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On September 29, a train accident shook the walls of the Hoboken Terminal in Hoboken, New Jersey. New Jersey Transit, the state’s primary public transit system, was in charge of both the train and the station. The agency came forward right away to report that the incident resulted in three confirmed deaths and over 100 confirmed injuries, some of which landed the injured in critical condition. Reports from passengers that were not hospitalized claim that the train felt as though it was moving too fast, and wasn’t slowing down prior to the accident. After the collision, chaos ensued. There were reports of people climbing from windows and others on the pavement. Many were injured and several were unable to walk.nj-transit-accident-22-img-300x225

Nearby hospitals and care centers rushed to aid the passengers from the accident. The Hoboken University Medical Center received 23 patients, while the Jersey Medical Center took in 66 patients, even converting the hospital cafeteria into a temporary care center. Many patients were treated for minor injuries such as bruises, bumps, and chest pain. Officials reported a total injury count of 108 individuals, including those with smaller injuries and the train operator himself.

Reports from local news outlets suggest that the train accident may have been caused by accidental issues, or an operator error, however, as of this writing, the investigation remains open without a full conclusion regarding what the cause was. Investigators have reported that, after a background check, the train operator did not have any past career red flags. The train, however, was reported to not have been equipped with a system called positive train control, which is designed to slow down speeding trains. This system is required to be installed on all trains per U.S. federal law. Continue reading →

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A family has filed a claim against Glendale, California following an unfortunate accident this part March. The claim comes from a family who lost their mother in a wheelchair accident in the city. The plaintiff in the case, James Starbird, was out with his wife, Carolyn, when the incident occurred. Carolyn Starbird was in a wheelchair, when she ran into uneven pavement. This caused an abrupt stop, which threw her from her wheelchair onto the concrete sidewalk. She received an injury to her head from the fall, causing her a severe concussive injury. Unfortunately she later succumbed to her injuries. The claim rests on Starbird’s assertion that the accident could have been prevented if the city had taken more proper care of its sidewalks.

A City’s Responsibility

In general, municipalities of any size are obligated to take care of their citizens and the upkeep of the city. While city officials have yet to comment on the status of the claim, investigations have revealed that the uneven portion of the sidewalk has not been repaired or replaced for some time. The uneven panelling has since been marked to warn others, and according to a city attorney, the city has made plans for a repair or full replacement. The city claims that whenever an unsafe portion is reported to the city, it is normally resolved within the next day or two. A representative of the city came forward to state that they were unaware of any prior claims or reports regarding this particular area before the incident.

Starbird’s claim has 45 days for the city to acknowledge it or take any action towards it. If the city fails to do so, the claim is considered rejected, and the Starbird family must file a wrongful death suit against the city.

Claims Against The State

While many personal injury or wrongful death claims arise between two individual citizens, at times a person may wish to file a claim against the state government. When this happens, a majority of states impose a stricter statute of limitations for citizens to take a legal action. As seen in the Starbird’s case, there is only a 45 day period for the claim to be acknowledged by the city. If this case, or a similar case, were to occur in New Hampshire then the plaintiffs would have a very limited time frame to file their claim in the county where the incident happened, instead of the usual three year period under the statute of limitations. New Hampshire also does not permit the filing of certain types of cases against the government, such as when actions arise from failure to remove ice and snow.

When filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the state, the best thing to do is consult with an attorney. If you or a loved one has been injured in the state of New Hampshire injury attorneys at Tenn A Continue reading →

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Anyone who has ever had a bit too much to drink is very familiar with the phenomenon known as the “hangover.” A hangover is a period of headaches, sickness, nausea, and general unpleasantness, that frequently follows a person’s consumption of a large amount of alcohol. Many people think that the impairment from a night of heavy drinking can simply be shrugged away the next morning, or “slept off.” For some this may be true, but it is incredibly rare that a person can drink heavily, sleep for a short time, and wake up the next morning completely ready to go. In fact, one study may suggest that driving with a hangover may be just as perilous as driving while intoxicated.dui-1

