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August 2014
Steven M. Goldberg
Dear Christina,

Read about how ordinary people took extraordinary action to pursue justice, and in the process, helped protect the safety and legal rights of others. We think these stories represent the best of our civil justice system in action. What do you think?

Back-To-School Safety Reminder:
PLEASE BE AWARE of increased child pedestrian activity, school bus presence and traffic congestion in and around neighborhoods and schools.

Follow the speed limit, look for children crossing the street, be aware of buses, come to a complete stop at intersections with stop signs, reverse responsibly, watch for bicycles, keep your eyes on the road at all times, stay on the sidewalk, cross streets only at corners or a crosswalk, look both ways before crossing, listen to traffic helpers, and PUT DOWN THE DEVICES.

2014 Justice Served Awards: Reader Survey

Courageous Americans Turn
Grief into Action

Vicki Seliger Swenson speaks out against domestic violence.

Many of you know too well the life-changing consequences of a devastating injury. Far too often, tragedy might have been prevented if not for the carelessness or negligence of others. Those haunting “what ifs” only compound the grief for family, friends and the community.

This month we bring you the stories of four families that turned their grief and “what ifs” into action:

  • Vicki Seliger Swenson, a sister who helped change state law to protect women after her sister was brutally murdered.
  • Eric Rice, a father fighting laws that penalize people hurt or killed by medical mistakes after his daughter died from a botched diagnosis.
  • Daphne Izer, a mother who started Parents Against Tired Truckers after her son and three friends were killed by a semi-driver who fell asleep at the wheel.
  • Ken and Beth Melton, parents who single-handedly uncovered GM’s attempt to hide problems with a faulty ignition switch after their daughter died in a car crash.

Presenting our nominees for the 2014 Justice Served Award.
Read their stories and take our reader survey.  >>>




A recent study estimates that 440,000 people die each year from medical mistakes, making it the third-leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease and cancer.

Source: A New, Evidence-Based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care, The Journal of Patient Safety

In Cars

In 2012, 67 percent of the 3,514 people killed in vehicle-truck accidents were vehicle occupants, 17 percent truck occupants and 15 percent pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists.

Source: Large Truck Fatality Facts, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

GM’s record-setting recall of 2.6 million cars this year for numerous defects will cost the company almost $2.4 billion. Faulty ignition switches have also been linked to at least 13 deaths, numerous congressional hearings and a federal criminal investigation.

Source: The Numbers Behind GM's Year of Recalls,
The Wall Street Journal

Mother’s Love Spurs Crusade for Improved Truck Safety

After her son and three other teenagers were killed when an overly tired truck driver fell asleep at the wheel, Daphne Izer started the group Parents Against Tired Truckers. Its mission is to improve safety standards for truckers and educate the public on fatigued driving.  

Groups Question GM’s Compensation Fund

The leaders of two influential consumer groups, the Center for Justice and Democracy and the Center for Auto Safety, are concerned that GM’s compensation fund will not help all the victims and families affected by faulty ignition switches. Their recommendation: hire a lawyer.

Patient Safety America Is Father’s Fight for Safer Health Care

Patient Safety America is the brainchild of a researcher, author and father of a 19-year-old daughter who died in a Texas hospital “as a result of uninformed, careless and unethical” care. The ultimate goal of the group is the creation and enforcement of a national patient bill of rights.

Justice Served Awards Survey

The Justice Served Awards celebrate exceptional people working to protect the health, safety and legal rights of others. Which story touches you?

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Danger on the Road

Diane Sawyer interviews Daphne Izer, founder of Parents Against Tired Truckers, on a deadly truck accident that badly injured 30 Rock comedian Tracy Morgan.

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