Traffic Deaths Highest In Nearly A Decade
Getting behind the wheel comes with all sorts of risks, some of which drivers are in control of and some that are out of their control. Unfortunately, the risk of an accident while driving has gotten greater in the past several years, reaching its highest point in nearly a decade.
How Common Is Drunk Driving?
While many people drive responsibly, the reality is millions of Americans drink and drive. Drinking and driving is dangerous for everyone, not just the driver. Other motorists, their passengers, and nearby pedestrians are all at risk when drunk drivers get behind the wheel.
What To Know About Taking Prescription Medication During Pregnancy
Despite incredible advances in medicine, one segment of the population has not been intensely studied: pregnant women. While much is known about how to care for a pregnant woman, very little is known about how medications affect unborn children. Despite a wide knowledge gap, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 70% of pregnant women take at least one prescription medication during pregnancy.
California Baby Powder Lawsuits Pushing Ahead Amid Fifth Trial
As the fifth baby powder lawsuit makes it to trial this week in a St. Louis courtroom, baby powder lawsuits in California are also looking for a resolution. The current St. Louis trial is the fourth trial in the same court that awarded multimillion-dollar verdicts to the plaintiffs in the previous baby powder cancer trials.
Lawsuit Demands Apple To Stop Texting While Driving On iPhone
In 2008, Apple applied for a patent on newly developed technology that detects if iPhone users were driving and lock them out of their phones to prevent cell phone use while driving. Despite receiving approval for the lockout device patent in 2014, Apple has yet to implement this technology in any of its iPhones.
Fifth Baby Powder Trial Begins Next Week
Next week, Nora Daniels will become the fifth woman to take healthcare conglomerate Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to trial over its baby powder products. The trial, which is the fourth to take place in a St. Louis Court, comes after three plaintiffs’ verdicts in 2016 in the same court.
Could New Technology End Auto Pedestrian Accidents?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013 over 150,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency rooms for injuries caused by auto pedestrian collisions, and over 4,700 pedestrians were killed in these accidents. The frequency and severity of auto pedestrian accidents inspired car manufacturers to find new technologies to keep everyone on the road safe, and one manufacturer has widely instituted new technology that might bring an end to auto pedestrian accidents.
Federal Working Hour Regulations For Truck Drivers
Although we share the roads with them every day, truck drivers are not treated the same as other motorists under federal law. Because 18-wheelers and other large trucks have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries in the event of an accident, all truck drivers must abide by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. Many FMCSA regulations set restrictions on working hours for truck drivers to prevent them from driving while fatigued.
First Transvaginal Mesh Case Finally Over
The first transvaginal mesh case to go to trial has finally come to a conclusion. The plaintiff was a South Dakota woman named Linda Gross who experienced severe complications from the transvaginal mesh product she had implanted. Although Ms. Gross’s trial concluded in 2013, device manufacturer defendants Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon fought the verdict for over three years. However, the Supreme Court of New Jersey declined to hear an appeal from the manufacturers, allowing the original jury verdict to stand.
IVC Filter Litigation Update
There are currently thousands of lawsuits pending against nearly a dozen IVC filter manufacturers across the country. Patients harmed by defective IVC filters have been patiently waiting for their day in court and the new year will see at least two IVC filter cases to go to trial.