HP recalls 6M laptop power cords due to fire risk

August 29, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

Hewlett Packard is recalling laptop plug-in cables marked with an LS-15 due to a fire risk.

The U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission say this may affect six million or more cables. According to the CPSC, there have been 29 reports of overheated cords and two people suffered burn injuries. This image shows the affected part:

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The defective power cords affect both HP and Compaq and mini notebook computers sold between September 2010 and June 2012.

You can get a replace powercord by going to HP's website. The power brick is not being recalled.

HP Power Cord Replacement

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Worker at Bellevue College construction site falls to death

July 22, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

A construction worker fell several stories to his death while on a ladder at the new Bellevue College Health Sciences Building which is under construction. The construction accident occurred on Monday morning around 10:30 am.

Bellevue police say that the 31-year-old construction worker was on the 4th floor and fell approximately 50 feete.

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries is investigating the accident. The man who died was working for Evergreen Erectors, Inc. He apparently was wearing a safety harness. Often construction workers wear a lanyard or another device which attaches to a lifeline. These harnesses are usually kept short to minimize a fall distance.

Construction work is a dangerous occupation, especially when working on ladders and scaffolding.

Ladder and Scaffolding Falls

Ladder and scaffolding falls are some of the most serious hazards at construction sites. Injury or death can occur in the case of a defective ladder, windy conditions, slippery surfaces or poor footing. The investigation into the accident should determine the factors which caused the accident .

Bellevue Construction Accident Attorney

Whenever a loved one is killed or seriously injured in a construction accident, the family often wants answers to their questions: What caused the accident? Was someone at fault? Was someone negligent? Had their loved one received proper training? Did equipment fail?

Herbert Farber, a Bellevue construction accident attorney, is experienced with working with investigators to get to the bottom of the cause of the accident and will help a family determine whether they have a valid claim against their employer or a third party. If possible, Mr. Farber will help maximize a financial recovery by pursuing workers' compensation benefits.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious construction accident of if a loved one has died in a fatal construction accident, The Farber Law Group is here to be of assistance to you. We have more than 30 years experience representing accident victims and their families.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.

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One person dead, two seriously injured in Lake Washington boating accident

July 17, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

One woman has been killed and a man and a woman were taken to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition after a Lake Washington boating accident in which a powerboat struck a sailboat around 10:30pm.

In what might be a case of boating under the influence, a 46-year-old Renton man, is being investigated for Boating Under the Influence (BUI) and homicide by watercraft after the fatal boating accident. Seattle police believe alcohol was involved.

The accident occurred off of Leschi.

There were seven people on the sailboat and three of them landed in the water during the accident, according to the Seattle P-I. A young woman in her mid-20's died at the accident scene; she may have been pinned between the two boats. The other victims, a man in his early 40's and a woman in her early 30's, reportedly suffered lacerations and fractures.

Of the four people on the power boat, one was reported to have minor injuries.

Operating a boat after dark and under the influence of alcohol makes for a dangerous situation for all boaters.

Washington State Navigation Rules

The Boat Washington Course provides that when a powerboat meets up with a sailboat head-on, the power boat must give way. In a crossing situation, when a powerboat meets a sailboat, the powerboat must also give way.

This accident reminds one of another fatal boating accident on Lake Washington. In 2008, a 37-year-old Bellevue School District teacher was killed in a boating accident when the sailboat she was riding in was struck by a powerboat that was speeding at the time.

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If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a boating accident, contact us for a free case consultation.

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Pedestrian accidents and the elderly

July 16, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

Every year, more than 4,000 pedestrians are killed in motor vehicle accidents in the United States. Older adults -- those 65 and older -- account for 19% of all pedestrian accident fatalities and another 52,000 older Americans are treated for pedestrian accident injuries including those that were hit by a motor vehicle and those involved in fall-related accidents at curbs.

Elderly pedestrians face a higher risk of death in a pedestrian accident than any other age group. In fact, death rates among the elderly due to a pedestrian accident are twice that of people aged 34 and younger. We often hear about the peril to bicyclists in Seattle, but data suggests that the elderly are more at peril than cyclists.

