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July 2016 Archives

Auto defects lead to recall of Kia Sedonas

A vehicle defect involving Kia Sedona minivans may impact some drivers in West Virginia. A total of 220,000 minivans have been recalled due to auto defects involving the hoods. Specifically, the secondary latch designed to provide the hood with the support can easily pop open.

Chandeliers and fans are among dangerous household products

Homeowners in West Virginia may be alarmed to learn that a couple of products in their homes may pose hazards for them and their families. The first of the dangerous household products is a chandelier. The second product is a ventilation fan.

Spinal cord injury patients may benefit from new scaffold design

A spinal cord injury in West Virginia has the potential to be devastating since damaged nerves cannot regenerate by themselves. This usually results in permanent impairment. However, researchers have been exploring methods of encouraging regrowth following spinal cord injury.

Many auto defects go unrepaired, which may lead to injuries

Based on government data, more than 400 million cars have been subject to recalls in the past two decades. In fact, a record 51 million vehicles were recalled last year alone. If the auto defects driving the recalls are not addressed, this can create safety problems for consumers throughout the United States, including those in West Virginia.

Water bottles, jewelry among dangerous products

When products are defective, they can quickly result in injuries to consumers in West Virginia, and these injuries can be costly both physically and financially. A few products were recently recalled due to serious defects. These dangerous products include water bottles as well as jewelry.

Physical abuse or negligence may lead to injuries in nursing home

When West Virginia nursing homes fail to properly care for their residents, patients can end up suffering serious injuries. In some cases, the injuries are a result of physical abuse. Negligence is another common cause. In another state, a former patient of a nursing home claimed that a ceiling fell on him while he was at the facility, resulting in his filing a negligence suit against the establishment.

Dangerous products being recalled include hoverboards

West Virginians who own hoverboards may be affected by a current recall of the products. People who got hoverboards over two months ago are said to have dangerous products and are strongly encouraged to return them. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced that over 500,000 hoverboards sold by 10 companies are being recalled.

Slip-and-fall accidents may occur on rental properties

Rental property owners in West Virginia have a duty to ensure that their properties are safe for people to use. If they fail to do this, slip\-and\-fall accidents can easily occur. In one out-of-state case, a man recently alleged that a slip-and-fall accident caused him to suffer injuries on a rental property. He has since filed a premises liability lawsuit against the allegedly responsible party.

Dangerous products recalled by Ikea include MALM dressers

Consumers in West Virginia may be affected by a new recall issued by the furniture and housewares store Ikea. The store recently recalled six models of the company's MALM dressers. Consumers can receive partial or full refunds for these dangerous products or request complementary wall-anchoring repair kits.

Delayed diagnosis, treatment may lead to serious harm

When medical providers in West Virginia fail to exercise reasonable degrees of care in treating patients, patients may end up suffering serious harm with long-term consequences. This failure may come in the form of a delayed diagnosis or treatment. One man in a different state recently claimed that city hospital's bureaucratic incompetence led to a treatment delay that resulted in the loss of his leg. The man, 46, has since filed a medical malpractice lawsuit in this case.

Recalls of defective medical devices on the rise

According to the Food and Drug Administration, the recalls of medical devices have been on the rise in recent years. Back in 2006, 4,500 deaths were linked to the use of medical devices. One of the biggest reasons for defective medical devices today -- a problem that affects patients in West Virginia and other states -- is design problems.

Lawsuit against nursing home alleges physical abuse

The family members of nursing home residents in West Virginia naturally expect that their loved ones will be properly cared for while in the hands of nursing home staff. However, physical abuse and neglect sometimes occur, leading to serious injuries and even the deaths of their loved ones. In another state, the family members of an 86-year-old man who died in a nursing home recently filed a lawsuit against the home, alleging dependent adult abuse and wrongful death.

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