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Thyroid Drug Recalled By FDA

Alyssa Norwillo10 hours ago

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces a voluntary recall of a thyroid medication over concerns of potential problems with an ingredient.

About the Thyroid Medication Recall

The FDA’s statement says that the recalled medications were “manufactured using active pharmaceutical ingredients that were sourced prior to the FDA’s import alert.”

However, because these drugs may be used to treat serious medical conditions, the FDA advises patients taking the medication to continue to do so until they can get a replacement.

CEO of Westminster Pharmaceuticals Gajan Mahendiran has said the following regarding the precautionary recall:

“Westminster Pharmaceuticals aims to ensure that integrity is embedded in our reputation through the products we develop and market. We will never compromise when it comes to providing our patients with the caliber of medication they deserve. While we stand behind the quality of our product, we are taking the utmost precaution by recalling our Thyroid, USP Tablets only to the wholesale level due to a recent inspection by the FDA at one of our active ingredient manufacturers.”

Details of the Thyroid Drug Recall

The following Levothyroxine and Liothyronine thyroid tablets are included:

  • 15 mg
  • 30 mg
  • 60 mg
  • 90 mg
  • 120 mg

A recorded statement is available at 1-800-354-9939, where Westminster Pharmaceuticals says, “If your medication is dosed in micrograms (mcg), your medication is not included in this recall.”

A full list of the affected products with lot numbers and expiration dates can be found here: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm616601.htm

Contact an Experienced Drug Recall Attorney

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys are leaders in the area of drug and product liability litigation. Our Defective Drug and Products Division have extensive knowledge and resources in order to represent our clients efficiently and aggressively. The Defective Drug and Products Division represent a multitude of people who are battling against manufacturers of medical devices and/or defective pharmaceuticals.

If you or a loved one have been injured by or have developed serious side-effects from the use of recalled medications or pharmaceuticals, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. We represent clients/victims all over the country. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

FDA Expands Recall On Blood Pressure Drug

Alyssa Norwillo10 hours ago

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has once again expanded their recall of the high blood pressure medication Valsartan due to concerns that it could contain a cancer-causing ingredient.

About the Recalled Medication

According to the FDA, Valsartan is a drug that is commonly used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. The medication was first recalled on July 13 after tests suggested that it could contain a cancer-causing substance known as N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).

Research by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows that NDMA was previously used in the production of rocket fuel, as well as antioxidants and softeners for copolymers. It is now only used for research purposes.

Details of the FDA Recall

Valsartan tablets distributed by the following pharmaceuticals are included in the recall:

  • AvKare
  • A-S Medication Solutions LLC
  • Bryant Ranch Prepack Inc
  • Camber Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • H J Harkins Company
  • Northwind Pharmaceuticals
  • NuCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc. (labeled as Solco Healthcare LLC)
  • Proficient Rx LP
  • Remedy Repack
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals (labeled as Major Pharmaceuticals)
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals USA (labeled as Actavis)

Several other medications containing Valsartan have also been recalled. A full list can be found here.

Any adverse reactions to the drug should be reported to the FDA, and consumers taking Valsartan tablets are urged to immediately contact their doctors for a prescription change. Contact Qualanex, LLC at 1-800-505-9291 with any further questions or concerns.

Contact an Experienced Drug Recall Attorney

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys are leaders in the area of drug and product liability litigation. Our Defective Drug and Products Division have extensive knowledge and resources in order to represent our clients efficiently and aggressively. The Defective Drug and Products Division represent a multitude of people who are battling against manufacturers of medical devices and/or defective pharmaceuticals.

If you or a loved one have been injured by or have developed serious side-effects from the use of recalled medications or pharmaceuticals, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. We represent clients/victims all over the country. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

Woman Wins $1.36 Million from SSM Health Care in Malpractice Lawsuit

Amy Barenboim11 hours ago

 

SSM Health Care must pay $1.36 million to a Jefferson couple as ordered by a jury due to a medical malpractice suit resulting from the loss of their 14 week-old fetus in 2012.

Details of the Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

According to reports, the pregnant woman suffered from kidney stones and a urinary tract infection, which, due to negligence by SSM Health Care, ultimately led to the death of her fetus. Nine out of twelve juror reached this verdict after a five day trial.

The couple, Lindsay and Michael Sezter, have filed two lawsuits involving the death of their unborn baby. The couple sued SSM and the doctor who treated Lindsay, Dr. Joseph Herrmann. After reaching a confidential settlement with the doctor, the couple filed a lawsuit against only SSM.

