IKEA Renews its Recall on Tipping Dressers After 8th Child is Killed

Swedish furniture retailer IKEA is again publicizing its massive 2016 recall of some 17.3 million dressers and chests after another child was killed this year by one of the pieces of furniture after it toppled over onto the victim. The recall, which was first established in June 2016 after the deaths of seven other children, is being re-announced by IKEA to again publicize the large recall as the company is trying to remind customers to...

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Holiday Parties, Drinking, Driving and Your Legal Responsibilities

With the December holidays here, from Hanukkah to Kwanzaa to Christmas and more, it’s a good time to talk about holiday parties, social drinking and potential legal liabilities affecting party hosts when enjoying the season and serving alcoholic beverages to friends, family and colleagues. In Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth doesn't recognize the legal concept of social host liability, which is when a host serves a visibly intoxicated person and that person subsequently injures himself or someone...

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$17M Settlement for Worker Paralyzed in Construction Site Incident

A former masonry company truck driver who was severely injured as he was making a delivery at a N.J. construction site in 2015 has reached a $17 million settlement with the manufacturer, the owner and the seller of a boom lift which broke suddenly and caused his injuries. Brian Smith, who was 42 at the time of the incident, was hurt in January 2015 as he was delivering a load of concrete blocks to a...

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$7.5M Settlement to Bicyclist Left Paralyzed by Faulty Sidewalk

A California bicyclist has been awarded a $7.5 million settlement after he was left a quadriplegic in 2014 when his bicycle crashed and overturned on a displaced sidewalk joint that was raised four inches by a tree root on a public street. The victim, William Yao, was riding his bike south on Reseda Boulevard in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles when the crash occurred three years ago, throwing him to the ground and...

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$4M Settlement in Deaths of Calif. Couple Struck by Sheriff’s Car

The families of a California couple who were killed in 2013 when the SUV they were riding in was struck by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department vehicle that was speeding through an intersection will receive a $4 million payment to settle their wrongful death lawsuit in the case. The victims, Sara Paynter and Robert Delgadillo, were ejected from the back seat of the Ford Explorer they were riding in and were killed in December...

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$42M Verdict to Car Crash Victims After Improper Auto Repairs

A Texas couple has been awarded a $42 million jury verdict after they were severely injured in a 2013 car crash that was worsened due to improper techniques used to repair their car after it had been damaged previously by a hail storm. The couple, Matthew and Marcia Seebachan, were on their way to visit family members for the holidays on Dec. 21, 2013, when an oncoming Toyota Tundra pickup hydroplaned on a wet surface...

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As Transvaginal Mesh Liability Cases Continue, Know Your Legal Rights

Juries continue to award millions of dollars in damages in pelvic mesh injury cases across the nation, including a $57.1 million jury verdict recently reached in a transvaginal mesh product liability lawsuit in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. In that case, plaintiff Ella Ebaugh, a Pennsylvania resident in her 50s, underwent surgery to place Ethicon TVT-Secur mesh in her pelvic area in 2007 to resolve urinary incontinence issues. The original surgery was followed by...

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$1.125M Jury Award to Woman in Foot Surgery Med Mal Case

A former runner was awarded a $1.125 million verdict after a jury ruled that her doctor had been negligent by not receiving her informed consent before removing two bones from her foot during a surgical procedure in 2013. The plaintiff, Elena Benedetti Kline, had undergone a tailor's bunionectomy and procedure to remove a sesamoid bone in March 2013, but the doctor who performed the surgery instead removed both sesamoid bones in Kline's left foot, according...

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$18M in Settlements to Kin of Baby Killed When Stroller Struck by SUV

An Illinois family whose 7-month-old daughter was killed when an SUV ran into her stroller in a crosswalk as her father walked her across a street in March 2015 on a visit to San Diego's Point Loma will receive a total of $18 million in two settlements that have been reached in connection with the crash. The infant, Juniper Aavang, was being pushed in the stroller at 6:30 a.m. on March 2, 2015 by her...

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