Injury Lawsuit Filed Against Monster Energy Drink Company

 A man from Federal Way, Washington filed a personal injury lawsuit against Hansen Distributing Company, the Company that manufactures Monster Energy Drink last week.  Claimant Vitaliy Sulzhik filed the suit after allegedly finding a dead mouse in the bottom of the can. 

The incident allegedly occurred in March after Sulzhik purchased a can of the drink from his local convenience store.  After consuming the entire drink, Sulzhik reports that he found the can to still be heavy after the entire beverage was consumed.  He reacted in horror when he looked into the can to see what he later found to be a dead mouse. 

Sulzhik contacted his personal injury lawyer right away.  His claim was allegedly confirmed after a forensic specialists investigated Sulzhik's can.  The mouse is thought to have entered the can some time during the production process.

Hansen Distributing Company is fighting Sulzhik's claims stating that if a mouse had entered the can, it would have decomposed rendering the drink undrinkable and suspicious upon first sip.  Sulzhik is going forward with his negligence and product liability case.  A specific dollar amount has not yet been placed on his claim according to reports.  It is yet to be determined if Sulzhik will win his recent personal injury case. 

If you or someone you know may have been a victim of negligence or a defective product, contact a Washington DC injury lawyer right away.  You should also contact a Washington D.C. injury lawyer in the event that you have suffered personal injury. 

New Bill Could Protect Young Washington D.C. Area Athletes

District of Columbia council members Phil Medelson, David Catania, and Harry Thomas, Jr. recently introduced a bill that could potentially protect young Washington D.C. area athletes. If enacted, the bill could help to prevent traumatic brain injury.   

The bill would require that “an athlete who suffers signs of concussion during a practice or game be removed from play for the remainder of the day.” It would “prohibit any athlete from returning to practice or play until the athlete has received a written clearance from a licensed health care provider.” Should the bill be enacted, Washington D.C. area coaches, school personnel, student-athletes, and the parents or guardians of student-athletes will be provided educational programming by the Department of Health regarding the bill and information about traumatic brain injury. 

After a concussion, otherwise known as the most common form of traumatic brain injury, doctors recommend that sufferers take time to rest because the brain needs time to properly heal. If an athlete with a concussion resumes play too soon, he or she could risk greater chance of having a second concussion. Repeat concussions can cause cumulative effects including permanent brain damage. 

Young athletes who have suffered a concussion may not know that the encouragement a coach gives them to “walk it off,” can actually do them great harm and that it may be grounds for a personal injury case. Lawyer Gabriel Assaad has an extensive background dealing with traumatic brain injury cases throughout the Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland area.    

Washington D.C. Personal Trainer Charged with Sex Abuse

A Montgomery County, Maryland man who works as a physical trainer at an area Health Club has just been charged with child sex abuse. Montgomery County police began investigating alleged sex abuser Vernon Eugene Bates after receiving a report of sexual abuse that allegedly occurred in April of 2003 between Bates and a girl who was just 16 years old at the time. Bates is 40 years old and resides on the 1300 block of Monroe Street in northwest Washington D.C.

According to Washington D.C. area police, Bates was a friend of the victim’s mother when he engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with the victim at her home. Bates is now charged with sexual abuse to a minor, second-degree assault, and forth degree sexual offense. He has surrendered to the Montgomery County Maryland Police Department. 

Alarmingly, Bates was previously an employee of the Montgomery County School system before starting his current position as physical trainer at the Washing Sports Club in Bethesda Maryland.  Bates has not worked for the school system since 2002.

Due to the nature of Bate’s current and previous employment, there is a possibility that there have been several other victims of his abuse. Police are urging any other victims as well as any witnesses to come forward to by contacting Detective Frank Darley at 240-773-5431. It is also always wise to consult a Washington D.C. lawyer if you have been the victim of a sexual abuse case.  


Man Sentenced in Hit and Run Accident that Caused Traumatic Brain Injury

Last February Anthony Siwy, a 36 year old former Marine Corps combat veteran and self-employed contractor pleaded guilty to felony charges of leaving the scene of a serious injury accident. The accident occurred on May 17th, 2010 in New York State, just hours away from Washington D.C.

In the accident, Lynette Venezia, a pregnant woman, 45 of Erie County New York, was seriously injured with a traumatic brain injury. Venezia, who has since given birth to a healthy baby girl according to Kelley A. Omel, chief of the the Erie County District Attorney’s Vehicular Crimes Unit, remains hospitalized today. 


This week, Anthony Siwy issued verbal apologies to the family of the victim before being sentenced to one year in prison. The Siwy’s insurance carrier paid $200,000 to the hospitalized woman and her husband and a civil negligence suit is pending against Siwy, the City of Buffalo, and Mercy Hospital.


Those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to negligence of another driver, a medical care professional, their employer, or another party often need hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars to sustain the lifelong care they will need. If you have a family member who has suffered a traumatic brain injury, it is wise to contact an injury attorney in your area immediately.   

Car Hits Motorcycle Causing Accident in the Washington DC Area

Talk to a Washington DC injury lawyer, a Maryland injury lawyer, or a Virginia injury lawyer and chances are you might gain a different perspective on motorcycle accidents. When a motorcyclist is injured, the public can sometimes make flash judgment placing the motorcyclist at fault for driving recklessly or too fast. 

However, many motorcyclists are responsible safe drivers that sometimes fall victim to injury and accident at no fault of their own. With many aiming to go eco friendly and save money on gas these days, honest and alert motorcycle riders often get struck by other larger vehicles who may fail to yield to them when they have the right of way or who fail to see them. 

