Considering fibroid surgery? Answers to questions regarding surgery with power morcellators

November 25, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a rare "black box warning" on power morcellation devices for laparoscopic surgery to remove uterine fibroids or to perform a hysterectomy.

The warning cautions women considering undergoing fibroid removal surgery with the devices. The warning tells women that they may wish to choose an alternative type of surgery because surgery with the device could inadvertently spread undetected cancer.

The Wall Street Journal answers five questions about the device warning. You can read more here: 5 QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FDA WARNING ON MORCELLATORS, UTERINE FIBROIDS

According to the FDA, it is estimated that one in 350 women who undergo hysterectomy or fibroid removal surgery has a uterine sarcoma, a kind of cancer. Morcellators are devices that dissect the uterus or fibroids using a spinning blade. However, if the blades come into contact with a malignant cancer, cancer cells can spread in the pelvis and abdomen worsening a person's likelihood of surviving.

If you or a loved one has had an onset of cancer after power morcellation surgery, you should contact a faulty medical devices attorney about the possibility of filing a lawsuit.

The Farber Law Group, a personal injury law firm in Bellevue, Washington, has represented cases involving faulty medical devices. Call us today for a free and confidential case evaluation.

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4.9 million Graco strollers recalled due to amputation risk

November 24, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that Graco Children's Products has issued a recall for 4.9 million strollers because a folding hinge on the stroller's die poses an amputation risk.

Graco reports they have received 11 reports of finger injury including six fingertip amputation and four reports of partial fingertip amputation.

The strollers involved in the recall includes 11 Graco and Century-brand strollers with a build date between August 2000 and September 2014.

The stillers were sold in a wide range of stores including Toys "R" Us Inc., Target and Wal-Mart Stores and have the names: Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate Model Strollers and Travel Systems.

Contact Graco Children's Products at 1-800-345-4109 or at their website for more information and to receive a repair kit.

Baby and Child Product Liability Attorney

If a baby or a child is seriously injured due to a product that had defective design or manufacturer, parents may wish to seek damages by filing a product liability claim. Product liability claim can be made against manufacturers, distributors and suppliers.

The following list contains a representation of some of the products that were recalled after deaths or serious injury to children.

  • Drop-side cribs
  • Defective child restraints
  • Unsafe clothing or bedding
  • Adulterated food products
  • Magnetic toys
  • Airsoft guns
  • Bumbo Baby Seats
  • Pocket bikes
  • Nanny and Nap Nanny

Every year, thousands of children suffer injury or are killed due to defective or dangerous products. The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue personal injury law firm, has experience investigating and litigating cases involving dangerous products.

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Young children can suffer serious side effects after drinking energy drinks

November 19, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

A new study presented by the American Heart Association reveals that poison control centers field thousands of call after children accidentally consume so-called "energy drinks" containing high amounts of caffeine.

Consumption of energy drinks poses serious health effects to young children under the age of six including dangerous high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythms and seizures.

According to the Heart Association study, 40% -- more than 5,000 -- phone calls to poison control centers between 2010 and 2013 involved children who had consumed energy drinks.

Even more children may be affected as often children are taken to Emergency Rooms instead of a call to the poison control center. Calls to poison control center may prove just a fraction of the actual number of exposures.

Energy drinks contain high amounts of sugar and about the same amount of caffeine as in a cup of coffee. Some energy drinks can contain more than 4 times this amount. The drinks can also contain taurine and l-carnitine and the herb ginseng.

Young children should never consume energy drinks and the drinks often contain warnings to that effect. However, young children under the age of six usually don't read labels and it is incumbent on caretakers to make sure that children are not accidentally ingesting these drinks.

Caffeine poisoning

Symptoms of caffeine overdose in children can include:

  • Tensing and relaxing muscles
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Shock
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Extremely high blood pressure
  • Rapid and deep breathing

Shock is a life-threatening side effect and a person in shock can suffer unconsciousness, confusion, chest pains, bluish lips, agitation, clammy skin, low or no urine output, rapid and weak pulse.

