Category: Product Liability

Safety Remains an Issue for Even the Most Trusted Small Aircraft Companies

Small airplanes, built for personal or private business use, currently account for a staggering majority of aviation accidents. The rate of crashes and fatalities for commercial airlines doesn’t even come close to comparing with the rate for small, private planes. The FAA and NTSB are quick to blame small plane crashes on pilot error. However, an independent investigation in 2014 found that many of these accidents are actually traceable to design and manufacturing defects in the most popul...

Agricultural Propane Users Need Safer Equipment and Services

Propane is a common fuel for both household and commercial purposes across the U.S, particularly in rural areas. Lots of Georgia farmers rely on propane to keep livestock warm through winter, dry out harvested crops, and even perform some organic weeding processes. The use of propane isn’t something a farming operation, even a large one, can handle completely in-house. It’s a utility, controlled in any given region by a few highly specialized companies. Propane suppliers are responsible fo...

Low Prices Are No Excuse for Unsafe Products at Walmart

Differences in quality from brand to brand are, of course, extremely common across almost every type of consumer product. People are so used to these differences, and the often-correlating differences in price, that we tend to associate low prices with an element of risk. Expressions like “buyer beware” and “you get what you pay for” reinforce the inaccurate idea that consumers are responsible for whatever consequences come from cheap purchases. There are some situations where it does m...

Factories of All Sizes Must Protect Workers from Falling Objects

Whenever a company hires people to work in a physical location, it is making a commitment to provide those people with as safe a workplace as reasonably possible. This means anticipating any foreseeable dangers, minimizing or eliminating them wherever possible, enforcing policies that prioritize safety over production speed, and equipping staff with the necessary gear and knowledge to navigate any remaining hazards effectively. The term “foreseeable” can be somewhat subjective, but there a...

Safety Should Be Every Airplane Designer and Mechanic’s Top Priority

Most people know, at least in theory, that passenger airplanes are the safest way to travel. Outside of this often-quoted statistic, however, aviation still has a reputation as an incurably dangerous pursuit. It’s true that operating any aircraft requires a great deal of skill and training. The dangers should not be taken lightly, and no one should ever take the controls while impaired or underqualified in anyway. Unfortunately, overestimating the inherent danger of flying can also harm pl...

Forklift Manufacturers May Share Fault in Forklift-Related Accidents

As small, slow-moving, and harmless as they look, forklifts contribute to an estimated 34,900 serious injuries and 85 deaths in the U.S every year. The danger of working with or around forklifts is well understood, so there’s never a good reason for a lack of thorough safety measures. Prevention efforts and after-the-fact investigations of forklift accidents often place too much emphasis on the actions of forklift operators. The work of these operators is almost always strictly controlled ...

Accidental Discharge, Injuries, as Sig Sauer Refuses to Recall Its P320 Handgun

Defective Guns: A Real Concern The Result Can Be Catastrophic When you purchase any product, you expect that it will operate appropriately and that the manufacturer has taken every possible precaution to prevent injury from its use. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes defects in products are not identified in the production or testing phases and are first discovered when an accident occurs. Injuries caused by improperly functioning products can be significant. However,...

Users of Defective Kidde Fire Extinguishers May Be Able to Sue for Burn Injuries

Fire extinguishers perform a near-invisible but vital function in most people’s lives. We use them rarely, if at all, but we’re always counting on them to be there for us if we ever need them. That’s what they’re for. When a fire breaks out, a working fire extinguisher can make the difference between a harmless scare and death, serious injury, or millions of dollars in property damage. Recently, it’s come to light that Kidde brand fire extinguishers have been failing on a grand scale to pe...

A Manufacturer May Be Liable for the Boat Explosion on Lake Lanier

During a Mother’s Day trip to Lake Lanier, the Coleman family’s boat exploded and went up in flames. Their dog was killed, and teenage brother and sister Gunner and Taylor had to be airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital, along with one adult bystander. Parents Steve and Annie and youngest brother Ryder were also on the boat and injured in the blast, Annie severely enough to require hospital care as well. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says that the explosion occurre...

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...