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Posted 1 year ago in Jury Awards Personal Injury by Sylvia Hsieh  
Appeals Court Guts $10M Award for Football Player’s Death

An appeals court virtually erased a $10 million jury award to the family of a college football player who died during practice in 2008. Ereck Plancher, a receiver for the University of Central Florida football team, was doing conditioning drills during an offseason workout when he collapsed and died. His family sued the UCF Athletics Association, an organization that operates the football program, for wrongful death. They argued that the athletics association didn’t follow its own procedures in treating their …

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Posted 1 year ago in Jury Awards Personal Injury by Sylvia Hsieh  
Woman Impaled by Tree Branch Wins $12M Against City

A woman who was impaled in her car by a falling tree branch and lost her leg as a result won a $12 million jury verdict. Shanta Greene, an assistant manager at Wendy’s in Savannah, Ga., had just gotten off her job on July 2, 2010, when her cousin and his son picked her up in his pickup truck. Greene was sitting in the passenger seat when a large limb of an evergreen oak tree plummeted into the car, impaling …

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Posted 1 year ago in Personal Injury by Janet Raasch  
Hospitals Can Make You Sicker

People who enter hospitals and other healthcare facilities are often ill or injured to begin with. They expect to get better. Sometimes, however, a healthcare-associated infection (HAI) makes them even worse than they were when they entered. HAIs are also called nosocomial infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than two million people acquire infections in hospitals each year. Using a different estimate, HAIs affect as many as one in 10 patients.  Such infections result in …

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Posted 1 year ago in Personal Injury Traveling by Aaron Kase  
Passengers Can Sue Cruise Lines for Crimes Aboard Ship

Major cruise lines recently released data revealing that 237 alleged serious crimes have occurred on their ships since 2011, including rape, theft, assault, kidnapping and homicide. The companies posted the data voluntarily in response to criticisms that there was no good source of crime data, and in advance of potential federal legislation that would mandate that the statistics be made public. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Carnival Corporation and Norwegian Cruise Line collectively reported 99 serious crimes in 2011, 88 in 2012 …

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Elderly Wrong-Way Driver to Pay $5.2M for Man’s Severed Leg

An 83-year-old driver who went the wrong way on an interstate in Texas must pay $5.2 million to the driver she struck. Jerry Wall was riding a motorcycle three years ago on westbound Interstate 20 when he was hit head-on by Vernelle Ingram, driving a Buick sedan the wrong way on an off-ramp in Hudson Oaks. Wall, who lost his leg because of the crash, sued Ingram for damages. At the time of the accident, an investigating police officer questioned …

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