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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.

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).

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.

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.

New York Wrongful Death Lawsuit Ongoing

In the ongoing case of a teacher killed after a New York Police Department (NYPD) officer drove into him, the NYPD is refusing to release records pertaining to the incident. The event happened on July 6, 2013 at the intersection of Broadway and Hooper Street in Brooklyn. The 61-year-old was crossing the street when he was struck by a marked police van and thrown onto the pavement. He later died from severe head injuries, and his family is currently suing the NYPD, New York City, and the officer who was driving.

Dangers of Older Drivers

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimated in 2013 that there were approximately 23.6 million drivers age 70 and above in the United States. With age comes health complications, such as dementia, loss of vision, loss of hearing, and longer response time. These declines in health can create a dangerous situation for the older driver, as well as all other drivers on the road.

Right-of-Way Law Leading to Multiple Summons and Arrests

New statistics regarding the New York City's 2014 Right-of-Way Law were released at the recent 2016 Vision Zero Conference that was held on March 10. The Right-of-Way statute makes it a misdemeanor for drivers who do not yield to pedestrians and cyclists. The Gothamist reported that the law was created out of concern for the lack of NYPD investigation into many pedestrian and cyclist accidents. Generally, pedestrian and cyclist accidents were only investigated by the city's Collision Investigation Squad if there was a fatality involved.

Commissioner States 2024 Vision Zero Goal Unreachable

The 2016 Vision Zero Conference, held on March 10, highlighted new crash statistics and the 2024 goal of zero deaths. The Gothamist reported that the New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton stated zero deaths is an unreachable goal because, "As long as we have humans who are walking and riding bicycles and cars-as long as we have people, we will have crime."

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