In the case of serious symptoms, one should call 911 for immediate medical attention.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have become seriously ill due to food poisoning and dangerous products.

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For more information, see the American Heart Association article, Poison control data show energy drinks and young kids don't mix

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Washington Fire Marshall: keep your family safe from electrical fires

November 10, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

The Office of the Washington State Fire Marshal released a bulletin reminding Washington residents to take steps to avoid home electrical fires. According to the bulletin, there are 280 fire fatalities every year due to residential fires. An estimated 26,000 fires annually results in more than $1 billion in property loss.

Faulty wiring and broken electrical appliances can result in electrical shock injury or residential fires which can both result in death.

The Fire Marshall provides the following safety tips to avoid an electrical fire or shock:

  • Replace worn or damaged appliance cords. Many fires start at appliance cords, receptacles and switches. If a frayed cord is near a curtain, rug or other combustible surface, a fire can start.
  • Only purchase appliances that have been approved by a UL testing lab.
  • Plug appliances directly into a wall outlet instead of an extension cord. If you use an extension cord, be sure to use those with surge protectors.
  • Unplug appliances when you are not using them.
  • Discontinue using appliances that smoke or shock you when you use them.
  • Use lightbulbs of the wattage recommended for the socket you are placing them into. A lightbulb with too high of a wattage for a lamp or light fixture is a common cause of electrical fires.
  • Hire licensed electricians for home electrical work. Faulty and outdated wiring can cause electrical fires.
  • Avoid the use of extension cords except for occasional use. Appliances should never be plugged in to extension cord.


What UL (Underwriters Laboratories) Listing Means

seattle burn injury attorneyUnderwriters Laboratories (UL) is a safety consulting company which tests and provides safety analysis of Look for UL Listing tags on electrical appliances when you purchase them. UL Listing means that UL has tested a representative number of the products to determine that it meets nationally recognized Standards for Safety. All kinds of household and electrical appliances including household cooking, lamps, batteries and food serving appliances are tested.

Christmas Tree Fires

Christmas tree fires are not common but when they do occur, they are most likely to occur after Christmas than before. That reason is that trees dry out after a few weeks. So, it is important to keep your tree moist and discard it once it dries out.

Keep your family safe and avoid house fires and burn injuries this.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured by defective products and those who have suffered burn injuries.

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Dropped tape measure results in fatal head injury

November 4, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

hard_hat.jpgA taped measure dropped by a construction worker who was working 50 stories up in a high rise has resulted in the death of a man who was delivering sheet rock to the construction site.

The New York Post reports that Gary Anderson, 58, was killed by the 1-pound dropped tape measure. Anderson's hard hat was in his pickup truck.

This tragic construction accident highlights the importance of head protection when working or visiting construction sites.

Hard hats protect against injury on construction sites

Hard hats have been widely used at construction and industrial work places since 1938. The hats or helmets protect the head from injury from falling objects, debris, impact with other objects, and electric shock. Hard hats have proven to prevent or lessen head injuries from falling objects, falls and bumps against a protruding object.

Hard hats are designed to have 1.2 inch suspension between the helmet's shell and the worker's head so that, when struck, the blow to the head is deflected. The suspension acts as a shock absorber.

Hard hats provide important head protection and, besides protecting the skull, it protects the eyes, nose, ears, and mouth.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the majority of fatal impact injuries on construction sites occurred to workers who were not wearing a helmet. Helmets are important safety devices for everyone who enters a construction site.

Employers are responsbile for ensuring every person on a construction site wear a safety helmet whenever there is a risk of a head injury and it is required whenever there is demolition work.

Types of hard hats

There are different types of hard hats. Class A helmets protect against impact, penetration and low-voltage electrical current. Class B helmets protect against high-volt electrical conductors. Class C helmets protect against impact and penetration only.

