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Judge deems personal injury lawsuit against 3M ‘premature’

In an order filed on Tuesday, September 20, United States District Judge Abdul Kallon barred customers of the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water and Sewer Authority from basing claims of negligence and public nuisance on personal injury. The judge ruled that plaintiffs cannot claim they suffered an injury or contracted a disease from the drinking water supplied by the county government office, which was supposedly tainted with chemicals identified in a recent EPA health advisory by 3M Co.

In his decision, Kallon said: “Unfortunately, while their fear of injury is justified, under Alabama law, however, they have not suffered a ‘manifest, present injury,’” noting that the lawsuit was premature. Kallon also negated claims that 3M Co. and its subsidiary, Dyneon LLC, trespassed against West Morgan-East Lawrence Water and Sewer Authority and its customers because the plaintiffs failed to provide evidence of property damage arising from the chemicals contaminating the authority’s drinking water.

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Nursing home ordered to pay $30 million in damages after resident’s death

A Memphis nursing home has been ordered by a jury to pay $30 million to the family of a woman whose death was determined to be the result of negligence.

Martha Jane Price was in her early 80s at the time of her death in 2009, and was sharing a room with her husband at Allenbrooke Nursing and Rehabilitation Center LLC. Price developed pressure sores on her foot that went to the bone, eventually becoming infected with fecal bugs. The problem became so severe that that her leg required amputation. Price died in November of 2009, two months after her leg was amputated.

The case was filed in 2010, and culminated a five-week trial where a jury found the nursing home liable for negligence and in violation of the Tennessee Adult Protection Act.

The circumstances that surround medical malpractice and nursing home abuse cases can be complex and variable. The nursing home neglect attorneys at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers agree that nursing homes must be held accountable when their negligence towards the safety of their fragile populations result in injuries or deaths.



New technology can help older drivers navigate safely

Better technology can aid drivers of all ages and help them enjoy a safer, more relaxing driving experience, especially since motorists who are aged 70 and older are more likely to get confused at intersections and on-ramps.

According to automotive insurer The Hartford and MIT’s AgeLab, the presence of safety technology will be a factor heavily considered by drivers in coming years. Three-fourths of drivers aged 50 and above are planning to consider safety technology when they purchase their own vehicle within the next two years. That marks an increase in drivers aged 50 and above who bought vehicles with safety technology during the past two years.

The move to develop self-driving cars is a step toward doing away with the human error present in most vehicular accidents. In fact, Google plans to have its self-driving cars available by 2020, an objective that many in the auto industry believe is too ambitious since they believe self-driving cars can only come about over 10 years from now.

Without safety technology, accidents are bound to be prevalent. At John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers, our personal injury attorneys will develop a close working relationship to help you come up with a legal strategy to help you fight and win financial compensation for your personal injury accident. Call our Memphis offices today at (866) 537-1881 to hold other parties responsible for their negligence.



Children who were hurt on Delta Fair Ride speak out

The Moonraker ride at the Delta Fair and Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee is still closed after an accident that injured eight people. Four of them sustained broken bones as a result of the incident.

16-year-old Faith Parrish and her cousin, 11-year-old Hollie Manard, were among those who were injured when the Moonraker’s safety bars unexpectedly lifted while in operation. The malfunction caused some individuals to dangle from lap bars and eventually fall to the ground.

Casey Lott, Parrish and Manard’s legal counsel, said: “If we have to bring a civil action to hold them accountable for what they did to these children, for what these children have gone through, then that is what we’ll do.” For her part, Parrish’s mother Pauline Owens said: “It is hard for me to look at Hollie and see her crying or look at Faith and see her crying or my other daughter Kira or Jonathan or any of the children that were involved in this.” Owens noted that the children are having panic attacks and that they keep hearing the screams all over again.

Our legal team at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers has offices in Memphis to help you file claims for premises liability, defective products, and insurance claims, among others. Call our offices today at (866) 537-1881 to discuss your personal injury accident.