Doctor Accidentally Removes a Kidney

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Medical “expert”…?

Generally, people trust doctors to have a grasp on what is going on with their health issues, especially when surgery is involved. While the finer details can sometimes be left to the professionals, a woman from Iowa has some fairly valid complaints against the doctor who performed her surgery. Dena Knapp had surgery to remove a mass on her adrenal gland in 2016, but woke up without a kidney. A South Dakota doctor named Scott Baker performed the procedure and originally stated that he “did not get everything”; which is not entirely true (he did accidentally “get” a healthy kidney). Knapp is suing for an undisclosed amount after suffering from complications.  Read more

Train Crash Victims on Track for Justice

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Blowing off steam

Each year, thousands of people are killed or injured in train incidents. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) reports that the number of train crashes has been increasing since 2013. Two of the deadliest train crashes in the past 25 years happened in 2015. A September 2016 commuter train accident in Hoboken, NJ killed one woman and injured over 100 passengers. In January 2017, a train derailed in Brooklyn, NY, sending dozens of commuters to the hospital. Read More

Six Flags Off Track Adventure

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Decisions

A lawsuit has been filed against Six Flags after a roller coaster accident resulted in head injuries for 2 riders. The accident occurred on July 7th when one of the carts on the coaster partially derailed. The roller coaster accident occurred when a tree branch fell on the track, hitting the first car and causing the cart to derail. According to NBC Los Angeles, 22 riders were left suspended for several hours and four people were later treated for injuries.

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Young Tourist Sues NYC after Losing Her Leg

Decorative Scales of Justice in the Courtroom

Courtroom

Sian Green, 24 was on vacation with her best friend in New York City, enjoying  a hotdog near Rockefeller Center when a cab driver jumped the curb and struck her. The young woman lost her leg as a result of the accident and is now suing the city for 27.5 million dollars. According to reports the cab driver, Faysal Himon should not have even been driving at the time of accident, as his license should have been suspended for previous violations before the accident. The taxi and limousine commission admittedly failed to suspend Himon, due to a “computer glitch”. Read More

Fatal Philadelphia Duckboat Crash Settled for $17 Million

A Boston duckboat, by Flickr user Patrick Haney, licensed via Creative Commons.Though it walks two worlds, it is master of none.

A duckboat is a particular kind of bus that can travel by both land and sea.  Typically seen in cities like Philadelphia and Boston, which have prominent and accessible rivers, the boat/bus hybrid is particularly useful for tour companies, the novelty of amphibious sightseeing being extremely attractive to tourists.  Rarely do these duckboats cause a problem.  Their pre-planned and short water routes don’t get in the way of bigger ships, and on land they operate just like normal buses.  Back in July 2010, however, bad luck and negligence conspired conspired to end this reputation of relative safety.  A duckboat stalled in the water.  A tugboat captain pushing a barge turned down his emergency radio and looked away to answer a phone call.  The two vessels — one helpless, one aimless — collided.  The duck boat tumbled underneath the barge, bringing two Hungarian tourists to a watery grave.  Yesterday, after two years of negotiations and court maneuvering, lawyers associated with the case announced that they had reached a settlement with the tug- and duckboat companies.

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