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  • 6 Ways to Protect Your Children from Falling Furniture

    Children often allow their imaginations to run wild when they play. Whether it’s embarking on a jungle expedition or avoiding hot lava from an erupting volcano, many of these playful situations involve climbing pieces of furniture, such as couches and even dressers. Unfortunately, falling furniture is a common cause of child injuries and deaths in the United States. According to the U.S. Consumer ...
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  • Who Is Liable for Nursing Home Injuries?

    Millions of elderly Americans reside in nursing homes and other assisted living facilities, which provide the necessary care and supervision many individuals need for their safety and wellbeing. Injuries can occur though, and it can be a challenge to know who is responsible when an accident occurs. Here are some things you should know if you’re considering filing an injury claim against a nursing ...
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  • What You Should Know About Baby Toy Recalls

    Choosing new toys for your baby is an exciting thing to do, but no parent should have to worry that the toys designed for their little one are dangerous to them. Baby toys in the U.S. must meet strict safety rules and regulations, however, that doesn’t mean that every toy is as safe as it can be. This is why some toys are recalled by manufacturers. Often, baby toys are recalled ...
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  • Laceration Injuries Prompt Massive Vitamix Recall

    If you’ve been saving up for a Vitamix blender to make your morning smoothies, you might want to do some careful comparison shopping first. Vitamix has just announced a recall of over 100,000 blender products, after multiple people sustained serious laceration injuries. Due to a systemic defect in certain models, the blending containers can separate from the base and expose the extremely sharp ...
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  • Who Is Responsible for Faulty Playground Equipment?

    When children go to the local playground or on the play equipment at school, you would assume that they would be safe from accidental injuries caused by unsafe structures. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Poorly designed or inadequately maintained playgrounds can cause serious injuries to children. There may be action parents can take, however, to receive compensation for their child’s ...
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  • FAQ: Product Liability Claims

    As a consumer, you purchase, use, and interact with many products each day. If one of these products has a flaw that causes you to be injured by it, you should be able to file a claim for compensation. Product liability law is the legal area that handles injury cases involving a product or other object which causes injury. If you believe you may have a case, but still have some questions, we’re ...
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  • Who is Liable For Defective 3D Printed Medical Devices?

    3D printing is revolutionizing the medical industry and offering new ways to treat patients. It also is raising new questions about who is liable if one of these devices injures a patient. When doctors are able to custom design and print devices, these cases can toe the line between medical malpractice and product liability cases. The Design & Production Process When a patient needs a 3D printed ...
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  • Types of Defective Product Liability Claims

    If you have injured by a product that you used, it is possible that you may have a product liability claim. There are several types of these claims, however, depending on the circumstances of your case. The differences between these types of claims are important since it can help you determine whether or not you have a valid claim. Below are the types of defective product claims you may be able to ...
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  • FDA Medical Device Proposal to Speed Up the Clearance Process

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently proposed a new way to fast-track medical devices to the market. Scott Gottlieb, Commissioner of the FDA, proposed making a quicker route to market for certain products that might not meet the current criteria for clearance under the agency’s 510(k) fast-track pathway. Gottlieb’s reasoning for the proposal is that it would foster innovation. This ...
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  • 3 Surprising Products That Were Recalled

    Product recalls happen on a pretty regular basis. They are usually the result of a manufacturer discovering a flaw or problem with their product that could lead to a severe injury or create the potential for a lawsuit. Here are 3 of the most surprising recalls you might have missed. Recall 1: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Lapel Pins The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is ...
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  • Graco Recalls More than 25,000 Car Seats

    Graco is an American company that manufactures baby products. It’s based in North Carolina and is owned and operated by Newell Brands. It has produced thousands of different products since its inception in 1942. Recently, Graco needed to recall more than 25,000 car seats after a defect was found in the child safety product. Out of all things that should be safe to use, a product meant to keep ...
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  • Toyota Recalls More Than 800K Minivans Due to Defective Doors

    In a recent announcement , Toyota has announced that it will recall more than half a million minivans due to an issue with the vehicles’ sliding doors. The issue, found in Toyota Sienna models manufactured from 2011 to 2016, involves a circuit issue which can cause the doors to not properly latch when closed and suddenly open while in motion, potentially leading to accidents. What Is the Issue? ...
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  • Ford Recalls 680K Vehicles Due to Seatbelt Defect

    Of all the various safety features and technologies included in modern cars, basic seatbelts still offer some of the most essential and life-saving protection in the event of a collision. That is, as long as they work properly. For Ford, the uncertainty of the proper function of their vehicles’ seatbelts has prompted a massive recall of more than 680,000 vehicles sold globally. The Michigan-based ...
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  • Why You Should Not Ignore Your Vehicle Recall Notice

