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Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Proliferate

By Brian Chase on October 22, 2012 - No comments

Lawyers and Settlements reports that numerous transvaginal mesh lawsuits are being filed, with many resulting in awards for the victims and their partners who suffer with them. According to the news article, another couple recently filed a product liability lawsuit. In that case, the woman and her husband allege that they have not been able to have sex since she was implanted with the Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh because it is “too painful for her” and her husband could “feel the mesh.”

Bard, the maker of Avaulta transvaginal mesh implants, lost its first personal injury lawsuit when a California jury awarded $5 million to Christine Scott. She had suffered major complications due to Bard’s Avaulta Plus device including incontinence, severe pain, and inability to be intimate. Scott later required eight surgeries to remove the mesh. Her husband was awarded $500,000 for loss of consortium in that case. …Read the rest »

Bicyclist Killed in Inglewood Crash Involving Police Car

By Brian Chase on October 19, 2012 - No comments

Alfonso Cerda Sr., 45, was killed in an Inglewood car accident after a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s squad car hit and killed him as he rode his bike. According to an ABC news article, the fatal accident occurred on October 8, 2012 in the 3500 block of West 107th Street. Officials say Cerda was on his bike during the early morning hours when two deputies in a patrol car tried to contact him believing that he was carrying a gun. A short pursuit ended with the squad car and the bicyclist slamming into an iron fence. Cerda’s injuries proved fatal.

Cerda’s family is questioning the details of this bicycle accident. The sheriff’s department issued a statement that Cerda brandished a gun at the deputies. But the family says he did not even own a weapon, but carried a flashlight when he rode his bike. His son, Alfonso Cerda Jr. tells ABC News that his family is trying to make sense out of this tragedy. “How do you hit someone with a 5,000-pound vehicle? How does that happen?” he asks. They also say it was common for Cerda to be out at night picking up clothes and other items from trash cans, which he would later sell. The investigation is ongoing. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Bicycle Accidents

Good Samaritan Seriously Injured in San Diego Hit-and-Run Crash

By Brian Chase on October 17, 2012 - No comments

A pedestrian who attempted to help motorists involved in a multi-car collision on state Route 78 was struck and seriously injured by a driver, who fled the scene. According to a U-T San Diego news article, the major injury crash occurred the night of October 15, 2012. California Highway Patrol officials say the 20-year-old female pedestrian may have entered the freeway from a street that runs parallel to Route 78. She had just checked on a woman whose Nissan Altima had crashed while trying to avoid a mattress on the freeway.

A Toyota pickup driven by a 30-year-old Encinitas man then hit the mattress and struck the Nissan. In addition, three other vehicles collided as they attempted to avoid the initial accident. The driver of the Nissan suffered moderate injuries and one other person suffered minor injuries. The car that struck the good Samaritan did not stop. Anyone with information about the hit-and-run driver or vehicle is asked to call CHP officials at 858-637-3800. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

Los Angeles Area Nursing Agency Settles Federal Wage Dispute

By Brian Chase on October 17, 2012 - No comments

A home nursing agency in Los Angeles has agreed to pay $654,082 to settle a complaint that employees were not properly compensated for overtime worked. According to a news report in the Business Management Daily, Extended Health Care Private Duty Nursing was the subject of a federal probe. A U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation showed that the company paid some of its employees “straight time” although their hours exceeded the regular 40 hours a week schedule.
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The probe revealed that even the company’s longest-tenured employees got only time and one-quarter for their overtime hours. Although some of the employees received the overtime mandated by federal labor laws, they were required to work more than 80 hours in a biweekly payroll period. In addition, the investigation revealed that some of the employees were misclassified as independent contractors. Under the settlement agreement, 108 nurses will recover back pay. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Employment Law

Law Enforcement Arrests Man in Fatal Newport Beach Hit & Run

By Brian Chase on October 16, 2012 - No comments

Fatal hit and run

The Newport Beach personal injury lawyers at Bisnar | Chase continue to urge local communities to partner with their local police departments with the common goal of eradicating hit-and-run accidents. According to a Sept. 18 report in The Orange County Register, Newport Beach police arrested 39-year-old Michael Jason Lopez of Anaheim in connection with a hit-and-run bicycle accident in Newport Beach that killed prominent doctor Catherine Campion-Ritz.

The report states that the 57-year-old physician was riding her bike on Newport Coast Drive between Ocean Vista and Vista Ridge Drive the morning of Sept. 15, when she was rear-ended by a black pickup truck. The pickup’s driver fled without rendering aid to the critically injured Campion-Ritz. Lopez was arrested on Sept. 18 and has been charged with vehicular manslaughter. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Bicycle Accidents

Employee Fatally Injured in Santa Fe Springs Food Plant

By Brian Chase on October 16, 2012 - No comments

Jose Malena, 65, suffered fatal injuries on the job after he was trapped in a cooking device at the Bumble Bee Foods plant in Santa Fe Springs. According to a KTLA news report, the incident occurred the morning of October 11, 2012 at the factory located in the 13100 block of Arctic Circle. Malena was discovered inside a device called the steamer machine and pronounced dead at the scene. Cal-OSHA officials are still trying to determine how Malena ended up inside the equipment. Investigators are also looking into whether there were any health or safety violations at the site. Employee Fatally Injured in Santa Fe Springs Food

OSHA officials stated that the investigation, which will include visits to the tuna canning plant, interviews and review of the company’s safety documentation, could be completed within six-months. If it is determined after the investigation that there were safety violations, the company could face civil penalties. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office will also determine if criminal charges are warranted. …Read the rest »

Posted in: On-the-Job Accident


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