The life span of hard hat is typically five years depending on the wear and tear on the helmet. However, it is recommended that the suspension system be replaced every year.

Washington attorney represent construction accident victims

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in construction accidents and the family of those killed.

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Adaptive headlights: safety innovation reduces night-time driving accidents

October 31, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

headlamps.jpgAdaptive headlights help drivers at nighttime by responding to a driver's steering, allowing a driver to see objects not typically illuminated with traditional vehicle headlights. Adaptive lighting systems automatically adjust the vehicle's lighting depending on the road, conditions, geometry, vehicle speed and traffic. Traditional headlights illuminate straight ahead, no matter if the road is curving.

A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that adaptive headlights improve visibility over fixed headlights on curves by illuminating a driver's peripheral field.

According to the IIHS executive vice president, David Zuby, adaptive headlights are already shown to reduce crash damage and injuries. One study by IIHS found that a there is a 10% reduction of insurance claims when the technology is utilized.

How Adaptive Headlights Help

Adaptive headlights turn as one drives. For example, if you are driving on a curved road, the headlights turn allowing you to see what is around the bend so you can see the deer about to jump into your path, a stopped car or a downed tree.

Nearly 50% of all fatal car accident occur at night and adaptive headlights can help reduce these accidents by illuminating roads especially in areas where there are not street or highway lamps.

Cars with adaptive headlights have electronic sensors which detect car speed, wheel turning and the yaw, or rotation of car around the vertical axis. The sensors then relay information to a electric motor to turn the headlight .

Adaptive headlight systems also uses sensors to determine when headlight brightness needs to be adjusted which can reduce glare to other drivers.

The IIHS estimates that adaptive headlights will be adopted on up to 95% of all passenger vehicles by 2043.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by the negligence of another.

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Winter driving preparedness including some cell phone apps

October 27, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

Saturday night Western Washington experienced a storm with high winds downing power lines and tree branches crashing on roofs. The storm was a message that winter will soon be upon us and drivers should make sure their vehicles are prepared for winter driving conditions.

It's not too soon to schedule an appointment with your mechanic and to stow some emergency supplies in your car. You can also install some cell phone apps which you can use to plan your trips, check weather and help you if you're stranded.

Things to stash in your car:

  • First aid kid
  • Cell phone charger
  • Flashlight
  • Extra water and snacks
  • Warm Clothing and gloves
  • Flashlight
  • Ice scraper
  • Full tank of fuel
  • Chains
  • Flare
  • Jumper cables
  • Extra diapers if you have a small child.

Check with your mechanic:

  • Make sure your tires have adequate pressure and tread.
  • Have your mechanic check your car including testing your battery, and check hoses, radiator, lights, wipers, brakes and belts.

    seattle personal injury attorneyCell Phone Apps

    There are a number of cell phone apps that can aid you in preparing for winter travel.

    WSDOT: In Washington state, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) app on your phone provides traffic and travel for the state of Washington including travel alerts, mountain pass reports and traffic cameras. Click here for the WSDOT Android App and here for the WSDOT iPhone app.

    Winter Survival Kit
    mobile app helps you if you are stuck or stranded during severe weather. The app can find your current GPS location, call 911, notify your friends and family and calculate how long you can run your engine. You can store your emergency contacts and insurance information in the app.

    Weather Channel mobile app provides drives with up-to-date weather conditions and provides information about when bad weather is coming towards you. iPhone app. Android App.

    Safely® Go mobile app is an app that answers your calls and texts while you are driving so that you won't be distracted.

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  • Beating victims sues Oregon bar under dram shop liability law

    October 22, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

    A man who was severely beaten by an intoxicated patron of a Portland bar has filed a civil lawsuit against the bar asking for nearly three quarters of a million dollars in damages. (Read "Beating victim sues N. Portland bar, claiming it failed to protect him from drunken customer"

    The plaintiff, Nathan Anderson, claims that the Wishing Well Restaurant and Lounge in Portland over-served an already intoxicated Michael Sloan, and in doing so, fostered an "unsafe atmosphere." The suit says the Wishing Well also failed to kick Sloan out of the bar when he became argumentative and failed to intervene when he began beating Anderson. The bar had an unsafe environment with only one employee both serving drinks and providing security.

