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Every eight minutes, a young baby under the age of three is involved in an accident as a result of an issue with a baby product, according to Scientific American.  Each year, an estimated 66,000 kids get hurt due to some type of accident that occurs while a baby product is being used.  This is a huge number of infants who may need expensive medical care and who could suffer permanent damage or even be killed as a result of injuries sustained in an accident. Atlanta product defect lawyer

Parents need to be aware of what the risks are, and also of how the law protects them and their children. If the accident which occurs is caused by a problem with the baby product, parents have legal options. A parent could pursue a claim on behalf of a child who was injured due to a defective baby product. This lawsuit could make it possible for parents to get the money they need to provide the best care for an injured baby. An Atlanta defective product lawyer can help parents to determine if they might have a case and can fight for parents to get full compensation if their son or daughter was hurt due to a product defect.

Which Baby Products Caused the Most Atlanta Injuries?

Recently, a train accident happened when a driver left his truck on train tracks. The train tracks were at-grade and were not marked very well, nor were they gated off. The man in the truck had been led to the tracks by his GPS device, which does not have specific information about at-grade railroad tracks. His truck got stuck on the tracks, and he left the truck there with his door open. He later alleged he had gone to get help. Unfortunately, a train hit the truck. The New York Times indicated that the fatal accident resulted in the death of the train engineer. It also caused 32 other people on the train to get hurt. The man who was driving the truck who had left it on the tracks is facing criminal charges. Atlanta product liability lawyer

This accident is one of many that has happened at railroad tracks located at grade. The risk of accidents at these tracks is a widespread problem and the National Transportation Safety Board is urging technology companies to add the locations of more than 200,000 railroad crossings onto GPS devices. The GPS would show the crossing on the digital map and would provide alerts to drivers who are approaching them.

Of course, while tech companies could opt to do this, it is not clear that it is the responsibility of GPS makers to try to improve road safety or prevent collisions. In fact, there have been numerous cases when people have gotten hurt because of incomplete info on a GPS or even because a GPS device had the wrong info. If such an accident happens, victims should find out what their options are for taking legal action. An Atlanta defective products attorney can provide assistance when problems arise due to a GPS device that leads a driver to a dangerous location.  Continue Reading

During the holiday season, many new items come into people’s homes. From toys under the tree to holiday decorations, you may be buying lots of new stuff. Unfortunately, as you bring items into your home, you take the risk that those items could be dangerous or have a defect that causes harm. holiday defective product injuries

When a product turns out to be dangerous, victims who are hurt by its use can pursue a claim for damages. An Atlanta defective products lawyer can provide assistance in determining if you have a product liability claim based on an injury resulting from a product defect.

If you do, our legal team can help you to pursue a case to get compensation for losses from the product manufacturer and others who are accountable for getting the dangerous product into your hands.

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Baby carriers and baby strollers are customary gear for parents of young children. Carriers and strollers are intended to help keep children safe and to help make families more mobile. Unfortunately, sometimes these devices that are meant to protect young children can actually result in them getting hurt. Atlanta accidents

When an infant or young child is injured as a result of an accident in a carrier or in a stroller, it becomes important to determine why the incident happened and who was to blame. In some circumstances, the infant’s injuries are the result of an unpreventable accident. In most situations, however, the problem stems from a poor product design, an absence of important safety features, a product defect, or a failure to warn parents of the risks of using the product.

When problems arise and babies get hurt, parents and young families need to know their rights. An Atlanta product liability lawyer can provide help in pursuing a claim for damages if the stroller manufacturer is to blame for the incident which caused harm

According to Express News, a family was recently awarded $124.5 million in compensation because their seven-year-old son suffered severe brain damage while riding in the family’s Audi. The vehicle was rear-ended and the front seat collapsed backward. This caused the head of the driver to strike the head of his son, who was sitting in the seat directly behind the driver’s seat. The seven-year-old boy sustained a depressed skull fracture and was left partially blind and paralyzed. He requires full-time medical care as a result of the severity of his injuries. Atlanta defective product injury

Both Audi and the driver who rear-ended the family vehicle were found responsible, but Audi was considered to be the most at fault because of the problem with the vehicle that resulted in the seat collapsing to the back.