    If you have owned several cars, chances are good you have probably received a notice from your auto manufacturer at some point informing you that your vehicle is subject to a recall and is eligible for free repairs. While many are tempted to toss these notices out with the rest of their junk mail, this can be a major mistake. Your Life Could Be At Risk Automotive safety recalls are only issued ...
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  • BMW Recalls Vehicles for Faulty Fuel Pump

    BMW USA has announced that it will recall as many as 154,000 vehicles due to an issue with the cars’ fuel pumps. According to Consumer Affairs, the cars’ loose wiring within the fuel pumps could cause a connector to melt over time, causing fuel to leak and possible vehicle stalling – a combination which can potentially lead to crashes. The recalled vehicles were manufactured between 2007 and 2012 ...
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  • Ford Recalls Roughly 830K Vehicles with Faulty Door Latches

    Ford has announced a massive recall of more than 830,000 vehicles in the United States and Mexico due to an issue with the vehicles’ door handles. According to Ford, the pawl spring tab in the side door latch of the affected vehicles has been known to break, causing the doors to fail to latch and possibly open while driving. As it stands, only one reported accident and one injury have been ...
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  • Jim Gilbert Delivers Auto Product Liability Seminar in Indiana

    Over the past two days, a group of some of the top trial lawyers in the country convened at the ISTA Conference Center in Indianapolis for “ Thinking Outside the Box for Your Practice ,” a seminar sponsored by the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. Our own Jim Gilbert was on hand as one of the presenters, with a talk about a subject in which he is one of the leading experts nationwide, auto ...
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  • GM Issues Massive Vehicle Recall Due to Brake Issue

    Blog: GM has recalled approximately 473,000 trucks and SUVs sold in North America due to a faulty nut installed in the vehicles’ brakes, leading to loosening over time and potentially rendering the brakes inoperative. The recall affects certain 2015 and 2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD and Chevrolet Tahoe police vehicles. Dealers will inspect the vehicles and reapply adhesive on the nut ...
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  • Takata Defective Airbags Continue to Cause Fatal Accidents

    Investigators in South Carolina have determined that South Carolina resident Joel Knight was fatally wounded by a defective Takata airbag inflator in his Ford Ranger in late December 2015. The “safety device” exploded so catastrophically during a minor collision with a wandering cow, police first called to the scene initially believed he had been struck by a stray bullet. This marks the 10 th ...
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  • Treadmill Accident: Mike Tysons Daughter Dies After Her Neck Gets Caught in Exercise Machine Cord

    A tragic treadmill accident this week claimed the life of former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson’s 4-year-old daughter Exodus On Monday, her 7-year-old brother found her with the cord that hangs from a treadmill console wrapped around her neck. Following the strangulation accident, Exodus’s mother tried to revive her with CPR while waiting for the paramedics to arrive at their home. The ...
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  • Using Indoor Tanning Beds Can Lead to Greater Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Risk, Reports UCSF Study

    According to a new study led by UCSF that recently published online in BMJ , indoor tanning beds can up the risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer. These tanning devices are already linked to malignant melanoma, which is the deadliest type of skin cancer. Considering that millions of people in the US use tanning salons each year, both these findings are disturbing. At The Gilbert Law Group®, ...
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  • CPSC Stopped About 647,000 Unsafe Products from Entering the US During 1st Quarter of Fiscal Year 2012

    In the first quarter of fiscal year 2012, Consumer Product Safety Commission port investigators and US Customs Border Protection agents have stopped nearly 650,000 units (of approximately 240 different noncomplying products) from entering the country and reaching consumers. They screened over 2,900 shipments at ports of entry throughout the country and pulled the items that they determined were ...
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  • Is Your Wire Grill Brush a Dangerous Product?

    With the weather getting warmer, more people will be going outside to turn on the grill and start cooking meat, poultry, and other food items. While grilling is considered healthier than frying foods, there are also some risks involved. E.coli risks go up if you fail to properly grill your meat or chicken or you cook contaminated food products and burnt meat can contain carcinogens. However, there ...
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  • Registering Your Kids Products Can Help You Find Out About Dangerous Defects

    Under federal law, the manufacturers of toddler and infant products that are durable are supposed to include a pre-stamped postcard with each item. This gives parents the option to register the product via mail or online, which gives the product maker the ability to provide immediate notification in the event of a recall over a dangerous defect. Considering that millions of children’s products are ...
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  • NHTSA Probing Whether GM Chevrolet Volts Lithium-Ion Batteries Pose a Fire Hazard

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a formal probe into whether General Motors’s Chevy Volts’ batteries are at risk of catching fire after they are involved in a serious car crash. While GM has stated that its vehicle is not a fire hazard, the NHTSA remains committed to continuing its safety defect investigation until it reaches its own conclusions. Safety officials began ...
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