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One Dead After Garbage Truck Collides Head-On with NJ Transit Bus

Jarod Cassidy12 hours ago

One person is dead following a head-on collision between a transit bus and a garbage truck in New Jersey on Tuesday.

Details of the New Jersey Bus Crash

According to NBC New York, the fatal crash occurred on Springfield Avenue in Maplewood at around 1 pm. No passengers were on the bus at the time of the accident, but the driver of the bus was pronounced dead after undergoing surgery.

The driver of the truck and three passengers were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

First responders and law enforcement vehicle remained at the scene through the afternoon to clear the scene.

It is unclear if either vehicle was traveling on the wrong side of the road at the time of the accident.

Bus Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation:

  • There were 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes in 2015, which was an 8 percent increase from the previous year.
  • From 2005 to 2015, intercity buses accounted for 13 percent, and school buses and transit buses accounted for 41 percent and 33 percent, respectively, for all buses involved in crashes that were fatal.
  • Between 2014 and 2015, the number of buses involved in crashes that caused fatalities increased from 236 to 261, which is an increase of 11 percent.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

If you or your child have been injured in a bus accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced bus accident attorneys are available to evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Thomas J. Henry has the financial resources and the track record of winning that you need in a law firm. Contact us today for a free case review. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

 

Texas-Based Food Company Recalls 167 lbs. of Beef

Jarod Cassidy14 hours ago

Night Hawk Frozen Foods Inc., a company based in Buda, Texas near Austin, has issued a recall for roughly 167 pounds of frozen beef patty and gravy products due to mislabeling and undeclared allergens.

About the Night Hawk Frozen Beef Recall

According to reports, the recall was issued after the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) determined the product contains milk, a known allergen, but did not list milk on the product label.

The product mislabel puts consumers with a milk allergy at risk of injury or illness. The problem was discovered on February 19 after FSIS officials were notified of two consumer complaints of mislabeled products containing beef patties, mashed potatoes, and cheese.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to eat them. Instead, these products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Description of the Recalled Product

The recall affects heat-treated but not fully cooked frozen beef patty and gravy items were produced on November 8, 2017.

The product was sold in 8.75-ounce board cartons labeled as “”NIGHT HAWK BEEF PATTY ‘N GRAVY, CHARBROILED BEEF PATTY and GRAVY, POTATO ROUNDS and SWEET CORN” with the establishment number “EST. 2117.”

These items were shipped to retail locations in Louisiana and Texas.

Contact an Experienced Food Recall Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or illness due to a defective or dangerous product, contact Thomas J. Henry. Over two decades of experience handling a multitude of defective product cases and extensive legal and financial resources allow us to provide our clients with truly dynamic legal representation. Thomas J. Henry has a proven track record of achieving real results for clients devastated by recalled products.

Let us help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free case review.

 

Toyota Recalls 74,000 Vehicles Over Seat, Software Issues

Jarod Cassidy14 hours ago

Toyota issued two separate recalls for its 2017 Tundra and its 2018 Tundra and Sequoia vehicles.

Details of the 2017 Toyota Tundra Recall

The first Tundra recall affects 8,800 pickups which may be equipped with loose second-row seats. The defect poses an increased risk of injury to vehicle occupants in the event of a collision.

It is unclear if the defect has been linked to any accidents or injuries.

As a repair, dealers will tighten the bolts that fasten the seats to the floor. Repairs will be made at no cost to owners.

Details of the 2018 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia Recall

The second recall covers roughly 65,000 2018 Tundras and Sequoias and involves a software glitch that may turn off stability control as well as other systems. Loss of the stability control may result in an increased risk of crash.

Toyota dealers will resolve the issue by updating vehicle software to remove the glitch at no cost to owners.

Notices will begin mailing out recall notifications mid-March.

Contact an Experienced Vehicle Defect Attorney

Drivers have enough to worry about while traversing the roadways on a daily basis. When a person gets behind the wheel of a car, there is a reasonable expectation that the car is going to perform in a matter that would not put the operator’s life in jeopardy. Unfortunately there are hundreds of vehicle recalls each year due to manufacturer defects, from the tires to the ignition switches, that can cause catastrophic injuries and in some cases death. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective part in a vehicle, contact Thomas J. Henry.

Our experienced defective vehicle lawyers have handled a multitude of injury claims caused by recalled vehicles. We continue to handle cases involving faulty and dangerous GM ignition switches and Takata airbags. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free legal consultation — our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

Serious Knee Injuries Becoming More Common in Children and Teens

Jarod Cassidy15 hours ago

Research shows that injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are becoming more common among children and teenagers in what experts call “a significant public health issue.”

