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April 2012 Archives

San Francisco Cyclist May Face Charges, Wrongful Death Suit

A San Francisco cyclist may face felony charges for causing the wrongful death of an elderly pedestrian in the Castro District last month. Authorities say that the 35-year-old cyclist was speeding through the city streets in a grossly negligent manner at the time of the accident.

California Senator Proposes $100 Reward For Reporting Drunk Drivers

California State Senator Ron Calderon recently introduced a bill that would offer a $100 reward for anyone whose report of a drunk driver leads to a conviction. This is just one of many active drunk driving prevention initiatives throughout the state aimed to curb the number of drunk driving accidents.

Lead Surgeon Designer of the Recalled DePuy ASR™ Hip Tells Orthopedic Community that All ASR Patients Are At Increased Risk and Must Be Monitored Closely

Before DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. recalled the ASR model artificial hip in August 2010, Dr. Thomas P. Schmalzried of the Joint Replacement Institute in Los Angeles, the self-proclaimed "lead surgeon designer" of the heavily-marketed metal-on-metal device, extolled the ASR as superior to other artificial hips and he encouraged fellow orthopedic surgeons to implant the ASR in their younger, active patients.

Fatigued Driving Linked to Public Transit Crashes, Near Misses

A recent study by the National Sleep Foundation indicates that public and commercial transportation operators are more likely to engage in fatigued driving than the general population. The daytime drowsiness of these drivers was most commonly caused by a failure to get enough rest and has been linked to an increased likelihood of public transportation accidents and truck crashes.

Attorney Matt Davis Weighs In on San Francisco Bike Accidents

Personal injury attorney Matthew Davis started biking in San Francisco when he moved to the city for law school in 1986. There were very few bicycle commuters back then, but Davis has seen a rapid increase in bicycle commuters over the past few years. Now Market Street is packed with cyclists in the morning, many of them young professionals who work for the many startups throughout the city.

Research Now Suggests Even Higher Failure Rate of ASR

After two British surgeons released studies predicting that 32 to 49% of patients implanted with the recalled DePuy ASRTM hip replacement device will need to undergo a painful revision procedure (invasive surgery to replace the defective device) within six years of their initial operation,[1] attorneys from California and elsewhere in the United States are moving forward with obtaining court-ordered deposition testimony from current and former DePuy employees.