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Scooter Injury Leads to Defective Product Lawsuit

Be careful what you buy! A young child is recently in the center of a lawsuit involving a defective product in eastern PA.  According to PennRecord.com, a young child's parents are alleging that their daughter was hurt after a scooter she was riding broke. This caused her to fall and hit her head and face on the ground.  In looking at the scooter, it appeared that the assembly of the scooter was faulty near the point where the front wheel joins to the axle.  The parents are suing several corporations, including KMart and Sears, for negligence in manufacturing and design.  Fortunately, the child was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. 

Summer TBI Prevention

Summer presents a great opportunity to enjoy time outside with family and friends.  Sometimes, these outside activities can also pose risks.  This is especially true for activities where you are more exposed to the risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI).  When you and your loved ones are outside, it is important to remember the following tips to avoid summer injury:

Protect Yourself From Defective Products

Defective products are unfortunately a common source of lawsuits in Pennsylvania and across the rest of the United States. This phenomenon is especially important to keep in mind as the holiday seasons approaches and you are purchasing gifts for friends, family, and other loved ones.  

Common Summertime Hazards--Did You Expect These?

In continuing on prior blog posts, it is important to be aware of the unique dangers and hazards that the summer weather can bring.  Some of them might be familiar to you, such as drowning, heat strokes, and bike accidents.  However, did you expect to see fireworks, food poisoning, and playground injuries to be among the list of top summertime hazards? All of these accidents possess potentially painful, serious, and/or life-threatening injuries.  If they are caused at the fault of another person, it may be time to seek legal counsel. 

Malfunctioning Light Shocks Young Girl In Pool

Unfortunately, accidents do happen.  Sometimes, these accidents occur as a result of equipment that has malfunctioned.  Once such incident occurred recently in Mechanicsburg, PA.  A young girl was swimming in a pool earlier this summer when the pool lights turned on and malfunctioned, causing her to suffer electric shock.  Her family, who was quick to come to her aid, alerted first responders who came and had to resuscitate the child.  Other children who were swimming in the pool did not suffer as much of a shock, which police believe may be due to the fact that the injured girl may have been grounded by a metal ladder.  At the time of the news article, the child was in critical care in an area hospital and we send out best wishes out to her.  

String your lights, trim your tree...avoid premises liability?

Wow, there is a lot to think about as the holiday season rolls around! Prepping your tree, stringing your lights, and planning holiday parties is a lot to add to an already large seasonal to-do list.  Are you staying safe as you carry out your Christmas prep?  Forbes.com listed the most common holiday accidents and how you can avoid them!  Staying away from premises liability claims from others who visit your house is one good reason to take a look at that list!  
In talking about holiday parties and premises liability, there is a lot to think about, too!  When throwing a party or inviting friends over, most people are concerned with cleaning their homes, preparing the food, and making sure that there's enough to drink.  Although these things are important, it is also important to remember that, as hosts, you are responsible for what your guests ingest at your party.  Many hosts believe that, if their guests are 21 or older, they should be able to consume as much alcohol as they want without hosts having to monitor them.  This is a common misconception.  If a party attendee leaves the party drunk and causes injury or accident to themselves or another person, the hosts are partially responsible for the injuries.  This is true not only at a home-based party, but also at such public gatherings as graduation parties, wedding receptions, and other celebrations.
As a host, it is important to monitor your attendee's level of drinking and make sure that they are not over-imbibing.  If they do become intoxicated, it is your responsibility to find them a designated driver or call them a taxi. If you choose not to do this, you could face very serious legal ramifications later on if accident, injury, or police involvement occurs.  Be smart when both hosting and attending a party.
Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania.  For more information on his firm or to talk about your potential legal claim, please call his office at 814-946-4100.  

Pick Your Toys With Care This Holiday Season!

Have you shopped for Christmas for the children in your life?  Be careful what you buy!  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has posted this guideline when shopping for toys this holiday season.  Toys can often get recalled, especially around the holiday season. This year, there have been 25 toy recalls; last year, that number reached almost 175.  For the 2014 calendar year, there were almost 200,000 injuries related to toys and 11 deaths.  So, what can you do to keep your children safe?  You can start by following these guidelines, many of which can be found on the CPSC's website.  
  • Read the labels and make sure the toy you've picked is actually appropriate for your child's age, cognitive level, and level of mobility.
  • When gifting riding toys, always include helmets and padding with the gift.
  • Don't give small children any gifts involving magnets! 
  • Research the toy online to find reviews, tips, and warnings from other consumers.  Sometimes, word of mouth is the best way to find out whether a toy is safe or not.
  • Unsure about whether a toy is safe or not?  Skip purchasing it and choose something else that you don't have reservations about. 
  • Beware of low-cost products.  In many cases, you get what you pay for
  • Want to learn more about from last year's annual CSPC Toy Report?  Click this link for the full document!
At our law office, we always recommend researching any products before you buy them.  It is also important to know your product's warranty and guarantees!  Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving Blair and the seven surrounding counties in central Pennsylvania.  He takes cases for product liability.  For more information on his Altoona, PA area firm, please call his office at 814-946-4100 to set up a free initial consultation.  
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