SSM spokesman Brian Westrich said in a statement: “While our thoughts and prayers are with the family for their loss, we’re disappointed with the jury’s decision. As a result, we’re reviewing the decision with our counsel to determine options and will take additional steps as necessary.”

The lawsuit outlines the events which led to the Setzlers losing their unborn baby. In July 2012, Lindsay Setzler was experiencing pain in her right side and urinary tract infection, so she went to the SSM St. Clare Hospital-Fenton. Several kidney stones were revealed on an ultrasound. She also had a history of kidney stones. The doctor discharged Lindsay Setzler within 24 hours with a heart rate above 140 beats per minute, fever, nausea, and without prescribing antibiotics.

She awoke the next day with severe fever, and rapid heartbeat. She checked into the emergency room at Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur where she was treated for sepsis resulting from the urinary tract infection. She spent seven days in intensive care, says one of Lindsay’s nurses, David Horan. Ultimately, the Setzler’s unborn baby did not survive.

According to SSM’s lawyers, the plaintiffs failed to show a link between the death of the Setzler’s fetus and actions taken by the hospital. In addition, SSM says that Dr. Herrmann was a private physician, not an SSM employee.

Lindsay Setzler had another child, and went on to become an obstetrics nurse in order to prevent future cases similar to her own.

What is a Breach of the Medical Standard of Care?

Although each of the four elements can be difficult to prove, proving that the healthcare provider breached the standard of care for the given procedure or treatment is perhaps the most contentious. Not only does the plaintiff’s legal team have to determine what exactly the standard of care is for the unique case but also show how the healthcare provider failed to meet the standard. Both of these tasks can be incredibly difficult and will require extensive testimony from one or more experts in the appropriate medical field.

It is possible that a doctor can adhere closely to the medical standard of care and still perform an error. If the given error is within the scope of the risks associated with the treatment or if the error did not causally contribute to the patient’s injury, the case for medical malpractice is weakened.

What are Common Types of Medical Malpractice?

When people think of medical malpractice, usually the first thing they envision is a form of error that occurred before, during, or after a medical procedure. However, there are several different situations that could lead to a valid medical malpractice claim:

  • Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis
  • Prescription errors
  • Anesthesia complications
  • Injuries during childbirth (to the mother or child)
  • Surgical errors
  • Lack of informed consent

In each of these cases, the plaintiff must prove that the healthcare provider failed to adhere to the standard of care that any other reasonably careful healthcare provider in the same position would have.

In cases of a lack of informed consent, a doctor may perform a procedure skillfully but a complication associated with the procedure occurs. If the doctor failed to warn the patient about the potential for this complication to arise, the doctor failed to meet the standards of care of that any reasonably prudent doctor in the same situation would. A patient with proper warning of the complication may have chosen to forego the procedure.

Have you been the Victim of Medical Malpractice?

If you believe that you or a loved one have been the victim of medical malpractice, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Dealing with a significant injury or a loss of a loved one after a medical procedure can be difficult and emotionally draining. Our attorneys have experience handling a variety of complex malpractice cases and can help you determine if you have a legitimate claim to make against a healthcare provider or facility. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.

3M Co. Settles Lawsuit with U.S. Military, Will Pay Out $9.1 Million

Amy Barenboim1 day ago

In a settlement with the U.S. Military, 3M Co. has agreed to pay $9.1 million in lawsuit alleging that the corporation knowingly sold defective earplugs.

Details of the Defective Military Earplugs

Although the earplugs were meant to be used in combat, the corporation did not disclose defects that would limit the ability of the earplugs to cancel protect against noise, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

The defect involves the earplugs being too short for proper insertion into the ear, and will loosen for some people. The payment settles the allegations that 3M and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies, knew about this defect.

“Government contractors who seek to profit at the expense of our military will face appropriate consequences” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad Readler.

3M decided to settle in order to avoid a lengthy legal battle and investigation.

The company said in a statement that they “take great pride in our products and this resolution is not an admission of liability, but simply a decision to move forward with our mission to provide high-quality personal safety equipment products to our customers.”

About Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Depending on the intensity and length of exposure to a sound, noise-induced hearing loss can occur suddenly or take years to be noticeable. Typically, a sound of less than 75 decibels is considered safe. For reference, average decibel ratings for familiar sounds include:

  • The humming of a refrigerator: 45 decibels
  • Normal conversation: 60 decibels
  • Noise from heavy city traffic: 85 decibels
  • Motorcyles: 95 decibels
  • An MP3 player at maximum volume: 105 decibels
  • Sirens: 120 decibels
  • Firecrackers and firearms: 150 decibels

Additionally, when hearing loss occurs, doctors classify the severity of the loss by degrees:

Doctors classify hearing loss by degrees.

