Public Advocacy Group Demand Changes From FDA Regarding Transvaginal Mesh

Public Citizen, a group that advocates on the behalf of consumers, has in the past petitioned the FDA to order a global recall of all transvaginal mesh products. Additionally, the petition asks the FDA to ban the marketing of any of the products, which are used to treat pelvic organ prolapsed. The FDA, in a letter dated from May of this year, has rejected both petitions, stating that at the current time, transvaginal mesh products do not warrant a total recall or ban. They do however acknowledge that the mesh products are associated with post-operative complications such as mesh exposure, vaginal scarring, pelvic pain and infection.

Transvaginal mesh companies such as Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson, have recently come under scrutiny by both the agency and by the general public. Although companies have been allowed to continue to produce potentially life-threatening products, it seems as though very few individuals are willing to stand by those products. The FDA continues to alert the public about the dangerous side effects of having a transvaginal mesh implanted. Additionally, more than 60,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have are currently filed in the courts.

Legal Commentary
The complications caused by this device have left many women to suffer with horrid recoveries, large medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing pain. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from the transvaginal mesh device. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed AMS transvaginal mesh, we encourage you to consult with one of our transvaginal mesh attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, and hopefully for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TV Mesh lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing transvaginal mesh victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis—especially the Transvaginal mesh device. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

One worker killed, two injured in most recent of many construction accidents in Florida

Pictured above: The scene of the accident (Image courtesy of Sun Sentinel) 

One construction was killed and two were left severely injured on Monday at a work-place accident that occurred at a Fort Lauderdale, Florida construction site. The accident happened when a beam that collapsed on the site knocked the three men off a ladder. The workers were building a car dealership at the scene of the accident, which is located at 2601 S. Andrews Ave in Broward County. A witness that saw the accident as it unfolded saw the crane lowering the beam when a critical support gave way and knocked the three men off the ladder and scaffolding they were on.

The accident is currently under investigation by the Fort Lauderdale OSHA department and other city officials. At least five other deaths have occurred in or around Broward County in the past month and a half. These accidents all occurred on the job and many were on similar construction sites as the one that took the life of the as-yet-unidentified victim on Monday. One safety consultant, Al Favale of Deerfield Beach, claims that the increase in workplace accidents, especially those in construction, can be attributed to a booming economy. As the demand for new homes and buildings increase, many workers are pulled into fields and occupations where not enough time is dedicated to training and safety precautions. However, as these past few accidents have shown, an increase in new hires is no reason to not provide a safe environment and adequate training by hiring companies.

Below: The exact location of the scene of the accident: 

 

Legal Commentary
In this situation and the accidents before it, the most pertinent legal matter to pursue is a civil case. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of workplace accident tragedies. The family of the man killed and the other injured workers should consult with an attorney to file a suit against the responsible party once it is found who it is. A successful civil claim will enable their families to receive rightful financial compensation. If you or a loved one was affected by this incident, or one similar, contact the experienced attorneys at Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by sending an email to mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent personal injury lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in workplace accidents, automobile accidents, wrongful death cases, and product liability claims throughout the state of Texas. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous workplace motor vehicle accident cases through trial and settlement that have brought seven and eight figure confidential reward settlements. His is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas and is licensed in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leader’s Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past five years in a row for legal excellence, in connection with wrongful death and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be contacted by email or by calling 1.866.705.7584.
 

New Jersey Police Officer Killed in Tractor Trailer Accident

Pictured above: Police officers turn out for a procession for Police Officer Christopher Goodell 

Last Thursday on July 17, a car crash that involved a tractor-trailer left a New Jersey police officer dead. That officer has been identified as Christopher Goodell of Waldwick, New Jersey and yesterday the Bergen County town came together to celebrate his life at St. Luke Roman Catholic Church for his wake.

The accident happened when Goodell, who was sitting in his car running radar on the highway when Ryon Cumberbath crashed his Freightliner 18-wheeler into the parked police car whose emergency lights were not on when the crash happened. Goodell died of blunt-force injuries from severe head trauma caused by the accident while Cumberbatch was left unharmed.

Officials have now charged Cumberbatch, stating that he did not attempt to break before the impact and that he drove right into the police car without stopping or attempting to stop. Cumberbatch has been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and through his attorney, David Glassman, has pleaded not guilty. Glassman also represents Kevin Roper, the man who crashed into comedian Tracy Jordan and his entourage on June 7th.

