Student Dies After Model Rocket Explosion

Student Dies After Model Rocket Explosion
An 18-year-old Thousand Oaks student is dead and his friend remains hospitalized in critical condition after their propane-propelled test model rocket exploded Monday evening in Thousand Oaks, California. The two high school students were testing a small propane cylinder as a prototype motor on the handball courts of Madrona Elementary School when the incident occurred. The ...

Six Hospitals Warn Patients of Hepatitis Exposure

Six Hospitals Warn Patients of Hepatitis Exposure
What do you do when the place you go for medical treatment causes a more dangerous personal injury? That’s the question nearly 5,000 patients throughout Colorado, Arizona, and Washington are having to wrestle with after being told that they may have been exposed to hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or HIV when they underwent what was ...

LAUSD Student Files Personal Injury Lawsuit

LAUSD Student Files Personal Injury Lawsuit
The Los Angeles Unified School District is once again under fire for alleged teacher misconduct. The 16-year-old boy who filed the suit was involved in a sexual relationship with his 28-year-old Biology teacher at San Pedro High School. The relationship began in May of last year and lasted for two months. In July, the boy ...

Girl Airlifted After Vehicle Crashes Through Party City Window

A 14-year-old San Dimas girl had to be airlifted to a hospital after a car crashed through the front of a Party City on Halloween. The incident occurred just after noon at the Party City on West Arrow Highway. The 35-year-old driver lost control of her vehicle in the parking lot and crashed through the ...

From Jokes to Court: Bill Cosby and Sexual Assault Lawsuits

From Jokes to Court: Bill Cosby and Sexual Assault Lawsuits
In October 2014, comedian Hannibal Buress mocked Bill Cosby’s history as an alleged rapist during a stand-up routine at a Philadelphia comedy club. Video of the show quickly went viral, and in less than a month 20 women had stepped forward with accusations of sexual assault incidents allegedly occurring between 1965 and 2004. Over the ...

NHTSA Fines Takata For Defective Airbags

NHTSA Fines Takata For Defective Airbags
Honda cut ties with Takata last week after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration leveled a $70 million fine against the airbag manufacturer for their defective airbags. Takata, one of the world’s largest airbag manufacturers, has recently been involved in a scandal that originated over a decade ago. In May 2004, an airbag in a ...

Nine Workers Injured in Freeway Collapse

Nine Workers Injured in Freeway Collapse
Nine construction workers were seriously injured earlier this month when the temporary support beams of a new freeway ramp collapsed. The incident occurred around 11 p.m. on Friday, October 9th at the intersection of East Grand Boulevard and the Corona Freeway. The workers were incrementally lowering a section of the ramp when the wooden support ...

San Jose Construction Accident: Video Shows Explosion

San Jose Construction Accident: Video Shows Explosion
Recently released video shows a dangerous accident at a hospital construction site in San Jose. The video is from September 3, 2014 at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center construction site. Joel Ferreria, along with other members of the Turner Construction crew, was adding a section of steam pipe for a new 168-bed building. The video ...

Construction Worker Awarded $17 Million in Damages

Construction Worker Awarded $17 Million in Damages
In 1998, a jury awarded a former construction worker $17 million in damages after he suffered serious injuries on a construction site in 1995. Reggie Qualls was 27 years old and had just started a new job as a construction worker. Three days later, Qualls was asked to use a loader/backhoe without any prior use or training. ...

ExxonMobil Fined for Workplace Safety Violations

ExxonMobil Fined for Workplace Safety Violations
ExxonMobil was fined $566,600 last month by California state regulators for incurring nineteen workplace safety violations after the explosion of the company’s Torrance refinery. Eighteen of the workplace safety violations were marked as serious because they could result in the death of a worker. Furthermore, six of the citations were categorized as willful because ExxonMobil ...