Companies often create products, such as cooking tools, toys, and medical devices that are later recalled due to resulting safety hazards associated with using that product. Unfortunately, before these products are recalled, serious injury or death of multiple consumers often occurs. We often hear about these recalls through the nightly news or via e-mail alerts, but sometimes it is too late. Often, we hear about these recalls more around the holidays, when many childrens' toys are recalled due to safety reasons. However, recalls on dangerous and defective products can involve summertime activities, too.
Recently, a young mother died in a pool accident relating to using a inflatable pool slide that was later recalled. According to an online news report by Care2.com, a young woman died after breaking her neck going down a Banzai brand inflatable water slide which had been placed over the concrete edge of a pool. Since the slide had partially deflated, the woman hit her head at the bottom of the slide and later died. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommended a recall of over 20,000 of the slides, because "during use, the slide can deflate, allowing the user to hit the ground underneath the slide and become injured. The slide is also unstable and can topple over in both still and windy conditions and carries inadequate warnings and instructions." The slide was sold most commonly in Toys-R-Us and Walmart stores. Similar reports of injury due to this slide deflating also came from users in Pennsylvania and Missouri, whose accidents resulted in quadriplegia and a broken neck, respectively.
Serious brain and spinal cord injuries are devastating and life-changing. If you have been injured due to the fault of another and now have long-lasting spinal cord or brain damage, it may be time to consult with an attorney. Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer practicing in western and central Pennsylvania. For more information on his firm, please call his office at 814-946-4100.