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New information about the cause of the fatal New Jersey train crash that occurred in September has now been brought to light. According to both the National Transportation Safety Review Board and the lawyer (for the train engineer): sleep apnea is to blame for the unfortunate September train crash.

This Hoboken accident took place during the morning rush hour and resulted in the death of one female standing on the platform and injured more than 100 individuals in its totality.

Thomas Gallagher, the engineer of the New Jersey train that crashed, was diagnosed post-accident with a condition known as sleep apnea. According to Jack Arseneault, the lawyer of Gallagher, this post-accident diagnosis was delayed. Arseneault asserts the delay was due to the different medication that Gallagher had received as a result of the crash.

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It has been announced that Amtrak has agreed to a pay out in a one of the largest railroad crash settlements in the history of the United States, in the amount of $265 million. The payout is the result of a court order recently issued on the claims that related to the high-speed derailment that occurred in 2015 in Philadelphia. Tragically, that Philadelphia derailment took the lives of eight and injured more than 200 individuals.

Judge Legrome D. Davis, of the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania appointed two masters in order to evaluate the claims of each of the plaintiffs. The masters were tasked with then making recommendations as to the appropriate amounts each person or estate is to be rewarded as a result of the derailment. The factors that were and will continue to be taken into account include: plaintiff’s occupation; plaintiff’s lost earnings; plaintiff’s time out of work and plaintiff’s future medical expenses among other characteristics. Ultimately, the judge has the final approval and can modify any amount as is necessary.

The exact amount of total plaintiffs named to this claim is currently unavailable, but it is known that it exceeds 100 individuals and estates. This means that if the total damages exceeds the the court ordered capped amount of $265 million then each of the plaintiff’s claim will be decreased proportionality and if the total damages amounts to less than the $265 million, then the opposite will occur proportionality under the court order.

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Baltimore rush hour was the scene of an unfortunate crash that claimed six lives a little over a week ago. The crash involved a Maryland Transit Administration (“MTA”) bus and a local school bus. The accident was also responsible for 10 injured passengers that required hospital attention.

According to Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith, the passengers on the bus during this deadly collision were on their way to or on their way home from work.

Five of the six deceased adults have been identified. There were no children on either of the buses at the time of the collision.

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A Missouri jury concluded that Deborah Giannecchini’s use of Johnson & Johnson baby powder on her genitals for more than 40 years caused her ovarian cancer.

This verdict follows verdicts of $72 million and $55 million in other cases. In all 3 cases, the plaintiff’s alleged that Johnson & Johnson knew that studies linked talc in its baby powder and Shower-to-Shower products to ovarian cancer in women. They further alleged that despite this knowledge, Johnson & Johnson continued to market the products to women and failed to put warning labels on their products.

Gloria Ristesund of Sioux Falls, SD was diagnosed in 2011 with cancer after continuous use of Johnson & Johnson feminine products that contained talc for over a 40-year span. In May of 2016, a St. Louis jury awarded her $55 million after talc was found in her ovarian tissue following her hysterectomy.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and American Honda Motor Co. (Honda) have confirmed that another tragic death has occurred due to the Takata airbag found in the vehicle of the deceased. Overall, this is the 11th confirmed death of an individual due to Takata airbag complications. Together with the 11 confirmed deaths in the United States are the at least five deaths worldwide and the more than 100 injuries in total caused by Takata airbags.

According to reports, the 50-year-old woman from California perished due the injuries that she sustained from her recalled Takata airbag inflator in her 2001 Honda Civic. The event occurred in Riverside County, California on September 30th. The woman was involved in a crash which triggered the the driver-side Takata airbag inflator to rupture, ultimately leading to her fatal injuries.

The deceased’s vehicle was among the almost 315,000 Honda and Acura models from 2001-2003 that the NHTSA made it a point to specifically warn individuals about only a few months ago. In that June announcement, the NHSTA warned owners of those recalled vehicles of the “grave danger” that the Takata airbags posed to drivers. Also the recalled vehicles were at “substantially higher risk” of having the metal canister located in the the Takata airbag to rupture, which results in varying amounts of shrapnel and debris to be discharged throughout the interior of the vehicle after the Takata airbag has been deployed. According to the NHSTA, when a crash occurs the the chances of the inflator rupturing is as much as 50 percent when Takata airbags are used.

