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Many times after our skilled team of professional investigators thoroughly examines a personal injury claim, a Beasley Allen lawyer will determine that the injury was caused by a defective product. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost more than $700 billion each year. We help ensure that manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers and others who make products available to the public are held responsible for the injuries those products cause.

A great number of the product liability claims we investigate are single vehicle accidents. In investigating automobile accidents and product liability cases over the past 30 years, we have seen many single vehicle accidents that were caused by a design defect or mechanical problem. Single vehicle accidents where the occupant received injuries disproportionate to the severity of the accident can often be traced back to a defect

Viking agrees to pay $4.65 million to settle gas range defect claims

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A Mississippi company agreed to pay a $4.65 million civil penalty to settle charges the company failed to report and recall a defective product, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Viking Range LLC of Greenwood, Mississippi, and its parent company, The Middleby Corporation, of Elgin, Illinois, collectively known as Viking, agreed to settle claims its gas ranges contained a defect causing them to spontaneously turn on and not shut off via control knobs. Between 2008 and 2014, Viking received 170 reports of incidents, including from consumers who were burned when trying to disconnect the ranges from a power ... Read More

Salvaged Takata Airbags Threaten Lives, Latest Airbag Injury Shows

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Honda Motor Corp. said Wednesday that an 18-year-old female was seriously injured in Las Vegas March 3 when the Takata airbag in her 2002 Accord exploded in a minor rear-end collision. The airbag rupture nearly killed Karina Dorado, a customer service call center worker, by puncturing her trachea. Trauma surgeons removed metal pieces of the Takata airbag and its housing from her neck and vocal cords, which were also damaged. She is still being treated for neck injuries. While automakers, federal regulators, and civic and municipal leaders are pushing car owners affected by the massive Takata airbag recall to have ... Read More

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller Picked To Administrate Takata Compensation Fund

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A federal judge in Michigan has tapped former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to administrate nearly $1 billion in compensation claims for automakers and U.S. victims harmed by defective Takata airbags that deployed with excessive force or exploded. U.S. District Judge George Steeh issued a notice of intent April 6 to select Mr. Mueller to oversee the Takata compensation fund, which allocates $850 million to the car manufacturers that face costly recalls and lawsuits stemming from the defective airbags and $125 million to the human victims, both past and future. Judge Steeh chose Mr. Mueller to administrate the compensation ... Read More

Tennessee Bills Deceased Teen For Defective Guardrail That Killed Her

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The State of Tennessee billed a deceased teen for “damage to state property” and the costs involved in replacing a section of guardrail that malfunctioned and killed her in a November crash. Hannah Eimers, 17, was killed instantly Nov. 1 when the 2000 Volvo S80 she was driving on I-75 near Niota, Tennessee, veered onto the median from the northbound lane and struck the end terminal of a guardrail. Instead of collapsing like a telescope as it was designed to do, however, the Lindsay X-LITE guardrail system impaled the vehicle and struck Hannah in the head and neck, pushing her ... Read More

Southern California Leaders Warn Locals of Grave Takata Airbag Risks

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Civic and community leaders in the Los Angeles area have formed a coalition to urge motorists with vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recalls to have their airbag inflators repaired , saying hundreds of thousands of local residents continue to drive around with the potentially explosive airbags. The group is trying to convey to motorists what can happen if they fail to take the recall seriously. Speaking at a news conference at Los Angeles Trade Technical College in downtown Los Angeles, the group warned that airbags in millions of vehicles can deploy with lethal force and blast shrapnel from the ... Read More

Vermont Widow Sues Vulto Creamery for Husband’s Death Due to Listeria Contamination

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Veronica Friedman, the widow of Vermont resident Richard Friedman, who passed away on Nov. 2 due to a listeria-related stroke, has named Vulto Creamery in a wrongful death lawsuit. Vulto is a New York-based raw milk creamery from which Friedman says her family bought cheese in early October. When Richard Friedman began experiencing symptoms of listeriosis, he went to the emergency room at Brattleboro Hospital on Oct. 11, then was transferred the next day to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. A week later he was transferred to Mt. Ascutney Rehab in Windsor where he suffered a massive stroke. Richard was then airlifted back to Dartmouth Hitchcock, where he ... Read More

Mazda, Mitsubishi Join Nissan In Seeking Compensation from Takata Over Airbag Recalls

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Mazda and Mitsubishi have asked a federal judge to order airbag maker Takata to reimburse them for costs they incur from lawsuits over the faulty Takata-made airbag inflators, which have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Miami. Pointing to indemnification clauses in their contracts with Takata, the Japanese automakers claim the auto supplier is required to reimburse them for any financial losses they will suffer as a result of the defective airbags. “As a direct consequence of Takata’s design, development, production and sale to Mitsubishi of the alleged defective inflators at issue in this action, [Mitsubishi] has already ... Read More

Nissan Seeks Repayment for Defective Airbag Costs from Takata

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Nissan Motor Co. wants Takata Corporation to cover the amount the car manufacturer is ordered to pay in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) over the auto supplier’s defective airbags, which can explode with lethal force. The Japanese automaker asked a Southern District of Florida federal judge to order the troubled airbag manufacturer to reimburse it for any damages stemming from the airbag crisis that it is ordered to pay. “The cross-claim says that Nissan bought Takata’s air bag inflators under a contract that requires Takata to indemnify Nissan from any liability and expenses incurred due to product defects and that Nissan wouldn’t ... Read More

Vulto Creamery named in wrongful death lawsuit following raw milk cheese recall

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A wrongful death lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York after a woman linked her husband’s death to the Vulto Creamery raw milk cheese recall. According to Food Safety News, Vermont resident Veronica Friedman filed the wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of her late husband Richard Friedman, alleging he suffered a massive stroke caused by a Listeriosis infection he procured from ingesting the recalled raw milk cheese last year. “People think of food poisoning as inconvenient rather than really dangerous,” said William D. Marler of Seattle, who is an attorney for Ms. Friedman, as ... Read More

Increase in infant injuries from carriers, strollers, cribs

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Every eight minutes, a baby or toddler in the U.S. is treated in the emergency department for injuries caused by nursery products, according to new research published in the journal Pediatrics. The study analyzed 21 years of emergency department data and found that injuries to young children involving pumpkin seats, strollers or cribs jumped 23.7 percent from 2003 to 2011. Most of the infant injuries were to the head, neck or face, primarily because when toddlers fall, they tend to fall headfirst because their heads are proportionately larger than the rest of their bodies. Researchers also noted that 80 percent ... Read More