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48,000 Emergency Reporting Transmitters Recalled By Carlsbad Company

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on December 10, 2013

The Transmitter portion of Linear Personal Emergency Reporting Systems are being recalled by the Carlsbad, California-based Linear LLC because of their potential to fail when called upon by a user.  Four models are affected by the recall, adding up to a total of 48,000 transmitters.  These products are used by persons who may need to seek out assistance at a moment’s notice.  Unfortunately, corrosion of the battery clips is a possibility on these products, which can cause outright or intermittent failure that would not be accompanied by a warning.  One failure without injury has been reported, and to ensure safety, citizens are being asked to get in touch with the company to obtain new transmitters at no cost.  Between this past June and August, these products were available across the country.

Follow this link for more about the recall.

34,500 Toro Lawnmowers Recalled Over Possible Injury Threat

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on December 10, 2013

34,500 lawnmowers are being recalled from around the United States by the Bloomington, Minnesota-based Toro Company because of a possible injury threat posed to users.  The recall pertains to 30-inch Toro TurfMaster and TimeMaster mowers of the 2013 model year.  The blades on these mowers are in danger of breaking while the mower is being used, and when that occurs, they could do harm to anyone nearby at that time.  While ten incident reports have been filed, those thankfully did not lead to any injuries.  Available from dealers between last November and this past October, the mowers should not be used until such time that the owners are able to obtain no-cost repairs from Toro.

Click here for more about the recall.

Protect Kids From High Chair Injury Risks

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on December 9, 2013

Car seats get a lot of media attention, but there’s another type of child safety seat that parents have to be aware of for safety purposes:  the high chair. Between 2003 and 2010, research estimates that an average of 9,400 kids younger than three have had to receive emergency treatment on an annual basis due to a high chair-related injury.  To combat these injuries, officials from the Columbus, Ohio-based Nationwide Children’s Hospital have compiled safety tips that parents can put into practice.  A new report relates that advice, starting with the fact that a parent should affix the straps whenever the child is placed within the seat, a situation that ought to only occur during mealtime.  The seat should not be treated as just another play area.  A parent ought to supervise the child at all times and keep up to date on the latest recall information.

Follow this link for more safety tips.

Investigation Highlights The Explosion Danger Posed By Gas Canisters

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on December 5, 2013

Many persons will tote around a gasoline canister without thinking anything about the potential perils of these items.  The red container has become a fairly standard sight in homes and business across the country, but NBC News recently came out with an investigation that found serious accidents associated with these products may be rare but are still more common than you might realize.

Since 1998, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has been able to record 1,200 trips to the emergency room associated with a gasoline canister.  There have also been 11 fatalities that have occurred in conjunction with the hazard.

What can happen in certain cases is that the vapors that reside within the canister can react in a certain way that triggers an explosion.  Tests from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute showed that these explosions are possible when the canister has a minimal amount of gas inside.  If the vapor emanating from a plastic canister when opened makes contact with some type of open flame, that ignition can essentially make its way back to the can, leading to an explosion that can do serious damage to the person holding it.

The report notes that 80 product liability lawsuits have been filed as persons contend that they were provided with a dangerous item.  Many of these claims point out that flame arresters could help mitigate the explosion hazard.

Keep Eye Safety In Mind When Shopping For Gifts

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on December 5, 2013

This Christmas, many parents who go toy shopping for their kids will concern themselves with avoiding those threats that are readily apparent:  choking hazards from small parts, batteries that could prove harmful if swallowed, etc.  But there’s one fairly serious hazard that shouldn’t go overlooked, and that’s the risk posed to eyesight by certain items.

In order to reduce injuries, the American Academy of Ophthalmology has come out with a series of tips focused on helping parents pick toys that won’t pose a threat to eyesight.  Remember these the next time you’re walking down the toy aisle.

Any type of projectile should prompt parental discretion prior to purchase.  If a given item is able to shoot a component at speed, especially if that object is pointy in any way, then it could be dangerous if pointed at a children’s eyes.  You may want to think about purchasing some other type of toy.

Items with lasers also need to be used with caution.  A laser pointed at the eyes of a human or animal can do some fairly serious damage.  Children may not realize this and such an item would thus not be appropriate.  Some kids may also be tempted to point the product at cars, posing a distraction that could be especially dangerous.

Pay close attention to the age labels on toys, but also take into account the maturity of your children when dealing with anything that could pose an eye hazard.

Navigating the Perils of a Stipulated Protective Order

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on November 26, 2013

Panish Shea & Boyle’s own Adam Shea and Ryan A. Casey have contributed a great article to the newest issue of the Advocate Magazine.  The article delves into the problematic nature of readily agreeing to a stipulated protective order when dealing with a product liability case.

Although it may seem like the better option to agree to these terms, Shea and Casey have outlined precisely why doing so may hinder an attorney’s ability to properly aid clients.  When you sign a protective order, you gain access to documents that may be necessary for winning a case, but the way those documents can be used is severely limited.  A defendant is likely to ask that just about everything fall under the order regardless of the nature of the documents, and the order could product other obstacles as well.