In situations where there is a defect in a vehicle that causes or contributes to an injury, car makers can be held liable under strict liability rules, even without proving negligence. An Atlanta defective product lawyer can help victims to pursue a case for compensation from car manufacturers and from other manufacturers of defective products.

A product is recalled when it is determined it presents an unacceptable risk to public safety.  In far too many situations, the product is recalled after someone gets hurt by its use.  When this occurs, an Atlanta defective product lawyer should be consulted by victims who need assistance pursuing a claim for compensation.  Taking legal action in the case of a defective product can allow victims to be fully compensated for all losses arising from the product defect. Because of special strict liability rules applicable when products malfunction and cause harm, a plaintiff in a defective product case should be compensated for damages regardless of whether the product manufacturer was negligent or not. last-hope-1-357957-m

A plaintiff must prove a problem with the product occurred in order to be able to successfully make a product liability case.  Evidence may include expert testimony and studies showing problems with the product. A recall may sometimes be used as evidence in a product liability claim, although recalls do not automatically make manufacturers liable even when presented as evidence.  Recalls can alert consumers to the fact that a product they were using harmed them, so the consumer can stop using the product and can move forward with exploring the possibility of legal action.

What are the Different Types of Product Recalls?

Most people make New Year’s resolutions around this time of year as they look forward to what they hope will be a great future. One of the most common resolutions that people make is to start exercising or to be better about their exercise routine. elliptical-trainers-489121-m

While working out should be good for you, sometimes it presents unexpected risks to your safety. This is true both if a gym fails to adequately maintain its premises and if gym equipment has design flaws. If you suffer an injury as a result of a failure of a gym or equipment manufacturer to live up to basic safety obligations, you should contact an Atlanta injury lawyer for help understanding your legal options. Continue Reading

Parents count on their car seats to protect children in the event that an Atlanta motor vehicle crash occurs. Unfortunately, not all car seats work effectively. When a car seat has a design defect or a manufacturing flaw, children are put at grave risk of injury. Manufacturers have an obligation to carefully test all car seats before they are released in order to ensure that there are no problems with the products. If a defective car seat does make it to the marketplace, the company must act promptly to recall it… hopefully before any kids suffer harm. car seat

Unfortunately, it appears that there is a chance the car seat manufacturer Graco may not have done what it was supposed to. If it turns out that the company failed its customers and that kids suffered damages as a result, parents may be able to sue with the help of an Atlanta personal injury lawyer.

NHTSA Investigates Car Seat Recall Process

Our Atlanta product liability attorneys are following recent news about Honda’s recall of 126,000 motorcycles with malfunctioning brakes, the second such recall done. These vehicle recalls show product defects in vehicles could potentially cause accidents, injuries, and even deaths.

The recalled motorcycles include GL-1800 motorcycles from 2001 through 2010, and those from 2012. Honda issued an initial recall of these motorcycles in December 2011, but continued receiving complaints. Honda told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the reason for the problharley davidsonem was undetermined, and they were still investigating the cause.

Through July 24 of this year, Honda received 533 complaints about problems with the bikes. It turns out the secondary brake master cylinder can cause the rear brake to drag, which in turn can cause a crash or fire. The complaints include reports of eight small fires; luckily, no reports of crashes or injuries related to these brake problems were received.

A 2008 salmonella outbreak caused by tainted peanut butter is the subject of a trial currently underway in Georgia. The outbreak, which sickened 700 people and killed at least nine more, led to one of the largest food recalls in US history. Our Atlanta product liability attorneys have been following the case, which made the news again this week.

file4761299722009The 76-count indictment (see our previous blog post about the trial here) names Michael Parnell, the owner of Peanut Corporation of America, Mary Wilkerson, the plant’s quality assurance manager, and another former manager, Samuel Lightsey. The indictment accuses the company of shipping tainted products and hiding lab tests that showed they contained salmonella. Wilkerson is also charged with obstructing justice.

Lightsey pled guilty in May, agreeing to testify for the prosecution in exchange for a lighter sentence. In six days of testimony, Lightsey spoke of how the Peanut Corporation of America shipped contaminated products with falsified documents stating they were free of salmonella, and of the presence of mold and mildew within the plant. He also told the court of how employees used a pellet gun to shoot birds that got inside the plant.