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Recent Posts in Wrongful Death Category

  • Is Robotic Surgery Safe?

    Yes and no. Robotically-assisted surgery is FDA-approved for certain procedures, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautions doctors and patients alike against using surgical robots for others. Hospitals often oversell the benefits of robotic surgery and downplay the drawbacks. Aggressive marketing can make an institution seem high-tech and entice patients into robotic surgery, but most ...
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  • 15-Passenger Van Lawsuit Filed Against Chrysler and R J Tire Company Over Womans Wrongful Death

    The family of Jennifer Leanne Walton is suing Chrysler and R & J Tire Company for her wrongful death. Walton, 20, died on October 3, 2010 in a 15-passenger van rollover accident in Georgia. A the time, the Tabernacle of Prayer and Deliverance church van was transporting 19 people to a revival. Police say that a tire blowout caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, which struck a median ...
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  • Air Bag/Seat Belt Defects Lawsuit Seeks Wrongful Death Damages for Widower from Ford

    A man whose wife died after she was ejected from her vehicle during a May 3, 2011 multi-vehicle crash is suing Ford Motor Co. for her West Virginia wrongful death. Philip Stewart says that his wife Mary was thrown from the car because of alleged airbag and seat belt defects. She died from her injuries. According to the auto products liability lawsuit, Mary, the mom of two teenagers and a school ...
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  • Da Vinci Surgical Robot Lawsuit Filed in Washington Can Proceed

    Despite efforts by Intuitive Surgical’s legal team to stop a Washington products liability case that is seeking damages for injuries allegedly caused by the Da Vinci surgical robot, a judge has decided that the wrongful death case can proceed. Per the Da Vinci Surgical Robot lawsuit, the victim underwent surgery prostate removal surgery with a Vinci surgical robot in 2008. The operating physician, ...
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  • Carbon Monoxide Lawsuit Blames Water Heater for Marine's Wrongful Death

    The family of an 18-year-old marine is suing a water heater manufacturer, a plumbing company. and the owners of an Idaho apartment building for his wrongful death. McQuen Forbush died from carbon monoxide poisoning last year from a leak they believe was caused by the allegedly faulty product. His girlfriend also experienced CO poisoning. Paramedics who responded to her 911 call found that Forbush ...
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  • General Motors Sued in Texas Rollover Lawsuit Over 15-Year-Olds Wrongful Death

    The parents of 15-year-old Skylar Carpenter are suing General Motors for her wrongful death. In theirTexas SUV rollover lawsuit, the family contends that their daughter died because the 2007 Chevrolet Suburban she had been riding in had multiple defects and was never properly tested. Becky and David Carpenter also believe that the automaker had been well aware that the sport utility vehicle would ...
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  • Michigan Products Liability Lawsuit Seeks Wrongful Death Damages Against Nap Nanny Maker

    The parents of a 4-month-old girl who died after she became entrapped in her portable baby recliner is seeking $75K in Michigan products liability damages from manufacturer Baby Matters LLC. The baby, Juliette Thiel, died on July 9, 2010 from asphyxiation. The infant was found hanging from the Nap Nanny’s side while her face had gotten caught between the recliner and the crib bumper. In their ...
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  • Texas Auto Products Liability Lawsuit Seek Damages from Chrysler Over Wrongful Death and Personal Injury Involving Durango Crashing into Townhome

    Wendell Keetch and the family and estate of Bettie Nelson and are suing Chrysler Group, LLC for Texas auto products liability and wrongful death. Nelson, 80, died last February when a 2006 Dodge Durango crashed into the home of Keetch, who sustained life-threatening injuries. According to police, the SUV, which was driven by Fidel Flores, ran a stop sign and rammed through a brick wall before ...
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  • Kia Ordered to Pay $40M Alabama Seat Belt Defect Verdict Over False Latching in Teenagers 2004 Wrongful Death

