Whiplash injury cited in car accident death

September 12, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

iStock_000006945203XSmall.jpgMany people think, often incorrectly, that whiplash is a made-up injury or one that is not serious. We just read an article in the Telegraph India about the death of a political figure who was killed, in what was described as a "minor traffic accident." Union minister Gopinath Munde cause of death was consistent with a "whiplash" injury, an injury to the cervical spinal bone in the neck.

While "whiplash" is not a medical term, it describes a hyperextension, hyperflexion or rotation of the neck injury when the neck suffers a sudden jerking or shipping of the head.

Whenever a vehicle is struck from behind, the person inside the vehicle can experience a whiplash injury when the head rapidly jerks forward and then backwards. In some cases, the cervical bone can be fractured which injures the spinal cord which controls a person's ability to breathe. Even if the bone is not fractured, any spinal injury may result in death.

Gopinath Munde may have suffered a serious spinal cord injury when his sedan was rear-ended by a hatchback. Munde was brought to the hospital only 15 minutes after the fender bender accident but he was not breathing and could not be revived.

Whiplash injures can be classified by severity using the following scale:

  • Grade 0: no physical symptoms
  • Grade 1: Sore neck and muscles but no physical signs of injury
  • Grade 2: Sore neck and muscles, other physical symptoms along with musculoskeletal signs
  • Grade 3: Sore neck and muscles and neurological signs of impairment
  • Grade 4: Sore neck and muscles and fracture or dislocation of cervical spine. Most fatal cervical spine injuries occur at the C1 or C2.

More information about Whiplash

  • People, especially younger adults, can also sustain a whiplash injury while playing sports.
  • Whiplash injuries can occur when head rests are not fitted properly.
  • Women suffer whiplash injuries at a higher rate than men as their neck muscles are less developed than men.
  • People with existing neck injuries or congenital malformations may experience more serious injuries.

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E-coli illness kills 1, sickened another child linked to turkey sandwich

September 10, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

cold-sandwich-704143-m.jpgA 4-year-old Oregon girl has died because of complications from E-coli and a friend with whom she shared a turkey sandwich with over the Labor Day weekend is in a Tacoma hospital being treated for kidney failure linked to E-coli.

Serena Faith Profitt, 4, of Otis, died on Monday from what is believed to be Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) which most likely developed from Escherichia coli (E-coli) bacteria. Oregon Health Department officials are determining the likely strain of E-Coli but E-coli O157:H7 is often the bacteria which causes kidney failure.

Serena's friend, a 5-year-old boy, is still in critical condition but appears to be improving from the same illness. The parents said that the two had shared a turkey sandwich at a dinner at an Oregon restaurant and the sandwich might be the culprit.

Symptoms of E-coli infection can include severe diarrhea and vomiting. In it's most severe form, it can include bloody diarrhea, vomiting, severe abdominal pain, extreme fatigue, pale skin, persistent fever, bruises and or bleeding from the nose or mouth, decreased urination and swelling.

The most common cause of HUS is E-coli infection. The source of the infection is usually found in contaminated meat or produce or swimming pools or lakes contaminated with human feces.

Small children under the age of 5 , pregnant women and older adults are most apt to become acutely ill from E-coli.

Treatment for HUS can consist of easing symptoms. Some children require an IV. Others undergo kidney dialysis. Some children are treated with medications such as ACE inhibitors.

E-coli infection

Preventing E-coli infection requires food prepares to wash and cook foods adequately and to wash hands and cooking utensils. Children should also avoid swimming in unclean swimming areas.

One of the deadliest E-coli outbreaks occurred in Germany in 2011. 53 people died of E-coli from contaminated sprouts. In 1993, four people died after an outbreak of E-coli linked to undercooked hamburgers from Jack in the Box. In 1996, one person died after contracting E-coli from unpasteurized apple juice manufactured by Odwalla.

For more information, read "Escherichia coli O157:H7 and HUS kidney failure."

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Pedestrian injured when struck by texting teen driver

September 8, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

An unidentified 63-year old woman was struck and injured in Arlington while she was walking by a teen driver whom the Sheriff's Office believe was texting while driving.

