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The Dangers of Drop-Side Cribs

Many parents trust that the products they buy for their infants are thoroughly tested and regulated by government safety standards. However, this is not always the case. Each year, hundreds of dangerous products are purchased by consumers before recalling from store shelves.

According to data from Consumer Reports (CR), “40 percent of all recalls last year were for kids’ products.” Among these recalled kids’ products is the drop-side crib, which has been responsible for causing numerous infant deaths and injuries since the year 2000.

For drop-side cribs, one of the sides can easily side down, making it easier for a caretaker to reach the baby. However, these types of cribs are less structurally sound than traditional four-sided cribs and carry several deadly defects.

Certain hardware failures can cause mattress gaps to form, which creates a suffocation hazard for young children. Additionally, other types of hardware failures can cause the drop-side to come loose, carrying the potential to entrap and suffocate children who have fallen through.

Over the past 20 years, drop-side cribs are linked to 32 confirmed infant fatalities, 14 suspected infant fatalities, and numerous more infant injuries. In 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission introduced crib regulations that would effectively ban the sale and manufacturing of drop-side cribs in the United States. Before then, at least several million different types of drop-side cribs had been recalled from the market.

If you are a parent searching for a safe crib, it is always best to do your research before making any purchases. When shopping for a crib or any other kind of sleeping equipment for your baby, always make sure that government safety standards and regulations have been followed. If your child was hurt due to a defective crib, be sure to contact an experienced injury lawyer for help right away.

Contact a New York Product Liability Lawyer

Product manufacturers have an obligation to ensure their products are safe for consumer use. If your child was hurt or killed due to a defective crib, contact the New York defective product lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP right away. We can be reached at (212) 779-0057 or through our online contact form, and we’ll be ready to fight for the fair compensation and justice your family deserves.


Defective Drugs and Side Effects

Defective Drugs and Side Effects 

For many Americans, prescription drugs are just a normal part of a daily routine. According to a report from Medscape, “forty-four percent of all Americans take at least one prescription medication, and seventeen percent take three or more medications.” These medications are typically prescribed by doctors with the intention of curing or alleviating an illness or its symptoms.

Although patients are reasonable in believing their medications are safe for consumption, this belief may not always be founded. Much like any other mass-manufactured product, there is a small possibility that medications may be defective. According to data from the Food and Drug Administration, there have been 83 reports of company drug recalls in 2019. These recalls were carried out by pharmaceutical companies to shield the public from a defective — or even fatally harmful product.

However, pharmacy companies are not required by law to recall a defective product. Rather, product recalls are a voluntary action taken by companies at any time they choose, should they see fit. This means that a potentially dangerous batch of products could remain on the market for an extended period of time before being recalled. When it comes to health and human life, this factor can be devastating. According to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), adverse drug effects could have been responsible for between two and four million “serious, disabling, or fatal” injuries in 2011 — including 128,000 patient deaths.

Contact a New York Product Liability Attorney

If you believe that you or someone you know may have become seriously ill due to a defective drug, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation. Patients trust drug manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies to deliver a product that is both safe and effective. If that trust is broken, it can place patients within very difficult, sometimes life-threatening situations.

At Hach & Rose, LLP, our team of New York product liability attorneys is dedicated to helping our clients seek the financial compensation that they need when they have been harmed by a dangerous drug.  Contact us at (212) 779-0057 to arrange for an initial consultation in which to discuss your case.

 

 


October is Window Covering Safety Month

Poster courtesy of the CPSC.

October is Window Covering Safety Month, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This campaign aims to promote awareness about the dangers that window covering cords can pose to children, particularly infants and toddlers. According to the CPSC, from 2012 to 2017, there were 50 fatalities reported that directly related to strangulation of children by window covering cords.

The commission recommends that all parents replace corded window coverings with cordless versions, but if you are unable to do so, the following recommendations were also made:

  • Ensure that pull cords are as short as possible
  • Keep all cords out of reach of children
  • Move beds, cribs, and all furniture away from windows and window cords
  • Check that cord stops are installed correctly
  • Adjust all cord stops to limit movement of the lift cords inside
  • Permanently anchor continuous loop cords on vertical blinds and drapes to the nearest wall

As of December 2018, window covering manufacturers have the option to comply with the voluntary ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2018 standard of non-hazardous cords. Be sure to look for products online or in retail stores that comply with this voluntary standard. 

Liability for a Window Covering Cord Injury

If your child suffered severe injuries or was killed by a window covering cord, you and your family could be owed significant compensation, depending on the circumstances. If the window covering cord had a dangerous design or manufacturing defect that made it particularly hazardous, for example, the manufacturer could be liable for any resulting injuries or deaths. If your child was hurt in someone else’s home, a hotel, place of business, or other premises, the owner might be liable if they were aware of dangerous window covering cords and did nothing to address the hazards or failed to warn you of the dangers.

Because determining liability can be challenging and the other party will likely fight tooth and nail to avoid responsibility, it is crucial to hire an experienced attorney to represent you.

