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.
This week, Penn State officials announced that the university will be paying $59.7 million to the 26 sexual abuse victims of former assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky. This settlement is "another step in the healing process" for the young men who were abused by Sandusky, as well as the university itself says Penn State president, Rodney Erickson. However, despite the school's costly recovery, many of its former faculty members still face criminal charges for covering up the scandal for nearly a decade before it went to the press.
Students at Claughton Middle School in Spring Independent School District are likely enjoying an unexpected day off as their parents figure out what to do with them. Their school is closed today due to fire that occurred shortly after midnight last night. Evidently, an electrical fire at a food warming station was the root cause. At that hour of the night, no one was in the school, so no students or school employees were injured. Also, news accounts reported no injuries to fire fighters.
Many people believe that it is impossible to sue the government due to past traditional beliefs that the "King can do no wrong." This is untrue and not only has the Federal Government provided a way to bring a suit against the Federal Government, but the State of Texas has adopted a set of laws called the Texas Tort Claims Act which provides an possibility to seek a claim against the Government of Texas.
In a new move, the Texas Supreme court ruled that in personal injury and wrongful death suits defendants can no longer use the unlawful acts doctrine as a complete bar against plaintiff's recovery. The Texas Supreme Court found that the common law unlawful acts doctrine conflicts with the statutory proportionate - responsibility scheme.
Last Wednesday night, on August 28, an explosion set a 2003 Ford Taurus on fire in Lake Worth, Texas, with five people inside. The occupants, four men and a woman, were on fire when they jumped out of the vehicle, and were treated at the Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.
Last year, approximately 15,000 Americans were sent to the emergency room for injuries sustained in golf cart accidents. Unfortunately, this number is steadily increasing as golf carts today are used in a variety of settings, both on and off the golf course. In a study led by the Center for Injury Research and Policy, the number of golf cart-related injuries rose by a staggering 132% from 1990 to 2006.