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Man asleep who was Injured by Stop Snoring Product in Granite City, Illinois

Granite City, Illinois Man Injured by Stop Snoring Product

Man asleep who was Injured by Stop Snoring Product  in Granite City, IllinoisA Granite City, Illinois man was injured using PureSleep’s stop snoring solution in July of 2008. The product is a dental device which is worn while sleeping, to prevent snoring.

The user puts the device in hot water so it is malleable to fit your teeth. Once this is done the device fits securely in the mouth.

Here, the problem arose when the device was removed the next morning, it carried away the man’s crown from a back molar. He now has to go to a dental specialist to undergo treatment to have a new crown put in—–costing significant dollars.

A claim has been made based on a product liability theory—-that the product was unsafe as normally used and there was a failure to warn that this could happen.

WWF&G will be presenting this claim to the maker and it is anticipated that numerous similar customers will want to pursue legal remedies. If you have any questions in this regard, please contact WWF&G at 618-462-1077 (for a free consultation).

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Woman Wins Settlement from LA Weight Loss in Wrongful Death Suit

pills from lawsuit in st clair county Illinois Pfizer lawsuitIn 2004, Pamela Hoppe, a Granite City Illinois resident, became an LA Weight Loss client. The center-based weight loss system distributed supplements to Hoppe as part of their weight loss program. However, after following the program for three months, she began to experience symptoms of liver failure.

By August of 2004, Hoppe was rushed to a local hospital with jaundice, nausea and abdominal fullness. She was immediately transferred to St. Louis University Hospital, where she was diagnosed with liver failure. Almost exactly four months after beginning her LA Weight Loss program, Hoppe died while waiting for a liver transplant.

In 2005, Hoppe’s sister, Carolyn Schur filed a suit against the weight loss center. As the administrator of her sister’s estate and legal guardian of the daughter she left behind, Schur sued LA Weight Loss for negligence, wrongful death, and other charges, claiming they neglected to properly test the supplements and failed to warn clients of their health risks. Now, nearly five years since the suit was filed, LA Weight Loss settled with Schur for $700,000.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for supervising the safety of food and medicine, including diet pills. Many weight loss supplements have not been approved by the FDA, in fact, their website contains a constant list of warnings against both specific diet pills and commonly used ingredients.

If you or someone you know has had your health affected by a dietary supplement, please do not hesitate to contact the law firm of WWF&G at 1-800-WWFGLAW or 618-567-8030 for a free consultation. The law firm of WWF&G handles numerous cases involving product liability, and acts aggressively for its clients.

St. Louis Missouri Sisters Killed in Granite City Crash

Two St. Louis women were killed on Friday when the car they were riding in was broadsided after pulling into the path of an on-coming SUV. The sisters have been identified as Deneice G. English, 54, and Verna L. Smallwood, 43.

The accident occurred near Illinois Route 3 and Missouri avenue when the car the women were riding in attempted to make a left turn into the Lowe’s on Missouri Avenue. The SUV was heading north on Route 3 when it struck the side of the car as it turned, flipping the SUV onto its side.

English was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, while her sister was rushed to a St. Louis hospital where she died the next morning. The driver of the car has not been identified, but reportedly has been treated and released from the hospital. Similarly, the driver of the SUV is reported to have escaped serious injury.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), there have been 142 fatalities from accidents to date in 2010. In a 2008 study, IDOT notes there were 77 fatalities and 11,376 injuries related to accidents while turning.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, contact the law firm of WWF&G at 1-800-WWFGLAW or 618-567-8030 for a free consultation.

Granite City Man Charged After Fatal Motorcycle Accident

In a grand jury indictment, Daniel R.W. Mull was charged with reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol. Mull, 33, was driving one of two motorcycles involved in a fatal accident on October 3, 2009. Both Mull’s passenger, Lisa Caradonna, 41, and the other motorcycle driver, William Guffey, 42, were killed in the accident. The other passenger, Alison Crandall, 21, was injured but survived while the driver of the truck, Jonathan Basden, 34, was uninjured.

Authorities say that Basden was making a left turn on U.S. Route 40 when both motorcycles attempted to pass his truck on the left side, hitting the driver’s side of the vehicle.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), in 2008 there were 1,506 motorcycle accidents in Missouri. Of these crashes, 66 resulted in fatalities. The driver of a motorcycle has a duty to exercise ordinary care, or to act as a reasonably prudent motorcycle driver under the circumstances to prevent injury to themselves or the other drivers on the road.

The law firm of WWF&G has represented numerous victims of motorcycle accidents. Injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents are often serious, and our firm provides aggressive representation for those victims of accidents and their families. If you or a loved one has been wrongfully injured in an accident involving a motorcycle, please call us for a free consultation at 1-800-WWFGLAW.

Granite City, Alton, Illinois School Districts’ Problems with Teachers and Unprofessional Conduct with Students

Recently, two school districts in Madison County, Illinois, Granite City and Alton, have come under scrutiny because of improper relationships between teachers and students. Parents have brought suit for damages suffered by their children. Further criminal prosecutions have taken place where teachers have suffered severe penalties.

Both of these school districts are public. Public schools are harder to prosecute in civil court due to the fact that the State of Illinois has what is known as the “Tort Immunity Act,” which school attorneys argue gives them immunity for hiring a teacher who has a background of sexual misconduct or even retaining the teacher instead of terminating upon notice of improper conduct. These schools have also argued that the schools are immune from negligence (using ordinary care) when supervising activities on school property, so that, at most, the school can only be held responsible for willful and wanton misconduct in supervision of students and teachers. In other words, they argue they are only responsible for exercising reckless disregard for the safety of the student.

On the other hand, private schools do not have the protection of the Illinois “Tort Immunity Act.” In cases against a public school or a private school, damages to the injured student can consist of compensatory damages for pain and suffering, humiliation, embarrassment, personal injury as well as expenses for medical and psychiatric treatment. Over and above the compensatory damages, punitive damages can be obtained against a private school. In Illinois, punitive damages cannot be awarded against a public school because of the Illinois “Tort Immunity Act.”

The law firm of WWF&G has successfully prosecuted this type of case.  Early contact with this firm is recommended so proper investigation and proceedings within the statute of limitations can be achieved.