Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger is currently offering free case evaluations to men who may have suffered cardiac problems due to their use of testosterone therapy medications, such as AndroGel.

More than 2,200 cases have been filed on behalf of men who have suffered heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular complications after using testosterone replacement medications.  These cases are currently pending in a Multi-District litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against both manufacturers and distributors of the Low-T drugs.  The lawsuits allege strict liability for design defects and failure to properly warn consumers, as well as negligence, breach of warranty, fraud, and unjust enrichment, among other things.

On March 3, 2015 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration ordered manufacturers of prescription Low-Testosterone medications to modify their labeling practices in two ways.  First, the labels must include a warning of the association between using testosterone replacement therapy and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.  Second, the labels must clearly state that the drugs have not been proven safe or effective for treating low testosterone levels in aging men.

Men who allegedly suffered heart attacks, strokes, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism or other serious cardiovascular events after using low testosterone replacement drugs may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages related to their injuries.

Some of the more popular testosterone therapy medications include Androgel®, Androderm®, Fortesta®, Axiron®, Testim®, Delatestryl®, Depo-Testosterone®, Striant®, Testopel®, and others.  If you or someone you know are using any of these drugs, take caution.  It is also important to be wary of the generic versions of these products.

Our firm is currently investigating and accepting these cases.

A utility van and minivan were involved in a wreck on the 3300 block of Fern Valley Road just before 9:00AM Thursday morning. The two-vehicle crash caused the road to be shut down for several hours while officers investigated the wreck.

A nine-year-old girl who was secured in a booster seat in the mini-van was injured in the wreck. She was taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital where she remains in critical condition. Her mother, who was driving the minivan, was taken to University of Louisville hospital where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the utility van walked across the street to be treated for minor injuries at the immediate care center.

Louisville Metro Police Department spokesperson Alicia Smiley stated that the utility van was pulling out of a parking lot onto Fern Valley Road when it collided with the minivan. The utility van was overturned by the impact.

The details are sparse right now and it is unclear who is at fault for the wreck. If the driver of the utility van failed to operate their vehicle in a safe and reasonable manner under the circumstances, the victims in the minivan could have a negligence claim against the utility driver for physical injuries and property damage.

The investigating police department should be performing a full investigation, including a reconstruction, as a matter of routine in such a wreck. While driver error is always a prime suspect, things like mechanical error and product defects should be considered and ruled out by the investigation.

With the Takata airbag recall continuing to grow, it is by far the largest auto recall in U.S. history. This not only means that millions of Americans are being affected, but millions are also living in fear that their vehicles may be equipped with the explosive airbags.

That fear may soon come to an end. SafeCar has announced that all vehicle identification numbers (VINs) affected by the recall are now loaded into a Lookup Tool on their website, SafeCar.gov.

Not only is this tool free to the public, but it also produces results within seconds and will inform consumers about all open recalls on their vehicle. SafeCar has also created a video which explains what to expect if your car is recalled and what you should do next.

Hopefully this new tool is instrumental in cutting down on the number of injuries and deaths that have resulted from the exploding Takata airbags, which have been plaguing vehicles in this country for years.

In October 2014, the first class-action lawsuit was filed against Takata Corporation, which alleged that Takata knowingly manufactured and continued to manufacture defective air bags for over a decade. Not only has the number of lawsuits continued to grow, the company could potentially face many more for their negligent manufacturing and the injuries it has caused.

Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger is currently reviewing and accepting cases of people injured by these defective airbags on a nationwide basis.

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Weeks after a congressional House subcommittee held a hearing over the defective airbags produced by Takata Corporation, Honda has added 1 million more vehicles to a growing recall list. This recall is already the largest auto recall in history, and the number of vehicles affected has continued to grow.

Two weeks ago Honda had announced that it would recall about 350,000 Hondas in high humidity states. On Monday, the company announced that it would be expanding the recall to encompass the entire nation after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration demanded it do so. This will add over a million 2001-2005 Civics and 2003-2007 Accords to the recall.

Last week Honda confirmed that Kylan Langlinais, a Louisiana woman, was the 7th person killed by a defective Takata airbag. Langlinais died at a hospital just 4 days after the 2005 Accord she was driving crashed into a utility pole.

