In January of 2008, Joyce Jacobs was standing at an intersection waiting to cross the street, when an out-of-service city bus made a left-hand turn running her over and killing her. After the bus driver saw that he ran over Jacobs, he called the city’s Regional Transit instead of calling the police. John Jacobs, Joyce’s husband, filed a wrongful death claim against the city asking for $9 million.
Sacramento Regional Transit argued that Jacobs was in the middle of the street when the bus struck her, but the jury believed that she was in the lines of a crosswalk. The jury awarded pastor John Jacobs and his son $2.4 million for the death of Joyce Jacobs. The jury said that their deciding factor in the case was the fact that the bus driver didn’t call 911.
Wrongful death cases are tragic, because a family has lost a loved one and the accident could have been avoided. If you’ve lost a loved one under similar circumstances, contact a skilled JacksonWhite personal injury attorney. You can schedule a free consultation with Phoenix wrongful death lawyer, Jared Everton by calling 480-648-8928.
12 veterans of the Oregon Army National Guard filed a lawsuit against KBR, the largest non-unionized construction company in the U.S., for exposing them to a toxin called hexavalent chromium during the Restore Iraqi Oil mission in 1993. U.S. and British soldiers were hired to guard a water treatment plant that was covered with the toxic chemical.
Workers who breathe in the toxic chemical have an increased risk of developing lung cancer. One of the veterans is now confined to a wheelchair, and must breathe using an oxygen tank. The chemical can also cause damage to the eyes and skin if contact is made for a long enough period of time.
The plaintiff’s attorney said KBR should have known the soldiers were being exposed to this dangerous chemical. A jury agreed and awarded each of the 12 veterans $850,000 in compensatory damages and $6.25 million in punitive damages. After this victory, another 20 veterans are working with the legal team on another lawsuit against KBR involving the same incident.
Businesses are supposed to provide a safe work environment for its employees. In this case, KBR failed to do so; this is why a jury awarded damages to the 12 veterans. If you’ve suffered an injury because your work environment is unsafe, contact a Phoenix personal injury attorney. Call 480-648-8928 to schedule a free consultation with Mesa personal injury lawyer, Jared Everton.
In 2009, Major League Soccer player Bryan Namoff was injured after colliding with an opponent during a game. Namoff’s coach and team cleared him to continue playing in the current game, and cleared him to play in upcoming games. As he continued playing, he suffered from headaches, sleeplessness and fatigue and had to retire in 2010.
Namoff filed a personal injury lawsuit against his former team and coach for $12 million for failing to diagnose and treat him for a career-ending concussion. After the game, Namoff complained of vision problems, but no one on the team paid attention to his complaints. Namoff plans to add the team’s athletic trainer, doctor, and the doctor’s practice to the lawsuit.
After three career-ending concussions in two years, the MLS finally decided to do something about it. In 2010, the MLS formed a concussion committee and added to each team a neuropsychologist who specializes in concussions.
When a player is suspected of suffering from a concussion, he or she is to be removed from the game immediately. Arizona Revised Statute 15-341 states that a player can only return to play in a game if he or she has been cleared by a health care professional. This applies for major league sports and school sports.
If you’ve suffered an injury while playing sports because of negligent supervision, contact an experienced Phoenix personal injury attorney. Call 480-648-8928 to schedule a free consultation with Mesa sports injury lawyer, Jared Everton.
A Washington D.C. driver was in his Hyundai Elantra when he got into a car accident. Luckily, his 2012 Elantra has front, side, and curtain airbags to protect him. In this case, it wasn’t the accident that hurt the driver, it was the airbag. The curtain airbag in the driver’s Elantra deployed, but when it deployed, it pushed a piece of metal through the driver’s ear nearly cutting it off.
The driver has sought out a personal injury attorney to file a product liability claim against Hyundai. In addition to the lawsuit, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has begun an investigation into the airbag failure. The NHTSA had recently given the 2012 Elantra a five-star safety rating, but so far, the car doesn’t seem to be living up to that safety rating.
Products designed to protect us from harm also have the potential to cause harm themselves. If you’ve suffered an injury from a defective product, contact an experienced product liability attorney. You can call 480-648-8928 to schedule a free consultation with Phoenix product liability lawyer, Jared Everton.
Barbara Davids was prescribed a drug called Zometa, which is used to treat breast cancer. Instead of the drug helping her, it caused her to develop osteonecrosis, which is also known as “bone death” in her jaw bone. Davids’ attorney discovered that the company Novartis that makes the drug Zometa hid what it knew about the link between the drug and the disease.
Davids’ attorney also found an email from a Novartis marketing employee discussing the link between the drug and the disease. In addition to that email, the attorney another email mentioning how to deal with the negative news by avoiding that the paper was ever published and using a public relations strategy to get around it. A jury awarded Davids a total of $10.5 million in damages.
Defective products are constantly being created, but when a victim is injured by one of these products, they deserve compensation. If you’ve been injured by a faulty product, contact a JacksonWhite personal injury lawyer. You can call 480-648-8975 to schedule a free consultation with Phoenix product liability attorney, Jared Everton.
Charles Garrison was a student at the University of New Hampshire and decided to live in his cousin’s attic for free in exchange for remodeling it. For part of the renovation, Garrison used a compound created by a company called Union Carbide. The product Garrison purchased contained asbestos in it, but the container had no warning label whatsoever. Since there was no warning label, Garrison spent the next few months around the hazardous substance and developed terminal mesothelioma in 2008.
Garrison filed a product liability lawsuit against the company Union Carbide, because they failed to put any kind of warning label on the product. Garrison sued Carbine to obtain compensatory damages to cover the cost of his medical expenses. The lawsuit eventually went to trial, where the jury found Carbide liable for Garrison’s injuries. The jury awarded Garrison $20 million in damages.
In this case, the company Carbide knew their product contained asbestos, but they failed to put any kind of warning label on their product. Their product then directly caused Garrison’s injury, which is why the company was found liable. If you’ve suffered an injury from a product, call 480-648-8928 to schedule a free consultation with Phoenix personal liability attorney, Jared Everton.