Shea and Boyle explain how to approach such a situation in a way that’s productive for a plaintiff’s case, and it’s a worthwhile read for anyone in the midst of a product liability lawsuit.

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Ensure Toy Safety With Help From The CPSC

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on November 21, 2013

When you head out to the shopping malls over the coming weeks, your biggest safety concern may be dealing with the throngs of people filling the aisles.  But there’s one thing you need to approach in the most cautious manner possible, and that’s purchasing toys for your children.

Labels are on toys for a reason, but sometimes even those aren’t adequate.  Toys get recalled for seemingly benign oversights that can nevertheless pose serious safety hazards to children.  Take into account your child’s maturity level before any purchase, and for the utmost protection, you may think about the insights provided in a safety guide from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Understanding the hazards that may unknowingly be posed by a given toy is essential, starting with small parts.  If a toy has small parts, it should have a label outlining that it’s only to be used by kids over the age of three.  Where this becomes somewhat complicated is if your home has an older child and a younger one who tend to intermingle their toys.  Do what you can to minimize exposure to small objects, even if that means separating play areas or avoiding those toys that have small parts until all children are the appropriate age.

Anything with a string is likewise going to be potentially dangerous to a child under a certain age.  Something like a small pull-toy looks cute, but the string can get wrapped around a child’s neck.  You also have to use caution with clothing that has drawstrings.  Such a component should not be on such an article of clothing for youngsters, but the presence of it leads to recalls every year.

You also have to be wary of anything that could pose a laceration hazard, the type of risk that usually happens when an otherwise safe toy gets worn down or broken.  Suddenly, sharp plastic edges could now pose a threat to your child, and the best way to guard against this threat is to keep tabs on your child’s toy usage.  Although a child may throw a fit if you try to take a favorite toy from them, you may be able to repair it so that they won’t get hurt.

There are also limits to how loud a given toy should be, and while most toys should adhere to these, there’s always the risk that a child could bring an item too close to their ears.  This is an especial danger with things like cap guns.

Finally, no matter what you purchase for your children for the holidays, make sure that all items are stored in an adequate manner.  That way, tripping isn’t a possibility.  Also invest in a toy chest that would be safe for your children (it won’t snap shut, it has air holes in case a child gets trapped inside).

Potiga Label Outlining Vision Dangers Receives FDA Approval

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on November 4, 2013

A drug meant to treat partial-onset seizures in adults has received an updated boxed warning that outlines a recently uncovered hazard potentially posed to patients.  The Food and Drug Administration lent its approval to the new label, which was deemed necessary in order to inform consumers of the potential for certain eye problems in persons who receive Potiga.  The drug can cause the person’s retina to suffer abnormalities, and the person could even find that their vision is negatively impacted.  There’s also a possibility that their skin, particularly in the face, leg, and finger and toe regions, could turn blue.  The FDA is urging persons who take Potiga receive regular eye examinations and only be provided the drug when they have not responded well to other methods of therapy.

For more about the new warning, follow this link.

102,000 Snoopy Sno-Cone Machines Recalled Over Injury Threat

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on October 31, 2013

The Randolph, New Jersey-based LaRose Industries has announced the recall of Cra-Z-Art Snoopy Sno-Cone Machines due to a potential injury hazard posed.  The recall affects 102,000 products from three different batches.  The ice-shaving cylinder responsible for creating the ice used for the sno-cones reportedly has a brass rivet that’s in danger of coming detached.  When that happens, that rivet can make its way into the ice, and if someone were to attempt to eat it, it could do damage to their teeth or mouth.  64 incidents without injury have been reported, and to ensure future safety, owners are being asked to cease usage and get in touch with LaRose for a new cylinder.  The items were sold across the country between September of last year and this past July.

For more about the recall, click here.

FDA Explains Why Decorative Contact Lenses Imperil Halloween Safety

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on October 25, 2013

As people around the country ready their Halloween costumes for next week, some may look into the possibility of adding decorative contact lenses to make their outfits stand out from the rest.  Unfortunately, those that aren’t careful could end up incurring a serious injury or infection.

The Food and Drug Administration is warning citizens against using any contact lenses that haven’t been prescribed to them by a physician.  Most people probably don’t realize that these objects are designated as medical devices, and as such, they come into the purview of the FDA.  You might be surprised to find out that those contact lenses that seem to be prevalent at costume shops are in fact not authorized to be sold there.

Thus, you need to avoid buying these products and buying into their claims of safety and how they can fit anyone.  Looking good simply isn’t worth the risk.

If you’re doubtful of the impact, then consider some of the serious side effects that await those who buy contacts without a prescription.  Pink eye is one distinct possibility, as is contracting an infection of the cornea.  A scratch of this part of the eye is also something that occurs quite often.  Even without a scratch, vision can deteriorate substantially, and some people may even suffer blindness.

Instead, rely on a doctor for your contact needs.  Clean them appropriately to prevent an infection, and make your Halloween as safe as possible.

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