Welder Falls to His Death at Seattle Construction Site

The Washington Department of Labor had already been out to the Belltown construction site twice by the time Aaron Adair showed up on the job in early January. It was his first day of work at 101 Taylor Ave. Sadly, it would also be his last.

‘He Was the Life of the Party’

Adair, a welder from Anacortes, was 31 years old. He was engaged to be married in June.

While he was known for being a jovial guy in his social life — “the life of the party” — he had just as strong a reputation for being careful in his dangerous profession. His younger brother, Brady Adair, spoke of his skill admiringly, before describing the family’s shock when they got the call about Aaron Adair’s death.

“I just thought in my mind never him, never him. He’s too careful.”

Adair’s father, Dave, spoke on behalf of the grieving family, including Adair’s fiancee, Amanda, saying “We’ll get through it, but it’s going to be really hard.” Continue reading

Deadly Washington State Mudslide Leaves Families with Anguish and Unanswered Questions

Search and rescue crews continue to work near the towns of Oso and
Darrington a week after a mudslide left at least 24 people dead and numerous others missing.

The Darrington area, about 55 miles northeast of Seattle, experienced higher-than-normal rainfall, which may have triggered more than a square mile of earth to dislodge and cascade downhill. But other questions remain unanswered. The death toll has continued to rise as workers sift through the rubble that destroyed at least 30 homes.

‘Potential for a Catastrophic Failure’

The Seattle Times has uncovered a 1999 report filed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that warned of “the potential for a catastrophic failure” at the site of the landslide.

“We’ve known it would happen at some point. We just didn’t know when,” Daniel J. Miller, co-author of the report, told the Times.

If this catastrophe was predictable, why are we only hearing of this now, after so many lives have been lost?

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Seattle Attorney and Pilot Comments on Chopper Crash

It is a sad day in Seattle.

At about 7:40 a.m. local time, a news helicopter crashed near the iconic Space Needle, killing two on board and critically injuring at least one man on the ground.

92572426Eyewitnesses said the chopper crashed moments after take-off, engulfing the wreckage and vehicles on the ground in flames. The critically injured survivor of the crash was able to crawl from his car and was taken to Harborview Medical Center, the Seattle PI reported.

Seattle attorney Doug Weinmaster, with the Perey Law Group, said thick plumes of smoke were visible from the firm’s nearby office. Weinmaster is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is a Federal Aviation Administration-licensed pilot.

We understand that the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are on the ground starting an investigation into the cause of this crash,” Weinmaster said. “We have had several clients treated at Harborview (burn center). It is one of the best burn centers in the world – and everyone in Seattle is taking a moment of pause for prayers and positive thoughts for the victims.”

The chopper, which the FAA identified as a Eurocopter AS350, is operated by KOMO TV and also used by KING TV, CNN reported. It is owned by a helicopter company that employed the pilot, KOMO reported. The station identified the men who were killed as pilot Gary Pfitzner and photographer Bill Strothman.

The 38-year-old man injured on the ground was identified as Richard Newman. The PI reported later Tuesday that his condition had been upgraded from “critical” to “serious.”

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‘Genuinely Frightening’ New Painkiller is Approved

The shock felt after the FDA’s recent approval of the new pain medication Zohydro wasn’t limited to advocacy groups and addiction treatment specialists. Even those on the FDA advisory committee were startled by it, considering that they had voted 11-to-2 against approval of the drug.

As much as 10 times more powerful than other painkiller in its class, Zohydro is not messing around.

‘It Will Kill People As Soon As It’s Released’

Zohydro was developed by pharmaceutical giant Zogenix. One capsule of the painkiller packs enough hydrocodone to kill a child, a doctor wrote recently in the Huffington Post. If taken by an adult unaccustomed to opioids, the medication could result in death.

158362155“It’s a whopping dose of hydrocodone packed in an easy-to-crush capsule,” said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, chief medical officer at Phoenix House, an addiction treatment center. “It will kill people as soon as it’s released.” Continue reading

Malpractice Case Sparks Change in Washington Law

When he was 9 years old, Jaryd Schroeder was taken to the hospital for a variety of painful symptoms. He suffered from double vision, headaches, dizziness and weakness in his legs. He was examined by a doctor at a Richland radiology clinic; the MRI test showed that everything was normal.

After another eight years of suffering the same symptoms, Schroeder had another MRI. This time, he had it done elsewhere, and the test revealed that his brain was protruding into his spinal canal.

On the eve of his 19th birthday, Schroeder brought a medical malpractice suit against the Richland clinic and Dr. Steve Weighall.

The case quickly became something much bigger. Continue reading

Detecting Birth Defect Negligence

In today’s progressive climate of neonatal medicine, birth injury is rare enough that few people anticipate it. After centuries of childbirth being known as a dangerous and unpredictable undertaking, an average of 6 to 8 injuries per 1000 live births seems like a great step forward.

However, for the percentage of those affected, it might as well still be the Middle Ages. The experience of seeing your newborn child suffer within moments of entering the world cannot be reduced to a statistic. Continue reading

Attorney Helps Grieving Family Obtain Answers

Ever since September of last year, local and national news has been thick with suspense over the case of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell, who was gunned down by a police officer while seeking help from a motor vehicle accident in Charlotte, North Carolina.

At 2:30 a.m. on that fateful early morning, Jonathan Ferrell was on his way home from an after-work party when his car slid off a rural road. The wreck was intense, but Ferrell managed to kick out his back window, crawl from the embankment where the car landed, and make his way to a nearby house. Continue reading

A Parents’ Guide to Preventing Birth Defects Before It’s Too Late

Download Guide to Preventing Birth Defects eBookEach year approximately 120,000 babies are born with birth defects. In an effort to battle this statistic and to provide support to expecting parents, we have created a free resource with comprehensive information about how to prevent birth defects from occurring. While not all can be prevented, awareness, education and proactive efforts can help increase your chance of having a healthy baby. Since development of many of these defects begins in the first trimester of pregnancy, prenatal care is the best method for prevention.

We created this e-book for soon-to-be parents to serve as a helpful guide. The e-book identifies an action plan to help prevent birth defects and focus on lifestyle improvements. It also shows evidence of how certain medications can affect you and your baby during pregnancy. The key to prevention begins with awareness. By using this resource, parents can better prepare their baby for a healthy future.

Download the free eBook “Expecting Parents Guide to Preventing Birth Defects.”

$30 Million Awarded to Washington Woman After Surgical Blunder

A woman in North Central Washington who went to the hospital for laser surgery and left unable to speak will receive a total of $30 million after succeeding in her medical malpractice case.

Becky Anderson, 55, was undergoing laser surgery last year at Central Washington Hospital to remove polyps from her vocal chords when “a fire occurred in her throat,” according to a recent report by the Yakima Herald.

Due to the severity of her injuries, Anderson was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to undergo extensive care and numerous surgeries. She was still a patient there when she filed a lawsuit in May 2012. Continue reading

Keep Your Children Safe From Defective Toys

With the holidays now upon us, the season of gift giving has begun. Children will receive all sorts of presents this month, to their delight.

While you enjoy the holidays, however, we urge you to be aware of product safety issues that can affect your children. Oftentimes, seemingly harmless things can mean injury or even death to young ones.

How to Keep Your Kids Safe

Of course, no one wants to spend their holidays fretting and worrying. But taking just 3 simple precautions can help prevent a tragic accident. Continue reading