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$70 Million Award in Baby Powder Case

A St. Louis jury awarded Deborah Giannecchini of California $70 million in her lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, finding negligent conduct in the development and advertising of the company's baby powder. Ms. Giannecchini claimed that her prolonged use of the product was the cause of her ovarian cancer.

Unpredictable Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injuries

By now, most of America has either seen footage of or heard something about Keith Scott, the 43-year-old African American who was shot by police in Charlotte, North Carolina last month. Who was at fault remains a hotly contested topic, and will likely continue to be for the unforeseen future. But one aspect of this tragedy should serve to highlight the unpredictable nature of some traumatic brain injuries.

Hoboken Train Crash. What's Next Legally?

The investigation of the New Jersey Transit train accident on September 29, which killed one person and injured more than 100 others, is now underway. The question as to how the investigation will be performed can be answered by looking at the Federal Laws of the United States. Initially implemented in 1966, the Department of Transportation created the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to regulate the safety of the railroad industry. While creating the FRA, the Department of Transportation set the Federal Regulations that the FRA would work under. Furthermore, in 2008, the Rail Safety Improvement Act was implemented, promulgating new safety regulations due to the increase in fatal rail accidents between 2002 through 2008. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), an independent Federal agency, works alongside the Federal Railroad Administration to investigate in to, and recommend changes to improve rail safety.

Five For Fighting: When Fans are Physically Assaulted at Hockey Games

Hockey season will soon be underway and many rivalries will be reignited. Here in the New York metropolitan area, three National Hockey League teams — the New York Rangers, the New York Islanders and The New Jersey Devils — fight it out with each other each year in the hopes of reaching — and winning — the Stanley Cup Finals. However, the fighting during a hockey game is no longer restricted to the ice.

Traumatic brain injury is not necessarily permanent

The human brain can heal and reconfigure itself.
Traditional assumptions about brain damage are proving not to be true. Current lines of research show that an injured brain can rewire, relearn and even regenerate. This is hopeful for victims and families dealing with a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

New York State Passes Stricter Drunk Driving and Boating Legislation

For many, the ideal means of relaxation and recreation is spending a summer day on the high seas. However, some neglect the risks that come with driving a boat under the influence of alcohol and drugs. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol use was a contributing factor in 306 boating accidents last year, 122 of which resulted in fatalities. Recently, New York passed a bill that will take prior drinking and driving convictions into consideration while imposing penalties for boating while intoxicated, regardless of what kind of vehicle was involved — boat, car or snowmobile.

The Most Dangerous Job in NYC? Commercial Waste

According to the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), commercial waste work is the most dangerous job in New York City. The high rate of serious injuries and fatalities in this trade are the result of non-union commercial waste companies failing to implement safety guidelines and wantonly violating OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requirements.

NYC Buildings Department Issues Violation, Stop Work Order on Crane Operator

The New York City Buildings Department has issued a violation and a stop work order on April 25 after a cherry picker smashed into the side of an apartment building.

New York Tugboat Crash Claimed Three Crewmember's Lives

On March 12, 2016 a tugboat escorting a crane from Albany to Jersey City, collided with a stationary construction barge located near the Tappan Zee Bridge. The tugboat, named The Specialist, was manned by three crewmembers, all of whom perished in the incident. After hitting the barge, the tugboat capsized and sank to the bottom of the Hudson River.

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