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Coupe, 18-wheeler collision kills one

A teenager was taken to Regional Health One in Memphis, Tennessee after sustaining critical wounds due to a serious two-vehicle collision on Saturday, February 13 at New Allen Road and Whitney Avenue.

Police officials reported the 16-year-old teen, who was not named publicly, had succumbed to mortal injuries at the same hospital she was taken to one day after being admitted.

Major Eddie Bass stated, in an interview with local news channel WREG, that the victim had been a passenger in a small coupe that collided with an 18-wheeler at the Raleigh intersection. He noted that the force of the crash had been significant enough to fold the car like a piece of paper, breaking its windshield and scattering pieces of metal and glass all across the accident site.

Bass added that the driver of the car and the 18-wheeler were also taken to the hospital but are now listed under stable condition.



FDA confirms presence of Listeria in Dole salad products

The FDA recently confirmed that Listeria monocytogenes have been found in packages of Dole Salad and vegetables produced at their Vegetable Inc. plant in Springfield, Ohio. Fifteen people across the United States were infected with Listeriosis after consuming the product, and one patient has died, though the exact cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

Dole announced they were voluntarily recalling all salad and various vegetable packages with product codes that began with an “A” due to the possible threat of Listeria. After the contaminant was confirmed by the FDA, Dole warned consumers to throw out packages with the specific product code or to return the products for a full refund. In total, 23 states and some Canadian provinces were affected by the recall, including Tennessee. The Springfield plant has shut down operations.

Unfortunately, food defects such as these occur far too often. At John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers, our Tennessee legal team is dedicated to fighting for victims of toxic food products and seeking compensation to help with the recovery process. If you or a loved one suffered due to a defective product, call our offices today at 888-WE-FIGHT to discuss your case with an attorney.



First ignition switch trial in New York dismissed

On January 12, a Manhattan, New York jury listened to arguments made by Texas personal injury attorney Robert Hilliard on behalf of Oklahoma resident Robert Scheuer, who blamed the critical injuries he sustained in a May 2014 crash on the defective ignition switch in his 2003 Saturn Ion, which he was driving the day of the accident.

Ten days later, the jury dismissed the trial due to allegations from General Motors that Mr. Scheuer lied on the stand in order to exaggerate the injuries he claimed to have sustained in the collision. It became apparent in the course of the trial that Mr. Scheuer had an extensive history of neck and back trouble, and GM argued that this medical past complicated the nature of his personal injury claim.

At John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers, our legal team represents clients who have suffered at the hands of negligent individuals, be they auto manufacturers who failed to uphold safety standards during production or reckless drivers who cause car accidents on the road. We can work on your behalf to pursue claims against those who harmed you. Call us today at 888-WE-FIGHT to learn more.



Woman dies after getting hit by car in Memphis

A woman lost her life after she was struck by a vehicle at around 2:25 in the early morning hours of Sunday, January 3 along Interstate 40 at Summer Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee. According to preliminary investigations made by the police, the woman had left her vehicle along the side of the road and was hit by another vehicle while attempting to cross the interstate.

The victim was rushed to Regional One hospital on Jefferson Avenue where she succumbed to her injuries.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the victim was identified as an 18-year-old woman, who was cited for not having a license. Apparently the driver had only been issued a driver’s permit. The victim was not publicly identified pending notification of her family.

A second collision occurred shortly after and involved a police officer who was in the process of transporting a prisoner along northbound I-40. Apparently, a second vehicle swerved into the officer’s lane causing his squad car to collide with the rear portion of the vehicle. The driver of the second car left the scene of the collision, and the officer was cited for failure to maintain a safe lookout.



Zatarain’s recalls products overs dairy issue

Zatarain’s is recalling boxes of their Red Beans and Rice Original meals after receiving reports that there may have been a production mistake that lead to these boxes containing undeclared dairy products. The eight ounce boxes marked as Red Beans and Rice, which does not contain dairy, may actually contain a mix for Creamy Parmesan Rice. If one of the millions of Americans with dairy sensitivity or allergies obtains a mislabeled box, he or she may suffer a reaction from the unmarked dairy.

The recall affects nineteen states and the company is urging customers to throw out packages or bring them to the store for a full refund. No illnesses have been reported relating to the mix-up yet.

If you have been affected by a product defect, such as the mislabeling of ingredients, the Memphis legal team at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers have the experience necessary to represent individuals against negligent manufacturers in order to hold the responsible party accountable. Call our offices today at 888-WE-FIGHT to learn more.



