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"One exception to the increasingly deadly trend was in #SanFrancisco, where figures collected by the Department of Public Health show that the city’s #VisionZero efforts to eliminate traffic deaths by 2024 could be making progress. The number of traffic #deaths in 2016 was 30, a slight decline from 2015 and 2014 when 31 people were killed in each of those years in motor vehicle collisions. The figures also showed a one-year decrease in pedestrian deaths with 16 in 2016 compared with 20 in 2015."

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2kzUZN6

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Walkup Attorneys Matthew Davis and Douglas Saeltzer represented Thu Phan's family and achieved an early settlement for this case.

#visionzero #pedestriandeath #disabledrights

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Walkup Partner Doris Cheng led an advanced trial advocacy training program for the Legal Aid Advisory Authority in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The three-day program trained thirty-two Trinidad and Tobago #attorneys, who defend indigent citizens in criminal, family and juvenile cases. The program was funded by the United States Department of State Bureau of International Narcotic & Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) through the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) as part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative in furtherance of the efforts to improve the rule of #law by supporting the development of justice sector. NCSC collaborated with #NITA to bring the trainers. Doris is shown here with JoAnne Richardson (Project Director for NCSC); Dina Abaa-Ogley (Director of INL at the US Embassy); Israel Khan., S.C. (Chair of the LAAA); and Farzana Nazir-Mohammed (Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs).
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The year 2016 was a big one for product recalls, with perhaps the massive recalls of Takata airbags and the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 making the most headlines. Many of these recalls were the result of consumers suffering serious injury because of the product was defectively designed or manufactured.

Here are some of the most important recalls of 2016, as reported by the Glen Falls Post-Star:

· Takata airbags. Specifically, the inflators that tended to cause airbags to burst open too hard. At 100,000,000 inflators involved, this is the biggest auto recall in history.

· CRF Frozen foods. The company was forced to recall 47,000,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables contaminated with listeria.

· McDonald's fitness bands. The fast-food chain recalled 32,600,000 bands sold in its Happy Meals over complaints about skin irritation.

· IKEA chests and dressers. The company's Malm dressers were unstable and tipped over, killing several children.

· General Mills flour. Flour produced at one of the food giant's plants led to an E. coli outbreak. About 5,000 tons of flour were recalled.

These are just a few examples of nationwide #recalls that took place last year. Poorly designed and constructed products hurt people throughout the year, and dozens more products ended up being recalled as a result.

If you get hurt by a defective product in the coming weeks and months, a products liability attorney can help you fight for what is right.

Read more on the Walkup Blog at: http://bit.ly/2kCWcHQ
#CRF #frozenfood #General Mills #flourrecall #Malmrecall #McDonalds #fitnessbandrecall #TakataAirbag #ecoli #listeria


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Failure to take a patient's symptoms seriously or to obtain a complete and thorough history of symptoms enough can lead to catastrophe. That is what the family of a teenage girl who died of a brain tumor in 2016 say caused her death. They are suing the hospital and three doctors for medical malpractice for failing to diagnose the tumor in time to treat it.

According to the Concord Monitor, the girl first began experiencing headaches in February. She went to the hospital and was told to come back if they got worse or she started vomiting. Two months later, her symptoms had indeed grown worse. Instead of ordering tests or radiological exams to identify a cause for the symptoms, doctors misdiagnosed her with migraine headaches and again sent her home.

Six days later, with a terrible headache, nausea, vision impairment and facial numbness she was taken again went to the hospital. For a third time, doctors ordered no diagnostic tests. They told her parents that it was simply a migraine coupled with sinusitis.

On May 1, the girl went to the emergency room. The ER doctor noticed that she had never undergone brain imaging. Instead of ordering an immediate CT scan the doctor ordered an MRI for a later date.

The child's condition deteriorated, as she became increasingly unresponsive. She eventually was placed on life support, which her parents removed on May 7.

California law protects Doctors and Hospitals with its one-sided MICRA law. But even MICRA does not protect against repeated acts of medical malpractice.

The advantages that healthcare providers have in litigation when patients assert their legal rights makes it difficult for injured patients to find competent counsel. The Walkup law firm has been representing patients injured by healthcare malpractice for more than 55 years.

Read more on the Walkup Blog at: http://bit.ly/2jqj2hy

#medicalmalpractice #medicalnegligence #wrongfuldeath 
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San Francisco's #VisionZero campaign includes an effort to avoid personal injuries to citizens by, in part, changing city's streets to better protect pedestrians and bicyclists. City officials optimistically hope to eliminate traffic fatalities in San Francisco by 2024.

Making pedestrian and bicycle safety a priority is especially important at high-volume intersections. Last month, one of San Francisco's most dangerous intersections received safety upgrades intended to eliminate the danger riders and walkers face from reckless drivers.

On Dec. 21, city officials officially unveiled #SanFrancisco's first "protected intersection" at Ninth and Division streets. According to SFBAy.ca, the intersection now includes a wide green bike lane and concrete islands to give pedestrians a safe place to walk while crossing the street.

Read more on the Walkup Blog at: http://bit.ly/2j64TIA
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#Ford announced that it would expand its #recall of vehicles affected by the massive #Takata recall to include another 816,309 vehicles — including 654,695 in the United States.

Read more at: http://abcn.ws/2iivfIw

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The automaker said the newly recalled vehicles are equipped with #Takata-supplied air bag inflators that have been linked to a defect.
http://cnb.cx/2iCo2PU #airbag #recall 

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Congratulations to Walkup's Andrew McDevitt - one of the three honored as Outstanding Barristers for 2016 from the The Bar Association of San Francisco.

Read more on #BASF's blog, Legal by the Bay: http://blog.sfbar.org/2017/01/05/three-honored-as-outstanding-barristers-for-2016/

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Here's a reminder for parents to secure shelves and dressers to the wall. #safetyfirst

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/03/health/two-year-old-rescues-brother-video/
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