A Dimmit County jury has awarded the family of Carlos Aguilar $281 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against Heckmann Water Resources.
About the Eagle Shale Ford Lawsuit
According to the San Antonio Express-News, Aguilar, 31, was killed May 29, 2012 when a driveshaft assembly detached from a tractor-trailer and crashed through the windshield of the truck that the U.S. Army veteran was traveling in.
The truck, belonging to Heckmann Water Resources located near San Antonio, Texas, was conducting work in the Eagle Shale Ford near Catalina, Texas in Demmit County.
The lawsuit alleged Heckmann Water Resources negligent in the accident as they had failed to properly maintain the truck, resulting in the driveshaft assembly breaking off.
The jury found in favor of Aguilar’s family awarding them $281 million including $100 million punitive damages.
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A study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed suspicions that tainted water at a North Carolina Marine Corps base is linked to an increased risk of serious birth defects and childhood cancers.
About the Marine Base Study
Tuesday, The CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry publish a long awaited study dealing with concerns of elevated birth defects and childhood cancers recorded at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
According to FOX News, military officials have continued to release public statements downplaying the risks associated with the contaminated water since it was first reported nearly three decades ago. The wells containing the tainted water were eventually closed.
In order to determine what effects the tainted water had on newborns, the study surveyed the parents of more than 12,598 children who were born at Camp Lejeune between 1968 and 1985.
Researchers used a method which is similar to that used to investigate disease outbreaks, when officials attempt to identify possible reasons for an illness.
Findings of the Tainted Water Study
Upon reviewing data gathered during the study, researchers were able to conclude that:
- Mothers who drank the tainted water were four times more likely to give birth to children with serious birth defects such as spinal bifida than woman who lived off-base.
- Children born to these mothers also ran an elevated risk of being diagnosed with childhood hematopoietic cancers.
While researchers were not able to determine a chemical cause and effect for the complications, they were astounded that the study showed such a substantial increase.
The study did not observe the effects of the tainted water on adults, though more than 80 men linked to Lejeune have developed an extremely rare form of breast cancer.
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Research cited by NBC News suggests that high chair-related injuries have been on the rise since 2003.
About High Chair Injuries
“We have more than 9,400 injuries a year. That’s a child every hour in this country that’s injured form association with a high chair.” – Gary Smith, study researcher and pediatrician at Nationwide children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio as published by NBC News.
According to the study published in the journal of Clinical Pediatrics, reports of high chair-related child injuries increased by 22 percent between 2003 and 2010.
Falling caused the most injuries, many of them head injuries including fractures and concussions, with approximately two-thirds of falls occurring when children were climbing or standing in the chair.
Researchers involved in the study are urging that parents check high chair seat restrains to ensure their child's safety and to remember to place high chairs away from walls and tables.
High Chair Safety Tips
Following information provided by NBC News:
- High chairs should include safety straps with either a 3-point or 5-point harness and a crotch strap.
- When buckling a child into a high chair, guardians should make sure the straps are attached firmly and fit snugly around the child.
- Place highchairs away from tables and walls so that the child cannot push or kick the chair over.
- Use booster seats that can be secured to a chair and have a tray.
- Parents are urged to periodically check for high chair recalls through recalls.gov.
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