A jury in Colorado found football helmet maker Riddell 27-percent at fault in the sports injury of Rhett Ridolfi who suffered traumatic brain injury. The jury awarded $3.1 million to the family of the injured player.
According to Winnipeg Free Press, “In Colorado, the jury assessed 27 per cent of the fault for Rhett Ridolfi’s injuries, making it responsible for paying $3.1 million of the damages. Ridolfi’s lawyer Frank Azar said Sunday he’ll ask a judge to find Riddell responsible for paying all $11.5 million in damages …
“…Ridolfi’s family sued Riddell and his coaches after Ridolfi suffered a concussion in a Trinidad High School football practice. He wasn’t immediately taken to the hospital, and Azar said Ridolfi now has severe brain damage, plus paralysis on his left side. Three people reached confidential settlements before the verdict Saturday, but two coaches were still defendants at the trial.”
The jury found Riddell negligent in informing coaches and players about the dangers of concussion and not about the design of the helmet. Riddell has other lawsuits pending by thousands NFL players.
Florida A&M University has offered the grieving family $300,000 in the highly publicized hazing death of drum major Robert Champion. Fellow band members beat Champion to death as he walked the gauntlet of seats on a bus outside of an Orlando Hotel about a year ago.
The attorney for the Champion family alleges the university was negligent in protecting its students against hazing. The same attorney, Chris Chestnut also says that the offer was insultingly low for the family who had lost their child unnecessarily.
Florida A&M stated that the $300,000 offer was as high as they were allowed to go without approval from the Florida legislature. The band remains suspended for the academic year.
The lawyers for kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard allege that the Department of Justice (DOJ) tampered with at least one witness in an ongoing trial.
According to Fox News, “In court papers filed Monday, Dugard’s attorneys allege that DOJ lawyers unfairly convinced the former chair of the U.S. Parole Commission to cease serving as Dugard’s expert witness in her lawsuit against the federal government.
“Dugard alleges U.S. parole officials are partly to blame for her abduction and 18 years of captivity at the hands of a convicted rapist Phillip Garrido, who was on parole after serving 11 years of a 50-year sentence.
“Dugard’s lawyers are seeking a verdict in their favor because of the DOJ’s actions. She and her two children have already received a $20 million settlement from state of California.”
The lawsuit states that parole officials should have revoked Phillip Garrido’s parole shortly before he abducted Dugard. Multiple failures of actions are cited by the attorneys against the parole officers.
The weekend after one of the deadliest massacres in Colorado history, an 18-year-old man is filing a lawsuit. Narrowly escaping the bullets of James Holmes (allegedly), Torrence Brown Jr. is filing a lawsuit against the movie theater operators, Holmes’ doctors and Warner Brothers studios.
Brown who said he narrowly escaped with his life and was traumatized by the incident is suing the movie theaters for not guarding the exit doors and providing sufficient security in order to stop or mitigate the losses.
In regard to Holmes’ doctors, the New York Post says, “The potential plaintiffs also plan to target Holmes doctors, arguing they should have more closely monitored the neuroscience student for medications he might have been taking.”
And finally, Brown says he intends to sue Warner Brothers studios who produced the “Dark Knight” Batman movie for setting the violent tone in the shooting.
At least 100 former National Football League (NFL) players have filed a lawsuit claiming the League hid the long-term dangers of concussions from them. This group is part of 1500 players who have also made this claim.
According to CNN, “The filing cites recent scientific studies that have found a connection between concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease that results in Alzheimer’s-like symptoms, including memory loss and mood swings.
“CTE results only from repeated blows to the head, and can be diagnosed only after death. According to the lawsuit, 12 cases of CTE have been detected in deceased NFL players.”
It is already widely known that many former boxers suffer from traumatic brain injuries including dementia pugilistica, which is a variant of CTE. Whether or not the NFL did enough to reasonably inform players with the current information at hand will be discussed in court.
The BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast region has been acknowledged as the largest environmental catastrophe in U. S. history. The Federal government has just forced BP in setting aside a $20 billion escrow fund (which is not a cap they say) in order to pay for claims arising from the oil disaster.
BP has also set aside a $100 million fund for its own workers who are unemployed because of this disaster. Meanwhile it is reported by CNN that BP workers (and out of work fishermen now working for BP) have been told not to wear protective gear in the cleanup effort.
This leads to a whole host of questions about legal issues that will be arising out of this BP oil spill disaster. The first and foremost is will the company survive this or will they go under? BP has said they will not offer a dividend to shareholders throughout 2010.
Since this is an environmental disaster, what kind of personal injury claims might go to court because of this? First, and foremost may be wrongful death cases of the 11 workers killed in the explosion on the platform.
Second, health issues from the workers who were told not to wear protective gear when cleaning up the oil spill may suffer medical consequences, injuries and bills because of this action on BP’s part.
Third, the citizens living around the Gulf Coast may suffer illnesses related to the oil spill including the dispersants used by BP to try to contain the oil at sea. The claims are just beginning and litigation on these cases, either individually or class action will continue for years.
New York City Major Bloomberg and his administration have decided to settle a class action lawsuit concerning homeless families stemming back to 1983. The longstanding lawsuit acknowledges that plans to reduce the homeless population as expected have failed.
There are currently over 9,000 homeless families that include over 14,000 homeless children in New York City. The Legal Aid Society filed the lawsuit in 1983 to call attention to the problem of homelessness in the city.
At issue has been the right to shelter in NYC for men, women and homeless children. The settlement relieves the city of the burden of using time and employee resources to carry out over 40 detailed court order. After this settlement, however, a new lawsuit will go forward over similar issues.
While skiing, William Rothstein suffered internal injuries after he hit a poorly marked retaining wall. Rothstein sued the ski facility Snowbird Corporation citing negligence in failing to properly mark the railroad ties that were stacked as a barrier.
The lower court ruled in favor of Snowbird, saying that Rothstein had assumed the inherent risk of skiing and signed two waivers stating he was aware of the risks. The Utah Supreme Court overruled the lower court’s decision, however, restoring the lawsuit and clarifying state law as it pertains to negligence.
Actor Dennis Quaid and wife Kimberley Buffington are suing Baxter Healthcare Corporation for $50,000 is damages. The lawsuit alleges negligence in having similar labels for 10-unit and 10,000-unit vials of heparin.
Twins Zoe Grace and Thomas Boone were given accident overdoses of the drug, used as a blood thinner at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles last month. Cedars-Sinai has since apologized for the preventable medication error.
A Bellevue, Washington was awarded $4 million in a settlement involving a car crash with a police officer 3 years ago. The police officer resigned in 2006, when investigators found the crash was avoidable.
The police officer was driving down an alleyway at 35 mph in pursuit of a DUI suspect when hitting the Bellevue woman. The woman sustained traumatic brain injuries as a result of the accident and required months of recovery time.
The woman had been home from Bulgaria where she was studying under a Fulbright Scholarship. The woman has since been able to complete her studies.
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