Category: Product Liability

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...

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 ...

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...