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A Marysville couple was killed and a Lake Stevens couple was seriously injured, one critically, when their two vehicles collided head-on on state Route 9 at 84th street near Marysville around noon on Friday.

Killed in the accident was Adam D. Huzar, 42, and Agnieszka Huzar, 38. Inured in the accident was Calvin Marlor, 62, and his wife, Billie, who was listed in critical condition at Providence Hospital.

According to the accident report, Calvin Marlor driving a Ford Explorer northbound, crossed the centerline and struck a Saturn SL2 driven by Adam Huzar head-on.

Preliminary information finds that there was no signs of impairment in Marlor and an investigation is underway to determine why he apparently swerved into oncoming traffic.

Head-On Auto Accidents are Often Devastating
Head-On collisions often have devastating results. The force of two vehicles traveling in opposite directions striking each other often results in catastrophic injuries or death to the car occupants.

Head-On Collisions Often Caused by Driver Negligence

There can be many reasons for head-on collisions. Sometimes, these types of accidents are caused when a driver falls asleep, is distracted or over-reacts when their vehicle drifts out of lane. Other times, highway conditions including snow or ice can contribute to a head-on collision.

Head-on Collisions Account for 10% of Car Accident Fatalities

Head-on collisions account for only about 2% of all car accident but account for about 10% of all car accident fatalities. Often times survivors suffer serious injuries including fractures, lacerations, and traumatic brain injury which can result in hospitalization in a trauma unit and lengthy rehabilitation.

Washington Personal Injury Attorney Represents Car Accident Victims

Washington car accident law begins with the idea that all drivers must drive with due care and do what they can to avoid an accident. It is every driver’s responsibility to not drive if they are too tired and every driver is required to drive with diligence and drive at safe speeds for road conditions.

The Farber Law Group, personal injury law firm, has represented victims of head-on collisions throughout Washington. If you or someone you know would like our assistance, please contact us online. Or call us toll free at 1-800-244-9087.
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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.

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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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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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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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.

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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foster_farms.pngFoster Farms, Farmerville, LA, has issued a limited voluntary recall of 39,747 pounds of Chicken Breast Grilled Strips produced on August 5 and distributed to Washington state due in possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The recalled products have a “best by” date of 8-05-15 and a plant code of P-33901.

The presence of the pathogen was discovered during routine testing by Foster Farms. There have been no reports of illness associated with the recalled product.

The recall only affects the 3.25 pound packages sold at Costco stores in Alaska, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Idaho, Montana, Texas, Hawaii and Washington. All retailers have been notified.

Costco generally reaches out to customers via a letter or e-mail since they have this information available because customers use a member number.

For more information about the recall, see the Foster Farms website or Costco website.

Salmonella Symptoms

Salmonella is a bacteria which can cause salmonellosis, a food-borne illness, in humans.

Symptoms can include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdmonal cramps
  • Fever

In some cases, symptoms of food-borne illness can be quite sever and require hospitalization. The elderly, pregnant women, young children and people with compromised immune systems may be especially vulnerable to the effects of the illness. People with severe symptoms should consult their physician or local hospital.
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Despite the fact that two pedestrians have been struck and killed by bicyclists in the past month in New York City, a study of three busy intersections found nearly 80% of bicyclists are still running red lights.

According to the New York Post, a bicyclist was seen riding through a red light at the same Central Park intersection where a Connecticut woman was struck and killed just a week ago. See Bicyclist behavior in the news after pedestrian struck and killed.

New York Police have been ticketing bicyclists at the rate of 608 this year but still, bad behavior still remains. Said one cyclist about red lights, “I treat them like they’re stop signs. Why would I just sit there at a red light?”

Bicyclists In Seattle

Bicycle commuting is on the rise in Seattle and Seattle has several initiatives to make streets safer and friendlier to bicyclists and pedestrians. Bicyclists need to be aware of the danger posed to them by street hazards and by automobiles and the hazard they post to pedestrians.