  • Mild hearing loss: One-on-one conversations are fine, but it’s hard to catch every word when there’s background noise.
  • Moderate hearing loss: You often need to ask people to repeat themselves during conversations in person and on the phone.
  • Severe hearing loss: Following a conversation is almost impossible unless you have a hearing aid.
  • Profound hearing loss: You can’t hear when other people speaking, unless they are extremely loud. You can’t understand what they’re saying without a hearing aid or cochlear implant.

Contact an Experienced Product Liability 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.

Fatal Crash Rates Projected to Double in Odessa District, Says TxDOT

Amy Barenboim1 day ago

Damaged car from an accident with responding ambulance

The Texas Department of Transportation showed in their unofficial crash rate estimates from 2018 that the number of fatal crashes has almost doubled this year for 12 Texas counties in the Odessa area.

Details of the Preliminary Crash Projection

About 105 fatal crashes were reported between January and July 2018, compared to the 137 fatal crashes reported in 137. With these statistics, the number of fatal crashes in 2018 is expected to surpass the number of fatal crashes from 2017. The projected outcome, according to Public Information Officer Gene Powell, is 240 fatal crashes by the end of 2018.

Despite many people asking what the TxDOT will do about the rising number of fatal crashes, Powell says that everyone in the community has a responsibility to remedy the situation.

That being said, the TxDOT does have programs in place such as “Be Safe. Drive Smart.” This campaign is a year-long public education effort that aims to make drivers aware of their own unsafe driving habits, and safety tips.

Those unsafe habits included drunk driving, driving while tired, distracted driving, aggressive driving, and speeding.

On June 7, and 29 year-old woman from Midland was killed while riding her bike on highway 191 service road, in addition to two others who were hit by a truck on April 25 while riding on highway 158.

The last day that there was not a fatal crash in Texas was November 7, 2000.

Powell said that the 2018 data will change since reports can be filed within 30 days of a crash. The official statistics from 2017 can be found on the TxDOT website.

2017 Texas Automobile Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,721 people were killed in Texas traffic accidents in 2017, marking a slight decrease from the 3,794 deaths reported in 2016.
  • 552 of the deaths reported in 2017 were attributed to head-on collision.
  • Alcohol was determined to be a factor in 987 traffic deaths, accounting for roughly 26% of all Texas traffic fatalities.
  • An additional 254,853 people were injured in auto accidents in Texas in 2017.
  • Based on reportable data for 2017, TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in a traffic accident every 2 hours and 21 minutes.
    • One person was injured every 2 minutes and 4 seconds
    • A reportable crash occurred every 59 seconds.

Contact an Experienced Automobile Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced auto accident attorneys have experience handling a multitude of injury accidents, no matter how severe the crash or injury. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages if another driver acted negligently. Our firm has the experienced lawyers and financial resources that you need to achieve the real results you deserve.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review — attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. If you cannot make it to our office, we can visit you at your home, in the hospital, or at work.

7 Family Members Killed Eastern Oregon Collision

Cydney Patterson4 days ago

Damaged car from an accident with responding ambulance

Seven Washington relatives, including five children, were among the eight killed Monday in a head-on crash in eastern Oregon. The family members were on their way to Las Vegas for an end-of-summer trip, according to another family member.

Details of the Fatal Oregon Crash

According to reports, the fatal crash occurred when a 1999 Toyota 4Runner crashed into the family’s new 2016 Toyota 4Runner.

Eight people died in the crash: the seven family members in the newer SUV and the lone person in the other SUV. The driver of the other SUV was identified as Mark Robert Rundell, 48, of Prairie City.

A family member of the seven related victims, Jessie Tate, stated that his family is devastated by the unexpected deaths of his sister and her children. He said that he first learned of the crash from other relatives and says that he later called his father who told him, who had been involved.

“She was outgoing, personable, made friends everywhere she went, and her kids took after her,” Tate said. “They all just cared about everyone around them.” Oregon State Police, who are investigating, said the driver traveling alone veered into opposing traffic on the two-lane highway while heading west and collided with the SUV carrying the family.

The collision is among the deadliest state crashes in recent years. Five people were killed in a two-car crash near Salem in October. One driver involved was later charged with manslaughter, driving under the influence of intoxicants and other charges in the collision that killed a mother, her three children and her niece.

National Auto Accident Statistics

Traffic fatalities in the U.S. jumped for the second straight year in 2016 despite a dip in crash deaths linked to distracted driving, according to data released by federal highway safety regulators.

