August 23, 2017 – Talc Powder Lawsuit Results In Record Verdict
A California woman who filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson over their baby powder will receive $417 million in compensatory and punitive damages. The Los Angeles jury ordered the company to pay the plaintiff, who is currently hospitalized after the verdict was reached on Monday in the lawsuit which claimed that using talc powder regularly for feminine hygiene purposes causes ovarian cancer. Evidence from the suit showed decades old documents that showed J&J knew of the risks of ovarian cancer and talc. This verdict is the largest sum awarded in the several verdicts from talc powder lawsuits against the company in the United States.
July 21, 2017 – Woman Files Personal Injury Lawsuit After Train Derailment
After a train derailed in Harlem on Tuesday, June 27, a woman who was riding it and suffered injuries is planning to sue the MTA and New York City Transit Authority. The train derailed outside of the 125th Street station and at least 34 people were treated for minor injuries. The Hamilton Heights woman filed a claim on Wednesday, June 28, for $5 million which alleges that she suffered psychological and physical injuries as a result of the derailment. She alleges that she was pushed and trampled by people as she attempted to exit the train, passed out for a second and threw up from the smoke.
June 28, 2017 – 14-Year-Old Girl Injured In Fall From Amusement Park Ride
On Saturday, June 24, a 14-year-old girl fell from a gondola-style ride in a Six Flags Park in upstate New York. A video shows the girl, from Greenwood Delaware, hanging 30 feet in the air from the ride above a waiting crowd with open arms trying to catch her. It was unclear why the girl was hanging from the ride and the operator stopped ride when told there was an individual in distress. The girl dropped into the crowd and sustained injuries which she was taken Glen Falls Hospital for treatment and later flown to Albany. A man in the crowd was also treated for a back injury after he tried to catch the girl when she fell from the ride. He was released from the hospital. The ride is currently closed while an internal review is conducted.
May 31, 2017 – Settlement Distribution Nears For Largest Personal Injury Settlement In PA History
It has been about 3 months since a settlement of $227 million was reached for the victims and their families of a 2013 building collapse in Philadelphia. Seven people were killed and twelve were injured when a multiple story building at a demolition site collapsed onto a Salvation Army store at 22nd and Market Streets. This settlement is the largest personal injury settlement in PA history. On May 3rd, families were able to speak in private sessions, held by a Philadelphia arbitrator, about the effects the tragedy had on their families. A decision on the distribution of the settlement is expected to be made 30 days from the May 3rd final hearings. That decision will come on or close to the 4 year anniversary of the collapse of June 5th.
April 28, 2017 – New York City Tourist Injured By Falling Hammock
On Tuesday afternoon, April 25, a 48-year-old tourist from the UK was struck by a large hammock on a wooden stand that fell about 50 feet from a residential building. Witnesses quickly called an ambulance and the injured woman was tended to by medics. The woman had been walking with her husband when she was struck around 5 pm on the corner of Church Street and Park Place. She was rushed to NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue in serious but stable condition and is recovering from head injuries. Police said that they are treating this as an accident since they could find no evidence of criminality. There were no high wind advisories issued that day.
March 21, 2017 – Personal Injury Claims Filed Due To Contaminated Drinking Water
Hundreds of current and former residents of Montgomery and Bucks counties in Pennsylvania have filed personal injury suits which have been added to a mass tort against six firefighting foam manufacturers. Firms in both Pennsylvania and New York are handling the large number of cases which allege that local drinking water has been contaminated with PFOS and PFOA, unregulated chemicals which are ingredients in the foams. Plaintiffs are seeking monetary compensation for injuries suffered allegedly caused by drinking the contaminated water. There are also several class action suits filed which make similar allegations.
February 24, 2017 – Lawsuit Filed Against Company Taking Advantage Of 9/11 Heroes
A lawsuit has been filed against a NJ-based company, RD Legal Funding, who allegedly targeted first responders of the 9/11 terror attacks to scam them out of settlement money. The company would allegedly offer advanced payments on the compensation being given to the first responders, who often suffered from cancer, respiratory ailments, and other illnesses as a result of working at Ground Zero. Yet, rather than helping these heroes, the lawsuit states the contracts were confusing and required repayments larger than the amount received, in some cases rates of repayment equaled up to 250 percent which is in violation of New York law.
January 19, 2017 – Personal Injury Lawsuits May Be Filed After LIRR Train Crash
103 passengers were injured on Thursday, January 4th when a Long Island Rail Road commuter train crashed at the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn New York. The train was going higher than 10 mph when it hit the buffer while the speed limit for trains nearing the platforms is 5 mph. The engineer has stated that he remembers nothing of the crash and the National Transportation Safety Board is awaiting drug and alcohol test results. Several passengers have indicated they will be taking legal action, and one investigator spoke of plans to file a $5 million lawsuit against the commuter line.
December 22, 2016 – Brooklyn Hit And Run Results In Death Of Radio DJ
Police have released video surveillance footage of a deadly hit and run accident which occurred Monday, December 19 just after 4 am at the intersection of Sheffield and Jamaica avenues in Brooklyn. The victim, who was identified as a New York radio station DJ, sustained severe body trauma and was pronounced dead at Brookdale Hospital. The car pictured in the video and involved in the accident is being described as a black Nissan Maxima by police. An investigation is ongoing and police urge anyone with information to contact authorities.
