Category: Product Liability

Victims of the Gainesville Poultry Plant Nitrogen Leak May Have More Options Than They Know

Six people are dead following a nitrogen leak at the Foundation Food Group plant in Gainesville on January 28th, 2021. The dead were all employees of the plant, ranging in age from 28 to 45, many of them parents of young children. Their names were Nelly Gisel Perez-Rafael, Jose DeJesus Elias-Cabrera, Corey Alan Murphy, Saulo Suarez-Bernal, Victor Vellez, and Edgar Vera-Garcia. Perez-Rafael was the one who made the call to report the incident, and she was last seen alive warning her col...

Family of Man Who Died in Pike County Propane Fire May Have Grounds for a Civil Case

On the evening of December 15th, 2020, 56-year-old Kevin Lee Botsford burned to death in his Pike County home. He was the 91st person to die in a fire in Georgia in 2020 alone. When firefighters entered the building to attempt a rescue, they witnessed what different agencies described as either an explosion or a venting of gas from a propane tank. After determining that there was no chance of a person still being alive inside, they waited for the structure to be declared safe before retrie...

Fatal Crane Accident in Macon May Be the Result of a Negligent Design

Employees of the Rosson Sign Company were in the process of replacing a Quality Inn sign in West Macon on the morning of July 16th, when an apparent malfunction caused their crane to drop the sign from a significant height. Three of the employees were seriously injured in the impact and taken to a nearby medical center, where one of them was pronounced dead. His name was Johnny Stewart, and he had graduated from high school and begun his work at Rosson a matter of days before the accident....

Worker Decapitated While Cleaning Machinery in an Alabama Tyson Chicken Plant

In a Tyson chicken plant near the Alabama-Georgia border, a man named Carlos Lynn was killed on March 3rd, 2020. He was 39 years old and employed by a third-party cleaning company under contract with Tyson. While cleaning a piece of plant machinery, Lynn’s head became caught in a “pinch point” — a place where a moving part passes close to a stationary object or other moving part. His cause of death was decapitation. When contacted for comment by the media, Tyson said that the incident was un...

Profit-Driven Power Wheelchair Companies Put Medicare Patients at Risk of Falls and Fires

When discussing Medicare wheelchairs, it’s important to note that Medicare itself does not produce medical supplies; it only funds them. The actual suppliers and maintenance providers for devices like power wheelchairs are independent, for-profit companies. Some are honest businesses that produce safe products to fill medically appropriate prescriptions, but others exist for the express purpose of extracting as much taxpayer money from Medicare as possible, without regard for patients’ needs...

Sig Sauer Refuses to Recall Its P320 Handgun After Multiple Accidental Discharges

Due to its habit of firing without its trigger being pulled, the P320 handgun has gathered a certain amount of notoriety for itself and its manufacturer, Sig Sauer. Stunningly, in spite of both empirical testing any multiple incidents, Sig Sauer has refused to issue a recall, or even acknowledge that the P320 is dangerous to its hundreds of thousands of users. The Defect Has Been Known for Years In 2016, the U.S Army adopted the P320 for use in the field, but not before putting it through a...

Fireworks Are Dangerous, Even in Responsible Hands

Every year, families across the U.S look forward to putting on their own backyard fireworks displays for Independence Day or New Year’s. Depending on local ordinances, and the type and quantity of pyrotechnics, this tradition can range from completely legal to a felony offence, but unfortunately, it’s always a serious safety hazard. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, home fireworks caused eight deaths and 12,900 injuries severe enough to require emergency room treatment in ...