Legal Commentary
Unfortunately, truck accidents are quite common and many, including family members, suffer as a result. In this situation, the most pertinent legal matter that the Goodell family can pursue is a civil case. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous victims and their families who are affected by a motor vehicle accident. . A successful civil claim would enable the survivors and their families to cover any needed medical expenses. A successful claim can also possibly cover any time lost from work or any pain and suffering caused by the injuries received from the accident. If you or a loved one was affected by this incident or one similar, contact the experienced attorneys at Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by sending an email to mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent personal injury lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in automobile accidents, wrongful death cases, and product liability claims throughout the state of Texas. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous workplace motor vehicle accident cases through trial and settlement that have brought seven and eight figure confidential reward settlements. His is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas and is licensed in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leader’s Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past five years in a row for legal excellence, in connection with wrongful death and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be contacted by email or by calling 1.866.705.7584.
 

Mary Wasserman and Son File Lawsuit Against Manufacturers of Risperdal

A mother and her son have filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and Jansseen Pharmaceuticals, the makers and manufacturers of Risperdal. Mary Wasserman, mother to 26-year-old Andrew Wasserman, claims that Risperdal, prescribed to her son after medications failed, caused embarrassing and troubling side effects. Since starting to take the medication, Andrew has developed breasts as part of a condition called gynecomastia. He has had to have a double mastectomy to have the breasts removed.

Rispedral has been approved by the FDA since 1993 to treat several medical conditions, including schizophrenia. It was only in 2007, however, when it was approved for children ages 13-17. It has also been approved to treat bipolar disorder in children ages 10-17 and for children and young adults with autism. However, a study released in 2006 by Duke researchers showed that children who took Risperdal had higher prolactin levels. Higher levels of this hormone promote breast development in women and men but in men, the increase leads to enlarged breasts, difficult producing sperm and decreased sexual ability.

Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals recently paid $2.2 billion in November of 2013 to resolve charges regarding the marketing of the drug. The gains made my families through litigation give hope to others that they too can be compensated for the psychological and physical trauma they have endured because of Rispedral.

Legal Commentary
From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous individuals and families who have become victim to Risperdal’s dangerous side effects and the following psychological trauma. If you or a loved one have taken Risperdal and have experienced abnormal breast growth or milk production we encourage you to consult with one of our Risperdal attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will ensure the victims are not burdened with costly medical expenses, and will hopefully compensate them for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead Risperdal lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing testosterone replacement therapy victims and families harmed by dangerous treatments on a nationwide basis. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trial and settlement that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bare of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

23-Year-Old Daniel Pohl Electrocuted at Mission Viejo High School in Work Accident

Pictured above: Emergency crews at the site of the accident (Pictured courtesy of OC Register

An accident that occurred in Mission Viejo, California on Thursday afternoon left one worker injured and one worker dead. The accident happened at Mission Viejo High School when 23-year-old Daniel Pohl was on top of a 30-foot scaffold attempting to hang a banner on school grounds. As he reached up, his neck touched overhead wires and electrocuted him. He then fell from the scaffolding. A fellow coworker was also shocked by the wires when he tried to help and was severely injured.

State officials, along with California’s OSHA department, have begun an investigation into the accident because according to them, school officials do not know who hired the company that employed the Five Star Construction Company. A spokeswoman for the school district has stated that the company was not hired or authorized by the school district to be on the school’s grounds. Authorities will have to fully conduct their investigation to have a better understanding of how such a tragic accident could have happened.

 

Legal Commentary
In this situation, the most pertinent legal matter to pursue is a civil case. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of workplace accident tragedies. The family of Pohl and the other injured worker should consult with an attorney to file a suit against the responsible party once it is found who it is. A successful civil claim will enable their families to receive rightful financial compensation. If you or a loved one was affected by this incident, or one similar, contact the experienced attorneys at Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by sending an email to mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent personal injury lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in workplace accidents, automobile accidents, wrongful death cases, and product liability claims throughout the state of Texas. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous workplace motor vehicle accident cases through trial and settlement that have brought seven and eight figure confidential reward settlements. His is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas and is licensed in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leader’s Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past five years in a row for legal excellence, in connection with wrongful death and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be contacted by email or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

 

 

Larry Dennison Kills 3, Injures Several in Multi-Car Crash in Marion, Ohio

Pictured above: Some of the wreckage caused by the accident (courtesy of Mansfield News Journal

