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Study Shows ERs With Translators Less Likely to Make Errors

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 17, 2012

Communication is crucial when a patient is meeting with a healthcare professional to talk about their care plan.  But what happens when this communication is compromised?

A new study suggests that the quality of translation for non-English speaking patients in American hospitals could have a direct impact on the safety of the patient.  Published in the new issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine, the study involved researchers comparing the services of professional interpreters versus amateur interpreters or nonexistent interpreters.  They conducted their tests by looking at 57 different Spanish speaking families at two different pediatric emergency rooms.

What they found was that 12% of translation miscues committed by professional interpreters could have resulted in an error that might have negative consequences for the child being treated.  By contrast, having no interpreter or just having an amateur such as a bilingual family member relate information carried a 20 to 22% rate of consequential error.

The number of errors also tended to decrease the more experienced the translator was.  Those persons with more than 100 hours of training fared best, as could be imagined.  Not clear is how well such translators would fare against video and phone translation services, which are offered at some hospitals.  Further studies will have to be done.

As a personal injury lawyer in Riverside, I understand how important it is for a patient and a physician to be on the same page.  Miscommunication can breed errors in medical treatment, which can prevent proper healing.  I hope as a San Francisco personal injury attorney that more research can be conducted in this important area so that no one is endangered by improperly administered medicine.

Seafood Listeria Risks Prompt FDA to Shut Down Yamaya USA

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 11, 2012

Another company is having its production shut down due to widespread safety issues that contributed to the contamination of their products.

This time, the firm in question is Yamaya USA, a Torrance-based importer and producer of a variety of fish items.  That company has entered into what’s known as a consent decree with the Food and Drug Administration.  The Justice Department has filed a complaint for permanent injunction on the FDA’s behalf, and under the terms of the new decree, Yamaya has to correct numerous safety violations before they can resume production of seafood at their facility.

Among the company’s alleged violations are a failure to follow the FDA’s current good manufacturing practice, a failure to comply with seafood hazard analysis critical control points regulations, and continued preparation of seafood in an environment that promotes the contamination of listeria monocytogenes.  This can contribute to listeriosis, which is a hazard to newborns, pregnant women, and persons with weakened immune systems.

Before Yamaya can ramp work up again, they must destroy their current food cache, clean the facility until it is no longer contaminated with listeria, hire a food safety expert to put in place prevention plans, and hire an independent party to conduct tests over the next five years.

Considering how dangerous a contamination is, I would think as a personal injury lawyer in Riverside that firms would take the threat more seriously.  I hope for the company’s sake that they can address the problems quickly, and as a San Diego personal injury attorney, I hope for the consumer’s sake that any food they eat is safe.

Australian Study Shows 41% of Truckers Have Sleep Apnea

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 3, 2012

A new study conducted by Australian researchers focusing on the habits of truckers could have far reaching implications for the entire world.

The most startling statistics that researchers uncovered involve the prevalence of the condition known as sleep apnea in long-haul Australian truckers.  Published in the journal SLEEP, the results have shown that a whopping 41% of these truckers suffer from some kind of sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes a person’s breathing to become obstructed throughout their resting time.  This can have a severe impact on a trucker’s ability to operate a vehicle properly during the day, as this interrupted sleep can manifest itself as general drowsiness while a trucker is on his or her shift.

While the numbers in America might be different, National Public Radio has suggested that as many as one third of U.S. drivers could suffer from the disorder.

Earlier this year, the National Sleep Foundation also conducted a poll which showed that fatigue isn’t limited to truck drivers.  A quarter of pilots and train conductors reported feeling fatigued at work once a week, with 14% of truck drivers stating that fatigue has contributed to them nearly causing an accident.

As a personal injury lawyer in Riverside, I find these numbers distressing.  The correlation between sleep apnea and fatigue at work is obvious, and this could definitely affect highway safety.  It’s my hope as a Riverside car accident attorney that answers to this problem are forthcoming from safety experts and medical professionals.

FDA Seeks Injunction Against California Sea Food Company

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 29, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration is moving forward with plans to shut down a seafood distributor that they say is endangering public health.

A permanent injunction is being sought by the FDA against Fujino Enterprises Inc., more commonly known as Blue Ocean Smokehouse, a company based out of Half Moon Bay.    That injunction would prevent the continued processing and distribution of fish products.  The Department of Justice has filed a complaint.

Findings by the FDA have shown that the fish products made by Blue Ocean are adulterated.  The conditions used to process these food items fail to comply with Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point regulations, which are supposed to be in place in order to spot hazards and prevent their further occurrence.

The FDA also claims that preparation conditions don’t meet standards set by Current Good Manufacturing Practice requirements, citing an October inspection which showed unsatisfactory employee hygiene and inadequate contamination protection.

In addition, it was discovered that the company’s products may contain a botulism toxin that cannot be removed through heating or freezing.  Listeria monocytogenes, an infection causing agent, was also found on various surfaces, and Blue Ocean’s tuna was at risk of contracting scombrotoxin.

All things considered, this seems pretty damning to a San Diego personal injury lawyer like me.  When companies fail to comply with the FDA, steps must and will be taken to ensure public safety.  As a personal injury lawyer in Riverside, I just hope things get fixed before someone gets hurt.

Recall: Meijer Touch Point Fan Heaters Due to Shock, Fire Hazards

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 2, 2012

According to news sources, a recall has been issued for about 6,102 units of Forced Air Heaters due to the recalled product posing fire, shock hazards to consumers.

The company, Meijer Inc., announced the recall after it was found that the recalled heater units contained exposed and unshielded electrical components that could potentially cause it to overheat and melt. Such a situation would pose fire and electrical shock hazards to unsuspecting consumers. The recalled heaters include those with model number HW-218 as well as UPC code 7-13733-30927-1.

