May 2017 Archives

Child mortality rates due to auto crashes

New York parents should know that the highest rate of child motor vehicle deaths is found inthe South, while the Northeast has the lowest rate. The study conducted by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard University also found that the occurrences of the fatalities are often linked to the incorrect use of seat belts.

Sleep apnea and truck accidents: how are they related?

There are certain medical conditions that make it unsafe for people to drive unless they seek medical treatment. Commercial truck drivers, in order to keep their jobs, must meet certain health standards. Authorities simply mean this as a safety measure, as truck accidents tend to have severe, if not fatal, consequences. Unfortunately, not all truck drivers seek medical help or use prescribed treatment. If you or a loved one have suffered because of the choices of a non-compliant truck driver, you may have legal recourse.

Settlement reached in Takata airbag class action lawsuit

Millions of vehicle owners around the country will be compensated by car makers for installing faulty airbags and dragging their feet over fixing the issue if a federal court approves a $553 settlement agreement. Toyota, BMW, Subaru and Mazda have agreed to pay the sum to end a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of 15.8 million consumers, many of whom reside in New York. Media outlets reported news of the settlement on May 18.

J&J ordered to pay $110 to woman who developed cancer

New York residents who use talc-based products in their daily regimen may be interested to learn that, on May 4, a major company was ordered to pay damages to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using the company's products for decades. This lawsuit was just one of about 2,400 similar lawsuits that had been filed against the company claiming that the warnings about cancer risks were not adequate.

Product liability cases involving robots

New York residents are likely aware that manufacturers use robots to increase productivity and lower costs, but they may not know that autonomous machines are also used by police departments, farmers, hospitals and restaurants. Robots can save the lives of workers by performing dangerous tasks or operating in hazardous environments, but they can also cause severe injuries when things go wrong. Individuals injured by robots may file product liability lawsuits against the companies that built or programmed them, and many observers expect this kind of litigation to become more common in the years ahead.

Three ways to avoid scaffolding injuries

If the number of cranes across the skyline is any indication, the construction industry in New York City is still going strong despite news of interest rate hikes earlier this year. This optimism applies to both the residential and commercial construction markets.  With all the construction projects currently going or expected to start in 2017, it is important for contractors and construction workers across the city must adhere to safety rules involving scaffolds.

GM could face billions in damages from faulty ignition switches

A ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit located in New York stands after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case about General Motor's defective ignition switches. The automaker had hoped to block lawsuits from customers concerning the crashes. The company claimed that its bankruptcy cleared the slate of its liabilities, but the appeals court sided with the rights of car owners because they had not been notified about the defects at the time of the bankruptcy. Rejecting their lawsuits would have represented a violation of their due process rights.

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