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Why is it Important to Consult with an Attorney after a Truck Accident?

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 15th, 2009

Car accidents are a huge issue on the roads and a big concern for many drivers, but there is also the ever looming danger of accidents involving 18 wheelers. While there are fewer truck accidents compared to accidents involving passenger vehicles, the damage and injuries are often far worse. Weighing in at about 80,000 pounds, these vehicles can do a lot of damage and they are sometimes being operated by a driver who has been driving for many hours and has had little sleep.

How an Amusement Park Accident Turned Ugly

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 15th, 2009

The last thing anyone has in his or her mind is getting involved in an accident when visiting a fun park. These accidents come suddenly and unexpected. One minute you are enjoying the thrills of entertainment - the next minute you can be sad you were a part of an amusement park accident. A prime example happened at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom on June 21, 2007. A young girl was riding a popular ride, when suddenly her feet were severed.
An old cable was broken, causing the young girl to be rushed to the hospital. Over four surgeries later, the girl’s right foot was reattached. However, her left foot was fitted with prosthesis. In all, her family medical expenses totaled close to $500,000. In the premise liability lawsuit afterwards, Six Flags was negligent in three areas:

  • Failure to properly inspect, maintain, and operate the ride.
  • Park workers failed to follow the ride’s manual to detect problems with the faulty cable.
  • Failure to stop the operation of the ride after the cable broke.

Altogether, state officials determined that the roller coaster injury could have been limited to simple cuts and bruises if only the ride attendant had pushed the emergency stop button to cease operations. You can read more about this premise liability incident here.

ALERT: Ford Recalls 14.3 Million Vehicles

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 15th, 2009

A defective cruise control switch is responsible for a total of 14.3 million vehicles being recalled by Ford Motors. The reason for the recall is the concern that the switch could start a fire. The total recall is the largest in history for addressing a single issue. All of the vehicles involved in the recall fall within the years 1992-2003.

What to do During a Food Recall

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 13th, 2009

A food recall is a serious issue to the public health. In a statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 76 million cases of food-borne illness occur each year in the U.S. Of all these cases, more than 325,000 individuals are subject to hospitalization and approximately 5,000 deaths occur.

Did you know that improper handling, preparation, and storage of food can be some of the common causes of food recalls?

How Nursing Home Cuts Will Affect Treatment of the Elderly

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 13th, 2009

Many sources believe that nursing homes in the United States will be aversely affected by nursing home cuts and healthcare cutbacks, now and in the not-too-distance future.

Five Reasons Why Surgical Mistakes Happen

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 13th, 2009

According to WrongDiagnosis.com, over 4,000 medical malpractice payments are sent every year to patients who have suffered because of surgical errors. The majority of these instances, some fatal, some debilitating, occur not because of human error, but because of negligence, irresponsibility and reckless behavior by the surgical doctor.

Pedestrian Accidents – the Forgotten Threat

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 12th, 2009

When most people think of car accidents they think of one car colliding with another in some fashion. Pedestrian accidents, where a vehicle runs into a person on foot, rarely come to mind. Amazingly, 11 percent of fatalities caused by motor vehicles involve pedestrians.

How Widespread is the Lead Paint Toys Issue?

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 12th, 2009

There are countless things parents have to worry about. Until lead paint toys began to surface a couple of years ago, the safety of their children’s toys was rarely one of them. Most parents assume that the packaged toys that have been purchased from a store have been rigorously tested and are safe for the age range specified on the wrapping. Sometimes these types of issues with product safety are isolated to a small area where a defective batch has accidentally gone out.

ALERT: Wal-Mart Expanses Durabrand DVD Players Recall Due to Fire Hazard

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 12th, 2009

Name of Product: Durabrand DVD Players. (The August 20 recall of the silver Durabrand DVD player has been expanded to include the pink and purple-colored versions of the same DVD player.)
Units: About 4.2 million (1.5 million were previously announced)
Importer: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark.
Hazard: The DVD player’s circuit board can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Wal-Mart has received 14 reports of DVD players overheating, seven of which have resulted in fires that caused property damage. No injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall involves a single DVD player with a remote control. The device was sold in three colors—silver, pink and purple and has a U-shaped opening at the top to insert the DVD. The DVD players were sold under the following UPC codes and model numbers:

  • Silver: UPC 1799901002, Model No. 1002
  • Pink: UPC 1799934100, Model No. 1002 PINK
  • Purple: UPC 1799932100, Model No. 1002 PUR

Sold exclusively at: Wal-Mart stores nationwide from January 2006 through July 2009 for about $29.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the product and return it to the nearest Wal-Mart for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Wal-Mart Stores at (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

More Than Just a Toothache—When Dental Malpractice Warrants a Lawsuit

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 12th, 2009

Dental malpractice is not an issue that frequently comes up, as most malpractice cases involve major surgeries and vital organs. However, according to the National Practitioner Data Bank’s Annual Report there are over 27,000 dental malpractice cases reported in the U.S. each year.

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