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March 2015 Archives

Surgery patient files suit related to defective medical devices

West Virginia patients naturally hope that their operations will end up improving their quality of life. However, sometimes the opposite happens as a result of the use of defective medical devices. One woman in a different state recently filed a suit against a manufacturer of orthopedics, claiming that defective cement used in her knee operation resulted in complications.

Spinal cord injury patients may benefit from epidural stimulation

Those with spinal cord injuries in West Virginia may be unable to live and work like they did before their injuries due to the inability to move certain parts of their bodies. However, a certain procedure may be able to restore movement to a person who has become paralyzed as a result of a spinal cord injury. The procedure is known as epidural stimulation, and millions of dollars are going into research into the procedure.

Car crash results in 1 woman's death, 3 children's injuries

Wrong-way accidents can quickly result in serious injury or death, especially if they happen between two cars moving swiftly on an interstate. This type of car crash recently took place in West Virginia, leading to one death and four injuries. The head-on accident happened near a toll booth at about 12 p.m. on a Sunday.

Kraft recalls millions of dangerous or defective products

Anything that is purchased in West Virginia and throughout the rest of the country can be deemed a defective product. When most people think about dangerous or defective products, they tend to think about cars and appliances. However, defective food products are becoming more and more common. Whether it is an airbag defect or a problem with the quality of a food, defective products can be very dangerous and cause serious injuries to consumers.

Graco paying hefty fines for dangerous or defective products

West Virginia residents may be interested to hear that Graco is going to be out $10 million after paying a fine and creating new safety programs for its car seats. Apparently, this all has to do with roughly 4 million car seats that Graco failed to promptly recall as dangerous or defective products. The car seats had a buckle that was defective, which made it difficult for a child to be released from the harness in the event of an emergency.

Professional support important after a car wreck

Suffering injuries in a West Virginia vehicle collision can be quickly change a person's life. The injuries may not only be painful physically, but they can lead to financial difficulties due to the expense of medical treatment. The injuries stemming from a car wreck may also cause financial issues at home by preventing a person from continuing to work as he or she heals.

Slip-and-fall accidents in department stores may cause injuries

Back pain resulting from a fall in West Virginia is one of the most uncomfortable types of pain a person can experience. Back pain stemming from slip-and-fall accidents, for example, may prevent a person from being able to do a physical job or even sit in an office chair for eight hours a day. It can also make it very difficult to sleep. One woman in another state recently sued Wal-Mart after claiming to have injured her back in a slip-and-fall accident at one of its store.

Lawsuit against GM highlights more airbag-related auto defects

Airbags were designed to help protect drivers and passengers in vehicles when accidents occur. However, when airbags are defective, they not only fail to protect vehicle occupants but may also cause injuries. While some injuries can occur due to airbags failing to deploy, some injuries may occur because airbags deploy for no reason. Unfortunately, airbag failures are common auto defects cited in West Virginia lawsuits, and the trend in airbag-related lawsuits does not seem to be ending.

Cancer drug may be used to treat a spinal cord injury

Spinal cord injuries are known for being irreversible. Unfortunately, an accident that causes a spinal cord injury in West Virginia often results in long-term disabilities or even permanent paralysis. Research, however, is now indicating that a drug that already exists may actually provide hope to people suffering from injuries to their spinal cords.

Defective household products can lead to liability lawsuits

Laws in West Virginia surrounding product safety are supposed to protect consumers. Unfortunately, when manufacturers, distributors and retailers allow defective household products onto store shelves, consumers can suffer serious injuries as a result. One out-of-state woman is now attempting to prove liability after her pressure cooker supposedly exploded.

Restaurant slip-and-fall accidents may result in medical problems

An outing at a restaurant or another public facility in West Virginia may end up costing a person more than expected if the individual slips and falls on the property. When slip-and-fall accidents occur due to negligence on the part of the property owner, the owner may be held accountable for any injuries that result. One woman in another state recently claimed that she slipped and fell at a Taco Bell restaurant and is now suing the eatery.

1 man dies, 3 injured in West Virginia car wreck

One man and three other people were injured in a sudden vehicle crash in West Virginia recently. The accident occurred on Interstate 77. The person who died in the car wreck was 21, while the injured parties ranged in age from 18 to 19.

Head transplant proposed for treating spinal cord injury patients

Spinal cord injuries currently have no cure. This can be discouraging for a person in West Virginia who has suffered a spinal cord injury in a vehicle crash or another type of life-altering accident, as these types of injuries can significantly hamper a person's ability to function normally. Many injury patients hope that, with modern technology, however, they may be able to improve their quality of life in the future.

Dirt Devil recalls defective household products

West Virginia residents probably do not expect to get hurt while cleaning their homes. While it is possible to lift something that is too heavy or bend over the wrong way and hurt one's back, most people do not expect to be using a cleaning product and suffer an injury as a result. Unfortunately, this can occur when defective household products end up on store shelves and make their way into consumers' homes.

Dangerous or defective products can put infants at risk

Preparing for the arrival of a beautiful bundle of joy is an exciting time in any parent's life. This preparation includes searching for baby clothes, baby bedding, a crib, a bassinet and much more. Sadly, dangerous or defective products come in many forms, including baby bassinets. West Virginia parents who purchased bassinets in the last three years will want to be aware of this recent recall.

Settlement reached in spinal cord injury lawsuit

One minute, a person can walk and enjoy the full use of his or her body. A accident, whether in West Virginia or elsewhere, can take that all away in an instant. Falls and car accidents can sometimes lead to spinal cord injury, and the consequences can be life-altering. In one out-of-state case, a settlement has been approved in connection with a lawsuit involving an injury that occurred while trying to rescue a wayward hiker. 

Defective medical devices: HeartWare issues recall

Advances made in medical technology have allowed people in West Virginia and across the country to live longer, more productive lives. Unfortunately, defective medical devices can often cause more harm than good, resulting in serious injury or even death. One company has recently issued a recall of one of its products after one person was killed and another injured.

Slip-and-fall accidents may occur on icy property

Residents of West Virginia are likely aware that the winter season can be treacherous not only for motorists but also for pedestrians. If businesses, in particular, do not stay on top of clearing ice and snow from their properties, customers can easily suffer injuries from slip-and-fall accidents. One woman in an out-of-state case recently filed a legal claim against a store for this very reason.

Dangerous home products by Sears recalled

An everyday product can quickly cause an unexpected injury if it features components that were made improperly. Unfortunately, such unexpected injuries stemming from dangerous home products can end up costing victims money and time away from work. West Virginia consumers may benefit from learning that a few thousand electric ranges were recently recalled by Sears due to a product defect.

Everyday appliances can be dangerous defective household products

Gas or electric ranges are found in just about every home here in West Virginia. A kitchen stove is something that is typically used on a daily basis and is necessary to prepare most meals. As a general rule, an electric range can be used without worrying about any serious harm -- with some common sense. Unfortunately, when defective household products come into play, it's a different story. 

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