Driving While Hungover

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General Motors has settled two cases related to an issue with a defective ignition switch that was linked to over 124 deaths and 275 injuries. The cases reach back to a May 2014 incident in Oklahoma, involving an accident where the ignition switch prevented the airbag from deploying. The man driving the car was Robert Scheuer, 49, who was left severely injured when his car careened into a tree, and the collision safety mechanisms failed to activate. Those vehicles, the 2003 Saturn Ion model, were recalled in 2014 for the faulty ignition switch. The source of the problem was that the switch had the potential to slip out of the “run” position, which disabled the vehicle’s safety features, specifically the airbags. Scheuer’s case is one of many “bellwether” cases on the issue.GM-d-1

In layman’s terms, a bellwether case, or bellwether trial, is a term for a case that is meant to serve as somewhat of a test or model for heavily contested issues of the law. These types of cases are common in scenarios where one defendant has several cases filed against them in regards to one particular incident or issue. Citing bellwether cases can be helpful in court to reduce the large volume of cases. For GM, these cases will help determine the course of a number of related lawsuits have been filed against them for the problems with the ignition switch.

General Motors’ Settlements

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When a patient goes to the dentist for a regular check up and cleaning, they may expect to walk away with a new toothbrush, or a new appointment scheduled, but rarely does anyone expect to leave a dentist’s office with Hepatitis C. This was the case for one unfortunate woman in Bellevue, Washington this month. While the manner in which the woman contracted this virus may seem peculiar and a bit farfetched, this is a particularly serious matter. dentist-in-years-300x190

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a common illness in the United States. There are over 200,000 reported cases of the viral infection per year. It is treatable, however, it can be difficult to detect symptoms, and some may not realize its presence until the infection has already begun attacking the liver. Hepatitis C is particularly dangerous, claiming responsibility for nearly 20,000 deaths in the year 2014. Hepatitis C is spready through blood, and contact with other bodily fluids. It is most commonly transmitted by the sharing of needles, or unsterile tattooing equipment, and in this case, cross-contamination of medical equipment.

Cross-contamination

The process by which diseases and illnesses are spread through improperly sterilized medical equipment is known as cross-contamination. Cross-contamination can happen frequently in hospitals and doctors offices. In one particularly unfortunate example, a hospitals endoscopy equipment was responsible for the growth and spread of a superbug, a bacterial infection that is particularly resistant to antibiotics.

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Maintaining one’s fitness at a local gym is a popular activity for many Americans across the country. A gym is an environment with workout equipment where people go to get in shape. Workout machines are meant for individuals with the proper strength and knowledge to test their might and strengthen themselves, however, most gyms will offer workout machines with certain built in safety measures to help prevent accidents, or take certain precautions to ensure that if an accident does happen, its damage mitigated. For one woman in Sacramento, this was not the case. treandmill-300x225

Treadmill Trouble

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Samsung, the company behind the Galaxy, has issued a recall of its latest release, the Galaxy Note 7. This recall comes only weeks after the phone’s release, to praising reviews, no less. Samsung has put a full stop on sales of the phone, and not just for the United States. The recall applies to all Galaxy Note 7 phones worldwide, and the company has already laid plans to provide replacement phones to those who are affected. The reason for the recall stems from an issue with the battery while the device is charging.galaxy-s7-active-review2-3-300x225

According so Samsung, the device has the potential to catch on fire and potentially explode while charging. The company has gone on to state that less than .1% of the phones are affected by this flaw, however, they believe the full recall is necessary. A South Korean news outlet has reported 5 incidents involving the phones already. Samsung has also stated that it has received 35 reports of faulty phones already, and that have encountered 24 devices with faults for every million devices sold. Samsung did not elaborate on what the battery issue was, however they did state that users could replace the battery in their phone

