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October 2013 Archives

Pfizer fights West Virginia defective product case

Pfizer has been hit with a class-action lawsuit due to their medication called Lipitor. This medication has been labeled as a defective product that can cause diabetes. The company has recently moved most of the cases to a federal court in West Virginia.

West Virginia wrongful death: Toyota loses lawsuit

Toyota was recently ordered to pay out millions due to a previous lawsuit. The family of a deceased woman filed a wrongful death claim against the motor vehicle company for an accident that occurred back in 2007. Toyota has been faced with lawsuits in West Virginia, and across the country, due to an issue with their acceleration system.

West Virginia: Auto defect spurs Harley-Davidson recall

As many West Virginia residents use their vehicles daily to commute to their desire destinations, the safety of their vehicles is often of the utmost importance. If an auto defect could affect the safety of their automobile, the majority of drivers would want to be made aware of the issue and the steps being taken to correct it. Vehicle manufacturers may wish to issue a recall in order for the defect to be taken care of and to better ensure the safety of their drivers and passengers.

Woman warns of potential dangerous household product

Recently, a woman stated that she wanted to get the word out regarding a terrible addiction that she has been fighting. The woman was speaking of a common, though, -in her words-, dangerous household product. While this woman, and her family, are not residents of West Virginia, the product in question is available throughout the country and according to police reports, the issue is not confined to one location.

Auto defect could result in injury, death in West Virginia

For some individuals, having a vehicle that fails to function correctly is a matter of convenience. Their daily routines may be altered when they realize that their vehicles are not reliable. For instance, they may have to rely on someone else to transport them or public transportation. However, in other cases, having a vehicle that does not operate correctly is a matter of life and death. If someone is injured or even killed as a result of an auto defect in West Virginia, the company could be held liable.

Worker killed in West Virginia coal mine

A worker was killed in an accident at a CONSOL mine in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle, which has prompted an investigation from the state's office of Miner's Health, Safety, and Training. The worker suffered a head injury in the accident that occurred just before 1 pm on October 4th. The injured miner was taken to the hospital, but died en route.

Elderly couple hit and killed in West Virginia

In a sad story coming out of Barboursville, an elderly couple visiting West Virginia died after they were hit by a vehicle at around 8:15 pm. The accident occurred on U.S. 60, near the exit by the shopping mall. The pair was walking by the highway when they were fatally struck by a mini-van. According to a witness, a nurse came to the scene of the accident to help treat the man and the woman, but both had already passed away. The couple had been staying at the Best Western motel and had asked an employee of the motel for recommendations of where to eat dinner before the fatal accident happened. The manager of the motel reported that the couple was visiting the United States from Great Britain. Authorities are still investigating to determine what caused the accident, but at this point they do not believe charges will be filed against the driver.

Jury awards nearly $10 million in defective tire case

The manufacturer of a defective product that causes bodily injury to an intended user is liable to compensate the user for his or her injuries. West Virginia and other states apply similar theories of liability in product liability cases. In a recent jury verdict in another state the jury awarded nearly $10 million to a woman who had sued a major tire company for what she claimed were "catastrophic" injuries suffered in an auto accident. The company's tires were on the Chevrolet she was driving when one of the tires had a tread separation that caused her car to roll over several times.

Teen suffers spinal cord injury in violent car crash

Every year in Charleston, teenagers experience the newly found freedom that a driver's license can offer. Many young drivers obey all traffic laws, determined to keep themselves, their passengers, and other drivers on the road safe. But if an inexperienced driver is reckless or negligent, an accident might happen. The consequences of such an accident can last a lifetime, especially if the victim suffers a spinal cord injury or a traumatic brain injury.

Charleston woman awaiting trial after deadly DUI crash

Some decisions lead to consequences that can last a lifetime. Sometimes these decisions lead to consequences that can end a life. Every time a drunk driver chooses to get behind the wheel of a vehicle, he or she puts the lives of others at risk. A drunk driving accident can cause needless pain and suffering for innocent bystanders as well as heartache for the families and loved ones of those who do not survive the crash.

Defective product could case fire in West Virginia homes

Many West Virginia households have at least one surge protector. We trust these devices because they are designed to protect our equipment and keep down the risk of fire from a blown electrical outlet. However, when it turns out that the very thing that is supposed to help keep a family safe is a defective product, a recall may be in order.

Company settles case claiming a defective medical device

Patients have faith in their doctors and the medical devices supplied by them. It is incredibly disheartening to find that medical equipment implanted to help with a medical problem has actually caused more issues. On the heels of a verdict issued by a West Virginia jury, one company has decided to settle a different case filed by a woman who claims the company supplied a defective medical device.

Motorcyclist killed by speeding truck

People in Charleston love the freedom that comes from riding a motorcycle, but sometimes a ride can end in tragedy due to the dangerous driving of others on the road. In one recent tragedy, a Virginia man was killed in an accident after a driver of a truck crashed into his motorcycle. According to the Virginia State Police, the driver in the truck was allegedly speeding down an interstate when he struck and killed the motorcyclist.

Car seats help keep children safe during car crashes

Lots of Charleston drivers do everything they can to stay safe in their cars and trucks. Many wear their seatbelts and drive vehicles with airbags to help prevent injury. They minimize distractions while they are behind the wheel, so they can keep their eyes on the road. But the reality is no amount of diligence can entirely eliminate the risk of getting into a car accident. For those drivers transporting babies and children, the thought of being involved in a crash with their little ones in tow can be frightening. This is why officials urge all parents and grandparents to make sure their children are properly secured in car seats every time they drive with their precious cargo.

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