A devastating accident that occurred on Monday afternoon left several family members dead and several others injured. Larry Dennison Jr., age 43, was driving south on Delaware Avenue in Marion, Ohio when he sideswiped a Honda driven by Elisabeth C. Warren. As other motorists tried to stop Dennison, he continued driving and hit four other cars at Executive Drive. One of those cars that he struck immediately burst into flames, killing driver Johanna Sisson, her daughter Amanda Sisson and her husband, Edwin Sisson. Seven people in total were taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Although the crash remains under investigation and Dennison has not been officially charged by police, his previous driving and police record indicate that this was not the first time Dennison drove in a reckless manner. According to records, he has been involved in three crashes since 2009 and was cited in each accident for failure to assure clear distance. He has also had his driving privileges repeatedly withdrawn. Close friends reportedly also told officials that they had repeatedly tried to stop Dennison from driving in the past.

Below, the location of the accident: 

 

Legal Commentary

Although it is not obvious what caused Dennison to drive into several cars, his driving record indicates a history of reckless driving. In this situation, the most pertinent legal matter to pursue is a civil case. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous victims and their families who are affected by a motor vehicle accident. The families of the victimis should consult with an attorney to file a suit against Dennison if he was found to have been driving recklessly. A successful civil claim would enable the survivors and their families to cover any needed medical expenses. A successful claim can also possibly cover any time lost from work or any pain and suffering caused by the injuries received from the accident. If you or a loved one was affected by this incident or one similar, contact the experienced attorneys at Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by sending an email to mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent personal injury lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in automobile accidents, wrongful death cases, and product liability claims throughout the state of Texas. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous workplace motor vehicle accident cases through trial and settlement that have brought seven and eight figure confidential reward settlements. His is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas and is licensed in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leader’s Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past five years in a row for legal excellence, in connection with wrongful death and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be contacted by email or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

 

FDA Moves to Label Transvaginal Mesh From 'Moderate Risk' to 'High Risk' Category

The number of transvaginal mesh lawsuits has drastically increased in the past few months, as more and more women who have suffered as a result of the mesh have come forward. According to recent court documents, more than 50,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, by women who have been injured by a mesh product.

In light of the significant number of lawsuits related to various mesh products, the FDA has also moved to rate transvaginal mesh from a moderate risk device to a high-risk one. Devices labeled as moderate risk do not have to conduct human clinical trials before market. However, high-risk devices have higher levels of scrutiny imposed on them and manufacturers must submit pre-market approvals and undergo various evaluations.

Although the move by the FDA comes after a significant number of women have been harmed by the mesh, it will require manufacturers to provide more stringent testing before their mesh products are allowed in the market. So far, all of these new requirements by the FDA reveal that mesh manufacturers have been allowing faulty devices into the market for far too long.

Legal Commentary
The complications caused by this device have left many women to suffer with horrid recoveries, large medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing pain. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from the transvaginal mesh device. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed AMS transvaginal mesh, we encourage you to consult with one of our transvaginal mesh attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, and hopefully for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TV Mesh lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing transvaginal mesh victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis—especially the Transvaginal mesh device. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

 

Work Accident With Auger Kills Bradley Hogue in Everett, Washington

19-year-old Bradley Hogue, pictured above (Courtesy of King5

Last Monday, a 19-year-old worker employed by Pacific Topsoil of Everett, Washington, was killed in a work site accident. The young man, identified as Bradley Hogue, was working as a part of a three-person team on a residential property when he fell into an auger and died of blunt-force injuries. Hogue had only been working for the company for two days when the accident happened.

Now, his parents are demanding to know why their son had not received proper training and why it took the other crew members five minutes to discover that he had fallen into the auger. The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries has launched an investigation into the accident. The Department remarked that Pacific Topsoil has been involved in five inspections in the past seven years, two of which resulted in citations against the company. Although auger accidents are rare, they are deadly, with seven deaths related to the industrial machinery occurring in 2013 alone.

Legal Commentary
In this situation, the most pertinent legal matter to pursue is a civil case. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of workplace accident tragedies. The family of Hogue should consult with an attorney to file a suit against the responsible party. A successful civil claim will enable their families to receive rightful financial compensation. If you or a loved one was affected by this incident, or one similar, contact the experienced attorneys at Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by sending an email to mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.