More Than Half of Child ACL Injuries Are Sports Related

The ACL is one of four ligaments in the knee and is critical in stabilizing the knee when it rotates and connecting the thigh bone to the shin bone. ACL injuries often require surgery and can leave young people at an increased risk of developing future health problems.

In a new infograph published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers note that the annual rate of ACL injuries recorded among children and teens in the Australian state of Victoria increased nearly 148 percent over the course of a decade.

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) says the recovering from an ACL injury is difficult and evidence indicates that people who have suffered ACL injuries will develop osteoarthritis or degenerative arthritis over time.

The research behind the infograph also showed that more than half of all ACL injuries suffered by children under the age of 14 were related to sports activities.

Experts say greater demands placed on young athletes, more intense training, and a new focus on sports specialization at a younger age have led to an increase in sports-specific knee injuries. With that, parents, coaches, trainers, and children should have ongoing communication about injury prevention and recovery.

Causes and Symptoms of an ACL Injury

The majority of ACL injuries occur during sports and fitness activities that put stress on the knee. Actions that may cause an ACL injury include:

  • Suddenly slowing down and changing direction (cutting)
  • Pivoting with your foot firmly planted
  • Landing from a jump incorrectly
  • Stopping suddenly
  • Receiving a direct blow to the knee or collision, such as a football tackle

When the ligament is damaged, there is usually a partial or complete tear across the tissue. A mild injury may overextend the ligament but leave it intact.

When an ACL injury happens, you will almost certainly realize that something is wrong. Symptoms include:

  • Severe pain
  • A loud pop or a popping sensation in the knee
  • Swelling
  • Limited range of motion
  • A feeling of instability or inability to bear weight on the leg

Has Your Child Suffered a Sports Related Injury?

If your child was harmed while taking part in organized sports or other outdoor activities, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our experienced child sports injury lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to provide you with a free case review. Let us help you and your child obtain the compensation you need and deserve for your child’s injuries. Call us today.

 

Infant Suffocation Deaths on the Rise

Jarod Cassidy18 hours ago

The number of infants dying of suffocation before their first birthday has been on the rise in recent years. A new study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests the increase is at least partly due to parents not following safe sleep recommendations.

Baby Suffocation Deaths More than Doubled

According to Reuters Health, the number of babies under the age of one who have died of suffocation more than doubled between 1999 and 2015, from 12.4 fatalities for every 1,000 U.S. infants to 28.3 fatalities for every 1,000 U.S. infants.

For context, this means that in 2015 alone, 1,100 infants suffocated to death with the majority of the fatalities occurring while the babies were sleeping.

The study’s co-author, David Schwebel of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, says that the spike may be the result of parents not following “safe sleep” recommendations. Current guidelines recommend infants be placed in  sleeping areas without stuffed animals, soft blankets, pillows, or other items that could pose a suffocation hazard.

Dr. Jeffrey Colvin of Children’s Mercy Kansas City, who was not part of the study, also cited bed sharing as a possible factor. This is not limited to intentional bed sharing as some deaths are attributed to parents accidentally falling asleep next to their child.

Preventing Suffocation with Safe Sleep Practices

When putting your child down to sleep, it is important that you create a safe sleeping space. Not only can this help reduce the risk of suffocation, but practicing safe sleep guidelines is also proven to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

  • Room Sharing – The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says your baby should sleep in your room for at least the first 6 months of their life. Statistics suggest that room-sharing can lower the risk of SIDS by as much as 50 percent.
  • No Bed Sharing – Room sharing does not mean bed sharing. Your baby should sleep in his or her own space, whether that is a bassinet, crib, or co-sleeper (a separate sleeping area that attaches to your bed).
  • Use Proper Bedding – Make sure the mattress or bedding in your child’s sleeping space is firm with a tightly fitted sheet.
  • An Empty Sleep Space is the Safest – Your baby’s sleeping space should be empty except for your baby. This means no bumper pads, soft toys, positioning devices, pillows, blankets, quilts, or reachable toys with strings.
  • Put Your Baby to Sleep on Their Back – Every time you put your child down to sleep, lay them down on their back with their face facing up. This is how your baby should sleep until they are able to roll from back-to-front and front-to-back easily and without assistance.

Contact an Experienced Child Injury Attorney

At Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been the victim of a serious injury caused by a defective crib, playpen, or bassinet, contact our offices. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends. If you are unable to make it to one of our offices, we will send one of our attorneys to you. Let us help you and your child achieve justice and compensation for injuries caused by a crib manufacturer’s negligence. Call us today for a free legal consultation.

