Archive for the Category Personal Injury


Business Owners Owe Employees, Customers A Safe Environment

A new report encourages small business owners to do what they can to ensure the safety of both customers and employees.  The latter need to be trained to operate equipment safely.  This is especially important with seasonal workers, who aren’t accustomed to the necessary safety precautions and are often overlooked during training programs.  Customers can be protected in part when business owners make sure the environment is going to be safe for them.  One should take pains to ensure debris or slick floors won’t create a fall hazard, and safety procedures should be put in place in the event of an emergency.  Business owners also have to have adequate insurance so that they’ll be protected if a personal injury lawsuit is ever filed.

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Man Dressed as Big Foot Killed in Kalispell, Montana Crash

A man standing along the road dressed as Big Foot was killed after he was hit by two cars in Kalispell, Montana.  The police, who interviewed the victim’s friends, were able to deduce that the man was likely attempting to get motorists passing by to report a Big Foot sighting to officials.  Unfortunately, the Ghillie camouflage suit he was wearing made it hard for drivers to see the man, and he was struck and killed.

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Akron, Ohio Adopts New Rules in Regards to Dangerous Dogs

In Akron, Ohio, the Rules Committee of the Summit County Council has opted to institute new rules in regard to dogs that have been deemed dangerous.  An amended ordinance being passed will define dangerous, nuisance, and vicious dogs and allow owners to challenge that designation.  Owners of vicious and dangerous dogs will also have to get a special $50 dog tag, keep the animal in a fenced off area, and purchase liability insurance.

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Nursing Home Inspect App Lets Consumers Review Facility Track Records

An app known as Nursing Home Inspect has been launched with the goal of allowing users to better understand whether the nursing home they’re considering has a track record of safety.  The app, which is a joint initiative between ProPublica and Digital First Media, lets people search a database of nearly 15,000 nursing homes and reports of 118,000 cited deficiencies in care.  For their part, people in the nursing home industry hope that people would come in to visit a care center as opposed to relying solely on an app to make their choice.

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Nevada Officials Consider the Benefits of Banning Wild Animals as Pets

The recent escape of two chimpanzees from a local residence in Clark County, Nevada, has citizens across the state pondering whether the legislature needs to adopt tougher laws against wild animals.  Only six states allow people to adopt wild animals as pets without restrictions, and Nevada is one of those states.  One senator is working on a bill to curb this practice that will be presented at next year’s lawmaking session, and the director of the Nevada branch of the Humane Society thinks a law is necessary to ensure safety.

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Crestview Gives Tips on Bike, Boat, and Swimming Safety

With summer upon us, numerous communities from across the country are offering safety tips that allow consumers to have fun without putting themselves in danger.  Although tips are typically geared to the local community, I’ve found that they’re just as valid anywhere in the country.

Officials with the city of Crestview, Florida, have given their two cents on how people can remain safe while engaging in various outdoor activities.  First up on their list is bike safety.   A spokesperson with the Crestview Police Department suggests that everyone ride in the same direction that traffic is going, while individuals on foot should do the opposite.  Bike riding with traffic flow reduces the possibility of injury, according to the officer.  Reflective clothing is also recommended, as is a helmet.

As far as swimming goes, an individual with the Boy Scout’s Gulf Coast Council says that one of the most important things a person can do is simply know their limits.  Overexertion should be avoided, as should bodies of water that contain hazards like rip currents.  Supervision should always be available, and no one should swim alone.

Boating rounds out the safety categories discussed.  Everyone is advised to wear some sort of flotation device, whether the watercraft be a canoe, a boat, or something else.  When in a canoe that capsizes, people are advised to get back in and paddle to shore, as most injuries occur when individuals leave the relative safety of the canoe.

When You Hire a Lawyer You Are Really Hiring an Entire Injury Law Firm

When a person is hurt in an accident, they will often contact a lawyer to help them get compensated for their injuries. Many people will choose a lawyer that they see advertised on television. They choose the lawyer based on the way that he looks and the way that he makes them feel. This is not a bad thing, but it is important to realize that they are not just hiring that lawyer they are also hiring an Injury law firm that the lawyer is representing.

A person needs to make sure they are comfortable with the law firm as well as the lawyer. The people who work in the firm will be doing a lot of the work on their case. It is not only the lawyer who does the work, it is also the secretaries, the paralegals and the other support staff that will help determine the outcome of their case. A person is hiring a team and not an individual.

Injured in a Car Accident?

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Iced Teas Recalled Due to Glass Contamination

News sources stated that there is a nationwide recall, being performed in full cooperation with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), of Tejava Premium Iced Tea in 12-ounce glass bottles because of the possible presence of harmful glass fragments. Only a certain 12-ounce Tejava production lot code is being affected and the products, such as the 1-liter size of Tejava Premium Iced Tea, is not affected by this recall. The products codes being recalled are between 1BT220 and 1BT280. Consumers who have purchased the recalled iced teas should return them to the store where it was purchased and coupons, product replacement, or credit will be issued.

As a Renton personal injury attorney, I’ve seen many similar food safety recalls in the past and I understand the difficulties that food and beverage manufacturers face when attempting to produce quality products for their customers. That said, I’ve also witnessed the injuries that can result from the consumption of a contaminated food product. If you’ve suffered an injury or fallen ill due to the consumption of a defective or contaminated food product, contact a personal injury lawyer in your city to learn more about your rights as a consumer.