Litihium-Ion Battery Issues

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While many may dream of the days where cars are able to drive people to and from point A to point B themselves, for one east coast city, the future may already be here. Following in the footsteps of other technology companies such as Google and Tesla, Uber, the mobile-based taxiing service has unveiled a new step forward in driving technology: a self-driving car. Volvo has partnered with Uber in order to help develop a self-driving car, and their site of development is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Self-Driving_Prototype__1_-300x200

Risks Of Self-Driving Cars

While self driving cars may seem like utopian ideal, in practice, they are not entirely flawless. In fact, experts have cited several potential issues that drivers and passengers alike may face in the future when on the road with a self-driving vehicle. In a report from the Fiscal Times, experts cite several risks of self-driving vehicles:

  • Distractions: A fully active self-driving car will offer passengers an opportunity to take their eyes off the road for other diversions, such as texting, reading, or working. While this may seem ideal for commuters, in the real-life example being introduced in Pittsburgh, an Uber driver must be present behind the wheel at all times during the car’s journey to ensure safety, if need be. If the driver is not concentrating on the road, they may not be able to intervene when the car’s driving intelligence system has a hiccup.
  • Road Safety Will Become Worse Before It Gets Better: While America makes the transition to self-driving cars over the standard vehicle, there will be a mix of autonomous cars on the road along with human drivers. On top of this, the self-driving cars will need to be tested for all types of weather, such as rainy, icy, or snowy conditions. Mixing other human drivers onto the road will make matters worse, as a person is prone to reacting differently than a machine.
  • Computer Driven Cars Will Be Hackable: In today’s age with cyber crimes on the rise, computer security for self-driving cars must be absolutely unflinching. A skilled hacker operating with malice could take over a computer operated car’s system and steal the car, or worse.

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Motorcycle accidents are one of the most catastrophic experiences a person can undergo. Riding a motorcycle can feel incredibly liberating and freeing. Seasoned riders love the thrill and relaxation that comes with riding, but as any motorcyclist knows, the fun of riding is not without danger. A motorcycle is essentially an open air vehicle, and as such offers little protection in the even of a collision or vehicle accident. Motorcyclists take extra care to ride with their lives in mind, however, sometimes accidents happen, and sometimes, these accidents can be fatal.NH Motorcycle lawyers

Fatal Motorcycle Accidents On The Rise

A recent study of the year 2015 has shown some alarming data regarding motorcycle accidents. In New Hampshire, deaths related to accidents involving motorcycles have risen 10% between 2014 and 2015, according to the data collected in the study. 2014 had a total of 4,548 accidents that resulted in death, while 2015 was estimated to have over 5,000 deadly motorcycle accidents, nationwide. New Hampshire in particular has seen a spike of motorcycle fatalities, with an increase from 17 fatalities in 2014 to 26 total fatalities in 2015. While it may seem like the death toll is relatively small compared the larger statistics nationwide, it is important to remember that New Hampshire is often seen as somewhat of a haven for motorcyclists. New Hampshire’s vivid scenery and long highways, along with special events each year dedicated to motorcycle enthusiasts make it a great destination for anyone who enjoys riding. Unfortunately, with such a large spike in deaths, motorcyclists will want to be on the watch for potential threats to their safety and well being.

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For a motorcyclist, cars on the road can be a very serious threat. A motorcycle is an open air vehicle, exposing the rider to extreme injury, should an accident occur. Because of this both rider and driver alike must take extra precautions to avoid collisions. If an accident occurs, both drivers should remain on scene until help arrives. Unfortunately for one motorcyclist in Concord, this was not the case. Concord police are currently searching for the perpetrator of a serious vehicle accident. A hit and run occurred close to 5:30 pm this week past. A motorcyclist was struck by another driver on the road, driving a white car. The vehicle fled the scene shortly after. The motorcyclist was hospitalized with serious injuries, and the hit and run driver is still at large.crash

Hit-And-Run In New Hampshire

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