In a recent motorcycle accident in Columbia Maryland, an Elkridge man was critically injured when a Prius hit the back of his motorcycle. When police arrived at the scene of the collision, motorcyclists Allen Michael Harris who was riding a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle was in critical condition. He had to be rushed to Shock Trauma Center. The driver of the vehicle did not sustain any injuries.  

If you or a family member have been injured in a motorcycle accident, a Washington DC injury lawyer can help. It is important to call your injury lawyer immediately to ask questions about your case. Assaad Law will answer your questions in a compassionate, thorough, and pressure free manner and should you decide to pursue your case, will help to get you the compensation you deserve.

Man in Wheelchair Injured after Scuffle with DC Police

An investigation is underway as to whether two Washington DC Police used excessive force when confronting a man in a wheelchair on the DC streets yesterday.

Police confronted the man after he was found drinking an alcoholic beverage openly at the U Street Metrorail station. The confrontation ended with the man face down on the pavement after falling out of his wheelchair and was captured on a video that has now turned viral on the internet. 

The police have stated that the man, who is still unidentified for reports, resisted arrest and that this is the reason he fell out of the chair. Unfortunately the two minute video footage that caught the tail end of the incident does not show what led up to the officers grabbing a hold of the man. Officials report that the man did suffer minor injury and the video footage does appear to show that the man was at least left bleeding after the incident.

Individuals injured in incidents like these should contact a Washington DC accident attorney right away to ensure that their side of the story is heard. When a personal injury or assault case is under investigation, a Washington D.C. accident lawyer is here to help protect your rights.   

New Study Finds Hospital Errors Affect 1 in Every 3 American Patients

According to an article recently published in Health Affairs, about one in every three patients who go to the hospital in the United States will become the victim of a medical error. These alarming findings have been reported by authors from the University of Utah who state that medical mistakes are about ten times higher than previous estimates.

Some of the hospital errors sited in the article include:

  • Objects left inside the patient's body after a surgical intervention
  •  Life-threatening staph infections
  • Bedsores 
  • Persistent back pain after surgery
  • Giving the patient the wrong drug
  • Giving the patient the wrong dosage
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Doing a surgical procedure on the wrong part of the body

The authors of the article have called for the need for improving the quality, accuracy, and reliability of hospital services and have stated "Our findings indicate that two methods commonly used by most care delivery organizations and supported by policy makers to measure the safety of care ... fail to detect more than 90 percent of the adverse events that occur among hospitalized patients."

If you suspect that either yourself of a loved one has been the victim of medical error, medical malpractice, or hospital error in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington DC, contact a Washington DC injury lawyer or Washington DC medical malpractice lawyer right away.

Washington D.C. Press Release Announces New Defective Toy Recall

A recent Washington D.C. press release announced that toy manufacturer G.A. Gertmenian and Sons is recalling their Toy Story 3 Bowling Game set due to violation of lead paint standard. The batch, which is labeled with a marking of JA 148 just above the bar code, contains six white plastic bowling pins with two red stripes painted on the necks, one black plastic ball, and one nylon game year with character Buzz Lightyear featured on it. 

The red painted stripes on the bowling pins were found to have an excess of the maximum allowable levels of lead at 90 ppm, a violation of the federal lead standard. The Toy Story 3 Bowling Game set should stopped being used immediately.

The units were sold at Walmart Stores throughout the United States for around $18. Six hundred units were sold and possibly sold in the Washington D.C. area. Consumers are being advised to call the G.A. Gertmenian and Sons who have voluntarily issued the recall, for a replacement product. 

High levels of lead in toys, house wall paint, and other products poses a threat to the brain development of children in Washington D.C. and throughout the country. If you feel that your child or loved one has suffered injury due to lead or defective toys, contact a Washington D.C. injury lawyer today. A Washington D.C. injury lawyer can further advise you of the next steps you should take with your case.  

Medical Lab Explosion Kills One in Maryland

APG spokesperson George Mercer told reporters that he could not provide details about the explosion or provide details about the worker who was killed.

Details are still coming together as officials look into the case. At this time, it does not appear that anyone else has been injured. The Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department was called around 3 p.m. on Saturday to respond to a fire alarm and subsequent 911 call at the Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense.

Although the area was quickly extinguished and the area was secured, the casualty of one lab worker still occurred according to a recent release to the press. 

According to reports, the release stated the accident was "an isolated incident and there is no threat to the workforce, the rest of the Proving Ground or the surrounding community." This was, however, the third fatality in the lab at Aberdeen Proving Ground in less than two years. 

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident in the workplace, contact a Washington D.C. injury lawyer or a Maryland injury lawyer for help right away.  

A tragic explosion killed one unidentified employee last Saturday in Maryland. The explosion occurred in a lab in the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen.


Medical Malpractice Attorneys Become a Victims Advocate

In a very unfortunate case of medical malpractice that occurred last week, a child’s eye was operated on without parental permission. According to reports, 4-year-old Jesse Matlock went in to have surgery on a wandering right eye. Doctors mistakenly began operating on Jesse’s left eye, and without informing parents of what had happened, immediately went on to operate on the left and right eyes after realizing their mistake.

The patient’s mother, Tasha Gaul, told reporters that the child is now having problems with his left eye that were not occurring before. To make matters worse, according to Jesse's mother, no improvement has even been seen in the right eye leaving Jesse worse off than before, and the unfortunate victim of serious medical malpractice.

Sadly, the family is worried about what future implications this could have on their son’s eyes. The boy’s parents will now have to seek legal assistance to ensure that Jesse receives the compensation he is entitled to help manage his eye health. Serious cases like this one that occurred in Vancouver have occurred in Washington D.C, Maryland, Virginia as well as other parts of the country.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice in the Washington D.C. area, contact a Washington DC medical malpractice lawyer or a Washington D.C. injury lawyer immediately.