Indiana Jury Awards $27 Million to Explosion Victims

An Indiana jury found South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corp. liable for a May 2004 propane explosion that killed a man and injured his wife and three other family members.  Last year a jury found RushShelby Energy Rural Electric Cooperative, SCI Propane LLC and South Central 65 percent liable for the accident. 

The $27 million award will be reduced to $17.5 million based on the percent of liability.  The owner of the farm, the couple’s grandfather who is since deceased, was found 35 percent liable.  The family was watching the horse farm in Martinsville, Indiana, where the explosion occurred, while their grandparents vacationed. 

The 32-year-old man died five days after the accident.  His wife, their 2-year-old son and the son’s 2-year-old cousin, as well as the woman’s uncle were all seriously injured.  

According to the IndyStar.com, in Indiana, plaintiffs can seek compensation to cover attorney’s fees. The family is currently pursuing this.  The utility company may appeal, but no decision has been announced. 

If you have been the victim of a Pennsylvania burn injury, and the injury resulted from the careless or negligent actions of another, you may be eligible for compensation. At Munley, Munley & Cartwright, our goal is to provide exceptional legal services to our clients. We strive to achieve the highest standard of excellence for the protection of individual rights through team work and the use of our considerable resources and experience. Whether we’re gathering evidence, giving advice, or talking with insurance companies, we are always your representative. 

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Florida Family Files Suit Against Hospital for Fatal Medication Error

The family of a Miami man who died when he was given the wrong medication has filed suit against the North Shore Medical Center.  Instead of being given Pepcid, an over-the-counter antacid, a nurse injected Pancuronium, a muscle relaxant used in hospitals during respiratory intubation, into the man’s IV tube. 

The 79-year-old man was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit where he complained of shortness of breath and an upset stomach.  Although Pepcid was ordered by the attending physician, the nurse grabbed the wrong package, injected the medication, and then left the man alone for nearly 30 minutes.  When the man was found, he was unresponsive. 

According to Local10.com, a state investigation found that “the nurse on duty failed to read the label, failed to scan the medication and failed to scan the patient’s ID bracelet.”  Further, the nurse failed to follow proper safeguards to prevent a medication error. 

The nurse, who received a reprimand and still works at North Shore, had to pay a fine and attend remediation courses. 

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a form of medical negligence, such as a medication error, you may have a medical malpractice claim.  Our attorneys at Munley, Munley & Cartwright are experienced and successful medical malpractice litigators and we fight to protect the rights of patients.  Contact us at 1-800-318-LAW1 or fill out our free Claim Evaluation Form.

Car Accident Round-Up – Car Plunges into Lake Killing Three

Three Men Drown in Florida When Car Plunges into Lake
Local10.com reports three men drowned after their car ran off the road and plunged into a Pompano Beach, FL lake.  The early Saturday morning car accident occurred when the car was traveling south on Andrews Avenue off Sample Road.  Apparently, the car ran off the road, hit a guard rail then veered into the lake.  Rescue divers pulled the men from the water, and they were then rushed to the hospital where all three were pronounced dead.  Police are continuing to investigate, and autopsies will be performed on all the men. 

Fatal Dayton, Ohio Accident Kills Two  
Two young adults lost their lives in a violent crash early Saturday morning when a car smashed into their Ford Neon while they were stopped at a light in Dayton, Ohio.  According to the Dayton Daily News, the driver of a rental car was traveling over 100 mph southbound on Wayne Avenue when he struck the Neon causing it to go airborne where it landed on top of a brick wall. The 20-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene.  Her 18-year-old passenger died at the hospital. The other driver suffered minor injuries.  He has been charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of aggravated vehicular assault.  Police believe the man was drinking alcohol, but did not release whether he was drunk at the time of the accident. 

KY Teenager Dies When Horse-Drawn Buggy is Struck by SUV
The Associated Press reports an accident last Friday in Cub Run, KY resulted in the death of an Amish teenager driving a horse-drawn buggy.  The buggy had apparently stopped to pick up a passenger when an SUV struck the buggy from behind. The 18-year-old was thrown from the buggy and was pronounced dead while being airlifted to the local hospital.  Police indicated that the buggy was not displaying a reflective, slow-moving vehicle sign on the back, as required by law.  No charges have been filed, but the crash remains under investigation. 

Fatal Crash Leaves Infant Critical, Two Dead
WRAL.com reports a 22-month-old girl is in a coma and her two parents are dead after a Thursday evening crash last week on I-40 near Clayton, North Carolina.  The couple, with their baby, were returning home from work around 10 p.m. when their Mitsubishi Eclipse crossed the median from the eastbound to the westbound lanes hitting two vehicles traveling westbound.  The couple in the Eclipse was pronounced dead at the scene.  Rescue workers took 20 minutes to pull the girl from her car-seat when she was then airlifted to the hospital. Two of the occupants of the other cars suffered minor injuries, and a third remained in the hospital with unknown injuries. 