Contact a New York Product Liability Attorney

Was your child hurt by a defective window covering cord? If so, the compassionate and knowledgeable New York product defect lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP want to hear from you. We’ll take decisive action against the person or parties responsible, and we’ll make sure that you get the full and fair compensation your family deserves. Call us at (212) 779-0057 or fill out a contact form to schedule a free consultation today.


West Hills, NY – Carbon Monoxide Incident on Scott Drive Leaves One Dead and One Injured

Dunkirk, NY – Woman Taken to Hospital After Hit by Neighbor’s Firework

West Hills, NY (February 21, 2019) – One man was reported to have died as one woman was hospitalized following a carbon monoxide leak that occurred on Thursday morning, February 21. According to police, authorities arrived at the scene on Scott Drive at approximately 8:30 a.m.

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Hector, NY – Tragic Farming Accident Claims Life of Burdett Firefighter

Newfane, NY – Two People Hurt After SUV Collision with Tractor

Hector, NY (January 17, 2019) – According to the Schuyer County Office of Emergency Management, police were called to the scene of a tragic accident that claimed the life of a member of the Burdett Fire Department. The accident, which may have resulted from faulty equipment, happened on Wednesday morning, January 16, at an unspecified time.

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Milton, NY – Man Dies After Becoming Pinned Under Vehicle

West Point, NY – Update: Identity of Cadet Killed in Accident Released

Milton, NY (November 8, 2018) – A man from Milton was reported to have died in an accident that was possibly due to a defective or poorly made product when a vehicle slipped off the car jacks and pinned him beneath it, according to authorities. The accident happened on Thursday, November 8, at an unspecified time while the man was working on the vehicle.

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NHTSA may mandate automakers to send recall notifications via email

Palo Alto, California-based market researcher Radicati Group, Inc. data shows that over 205 billion emails are sent each and every day, making electronic mail the most convenient form of information distribution in a global setup.

1966’s National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act provided the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the authority to issue recalls for defective vehicles, vehicle parts, and child safety seats, among others. In 2015, the NHTSA issued 52 million recalls, setting a new record. This is mostly due to defective air bags which were manufactured by Japanese automotive parts maker Takata Corp.

Currently, automakers inform their customers of a recent recall via physical mail through the United States Postal Service, which can be problematic for consumers because these mail can be interspersed with other mail and be lost completely, making consumers unaware about the latest recall.

This is why the NHTSA is proposing to require automakers to inform consumers about recalls via email, with the logic that even if said consumers change residence, a vehicle owner will be less likely to miss a recall notice if said notice is delivered to their electronic mails.

If you need to file a personal injury claim in the state of New York, your case has a higher chance of having a favorable result if you hire the legal services of our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP. Call our offices today at (212) 779-0057.


Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explodes and harms six-year-old

One of Samsung’s newest phone models, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, is earning a bad reputation after it exploded on Saturday, September 10, in the hands of a six-year-old in Brooklyn, New York. The boy was at home watching videos on the phone in East Flatbush when the incident occurred.

The boy was taken to Downstate Medical Center shortly before 8 p.m. that night for the immediate treatment of the burns he incurred during the explosion. Samsung has asked Galaxy Note 7 owners to return the product as soon as possible to avoid other instances of explosion, since over the past few weeks there have been 30 confirmed cases of Note 7 explosions that have caused fires in cars and houses, and personal injury to people through burns.

Our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP provide legal services to our clients in the state of New York and handle personal injury accident cases. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team today by calling our offices at (212) 779-0057.


Tyson recalls over 52,000 pounds of chicken

The mega food manufacturer Tyson Foods is recalling 52,486 pounds of chicken products due to reports of a strange odor. The chicken wing products are being investigated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The potential contamination is in Tyson Any’tizers Fully Cooked Hot Wings Sections Coated with a Flavorful Hot, Tangy Sauce.

The recalled products are in 28 ounce bags that give the expiration date of October 24-25, 2016. Case numbers of the recalled products include 2975PBF0508-23/2985PBF0500-01 and 2975PBF0508-23/2985PBF0500-01. These packages were sold across the country and in all types of retail locations.

Multiple customers reported an odor emitting from the Tyson chicken products, and there have been reports of “mild illness” occurring after consuming the chicken. Tyson voluntarily alerted the Food Safety and Inspection Service to look into the matter. Consumers that purchased the product are urged to return them or throw the chicken away.

If you believe that you were affected by a dangerous food product, contact the product liability attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP. Our New York lawyers are prepared to find you the compensation you need to recover from your food borne illness or any other ill affect you had from the product. For more information on how we can help you or to speak directly to a member of our team, call (212) 779-0057 today.


Seven-vehicle pileup kills two

Two people were killed on Interstate 280 in East Orange, New Jersey at around 10:35 a.m. on Wednesday, August 27.  A dump truck slammed into a Honda sedan which exploded as it came into contact with five other vehicles.

Emergency response personnel, police officers, and firefighters responded to the scene of the accident. The driver of the truck and others in secondary vehicles only suffered minor injuries. However, both occupants of the Honda could not be rescued from the flames in time.

Prelimary investigations are considering whether a mechanical malfunction in the dump truck, owned by Direct Waste Services, contributed to the incident. A toxicology report is also pending.

Three other lives were claimed on New Jersey highways that day.


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