Honda Reports 20th Fatality Linked to Faulty Takata Airbags

A faulty Takata airbag inflator has been linked to one more death, this time in Baton Rouge, La. According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, the unidentified person is the 20th death worldwide attributed to the faulty inflators, which can explode with too much force and send shrapnel flying into the vehicle compartment….

Honda Reports 20th Fatality Linked to Faulty Takata Airbags

A faulty Takata airbag inflator has been linked to one more death, this time in Baton Rouge, La. According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, the unidentified person is the 20th death worldwide attributed to the faulty inflators, which can explode with too much force and send shrapnel flying into the vehicle compartment….

Honda Reports 20th Fatality Linked to Faulty Takata Airbags

A faulty Takata airbag inflator has been linked to one more death, this time in Baton Rouge, La. According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, the unidentified person is the 20th death worldwide attributed to the faulty inflators, which can explode with too much force and send shrapnel flying into the vehicle compartment….

Routine Operation Results in Death of Patient

http://crug-glas.co.uk/gallery/_w6a8702/feed/ Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 22, 2017 – A 61-year-old man died after a non-invasive surgery to replace an aortic valve. Now, his son has filed a medical negligence lawsuit.

A Kansas City man was to receive an aortic valve for his heart condition. According to medical records, the patient was told that the procedure had a 99 percent success rate. The aortic valve repair was to be performed by making a small incision in the armpit and avoiding opening the chest cavity. Once the surgery began, the surgeon allegedly failed to follow the instructions for the successful replacement of the heart valve, according to the lawsuit.

During surgery, complications arose and the time limit for the procedure to be done safely was exceeded. The lawsuit states that the surgeon tried to complete the surgery by making a minimal opening in the chest rather than opening it completely. Eleven hours after the operation, the patient was moved to intensive care. The patient died two days later after being removed from life support.

The lawsuit alleges that the surgeon had never performed an aortic valve operation before and ignored advice from experienced doctors who offered to assist him in the operating room.

The death of a loved one is a difficult time for the surviving family members and often financially draining. Medical malpractice cases are complex and may take a long time before they go to court or result in a settlement. Plaintiffs may find themselves living paycheck-to-paycheck, struggling with medical, funeral and burial expenses.

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Nation’s Worst Facilities Remain Unchanged in 2017 VA Hospital Ratings

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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 21, 2017 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a list of hospital rankings for 2017. The majority of the country’s worst-rated facilities from last year showed no improvement in the latest internal rankings. The agency said overall 64 percent of hospitals improved from their 2016 baseline scores.

Fourteen medical facilities that scored one out of five stars in this year’s report earned the same low quality ratings in 2016. The Phoenix VA hospital was listed among the worst-ranked. The hospital was at the center of a 2014 nationwide wait times scandal in which veterans died waiting for medical appointments.

“The VA’s release of the hospital rankings is in line with the agency’s recent promises to maintain a commitment to transparency and accountability,” commented Jim Fausone, a Michigan veterans attorney. “However, it raises questions as to why the one-star facilities are not improving and what needs to be done in order to ensure all veterans receive quality health care and treatment in a timely manner.”

Also among the veterans hospitals that received two consecutive years of one-star ratings were two facilities in California, two in Texas and three in Tennessee. Threats to patient safety have skyrocketed at the Tennessee facility in recent years.

Only two VA medical centers on the list managed to improve their one-star scores. Hospitals in Detroit, Michigan and Fayetteville, North Carolina were awarded two stars each this year.

The VA evaluates its 146 medical facilities on a regular basis. They are rated using a scale of one to five stars, with five being the best. Scores are based on various clinical quality factors such as wait times, efficiency, access to health care, number of avoidable complications, infection, death rates and staffing turnover. One-star medical centers can be upgraded to two stars based on quality of care.

The VA press secretary said Secretary David Shulkin has made it a priority to enhance transparency as part of his efforts to improve the department. He added, “That’s why we’re posting these important end-of-year ratings.”

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There’s a New Employment Law Firm in Town: Lipsky Lowe LLP

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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2017 – Doug Lipsky and Chris Lowe are proud to announce their new law firm specializing in employment law: Lipsky Lowe LLP, representing clients in New York and New Jersey.

Doug and Chris were old friends before they co-founded this new firm, having worked together at the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, one of the nation’s top-rated labor and employment practices. They are excited about working together again and plan to leverage their combined knowledge, experience working at a major law firm, and skills to successfully represent individuals, classes, and businesses in all types of employment matters.

Prior to co-founding Lipsky Lowe, Doug Lipsky was a partner in Bronson Lipsky LLP, where he successfully recovered millions of dollars for his clients in cases involving discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, breach of contract, and unpaid wages, tips, and overtime.

Widely respected among his peers, Doug has been named a New York Magazine Super Lawyer for every year since 2011. Having been a court-appointed class counsel in several collective and class action lawsuits, Doug is a highly competent litigator, as well as a respected adviser of corporate clients, assisting them in creating and implementing personnel policies that are both practical and provide legal protection.

Chris Lowe was already a well-known employment attorney before co-founding Lipsky Lowe. During his 17 years at Seyfarth Shaw (12 of them as a partner), he not only led the firm’s New Jersey Employment Practice Group, but also represented numerous Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies, providing a wide range of day-to-day counseling and litigating in state and federal trial and appeals courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, AAA, JAMS and FINRA.

Chris has litigated cases involving sexual harassment, whistleblower activity, employment contracts and all forms of unlawful discrimination and retaliation. He has also litigated numerous nationwide class/collective actions seeking overtime pay.

To speak with either partner of Lipsky Lowe LLP, please call 212-518-1264. The Lipsky Lowe LLP website is expected to launch soon.

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Multiple injuries and fatalities reported in Washington Amtrak train derailment

SEATTLE (December 18, 2017) – Multiple fatalities and injuries were reported after an Amtrak train derailed and fell off a bridge over Interstate 5 in Washington Monday morning. At least two of the train’s cars fell onto the highway below.

Amtrak train 501, which departed shortly before 8 a.m. local time from Tacoma, Washington, was part of a new service that launched Monday morning to run along a new bypass created to avoid slow curves and single track tunnels. The new line was designed to reduce the length of the trip between Seattle and Tacoma by 10 minutes and separate Amtrak trains from freight lines that frequently cause delays in the area.

There were approximately 78 passengers and five crew members on board at the time of the incident, according to CBS News. 

Passengers on board the train at the time of the derailment reported the train seemed to be traveling normally, but within a split second they began to feel rocking and all of a sudden it felt as if the train was headed down hill.

“We could hear crumpling and crashing and screaming from people. The lights went out,” one witness told the Seattle Times. 

The emergency doors were not functioning correctly, which forced passengers to kick out train windows to exit, CBS News reports.

The Associated Press reports at least six people were killed in the crash. All of the fatalities were passengers on the train; several motorists on the highway below had been injured. A total of 77 people were sent to hospitals, with four of the injured being transported in critical condition.

The cause of the derailment remains under investigation.

Monday’s crash was the first fatal railway accident since May 12, 2015, when an Amtrak train derailed outside Philadelphia, killing eight people and injuring more than 200.

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Legal Assistant Lynne De Rolf discusses Cook County e-filing extension with Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

CHICAGO (December 15, 2017) – Cook County court officials are looking to put a temporary halt on mandatory e-filing ahead of a Jan. 1 statewide deadline.

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin spoke with Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard Legal Assistant Lynne DeRolf about what the extension means for law firms. Click here to read the full story. 

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