Two Killed in Siskiyou County Trucking Accident

California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that a vehicle accident left two people with fatal trauma after a collision that took place on a Siskiyou County Highway on Thursday, June 20, 2019. The accident reportedly involved two vehicles, a Jeep Cherokee and a commercial semi-truck. Siskiyou County officials have identified the fatally injured individuals as Jack E. Ratliff and Jack Ratliff, a 45 and 13-year-old father and son. The accident remains under investigation by officers of CHP. My thoughts and sympathy are with Mr. Ratliff and his son’s family as they are grieving during this difficult time.

Toxic Chemical Kills Los Banos Farmer

A toxic chemical released accidentally at a Merced County farm caused the death of a Los Banos man. Nine others who were exposed required medical treatment. The accident occurred around 1:00 in the afternoon on June 13 around China Camp Road and Monroe Avenue at a farm owned by John Menenzes, age 49. Menenzes died from exposure to the unidentified chemical. The Sacramento Fire Department and officers with the Merced County Sheriff’s Office responded to the emergency. The man who died reportedly had gone to prep or check some farm chemicals when toxic fumes overcame him. A farm chemical sales rep who was on the property at the time said he smelled the odor and called 911 for help. I would like to extend my sympathy to the family for their loss.

Deadly Motorcycle Accident in West Lodi

A tragic motorcycle accident took place in west Lodi on June 22, 2019. On Saturday night, a motorcycle rider collided with a vehicle on Lower Sacramento Road just north of West Vine Street. This is a dangerous intersection because the four-lane road is divided by a median strip that has been landscaped. During the nighttime hours, visibility is reduced.

Challenging the Auto Industry in Defective Seat Back Cases

A defective seat back has the potential to cause catastrophic injuries to the vehicle’s occupants. Unfortunately, the auto industry appears to try to shirk responsibility at every turn. Nobody gets into a car expecting to be involved in a serious car accident. On the other hand, the vehicle’s occupants should expect the car to provide some degree of protection if an accident arises. This is where a defective seat back, and the consumer expectation test (CET), become critically important. Some of the key points that have been discussed include:

Fisher-Price Recalls Rock ‘n Play Sleeper 

For parents, their children are their greatest treasure and need to be protected. Unfortunately, the Fisher-Price Sleepers are placing newborn babies and infants in harm’s way. Recently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned parents who are using the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper of the significant risks. Deaths are still occurring with the use of this sleeper, prompting some parents to seek help from a Sacramento Products Liability Lawyer. Some of the key points regarding the dangers of this product include:

Recovery After a Hip Injury in a Car Accident

Following a severe hip injury, the recovery process can take many different forms. The hips play an essential role in the body as they provide strength, support, flexibility, and mobility for both the torso and the lower body. Some of the factors that are likely to play a role include:

Potential Breakthrough Brain Injury Test

There might be a breakthrough brain injury test under development. While there has been a lot of attention on concussions in the world of sports, particularly football, these injuries can also impact people involved in auto accidents and fall injuries. Unfortunately, the evaluation of these injuries is often limited to clinical history, physical examination, and possible head imaging. Currently, there is no objective blood test that is used to diagnose TBIs. Recently, a research laboratory received a boost from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to speed along the development of a new test. This test could make it easier for medical professionals to diagnose mild traumatic brain injuries and concussions.

Single-Engine Airplane Crash Kills Pilot

On June 16, an airplane crash killed Trent Johnson, a pilot from the Modesto area. His Piper PA-11 single-engine plane struck some power lines and crashed, nose first, into Lake Tulloch. The accident occurred at around 11:40 a.m. near Poker Flat, which is a lakeside, gated community. The plane was recovered from the lake about 110 feet down with the deceased pilot onboard, according to the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department. I would like to extend my sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased for their tragic loss.

One Woman Dies in Rural Woodland Crash

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials reported that one woman passed away during a local car accident on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The collision involved two vehicles and took place on a rural road just outside of Woodland. Reports indicated that two more individuals suffered injuries during the accident, one of whom sustained critical trauma. Two days after the accident took place, Yolo County authorities identified the fatally injured woman as Ruth Moeller, a 91-year-old resident of Woodland. I wish to send my condolences to Ms. Moeller’s loved ones after they’ve suffered such a terrible loss.

Overview of a Median Nerve Injury

The median nerve is one of the most critical parts of the body. Running down the arm and into the hand, a median nerve injury could lead to severe complications. Like other nerve injuries, damage to this vital structure could lead to the permanent loss of various motor and sensory functions. This nerve serves a variety of essential tasks, including: