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What are Interrogatories?

If you are involved in a personal injury lawsuit, you will likely be served with at least one set of interrogatories. Interrogatories are written questions from one party involved in the lawsuit to another. The party to whom the interrogatories are sent must answer the questions under penalty of perjury. 

Exploding Pressure Cooker Results in Serious Burn Injuries and Lawsuit

A case was filed in late December 2020 in the United States District Court in Georgia related to severe injuries the plaintiff sustained from an exploding pressure cooker. The complaint alleges that a “Breville Fast-Slow Pro Pressure Cooker,” manufactured by Breville USA, Inc., had a defective “safety locking lid” that allowed the lid to come open even when under high cooking pressure, allowing the scalding hot contents to spray out and seriously injure the plaintiff.

Adult Tricycle with Design and Assembly Defects Results in Personal Injury Lawsuit

A products liability lawsuit filed in Taney County, Missouri, and moved to a federal district court in that state in December 2020 pits an injured woman against Walmart Inc. and the manufacturer of an adult tricycle whose design, manufacture, and assembly defects allegedly caused her serious injuries, including a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Two Suffer Major Injuries in Redding Car Crash

On Monday, January 11, 2021, two people suffered major injuries as the result of a Redding car crash. The Redding Police Department (RPD) stated that the crash happened late at night on the northern side of the city and involved two cars. Updates on the health conditions of the injured parties haven’t been reported and the cause of the crash is under RPD investigation.

Researchers Look at Closing the Brain Injury Data Gender Gap 

In 2017, a workshop conducted by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a subgroup of the National Institutes of Health, concluded that women “have historically been under-represented in traumatic brain injury (TBI) clinical trials.” A new paper published by the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation has since updated the findings of the workshop and presented several strategies for advancing research in women with TBIs.

Man Killed in Fatal Car Wreck in Fresno County

An 81-year-old man from Orosi was killed in a fatal car wreck at Hill Avenue and Adams Avenue in Fresno County on the evening of Wednesday, December 23, 2020. The Fresno car accident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. and involved a Chevrolet Silverado and a Toyota Tacoma. According to the Fresno area California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers, the Chevrolet and Toyota were both found in nearby drainage ditches. CHP traffic officers said 81-year-old Gene Butler of Orosi was driving the Toyota northbound on Hill Avenue approaching the intersection at Adams Avenue when he was involved in a crash with the Chevrolet driven by a 41-year-old man. Both vehicles veered off the roadway.

Four Vehicles Involved in Serious Eureka Crash

On Tuesday, December 22, 2020, one person was left with serious injuries following a Eureka crash. The Eureka Police Department (EPD) reported that the accident involved a total of four vehicles and happened in the late evening. Updates on the condition of the injured party have not been provided, and this accident remains under EPD investigation.

Fatal Big Rig Collision on Highway 99 Near Merced

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded to a call of a fatal big rig collision on Highway 99 near the Merced area on Saturday, December 13, 2020. The incident occurred shortly before 3:00 a.m. along the northbound lanes of State Route 99 in the vicinity of Mission Avenue. According to CHP traffic officers, a driver of a 2020 Jeep Cherokee was involved in a traffic collision with a garbage truck, causing the Jeep to veer out of control and come to a rest in the No. 2 lane. Moments after, the Jeep was hit by a large truck pulling two trailers. The driver of the big rig informed CHP officials that they were unable to see the Jeep. The second truck accident resulted in the driver of the Jeep being propelled from the vehicle.

One Seriously Hurt During Box Truck Crash Near Truckee

On Monday, November 30, 2020, one person was seriously hurt as the result of a crash near Truckee. California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported the accident, stating that it occurred in the early morning and only involved one vehicle. The driver was hospitalized, but updates on their condition remain unavailable. Additionally, the driver was the only individual reported to have been involved in this accident.

Millions of GM Vehicles Recalled

General Motors has recalled 7 million SUVs and pickups worldwide.  The vehicles are equipped with airbags manufactured by Takata – the same company whose airbags have been linked to at least 17 fatalities in the United States.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered the new GM recall on November 23, 2020, after rejecting an argument made by GM that the version of the airbag used in the affected vehicles was not unsafe and did not require replacement.

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