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In the United States, a leading health concern is coronary heart disease. Currently, this health concern is amounting to over 370,000 deaths per year. Individual’s with a coronary heart disease suffer from plaque, a waxy substance, buildup that can have a serious impact on an individual’s health. Subsequently, the buildup of unwanted plaque results in the narrowing of the individual’s arteries. This narrowing allows for the reduction of proper oxygen-rich blood flow to the individual’s heart. In order to combat this, individuals have options, one being to elect to have a heart stent procedure.

In today’s society there are hundreds of thousands individuals that have chosen to have a heart stent implanted due to health complications.

Heart stents, in the past, were primary made using bare-metal or mesh and are still presently an option. Although, for over a little more than a decade, drug-eluting stents have been manufactured, approved and used in the United Stated as well. Two popular types of drug-eluting stents being used currently are the Boston Scientific Taxus Stent and the Johnson & Johnson Cypher Stent. Regardless of the type, all of the heart stents are the subject of some criticism and documented complaints due to their potential risks and side effect(s).

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In the early weeks of October, passengers riding the Long Island Rail Road (L.I.R.R.) commuter train began to hear loud sounds, feel robust vibrations and see wild sparks while glancing outside their train’s window. Then an abrupt impact occurred. As a result, the passengers were confined in the blackened trains while waiting for rescue for an hour after two L.I.R.R. trains collided.

The collision resulted in injuries to at least thirty-three passengers, seriously injuring four. Of those injured, 26 were passengers and seven were employees. Additionally, close to 100 passengers were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

One of the trains involved was a single-car maintenance car and the other was a 12-car L.I.R.R. commuter train traveling eastward. The commuter train was occupied with about 600 people total at the time of the impact with the maintenance car.

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A New Jersey Transit commuter rail train plowed through Hoboken Station during rush hour on September 29, 2016, killing one person and injured hundreds, some critically. While the investigation into the trains’ derailment is ongoing, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has identified speed and human error as the most probable causes. According to the NTSB, data recorders and video cameras indicate that the train was traveling at twice the 10 mile per hour speed limit just before impact. Their findings also indicated that he engineer applied the hand brake on the train less than a second before impact sending the train airborne.

At approximately 8:45 A.M. the NJ Transit Train crashed into Hoboken Station crushing a structural support beam causing part of the station’s roof to collapse onto the train. The train ultimately came to rest inside part of the station’s waiting area and platform. Witness reported twisted metal, debris, broken glass, concrete and hundreds of frantic and injured commuters trying to escape the wreckage.

Hoboken Staten is the fifth busiest station in the NJ Transit System, servicing more than 15,000 commuters per day. Situated on the Hudson River across from New York City, Hoboken is the final stop multiple train lines and a transfer point for commuters boarding ferries or PATH trains into the city.

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In 2002, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Conceptus Inc., a subsidiary of Bayer since 2013, manufactured Essure Permanent Birth Control System. The contraceptive is marketed as the “only permanent birth control you can get with a non-surgical procedure.” Furthermore, a focal marketing attribute of Essure is that the procedure is quick, most times only lasting approximately 10 minutes and can be executed without the need for any anesthesia. Also, the procedure is done with no need for incisions during the entirety of the process. The procedure consists of implanting a small flexible coil, that reaches 1.5 inches once implanted and expanded. The doctor implants the coil through the cervix and vagina ultimately positioning it at the entrance of each fallopian tube.

According to a clinical study, produced by the makers of the birth control system, Essure was allegedly shown to maintain an almost perfect percentage of effectiveness in preventing pregnancies. Although, many of the women that have used Essure would strongly disagree as well as complain about the various side effects they have suffered from having the procedure.

Since the product’s existence there have been around 10,000 documented complaints due to ineffectiveness and various side effects, even multiple deaths, related to Essure. The side effects, include but are not limited to, are:

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On May 12, 2015, a devastating derailment of a Pennsylvania Amtrak train occurred. The Amtrak train was occupied by a little over 240 people when the accident transpired. The derailment ensued while the train was traveling at over double the intended speed limit as it approached a curve. Also, the derailment occurred while the engineer responsible for driving the train was reportedly (according to the National Transportation Safety Board) distracted by radio traffic.

Of those on board, approximately 200 people sustained injuries and eight individuals were killed as a result of the Amtrak derailment.

Subsequently, several lawsuits have been brought by the passengers and employees of Amtrak that were negatively affected by the May 2015 derailment of the Pennsylvania Amtrak train. Currently, Amtrak is in the settlement process and, in a couple of those lawsuits, Amtrak has agreed to settlement terms with those that have brought suit.