A 66 year old man was hit by a vehicle being driven by a 22 year old woman yesterday near the Roanoke County Courthouse in Salem, Virginia.
I’ve been thinking a great deal about my clients lately and while I handle many different types of personal injury cases, I realized that all of the victims and victim’s families that I work with have one thing in common-
While most of us haven’t been asked to evacuate during the past week, I’m willing to bet that many of our readers have a relative or a friend that is one of the two million people asked to leave their homes in the coastal areas of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.
A device as cheap as $9 could have saved the life of a Greene County, Virginia toddler earlier this week. On Monday, a 25 year old mother of three was washing her 2002 Ford Explorer in the family’s driveway, while her two older children, ages 3 and 5 sat inside the parked vehicle. Her 18 month old daughter, Aeayla Camacho toddled outside following her mother as she performed this chore. Suddenly, the vehicle began to roll backwards and the mother scrambled to get her toddler out of the way. Despite injuring herself, her efforts to save her daughter were in vain. The vehicle crushed the toddler. Little Aeayla died in her driveway.
We’ve all been there at some point in our lives. Our friend or loved one has been injured or even killed in an accident that was not their fault and we want to help, but feel absolutely helpless and unprepared. We know that the situation is bad, really bad. Your friend or family member is trying to focus on healing and recovering from his or her injuries, but the medical bills are piling up and they are unable to work.
We were fortunate enough in Southwest Virginia to be given a 3 day weekend with mild temperatures and beautiful sunshine. Many families planned last minute road trips or headed to the Virginia Tech vs. Liberty University Football game at Lane Stadium.
With summer coming to an end and warm weather still lingering, I know that motorcycle enthusiasts are taking advantage of sunny days and hitting the roads for a few rides before the close of the season.
Nine year old Julian Suttle was critically injured in a single vehicle crash Saturday afternoon on VA360. Julian was flown to Duke Medical Center with life threatening injuries. At the time of this posting, there has been no new information reported on the child’s condition. Police report that the vehicle struck a stop sign, ran off the road and hit a utility pole. Reports stated that the vehicle was split in half during the impact. The driver of the vehicle, Melissa Rhodes, age 28 was also seriously injured in the crash.
Crash tests performed recently indicate that an estimated 313,000 Honda and Acura models are too dangerous to drive. The models have faulty airbags made by Takata that have a higher than normal chance of rupturing upon deployment. In many of the 2001-2003 models the vehicle airbags rupture rates were as high as 50%. When the airbags ruptured in these tests, they sent shrapnel into that cabin that would likely injure or kill the passenger.
Tokyo-based Olympus, a producer of 85 percent of the American gastrointestinal scope market, intentionally failed to warn hospitals in the United States of deadly infections that had been transmitted to patients after surgeries using the Duodenoscope in Europe and Japan. The Duodenoscope is a medical device that is used to scope a patient’s gastrointestinal tract to visualize problems in the biliary and pancreatic duct systems. These devices have been blamed for transmitting “superbugs” that can not be treated with antibiotics and are most often a death sentence for patients. Not only are the infections painful and deadly, they are so easily transmitted that many patients unfortunate enough to contract a “superbug” end up suffering and dying a horrible death alone, without support or comfort of having their loved ones near in order to prevent transmission of the infection.