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If you have been injured or a loved one killed in a vehicle accident that was caused by another person’s carelessness or recklessness, you may be able to recover damages that include medical costs, property loss, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  Please call Munley, Munley & Cartwright’s lawyers at 1-800-318-LAW1 for a free assessment of your case or use our Free Online Accident Case Evaluation.

 

Asbestos Exposure Lawsuit Leads to $10 Million Settlement from U.S. Engineering Company

The family of a Missouri woman who died from mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, has been awarded $10 million in a settlement with U.S. Engineering Company for mishandling asbestos in the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City, Missouri. 

The lawsuit claimed U.S. Engineering did not follow the proper rules and procedures when handling asbestos, and that now, significant amounts of asbestos still remain in the courthouse.   The lawyers for the plaintiff claimed there has been “significant accumulations of asbestos dust in and around the heating and air conditioning systems at the Courthouse for a number of years.” 

The woman worked for 27 years in the Jackson County Courthouse. 

In addition, a class action lawsuit has been filed for anyone that worked in the courthouse on a daily basis who may have been exposed to asbestos dust from 1983 to the present. 

Toxic products and substances can cause injury and harm to individuals in many ways. Companies and manufacturers have a responsibility to supply and use products in a safe manner compliant with their intended use.  If you or someone you care about is suffering from mesothelioma or another sickness due to exposure to a toxic product, call the experienced attorneys at Munley, Munley & Cartwright for a free consultation regarding your legal concerns.  We can be reached at 877-763-2344 or by using our online contact form.

NY Woman Awarded over $40 Million in Personal Injury Case Against Cybex International

A woman who previously worked as a physical therapist was allowed to keep nearly $45 million of the original $66 million awarded her in a case against Cybex International.  The woman was using a piece of fitness equipment at work that was not properly bolted down when it fell on top of her leaving her a quadriplegic.

According to Buffalo News.com, although a NY state appellate court reduced the award, the “appeals judges backed all of the rulings made in the case by State Supreme Court Justice.”   The article reports that the final award amount is believed to be the largest personal injury verdict in Western New York history.

Cybex appealed the initial award saying the company “was not negligent and is in no way responsible for the accident that is the basis of the suit.” However, the jury found Cybex 75 percent responsible, Amherst Orthopedic Physical Therapy, where the woman worked, 20 percent responsible, and the woman 5 percent responsible for the accident.

The woman has since moved to Atlanta where she undergoes physical therapy and treatment on a daily basis.

If you have been injured in a personal injury accident resulting in quadriplegia or paraplegia, contact a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney at Munley, Munley & Cartwright.   The experienced personal injury attorneys of Munley, Munley, & Cartwright can assist you in obtaining compensation for your injury. Contact us today at 877-763-2344 or fill out our online form for a free case evaluation.

Minnesota Hospital to Pay $225K in Wrongful Death / Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

A St. Paul, Minnesota family will receive $225,000 from St. Joseph’s Hospital in a wrongful death lawsuit after their 61-year-old father/grandfather died after he rolled off an operating table.  The March 8, 2010, incident occurred as the man was undergoing surgery after suffering a stroke. 

The lawsuit alleged that the hospital did not have proper facilities and equipment, such as wide tables and appropriately-sized restraints, to accommodate the 330-pound man.  The man rolled off the table onto his head where part of his skull had been removed in a previous surgery.  He was treated for significant bleeding before falling into a coma.  

The man never regained consciousness and died nearly a month later. 

The hospital issued condolences to the family, however, they claim an ensuing stroke, and not the fall, ultimately caused the man’s death. 

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a form of medical negligence you may have a medical malpractice claim.  Our attorneys at Munley, Munley & Cartwright are experienced and successful medical malpractice litigators and we fight to protect the rights of patients.  Contact us at 1-800-318-LAW1 or fill out our free Claim Evaluation Form.

 

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Car Accident Round-Up – Teenagers Die in Early Morning FL Accident

Two Teens Dead, One Critical After Miami Accident
The Miami-Herald reports a 2:30 a.m. Saturday accident in Miami, FL left two teenagers dead and another critically injured when the car in which they were traveling struck a light post on the highway causing the vehicle to split in half.  The accident, on the Dolphin Expressway near Northwest 17th Avenue, occurred when the car swerved and crossed the inside lane and shoulder, spun and struck the concrete wall and a light post.  The two pieces of the car blocked both the westbound and eastbound lanes of the highway.  The 17-year-old driver and an 18-year-old passenger were pronounced dead at the scene. The second passenger, 18-years-old, was found seat belted into the rear section of the car.  She was taken to Ryder Trauma Center. 