Fiat Chrysler Issues Recall Notices to 160,000 Pacifica Owners

Jarod Cassidy1 day ago

Fiat Chrysler will begin mailing out recall notices to more than 160,000 Pacifica owners to address a defect that may cause engines to stall, even when the vehicles are in motion.

Details of the Pacifica Minivan Recall

According to recall reports, certain conditions can cause the Pacificas’ engine control module to incorrectly assess the operating status, potentially causing the engine to stall. Drivers who have experienced the defect report having to shut off and restart their vehicles before they are able to resume driving.

Among the complaints filed by Pacifica owners were reports of engine stalls occurring in intersections and on highways. Fiat Chrysler confirmed one accident in connection with the engine stall defect.

Complaints began last year and after dealers and Chrysler engineers failed to pinpoint the problem. In November, the Center for Auto Safety filed a petition calling on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to open a formal investigation into the defect and order a recall.

Recall Comes After a Series of Fiat Chrysler Recall Controversies

The Pacifica recall comes on the heels of two recent controversies involving Fiat Chrysler’s handling of recalls and recalled vehicles.

In 2015, NHTSA ruled that Fiat Chrysler had failed to promptly notify vehicle owners of recalls and delayed initiating repairs of defective models in 23 recalls covering roughly 11 million vehicles. The automaker was fined $105 million.

Fiat Chrysler was the subject of national headlines again last year when actor Anton Yelchin was killed by his Jeep Grand Cherokee which rolled backward down his driveway and crushed him. The vehicle was part of a recall related to defective electronic gearshifts, but it had not been repaired prior to the fatal accident. A wrongful death lawsuit was filed by Yelchin’s family.

Contact an Experienced Vehicle Recall Attorney

Drivers have enough to worry about while traversing the roadways on a daily basis. When a person gets behind the wheel of a car, there is a reasonable expectation that the car is going to perform in a matter that would not put the operator’s life in jeopardy. Unfortunately there are hundreds of vehicle recalls each year due to manufacturer defects, from the tires to the ignition switches, that can cause catastrophic injuries and in some cases death. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective part in a vehicle, contact Thomas J. Henry.

Our experienced defective vehicle lawyers have handled a multitude of injury claims caused by recalled vehicles. We continue to handle cases involving faulty and dangerous GM ignition switches and Takata airbags. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free legal consultation — our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

Kratom Linked to Dozens of Illnesses from Salmonella

Jarod Cassidy2 days ago

Kratom, a popular botanical drug that was already under fire from U.S. health officials claiming it is an addictive opioid, is now facing scrutiny following a string of salmonella infections.

About the Kratom Salmonella Outbreak

Kratom is a naturally growing herb found in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Over recent years, kratom has been sold increasingly as a dietary supplement meant to manage pain and boost energy.

Earlier this month, the FDA issued an alert declaring the botanical an opioid after a computer analysis found that nearly all of kratom’s major compounds bind to opioid receptors on the human brain cells and two of the most prevalent compounds activate opioid receptors. The FDA also noted that 44 deaths have been reported in connection with kratom, often in combination with other substances.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now urging Americans to avoid kratom due to the risk of salmonella.

According to CBS News, at least 28 instances of salmonella infection have been recorded across 20 states. 11 people have been hospitalized, although no deaths have been reported. Of the 11 people interviewed in connection with the outbreak, eight had reported consuming kratom in pill, powder, or tea form.

Among other controversies facing kratom is a sharp spike in kratom-related poisonings, with kratom-related calls to poison centers increasing tenfold between 2010 and 2015 from 26 to 263.

Salmonella Symptoms and Statistics

  • According to the CDC, Salmonella causes in one million food borne illnesses every year, resulting in 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths.
  • Common symptoms include:
    • Diarrhea
    • Fever
    • Abdominal cramps
  • Symptoms appear 12 to 72 hours after infection and usually persist for four to seven days.
  • Infections and illness tend to be more serious in young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.

 

Britax Sued for Failing to Recall Strollers

Jarod Cassidy2 days ago

 

The popular B.O.B. Jogging Stroller has fallen under scrutiny as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) sues Britax for refusing to recall the strollers for what it considers to be a significant safety hazard.

Almost 100 Injuries Reported with B.O.B. Jogging Stroller

According to WebMD, the defect occurs when the quick release lever on the jogging stroller’s front wheel is not properly secured. Under these conditions, the front wheel can fall off while the stroller is in motion.

