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recalled car seatsGraco Corporation, one of the largest manufacturers of baby and child products, has issued a recall for 11 different models of baby strollers because of reports the products may cause a fingertip amputation hazard. According to an announcement on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) website, the folding hinge, which is located on the side of the stroller, can pinch a baby or small child’s finger, which may result in a laceration or amputation of the child’s finger. Graco has received at least 11 different complaints from consumers where children were injured. Six of those victims had their full fingertip amputated in the incidents, four children received a partial-fingertip amputation injury, and one child received a serious fingertip laceration. The company warns parents and other caregivers, when opening a stroller, to make sure the side hinge has completely locked in place before placing the child in it. The strollers being recalled were manufactured under the Graco and Century names, and were manufactured between 2000 through 2014. The model names the company says which have the defective hinge are:
  • Aspen;
  • Breeze;
  • Capri;
  • Cirrus;
  • Glider;
  • Kite;
  • LiteRider;
  • Sierra;
  • Solara;
  • Sterling; and
  • TravelMate.
Graco estimates that the recall affects approximately 5 million units which were sold in the U.S., 200,000 sold in Canda, and 10,000 units sold in Mexico. Consumers can contact Graco for a free hinge repair kit. Graco has had to issue several recalls this past year. In March, the company was forced to recall over four million car seats and in July another recall was issued for almost two million infant car seats. In both recalls, there was a danger presented to children from the buckles of the harness of the seat becoming stuck and parents unable to remove their child. If your child has been injured in an accident involving a defective product, contact an experienced New Braunfels personal injury attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have against the product’s manufacturer.
child safety seatEven before the moment a newborn baby leaves the hospital, most parents have spent a good deal of time researching their purchase for a child safety seat. Many police departments offer child seat safety checks where parents can make sure the seat they are using is installed correctly in order to keep their child safe and protected in the event of an auto accident. Additionally, hospitals will not release an infant until they verify the baby will be put into a safety seat. As a child gets bigger and outgrows safety seats, parents are advised to use booster seats because, although the child is too big for a car seat, they have not grown enough to use vehicle adult safety belts safely. Yet a recent study shows that many parents overlook those safety issues and take away those booster seats before the child is big enough. Safe Kids Worldwide conducted an online survey of parents who had booster seat aged children. An incredible 90 percent of parents admitted to removing the booster seat before their child was big enough for the seat belts. Additionally, 70 percent of parents who had children between the ages of four and 10 years old did not know that a child needs to be a minimum of 4 feet 9 inches tall in order to use an adult safety belt alone. The reasons most parents gave for not using the booster seats had nothing to do with the height and weight of the child, but instead included answers such as the comfort of the child, the other parent’s opinion or state law. In Texas, all children under the age of 8 years old must be in a booster seat unless they are 4 feet nine inches or taller. However, safety advocates recommend that even if a child is of legal age, unless they have met the minimum height requirement and weigh between 80 to 100 pounds, they should remain in a booster seat. If your child has been injured in a car accident, contact an experienced New Braunfels personal injury attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have against the at-fault driver.

Nursing Home Use of Antipsychotic Drugsnew report by AARP exposes the overuse of antipsychotic and other dangerous medications to nursing home patients. According to nursing home statistics from the University of California, one in five nursing home patients are given antipsychotic drugs that are unnecessary. These drugs are also often extremely dangerous, especially for elderly patients.

A major issue with many nursing homes is they are understaffed. There should be one CNA to every seven patients, but the average nursing home ratio is one CNA for every 15 patients. There are also very few physicians on staff at nursing homes.

Antipsychotic drugs are given to patients as a “chemical restraint” to keep patients who may be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other conditions sedated and quiet. Many drug manufacturers marketed these drugs to nursing homes to be used in this manner. Last year, several drug companies were fined more than $2.2 billion for touting the use of antipsychotics to nursing homes, even though the companies knew the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had not approved their use in elderly patients.

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In 2006, four year old Maya Hirsch was struck and killed by a car driven by Michael Roth, who was 57. Maya, with her big eyes and sweet smile, her mother, and older brother were leaving the Lincoln Park Zoo when Roth who was driving a black Lexus with a license plate reading “OCEAN 21” struck all three. Roth, however, continued driving after he hit the family dragging Maya under the car. Maya’s brother and mother were slightly injured. Roth fled the scene, but his vanity plates led police directly to him. He was arrested, and in 2007, was convicted for Maya’s death. He was sentenced to 8 years in prison and died while he was serving his sentence. Maya’s parents sued Roth’s estate and the City of Chicago alleging that the City did not have appropriate safety signals and traffic controls in place. On the eve of the trial scheduled for April 30, 2012, the City and Maya’s family agreed to a settlement. According to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago residents had been complaining about the intersection where the accident happened for years prior. The City did not take any action to make the intersection safer until after the accident occurred. Despite the settlement, Maya’s family will feel the loss of their beloved child every minute of every day. To honor her, Maya’s family is attempting to make the streets safer to prevent other families from being in the same situation. They have started a non-profit organization that is committed to increasing pedestrian safety. These situations are extremely delicate and emotional. If a loved one has suffered personal injury as a result of negligence, contact a top New Braunfels, Texas personal injury and wrongful death attorney today.

The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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