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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.

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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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.

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.

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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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.

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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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

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a personal injury law firm, representing people seriously injured due to defective products including medical devices.
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carbon monoxide death lawyerWe just read a tragic story by KOMO News about twin brothers in their 80’s who died of carbon monoxide poisoning while working on an antique car in the garage at one of their homes.

The death of William Schofield and Walter Schoenfield comes but days after a
Carbon monoxide leak at a Long Island mall killed a restaurant managers and seriously injured a restaurant employee. In all 26 people had to be treated from exposure to carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide is a silent killer and is the leading cause poisoning death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 400 Americans die from accidental carbon monoide poisoning every year.

Carbon monoxide is a odorless and colorless gas which is tasteless and at first exposure is non-irritating. Because of these characteristics carbon monoxide might not be detected until people become ill unless there is a carbon monoxide detector present.

State fire codes do not require carbon monoxide detectors except in places where people sleep.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can include:

  • Confusion
  • Headaches
  • Vertigo
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness

At higher levels of the gas, carbon monoxide can cause a person to lose consciousness and can prove fatal.

In Washington state, we have seen incidents of carbon monoxide during period during power outages and people try to heat their houses with their oven or bring a barbecue in the house to cook.

Washington Accident Attorney: Tips to Prevent Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

To prevent accidental death in your own home or business, follow these tips:

  • Make sure furnaces and appliances are installed correctly including proper venting.
  • Make sure chimney flues are not blocked.
  • Use precaution when service fuel-burning appliances.
  • Do not use portable generators or gasoline engine-powered tools in an enclosed space.
  • Do not run a car in a garage, even with the garage door open.
  • Do not burn charcoal inside a home.
  • Do not use gas powered appliances such as an oven to heat your home.
  • Install CO alarms in hallways and in sleeping areas of your home.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have become ill due to carbon monoxide poisoning due to defective products or through the negligence of another. We also assist families with their wrongful death lawsuits as a result of losing a family member due to a negligent or wrongful act.

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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A lengthy article in the January edition of Vanity Fair magazine, “Danger in the Ring” highlights the plight of thousands of women who have adverse events such as linked to the NuvaRing (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring) birth control device manufactured by Merck. The magazine asks the question, “Is the Contraceptive NuvaRing Killing Thousands?”

NuvaRing is a vaginal ring that releases low doses of estrogen and progestin over three weeks which prevents ovulation. A new study links an increased risk of venous thrombosis in women who use the birth control device.

The Vanity Fair article profiles the tragic death of Erika Langhard, a brilliant 24-year-old student, who died of a pulmonary embolism — a blockage of the main artery of the lung caused by a blood clot — linked to NuvaRing.

holiday decorating safetyNow that Thanksgiving is over, many people are turning their thoughts to decorating their homes or businesses for the Christmas holidays.

The Farber Law Group is providing some fire and accident prevention tips so that your holidays will be safe and accident free.

Candles

Many people enjoy using candles in their homes to create a festive atmosphere but candles can cause house fires if not used properly. Be sure that when you use candles that you put them in candlesticks or burn proof trivets or holders before you light them. Be especially careful about burning candles near draperies or Christmas decorations. Candles should be extinguished before you retire to be. Never place candles where they are in the reach of young children.

Trees

You should use fresh trees or artificial trees in your home. If you use a fresh tree, be sure it is in a container where you can add water. Remove the tree from the house when it becomes dry and needles begin to fall. Be sure to properly dispose of the tree.

Electric Christmas Lights

Putting up Christmas lights should be a safe and fun practice. Unfortunately, 2,500 people are injured every year while hanging Christmas lights. The most common causes of injuries is from falling or slipping and injuries are usually relatively minor such as abrasions, broken bones and cuts. Occasionally, people have suffered serious injuries including traumatic brain injuries and injuries to the spine, pelvis and back, usually as a result of a fall.

One must be very careful in the use of ladders. Make sure the ladder is in good condition and can hold your weight. Also make sure your ladder is placed on level ground.

Outdoor Christmas light should be grounded so you should use a GFCI outlet that has a fuse that will turn the outlet off if it is overloaded. Throw away frayed wires and don’t overload extension cords.

Remember you should never hang Christmas lights on metal trees because the tree can be charged with electricity and cause and electrocution or fire.

Enjoy the holidays but be safe.
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http://www.washingtoninjuryattorneyblog.com/dangerous_products/toy injury lawyerAre you joining the crowds on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year? If you’re buying toys for the children in your life, you’ll want to purchase age-appropriate toys and make sure they are safe. Avoid toys that can be misused and result in serious injury or even death to the children you love.

The following are some safety concerns that you should be aware of:

Plastic film — some toys have a plastic film covering on mirrors or other surfaces so they won’t get scratched during shipping. You should be sure to remove plastic films because they can pose a choking hazard. According the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), several children nearly choked on the plastic film after putting it into their mouths.