The pedestrian accident occurred in the 17100 block of McRae Road Northwest around 8:45am in Arlington on Saturday morning.

The accident victim was taken to Providence Medical Center. We hope that her injuries are not too serious.

Washington state law unequivocally prohibits teen age drivers from using cell phones or wireless devices while driving. Using a cell phone while driving may be one of the most dangerous things a person can do while on the road. Read Washington's cell phone laws:

Vehicle Code RCW 46.61.667 - Using a Wireless Communications Device While Driving
Vehicle Code RCW 46.61.668 - Sending, Reading, or Writing a Text Message While Driving

Texting while driving is an extremely dangerous practice and has resulted in 1.3 million crashes in 2011 alone.

Every time a driver attends to their cell phone, they are taking at least 5 seconds away from paying attention to the road. Even though teens know better, staying connected even while driving is a huge temptation. In fact 13% of drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 admit to texting or talking on their cell phone at the time of the accident.

There have been many texting accidents that have made their way to the courts. In Chatsworth, Metrolink offered a $200M settlement for a train accident that was caused by a texting operator. In 2012, a 18-year-old Aaron Deveau was convicted of motor vehicle homicide and sentenced to two years in prison for an accident that killed the father of three. In Kansas City, a 16-year-old girl was charged with manslaughter after a fatal accident that killed a 72-year-old woman.

If a person is injured in a motor vehicle accident by someone who is using a cell phone or a DUI driver, they are entitled to file a civil suit in addition to any criminal penalties the driver may face. A skilled personal injury attorney can help insure justice for the accident victim.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. Our law firm represents those who have been seriously injured by negligent drivers and the family of those killed.

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Recommendations for buying a car for a teenage driver

September 4, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently published recommendation for which cars and small SUVs to purchase for teenage drivers. Since car accidents are the number one cause of premature death and injury for teens in Washington, vehicle selection with attention to safety is very important. Read IIHS issues recommendations on used vehicles for teens after research finds many aren't driving the safest ones.

Car accident statistics show us that teenage drivers are some of the most at risk drivers so, when shopping for a used car for a teenage driver, safety should be the most sought-after quality when purchasing a vehicle for a teen driver. Vehicle choice can reduce a teenage driver's accident risk.

According to the IIHS, when purchasing a car for a teenage driver, parents should consider the following recommendations:

  1. Don't buy "muscle cars" or those with high horsepower engines.
  2. Avoid buying mini or small cars. Heavier cars provide more protection.
  3. Only buy vehicles with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) which detects and reduces skidding and detects loss of steering control. ESC automatically applies brakes individually to wheels.

See the IIHS website for information on specific recommended vehicles that cost $20,000 and under.

Washington State Graduated Driver License

In addition to purchasing a safe car for a teenage driver, parents and guardians should make sure their teens follow the laws for intermediate driver license. Washington state law provides that:

  • Teen drivers should not driver with passengers under 20 years old except for immediate family members for the first 6 months after licensure.
  • After the first 6 months of licensure, drivers under the age of 20 should drive with no more than 3 passengers under the age of 20 unless they are immediate family members.
  • Teen drivers are prohibited from driving between 1am and 5am for the first 12 months after licensure unless they are driving with a licensed driver over the age of 25.
  • Teenage drivers are prohibited from using cell phones or wireless devices while driving.

    This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for damages caused by negligent drivers.

    Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.

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  • HP recalls 6M laptop power cords due to fire risk

    August 29, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

    Hewlett Packard is recalling laptop plug-in cables marked with an LS-15 due to a fire risk.

    The U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission say this may affect six million or more cables. According to the CPSC, there have been 29 reports of overheated cords and two people suffered burn injuries. This image shows the affected part:

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    The defective power cords affect both HP and Compaq and mini notebook computers sold between September 2010 and June 2012.

    You can get a replace powercord by going to HP's website. The power brick is not being recalled.

    HP Power Cord Replacement

    This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a personal injury law firm, representing people seriously injured due to defective products including medical devices.