While ensuring the safety of drivers still with defective airbags has been the primary focus of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, civil penalties are not out of the question. Langlinais’ family has filed a lawsuit for her death. Takata could potentially be liable under a products liability theory for placing a defective product into the hands of its consumers, which has caused, and has continued to cause, countless injuries and several deaths.

Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger is currently reviewing and accepting cases of people injured by these defective airbags on a nationwide basis.

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Kentucky State Police investigators say the Stanford Police Department officer who hit a pedestrian with his cruiser last winter was determined to be traveling at a high rate of speed at the time, but will not be facing criminal charges.

The Lincoln County coroner says Howard Robbins, 69, of Crab Orchard, was walking along KY150 on the night of Jan. 15 when Officer Travis Richardson hit him. EMS took Robbins to the Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to the Interior Journal, KSP say Richardson was traveling 90 mph when he hit Robbins. The speed limit is 55 mph in that area. While Officer Richardson was not on duty, he was on his way to work at the time of the collision. The cruiser’s dash-cam captured the wreck. This assisted the police with their investigation.

The Commonwealth Attorney said he would not file criminal charges against Richardson.

“I just don’t think there’s enough there to charge him as a criminal. There was speed but there was no alcohol or drugs. I don’t think there’s enough there to convict him beyond a reasonable doubt of a criminal offense. Now there might be a civil offense,” Montgomery told the Interior Journal.

It remains unclear why Richardson was driving so fast. What is clear, however, is that this person’s carelessness has resulted in death, and the family deserves answers.

It is quite obvious, due to the Officer traveling at almost double the speed limit; that he failed to operate his vehicle in a safe manner. Robbins’ estate could potentially have a wrongful death claim against the driver for hitting him. KRS 411.130 allows for a party with a qualifying relationship with the deceased, such as a spouse or child, to hold the party who negligently or intentionally caused their loved one’s death liable for damages. Robbins’ estate may similarly have an independent claim for negligence.

Stanford Mayor Eddie Carter said a hearing is scheduled June 30.

The attorneys at Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger represent accident victims and people seriously injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. Feel free to call and speak with one of our attorneys at (502) 587-2002.

A congressional House Commerce and Energy subcommittee held a hearing on defective airbags produced by the Japanese company, Takata Corporation, whose airbags have been known to explode and fire out shards of metal when they inflate. This has been the biggest auto recall in U.S. history. So far, nearly 34 million air bags have been recalled, which has not been enough to prevent countless injuries and at least 6 deaths.

Kevin Kennedy, the executive vice president of North America Takata expressed deep regret and said they were doing everything in their power to address the safety concerns raised by airbag ruptures. Kennedy noted that Takata had upped production of replacement airbags and expected to produce 1 million per month by September. However, Kennedy admitted to still using ammonium nitrate even though the company has acknowledged that it may be a factor in the defective airbags. Furthermore, the logistics of replacing the defective equipment has yet to be worked out. In order to figure out a strategy, Takata will be working with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Even with production increases, the confusion and fear amongst consumers is palpable. One in seven registered vehicles in the U.S. has been effected by the recall. Automakers are left trying to figure out which cars are affected by the expanded recall, and for some consumers who know they have defective parts, supply has not caught up with demand.

As for penalties Takata might face, the NHTSA is currently focusing on ensuring the safety of drivers still with defective airbags, but didn’t rule out civil penalties as the investigation continues. If civil penalties are pursued, Takata would be liable under a products liability theory for placing a defective product into the hands of its consumers.

Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger is currently reviewing and accepting cases of people injured by these defective airbags on a nationwide basis.

Bourbon County Middle School’s first day back after the Memorial Day Holiday was a somber one. It was the first day back after a tragic car wreck claimed the life of one of their fellow classmates.

13-year-old Emily Sams was killed in a car crash Saturday morning. The crash occurred on I-64 in Scott County, Kentucky. Emily, along with her mother and father, were in their pickup truck when a Camry ran off the road, overcorrected, and struck the Sams’ vehicle. Both vehicles rolled and Emily was ejected.

