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2015 | Page 2 of 22 | California Personal Injury Blog

MSF Introduces Contract For Safety for Motorcyclists

By Brian Chase on December 18, 2015 - No comments

Motorcycle Safety

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has introduced a “Contract for Safety” tool to help prevent motorcycle accidents and encourage all motorcyclists to ride safely and responsibly.

According to the MSF, this contract can serve as a tool, which they hope will foster “communication between prospective motorcyclists and their friends and family members about a safe way forward to motorcycling. …Read the rest »

Women Sue WEN Hair Care For Hair Loss and Scalp Damage

By Brian Chase on December 18, 2015 - No comments

WEN Class Action Lawsuit

Chaz Dean’s line of sulfate-free hair-care products endorsed by celebrities such as Brooke Shields and Alyssa Milano, have almost a cult-like following.

But, a class action lawsuit filed by about 200 women across 40 states alleges that the products have caused hair loss, baldness and even serious scalp damage.

The lawsuit, filed in California Federal Court, also includes informercial giant Guthy-Renker

Severe Side Effects

There are a number of nightmarish stories in court papers. Nurse practitioner Amy Friedman said …Read the rest »

Posted in: Class Action

A Majority Of Car Seats Fail Important Safety Test

By Brian Chase on December 17, 2015 - No comments

Graco recalled car seat

The latest crash tests conducted by Consumer Reports have yielded disturbing results. More than half of the infant seats posed a serious head injury risk when the dummy’s head hit the back of the front seat. According to an report, the crash tests were done with 22-pound dummies that represented a 1-year-old child.

But the tests also showed that convertible seats did a much better job of protecting the test dummies from head injuries. So, Consumer Reports is recommending switching children to a convertible seat much earlier. These findings come at the heels of another recent car seat change to improve safety.

Starting in 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that all children are kept rear facing until they are at least 2 years old with older children kept in booster seats until they meet height requirements up to the age of 12.

Getting Information Out to Parents

We see and hear about studies involving child safety seats often. However, when it comes to getting the information out to new parents, that remains a challenge. Many parents are not even aware car seat regulations in the past five years.

Also, car seats come in all shapes and sizes and very often, are installed incorrectly. Recent studies show that up to 75 percent of car seats may be used incorrectly. For many families these new Consumer Reports recommendations are sure to be a game changer.

The new recommendations focus on height. But most parents tend to focus on weight. Height is what really matters because a baby’s head can hit the seat in the crash.

Consumer Reports now suggests making the switch to a convertible car seat earlier since parents will need one anyway to keep a child rear facing until age 2. However, experts say it’s not a good idea to get a convertible seat at birth because these seats don’t provide proper support for a newborn.

So, be sure to do your homework before you buy a seat.

Child Safety Seat Tips

  • Always use a child safety seat.
  • Make sure the car seat is installed correctly before you hit the road.
  • Learn how to install your car seat. Organizations such as Safe Kids host car seat inspections across the country where certified technicians teach parents to install a child safety seat properly.
  • Buy a used car seat only if you know its full crash history. Once a car seat has been in a crash, expired or broken, it must be replaced.
  • Be a good role model and buckle up for every ride.

If your child has been injured as the result of a defective child safety seat, contact an experienced product defect lawyer who can provide you with more information about pursuing your legal rights.

Posted in: Defective Products

Amazon Stopping Sale of Hoverboards Over Safety Concerns

By Brian Chase on December 17, 2015 - No comments

exploding hoverboards

Reports of hoverboards catching fire have caused widespread concern, especially during the holiday season when these self-balancing scooters are making it to many Christmas lists.

Now, Amazon is yanking several brands of these hoverboards made by Swagway. Last week, the Internet retail giant sent out a notice to all hoverboard sellers asking to provide documentation showing that their products are compliant with safety standards. Amazon expressed concern over potential danger from hoverboards’ batteries and charges. Many of the reported fires and explosions involving hoverboards have been linked to overheating of the boards’ lithium ion batteries. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Products

Bisnar Chase Trial Attorney Utilizes Focus Groups For Success

By Brian Chase on December 15, 2015 - No comments

H. Gavin Long

Developed by personal injury lawyer Don Keenan and renowned trial consultant David Ball, Reptile is an approach to personal injury cases that is proving to be an invaluable tool in a personal injury lawyer’s arsenal.

H. Gavin Long, a personal injury attorney with Bisnar Chase who has had a tremendous track record, successfully used the Reptile approach in a recent trial, which resulted in a $3 million jury verdict for his client. Long said he learned, with this approach, to take the emphasis of the case off his client and place it on the jury.

He utilized a focus group not only to understand how jurors think and act but also to help discover the “true weaknesses” in the case. …Read the rest »

Nursing Home Worker Faces Charges for Mocking Elderly Resident

By Brian Chase on December 15, 2015 - No comments

Eldercare Homes in Orange County Fined for Denying Workers Overtime Pay

Eldercare Homes in Orange County Fined for Denying Workers Overtime Pay

A former worker in a San Diego-area nursing home who officials say took part in posting a video online mocking an elderly patient is facing criminal charges.

According to a 10News report, LaToya Walker was charged with misdemeanor counts of elderly abuse and invasion of privacy.

Walker is accused of taking part in posting a video on Snapchat in October and showed a partially nude …Read the rest »

Posted in: Nursing Home Abuse

Sweet Leaf Tea Recalls 1.5 Million Bottles For Glass Fragments

By Brian Chase on December 14, 2015 - No comments

Sweet Leaf Iced Tea Recall

The Sweet Leaf Tea Company is voluntarily pulling 1.5 million bottles of its flavored iced tea from store shelves nationwide after the company received four complaints of glass fragments in the bottles.

According to an ABC News report, the company, which is owned by Nestle Waters North America, said it announced the recall out of an abundance of caution.

The recall includes 16-ounce glass bottles distributed nationwide between February 27 and December 6.

Affected flavors include …Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Products

E-Cig Flavorings Marketed To Youth Linked With Lung Disease

By Brian Chase on December 11, 2015 - 1 comment

electronic cigarette

Cotton candy, cupcakes, tutti frutti, bubblegum. You’d think we were talking about flavors of candy or ice cream.

Actually, these are all flavorings of juices used to fire up those e-cigarettes a lot of young people are smoking these days.

Here is some more disturbing news.

Researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health tested 51 types of flavored e-cigarettes and refill liquids and found that they have the potential to cause severe …Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury

Government Slaps Fiat Chrysler With More Penalties

By Brian Chase on December 11, 2015 - No comments

Fiat 500 Recalled for Rollaway Hazard

Fiat 500 Recalled for Rollaway Hazard

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has imposed an additional $70 million civil penalty on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) because the automaker underreported death and injury data tied to its cars and trucks.

According to a statement on NHTSA’s website, the penalty follows FCA’s admission in September that it had failed, over a period of several years, to provide …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects

Los Angeles Restaurant Chain Fined For Labor Violations

By Brian Chase on December 10, 2015 - No comments

Orange County Company Sued for Wage Theft

Orange County Company Sued for Wage Theft

A Los Angeles area restaurant chain has been ordered to pay up nearly $104,000 for labor violations.

According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, 3 Amigos Fresh Mexican Grill restaurants will pay 33 of its workers a total of $104,000 in back pay and damages.

The decision comes after a two-year Labor Department investigation, which found that three of the restaurants did not pay workers the required amount of time and one-half for overtime work.

Hourly employees including cooks, assistant manager and kitchen managers were paid only …Read the rest »

Posted in: Employment Law

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