November 16, 2016 – 3rd Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit Lost By Johnson & Johnson
A St. Louis jury recently awarded damages to a California woman who claimed use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder for an extended length of time for feminine hygiene purposes caused her ovarian cancer. The woman was awarded over $70 million which is now the third loss for J&J regarding their talc products. The company is currently facing about 1,700 lawsuits which allege they failed to warn consumers of the risks involved with using their products despite their knowledge of the health risks the products posed. The defeats in court have been costly for the company, with verdicts amounting in the millions for each case, and the company spokesperson has indicated that J&J plans to appeal the verdicts standing by their denial that any link exists between talc use and ovarian cancer.
October 14, 2016 – Personal Injury Lawsuits To Be Filed After New Jersey Train Crash
Last month’s devastating NJ Transit train crash resulted in one fatality and the injury of 100 others. The train sped up for unknown reasons on September 29th before it collided into the station causing massive damage. Investigators are looking into what caused the accident but meanwhile local attorneys have indicated that they have already been contacted by several victims to file personal injury lawsuits seeking compensation for their injuries.
September 9, 2016 – Kayakers Injured In Collision With Ferry On The Hudson
According to New York authorities, 11 kayakers were injured on Tuesday, August 30 when a ferry on the Hudson River hit them. The accident occurred near Pier 79 just before 6 pm. The most serious injury was sustained by an employee of the Manhattan Kayak Company whose arm was partially severed. He is listed at the hospital in stable condition. The other injured people sustained only minor injuries. A spokesperson for the ferry’s operator, NY Waterway, stated that it is cooperating with the Coast Guard and New York Police Department on the investigation.
August 16, 2016 – Tour Bus Accident Injures 13 People
A double-decker tour bus crashed into a tree recently after it ran off the road and over the sidewalk on the edge of Central Park on the Upper East side. Thirteen people were injured including a 70-year-old man and a 71-year-old woman who both sustained head injuries. The injured passengers were all transported to local hospitals and are all expected to survive. The GO New York bus driver stated that he was trying to avoid a taxi that had cut him off. The bus company stated that they were “saddened” by the injuries and that “safety has always been and continues to be our top priority.”
March 23, 2016- Godfrey Quiktrip Sued For Slip And Fall Accident
A man from Madison County alleges that he suffered injuries after he slipped and fell on a puddle of oil at a Godfrey Quiktrip. The man filed his lawsuit on March 11th in Madison County Circuit against Quiktrip Corporation, stating negligence. He alleges that he slipped on an oil spot that led to severe injuries and pain as well as lost wages and medical bills among other things.
February 4, 2016- Johnson & Johnson First Settlement For Vaginal Mesh Injury
Johnson & Johnson has recently started to settle numerous personal injury and product liability lawsuits that were filed by women who allege that the company’s vaginal-mesh inserts caused them serious injuries. Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay over $120 million to settle an initial round of approximately 3,000 lawsuits. The filed lawsuits state that the women suffered severe organ damage due to erosion of the company’s popular line of vaginal mesh surgical inserts.
January 21, 2016- Woman Suing Ingalls Memorial For Medical Malpractice
A Chicago Cook County woman is suing Ingalls Memorial Hospital and an anesthetist because of injuries she allegedly suffered during childbirth. The complainant alleges that the injection of anesthesia into her spinal cord during an epidural analgesia, led to her suffering severe permanent injuries. Her injuries included a subdural hematoma and a collection of blood in the skull outside the brain that led to neurological damage.
December 24, 2015- MTA Bus Hits And Kills Pedestrian In Brooklyn, New York
A 62-year-old woman was hit and killed by a MTA bus in Brooklyn as she was crossing the street. The bus was attempting to make a left turn when it slammed into the woman who was crossing at the same time on a crosswalk. She was rushed to Coney Island Hospital in traumatic arrest. The driver stayed on the scene and was not charged as the police investigate the case. For more details check out our weekly accident report.
December 8, 2015- New York Teen Killed In A Hit-And-Run Accident
A 17-year-old teenager was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Queens. According to police reports, a black Toyota Camry hit the teenager while he was trying to cross the street. Unfortunately, in this case the driver of the Camry did not stay on the scene. For more information about this hit-and-run accident story visit our weekly New York accident round up. In the case that the driver is eventually found, the charges against him are likely going to be high considering he fled the scene and the victim died.
December 4, 2015 – Pedestrian Accident Reported In Springfield Boulevard, New York
Two pedestrians walking on the sidewalk in Springfield Boulevard were struck by a motor vehicle and suffered serious broken leg injuries. The car continued over the sidewalk to crash into a fast food restaurant. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene on foot. For more details on the story, check out our weekly New York accident round up. If the driver of the car did not have insurance or cannot be found, the victims of this accident will likely be able to recover under their own motor insurance policies. We can only speculate as to what caused this accident, however given the driver fled the scene, it is likely that the driver was distracted, which caused him/her to veer off the road and hit these unfortunate pedestrians.