October, 2011

October 1, 2011

In October 2010, a federal court agreed to consolidate 21 lawsuits against a medical device manufacturer. A few weeks ago, another 29 plaintiffs asked to join that consolidated action. All the plaintiffs are women who have suffered serious injuries from transvaginal mesh products made by the defendant company. Last year’s suits concerned…
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October 1, 2011

Bus accidents were in the headlines this week. A school bus collided with a pick-up truck on Monday, and a chartered bus struck a disabled semi early Thursday morning. Oregon officials reported only minor injuries to the people involved in the school bus crash. Far from Portland, five of 41…
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October 1, 2011

Nothing can compensate a parent for the loss of a child. A case outside of Oregon shows that juries can be sensitive to the pain and suffering caused by a doctor’s mistake. The young mother says she was about 24 weeks pregnant when she started bleeding. Earlier in the pregnancy, her…
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October 1, 2011

Every year, thousands of people are injured by table saw blades. Amateur and professional woodworkers alike suffer everything from cuts to amputations while using table saws. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission believes the product does not have to be as dangerous, though, as an Oregon man’s invention has proven. The…
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October 1, 2011

Oregon has its share of small towns connected by winding rural highways. These towns have 115-student school districts, and, while the kids may not know each other well, when one of them leaves, the absence is felt. Last week a small town outside of Oregon lost five students in an accident that…
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October 1, 2011

Being a parent is tough. Being a parent of a teenager is even tougher. Among other things, parents have to worry about their kids learning to drive, all the while knowing the statistics: Motor vehicle accidents are the No. 1 cause of death for teens; thousands of teenagers die every year as…
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October 1, 2011

In our last post, we were discussing the results of a recent survey about distracted driving. Dozens of studies have shown that talking on a cellphone or texting while driving are major contributors to car accidents. In fact, Oregon has outlawed all uses of handheld cellphones by all drivers, though drivers over 18…
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October 1, 2011

As colored contact lenses increasingly become part of Halloween costumes, the Food and Drug Administration has warned against such lenses as a potentially dangerous product. Portland residents who purchase costume contacts as part of a Halloween costume are advised to refrain from trying them on. They should instead take the lenses…
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