Since 2012, roughly 200 people have reported the defect to regulators, with nearly 100 reports concerning injuries to children and adults. Among the injuries reported are:

  • Concussions
  • Head and Face Injuries
  • Bruises
  • Broken Bones
  • Torn Ligaments
  • Hip Injuries

Still, Britax has refused to recall the strollers saying the issue is not a mechanical defect but one of parents not following instructions for safe use.

In their complaint, the CPSC is calling on Britax to cease distribution on 17 B.O.B. stroller models and to offer a remedy to consumers which may include a repair, replacement, or refund.

Lawsuits by the CPSC are especially rare with the last such action being filed in 2012. That lawsuit dealt with high-powered Zen Magnets which could attract through the intestinal wall if swallowed, resulting in tissue injury, sepsis, and potentially death.

Britax Stroller Models Cited by the CPSC in the Lawsuit

Among the stroller models named in the CPSC’s lawsuit are:

  • Ironman
  • Ironman Duallie
  • Revolution
  • Revolution CE
  • Revolution Flex
  • Revolution Flex Duallie
  • Revolution Pro
  • Revolution Pro Duallie
  • Revolution SE
  • Revolution SE Demo
  • Revolution SE Duallie
  • Revolution SE Duallie Plus
  • Revolution SE Plus
  • Sport Utility Stroller
  • Stroller Strides
  • Stroller Strides Duallie
  • SUS Duallie

Contact an Experienced Stroller Recall Attorney

If your child has suffered an injur due to a defective Britax stroller, contact Thomas J. Henry. Over two decades of experience handling a multitude of defective product cases and extensive legal and financial resources allow us to provide our clients with truly dynamic legal representation. Thomas J. Henry has a proven track record of achieving real results for clients devastated by recalled products.

Let us help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free case review.

 

 

More than 20 Injured in Lexington County School Bus Crash

Jarod Cassidy2 days ago

More than 20 people were injured when a car slammed into a school bus carrying middle school students in Lexington County Tuesday morning.

Details of the Lexington County Bus Crash

According to the State, the crash occurred around 7:30 am along the 400 block of Blackville Road, near Fallaw Road. There was heavy fog in the area at the time of the accident.

18 students and a driver were aboard the bus when the crash happened. All were transported to the hospital to be examined. All three occupants of the SUV were transported with injuries as well.

At least one person suffered serious injuries, but the injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Preliminary reports suggest the SUV ran a stop sign and hit the side of the school bus; however, the accident remains under investigation.

School Transportation Accident Statistics

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 1,344 people killed in school-transportation-related crashes recorded between 2004 and 2013. This averages to 134 fatalities per year.
  • Of the 1,344 fatalities, only 8 percent were occupants of school transportation vehicles.
  • Most (71%) of the people who lost their lives in these crashes were occupants of other vehicles involved in the crashes.
  • Nonoccupants, including pedestrians, bicyclists, etc., accounted for 21 percent of the fatalities.
  • Among the 106 occupants killed in school transportation vehicles between 2004 and 2013, 45 were drivers and 61 were passengers.

Contact an Experienced School Bus Accident Attorney

At Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, contact our offices. Our experienced bus accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends, and can provide you with a free case review.

 

 

Louisiana Police Locate Truck Driver Who Hit 4-Year-Old

Jarod Cassidy2 days ago

Bogalusa authorities have found an alleged hit-and-run truck driver who struck a 4-year-old on Mardi Gras Day.

About the Bogalusa Hit-and-Run

According to WWL-TV, 4-year-old Kenjyrien Pigott was riding his bike with his 6-year-old brother near the intersection of Avenue D and W 6th Street when he was struck by an 18-wheeler. The driver of the truck continued driving after the accident, leaving the scene of the accident.

Witnesses at the scene, including Kenjyrien’s grandmother, contacted authorities, and Kenjyrien was rushed to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans for emergency surgery. He had suffered a broken right leg and two fractures in his pelvis.

Bogalusa authorities spent days trying to locate the hit-and-run driver, using surveillance footage from a nearby home and a nearby hospital to develop a description of the truck. Finally, on Friday, the hit and run driver was located.

The driver contends that he was not aware of hitting anything. The incident remains under investigation.

National Trucking Accident Statistics

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 438,000 trucking accidents in the U.S. in 2014.
  • These accidents result in 3,903 deaths and 111,000 injuries.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents:
    • 17 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were listed as nonoccupants, including bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Texas led the nation in trucking accident fatalities with 553 trucking-related deaths reported. California followed Texas with 300 recorded deaths.

Contact an Experienced Commercial Trucking Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury after being involved in an 18-wheeler accident, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our experienced commercial trucking injury attorneys are available to respond to semi-truck accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. We will take immediate action on your case.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact us today for a free legal consultation. Attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

 

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