  1. Some 37,461 people died in vehicle collisions in 2016, the highest annual tally since 2007, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration figures. The 5.6 percent rise in traffic deaths last year came after a 8.4 percent spike in 2015, which was the largest annual increase since the mid-1960’s.
  2. Fatalities from distracted drivers, such as those texting, fell 2.2 percent last year.
  3. Deaths linked to other risky behaviors such as speeding, drunk driving and not wearing seat belts contributed to an overall gain in fatalities.
  4. Total vehicle-miles-traveled increased 2.2 percent last year while the fatality rate grew 2.6 percent to 1.18 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, according to the agency. Miles driven gained 2.3 percent in 2015.

Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced Corpus Christi car accident attorneys have experience handling a multitude of injury accidents, no matter how severe the crash or injury. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages if another driver acted negligently. Our firm has the experienced lawyers and financial resources that you need to achieve the real results you deserve.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review — attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. If you cannot make it to our office, we can visit you at your home, in the hospital, or at work

 

Cheerios and Quaker Oats Found to Contain Weed Killer Chemical Roundup

Amy Barenboim5 days ago

Chemicals from Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup has been found in Cheerios and similar products.

Details of the Roundup Contamination

On Wednesday, the Environmental Working Group released the results of a test it conducted on popular oat-based products to determine whether the herbicide glyphosate, the active chemical in the weed killer Roundup. The oat-based products include brands such as Lucky Charms, Cheerios, Kind Bars, Nature Valley Bars and more. At high levels, the active ingredient glyphosate has been linked to cancer.

Earlier this week, a jury in San Francisco awarded a groundskeeper who worked with Roundup for two years and became terminally ill with non-Hodgkin lymphoma $289 million in damages from Monsanto. Over 4,000 other lawsuits against the agrochemical company are impending.

The test by the EWG involved 45 samples of conventionally grown oats, and 16 samples of organically grown oats. The testing of the conventionally grown oats found that 43 of the 45 samples contained glyphosate. 31 of those samples had glyphosate levels that were above the benchmark set by the EWG at 160 parts per billion. On the other hand, only five of the organic samples contained glyphosate, and none contained more than 160 ppb.

Each product contained different levels of glyphosate, with Quaker Old Fashioned Oats ranking at the top with 1,000 ppb. The Cheerios samples ranged from 470ppb to 530ppb, while two Lucky Charms samples tested at 400ppb and 230ppb.

Nature Valley products also tested, in most cases, above the benchmark set by EWG. The company’s Granola Oats n’ Honey had 220ppb and 170ppb in its two tests. Another product, Crunchy Granola Bars, Oats n’ Honey tested at 340ppb and 120ppb.

Company Reply and Possible Alternatives for Concerned Consumers

The company replied to the results in statement saying “We proudly stand by the safety and quality of our Quaker products, Quaker does not add glyphosate during any part of the milling process. Glyphosate is commonly used by farmers across the industry who apply it pre-harvest.” In addition, the company says the reported levels of glyphosate “are significantly below any regulatory limits.”

The healthiest options appear to be organic, many of which did not contain the chemical at all including Simple Truth Organic Oatmeal, and Kashi’s Heart to Heart Organic Honey Toasted cereal. A healthy option for a granola bar is Cascadian Farm Organic Harvest Berry.

Although the World Health Organization and California state scientists have linked Roundup to cancer, it is the most used pesticide in the U.S. It is often sprayed before harvest, causing it to cling the crops and linger in the food.

Even more concerning, the EWG says that glyphosate poses an even greater risk for children, who intake about 230 times the 160ppb benchmark. Children between the ages of one and two have a much greater exposure the chemical.

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.

NHTSA Investigating Seat Belt-Related Fires in Ford F-150s

Cydney Patterson5 days ago

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) office of defects has opened an investigation following the complaints of five owners due to an alleged defect in Ford F-150 seat belt pretensioners.

About the Ford F-150 Seat Belt Investigation

According to the NHTSA, the owners claimed that fires started in the trucks’ B pillars following crashes that caused the vehicles’ seat belt pretensioners to be activated. Three of the trucks were totaled by the fires, but the other two self-extinguished, according to the Vehicle Owner Questionnaires submitted to the ODI.

Pretensioners lock seat belts in place during a crash. Pyrotechnic pretensioners, which must be replaced after they are activated just like airbags, use small explosions to tighten loose seat belts to protect passengers during crashes in addition to locking the belts in place. Not all pretensioners use pyrotechnics; others types use mechanical or electrical locking mechanisms.