    Seven years after 16-year-old Tiffany Stabler was killed in a deadly car crash, a jury has awarded a $40 million Alabama auto products liability verdict to her family over her wrongful death. Stabler died on July 4, 2004 after she was ejected from the used 1999 Kia Sephia that her dad had given her just two months before on her birthday. The plaintiff’s claim that because the seat belt was ...
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  • Wrongful Death Trial Over Utah Toyota Sudden Acceleration Lawsuit is Scheduled for 2013

    A federal judge has scheduled the civil trial for Toyota sudden acceleration lawsuit of Van Alfen v. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. for February 19, 2013. The Utah wrongful death case is the first of hundreds of auto products liability lawsuits claiming that acceleration problems with a Toyota vehicle resulted in personal injuries or wrongful deaths. In this case, Paul Van Alfen, 66, and ...
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  • Parents File Massachusetts $7M SUV Rollover Lawsuit Against Mitsubishi Motors Over Teenagers 2009 Wrongful Death

    The parents of Jason Alan Foster have filed a Massachusetts SUV rollover lawsuit Mitsubishi Motors North America seeking damages for his wrongful death. Foster, 17, died from injuries he sustained in a 2009 SUV rollover crash. He was a passenger in the sport utility vehicle when the driver, a teen motorist, lost control of the vehicle and rolled over on a curve Michelle and Charles Foster say that ...
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  • Womans Wrongful Death Blamed on Faulty Seatbelt System

    The family of Sandra Dozier is suing TRW Vehicle Safety Systems Inc. over her Texas wrongful death. They claim that the defendant designed and made a very dangerous restraint system. Dozier was driving a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix on March 13, 2007 when she lost control of the vehicle and it rolled over. She suffered fatal injuries despite wearing a seat belt. Per the seat belt defect lawsuit, the ...
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  • Toyota Sudden Acceleration Lawsuit Filed in Missouri Wrongful Death at Carwash

    The family of Rosland Watson is suing Toyota, the Grandview Auto Wash, and the driver of the vehicle that struck her for Missouri wrongful death. Watson, 40, suffered fatal injuries on November 5, 2009 when a 2002 Toyota Land Cruiser that was leaving a car wash bay hit her. At the time, she was seated on a bench in the waiting area, while her own car was being cleaned. Watson sustained head ...
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  • Toddlers Parents File Massachusetts Crib Defect Lawsuit Seeking Wrongful Death Damages

    The parents of 1-year-old Landon James Zimmerman are suing Simplicity, SFCA Inc., and Hayneedle Inc. for wrongful death. Zimmerman allegedly died in a Massachusetts crib entrapment accident that caused him to suffocate. At the time, the toddler was using a Simplicity Ellis Deluxe 4-in-1 Convertible Sleep System crib. Zimmerman’s death in 2008 prompted the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ...
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  • Toyota Auto Products Liability Lawsuit Claims Keyless Lexus Caused Carbon Monoxide Death and Brain Injury

    The family of Ernest Codelia Jr. is suing Toyota for his wrongful death. In their New York auto products liability complaint, they blame Lexus sedan’s keyless ignition for his carbon monoxide death. The 79-year-old attorney’s companion, Mary Rivera, sustained brain damage from the CO poisoning. On February 27, 2009, Rivera parked the vehicle in the garage attached to the home that she shared with ...
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  • CPSC Warns About Infant Sleep Positioners and Baby Monitor Cords Following Several Deaths

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning parents and guardians to exercise caution when using a corded baby audio and video camera monitor. There have been reports of six baby strangulation deaths involving a baby monitor cord since 2004. It was just this March that a 10-month-old girl died in a Washington DC child injury accident after she became entangled in her camera monitor’s cord. ...
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  • Toyota Settles California Auto Products Liability Lawsuit Over Wrongful Deaths of Family Killed in Sudden Acceleration Lexus Crash

