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June 2013 Archives

WVDOT facing lawsuit after man is injured in a collision

Car accidents happen every day throughout the country. Sometimes those accidents can be the cause of serious injuries and even death. If someone has been injured in an auto accident in Charleston it's important for him or her to know his or her rights.

Man's estate calls dry ice a defective product causing his death

A deceased business owner's estate has brought a somewhat novel products liability action regarding dry ice. In a state other than West Virginia, a restaurant owner died about a year ago when he got trapped in the cooler of one of his establishments. His estate filed suit against several parties, alleging negligence in his death and in one instance also making a claim for a defective product that caused or contributed to his death.

Problems with Mirena IUD suggest defective medical device

Women in West Virginia have a wide range of choices when it comes to methods of birth control. At no other time in human history have there been so many available options. Consumers place a great deal of trust in the manufacturers who research, develop and produce the products used for family planning needs. However, one recent report suggest that thousands of women may have suffered negative repercussions after using one popular form of birth control, leaving many to wonder if the product is a defective medical device.

Authorities investigating fatal crash involving West Virginia man

Accidents involving semi-trucks or tractor-trailers can often be very serious. Sometimes those involved in truck accidents are the victims of careless or negligent actions by those who own or operate the trucks involved. Drivers of other vehicles should feel safe on the roads they travel, including other drivers of semi-trucks.

Chrysler agrees to inspect, repair defective Jeep vehicles

A few weeks ago we discussed allegations of auto defects in several different Jeep models. Despite the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked Chrysler to recall the Jeeps, the automaker refused to issue a recall and said that their vehicles did not pose a threat.

Defective product claims could result from mislabeling

West Virginia residents place a great deal of trust in the pharmaceutical industry. Regardless of whether we require prescription medication or simply over-the-counter options, we purchase and consume medical products with very little fear of harm. Unfortunately, that trust was recently undermined by the recall of an over-the-counter pain medication. The matter raises questions of products liability issues as well as defective product claims.

Virginia wrongful death cases: Is faulty baby recliner to blame?

The severe injury or death of a child is a parent's worst nightmare. Parents in West Virginia may be interested to learn about five wrongful death cases recently reported in the media. They each resulted from accidents surrounding the use of a "baby recliner" manufactured by a children's product development company.

Two West Virginia motorcyclists suffer injuries after collision

There are many people who enjoy riding motorcycles in West Virginia. Many drivers recognize and respect motorcyclists just like any other vehicle. However, when a motorcycle is involved in a collision many times the rider or riders are injured, sometimes seriously. In some cases, these injuries can even be life altering.

New West Virginia law aimed at preventing youth head injuries

There are thousands of young athletes in West Virginia participating in dozens of different sports almost every day. A large percentage of these events occur with little or no injuries. However, there have been an increasing number of young athletes who suffer head injuries while participating in some of these sports.

Defective product suit filed by man run over by mower

Husqvarna Professional Products claims to be the world's largest manufacturer of outdoor power products, and many West Virginia homeowners are familiar with the brand. However, the company is currently making headlines over a lawsuit filed by a man who claims that the company manufactured a defective product that led to a severe injury. The lawsuit asserts that a safety switch installed on a riding lawnmower malfunctioned, resulting in the severing of the man's knee cap.

West Virginia woman files lawsuit after being injured in crash

With so many vehicles on the road in West Virginia, unfortunately accidents happen from time to time. Sometimes these collisions happen because of simple mistakes, however, some accidents can be avoided if drivers take more caution and care.

Defective product in West Virginia may be affecting pregnancies

Pregnancy is always a difficult time to go through. In addition to future financial stability and an often stressful lack of free time, families must also worry about the baby's own health and well-being before and after birth. When the news that a common drug such as Zoloft, which is composed of sertraline, may be a defective product resulting in heart defects and other deformities in West Virginia and the surrounding area, it is both understandable and likely that many families become worried.

Motorcycle trooper is thrown after car pulls into his path

Many people are aware of motorcyclists on West Virginia roads. However, sometimes other drivers overlook motorcycles, which can be dangerous for those who ride them. Motorcyclists have the same rights to the road as any other vehicle and they should feel safe and secure as they travel, just like any other motorist. Unfortunately, many times an accident involving a motorcycle can leave the rider seriously injured or even end in death.

Chrysler refusing to recall defective Jeeps

Earlier this week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked Chrysler to recall several Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty vehicles for auto defects. The NHTSA said that Jeep Grand Cherokees made between 1993 and 2004, and Jeep Liberties from 2002 through 2007 have a high rate of fatal fires when they are involved in rear-end car accidents.

Popular diabetes drugs may cause pancreatic cancer

Some popular drugs used to treat Type 2 diabetes have come under scrutiny after a new research indicates that some diabetes drugs may cause pancreatic changes that can lead to pancreatic cancer. The drugs studied were Januvia, Byetta and some other diabetes drugs often prescribed to patients in the U.S.

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