Strings and Straps — strings and straps on toys including guitar straps, necklaces, cords, or ribbons can pose a strangulation hazard. Make sure that straps are only on toys for older children and that they are removed on toys for younger children.

Magnets — magnetic toys and batteries can cause very serious intestinal injuries to young children. Toys such as magnetic building sets have been known to cause serious injuries and even death in young children who have ingested magnets. You should also be careful to make sure that magnets that are components in other toys do not fall out. Magnets can cause perforations, twisting and blockage in the intestines.

Electric toys — electrical toys should not be given to very small children, especially those under the age of 8. For toys that require the use of an electrical plug, children should be taught how to disconnect the toy safely and should be supervised in their use.

Balloons — balloons pose a suffocation or choking hazard to small children. Broken balloons can be inhaled and cause choking. Children under the age of eight should not play with un-inflated balloons and any parents and caregivers should collect all pieces of broken balloons.

Toy Buying Tips

  • Read labels — read the labels provided on the toy you are purchasing and make the toys is age appropriate.
  • Don’t buy large toys for small children — do not purchase toys with small parts for small children to avoid choking hazards.
  • Avoid shooting Toys – avoid shooting toys which can cause eye injuries.
  • Avoid loud toys — very loud toys can injure a child’s hearing.
  • Plastic toys — make sure that plastic toys are made of quality plastic so that they do not break easily and cut a child.
  • Avoid toxic materials — make sure that toys are marked “non-toxic”.
  • Crib toys — be careful when buying crib toys so that any strings or wires could pose a strangulation hazards.
  • Make sure electric toys are UL Approved.

Let the holidays be joyous and safe by purchasing age-appropriate and safe toys.
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Seattle DePuy Hip Replacement LawyerThe Farber Law Group, a personal injury law firm located in Bellevue, Washington, represents people who have been seriously injured by the now-recalled DePuy ASR hip replacements. We have been closely monitoring the couple of cases that have gone to trial and the settlements that each of the victims received.

DePuy may be considering settling cases rather than taking them trial after a Los Angeles jury awarded a plaintiff $8.3M.

In reading several blogs and reports in Bloomberg News and The National Law Journals, it appears that DePuy Orthopedics Inc., may be close to settling more than 10,000 lawsuits brought against it. Bloomberg News says that Johnson & Johnson, DePuy’s parent company, may have set aside $3 billion to compensate the victims of the defective implants.

Some blogs are even suggesting that several cases that were slated for trial have already been settled on the QT. One such case scheduled for California court appears to be settled and one in New Jersey has been recorded as resolved and the cases were removed from Bergen County District Court trial calendar.

In Ohio where several federal cases were consolidated, the September 24 trial date has been postponed. Perhaps there may be settlements in the works before this case goes to trial.

We will keep you apprised to what we learn about case settlements and are keeping our clients abreast of the fast changing legal landscape.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. Call us today for answers to your questions about your hip implant and your legal standing in regards to filing a lawsuit.
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medical device recall lawyerIn a move that seems long overdue, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is implementing a database which will track medical devices enabling physicians and patients to obtain information about medical devices and allowing the FDA, in a centralized system, to track potential problems with medical devices.

Starting September 20, the FDA has instituted a final rule requiring medical device manufactures to provide a unique tracking code to medical devices. This code — known as Unique Device Identifier (UDI) — is a code on the device label, packaging or product which identifies the device and the production lot/batch, serial number, manufacturing date and expiration date of a device. The device database will contain other information about the device such as whether the device is sterile or needs to be sterilized, whether it contains rubber latex, whether it is safe with MRI machines and whether the device is prescription or over the counter.

Medical devices such as hip implants, transvaginal mesh implants, knee implants, heart wires, and pacemakers will all be required to have a UDI.

It is hard to believe that up until this system, the FDA really had no centralized way to track medical devices that failed. In fact, medical devices unlike most products sold on the market could not be uniquely identified. The FDA has received more than 17,700 reports of medical-device related device and thousands more patients have been injured by defective medical devices, some of them seriously.

Device registry systems have been in place in other countries, including England and Australia, and help researchers quickly identify medical devices with a high rate of failure to alert physicians and patients and to provide a system in which faulty devices can be pulled off the market.

Take for example the DePuy ASR XL hip implant device. The ASR was marketed implanted in approximately 100,000 patients across the globe but, because the U.S. did not track the device, it is unknown how many patients received the device. In England and in Australia, the medical authorities were alerted as early as 2008 that the hip implant had a high failure rate and they removed the device from their markets. In The United States, the FDA started receiving hundreds of complaints about the DePuy hip implants but DePuy continued to sell the hip implant devices until a recall was announced in 2010. Unfortunately, thousands of people suffered serious complications from the device.
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