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    Worker at Bellevue College construction site falls to death

    July 22, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

    A construction worker fell several stories to his death while on a ladder at the new Bellevue College Health Sciences Building which is under construction. The construction accident occurred on Monday morning around 10:30 am.

    Bellevue police say that the 31-year-old construction worker was on the 4th floor and fell approximately 50 feete.

    The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries is investigating the accident. The man who died was working for Evergreen Erectors, Inc. He apparently was wearing a safety harness. Often construction workers wear a lanyard or another device which attaches to a lifeline. These harnesses are usually kept short to minimize a fall distance.

    Construction work is a dangerous occupation, especially when working on ladders and scaffolding.

    Ladder and Scaffolding Falls

    Ladder and scaffolding falls are some of the most serious hazards at construction sites. Injury or death can occur in the case of a defective ladder, windy conditions, slippery surfaces or poor footing. The investigation into the accident should determine the factors which caused the accident .

    Bellevue Construction Accident Attorney

    Whenever a loved one is killed or seriously injured in a construction accident, the family often wants answers to their questions: What caused the accident? Was someone at fault? Was someone negligent? Had their loved one received proper training? Did equipment fail?

    Herbert Farber, a Bellevue construction accident attorney, is experienced with working with investigators to get to the bottom of the cause of the accident and will help a family determine whether they have a valid claim against their employer or a third party. If possible, Mr. Farber will help maximize a financial recovery by pursuing workers' compensation benefits.

    If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious construction accident of if a loved one has died in a fatal construction accident, The Farber Law Group is here to be of assistance to you. We have more than 30 years experience representing accident victims and their families.

    Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.

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    One person dead, two seriously injured in Lake Washington boating accident

    July 17, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

    One woman has been killed and a man and a woman were taken to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition after a Lake Washington boating accident in which a powerboat struck a sailboat around 10:30pm.

    In what might be a case of boating under the influence, a 46-year-old Renton man, is being investigated for Boating Under the Influence (BUI) and homicide by watercraft after the fatal boating accident. Seattle police believe alcohol was involved.

    The accident occurred off of Leschi.

    There were seven people on the sailboat and three of them landed in the water during the accident, according to the Seattle P-I. A young woman in her mid-20's died at the accident scene; she may have been pinned between the two boats. The other victims, a man in his early 40's and a woman in her early 30's, reportedly suffered lacerations and fractures.

    Of the four people on the power boat, one was reported to have minor injuries.

    Operating a boat after dark and under the influence of alcohol makes for a dangerous situation for all boaters.

    Washington State Navigation Rules

    The Boat Washington Course provides that when a powerboat meets up with a sailboat head-on, the power boat must give way. In a crossing situation, when a powerboat meets a sailboat, the powerboat must also give way.

    This accident reminds one of another fatal boating accident on Lake Washington. In 2008, a 37-year-old Bellevue School District teacher was killed in a boating accident when the sailboat she was riding in was struck by a powerboat that was speeding at the time.

    This information was brought to you by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. Serving the greater Seattle area, we have more than 30 years experience representing boating accident victims.

    If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a boating accident, contact us for a free case consultation.

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    Pedestrian accidents and the elderly

    July 16, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

    Every year, more than 4,000 pedestrians are killed in motor vehicle accidents in the United States. Older adults -- those 65 and older -- account for 19% of all pedestrian accident fatalities and another 52,000 older Americans are treated for pedestrian accident injuries including those that were hit by a motor vehicle and those involved in fall-related accidents at curbs.

    Elderly pedestrians face a higher risk of death in a pedestrian accident than any other age group. In fact, death rates among the elderly due to a pedestrian accident are twice that of people aged 34 and younger. We often hear about the peril to bicyclists in Seattle, but data suggests that the elderly are more at peril than cyclists.

    In some cities, seniors are killed in pedestrian accidents at an alarming rate. To be honest, a lot of cities streets have not been designed with walkers in mind, some streets are very wide and a lot of drivers are so distracted by their cell phones that they are not watching for pedestrians.

    The elderly face many issues when they are walking. Often, the signals do not allow enough time for them to cross the street. At some corners, there are missing or broken pedestrian ramps which make it difficult for elderly walkers to use their walkers or canes. Another issue is that painted crosswalk markings are often faded or hard-to-see.