About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent personal injury lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in workplace accidents, automobile accidents, wrongful death cases, and product liability claims throughout the state of Texas. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous workplace motor vehicle accident cases through trial and settlement that have brought seven and eight figure confidential reward settlements. His is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas and is licensed in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leader’s Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past five years in a row for legal excellence, in connection with wrongful death and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be contacted by email or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

[UPDATE] Comedian Tracy Morgan Sues Walmart for Negligence in Truck Accident

Pictured above: The truck that hit Tracy Morgan and his entourage (courtesy of NYT

According to the New York Times, the comedian Tracy Morgan, who was involved in a horrific accident with a Walmart Truck in June, is now filing a lawsuit against the company, citing negligence on their part. The accident, which occurred on the the New Jersey Turnpike, left several severely injured and killed comedian James McNair, commonly known as Jimmy Mack. 

The lawsuit is being filed in the United States District Court in New Jersey on behalf of Morgan, his assistant Jeffrey Millea and comedian Ardley Fuqua Jr.. It claims that the company exhibited negligence in the ownership of its truck that was a "substantial contributing factor" to the devastating accident. The driver of the truck, Kevin Roper was charged with vehicular homicide, claiming that he had not slept in more than 24 hours. 

Major details have emerged that could potentially favor Morgan's case. In the lawsuit, Morgan's lawyers claim that Walmart allowed Roper to drive 700 miles from his home to a Walmart distribution center to begin his drive. That drive alone would have taken him more than 11 hours, meaning that Roper would have already have been driving for an extended amount of time prior to beginning the route that would leave Morgan injured and Jimmy Mack dead. The suit contends that Walmart could have asked Roper to report a center closer to his home. 

The lawsuit seeks a jury trial and punitive and compensatory damages on behalf of those who were injured or suffered because of the accident. 

Legal Commentary
Unfortunately, truck accidents are quite common and many, including family members, suffer as a result. In this situation, Tracy Morgan, others who were in the van and their family members have decided to pursue a civil case against Walmart, citing negligence. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous victims and their families who are affected by a motor vehicle accident. . A successful civil claim would enable the survivors and their families to cover any needed medical expenses. A successful claim can also possibly cover any time lost from work or any pain and suffering caused by the injuries received from the accident. If you or a loved one was affected by this incident or one similar, contact the experienced attorneys at Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by sending an email to mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent personal injury lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in automobile accidents, wrongful death cases, and product liability claims throughout the state of Texas. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous workplace motor vehicle accident cases through trial and settlement that have brought seven and eight figure confidential reward settlements. His is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas and is licensed in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leader’s Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past five years in a row for legal excellence, in connection with wrongful death and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be contacted by email or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

 

Reckless Driver Thomas Gallagher Kills College Bound Student, Meredith Demko in Car Accident

Pictured above: Demko's Toyota Prius after the accident (Image courtesy of WGAL News

An unfortunate accident took the life of a recent high school graduate in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on Tuesday. The victim, identified as 18-year-old Meredith Demko, was driving to her friend’s home when Thomas Gallagher, 29, crashed into her Toyota Prius when he swerved into her lane. According to police records, Gallagher was speeding and weaving in traffic when he crashed into Demko. He was also driving with two others in his car who had asked him to stop and be let out of his car out of fear of getting hurt by his reckless driving.

Gallagher has been charged with causing an accident involving a death or injury while not properly licensed, driving with a suspended or revoked license and disregarding traffic lanes. He has two prior DUI convictions on his record and authorities have suggested that alcohol may have been a factor in this accident, although that has yet to be determined. He is currently being held in Lancaster County Prison on $250,000 bail.

Demko would have attended Ursinus College in the fall. She is survived by her parents and two older siblings.

The approximate location where the accident occurred is pictured below: 

 

Legal Commentary
Not only are drunk drivers committing a crime, they are also endangering the lives of everyone around them. In this case, it was that of an innocent driver who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunken driving accidents accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths in 2010 in the United States. The challenge for many individuals who are injured or whose loved ones are killed in a drunken driving accident is to make the right choice about their legal rights.

Successfully pursuing a claim against a drunk driver is difficult, but not impossible. Though they may be facing a difficult situation, it is important for individuals and families who have been impacted by drunken driving to quickly seek out legal guidance and representation in order to successfully pursue any possible claims against a drunk driver. If you or a loved one has suffered from someone else’s drunk driving, you should contact the professionals at Fears | Nachawati. We can answer your questions, provide you with the proper guidance, and successfully represent you in any potential claims. We understand the difficult situations drunken driving accidents present and are prepared to advise you. Talk to us today for your free consultation.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in work accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic 18 wheeler crashes, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer's Profile.