In some cities, seniors are killed in pedestrian accidents at an alarming rate. To be honest, a lot of cities streets have not been designed with walkers in mind, some streets are very wide and a lot of drivers are so distracted by their cell phones that they are not watching for pedestrians.

The elderly face many issues when they are walking. Often, the signals do not allow enough time for them to cross the street. At some corners, there are missing or broken pedestrian ramps which make it difficult for elderly walkers to use their walkers or canes. Another issue is that painted crosswalk markings are often faded or hard-to-see.

Many pedestrian accidents are caused by motorists who are often distracted by cell phones or failing to abide by traffic laws and they neglect to check sidewalks and crosswalks before turning or crossing in an intersection.

Western Washington's Most Dangerous Intersections

The following are some of the intersections in Western Washington where the most serious or frequent accidents have occurred.

  • Bellevue – Northeast 8th Street and 148th Avenue Northeast
  • Everett - 128th Street Southwest and 4th Avenue West
  • Federal Way - 320th Street and Pacific Highway South
  • Lacey – College Street Northeast and Martin Way East
  • Lakewood – South Tacoma Way and 96th Street Southwest
  • Lynnwood - 196th Street Southwest and 44th Avenue West
  • Lynnwood - 200th Street and 44th Avenue SW
  • Seattle – Northwest 85th Street and 15th Avenue Northwest
  • Tacoma - 19th Street and Orchard Street
  • Tacoma - 6th and North Stevens Street
  • Vancouver - NE 117th Avenue and NE 76th Street

Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in a pedestrian accident, The Farber Law Group wants to help you claim the financial compensation you deserve. Herbert Farber has more than 30 years experience representing pedestrian accident victims and their families and he is available to meet with you to discuss your personal injury or wrongful death claim.

If the driver who caused your accident was texting behind the wheel or driving drunk, you urge you to take the first step in filing a claim by contact The Farber Law Group for a free consultation.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.

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1 in 4 drivers admit to drowsy driving

July 14, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

One in four drivers admit to driving while being so tired that they can hardly keep their eyes open. This is a a serious hazard on our roads because studies show that driving while extremely fatigued is comparable to drunk driving because it affects ones vision, thinking abilities, impairs motors skills and slows ones reaction time. AAA claims that drowsy driving is a factor in up to 11.6% of all fatal motor vehicle accidents.

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study found that 4.2% of all the surveyed drivers admitted to having fallen asleep at the wheel at least once in the past 30 days. This number could even be higher because some people are not even aware when they fall asleep for a few seconds.

A recent auto accident involving Comedian Tracy Morgan highlights what can happen when a driver is driving drowsy. Tracy Morgan was seriously injured and another man was killed when a Wal-Mart truck driver crashed into Morgan's vehicle. Morgan has filed a negligence lawsuit against Wal-Mart claiming that the truck driver, Kevin Roper was speeding and fell asleep at the wheel.

Drivers attempt all sorts of things to attempt to combat drowsiness including drinking coffee, opening windows, stretching, listening to loud music, stretching, and slapping themselves. However there are only two things that are effective to combat the effects of drowsy driving:
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  1. Switching drivers
  2. Pulling off the road and napping
Symptoms of Drowsy Driving
We all know when we are tired but when you start yawning, spacing out, blinking, hitting rumble strips, drifting from your lane, it's time to get off the road, take a nap and drink some coffee. Drivers should make sure they are well rested, that they seek treatment for sleep disorders like sleep apnea and avoid alcohol to combat drowsy driving.

Drowsy Driving Accidents -- Serious Consequences

Drivers who cause an auto accident because they are driving drowsy face serious consequences. In the case of Tracy Morgan's accident, the Wal-Mart drivers has been charged with "death by auto and assault by auto." In Washington state, the equivalent would be Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Assault. Roper is accused with not sleeping for 24 hours before he drove.

Morgan's filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart claiming under the doctrine "respondeat superior" which provides that an employer is responsible for the actions of an employee in the scope of their employment. Morgan's lawsuit also claims that the collision-avoidance system in the Wal-Mart truck was not functioning properly at the time of the accident.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a driver who was driving under the influence or who was negligent, you are well-advised to seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney. The Farber Law Group has more than 30 years representing car accident victims and their families.

