Characteristics of defective toys

One of the ways parents can make sure that their children are safe is by checking the toys that they play every day. Though toy manufacturers should make sure that their products are safe, there are some situations that their products fail to meet such standards that may pose risks to its intended users.

It is important to note that toys can be deceiving and parents may overlook its dangers due to its innocent-looking nature. Parents should make sure the toys of their children are appropriate for their age. A toy intended for children ages 1 to 3 years old can be considered defective if it contains small parts that can be accidentally swallowed. The website of the Abel Law Firm says that children may suffer injuries from toys that are inappropriate for their age. Parents should be aware that young children are fond of putting objects in their mouth. Toys are also defective in nature if it easily breaks and broken parts tend to be sharp. Toys that are intended to use by toddlers that have strings, ribbons or zippers can also cause injuries. Children are at high risk of strangulation injuries when their toys have strings or ribbons like those found in toy dolls. Children are also at risk of choking when their stuffed toys have a zipper where they might accidentally access its stuffing through a zipper. Toys are defective in nature if it does not have proper labeling or warnings in the packaging to alert parents and their kids of possible dangers mostly those plastic toys that looked like foods.

Though other toy defects like chemical contamination are harder to detect, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) continues to update its list regarding defective toys that may contain lead or mercury. Parents whose children suffer toy-related injuries should immediately bring their child to a medical facility for treatment. A child who sustained injuries from playing a defective toy should get immediate treatment.

Amusement Parks and Personal Injury Claims

Every year thousands of injuries happen in amusement parks all around the United States, and these injuries range from minor ones (cuts and bruises) to severe and life-threatening (head injuries and broken bones). Those who visit amusement parks and get injured may be confused on who to put the blame on and to whom a personal injury claim should be addressed. According to Williams Kherkher, in order to have personal injury claim against an amusement park, it should be proven that the management and people working in the grounds were negligent in their duty to ensure the safety of their customers. If their negligence or reckless actions contributed to the injury of the victim, then a personal injury claim or lawsuit is possible.

There are many types of injuries that can occur in an amusement park, and these may be due to a number of factors. Aside from a personal injury claim due to negligence, the victim or their kin can file a product liability claim against the manufacturer of the rides. The type of claim or lawsuit would depend generally on the nature of the accident. The management of the amusement park and their employees can be held accountable for negligence if it is their carelessness or reckless behavior contributed to the accident. Negligent action or inaction of the employee may be basis for the lawsuit.

On the other hand, manufacturers of the amusement park rides can also be responsible for the accident. Defective amusement park rides may be due to poor maintenance, operation, use, or incomplete inspection. As plaintiff, you should be able to prove that the faulty design or poor maintenance was the factor that caused the accident. There are government regulations that look after the safety of these amusement parks, but there are states that have their own laws regarding safety inspections and checking for the amusement parks’ compliance with safety regulations.

Bis-phossy Jaw and Fosamax

“Bis-phossy” jaw may not be the most elegant or cleverest of terms, but it is a significant one for anyone over 50. Bone degeneration is an inevitable fact of life, and one combats it with the use of medications such as bisphosphonate drug such as Fosamax (alendronate), manufactured by Merck Co. Bisphosphonate drugs are considered to be well-tolerated by most of the population, which is why it is widely used. However, there are some studies that suggest that treatment with Fosamax or other bisphosphonate drug increases the risk of developing osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), also known as bis-phossy jaw.

Phossy jaw is a shortcut for phosphoprus necrosis of the jaw, a disease common to workers I the 19th century who were occupationally exposed to white phosphorus. Bis-phossy jaw can happen to anyone receiving bisphosphonate treatment, and it is not caused by white phosphorus, but it still refers to dead jaw syndrome. An article on the National Injury Law Center website describes it as the failure of the bone to heal (remodel) after dental treatment such as extractions. This can leave the bone exposed and increase the risk of fracture or infection.

Bisphosphonates such as alendronate helps to strengthen bone by reducing the action of osteoclasts, which is involved in the removal or resorption of old bone resulting from remodeling. This is important for women after menopause, because this is the time that bone density decreases, leading to osteoporosis. Men with osteoporosis and people suffering from bone pain due to Paget’s disease, breast cancer and myeloma will also benefit from Fosamax.

There are restrictions to the use of Fosamax. It is contraindicated for people who:

  • Have disorders of the esophagus
  • Find it hard to swallow
  • Cannot stand or sit upright for 30 minutes
  • Are hypocalcemic (low calcium)
  • Have stomach or intestinal problems

Despite these precautions, it is still possible to succumb to bis-phossy jaw, and the condition can only be treated through surgery. If you have bis-phossy jaw, you may be eligible to get compensation for the injury you sustained from taking Fosamax. Consult with a products liability lawyer in your area for an assessment.

Dealing with Adjusters and Hurricane Insurance Providers: A More Horrifying Experience than Hurricanes?

Being able to survive and preserve your property and other belongings during a hurricane is a big challenge to face; oftentimes, however, the bigger challenge happens after the catastrophe – it’s how to get the amount (your policy indicates) from your insurance company.

After a major disaster, insurance firms usually deploy “catastrophe forces” composed of claim processors and adjusters who are tasked to look at the damages to your property and approximate how much fixing (not replacing) would cost. These adjusters come from independent adjusting firms hired by insurance companies, and many of them are either new on the job or make inspections on your property at a time when the real extent of damages is not clearly obvious yet. There are even accounts showing how deeply disappointed some claimants are on adjusters and on how these hired evaluators assess damages; one claimant stated that the adjuster who inspected her house for damages was not even wearing work boots, had no ladder that will enable him to inspect the roof and was rather neatly attired. The adjuster even made recommendations on what he thinks you need, which is contrary to what is really required to be done.

After applications for claims have been submitted, horrifying stories on how claims are rejected, of inadequate amount on checks and on how long these checks take to be released, follow. Insurance claims attorneys, however, know the strategies employed by insurance providers which will enable them to keep their profit big: inaccurate estimation that will undervalue the amount of damages, long delayed payments or total rejection of claims applied for.

Frustration on the part of many claimants has led to the hiring of hurricane insurance claim lawyers who are experts in interpreting insurance laws and policies and who are determined to help claimants get the benefit they legally deserve. The pain and losses homeowners experienced during the calamity ought to be enough suffering; thus, an insurance company adding to their woes is great injustice that needs to be corrected.

Washington Florist Sued for Violation of Consumer Protection Law

A florist in Olympia, Washington has been sued for violating the state’s consumer protection laws after refusing to render her services to a gay couple for its wedding.

Washington state expanded the scope of its anti-discrimination laws to include protections for gays and lesbians in 2006 and voted to uphold a same-sex marriage last year.

florist discrimination Regardless, the woman who runs the flower shop refused service to a long-term customer when he inquired about hiring her for his same-sex wedding. After she refused to comply with nondiscrimination laws, the state’s attorney general had the suit filed against her. It seeks $2,000 in fines.

The florist plans to fight the charges against her.