Celery Seeds Recalled Due To Possible Salmonella

According to news reports, O Organics Organic Celery Seed, produced by B&M, Inc. of Mount Vernon is being recalled in cooperation with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to its potential contamination with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections. The product, packaged in a glass bottle with a net weight of 1.8-ounces, was sold at all Safeway-owned stores from May 25, 2011 through December 16, 2011. The “Best By” dates of the O Organics Organic Celery Seed bottles that are affected by this recall range from May through November of 2013. Consumers should return the recalled product to the store at which it was purchased for a full refund.

As a Vancouver personal injury lawyer, I’ve seen this type of contaminated food safety recall several times in the past and know the illnesses that can result from such contamination. If you’ve suffered adverse health effects through the handling or consumption of a contaminated or otherwise defective food product, consult an experienced personal injury lawyer in your town to discuss your rights as a consumers and the possible legal options open to you.

Pastas Recalled Because of Undeclared Soy Allergen

In a press statement, Rising Moon Organics, under the supervision and in conjunction with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announced the recall of Mediterranean Garlic & Herb Ravioli 8-ounce packages due to an incorrect back labeling on some packages that resulted in an undeclared soy allergen. The front of the retail package is correctly labeled ‘Mediterranean Garlic & Herb Ravioli, 8-oz’, however the back of the package was labeled incorrectly as ‘Four Cheese Tortelloni’. The date code affected by this recall is SELL BY APR 05 2012. Consumers are being asked to return the product to their place of purchase for a full refund.

As an Olympia personal injury lawyer, I understand the challenges that food manufacturers must deal with when making quality products for their customers. That said, I’ve also seen this type of food safety recall many times in the past and the devastating illnesses that can result from ingesting mislabeled food product. If you’ve fallen ill through the consumption of a mislabeled or otherwise defective food product, speak with a personal injury lawyer in your area to learn more about the potential legal possibilities open to you.

Gummy Bears Recalled Because of Metal Contamination

In a news statement, Winn-Dixie Stores Inc, in conjunction and under the supervision of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announced that they have decided to voluntarily recall Sunrise Assorted Flavor Gummy Bears that are sold in bulk. The recall is a precautionary measure that the company initiated due to a possibility of metal contamination. Despite the fact there have been no reports of illness, they are erring on the side of caution. Consumers are being urged to return the products to the place of purchase to receive a “no questions asked” refund.

As an Everett personal injury attorney, I’ve seen this kind of food safety recall several times in the past and I understand the tragic illnesses that can occur from the ingestion of a defective food product. If you’ve suffered adverse health effects through the consumption or handling of a defective food product, consult an experienced personal injury lawyer in your town to learn more about your rights as a consumer and the possible legal avenues open to you.

Build-A-Bear Pays Civil Penalty for Failure to Report

In a news release, Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc recently recalled more than 250,000 of its toy beach chairs after a defect in the construction that could injure or sever a child’s fingers was discovered. They have also agreed to pay a penalty in the amount of $600,000 to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for not reporting the defect of the toy in a timely manner. Federal law requires manufacturers and retailers to report defective products to the CPSC within 24 hours of discovery. However, by paying the fine, Build-A-Workshop Inc is not admitting knowingly violating the law.

As a Tacoma personal injury attorney, I’ve seen this sort of children’s product recall several times over the coarse of my practice and the devastating injuries that can result from their use. I urge all consumers to follow the instructions of the CPSC when dealing with a recalled product in order to prevent avoidable injuries. If you or your child has sustained an injury through the use of a poorly designed or otherwise defective product, speak with a personal injury lawyer in your city to discuss the possible legal options available to you.

Handheld Massagers Recalled Due to Burn Hazard

In a press statement, Fourstar Group USA Inc, in accordance with the standards and guidelines of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), announced the recall of roughly 25,500 units of the ladybug and bee-shaped “Massage Pet” handheld massagers, after discovering that their batteries can leak and pose a burn hazard or skin irritation hazard to consumers. The products, manufactured in China, were sold exclusively BJ’s Wholesale Clubs from September 2011 through December 2011. To get a full refund, consumers should immediately stop using the recalled massagers and return them to any of BJ’s Wholesale Club.

As a Bellingham personal injury lawyer, I’ve witnessed this sort of product recall, as a result of a burn hazard posed to consumers, many times over my career and the injuries that defective products similar to this have caused to consumers. If you’ve suffered an injury through the normal use of a defective product, it may be in your best interests to consult a personal injury lawyer experienced in these matters to learn more about the legal options that may be open to you.

Alert Issued Due to Undeclared Allergen in Popcorn

In a press release, the Velvet Creme Popcorn Company, in cooperation with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), issued an allergy alert and recall on several of their products due to undeclared milk, soy and wheat allergens. People with severe allergies run the risk of serious allergic reaction if they consume products such as, Velvet Crème Peanut Brittle, Velvet Crème Tail Gate Crunch and Velvet Crème Sweet Cajun Heat. These products do not have any lot codes and were sold prior to December 13, 2011. These products are completely safe for non allergic people to consume and no illnesses have been reported in connection with these products.

As a Seattle personal injury attorney, I’ve seen many similar food safety recalls due to undeclared allergens or mislabeled food products in the past and I understand the difficulties that manufacturers face when attempting to provide quality products to their customers. If you’ve fallen ill after consuming or handling a defective food product, speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area to discuss your legal rights as a consumer.