Personal Injury

Justin Bieber Pulled Over By Police During Paparazzi Chase

We’ve all seen erratic drivers on the roadway, or hear about it in the news, but perhaps the best way to bring attention to this important subject is by referencing celebrities alleged to have engaged in the same practices. Recently, pop superstar Justin Bieber was ticketed by police for driving higher than the legally mandated [...]


Due Diligence Following An Accident Ensures Fair Treatment

Every once in awhile, it’s nice to revisit the basics of what to do should you be involved in an accident.  These next few tips come from FindLaw.com, and they might not apply to every situation, but they’re still important to consider. No matter the type of accident that you’ve been involved in, you should [...]


FDA Asked Manufacturers to Look Into Blood Dangers of Metal Hips

The safety of metal-on-metal hip implants has been called into question for quite some time.  The Food and Drug Administration is meeting today and tomorrow to query a panel of experts about such prostheses’ safety, but they were already concerned more than a year ago, as this report illustrates. In May 2011, the FDA issued [...]


Window detachment hazard prompts Foretravel RV recall

A possible personal injury hazard created by a window detachment issue has prompted a voluntary recall for more than 120 Foretravel recreational vehicles. This recall, which affects model year 2007 through model year 2010 Phenix and model year 2007 through model year 2011 Nimbus recreational vehicles equipped with SE-GI windows, has been announced in cooperation with a request from the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Certain units of these specific recreational vehicle models have been equipped with SE-GI windows that could potentially detach from the vehicle due to a loss of adhesive bonding between the glass window pane and the hinge portion. If the vehicle is in motion when the window becomes detached, the SE-GI window may fall into the roadway, causing an obstacle to other vehicles sharing the road and increasing the risk of an accident causing serious injuries or fatalities. Foretravel Incorporated has announced plans to begin notifying owners of affected recreational vehicles in the near future, and the manufacturer is currently working with SE-GI window makers to develop a plan of corrective action for this potential safety hazard. The two manufacturers are cooperating to produce repair parts and remedy instructions for this issue. Consumers in possession of affected recreational vehicles can call the manufacturer directly or contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline and reference NHTSA campaign identification number 12V239000 for more information regarding this recall.


Wheelchair ramp defect promts Goshen to recall 2,800 buses

In cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Goshen Coach has issued a recall for more than 2,800 transit buses due to a wheelchair lift platform defect that might cause passenger injuries. Transit buses affected by this recall are model year 2007 and 2011 Goshen GC II, G-Force, GCII Connection, Pacer, Pacer LTD, Pacer LS, and Sentinel buses equipped with Vista-2 and Braun Century-2 wheelchair lifts. These wheelchair lifts may have been improperly manufactured, leading to an unexpectedly low durability. With frequent use, the wheelchair lift platform’s outer barrier roll stop latch may become misshapen or dented causing it to fail. If the roll stop latch is defeated, a wheelchair bound passenger being lifted may roll off, leading to a fall risk, especially if the wheelchair ramp is elevated when the roll stop latch fails. Goshen will begin notifying owners of affected transit buses shortly. Vehicles equipped with these wheelchair lift platforms can be returned to authorized Braun dealerships, where the potentially defective components will be repaired for free. Consumers in search of more information about this recall can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline and reference 12V199000.

As a car accident attorney in Bakersfield, I hope that this safety recall is completed quickly to reduce the risk that anyone will be injured by this potential defect. If you or someone you love has been harmed by a defective vehicle, please consider contacting a Bakersfield personal injury lawyer.


Safety hazard prompts Ford Windstar recall

Due to a potential safety hazard that could cause an auto accident, the Ford Motor Company has issued a voluntary recall for approximately 23,000 Windstar minivans. This recall, which affects model year 1999 through 2003 Windstar vehicles registered or originally sold in the state of Virginia, has been issued at the request of the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration due to the possibility that the body mount attachments and rear attaching brackets supporting the front lower control arm may corrode over time. This condition can lead to the front lower control arm becoming detached from the vehicle’s frame. If both front subframe rear body mounts become detached, the steering intermediate shaft may separate from the frame as well, leading to an increased risk that the driver may lose control of the vehicle and be unable to prevent the vehicle from becoming involved in a collision that could result in serious injury or death. Owners of affected vehicles can return them to authorized Ford dealerships where this condition will be repaired at no charge. Consumers seeking more information on this recall can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline.

As a car accident attorney in San Francisco, I hope that this recall can be effectively carried out before this potential safety hazard causes any collisions. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, please consider contacting a San Francisco personal injury lawyer.