Pedestrian killed after being struck by two vehicles

A pedestrian was killed along Maynardville Pike in North Cox County in Tennessee on Tuesday, December 1, after being struck by two vehicles. The man was in the southbound lanes of the highway when a Chevrolet pickup truck swerved to miss him. The next vehicle, a Ford F-150 truck, was unable to avoid the collision and struck the man at around 5:55 in the evening. While lying in the street, the pedestrian was then hit again by a Tennessee Highway Patrol Cruiser driven by trooper Adam Bowman while the officer was on his way to a crash scene on Interstate 40.

It is unknown how much time passed between the first and second impact. The body of the victim was transported to the Regional Forensic Center where the autopsy identified the man as 64-year-old Charles Matthews. The scene shut down the highway until 10:00 p.m. Investigators are still working to determine the exact cause of the accident and no charges have been made. No other injuries were reported.



Driver charged with vehicular homicide after Memphis accident

Twenty-eight-year-old Kenneth Benson was charged on Wednesday, December 2 with vehicular homicide for a car accident he caused along Southern and McLean in Memphis, Tennessee on Oct. 29, 2015 which killed his passenger, 21-year-old Dedarius Benson.

According to preliminary investigations and an arrest affidavit, Benson had been driving a 1998 Nissan Maxima when it veered onto oncoming traffic and hit a 2013 Honda Accord.

Benson is also facing charges of two counts of aggravated assault, driving on a suspended license, and not having car insurance. He appeared in court for a video arraignment on Thursday, December 4.

If you have been hurt in a serious accident, you are already well aware that the damage can include physical, emotional, and financial hardship. If you have suffered as a result of an accident you did not cause, call the attorneys at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers today to speak to an attorney about your situation. You can reach our Memphis offices at 888-WE-FIGHT.



E-cigarette explodes, leaves man in critical condition

Twenty-nine-year-old Memphis, Tennessee resident and Colorado college student Codero Caples is currently confined in a hospital in Colorado Springs and is listed under critical condition after the electronic cigarette he had been smoking exploded in his face on Friday, November 20.

Caples, who is studying personal training and fitness in Colorado Springs and is aspiring to become a professional trainer someday, may be in danger of never walking again, according to his family. He reportedly broke his neck as well as several bones in his face, lost his front tooth, and sustained lacerations and burns to his mouth and lips when the incident occurred. Caples underwent a spinal surgery on the Sunday following the incident, according to local news reports.

At John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers in Memphis, our product liability attorneys understand how devastating these types of accidents cane be, and we work to hold negligent manufacturers accountable for the products they create. Call our offices today at 888-WE-FIGHT to discuss your case today.



Over 100 women sue pharmaceutical company over packaging error

Over 100 women are filing a class action lawsuit against Qualitest Birth Control Pharmaceuticals, claiming that a packaging error led to surprise pregnancies. The error occurred after the packages were rotated 180 degrees during manufacturing causing the sugar placebo pills to be placed where the birth control pills were intended to be packaged.

This led to women taking the sugar pills when they believed they were taking proper contraception. The 113 women across 28 states are seeking millions in damages for their unplanned pregnancies and for the cost of raising a child through adulthood, including education. The recalled pills were manufactured in 2011 and, although the company claims it only affected a small number of packages, over 3.2 million units have been voluntarily recalled.

At John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers, our Memphis attorneys have experience in helping individuals hold responsible parties accountable for any suffering resulting from product defects, and we pride ourselves on the quality advice and representation we offer our clients. Call our offices today at (866) 537-1881 to learn more.



Dollywood asks courts to dismiss negligence suit

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee-based theme park Dollywood, owned by 69-year-old country singer-songwriter Dolly Parton, has asked courts to dismiss a lawsuit against it that claims negligence on behalf of the park’s staff.

The plaintiff, Tedi Brown, who filed a lawsuit against the theme park in late 2014, claimed that the ride she was on when she was injured, the Waltzing Swinger (a swinging chair ride that lifts occupants as high as 25 feet in the air), should not have been operated in dangerous conditions. On the day in December of 2013 when Brown became injured, it was raining heavily. Brown and her attorney believe the weather led to the ride becoming slippery, which allowed Brown to fall headfirst ten feet onto the pavement below and sustain several injuries.

According to court documents, Brown fell after she, believing the ride to be over, lifted her restraining bar in order to leave her seat. While Brown alleges that she would not have fallen had the seats been dry, Dollywood representatives believe Brown’s decision to lift her own safety bar renders her solely responsible for her injuries.

If you have been injured in an accident and need help seeking compensation for your injuries, call the attorneys of John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers today at 888-WE-FIGHT to discuss your case and learn how we can help you.



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