Investigation Into Cause Of Wildfires In California May Implicate Liability of Utility Companies.

California has long been known for its devastating, earth-scorching wildfires. These fires can burn for days on end, and may leave people homeless or even dead. Unlike many natural disasters, such as hurricanes or tornados, wildfires sometimes have an origin that can be traced back to human fault. Consequently, these fires may become a source of major liability, as they can cause immense destruction resulting in thousands of dollars of property damage and potential personal injury. If you have been injured as the result of the negligent behavior of another, it would be wise to contact an expert personal injury attorney at 617-787-3700.

Wildfires in northern California that have killed 31 people are now being tied back to downed power lines. If indeed that connection is accurate, then Pacific Gas & Electric is facing damages liability and potentially enormous fines for the fires. Reports have indicated that the fires started during a windstorm; because when dispatchers were initially called, they reported many downed lines and transporters.

One of the major inquiries to be made is how fast the winds were actually blowing. State law requires that utility companies make wires that are able to withstand winds of at least 56 miles per hour. Utility companies are also required to cut down trees if they pose a danger. If Pacific Gas & Electric failed to meet one or both of these requirements, then the company could be found liable for money damages. PG&E, however, calls the reports highly speculative, and if faced with a lawsuit would most likely assert an “act of God” defense. PG&E has been fined in previous years in connection with other devastating fires in northern California.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a fire or explosion, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact one of our expert explosion or fire accident attorneys here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Act now and contact our Massachusetts injury lawyer specialists at 617-787-3700 or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!

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Chemotherapy Errors Pose Grave Risks For Patients.

Although medication errors of all kinds pose a potential danger to patients, there are certainly varying degrees of risk that correspond to the severity of the injury or disease being treated and the medication being used. For example, a medication error for a minor cold probably would not be particularly consequential, whereas a medication error for someone who has contracted the HIV virus could be potentially life threatening. In such a situation, it would be wise to contact an expert medication error attorney at 617-787-3700.

One area where medication errors may be especially harmful is in the administration of chemotherapy to treat various types of cancers. Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy likely cannot afford to be subjected to any type of medical error, as the severity of the disease is of the highest degree. A recent study has shown that chemotherapy errors occur in every one to four out of one thousand orders, which affects roughly 3% of adult and pediatric oncology patients. The research looked at data going back to 1980 all the way up to 2017, mainly drawing from single-institution university hospitals.

Despite the fact that chemotherapy errors are less common than medication errors in general, there is a growing risk associated with oral chemotherapy, in which the patient receives cancer-fighting medicine in the form of a pill. The study also emphasized the need for further research in this field to better understand, and ultimately avoid, more errors related to the administration of chemotherapy.

If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a medication error, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact an expert medication error attorney here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call our Massachusetts injury attorney professionals today at 617-787-3700 or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!

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Lawsuit Targets Homeowners’ Association For Negligently Maintained Playground.

One of the most frightening aspects of tragic stories that appear on the news is that they make us realize that it does not take extraordinary circumstances for tragedy to strike. These stories reflect the fact that seemingly harmless, innocuous, every day activities can quickly devolve and become a cautionary tale. The number of car accidents per year alone is enough to alert the public about the dangers of a common activity such as driving, yet that only comprises a fraction of the stories of accidents caused by negligent behavior that lead to serious injury. In such a situation, it would be wise to contact an expert personal injury attorney at 617-787-3700.

When 13 year-old Carl Thompson went to sit down on a swing set in his community playground, he simply needed a place to relax and send out a text message. As soon as he sat down, however, his whole world changed. A 42-pound crossbar that connected all the swings fell down on Thompson. Part of his skull was crushed, and he was left with permanent brain damages and depression.

Now, Thomas is bringing a lawsuit against the involved Homeowners’ Association (HOA) for failing to properly maintain the swing set. According to the allegations of the complaint, the HOA would have only needed to spend $150 per month on an inspector, and this whole accident could have been avoided. To put that into context, the HOA spent $160,000 this past year on various inspections. HOA president Art Sonjoa testified in court that an inspector had indeed approached the HOA, but they decided that it was not worth the money. Thomas is represented by attorney Sean Claggett, who plans to introduce evidence showing that the deteriorated state of the swing set has been obvious for quite some time, and that the HOA was negligent in not taking precautions sooner.

If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of the negligence of another, act now and contact one of our expert personal injury attorneys here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call us today at 617-787-3700 or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!

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