In January 2012, the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia crashed into a granite reef off the island of Giglio during a weeklong trip through the Mediterranean and capsized, leaving 32 passengers dead and hundreds of survivors injured. This week, insurance industry payouts for the disaster have finally surpassed the $1 billion mark and are still rising. Although four Costa Crociere employees have already been sentenced, the ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, is still on trial for a charge of multiple manslaughter, a process that could last until next spring.
Survivors of the accident, as well as prosecutors, called the crew’s failure to avoid underwater hazards the result of egregious negligence, and harshly criticized its inability to evacuate passengers after the ship ran aground. According to attorneys from The Vucci Law Group, P.A., passengers could file personal injury claims against the cruise ship company for the negligence of its medical staff and ship officers. While some survivors are reluctant to pin the blame solely on the captain, lawyers and passengers alike have expressed their desire for a weighty sentence.
“It is unthinkable that these lives and the damage to the island are worth two years or less,” he said by phone. “We will appeal this to Italy’s highest court.”
According to the website of the Sampson Law Firm, two types of damages that Costa Concordia’s passengers could receive as a result of the accident. Compensatory damages cover medical bills, lost wages, and damaged property, while punitive damages are awarded for particularly negligent actions, such as Schettino’s failure to steer the cruise ship safely.
Residents and frequent visitors have forever been infuriated by the Los Angeles Parking Violations Bureau. The parking signs in and around the city are often confusing if not indecipherable. The signs will readily explicate when people cannot park in specific places and not specify when, or if, they can even legally park. As a new resident to Los Angeles, Michael Brouillet accumulated an impressive amount of fines from the parking violations bureau. In attempts to help residents avoid the same fate, he recently created the phone app, “Park Safe L.A.”
The app is a pictorial database of Los Angeles parking signs. Beneath the pictures, text explains what the signs mean and whether parking is permitted. Should the parking space be marked with multiple signs, the app user has to seek out the picture for each matching sign. Brouillet aimed to make the app extremely user-friendly with straight-forward descriptions.
Los Angeles brings in a large amount of money through the parking violations bureau. Brouillet believes that they intentionally make their signs confusing in order to bring in revenue. When interviewed, the spokesman for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation did not feel that the signs were at all confusing. Some urban planning experts conceded that parking in L.A. can be confusing and regard Brouillet’s app as useful. Eventually, Brouillet wants to have a picture recognition feature so that users can simply take a picture of a parking sign instead of scrolling through the picture archive.
- Posted On September 5, 2013
- Posted by Alexis
- Posted in DUI
David Cassidy is no longer living the perfect life as Keith Partridge in the television show The Partridge Family. The 63-year-old former teen idol was recently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) when he failed to dim his headlights at a checkpoint in Schodack, New York. He failed the field sobriety tests and blew .10 in a breathalyzer test. The arresting officer Tom Jones states Cassidy was in a mellow mood, and alluded to a play by Tom Jones, asking “What’s new, pussycat?”
Because Cassidy had a previous DUI arrest in Florida in November 2010, the New York arrest was a felony charge, and Cassidy was scheduled for a court appearance in September after he posted $2,500 as bail.
Cassidy’s mugshot is a far cry from the androgynous 24-year old who caused a stampede at the gate in his sold-out 1974 live rock performance at White City Stadium in London where 650 were injured and a 14-year old girl died. Cassidy eventually quit touring and acting and concentrated on song writing and recording. His last Top 40 hit was in 1990 with “Lyin’ to Myself.”Cassidy continues to perform on stage and on film and as a guest on television shows.
Prescription drugs are ubiquitous; a staggering 82 percent of Americans use some form of drug or medication each day. Drugs can be lifesavers, treating a number of medical conditions, from minor to severe, and improving quality of life for many Americans. However, even with the stringent testing and approval process required for each drug by the FDA, a number of prescription medications with harmful side effects are still released to the market each year–these drugs can occasionally cause medical complications, injuries, and death for unfortunate patients.
Several widely-used drugs have been found to have adverse effects on those who use them. The anti-acne medication Accutane has been linked to joint problems and bowel diseases, while the blood anticoagulant Pradaxa has caused severe bleeding injuries in some consumers. Occasionally an active ingredient found in several popular drugs is labeled as dangerous–according to attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., finasteride, used in the drugs Propecia and Proscar, causes debilitating side effects in men, ranging from erectile dysfunction to genital shrinkage and endocrine system failure.