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Honda ordered to pay $55M in car accident settlement

June 30, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

A Pennsylvania man, who was paralyzed in a rollover car accident, has been awarded a $55.3M product liability lawsuit against Honda Motors by a Pennsylvania jury.

The jury agreed with the plaintiff, Carlos Martinez, 57, that a faulty seat belt design in his Acura Integra was the cause of the paralyzing injuries he sustained in a car accident.

Martinez lost control of his vehicle when a tire blew and his seat belt did not restrain him, allowing his head to hit the roof of the car in the rollover accident.

Honda denied liability but Martinez's lawyer argued successfully that the seat belt design was a known defect based on testing Honda had perofrmed eight years prior to the accident.

The jury awarded Martinez money for his current and future medical expenses, loss of wages, loss of consortium and for pain and suffering.

Product Liability Lawsuits

The law allow that manufacturers of any product that caused damage can be held liable for damage caused by the product. Product liability includes tangible property but can also include intangible including writings such as maps, real estate, and pets.

To prevail in a product liability lawsuit, the plaintiff must prove:

  • Design defect -- a design flaw that makes the product dangerous even though it serves its purpose and was used properly.
  • Manufacturing defect -- occurs during the manufacture, construction or production of the product.
  • Marketing defect -- includes failures to warn consumers of product dangers or failure to provide instruction for proper usage.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. Our law firm represents people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and have more than 30 years representing clients with their product liability suits.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.


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GM pledges to compensate car accident victims for accidents related to faulty ignition switch

June 30, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

Ken Feinberg, the attorney for General Motors who is administering the victims compensation fund related to the company's ignition recall, says the company pledges to compensate all victims of car accident victims due to faulty ignition switches in vehicles they manufacture including Chevrolet Cobalt and HHR; Pontiac G5 and Solstice; Saturn Ion and Sky.

Damage claims can be submitted between August 1 and December 31. Click here for Ignition Recall information.

Feinberg pledges to compensate victims even if they were driving under the influence (DUI) or texting at the time of the accident.

The compensation fund will not provide any punitive damages.

ignition%20switch.jpgFeinberg said that if you had previously settled a claim before you knew of the faulty switches, that you can still open a claim.

Currently, there are more than 100 lawsuits against GM related to the faulty switches. Some people are suing claiming injuries caused by a car accidents. Others have filed claims saying that their vehicle has lost resell value because of the faulty ignition switches.

The United States Congress is investigating GM on why they waited ten years to recall and repair a known ignition defect. The defective switch has been linked to ten deaths.

Check with a Product Liability Attorney before you Sign Anything

If you have extraordinary damages such a serious injuries or death of a loved one due to a car accident involving a faulty ignition switch, you are advised to seek the counsel of a Product Liability Attorney to insure your rights are being protected.

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 negligence. We also represent product liability claims which involves injuries due to defective manufacture, design defect or defective marketing.

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Prevent heatstroke: don't leave children or pets in cars

June 26, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

Last week a toddler -- 22-month old Cooper Harris --dafter his father left him strapped in his car seat in a hot car for seven hours. Cooper died of hypothermia. The father said that he simply forgot to bring his son to daycare but the police are investigating the father for murder.

It is hard to imagine leaving a child or a pet in a car to die. Unfortunately, as many as 43 children die every year due to heatstroke. Most of the deaths occurred when parents or caregivers accidentally "forgot" the child. Children and pets can quickly develop heatstroke in a car so parents and care givers should never leave a child alone in a car even for 10 minutes.

The temperature inside a parked car can rise as much as 20 degrees in about 10 minutes. Heatstroke can occur when a body temperature reaches 104 degrees or above. Even the moderate climate of Western Washington can pose a threat in our warmer summer months.

Some good safety practices include:

  • Never leave a child alone in a motor vehicle.
  • Keep you vehicle locked so that your child doesn't enter the car after you left it.
  • Check your car before walking away from it.
  • Store valuable items like a laptop, your cell phone or your purse in the rear seat so you remember to check the rear seat and the child sitting in it before you leave your car to go to work.
  • Check with your child's daycare if they have a policy of phoning parents if your child does not arrive to daycare.
  • If you see an unattended child in a car, phone 9-1-1.

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 and the family of those who have died.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.