Inflatable waterslides recalled following injuries, death

Approximately 21,000 Banzai inflatable waterslides have been recalled due to a potential safety issue. At the request of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, this recall has been issued by Toys R Us Incorporated, headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, and Wal-Mart Stores Incorporated, headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas. The inflatable waterslides affected by this recall were designed for use with in ground swimming pools, and they may become deflated during routine use potentially causing them to provide inadequate protective cushioning from the ground beneath them, or to become imbalanced and tip over during use. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has received reports of injuries incurred during the use of this product, including a man who became a quadriplegic while using this waterslide, and a woman who died from a broken neck when she hit her head on the pool’s concrete edge during her descent into the pool.

The waterslides affected by this recall were manufactured by China’s Manley Toys Limited, and they were distributed for sale at Wal-Marts and Toys R Us between January 2005 and June 2009. The recalled slides bear the words “Banzai Splash” printed in blue orange and white  on both sides and their packaging is marked with model number 15734 and bar code number 2675315734.

As a personal injury attorney in San Diego, I hope that this recall can be thoroughly and efficiently completed in order to prevent any further tragedies that might result from this potential safety issue. If you a loved one has been injured by a defective product, please consider discussing your case with a San Jose personal injury attorney.


Ohio senate passes ban on texting while driving

Legislation recently passed by the Ohio state Senate would prohibit drivers from engaging in text based messaging while operating a motor vehicle. Teens cited for violating the new prohibition, if it is signed into law by the state’s governor, will face stricter penalties than adults. Under the state’s proposed legislation, drivers younger than 18 years of age are prohibited from any form of communication using a handheld device while behind the wheel. The legislation, House Bill 99, was passed by the state’s Senate by a 25-8 vote. It will now go back to the state’s House of Representatives for concurrence. The legislation, if approved and enacted, would prohibit drivers of all ages from sending and reading text based messages while behind the wheel, but does not regulate the use of handheld communication devices for any reason besides text based communication. Voice communication, as well as the use of global positioning navigation systems, would still be allowed under law. For minors violating the law in a non-emergency situation would face a fine of $150 and an automatic license suspension of 60 days for a first offence. Repeat offenders would be fined $300 and given a mandatory one year license suspension.

As a San Bernardino personal injury lawyer, I hope these and other auto safety laws achieve their goal of making the roads safer for all motorists. If you or someone you care about has been injured in an accident linked to distracted driving, please consider contacting a car accident attorney in San Bernardino.


FunFresh recalls Cacao Nibs due to E. coli contamination risk

After conferring with the United States Food and Drug Administration, FunFresh Foods Incorporated, a food product manufacturer, has issued a voluntary recall for a single production lot of FunFresh Foods World Berries Organic “Cacao Nibs” in six ounce packages because these products may have been contaminated with the Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria, or E. coli. Children, the elderly, and other consumers with weakened or compromised immune systems if they consume an E. coli contaminated food product may experience Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, a form of kidney failure that can result in death. Adults with healthy immune systems could experience diarrhea, often resulting in bloody stools, a condition that can last for a week or more. The recall affects an estimated 500 units of Cacao Nibs, 263 of which have already been returned to the manufacturer. These products were distributed to retail stores throughout the United States between April 12, 2012 and April 17, 2012. Affected products are imprinted with universal product code 632474929022 and all originated from production lot code 161104, which is laser imprinted, along with the 4/14 best by date, on the back of each individual package.

As a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles, I sincerely hope that this recall will be quickly and effectively carried out in order to prevent anyone from being made ill by this potential contamination. If you have been harmed by a contaminated or otherwise defective product, please consider contacting a Riverside personal injury lawyer.


Listeria Contamination Sparks Cleveland Alfalfa Sprouts Recall

The threat of Listeria monocytogenes being present in a product has prompted another recall.

The products affected by this particular recall are alfalfa sprouts produced by the Cleveland-based Cleveland Beansprouts Company.  The product does not have any identifiable lot code, but it shouldn’t matter, as all alfalfa sprouts are being recalled, not just one specific lot.  As such, any consumer with a Cleveland Beansprouts alfalfa sprouts product in their possession should immediately abstain from consumption and get rid of the item at once.

The Listeria monocytogenes were uncovered during sample testing by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.  This testing was conducted under the Microbiological Data Program instituted by the United States Department of Agriculture.

There have thankfully been no illnesses reported at this time, but consumers are being advised to be on the lookout for fever, nausea, diarrhea, or abdominal pain, as any of these things could be a sign of a Listeria infection.  In particular, those persons with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk for contracting an infection, which could prove fatal to such individuals.

It saddens me as a personal injury lawyer in San Francisco to see yet another product pose a threat of foodborne illness.  Although these products were only sold in Ohio, there’s no telling when a product might be taken across state lines.  This is why as a San Bernardino personal injury attorney I emphasize the importance of following recalls from around the country, if not the entire globe.


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