Drugs are not the only defective products slipping past the FDA’s guidelines. Companies looking to make higher profit margins often forego testing in order to rush medical devices to the market. In a recent example, manufacturers of transvaginal mesh, an innovation designed to treat pelvic organ prolapse and reinforce the vaginal wall, failed to warn consumers that the product could cause significant complications. According to information from Williams Kherker, transvaginal mesh can cause pain during urination, infections, and prolapsed organs in some patients.
If you or a loved one is taking, or about to begin taking, prescription drugs, ask your doctor about possible side effects of the drug before beginning use. You may also find it helpful to thoroughly research the drug to determine if some users have experienced painful or debilitating side effects as a result of its use.
When most people think of a courtroom, they imagine fiery attorneys who present their cases and grill witnesses while a stone-faced judge presides over the proceedings. However, one of the most important figures in a courtroom is also one of the least-known: the courtroom reporter.
Courtroom reporters are invaluable to legal professionals; making use of innovative technology, they transcribe, verbatim, the words of the courtroom proceedings. Reporters capture the sounds of the courtroom and transform them into text that lawyers can pick through for key words and phrases that can help win a case. Modern court reporters, such as those at Stratos Legal, also offer online access to courtroom videos and exhibits, giving legal professionals instant access to the tools they need.
In addition to writing down what people say in a trial, courtroom reporters carry out a number of other jobs that are necessary to produce a final transcript. After the trial or deposition has ended, reporters must translate their shorthand into readable text, and edit the transcript to produce a complete document. Next, reporters research any ambiguous words or phrases and proofread the text a second time. Finally, the reporter binds the transcript, certifies it, and delivers it.
Legal professionals from all fields make use of courtroom reporters. For example, professionals who are creating a corporation or a limited liability company may find that they need the services of a courtroom reporter at some point in the process, according to lawyers at Young & Cotter, LLC,
Court reporting is a difficult occupation that requires technical skill and experience, yet it is invaluable to the proceedings of a courtroom. Winning any sort of legal battle requires good documentation, which is only provided by court reporting agencies.
For couples with children, one of the most important aspects of a divorce is creating a successful child custody agreement in which both parents feel that their needs are respected, and the children receive the support they require. According to the website of the Law Offices of Baden V. Mansfield, drafting a child custody agreement can be an emotionally difficult process, so it is important that each parent do their best to be cooperative with and respectful of the other.
There are three different categories of child custody agreements. Sole custody allows one parent legal and physical custody of the child. Joint custody gives both parents shared legal and physical custody of the child. Split custody gives one parent full custody over one or more children, and the other parent custody over the remaining children.
An equitable child custody agreement should contain a comprehensive visitation schedule. The visitation schedule is important, and should include a residential schedule that repeats through the year, as well as a holiday and vacation schedule that shows where the child will be during school holidays, summertime, and other special occasions.
In addition to the visitation schedule, child support information must also be included in the child custody agreement. While child support payments are calculated differently in each state, they typically use each parent’s income and the amount of time each parent spends with the children to calculate the amount of child support that is due. Occasionally, extenuating circumstances can affect the child support payment agreement; for example, an injury caused by medical malpractice could lead to a change in the amount one parent owes.
While creating a successful custody agreement can be challenging, it is critical in the divorce process to protect the happiness and emotional health of the children.
Trucks are fixtures on American roadways, traveling back and forth between destinations to transport nearly $671 billion worth of goods each year, 70 percent of all freight moved in the U.S. With the large volume of goods being driven annually, it’s no surprise that there are nearly 3.5 million truck drivers and over 15 million trucks in the United States. However, along with the benefits the trucking industry brings comes the potential for disasters–500,000 accidents involving commercial trucks occur each year, many of them injury-causing.
A two-car collision can have tragic effects. According to the website of Spiros Law, P.C., victims of automobile accidents, in addition to seeking medical care for physical injuries sustained from the crash, must also deal with suffering and loss of wages. The repercussions in a truck accident can be even more severe; each extra ton of weight a truck carries greatly increases the risk of death or serious injury in the result of an accident. Unsurprisingly, drivers of passenger vehicles receive the more serious injury in 98 percent of truck accidents.
While many truck drivers are focused and safe, one moment of carelessness, such as driving too fast or failing to avoid road hazards, can result in an accident, according to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®. A study of fatal truck accidents from 2004 to 2008 revealed that nearly 6 percent of such collisions involved truck drivers who were either sleeping or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The causes of truck accidents are generally known and understood–it is up to companies to enforce safe trucking regulations and motorists to drive safely in order to prevent truck accidents.