The Scott County Coroner told LEX 18 that Emily was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. Her mother is in critical condition at UK hospital and her father appears to be stable. Those in the Camry were not injured.

While the holidays are often a time to celebrate, this tragedy serves as a reminder to operate our vehicles in the safest manner possible. Although it appears that driver error is to blame here, a full and complete investigation is required to determine if any other potential causes, such as mechanical failure or defective equipment, played a role. If it is determined that the driver of the Camry was not operating his vehicle with reasonable care, he may be liable under a theory of negligence for the damages he caused.

We use our blog as a forum to educate the public using real life events. However, we are very sensitive to the fact that these real life events have resulted in a tragedy that will inflict great pain and sorrow on those involved and those close to the victim(s). As such, we understand that they may not approve, and we will immediately remove a post if a victim or their loved ones makes that request.

I-75 was shut down for more than 9 hours on Tuesday. Around 11:15 p.m. it was finally reopened. The cause of the closure was a horrific accident involving six tractor-trailers and one car, which resulted in two deaths. Janet Montgomery, who was inside one of the six tractor trailers, said of the accident, “You don’t see stuff like this every day, it’s not something that you want to see.”

Kentucky State Police Vehicle Enforcement said the cause of the crash has not been determined, but it appears to have happened when traffic slowed in a construction zone. The last to hit was a FedEx semi, which burst into flames and killed the driver, 41-year-old Toby Caudill of Glenford, Ohio.

In the middle of the six tractor trailers was a car. The operator of the car, 34-year-old Jonathan Roark, was pronounced dead on the scene. He was a military man from the Barbourville area. A third driver was injured in the collision and was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

This tragic event is a reminder that drivers need to be alert while being behind the wheel in order to operate their vehicles in a safe manner. While the investigation into the cause of the accident is still ongoing, if any of the drivers are found to have breached the standard of care in operating their vehicles in a safe manner, the drivers, or their estates, could be liable for the damages that resulted.  But there are many more questions to be answered. The injured and their families deserve those answers.

We use our blog as a forum to educate the public using real life events. However, we are very sensitive to the fact that these real life events have resulted in a tragedy that will inflict great pain and sorrow on those involved and those close to the victim(s). As such, we understand that they may not approve, and we will immediately remove a post if a victim or their loved ones makes that request.

Troopers are investigating a two-vehicle accident in Madison County where one person died and several others were injured.

Jacks Creek Road was shut down from 5 pm into the late evening hours, on Tuesday, as investigators reconstructed the accident.

According to Kentucky State Police, one car, with two men and two women, was heading east toward Richmond when it crashed into another car with only one person in it.  The woman in the passenger seat of the first car was pronounced dead on the scene. Police say another person from that same vehicle had to be flown to UK hospital. The three others involved went to the hospital by ambulance.

Investigators are still looking into what caused the accident. The family and friends of those involved in this horrible crash deserve answers. If it is determined that negligence played a role here, those at fault will face legal consequences. It is important to retain an attorney who will work hard to obtain these answers.

The attorneys at Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger represent accident victims and people seriously injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. We are willing to speak to anyone injured in this wreck, or their families, at no charge, to help answer any questions about the legal process.

3 Metcalfe County High School Students were involved in a crash on Friday, 5/15. This crash tragically ended in one death, and left two others in the hospital.

According to Police, around 7:30 am, 17-year-old Jacob White went off the road and over corrected his vehicle, causing it to flip. Passenger, 15-year-old Trevor Meadows, was ejected from the vehicle and taken to the hospital, along with one additional passenger, Jackson Colby Blair.  The driver, Jacob White died at the scene.

This is a devastating reminder of the need to operate our vehicles in the safest manner possible. Although it appears that driver error is to blame here, a full and complete investigation is required to determine any potential causes, such as whether mechanical failure and defective equipment or parts, played any role. The survivors, as well as the friends and family of those killed, will want and deserve answers. If it is determined that the driver was not operating the vehicle with reasonable care, he may be liable for damages and claims against his estate may be brought by the survivors.

Retaining an attorney to fight for these answers may be the best way to get them. The attorneys of Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger are willing to speak to anyone injured in this wreck, or their families, at no charge, to help answer any questions about the legal process.