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Home Gas Explosion Leads to Death

28 October 2011

Home Gas Explosion Leads to Death

Two passing motorists pulled 84-year-old Robert Silvy from underneath the rubble of his burned-down home in Ponca City. A day later, Silvy passed away at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita, Kansas as a result of his severe burn injuries.

According to David VanBuskirk, Ponca City’s fire marshal, the explosion was sparked from a valve that was turned on for a gas line running into the kitchen, rather than directly to a wall heater. Ponca City’s Fire Chief Butch Herring also stated that the age of the house’s plumbing was a concern. Silvy’s bungalow-style home was located in an older neighborhood where many homes have been standing since the 1930’s.  The explosion also affected neighboring houses, as the house north of Silvy’s home sustained major surface damage from the explosion and fire, and the house to the south also had fire damage and had its windows blown out.

Factors causing or contributing to gas explosions resulting in burn injuries or death have included improper gas line locations, faulty parts and equipment, improper maintenance, and defectively designed stoves and other heating implements.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a gas explosion and would like to speak with an attorney, contact us by email or call (617) 742-1900. If you are outside the Boston area, call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. We are here to answer your questions and protect your legal rights.

By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz, P.C.Permalink

Kidney Transplant Spreads Hepatitis C

30 September 2011

A Pittsburgh couple – Michael Yocabet and life partner, Christina Meccanic – has sued the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) regarding a transplant involving a Hepatitis C-infected kidney.

After finding out that the two are a match, Yocabet and Meccanic decided to move ahead with a kidney transplant from Meccanic to Yocabet.  Tests performed prior to the transplant indicated that Meccanic’s kidney was infected with the disease, however the hospital overlooked her serious condition and proceeded with the transplant. Now, Yocabet suffers from the same disease.

Since the operation, UPMC closed its kidney and liver transplant center for two months, and took disciplinary measures against associated medical officials, a surgeon and nurse.

Hepatitis C is categorized as one of the most dangerous of all the Hepatitis diseases. Activated by exposure to infected blood, the virus that causes this condition attacks the liver, leading to inflammation. Long terms affects include cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure.

Medical malpractice errors lead to thousands of deaths and serious injuries each year. Although healthcare providers have access to more medical devices, diagnostic tests and drugs than ever before, there remains a high rate of medical malpractice around the country, affecting thousands of unsuspecting patients who place their trust in their doctors, nurses, and hospitals.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice and would like to speak with a medical malpractice attorney, please contact us. Our lawyers are here to answer your questions and discuss how to protect your legal rights. Call our Boston, Massachusetts office at (617) 742-1900, or toll-free at 1-800-545-3732.

By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz, P.C.Permalink

Lynn Man Dies after Car Struck By Tire on Highway

23 September 2011

On September 19, 2011 a man died after his car was struck by a tire that came loose from a flatbed tractor-trailer just north of Boston. The truck was leased by Sullivan Tire.

Police stated that the truck, with four tires strapped on its bed, was on Interstate 93 south when a 400-pound tire came loose at about 3 p.m. The tire struck a car driven by 27-year-old Joseph LeBlanc of Lynn on the northbound side of the highway in Somerville, Massachusetts. Mr. LeBlanc’s car came to rest between the guardrails separating the lanes. The death remained under investigation by authorities.

Auto accidents are among the leading causes of deaths and injuries in our country. Victims of motor vehicle negligence may have a variety of legal remedies. The critically important investigation and preparation of a car accident case involving death and catastrophic injury requires a complete understanding of numerous issues, including:

  • The complexities of insurance coverage, including liability insurance, excess or umbrella insurance, and insurance coverage to address particular losses such as medical care costs and lost wages
  • Reconstruction of the automobile accident, which typically requires the involvement of expert witnesses
  • Product liability matters involving design and manufacturing defects
  • The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) rules and regulations, as well as governmental oversight authority
  • Liability for the negligent operation of a vehicle which was leased or rented by the operator, as well as vehicles used in the course of business, and vehicles operated within the scope of work for a state or local governmental agency.

If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries as the result of the negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and would like to speak with an experienced attorney, please contact us. We are available to answer your questions and discuss important steps in protecting your legal rights; you can call us at (617) 742-1900, or if you are outside the Boston area, call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. You may also contact us online.

By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz, P.C.Permalink

Fan Suffers Head Injury after fall at Fenway Park

15 September 2010

On August 18, 2010, a fan suffered a head injury after falling 14 feet in Fenway Park. Officer Eddy Chrispin, the Boston police spokesman, reported that a man was found lying on his back with head injuries. The man was treated at Fenway before being transported to a Boston hospital.

Sadly, severe head injuries can be a tragic consequence of many different circumstances, whether it be visits to ballparks, car accidents, or trauma from other recreational activities. Finding the proper legal representation in serious injury cases is especially critical. The costs of long-term care and unemployment can mount rapidly. Your best course of action when you need financial compensation for past and future financial costs is to seek representation from experienced personal injury trial attorneys with a track record of success. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury, contact the law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. in Boston, Massachusetts.

By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz P.C.Permalink

Bystander Killed in Boston Bar Fight

15 September 2010

In the early morning hours of August 14, 2010, Hector Guardiola allegedly threw a beer mug that shattered during an argument at the Lansdowne Pub near Fenway Park. The mug broke and a glass shard pierced the neck of 23-year-old Michael DiMaria of Hicksville, NY. Mr. DiMaria, who was not involved in the argument, was taken to Brigham & Women’s Hospital after the glass pierced his jugular. He was pronounced dead soon thereafter. Mr. Guardiola was charged with manslaughter and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Inadequate security litigation arises when an injury occurs due to the negligence of a property owner. Such circumstances include failure to provide adequate security to customers or others lawfully using the premises. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries due to negligent security measures, and would like to speak with a premises liability litigation attorney, contact the law office of Swartz and Swartz, P.C.

By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz P.C.Permalink