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March 2016 Archives

Are products liability options available for power tool injuries?

Power tools come in a number of different shapes and sizes and are used for a number of different purposes by a number of different hands. The aim of products liability law is to protect everyone, but consumers may wonder what types of products the law refers to. As this blog recently discussed, protections are in place for consumers impacted by defective or dangerous children's toys, and products liability options are also available for individuals injured by power tools such as nail guns.

Recall announced for 56,000 child safety seats

This blog recently discussed the serious nature of auto-related defects and the risks they can present to the consuming public and families. A major car seat manufacturer recently announced a recall of 56,000 of its car seats. A safety concern was identified with one of the company's car seats manufactured prior to January 29, 2016. The child safety seats in question were first produced December 18, 2014. Certain models have been identified as part of the recall.

Understanding the serious nature of automobile defects

Unfortunately, automotive defects can result in car accidents, injuries and even deaths. Automotive defects that may lead to accidents include defective seat belts; defective air bags; automobiles that have poor crashworthiness; or automobiles that have poor rollover strength, among other possible automotive defects.

A look at workplace fatalities in Virginia and their impact

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, there were 4,251 worker fatalities in the U.S. during 2014. Of the number of lives lost in fatal workplace accidents during that year, 874, or 20 percent, were lost in the construction industry. The leading causes of workplace deaths attributed to the construction industry were falls, accounting for nearly 40 percent, followed by electrocutions, being struck by an object and being caught in between an object.

Understanding product instructions and warnings

Products liability law helps to keep consumers protected from the dangers of unsafe products. There are rules and responsibilities governing those who make products so that the public can be protected. Adequate instructions and warnings must be provided when foreseeable risks of harm presented by the product could be reduced by reasonable instructions or warnings. It is also taken into account whether the omission of reasonable instructions or warnings makes the product not reasonably safe.

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