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What Does The NFL’s Historic Concussion Settlement Mean?

By Brian Chase on May 3, 2015 - No comments

NFL Brain DamageLast week, a federal judge approved a $1-billion, 65-year settlement between the National Football League and more than 5,000 former players who had sued the league alleging they had suffered various medical conditions related to concussions sustained during their careers.

Although the agreement was reached in August 2013, it has been tweaked from both sides.

The final version was approved last week.

Settlement Details

So, how is the new agreement different from the original one? …Read the rest »

Posted in: Brain Injury

Bumble Bee Foods & Managers Charged In Worker Death

By Brian Chase on May 2, 2015 - No comments

Bumble Bee LawsuitLos Angeles prosecutors have charged Bumble Bee Foods and two of the company’s managers with violating safety regulations in the death of a worker who was cooked in an industrial oven with tons of tuna on October 11, 2012.

According to an Associated Press news report, Jose Melena was performing maintenance in a 35-foot-long oven at the company’s Santa Fe Springs plant before dawn when a co-worker mistakenly believed Melena was in the bathroom, filled a …Read the rest »

Posted in: On-the-Job Accident

Ford Recalls Vehicles For Steering Defects

By Brian Chase on May 1, 2015 - No comments

ford vehicle recallFord Motor Company is issuing a vehicle defect recall for nearly 593,000 cars and trucks in North America including 520,000 because the power assist to the steering could be lost making the vehicle tougher to turn.

According to a news report in The New York Times, about 554,000 of the vehicles involved in the recall are in the United States.

The steering issue affects the 2013-15 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans and the …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Recalls

Whole Foods Market Recalls Raw Macadamia Nuts For Salmonella Contamination

By Brian Chase on April 27, 2015 - No comments

Macadamia Nut RecallWhole Foods Market stores have issued a safety recall for raw macadamia nuts due to salmonella contamination.

According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, routine testing determined that the nuts were tested positive for salmonella.

Officials explained that the recalled items were packaged in 11-ounce plastic tubs and were marked as “Whole Foods Market Raw Macadamia Nuts.”

The affected products include a best-by date of Feb. 4, 2016 and a UPC code that reads …Read the rest »

Posted in: Product Recall

Newport Beach Woman Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Southwest Airlines

By Brian Chase on April 27, 2015 - No comments

Southwest Airlines LawsuitA Newport Beach woman has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Southwest Airlines claiming crewmembers mistook her husband’s medical emergency for unruly behavior during a California flight and failed to assist him.

According to a CBS news report, 46-year-old Richard Ilczyszyn was found unconscious after a flight from Oakland to Orange County last year.

He died the following day at a hospital. He had …Read the rest »

Posted in: Wrongful Death

Ford Recalls More Vehicles For Defective Door Latches

By Brian Chase on April 27, 2015 - No comments

ford vehicle recallFord Motor Company has said it will issue a vehicle defect recall for 390,000 cars affected by faulty door latches.

According to a Detroit News report, the latches have been linked to two minor injuries and one accident, the latest in a series of recalls for door latch issues.

Ford has now issues at least four recalls covering more than 1.4 million vehicles for …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Recalls


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  • “I was in a serious auto accident when I was in law school. I had to hire a personal injury attorney and had a really bad experience.”

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What Does The NFL’s Historic Concussion Settlement Mean?

Last week, a federal judge approved a $1-billion, 65-year settlement between the National Football League and more than 5,000 former players who had sued the league alleging they had suffered various

read article

Bumble Bee Foods & Managers Charged In Worker Death

Los Angeles prosecutors have charged Bumble Bee Foods and two of the company’s managers with violating safety regulations in the death of a worker who was cooked in an industrial oven with tons

read article

Ford Recalls Vehicles For Steering Defects

Ford Motor Company is issuing a vehicle defect recall for nearly 593,000 cars and trucks in North America including 520,000 because the power assist to the steering could be lost making the vehicle

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