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Nursing home Denied Payment, Failure to Correct Deficiencies

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on November 7, 2011

According to news sources, Medicare and Medicaid have denied to commit to payments to a Duluth nursing home because of alleged failure to rectify deficiencies apprehended in a recent survey conducted by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Reports show that the letter from the Department of Health to the facility states that the Health Center hadn’t been competent in achieving a substantial observance of all the deficiencies noted in the Department’s standard survey from early April.

One of the issues noted by the authorities according to news sources was the incapacity of an employee to report the allegations of a resident regarding a rough handling to an inspector. Another issue was the evident failure in requesting proper instructions to a care plan of a resident on dialysis. The monitoring of an alleged bleeding at the shunt premise was unsatisfactory.

As a Los Angeles wrongful death attorney I urge all readers to be fully aware of the risks an unsafe nursing home can represent to your loved ones. Make sure to always do a thorough research regarding the different facilities you can rely on and remember that for any case that might threaten the health and life of someone you care deeply, a personal injury lawyer can assist you to get the justice you deserve.

Bills Hope to Lower the cases of Abuse of the Developmentally Disabled

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on November 4, 2011

Unfortunately, the abuse of adults carrying developmental disabilities in nursing homes and other health facilities continues, according to many news sources. Following the reports from articles discussing the subject, the only way to change this picture is to have lawmakers working on bills that protect disabled adults from neglect and abuse.

By creating a tougher set of regulations for mental care facilities, adults left under the care of mental health professionals would be much safer.

Reports of malnourishment and neglect are often publicized but little seems to be done to change this tragic reality. A few of the bills that have recently been introduced regarding the subject include “Tara’s Law” and a bill that would hold witnesses of neglected disabled adults accountable. Under this new bill, anyone who ever witnessed an abuse to a patient of a mental facility and didn’t report the occurring could be criminally liable.

As a Los Angels wrongful death attorney, I’m familiar with the tragic causes of fatalities related to the mistreat of disabled adults. Health care professionals should not only be attentive to their colleagues but also to the overall conditions of the facilities they work for. Promoting a professional and ethical environment can make the life of adults who care developmental disabilities much better.

Don’t hesitate to call a personal injury lawyer case you or a loved one is a victim of ethical or professional violations.

Hunting Knife Set Recalled after Defective Blade Mechanism

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on November 2, 2011

There was a recall issued for Winchester Hunting Knife Sets in the United States that were sold between the months of July and September of 2011 according to a news source. The company had to recall the product due to a defect in the knife’s latching mechanism related to the interchangeable blades, which may fail without warning and release the blades.

These knife sets may represent laceration hazard and for that reason, an estimation of 13,000 sets had to be recalled. Owners are advised to contact the importer responsible for the blades in the U.S. through their website (www.gerbergear.com) or phone number (877-314-9130) for more information on how to return their sets.

As a Los Angeles wrongful death attorney I am familiar with the kind of suffering one can go through due to an unfortunate accident involving objects we own and previously thought to be safe. It’s my belief that we must be alert and proceed with caution before we deal with any kind of product that could eventually pose as a threat to our safety and the safety of others.

If you ever find yourself being the victim of an accident related to defective products don’t hesitate to call a product liability lawyer that can help you with your case.

Patient Advocacy Groups Offers Advice For Staying Safe in Hospitals

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on October 25, 2011

While most people associate hospitals with getting healthier, it is sometimes the case that patients who go to a hospital for treatment actually end up getting sicker there than they were to begin with. Consumer advocacy groups are continually trying to make hospitals safer places for patients. According to member of the Safe Patient Project, following these suggestions can help you stay safe in hospitals.

  1. Watch a video of the surgery you’re planning on getting. Advocate research suggests that patients misunderstand the severity of procedure that they are undergoing, and thus approach it as well as the recovery lightly. The reality may surprise you, and prepare you for what you are going to endure.
  2. Check the internet for user reviews of the hospital you are hoing to use. Sites like Yelp! could notify you of some of the problems other patients had.
  3. As a malpractice attorney for Doctor recommendations. They’ve seen a lot, and can often tell you which ones have good reputations and which ones you may want to avoid for certain procedures.
  4. Bring a device with internet access to the hospital. You never know what you may want to look up on the fly.
  5. The most important thing you can do is to bring someone with you whom you can trust. They can act in your place should an emergency arise, and can be your eyes and ears if you are in a position where you cannot observe what is happening.

As a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer, I know how important it is to document medical problems you may have had during a hospital stay. If you or someone you know was injured in a hospital, it’s in your best interest to contact a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer as soon as possible in order to evaluate your legal options.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms Fail to Alert Consumer, Recalled

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on October 19, 2011

About 20,000 Carbon Monoxide detectors have been recalled after it was discovered that they fail to alert owners when they need to be replaced, according to recent new sources.

The recalled products, CO 1224T Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors, were made by ADT Security Sevices Inc. of Boca Raton, Florida. Carbon Monoxide detectors should alert the owner when they are coming to the end of their life, as well as sending a signal to ADT’s alarm monitoring center. However, some of the products are not properly wired, which means neither the ADT center nor the consumer are made aware of the product no longer functioning. This could lead to a poisoning hazard.

No injuries have been reported in relation to this recall at this time. The products were sold between October 2008 and December 2010 as a part of home security installations.

If you have one of these alarms, you can contact ADT for a free inspection and free repair. ADT has contacted all customers affected by this recall.

The Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer at our law firm believes that consumer safety should be the number one priority of product manufacturers. We know that even with all of the rules and regulations imposed upon product manufacturers, things can still go wrong and sometimes companies even put profit before safety. If you or a loved one has been affected by a defective product, please do not hesitate to call a product liability lawyer right away. The longer you wait the more chance you have of losing evidence for your potential product liability case.