    Toyota Motor Corp. and the relatives of the Saylor family and Chris Lastrella have reached an out-of-court San Diego auto products liability settlement over the victims’ California wrongful deaths. Mark Saylor, his wife Cleofe, their daughter Mahala, and Cleofe’s brother Chris Lastrella were killed last August when the 2009 Lexus E350 that they were riding accelerated out of control to up 120 ...
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  • Hyundai Ordered to Pay $1.8 Million Auto Products Liability Verdict for Teenagers Wrongful Death Caused by Poorly Designed Car Seat

    A jury has awarded the family of Sarah Goodner a $1.8 million auto products liability verdict for her wrongful death. The 19-year-old sustained fatal injuries during a rollover car accident involving a Hyundai Tucson in July 2007. Sarah and her sister Rebekah, then 16, were taking turns driving from San Angelo to Dallas Texas when the tragic car crash happened. At some point, Rebekah fell asleep ...
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  • More than 50 Million Roman-Style and Roll-Up Blinds Recalled Following Strangulation Injuries and Deaths

    To prevent infant and toddler strangulation injuries and death, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling all Roman and roll-up blinds. More than 50 million blinds (27 million roll-up blinds and 25 million Roman shades) are affected by the recall, which is one of the largest in the agency’s history. The Window Covering Safety Council is joining the CPSC’s efforts to get repair kits to ...
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  • Ford Recall of 4.5 Million Autos Over Faulty Cruise Control Deactivation Switch Increases Number of Vehicles Affected to Over 14 Million

    Over the last 10 years, Ford Motor Co. has issued several recalls over a cruise-control deactivation switch that is considered a potential fire hazard. There is concern that if hydraulic fluid leaks from the switch, the car might overheat even when the ignition is off, which may start a fire. Already, several auto products liability lawsuits have been filed over the defect. Ford, however, is quick ...
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  • Following Toyotas 3.8 Million Auto Recall Over Dangerous Floor Mats, Automakers President Issues Apology

    Last week, Toyota announced what to date is its largest auto recall ever. 3.8 million Lexus and Toyota cars are to be called back over concerns that the all-weather floor mat might cause the accelerator pedal to jam. The recall comes one month after a California highway patrol officer and his family died in a tragic car crash after he was unable to stop his 2009 Lexus ES 350. Witnesses say the ...
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  • Mothers Florida Products Liability Lawsuit Against Simplicity Claims Crib Defect Caused Daughters Wrongful Death

    Two years after the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Connie Bergey is suing now defunct crib maker Simplicity for wrongful death. Her Florida furniture products liability lawsuit contends that a defect in the Simplicity ‘Crib n Changer Combo, a drop side crib her daughter Serenity was using, is what caused her death. Serenity’s head got caught in the crib’s frame. Two days after she died, a ...
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  • Auto Products Liability Lawsuit Blames Toyota for Toddlers Death

    A California family is suing Toyota for wrongful death. The Benson family contends that the car manufacturer failed to properly notify them that the steering relay rod in their motor vehicle was defective and, as a result, their 18-month-old toddler died in an auto crash. The deadly California car accident occurred on Christmas Eve in 1997 when the steering relay rod, which connects the two ...
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  • Anatomy of a Fire investigation: Georgetown Library Fire (April 30, 2007)

    Two years ago, a fire at the Georgetown Library in Washington, D.C. destroyed historical documents and expensive artwork. The fire occurred while the building was being renovated. Library employees arriving at work the morning of the fire remember seeing fire in the middle of the roof and assumed that’s where the fire began. Later, the fire pattern led investigators to conclude that the “origin” ...
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  • New US Department of Transportation Consumer Program for Child Safety Seats Will Help Parents Choose the Products that Best Fits Their Cars

    The US Department of Transportation says that it is designing a consumer program to help parents and others select the child car seats that are the best fit for their motor vehicles. The new program will involve auto manufacturers recommending which child car safety seats should go with each vehicle. This initiative will go into effect at the start of the 2011 model year. Transportation Secretary ...
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