Interchange Completed in Sacramento

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Interchange Completed in Sacramento

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento personal injury lawyer. After an expenditure of $40 million and ongoing construction for two years, the interchange at Watt Avenue has been completed.

Increased Safety at the Interchange

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Jury Awards $247 Million in DePuy Pinnacle Hip Mass Tort Trial

A federal jury in Dallas, TX, awarded six plaintiffs who were harmed by the DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle hip a total of $247.49 million in damages.

It was the latest bellwether trial, or test case, in In Re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2244. There are 9,226 cases before US District Judge James Edgar Kinkeade in the Northern District of Texas.

The plaintiffs, all from New York, are Ramon Alicea, Uriel Barzel, Karen Kirschner, Hazel Miura, Michael A. Stevens and Eugene Stevens Jr. The jury awarded each plaintiff between $9.3 million and $20.63 million in past and future medical expenses and pain and suffering. It then added $28 million in punitive damages for each plaintiff against defendants DePuy and parent company Johnson & Johnson.

Metal-On-Metal Design

The plaintiffs were each implanted with a Pinnacle Ultamet metal-on-metal design hip prosthesis. Each proved that the hip failed prematurely and shed metal that caused pain, inflammation, and damage to soft tissue and bone tissue and required surgical replacement.

The jury found DePuy and Johnson liable for design defect, negligent design, inadequate warning, manufacturing defect, negligent manufacture, negligent misrepresentation, fraudulent concealment to both plaintiffs and surgeons and deceptive business practices.

It also held Johnson & Johnson liable for negligent undertaking as to each plaintiff, aiding and abetting tortious conduct by DePuy and giving substantial assistance or encouragement to DePuy for negligent manufacture.

DePuy stopped selling the Pinnacle hip replacement in 2013. It had been approved through the FDA’s short-cut 510(k) approval process. The 510(k) process allows manufacturers to get FDA approval to sell a medical product if it is “substantially equivalent” to a product that the FDA has already approved.

Due to increasing safety concerns, the FDA announced that it would require all metal on metal hip replacements to undergo extensive testing and studies to prove that it was safe for patients. DePuy cited the FDA’s decision as one of the reasons it is stopping sales.

The plaintiff’s counsel is Mark W. Lanier of the Lanier Law Firm in Houston. The Nov. 16 verdict was the third in favor of the plaintiffs:

  • In March 2016 a federal jury awarded five Texas plaintiffs a $502 million verdict that was reduced to $150 million.
  • In December 2016 a jury awarded six California plaintiffs a $1 billion verdict that was reduced to $542 million.
  • In 2014 a jury returned a defense verdict.

 

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Rollover Accident Kills Redding Woman

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Rollover Kills Redding Woman

I’m Ed Smith, a Redding Wrongful Death Lawyer. A woman died in a single-vehicle wreck in Anderson on Sunday, November 12. I would like to express my condolences to the family and loved ones of this woman who was taken so young in life.

What Happened?

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Crash Fatally Injures Oregon Man Near Stanislaus County

Crash Fatally Injures Oregon Man Near Stanislaus County

Crash Fatally Injures Oregon Man Near Stanislaus County

I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto car accident lawyer. An accident involving seven vehicles occurred in Newman on the afternoon of Sunday, November 12, 2017. The collision, unfortunately, caused three parties to suffer traumatic injuries and claimed the life of an elderly Oregon man.

Our condolences are with the loved ones of the man that passed away in this devastating car accident. We would also like to wish for a speedy and full recovery for those affected by this crash.

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Crash Fatally Injures Three Near Madera County

Crash Fatally Injures Three Near Madera County

Crash Fatally Injures Three Near Madera County

I’m Ed Smith, a Madera car accident lawyer. A car accident involving three vehicles occurred in Madera County on the night of Saturday, November 11, 2017. The collision, sadly, claimed the lives of three parties.

We give our sincerest condolences to the loved ones of the parties that passed away in this heart-wrenching car accident.

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Rise in Abuse of Sacramento Foster Children

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Rise in Abuse of Sacramento Foster Children

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Sexual Assault Lawyer. A 55% increase in substantiated reports of maltreatment in Sacramento foster homes is raising concern among advocates.

California Foster Care Abuse

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CHP Launches Solano Traffic Safety Campaign

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CHP Launches Solano Traffic Safety Campaign

I’m Ed Smith, a Rio Vista car accident lawyer. California Highway Patrol (CHP)’s Solano, South Sacramento, and Stockton Offices are using funds from a federal grant to institute a year-long traffic safety campaign on Highway 12 throughout the counties of Sacramento, Solano, and San Joaquin.

The campaign’s funding was provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The grant had released funds as of October 1, 2017, and will continue funding the project until September 30, 2018.

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