Houston churches, Second Baptist Church and Community of Faith Church. Both parents are claiming that the religious organizations were negligent by employing and failing to properly supervise a youth pastor, Chad Foster, who was previously convicted of sexually soliciting their underage daughter while working there. In 2013, Foster pleaded guilty and was also convicted of sexual assault of a completely different minor, receiving five years in prison.
On March 22, 2013, while walking through a new terminal at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, a large flight information sign weighing several hundred pounds fell and caused fatal injuries to 10-year-old Luke Bresette.
Soccer has been called "the world's religion", well maybe not in the United States. However, the FIFA World Cup match between the USA and Portugal was the most watched soccer game in the United Sates, ever. Around 25 million people watched the game here, in the United States alone. One thing these 25 million viewers may have noticed is that injuries in soccer are very common. It is true that many of the injuries are exaggerated with the intent to draw a free kick or a yellow card. In fact, soccer players, not the Miami Heat, are responsible for perfecting the art of flopping.
Remington Arms Co., the nation's oldest firearms company, announced in April that it would be conducting a nationwide recall of its Model 700 and Model Seven rifles equipped with the X-Mark Pro trigger. According to Remington, "excess bonding agent" could cause some of the rifles to accidentally discharge. This recall applies to all of the rifles that were manufactured between May 1, 2006 and April 9, 2014.
Darold Borman, 70 years old, fell from an exploding exercise ball while working out. He is suing the product's manufacturer, Easton Bell Sports, for negligence.
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.
According to the New York Times, Graco is recalling 3.8 million car seats because of faulty buckles. Federal regulators said the recall did not go far enough, and have asked for an additional 1.8 million seats to be included because they use the same buckles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told Graco in a letter that unless those additional seats were fixed it would take legal action to force a recall.
A candle that was knocked over caused a fire that consumed a wooden boarding house where dozens of poverty-stricken boys lived. In the terror of the blaze, about 50 residents rushed for the door and neighbors tried to extinguish it by throwing buckets of water on it. There were 41 survivors; eight of the nine who died were children. Official reports from Senegal, where the fire occurred, indicate that the structure had not been inspected.
This month, a jury directed manufacturer Advance Cast Stone to pay $39 million in damages after a Milwaukee parking garage panel collapsed killing a teenager and severely injuring two others. After a five-week trial, the jury found that Advance Cast Stone intentionally concealed and misrepresented that the concrete panels of the garage had been defectively or deficiently installed. The threat of this danger came to life when an entire 13-ton panel collapsed onto the group of pedestrians.
When people are hurt, they often seek medical attention. The same is true even if the injury is due to the negligence of a third party. However, people are often surprised to learn that when insurance companies follow certain steps, they are entitled to be reimbursed when a patient makes a financial recovery against a negligent third party.