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  • Toys Hurt Children More Often Than You Think
    April 08 2015

    A growing percentage of children suffer significant injuries at the hands of their favorite toys, according to the Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP).

    Based on a study by the CIRP, a child is treated in an emergency room in the United States every three minutes for a toy related injury.  The biggest risk for young children is choking on small toys or small parts of larger toys.  As children get older, injuries or more likely to calm from riding toys like foot powered scooters, tricycles and wagons.

    According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2013, there were an estimated 256,700 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments.

    When a child is injured, any number of things could have cause the injury: carelessness, negligence, or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When the injury is the result of a defective product, then your next feeling is likely anger, frustrations and a vigilant pledge to get even with the company that allowed a defective product to go unchecked, ultimately inflicting harm upon your child.

    Dealing with a defective product—known as a products liability case—can be complicated.  In addition, you’ll want to ask yourself some questions:

    • How do you determine whether the accident was the result of defective equipment?
    • Do state or federal laws protect me and my child?
    • How can I objectively evaluate the cause of injury?

    If you are considering legal action because of an injury, it is imperative that you retain possession of the toy:  do not give it to the manufacturer.  You should consult with a lawyer before sending anything to the manufacturer.

    One of the most important questions you should ask yourself early on is whether you need a lawyer.  Getting answers to the above questions, and any other questions you may have, can help save you time and money.  A competent lawyer can help you tease out the nuances of your particular case.  I offer free consultations for families of child injury victims, and I am happy to give you the guidance you may need.

  • Portland Oregon Bicycle Safety
    March 19 2015

    As a Portland Personal Injury Attorney, I recently resolved two bicycle injury cases.

    The first case was a serious injury when the forks collapsed because of a manufacturing defect.  I filed a products liability claim in order to obtain compensation for my client’s losses.  In the end, she was quite happy with the result.  The second incident was caused by the negligence of a driver while driving on one of Portland’s Bicycle Boulevards. 

    In the first case it was impossible for my client to know the bicycle was manufactured improperly.  When the front forks failed, she was thrown over the handlebars, face first onto the street.  Even the local bicycle shop had no idea there was a defect.

    The second case involved an errant driver so intent on passing my client and beating him to the stop sign that he crossed into the oncoming lane and then swerved into my client throwing him off his bicycle.

    While there is not much a bicyclist can do to prevent the first type of injury, the second case illustrates how vulnerable bicyclists are when they ride on the highway with vehicles that weigh over one ton. 

    What can you do to help prevent injury

    The City of Portland  and various bike safety groups  provide various resources and educational material for both bicyclists and drivers to help reduce the likelihood of injury.

  • Ford recalls 850,000 cars for air bag flaw
    September 26 2014

    Ford Motor Company has issued a recall for 850,000 vehicles for a potential air bag flaw.  Ford said the vehicles have a risk of a short circuit which could cause the airbags not to work in the case of an accident.  At this time, Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries as a result of a failed airbag.

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