Fatal Raleigh, NC Accident Closes I-40 for Hours
A Friday afternoon multi-vehicle accident on I-40 in Raleigh, NC resulted in the death of one driver, injuries to three other vehicle occupants and a traffic tie-up that lasted for hours.  Four vehicles were involved in the accident that began when two of the vehicles slowed and swerved to avoid debris in the westbound lanes.  One of the vehicles then struck a Honda Accord that in turn crashed into a pickup truck.  The pickup ran off the road striking the guardrail and a tree.  The 19-year-old pickup truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene. 

DE Man Charged with DUI in Crash
An injury accident occurred in Stanton, DE on Monday night when the driver of a Hyundai Accent traveling south on Limestone Road failed to stop for traffic stopped at a red light.  The car crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer where the car became wedged, trapping the driver.  The driver was admitted to Christiana Hospital in serious condition.  No one else was injured in the accident. The 29-year-old driver has been charged with drunken driving, failure to use a seat belt, careless driving, failing to maintain a lane of travel and making an unsafe lane change. 

Alcohol and Speed Responsible for NC Driver’s Death
WRAL reports that alcohol and speed are responsible for an accident Wednesday night in Sanford, NC that left one man dead and one man injured.  A 25-year-old man traveling nearly 90 mph in a Honda Accord lost control of his vehicle on a curve on Franklin Road, crossed the center line, and crashed into an oncoming Suburban.  The Accord was split upon impact ejecting the driver, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Suburban was treated at the local hospital.  

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Florida Supreme Court Upholds $10.3 Million Medical Malpractice Award

The widow of a man who suffered a heart attack and died when his Palms West Hospital doctor failed to give him the anti-clotting drug Retavase will receive the $10.3 million previously awarded, according to a ruling by the Florida Supreme Court this week.  The award amount was being disputed due to the $1 million medical malpractice cap put in place in Florida months after the man’s death. 

The court referred to a decision rendered in July when it determined the award cap could not be applied retroactively.  The man died in 2003, however, the lawsuit was not filed until 2005.  The defense argued the time of lawsuit should be used and thus, the cap limits should apply. 

The award amount had also been upheld by the Fourth District Court of Appeal in 2009 saying, “It is therefore well settled that retrospective laws are generally unjust.” 

The doctor found liable in the case has a $1 million limit on his insurance policy.  In order to get the full amount further litigation against the insurance company will be needed. 

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a form of medical negligence you may have a medical malpractice claim.  Our attorneys at Munley, Munley & Cartwright are experienced and successful medical malpractice litigators and we fight to protect the rights of patients.  Contact us at 1-800-318-LAW1 or fill out our free Claim Evaluation Form. 

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Missouri Family Awarded $7 Million in Fatal Tractor-Trailer Accident

The family of a tractor-trailer driver who died in a 2008 Arkansas truck accident has been awarded $7 million by a federal jury.  The fatal crash between two tractor-trailers occurred when a truck owned by Dunaway Timber Co. crossed the center line hitting the other truck head-on.

The lawsuit alleged that Dunaway’s driver was fatigued after driving longer than the U.S. Department of Transportation rules allowed.  The driver also was inexperienced and had a “horrible driving record,” according to the lawsuit. Both the driver and Dunaway Timber were found liable.

Maverick Transportation, which employed the deceased driver, sued Dunaway because of damage to their truck. They were awarded $93,000.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a drowsy truck driver, you deserve experienced legal representation from a firm that understands the challenges you face because of your injuries – a firm that is committed to obtaining the compensation you deserve. At Munley, Munley & Cartwright, our goal is to provide exceptional legal services to our clients. For a free consultation regarding your legal concerns, contact us today online or call us toll free at 877-763-1238.

 

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Ford Motor Company Found Negligent in $73 Million Lawsuit

The Sacramento Bee reports a Sacramento Superior Court jury found Ford Motor Company negligent in informing dealers and owners of defective tires on their E-350 Econoline van, and they must pay $73 million for a crash that killed two people and injured two. 

The accident happened over seven years ago in Kern County, CA after the tread on the rear right tire separated causing the van to skid off I-5 flipping at least four times.  Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, who settled out of court, had contacted Ford alerting them of the tire defect.  Ford did not distribute that information to their dealers or customers. 

The auto company must pay $50 million in punitive damages to the families in the suit.  The remaining amount in damages was distributed to the family of a man who died in the accident, and the two others injured.  The family of the second man who died in the accident previously settled their lawsuit. 

Whether you are using products from a household appliance to large equipment to everything in between, you should be able to trust that the product is safe and that you have been given proper warning of any risks the product poses.  At Munley, Munley & Cartwright, our product liability attorneys have successfully represented those who have suffered damages caused by defective products.  If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective product, call us today at 1-800-318-5291 or use our online form.