    Many pedestrian accidents are caused by motorists who are often distracted by cell phones or failing to abide by traffic laws and they neglect to check sidewalks and crosswalks before turning or crossing in an intersection.

    Western Washington's Most Dangerous Intersections

    The following are some of the intersections in Western Washington where the most serious or frequent accidents have occurred.

    • Bellevue – Northeast 8th Street and 148th Avenue Northeast
    • Everett - 128th Street Southwest and 4th Avenue West
    • Federal Way - 320th Street and Pacific Highway South
    • Lacey – College Street Northeast and Martin Way East
    • Lakewood – South Tacoma Way and 96th Street Southwest
    • Lynnwood - 196th Street Southwest and 44th Avenue West
    • Lynnwood - 200th Street and 44th Avenue SW
    • Seattle – Northwest 85th Street and 15th Avenue Northwest
    • Tacoma - 19th Street and Orchard Street
    • Tacoma - 6th and North Stevens Street
    • Vancouver - NE 117th Avenue and NE 76th Street

    Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?

    If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in a pedestrian accident, The Farber Law Group wants to help you claim the financial compensation you deserve. Herbert Farber has more than 30 years experience representing pedestrian accident victims and their families and he is available to meet with you to discuss your personal injury or wrongful death claim.

    If the driver who caused your accident was texting behind the wheel or driving drunk, you urge you to take the first step in filing a claim by contact The Farber Law Group for a free consultation.

    Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.

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    1 in 4 drivers admit to drowsy driving

    July 14, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

    One in four drivers admit to driving while being so tired that they can hardly keep their eyes open. This is a a serious hazard on our roads because studies show that driving while extremely fatigued is comparable to drunk driving because it affects ones vision, thinking abilities, impairs motors skills and slows ones reaction time. AAA claims that drowsy driving is a factor in up to 11.6% of all fatal motor vehicle accidents.

    A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study found that 4.2% of all the surveyed drivers admitted to having fallen asleep at the wheel at least once in the past 30 days. This number could even be higher because some people are not even aware when they fall asleep for a few seconds.

    A recent auto accident involving Comedian Tracy Morgan highlights what can happen when a driver is driving drowsy. Tracy Morgan was seriously injured and another man was killed when a Wal-Mart truck driver crashed into Morgan's vehicle. Morgan has filed a negligence lawsuit against Wal-Mart claiming that the truck driver, Kevin Roper was speeding and fell asleep at the wheel.

    Drivers attempt all sorts of things to attempt to combat drowsiness including drinking coffee, opening windows, stretching, listening to loud music, stretching, and slapping themselves. However there are only two things that are effective to combat the effects of drowsy driving:
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    1. Switching drivers
    2. Pulling off the road and napping
    Symptoms of Drowsy Driving
    We all know when we are tired but when you start yawning, spacing out, blinking, hitting rumble strips, drifting from your lane, it's time to get off the road, take a nap and drink some coffee. Drivers should make sure they are well rested, that they seek treatment for sleep disorders like sleep apnea and avoid alcohol to combat drowsy driving.

    Drowsy Driving Accidents -- Serious Consequences

    Drivers who cause an auto accident because they are driving drowsy face serious consequences. In the case of Tracy Morgan's accident, the Wal-Mart drivers has been charged with "death by auto and assault by auto." In Washington state, the equivalent would be Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Assault. Roper is accused with not sleeping for 24 hours before he drove.

    Morgan's filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart claiming under the doctrine "respondeat superior" which provides that an employer is responsible for the actions of an employee in the scope of their employment. Morgan's lawsuit also claims that the collision-avoidance system in the Wal-Mart truck was not functioning properly at the time of the accident.

    If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a driver who was driving under the influence or who was negligent, you are well-advised to seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney. The Farber Law Group has more than 30 years representing car accident victims and their families.

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    Honda ordered to pay $55M in car accident settlement

    June 30, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

    A Pennsylvania man, who was paralyzed in a rollover car accident, has been awarded a $55.3M product liability lawsuit against Honda Motors by a Pennsylvania jury.