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Highway 522 head-on collision kills 2, injures 2

June 17, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

sr522.jpgAn elderly couple from Redmond has been killed and two other people were critically injured on Monday afternoon in a head-on collision on State Route 522 near Fales Road outside of Maltby.

According to news reports, it appears that the male driver of a Mitsubishi Eclipse heading eastbound drifted out of his lane, over-corrected and then crossed the center line striking a Ford Fusion head-on. Speculation is that the driver may have been distracted.

A female passenger riding in the Ford died at the accident scene. The driver of the Ford died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The Mitsubishi driver along with a female child who was riding in the rear seat are said to be in critical condition at Harborview.

State Route 522 was listed in a 1995 Reader's Digest article as "America's Most Dangerous Highways." Forbes Magazine, in a July 2007 article, also listed the highway in an article titled "America's Killer Roads."

State Route 522 is on slate for being widened but lack of funding has stalled the project.

Distracted Driving and Car Accidents

The Washington State Patrol will investigate this accident and determine what role driver distraction played. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 10% of all fatal car accidents in the U.S. involves driver distraction.

Driver distraction can include any behavior which takes the driver's eyes, hands or mind off of the task at hand, which should be driving. It can include any of the following driver behaviors:

  • Taking eyes off of the road -- including to read billboards, looking at things in the car, looking into the mirror, personal grooming, reading a map, reading a text, reaching for something that has fallen and looking after children.
  • Taking hands off of the steering wheel -- including taking hands off the wheel to text, eat, drink, use a cell phone, manipulate the radio or CD, manipulating automobile controls.
  • Driving without being mindful -- including talking with passengers, being preoccupied, daydreaming, using a cell phone.

Distracted Driving Liability in Washington State

In Washington state, distracted drivers can be held liable for the injuries or the deaths caused by their action. The victim, or the family of a victims, can file a claim against the driver to recover compensation for medical costs and other losses.

In the case of a victim who has died, the family is entitled to file a claim under Washington's wrongful death statute. In the case of a fatal car accident, the family can request compensation for medical expenses, burial expenses and sometimes other damages such as loss of consortium.

Bellevue Attorney Represents Car Accident Victims

The Farber Law Group is dedicated to providing distracted driving victims with excellent legal representation. We have more than 30 years experience and are prepared to handle the most complex personal injury or wrongful death claims. We serve clients throughout the greater Seattle area, King County and Western Washington.

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2 navy men die in Whidbey Island Kayaking accident

June 5, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

We just read a very tragic story in the Seattle Times about two Whidbey Island active navy men who drowned this weekend while kayaking. The cause of death for both men was accidental saltwater drowning with hypothermia.

According to the report, both men were wearing life vests. The men, however, were not dressed for being in the cold water, as both were said to be wearing jeans.

We suspect that neither of the men may have been familiar with kayaking and swimming in the waters of the Puget Sound and the dangers of cold water and strong tides. Although the air temperature can be in the 70's and the sun shining, the water temperature is still very cold with temperatures in the low 50's.

Boating Accidents in Cold Water

Have you ever read about a person who fell off a dock or drowned in relatively shallow water? These drowning deaths almost seem incomprehensible. One wonders why the victim couldn't save themselves? The reason is often the cold shock/gasp reflex.

Cold-water immersion, is the leading cause of death in many boating accidents. When a person falls into cold water, the following things can happen:

  1. Cold shock - The cold water can cause someone to gasp and involuntarily inhale the cold water into their lungs. A person can drown in less than 1/2 cup of water in the lungs and it can occur very quickly.
  2. Swimming failure - The victim loses the dexterity, is unable to match breathing to swimming stroke, loses coordination and has trouble keeping their head above water.
  3. Hypothermia - A condition in which the body's temperature drops below 95 degrees. Hypothermia can set in just a few short minutes if the water is cold. In the Puget Sound with water temperatures around 50 degrees, an adult can become hypothermic in under 12 minutes depending on the person's size.

    Washington Boating Accident Lawyer

    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 Washington boating accidents and the family of those who have been killed.

