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Staten Island New York Personal Injury Lawyer > Personal Injury News (Page 3)

Proposal Would Allow Pothole Damage Claims Year-round

Some New York lawmakers are pushing a bill that would require the state to reimburse drivers for pothole-related repairs all year-round. Currently in New York, who is responsible for car damage from potholes depends on the time of the year. If it’s between November and May, when most potholes form, you cannot file a claim. Some state legislators are proposing a bill that would change that. One version of the legislation would create a reporting system that gives the state 14 days to fix the pothole – otherwise it would have to start paying claims. AAA New York says something needs to change...

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3M to Pay Millions in Lawsuit Over Defective Earplugs

It appears 3M has been ordered (again) to pay out a large sum of money, this time for defective earplugs sold to the military many years ago. The 3M Company has agreed to pay $9.1 million to settle allegationsit knowingly sold defective combat earplugs to the United States military without disclosing defects that limited the effectiveness of the devices, according to an announcement from the U.S. Justice Department last week. The payment settles allegations that 3M and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies Inc., were aware that the earplugs sold to the military were too short for proper insertion into the ears, would loosen,...

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Johnson & Johnson, U.S. States Settle Hip Implant Claims For $120 Million

Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit have agreed to pay $120 million to resolve deceptive marketing claims by several U.S. states over the company’s metal-on-metal hip implants. Attorneys general of 46 U.S. states announced the settlement agreement in statements on Tuesday. They alleged DePuy engaged in unfair and deceptive practices in the promotion of its ASR XL and Pinnacle Ultamet hip implant devices. The states claimed J&J made misleading claims about the longevity of its metal-on-metal hip implants. Patients frequently had to undergo a revision surgery before the company’s advertised timeframe of five years. DePuy in 2010 announced a worldwide voluntary recall of 93,000...

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App Alerts Consumers to Dangerous Products

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has created a recall app that alerts people when a product has been declared defective and recalled. The country’s chief product safety regulator created the app to make recall information more accessible to consumers and. The app is just one part of the CPSC’s efforts to make the recall communication process more modern, and the CPSC is hoping to encourage manufacturers to develop marketing strategies for recalls so consumers will know right away that a product they’ve bought or used is unsafe. With this app, the CPSC is hoping that consumers will be more likely to...

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Intoxicated Driver Struck 41 Cars

Rhode Island police have arrested a man they say was driving under the influence when he struck more than 40 other vehicles. Police say 45-year-old Christopher Paolissi, of Foster, was “zig-zagging” his pickup truck when he struck 41 vehicles in Providence on Tuesday afternoon. Police say Paolissi was intoxicated, and he was driving about 15 mph when officers stopped him. He was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported. Police Chief Hugh Clements says officers are compiling a “lengthy report” due to the number of vehicles hit. Paolissi is facing multiple charges, including driving under the influence, reckless driving and failure to...

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Woman Wins $41 Million Verdict in Transvaginal Mesh Trial

A Lancaster woman was awarded $41 million, including $25 million in punitive damages, by a Philadelphia jury for injuries she suffered from a vaginal mesh device designed and marketed by a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, her attorney announced Thursday. The verdict was the sixth multi-million dollar award in a vaginal mesh product trial in Philadelphia. Suzanne Emmett, 57, was implanted in May 2007 with a mesh product made by Ethicon Inc. to relieve organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. Not long afterward, her attorney said, she began experiencing pain and discomfort and underwent corrective surgery to have the mesh removed. In later years, she had...

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Limo Drivers Settle for $750K over Misclassification as Contractors, Not Employees

A limousine company dispute in Connecticut has resulted in a $750,000 settlement for 23 current and former drivers. The Connecticut Law Tribune reports that drivers for Connecticut Limousine recently agreed to settle their lawsuit over allegations the New Haven-based company illegally withheld wages by misclassifying the drivers as independent contractors, instead of employees. A lawyer for Connecticut Limousine said the company would have no comment on the settlement. The company had filed court papers denying allegations of unjust enrichment and illegally withholding wages. A lawyer for the drivers, Michael Petela Jr., said the company improperly shifted many business expenses onto the drivers, who had...

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Winter Coats Can Hinder Car Seat Safety for Children

Winter brings cold weather and potentially slick roads, but families still need to travel every day. We bundle up our children to help them brave the elements, but a bulky coat and a car seat can be a dangerous combination. There are ways to safely transport children in child car seats while still keeping them warm. Here are some tips for parents to follow from the experts at CR's Auto Test Center. Puffy Coat Check As a general rule, winter coats should not be worn underneath a car seat harness because that can leave the harness too loose to be effective in a...

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NYPD: Woman Struck and Killed by Bus in Lower Manhattan

A federal court clerk from Melville who excelled at law and friendship, winning the love and admiration of her colleagues and professors, died after being struck by a private bus Thursday evening in lower Manhattan, officials said. The driver, Xi Chen, 50, of Manhattan, remained at the scene, and was arrested and charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian and exercise due care, according to the NYPD. Kimberly Greer, 28, was hit while trying to cross Leonard Street in a marked crosswalk about 7:30 p.m., according to police. The court complaint states that video surveillance shows Greer was walking across the street while the pedestrian signal...

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FDA Warns Against Teething Necklaces, Bracelets Over Choking, Strangulation Concerns

The Food and Drug Administration is warning parents not to give their children teething necklaces or bracelets that are commonly used to relieve pain or provide sensory stimulation. The FDA made the announcement Thursday, saying it has received reports of death and serious injuries caused by the teething jewelry, including strangulation and choking. In one case, the FDA says an 18-month-old  boy was strangled to death by his amber teething necklace during a nap. The products in question are produced and sold by a large number of manufacturers and individuals. The beads of the products may be made with various materials such as...

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