Month: May 2012

Construction Worker Dies in an Auto Accident

A car hit a truck on a road construction site in Fairview Illinois on May 22.  One worker was killed as a result of the accident and two others were injured.  The injured workers and the driver of the vehicle were airlifted to St. Louis University Hospital. The workers were standing near a truck that […]

Written by on May 31, 2012

Trampoline Sold at Toys R Us Recalled

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall for the First Fitness Trampoline with Handlebars that is manufactured by Aqua-leisure Industries. There have been forty thousand of these sold in the US.  The reason for the recall is that the handlebar can break due to metal fatigue. This is a child sized product […]

Written by on May 29, 2012

CDC Updates Cost of Injury Reports Application

The CDC website has an application that an injured person can access to estimate what their injury will cost them. They have updated work loss estimates and have corrected unit medical cost estimates for injuries treated at emergency rooms for patients released after treatment. Average costs for fatal injuries listed by body part involved are […]

Written by on May 24, 2012

Jury Awards Injured Trucker $11.4 Million Due to Product Defect

A jury has awarded $11.4 million to Raymond Mariolle, a truck driver who injured his back when the wheel of his truck collapsed.  Mr. Mariolle, a driver for Waste Management Co.  required several surgeries after sustaining compression injuries to his spine. Suit was brought against the manufacturer of the hub that broke, Volvo Truck, the company […]

Written by on May 23, 2012

FDA Issues an Alert for an Experimental Procedure to Cure Multiple Sclerosis

On May 10 the FDA announced an alert about a medical procedure called “liberation therapy” which is used to relieve chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency. The “treatment” is believed by some to have a positive effect on those suffering from multiple sclerosis. The theory is that blood and spinal fluid cannot properly drain from the brain […]

Written by on May 22, 2012

Insurance Companies Paid Over $470 Million to Settle Dog Bite Claims In 2011

Last year alone State Farm Insurance paid more than $109 million on more than 3,500 injury claims involving dog bites. According to the Insurance Information Institute more than $470 million in dog bite claims were paid by all insurance companies in 2011. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4.7 million people are […]

Written by on May 17, 2012

YouTube Video Leads to an Arrest

A Houston man has been arrested and charged with improper photography and visual recording. The charges stem from a video recording of the man and his former girlfriend having sex which he posted on YouTube to embarrass her after their 2011 breakup. The girlfriend reported the incident to police after he emailed her about what […]

Written by on May 17, 2012

Fireman Dies in the Line of Duty

Kinloch Missouri firefighter Captain Richard Parks was at a fire last month that saw a 16 year old person rescued. He had driven a fire truck to the scene of the fire, but returned to the station when he became ill and was eventually taken to a hospital.  He returned to the station but then […]

Written by on May 15, 2012

School Bus and Police Cruiser Involved in Accident

On Wednesday May 2, 2012 a police car that was responding to call was part of an accident involving a school bus. Luckily there were no students aboard the school bus at the time but one of the officers in the cruiser had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. The driver of the […]

Written by on May 10, 2012

New Worries for the FDA

A recent article in the New York Times looks at the effects of Endocrine Disruptors. These chemicals can be found everywhere including thermal receipts from ATMs and gasoline self-service pumps. They are found in canned food, cosmetics and food packaging. There are not many direct links to serious side effects as of yet but there […]

Written by on May 8, 2012