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8 injured, including 5 children, in SR 2 multi-car collision

June 3, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

An 18-year-old woman, Heather, Lee, faces charges of vehicular assault after eight people were injured in a multi-car accident on State Route 2 between Sultan and Monroe around 6:20pm last night. Lee admitted to the Washington State Patrol (WSP) that she had smoked marijuana earlier in the day prior to the chain reaction collision that injured five children, three adults, some critically.

KOMO News reports that the chain reaction car accident occurred when Lee, apparently distracted by the two children in the back seat of her Dodge Durango, slammed into a Chevy Blazer that was slowing to a stop for a Chrysler minivan that was attempting a left hand turn.

The 23-year-old female driver of the Chevy Blazer, along with three boys and two girls in her vehicle were all injured in the accident. A 10-0year-old boy appears to have suffered the most critical injuries -- an injury described by KOMO as a "crushed skull." The most severely injured were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The others injured were taken to area hospitals.

Also involved in the accident was a Dodge Caravan which was struck when Lee's Durango crossed the centerline after impact with the Blazer. A 37-year-old woman in the Caravan was injured.

A vehicle following the Caravan ended up in a ditch when its driver veered off the roadway to avoid the accident.

The children in Lee's vehicle reportedly were not injured in the accident.

Vehicular Assault

Lee faces charges of Vehicular Assault, RCW 46.61.522, which can be charged if a driver seriously injured another person while driving recklessly, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or driving without the regard for the safety of others.

Marijuana and Driving

roach-439288-m.jpgIt's unfortunate for the all those injured on SR 2 that Lee had smoked marijuana earlier in the day. Studies show that marijuana raises the risk of a car accident by 1.75 if the marijuana user smokes within three hours of driving. Marijuana appears to increasingly play a role in fatal car accidents.

According to the British Medical Journal:

"… cannabis impairs performance of the cognitive and motor tasks necessary for safe driving, increasing the risk of collision.

There is actually quite a lot of research on the use of cannabis and car accident risk and drugged driving is definitively a problem across the nation. With Washington state legalizing marijuana use, it only stands to reason that usage of the drug will increase . The American Journal of Epidemiology found that even before Washington state enacted their pot law, the incidence of motor vehicle accident victims increased from 4.2 percent in 199 to 12.2 percent in 2010.

There is the feeling that people will not take marijuana usage seriously until enough people lose a loved one eve. Said Dr. Guohua Li, director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University Medical Center said, “The increased availability of marijuana and increased acceptance of marijuana use” are fueling the higher rate of cannabinol found in dead drivers."

Washington Personal Injury Attorney Represents Car Accident Victims

This information is provided by the Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. Our law firm represents those who have been seriously injured in car accidents caused by the negligence of another.

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Man critically injured after being struck by a car in downtown Tacoma

May 27, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

A man was critically injured on Friday in downtown Tacoma when he was struck by a Jeep as he stood behind his pickup truck. The man, who appeared to be in his mid-50s suffered life threatening injuries and he was taken to Tacoma General Hospital reports The News Tribune.

The incident occurred in the 700 block of South Commerce Street about 4pm.

The 44-year-old driver of the jeep that struck the man was detained while the accident is being investigated.

The driver of the jeep may have been driving erratically prior to the accident. The report said that he had passed several vehicles prior to striking the man.

Trauma of Pedestrian Accidents

All accidents are traumatic but an accident that occurs when a motor vehicle hits a person it can result in catastrophic and disabling injuries or death.

Fatal injuries caused when a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle occur about 6,000 times each year, an average of more than 15 people every day. In addition, more than 100,000 people are seriously injured by a motor vehicle when struck by a car or truck.

Washington Pedestrian Accident Legal Assistance

The Farber Law Group has been assisting pedestrian accident victims and their families for more than 30 years. We work hard to help accident victims receive the compensation they desrve to cover medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and disability. We also assist family member with their wrongful death claims when a loved one has been killed.

When a pedestrian accident occurs, the victim has much a lot to contend with with recovery first and foremost. An attorney can assist the victim with answers to many questions including how to deal with insurance companies, how to apply for long-term disability and how to file a legal claim for damages.

Washington Accident Attorneys

The Farber Law Group has been represents car accident victims, bicycle accident victims and pedestrian accidents. With offices in Bellevue, Washington, Herbert Farber, the firm's founder, personally provides a free and confidential case evaluations for clients in Western Washington and across the state.

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