Frequent Causes of Bicycle Accidents

Bicyclists are required to obey the same laws as motorists in Washington state. Accidents tend to happen when either the bicyclist or the driver breaks a fuel. Common causes of bicycle accidents include:

  • Bicyclist riding against traffic, facing traffic rather than in the same direction as traffic.
  • Bicyclist failure to stop at a stop sign or red light.
  • Bicyclist jumping a red light.
  • Bicyclist darting between moving or stopped vehicles or bicyclist darting between pedestrians.
  • Bicyclist riding on sidewalks and striking passengers.
  • Bicyclists speeding in areas where people are walking.
  • Driver turning in front of a bicyclist.
  • Driver running a red light or stop sign.
  • Driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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Yesterday was the first day of Fall and it seems like the weather changed on a dime. Our Indian summer has ended and the rain has returned. King 5 TV of Seattle reported on a number of car accidents and spinouts that occurred this morning as driver’s got used to the new reality of driving in the rain. King 5 reminded motorists “Remember to keep your following distance in the rain.” Local highways became clogged because of the number of accidents.

Rain was measured at Sea-Tac Airport at 1.13 inches in a 24 hour period ending Wednesday morning.

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Because of the inclement weather, The Farber Law Group provides the following safe driving tips.

Safety Tips for Driving in the Rain

Good drivers adjust their driving for the driving conditions. If it’s raining, practice defensive driving and slow down and leave more room for stopping. Because oil has accumulated on roadways over the summer, pavement can be especially slick on the first few days of inclement weather making it easy for drivers to lose control.

While skidding is a scary experience, hydroplaning can be terrifying. Hydroplaning can occur when water builds up between the wheels of your vehicle and the roadway service causing you to lose traction. When this happens, you can lose control of your car or truck. By driving defensively, one can avoid getting into a skid or hydroplane situation.

  • Make sure you keep your tires properly inflated and that you have adequate tire tread.
  • Keep both hands on the steering wheel.
  • Turn on your headlights.
  • Maintain a 5 car-length distance between you and the car ahead of you.
  • Drive at or below the speed limit.
  • Avoid driving through areas where the road is under water or flooded
  • Turn on your windshield defogger before your windows fog.
  • Steer and brake softly. If you have anti-lock brakes, avoid using your brakes or do not brake too hard.
  • If you are skidding, ease off the gas pedal and steer in the direction you want to go. If you have anti-lock brakes, brake firmly. If you do not have ABS, try to avoid braking or brake softly.
  • If are hydroplaning, do not make any sudden braking or turning actions. Ease off of the gas. If you have ABS, brake normally and if you do not have ABS, brake lightly.
  • Avoid driving through areas where the road is under water or flooded

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cold-sandwich-704143-m.jpgA 4-year-old Oregon girl has died because of complications from E-coli and a friend with whom she shared a turkey sandwich with over the Labor Day weekend is in a Tacoma hospital being treated for kidney failure linked to E-coli.

Serena Faith Profitt, 4, of Otis, died on Monday from what is believed to be Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) which most likely developed from Escherichia coli (E-coli) bacteria. Oregon Health Department officials are determining the likely strain of E-Coli but E-coli O157:H7 is often the bacteria which causes kidney failure.

Serena’s friend, a 5-year-old boy, is still in critical condition but appears to be improving from the same illness. The parents said that the two had shared a turkey sandwich at a dinner at an Oregon restaurant and the sandwich might be the culprit.

Symptoms of E-coli infection can include severe diarrhea and vomiting. In it’s most severe form, it can include bloody diarrhea, vomiting, severe abdominal pain, extreme fatigue, pale skin, persistent fever, bruises and or bleeding from the nose or mouth, decreased urination and swelling.

The most common cause of HUS is E-coli infection. The source of the infection is usually found in contaminated meat or produce or swimming pools or lakes contaminated with human feces.

Small children under the age of 5 , pregnant women and older adults are most apt to become acutely ill from E-coli.

Treatment for HUS can consist of easing symptoms. Some children require an IV. Others undergo kidney dialysis. Some children are treated with medications such as ACE inhibitors.

E-coli infection

Preventing E-coli infection requires food prepares to wash and cook foods adequately and to wash hands and cooking utensils. Children should also avoid swimming in unclean swimming areas.

One of the deadliest E-coli outbreaks occurred in Germany in 2011. 53 people died of E-coli from contaminated sprouts. In 1993, four people died after an outbreak of E-coli linked to undercooked hamburgers from Jack in the Box. In 1996, one person died after contracting E-coli from unpasteurized apple juice manufactured by Odwalla.

For more information, read “Escherichia coli O157:H7 and HUS kidney failure.”
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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.

This information was brought to you by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. Serving the greater Seattle area, we have more than 30 years experience representing boating accident victims.

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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