    While the specific law cited in this case is Oregon statute 471.565 which holds that a restaurant or bar can be held liable for providing or serving alcohol to obviously intoxicated persons.

    This law falls under the general category of "dram shop liability." In Washington state RCW 66.44.200 provides that it is illegal to sell or give away alcoholic beverages to a person under the age of 21 years or a person who is visibly intoxicated.

    The goal of dram laws is to keep inebriated and young people from consuming too much alcohol and suffering a serious injury or killing someone else due to over-intoxication. In many cases, dram shop laws are cited when a person is over-severed and then gets behind the wheel of a car and is involved in a drunk driving auto accident in which they kill or seriously injure another person.

    The RCW law in Washington requires that establishments with a liquor license must post a notice which informs patrons that they are prohibited from serving alcohol to patrons who are intoxicated. Over-serving can create a case where the establishment and/or bartender are legally financially liable.

    Restaurants and bars are required to train their employees to recognize the signs of inebriation including:

    • slurred or slowed speech
    • loss of motor skills
    • bloodshot eyes
    • belligerent, loud or obnoxious behavior
    • excessive emotional behavior including aggressiveness
    • falling down.

    Injured Persons Have Legal Rights Under Dram Laws

    People who are injured in DUI car accidents or people, such as in this case, who are attacked by a drunk, can file a civil suit asking that the establishment that over-served alcohol be held legally responsible for damages for injuries and fatalities caused by the over-served person.

    Most people who seek damages under dram shop laws seek the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney because of the amount of investigation and evidence that is required to prevail in the case.

    The Farber Law Group
    has more than 30 years experience representing the victims of drunk drivers and their families and some of these cases have involved dram shop liability. Contact us using our online form or call us toll free at 1-800-244-9087. We will provide you with a free and confidential case evaluation.

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    Airbag recall expands to include more areas, more cars

    October 20, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

    airbag injury lawyer seattleThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) along with Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and General Motors vehicles have notified owners of millions of vehicles to replace airbags manufactured by Takata due to a manufacturing defect in the airbag. Toyota just expanded the recall with letters being sent to 247,000 auto owners.

    The scope of the recall appears to be huge with 10 million or more vehicles affected worldwide.

    The problem with the airbags, manufactured by Takata, a Japanese parts supplier, is that they have the potential to explode and shoot out shrapnel which may seriously injure or even kill occupants of the vehicle. The faulty airbags pose a serious safety issue.

    An investigative report in the New York Times revealed that Honda and Takata knew about the defect for years but called the problem an "anomaly."

    What Cars are Affected

    The recall affects potentially 14 million cars. Owners can use the www.safercar.gov/vinlookup website to determine if their vehicle is one of those installed with a defective airbag.

    Right now, the recalls have been in certain areas that have humid conditions and the recalls appear to be expanding to other areas.

    The airbag problem has the potential to affect more than five times the number of vehicles the General Motors faulty ignition switch recall. Expect to see more information about it in the press as the recall expands and gains more visibility.

    This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured due to defective products. We have more than 30 years experience dealing with product liability claims.

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    Halloween Safety Tips

    October 19, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

    halloween accident attorney slip and fallHalloween is but a couple of weeks away and you may have already decorated your house and started helping your child shop for a Halloween costume.

    Choosing a Halloween costume with safety in mind and decorating your house for the safety of little ghosts and goblins is the key to having a safe and fun Halloween.

    Costumes

    Choose a costume that does not have trailing fabric which can cause a child to trip. Also, check to make sure the fabric is fire-retardant and won't catch on fire if it comes into contact with a flame. Make sure that the child has visibility when wearing a mask. And, last but not least, have your child carry a flashlight or light stick while trick or treating. Retro-reflective tape can also be used to make sure child are visible.