    The jury agreed with the plaintiff, Carlos Martinez, 57, that a faulty seat belt design in his Acura Integra was the cause of the paralyzing injuries he sustained in a car accident.

    Martinez lost control of his vehicle when a tire blew and his seat belt did not restrain him, allowing his head to hit the roof of the car in the rollover accident.

    Honda denied liability but Martinez's lawyer argued successfully that the seat belt design was a known defect based on testing Honda had perofrmed eight years prior to the accident.

    The jury awarded Martinez money for his current and future medical expenses, loss of wages, loss of consortium and for pain and suffering.

    Product Liability Lawsuits

    The law allow that manufacturers of any product that caused damage can be held liable for damage caused by the product. Product liability includes tangible property but can also include intangible including writings such as maps, real estate, and pets.

    To prevail in a product liability lawsuit, the plaintiff must prove:

    • Design defect -- a design flaw that makes the product dangerous even though it serves its purpose and was used properly.
    • Manufacturing defect -- occurs during the manufacture, construction or production of the product.
    • Marketing defect -- includes failures to warn consumers of product dangers or failure to provide instruction for proper usage.

    This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. Our law firm represents people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and have more than 30 years representing clients with their product liability suits.

    Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.


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    GM pledges to compensate car accident victims for accidents related to faulty ignition switch

    June 30, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

    Ken Feinberg, the attorney for General Motors who is administering the victims compensation fund related to the company's ignition recall, says the company pledges to compensate all victims of car accident victims due to faulty ignition switches in vehicles they manufacture including Chevrolet Cobalt and HHR; Pontiac G5 and Solstice; Saturn Ion and Sky.

    Damage claims can be submitted between August 1 and December 31. Click here for Ignition Recall information.

    Feinberg pledges to compensate victims even if they were driving under the influence (DUI) or texting at the time of the accident.

    The compensation fund will not provide any punitive damages.

    ignition%20switch.jpgFeinberg said that if you had previously settled a claim before you knew of the faulty switches, that you can still open a claim.

    Currently, there are more than 100 lawsuits against GM related to the faulty switches. Some people are suing claiming injuries caused by a car accidents. Others have filed claims saying that their vehicle has lost resell value because of the faulty ignition switches.

    The United States Congress is investigating GM on why they waited ten years to recall and repair a known ignition defect. The defective switch has been linked to ten deaths.

    Check with a Product Liability Attorney before you Sign Anything

    If you have extraordinary damages such a serious injuries or death of a loved one due to a car accident involving a faulty ignition switch, you are advised to seek the counsel of a Product Liability Attorney to insure your rights are being protected.

    This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by negligence. We also represent product liability claims which involves injuries due to defective manufacture, design defect or defective marketing.

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    Prevent heatstroke: don't leave children or pets in cars

    June 26, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

    Last week a toddler -- 22-month old Cooper Harris --dafter his father left him strapped in his car seat in a hot car for seven hours. Cooper died of hypothermia. The father said that he simply forgot to bring his son to daycare but the police are investigating the father for murder.

    It is hard to imagine leaving a child or a pet in a car to die. Unfortunately, as many as 43 children die every year due to heatstroke. Most of the deaths occurred when parents or caregivers accidentally "forgot" the child. Children and pets can quickly develop heatstroke in a car so parents and care givers should never leave a child alone in a car even for 10 minutes.

    The temperature inside a parked car can rise as much as 20 degrees in about 10 minutes. Heatstroke can occur when a body temperature reaches 104 degrees or above. Even the moderate climate of Western Washington can pose a threat in our warmer summer months.

    Some good safety practices include:

    • Never leave a child alone in a motor vehicle.
    • Keep you vehicle locked so that your child doesn't enter the car after you left it.
    • Check your car before walking away from it.
    • Store valuable items like a laptop, your cell phone or your purse in the rear seat so you remember to check the rear seat and the child sitting in it before you leave your car to go to work.
    • Check with your child's daycare if they have a policy of phoning parents if your child does not arrive to daycare.
    • If you see an unattended child in a car, phone 9-1-1.

    This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those who have died.

    Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.

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