The seat belt pretensioners in the trucks were manufactured by either ZF TRW or Takata. Ford’s F-series trucks have been the best selling trucks in America for more than 40 years and the best-selling vehicle of any type for more than 30 years.

Ford sold almost 2.5 million F-series trucks from 2015 through 2017 and more than 500,000 trucks through July 2018, with five months to go. If all F-series trucks in the four years were to be recalled, the total number of vehicles involved would be close to 3.5 million.

If the ODI determines a recall is necessary due to a defect in the pretensioners, the number of vehicles would likely grow quickly to include other automakers that use pretensioners from the same manufacturers.

No fatalities or injuries were reported following the five complaints.

Trucks Included in Fords Supercrew Investigation

The Ford F-150 trucks involved in the reports and that are being recalled are the 2015-2018 Supercrew pickup trucks.

NHTSA estimated there are approximately 1,425,000 trucks with Supercrew-style cabs from those model years in the U.S.

Consumers can see if their vehicle is part of the recall by entering their VIN into NHTSA’s recall checker.

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 AntonioAustin, 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.

 

Daycare Worker Accused of Slamming Child into Wall Faces Judge

Cydney Patterson5 days ago

In South Windsor, Connecticut, a daycare worker facing child abuse charges related to babies between the ages of 12- and 18-months of age.

Details of the Windsor Daycare Abuse Charges

According to WFSB, 25-year-old Ashley Swietek faces three felony risk of injury to a minor charges for abuse allegations at Mother Goose Children’s Center in South Windsor. The arrest warrant says the three victims were only 1 to 1-and-a-half years old and abused under Swietek’s care between 2016 and 2018.

The documents say Swietek threw one victim into a wall resulting in “his head snapping backward and slamming into the wall.” A teacher also reported Swietek forcefully restraining a 27-pound child, and later that day the child’s mom reported noticing “unexplained bruising on his lower back.

The owner of the daycare and two others were arrested for failing to report the alleged abuse. Mother Goose Children’s Center had no comment on Thursday. Swietek will be back in court next month.

Daycare Abuse Statistics

According to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, more than 3.5 million reports from CPS agencies were received in 2013 alone.

  1. The majority of these reports dealt with neglect, followed by physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and medical neglect trailing closely behind.
  2. In 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,700 fatalities resulting from child maltreatment, marking a 7 percent increase from the 1,589 reported fatalities in 2015.
  3. A 2005 report states that 47.3 percent of all abused kids were male, while 50.7 percent were female.
  4. The age group most likely to be abused is children between the birth and 3 years of age.
  5. The same report states that 49.7 percent of all child abuse victims were white, 23.1 percent were African-American, and 17.4 percent were Hispanic. American Indians accounted for 1.2 percent of abused children, while Asian-Pacific Islanders accounted for less than 1 percent of victims.

Contact an Experienced Child Injury Attorney

If your child has been injured after an accident or abuse at a daycare center, contact Thomas J. Henry. Parents put their trust in the staff of a daycare facility to keep their children safe and out of harm’s way. It is unacceptable for a child to be subjected to abuse or an unsafe premises while in their care. If your child was seriously injured due to the negligence or abusive actions of daycare staff, call our experienced child injury attorneys today. Thomas J. Henry has the legal and financial resources necessary to develop your child’s case properly. Call for a free case review.

Several Injured in New Hampshire School Bus Crash

Alyssa Norwillo6 days ago

Multiple people were injured on Friday following a school bus accident in Greenland, New Hampshire on Interstate 95.

Details of the Bus Crash

According to authorities, a school bus veered off of Interstate 95 and crashed into trees on the side of the road. The passengers of the bus were children on a field trip for a summer program.

Police said that they have reason to believe the driver may have suffered a medical emergency in the crash.

Kendra Amaral, a town manager in Kittery, Maine, reported that 11 children and 2 adult counselors were on the bus as part of the Kittery Community Center SAFE program. There were many injuries but none were life-threatening, according to Amaral.

Police reports reveal that the most seriously injured were the driver, an 18-year-old counselor, and a 10-year-old student.

New Hampshire State Police continue to investigate the crash, Amaral says.

Large Truck and Bus Accident Statistics

  • According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 3,978 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes.
  • The number of injury crashes involving buses and large trucks increased by 55 percent between 2009 and 2014.
  • From 2004 to 2014, intercity bus accidents accounted for 13 percent of all fatal bus crashes. School buses accounted for 41 percent and transit buses accounted for 33 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, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

 

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