Drop Side Cribs Recalled Due to Strangulation Hazard

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on October 5, 2011

About 8,000 cribs sold by J.C. Penney have been recalled due to a suffocation or strangulation hazard, according to recent news reports.

The drop-side cribs subject to recall were made by Yu Wei Co. Ltd., of Taipei, Taiwan. They were sold under Scroll and Lauren model names and come in antique white, dark cherry, and pecan. They retailed for around $300 and $450 between January 2006 through December 2010.

The rails of the crib are faulty and can detach or fall without warning, creating a space in which a baby can become trapped, creating a strangulation or suffocation hazard. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has received nine different reports of incident, one in which the child suffered minor abrasions to the arm.

Parents should stop using the crib for their child and contact the manufacturer for a kit to repair the problem.

As a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer, I hope that no other children will be injured as a result of using these cribs. In my extensive experience as a product liability lawyer, I’ve seen just how dangerous drop-side cribs can be to young infants. If your child has been injured by a defective crib or toy, I advise you to seek legal counsel right away.

CPSC Calls For More Safety Equipment at Public Pools

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on October 4, 2011

On Wednesday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission approved a pool-safety rule in a 3-2 vote, according to news sources. If this new rule is implemented, owners of thousands of public pools all over the USA will be required to buy extra safety equipment for their pools to make sure that their pools are actually safe for use.

According to the new rule, a pool cannot keep relying on just pool drain covers for prevention of downing of children or to secure them in case of pool drain suction. Just one day prior to Memorial Day, a recall was announced by the commission in which they stated that one million drain covers have to be recalled because they were defective.

The new ruling reverses a 2007 ruling that some pools with drain covers were exempt from some regulations.

Some members of the commission believe that public pools will close as a result of the additional cost the extra safety measures will incur, but others believe that the new measures are necessary.

As a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer, I am glad to see that more safety measures are being considered. In my experience as a personal injury lawyer, I know that prevention is key in protecting lives, especially those of children.

Flash Fire, Burn Hazards Spur Recall of Pourable Gel Fuel

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on September 1, 2011

In a news release Thursday, nine manufacturers, in the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, announced the voluntary recall of pourable gel fuels due to risks of flash fires and burns.

Subject to recall are approximately 2 million units of a variety of pourable gel fuels that come in scented and non-scented formulations. The fuels, packaged in one-quart plastic bottles and one-gallon plastic jugs, can ignite and splatter when added to an already burning fire pot, posing a burn hazard to consumers and property. The CPSC is aware of 65 incidents related to pourable gel fuels, including two deaths and 34 hospitalizations involving second and third degree burns of the face, chest, arms, hands or legs.

Consumers are warned not to try to fix the pourable gel fuel bottles or replace the fuel with another flammable substance. Anyone in possession of the recalled fuel is urged to contact the respective company to arrange a replacement or refund.

The nine companies involved in the recall are Bird Brain Inc., Bond Manufacturing, Sunjel Company (2 Burn Inc.), Fuel Barons Inc., Lamplight Farms Inc., Luminosities Inc (Windflame), Pacific Décor Ltd., Real Flame, and Smart Solar Inc.

As a Los Angeles wrongful death attorney, consumer safety is something I am very aware of. I hope that everyone impacted by the pourable gel fuel recall is receiving the proper care and support they deserve. Because of my experience as a product liability lawyer, I know that the effects of a faulty product can range from inconvenience and frustration to injury and sometimes death. I encourage anyone who has purchased the recalled fuel to stay safe by arranging for a refund or replacement as soon as possible.

NTSB Finds PG&E Exploited Lax Oversight Prior to 2010 Blast

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on August 30, 2011

News sources stated that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found that PG&E Corp. exploited the lax regulatory oversight and implemented flawed materials in one of their natural-gas pipelines, resulting in the 2010 San Bruno explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.

Chairman of the NTSB Deborah Hersman said that inadequate recordkeeping and emergency response by the company, in conjunction with substandard state and federal regulation are to blame for the explosion in San Bruno last year. Hersman opened the NTSB meeting concerning the explosion by saying, “Today, you will hear troubling revelations, about a company that exploited weaknesses in a lax system of oversight. We know that this tragedy began years ago with PG&E’s 1956 installation of a woefully inadequate pipe.”

PG&E has since announced that defective weld was the probably source of the pipeline rupture. They are planning to spend $2.2 billion to replace around 186 miles of pipeline and perform strength tests on 783 miles of pipe.

As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I’m glad that this issued has been resolved and that the company is taking steps to ensure that it won’t happen again. If you’ve been injured in an accident that was the result of a corporation’s negligence, it may be in your best interests to speak with a personal injury lawyer in your city.

Personal Massage Device Kills Patient, FDA Issues Warning

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on August 26, 2011

In a press release, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning of life-threatening injury for the ShoulderFlex therapeutic massager, produced by King International LLC, after the device killed one person and almost strangled another.

The report requests that healthcare providers cease their recommendations of the device and urges consumers that have purchased the personal massager to dispose of the device in separate pieces, in separate places, so that it cannot be reassembled and used. The FDA is currently evaluating the company’s plans for an official recall.

The warning states, “The FDA is concerned that the ShoulderFlex Massager presents serious health risks. Hair, clothing and jewelry can become entangled in the massage device and cause serious injury or death.”

The warning was issued in direct relation to an incident where a necklace and piece of clothing became entangled in the device’s rotating massager. The FDA also stated that they’ve received two more reports of hair and clothing getting caught in the device.

As a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, I’ve seen recalls of this nature before and am glad that the issues facing this device are being addressed accordingly. If you’ve been injured through the use of a defective product, contact a product liability lawyer in your city to discuss the legal avenues open to you.

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