Hunting season is in full swing and hunters have the right to expect the equipment and tools they depend on in the field will function safely. This includes not only firearms, but also bows, tree stands, traps, and blinds. If you use any of these devices that prove faulty, the potential to sustain an injury exists, and you may also have a legitimate defective product claim for compensation.
Over the last 18 months, ProPublica and NPR, and USA TODAY, launched in-depth investigations into the causes behind America’s high maternal mortality rates. What they uncovered shocked the country: that the U.S. is the only developed nation whose maternal death rates are on the rise, and that the primary causes of these deaths were complications arising from preeclampsia and post-partum hemorrhage. (You can read our summary and analysis here.)
Preeclampsia is a serious pregnancy complication that can lead to high blood pressure and organ damage. If left untreated, it can be fatal for the mother or the baby.
I heard a joke a few years ago. It went like this:
It takes a lot for a Medical Review Board to revoke a doctor’s license. That is why, when it does happen, you can be sure that the doctor who lost his or her license must have either done something truly egregious, or have had a number of complaints lodged against him/her.
Crandall & Pera Law is proud to announce that firm co-founders Steve Crandall and Marc Pera have both been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Supers Lawyers list for their work in Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice. Both partners were named to the Top 100 attorneys list for Ohio Super Lawyers.
Due to modern safety regulations, train derailment is not a frequent occurrence in the 21st century – but this year seems to be the exception:
- On February 11, a freight train derailed in Hughson, spilling debris all over the highway.
- On August 2, an Amtrak train derailed on the outskirts of Union Station in D.C. There were 190+ passengers on board.
- On May 24, a freight train carrying poultry in Aurora, Illinois derailed, tipping over onto the tracks.
- On November 2, a “minor derailment of Amtrak rail maintenance equipment” in the Hudson River Tunnels in New York led to delays, but thankfully not to any injuries.
Although these derailments concluded with no injuries or deaths to passengers or employees (though we cannot vouch for any chickens), that is not always the case. The last few years have seen multiple derailments, leading to multiple deaths and catastrophic injuries.
Reasons for derailments
These incidents are usually caused by specific failures, including failure of running gear, track component failure, unusual rail and track interaction, collisions, and signal errors. When train vehicles run off the rails, they do not necessarily leave the track. Any derailment has the potential to cause serious injury and property damage.