There have been no reported injuries to date in connections with the recalled heater units, although there has been one incident reported of one of the recalled units melting.

Consumers should stop using the recalled heater units and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund amount.

As a Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer, I understand the inherent dangers of defective products and the risks they entail. I hope this information can help raise awareness about this recalled product and keep consumers safe. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a personal injury lawyer Riverside to learn about the legal options available to you.

Recall: American Honda Trimmers Due to Laceration Hazard

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 28, 2012

According to news sources, a recall has been issued for about 14,000 units of Grass Trimmers after it was found that they contained shafts that could potentially crack, causing the cutting attachment to possibly detach.

The company, American Honda Motor Company, announced the recall due to the possibility of a detached cutting attachment posing a laceration hazard to bystanders or operators. The company received 11 reports regarding incidents involving a broken or cracked shaft. To date, there have been no injuries reported. The recalled units include those with model number HHT35SUKAT as well as those with serial numbers in the range of HAHA-1000001 to HAHA-1017345.

The recalled product was reportedly manufactured in the United States.

Consumers should stop using the recalled trimmers and contact their nearest authorized dealer to receive a free inspection and repair if necessary.

As a San Bernardino personal injury lawyer, I appreciate all efforts being made to ensure consumer products are made safer for those who use them. I hope this information can help raise awareness about this recalled product and keep consumers safe. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a personal injury lawyer Riverside to learn about the legal options available to you.

Recall: American Honda ATVs Due to Crash Hazard

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 21, 2012

According to news sources, a recall has been issued for All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) due to a crash hazard arising from a faulty weld on the ATV’s front right suspension arm, which can cause the rider to lose control if separated.

The company, American Honda Motor Company, announced the recall of about 2,900 units of the ATV’s. The recalled models include TRX420TE with associated VIN range 1HFTE344* C4500841 thru C4502580, as well as model TRX420TM with VIN ranges 1HFTE340* C4500542 thru C4501681. There have been four reported incidents of the weld failing, with one case involving injury to the rider.

The recalled ATV’s have a retail price ranging between $5,100 to $5,300.

Those with the recalled ATV models should stop using them immediately and contact their local dealer for a repair of the faulty weld, free of charge. Consumers with additional questions or concerns may also contact the company at (866) 784-1870.

As a personal injury lawyer Riverside, I’ve seen recalls of this kind in the past and know the severity of the hazards they entail. I hope this information can help raise awareness about this recalled product. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a San Bernardino personal injury attorney to learn about the legal options available to you.

Caterpillar Recalls Certain 2012-2013 CT660 Trucks

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 17, 2012

According to news sources, a recall has been issued for about 104 units of certain model 2012-2013 CT660 Caterpillar Commercial Trucks due issues related to the brakes potentially overheating and causing a fire.

The company, Caterpillar Inc, announced the recall after it was discovered the the Bendix ATR-6 equipped trucks could develop a valve leak in extremely cold condition, leading to a continuous brake application to take place. Continuos brake application can result in the brakes overheating and possibly leading to a fire. Such a situation could result in the driver losing control of the vehicle, thereby increasing the risk of crash.

Bendix is currently working on a permanent remedy, however vehicle owners will be notified by the company to take the recalled vehicle models to their dealers for a temporary repair.

Vehicle owners may also contact the company for additional information at 309-675-5658.

As a Personal Injury Lawyer Los Angeles, I’ve seen recalls of this kind in the past and know the severity of the hazards they entail. I hope this information can help raise awareness about this recalled product. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a personal injury lawyer Riverside to learn about the legal options available to you.

Tassimo Discs Recalled Due to Burn Hazard

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 9, 2012

According to news sources, about 4 million Tassimo discs have been recalled due to the possibility of getting clogged while being brewed and potentially spraying hot liquid and coffee grounds onto consumers.

The company, Kraft Foods Global, recalled the Tassimo T Discs after receiving reports involving about 21 incidents where the recalled espresso T Discs ended up spraying hot liquid on unsuspecting consumers. Four of these reported incidents involved second-degree burns, with one of the victims being a 2-year-old girl who sustained the injuries on her face.

The recalled T Discs have a retail price between $8 and $11 per package and have been sold in stores nationwide.

Consumers with the recalled product should stop using it immediately and contact the company at (866-918-8763) for more information.

As a personal injury lawyer Riverside, I’ve seen recalls of this kind in the past and understand the risks they entail for unsuspecting consumers. I hope that by supplying this information consumers will have an opportunity to learn more about this recalled product . If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a San Bernardino personal injury attorney to learn about the legal options available to you.

Konica Minolta Recalls Printers That Pose Shock Hazard

By PSB Admin on February 2, 2012

Earlier today I brought you news of a recall of certain HP fax machines, and now comes word that a similar piece of office equipment from a different company could pose a danger.

Konica Minolta has announced a recall of select models of its Magicolor and Bizhub printers.  The affected units are Magicolor 4750 DN and 3730 DN, and Bizhub C35 and C35P.  8,430 of the units are at risk of catching fire due to issues with overheating and short circuiting.

Already two accidents have been reported, but luckily no injuries have occurred.  If you use the Magicolor printers, the company is asking that you cease usage at once and contact them for a replacement.  Konica Minolta has stated that Bizhub users will be visited by a service technician shortly.

The affected units were sold at various electronics stores nationwide between June 2010 and March 2011 and retailed for between $900 and $3500.

As a personal injury lawyer in Riverside, I know that because we use so much electronic equipment on a daily basis, it’s easy to take those machines for granted.  But every so  often,  those same machines we rely on to make our lives easier can pose a hazard.  That’s why it’s my belief as a Los Angeles personal injury attorney that consumers should pay close attention to recall information.

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