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Orange County Wrongful Death Law Blog

1 woman killed in car accident, others injured

A wreck on the shoulder of a California freeway involved multiple vehicles and injuries. Sadly, one person was also killed in the car accident. It is unclear whether the driver that caused the wreck is facing any charges yet.

Shortly before 2 p.m., two pickup trucks that had been traveling together pulled over to the shoulder of 5 Freeway. Part of the group exited the vehicles in order to inspect the ties that they had used to secure a boat and multiple motorcycles. As they were checking everything, the 24-year-old driver of an SUV drifted out of his lane and onto the shoulder, where he struck a female who was standing behind the rear vehicle.

Pursuing a civil claim for nursing home neglect

Nursing homes are often chosen for a parent or grandparent in the hope and expectation that they will be well cared for. Sadly, this is not always the case, and older individuals are sometimes subjected to serious neglect or abuse that can cause both physical and emotional harm. California families who suspect that their loved one may be the victim of nursing home neglect retain the legal right to pursue a civil claim against the nursing home.

For the nursing home to be held liable, a victim or their family must first prove that the duty of care that was owed to the victim was breached. This could be a nurse that did not use the proper treatment concerning a patient, but may also be a failure to maintain the nursing home facility. Secondly, the standard of care must have been violated with respect to the victim.

Son files medical malpractice suit over mother's death

A woman outside the state of California died after allegedly being prescribed multiple medications that did not follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Her son is pursuing a medical malpractice claim on her behalf both against the prescribing doctor as well as the pain clinic that he worked for. His suit is seeking compensation on both his and his mother’s behalf.

The woman first went to the pain clinic in March 2012, where she met with the doctor in question and reported issues with pain. After that initial visit, her son claims that she was prescribed 13 medications, including highly addictive painkillers like OxyContin. In total, she was prescribed over 900 pills from her various medications.

Woman may have been high during serious auto accident

Sadly, a California man died after another vehicle apparently ran a red light recently. The serious auto accident involved multiple vehicles and also caused substantial injuries for half a dozen people. Police suspect that the driver who they believe ran the red light may have been driving while under the influence.

At almost 7 a.m. on a recent Thursday, the victim reportedly entered into an intersection while he had the green light. At the same time, a northbound sports utility vehicle allegedly failed to yield the right of way and proceeded into the intersection while the light was still red. The driver that is accused of running the red light apparently struck the victim’s vehicle with such force that both vehicles were knocked into three others that were stopped for the red light.

Alleged drunk driver caused serious auto accident with ambulance

Three California individuals charged with helping those who have been injured were recently in need of help of their own assistance after a recent car wreck. A serious auto accident occurred after a driver is believed to have struck an ambulance while proceeding through an intersection. The driver has since been arrested and is currently being held on bail.

There were three EMTs riding in the ambulance at the time of the wreck. Although it is unclear who exactly had the right-of-way in the intersection, the ambulance was hit by what police believe to have been a drunk driver. All three of the EMTs as well as the driver that caused the wreck were injured in the accident.

Increased risk of cancer linked to apparent defective drug

For many women in California, birth control pills may be an everyday aspect of their healthcare maintenance. For some, this may be to prevent pregnancy, while others may take a daily pill to help control otherwise erratic menstrual cycles. However, that daily pill that so many women take may actually be a defective drug.

A study has presented new evidence that the popular birth control may actually increase a woman’s chance of having breast cancer. In order to determine the exact data, researchers studied the medical records of over 1,000 women were suffering from breast cancer. They were able to determine what birth control pills the women took, and what the estrogen levels of those pills were.

Nursing home neglect may have caused woman's heart attack

While many California children may wish to care for their parents as they age, this is not always a realistic option for those involved. Whether because of financial, time or healthcare restraints, nursing homes can provide a safe and adequate alternative for care. Sadly, nursing home neglect can be a devastating reality for some residents and their families, who were simply hoping for the best care for their loved one.

In Sept. 2012, a 72-year-old woman who had recently suffered from pneumonia was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. She was put into the ventilator unit and, as ordered by her doctor, was supposed to be hooked up to a ventilator while she slept at night. According to her family, this order was ignored.

Truck accident kills 1, causes serious injuries for others

Navigating around 18-wheelers and other traffic can sometimes be difficult when traffic is at its finest, but when another vehicle makes a mistake, the results can be tragic. A recent truck accident involving multiple vehicles caused serious injuries and, sadly, one death. With the aid of eyewitness testimony, California police are continuing to investigate the initial cause of the wreck.

The wreck occurred shortly before 8 a.m. on Highway 17. Apparently, an 18-wheeler that may have been transporting gravel jackknifed across the highway, setting off a chaotic chain of accidents. The victim, unable to stop in time, collided with the stopped 18-wheeler and was thrown at least partially from his vehicle.

Investigation launched into possible defective medical device

Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is the producer of a mesh product for use in certain surgeries that has been at the center of some pretty hot controversy. This alleged defective medical device has allegedly affected both women and men across the country, including in California. Some of the injuries that were supposedly incurred appear to have long-lasting consequences for those affected.

The polypropylene mesh is used in a variety of surgeries, including for incontinence, hernias and even pelvic organ prolapse. However, the Attorney General’s Office in another state has recently initiated an investigation into the safety of the device. Additionally, the Federal Drug Administration has also warned against the mesh’s use, claiming that serious side effects aren't exactly uncommon.

Victims of a defective drug may be able to turn to Twitter soon

Drug companies have already long been required to inform consumers of a prescription medication's side-effects on both the label and in TV ads. But now, the FDA appears to be bringing their most recent regulations to the digital age. Sometime in the near future, consumers in California and across America may be able to learn about a drug’s side-effects through a popular social media website. Those who were not properly warned of a drug’s side-effects or who were subjected to the whims of a defective drug might find these new regulations particularly helpful.

As part of a recently proposed social media guideline by the FDA, drug companies who tout their prescription medication’s benefits on Twitter will also be required to tweet all of the side-effects. This will require the side-effects to be squashed down into 140 characters. However, some drug companies appear to be unhappy with this change and claim that it is simply an attempt to limit their right to free speech.