    Decorations

    Be careful when placing your jack-o'-lantern if you use a real candle. Put the jack-o'-lantern in an area where little trick-or-treaters do not trip over it or come in contact with it. Consider using a flameless candle run by a battery which are a safe way to illuminate your jack-o'-lantern. While it is fun to decorate your house with a scary theme for Halloween, make sure that paths are illuminated so children don't trip over sprinklers, cracks in the walks or other hazards.

    Trick-or-Treating

    Make sure children are accompanied with one or more adults when trick-or-treating. Children, even those who know better, can become overly excited on Halloween and dart into traffic. We recommend supervising children until the age of 12.

    Choose trick-or-treating routes that are well lit and have sidewalk. For older children, discuss the route before the children go out.

    Motorists Be Ware on Halloween

    Motorists are urged to be especially vigilant on Halloween and should watch for trick-or-treaters who might dart out into traffic. Be extra careful when entering and exiting driveways. Watch for children who may not be looking out for motorists even at marked crosswalks.

    This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in pedestrian accidents and slip and fall accidents. Contact us if you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to the negligence of another.

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    "Airbag" motorcycle vests may prevent spinal cord injury in motorcycle accidents

    October 19, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

    seattle motorcycle accident lawyerWe just read about a new product, Spidi Neck DPS, which is a vest which basically inflates like an airbag when in the rider is involved in a motorcycle accident. The vest inflates like a car airbag and protects the rider from serious spinal cord injury which could result in paralysis or death.

    The Spidi vests are hooked to a motorcycle with a tether which will inflate the vest when the rider falls off.

    The vests can be used multiple times when recharged with CO2 and they come in both black and fluorescent yellow.

    This is a safety innovation that could prevent serious injury or death in the event of a motorcycle accident.

    Another safety innovation that has benefited motorcylists over the last few years are anti-lock brakes. Anti-lock brakes have been showed to reduce fatal motorcycle accidents by 37% and are especially helpful for novice riders.

    This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent motorcycle accident victims and their families.

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    Bellevue attorney represents slip and fall accident victims

    October 14, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

    wet_floor2a.jpgWe have seen time and time again cases where a person goes shopping, visits a local business or visits a friend in an apartment complex and suffers a life-changing injury due to a slip and fall accident. When a slip and fall accident is caused by the property owner or management companies negligence, they can be held legally responsible for damages suffered by the injured person.

    Proving a that a property owner or manager's negligence caused the slip and fall accident is not always easy. However, a personal injury attorney can help with a claim when a property owner was negligent and the victim's injuries are so severe that they required a hospital stay, physical therapy or are left permanent injury or disability.

    In proving negligence, the plaintiff must:

    • Prove that the property owners failed to maintain the property in a safe manner
    • Prove the property owners created unsafe conditions which resulted in the injury
    • Prove the property owners were aware of hazards or unsafe conditions on their property but did not remedy the situation or warn others.

    It is important to provide information on whether the hazardous conditions which resulted in the injury were permanent or temporary and, if they were temporary, how long the conditions existed.

    Types of Slip and Fall Cases

    Slip and fall cases can result from a variety of causes including:

    • Wet or slippery floors -- When a floor is freshly mopped or when they are slippery due to waxing, polishing or spills, signs should be placed which warns pedestrians of floor conditions.
    • Clutter, machinery and tools -- Store aisles and walkways around buildings and on grounds should be clear of hoses, trash, equipment, machinery, trash and other clutter which can cause a person to fall.
    • Ditches, holes and trenches -- Should be fenced and sings warning of the hazard should be placed around the hazard.
    • Loose carpet, loose tiles and uneven floors.
    • Snow and ice.
    • Uneven concrete in parking lots and sidewalks.
    • Falling objects from retail displays.
    • Escalator malfunctions.
    • Falls caused by poor lighting.