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Jun 30, 2020
Paper Shredder Office Injury Information
Expert attorney Michael Ehline discusses the risks of paper shredders at home and the office. Protect yourself and your kids by reading this amazing expose.
Jun 25, 2020
Are there Cancer Causing Chemicals in Colgate?
Beware what you put in your mouth. A new connection has been made about certain toothpaste and cancer.
Jan 6, 2019
E-Cigarette Lawsuits Complicated by Marijuana Use
Word defect with magnifier and target. Concept of zero defects or tqm Marijuana has had a good run lately. Four states voted November 8th legalize recreational marijuana. California, Maine, Nevada, and Massachusetts joined Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado in making the drug available for people over 21. The decriminalization and legalization movements led to an explosion of products available for use. In short-- capitalism works. There are now pot brownies, soda, and energy drinks available within the states where it's already legal. Come January 1st this will widen further. With other states rushing to get such initiatives on the ballot, the trend continues. One of the largest markets is using THC products within electronic cigarettes. With e-cigs becoming more popular among young people than traditional tobacco cigarettes, there is a vast open market. Customization and blends allow for a wider audience. Federal Law Makes a Catch With the recent wave of e-cigarettes exploding in peoples' pockets causing injury, a wave of lawsuits will follow. And this remains especially the case for consumers that use marijuana oils or extracts to use with their e-cigarettes. These suits will face many legal challenges, especially considering that they will seek to create a precedent. Making matters more complicated is the fact that marijuana is still a federally scheduled drug. Appeals regarding the suits cannot make their way into federal courts-- at least according to current readings. Many claimants will be hesitant to risk their case going to a federal judge. And this can help stifle the legitimate needs of injuries parties to seek grievances. This effect is especially the case if they were smoking the marijuana products legally in one of the states as mentioned earlier. Such an issue will eventually make it to a circuit court. It's still to become seen what the judges will determine, but it will likely line up with federal law on the subject. With it remaining unlikely that federal scheduling of marijuana will change, the next several years should become absorbing for personal injury attorneys and accident litigation firms.
Jan 5, 2019
Massive Bankruptcy Follows Massive Suits In Re Takata
The San Diego Injuries at lawyers at Ehline law firm help victims of negligence in Poway, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, and all San Diego cities. The Japanese airbag company Takata rose and fell rapidly. But the company's stunning destruction was of its own doing. After all, it knew that its faulty airbags had the potential to cause avoidable injuries and deaths. But billions of dollars of issues surrounding the defective products ultimately pushed the company into bankruptcy. Now that the company is undergoing Japan's equivalent of Chapter 11, what does that mean for Americans hurt by its defective products? After all, lawsuits and pending litigation still stand against the corporation. Bloomberg reported on some of the impacts. Takata promised replacements for tens of millions of faulty airbags, which now seems unlikely. So the announcement will place the company in stasis. This decision follows a $1.62 billion takeover bid by another company, Key Safety Systems. Key hasn't stated whether it will replace the faulty parts. While Takata's assets get auctioned off, it appears its recall obligations will not follow suit. At least some of the impact of the recall should be offset by auction. So up to $2 billion in assets go to the auctioneer's block. Takata is on the hook for about the same in costs. However, the 19 car manufacturers hurt by the airbag giant is still on the hook for about $3 billion in additional costs. What Happens to Consumers? Consumers still on the hook for injuries or replacements from Takata still have a chance. However, the window is closing. Bankruptcy laws may lock in existing suits and prevent future ones from affecting. Even if the cases are allowed to proceed, diminishing assets may make recovery very difficult. If you believe your family may be entitled to compensation, contact a skilled attorney today. The Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC's experience is critical. We handled Takata and airbag cases before. Simply put: in California, our team is second to none. We will assess your family's legal options and honestly guide you. Call or email us for a free, no-pressure consultation.
Jan 4, 2019
Hoverboard Burns Down House, Killing Child
Why Are Hoverboards Particularly Dangerous When Recharging? Silhouette of Firemen fighting a raging fire with huge flames of burning timber Tragedy struck a PA town this past week. A small girl died in a fire caused by a recharging hoverboard. The blaze injured multiple other people and destroyed the house. The risk of these devices is well known. There is a particular need to fight back against faulty devices known for catching fire. Yahoo News reported on the terrible fire. The LA Times also wrote about the situation. This news is the first reported death directly due to a hoverboard. Over the last several years the boards caused hundreds of injuries. The fire critically injured two others in the house, as well as a firefighter. Authorities blamed the hoverboard recharging for the inferno. One victim jumped from the second floor to survive. Firefighters rescued three others. Three-year-old Ashanti Hughes died at the local hospital. Two others remain in critical conditions. The hoverboard sizzled, crackled, then exploded into flames, according to the witnesses. The local fire chief referred to the board as "notorious for starting fires" and warned of their dangers. He said there were many fires and even deaths due to fires caused by them. A Long History of Fires? This injury is not the first by a hoverboard, nor will be the last. Furthermore, fire officials warned the public for years regarding these devices. This risk is even worse when dealing with knockoff brands. Parents need to check the machines for flaws, including their consumer history reports. The safest bet would be not to buy them at all. For more information about the danger of hoverboards keep reading our site. Ehline Law fought and won many consumer protection suits. We understand the threat these devices pose to families and property. Our expert attorneys challenge the companies that allow this defective product into the hands of minors. Email us for more information, including if one of these devices injured you or a loved one.
Jan 3, 2019
Takata Pleads Guilty in Cover-UP of Bad Airbags
It appears the Airbag maker pled guilty in this case to cover-up related to deaths. A court fined the company $1 billion in this case. Takata, a Japanese auto supplier, did enter a guilty plea. The plea, in this case, made Monday in Detroit federal court. So this fulfilled the requirements of a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that included a guilty plea and a victim's compensation fund. It's a fund for victims and families of the airbags. It's a fund for victims and relatives of the airbag defect. In this case, it stems from the company covering up a flaw in airbags. The airbags resulted in 16 deaths. [caption id="attachment_23007" align="alignleft" width="327"] Airbags are crucial in a crash[/caption] Settlement and Agreement. The auto supplier agreement did include a 1 billion dollar fund. Though, they had to open a compensation fund. And the fund needed to be $125 million set aside for victims and families. It's known at least 16 people died because of the malfunctioning airbags. Of particular concern, another one hundred people suffered injuries due to the failed airbags. Further, three Takata executives did get indicted by the government. But in this case, the charges against the executives were for creating false test reports. The executives did it to hide the airbag defect. And if the airbags had real trials, numerous deaths and injury remained avoidable. The true test results could have saved victims from untold injuries and death. The airbags, in this case, did get installed in dozens of automobile models. It, in fact, led to a U.S. recall for over 42 million vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration focused on the oldest cars first. Older models recalled by NHTSA first because of the research. In this case, it, shows the airbags become unstable. In this instance, due to the chemicals used in the airbags. Because of a shortage of replacement parts, the auto recall comes in stages. Older model cars have a high risk, of course. The parts, of course, need replacement to avoid the dangerous risk in this case. Expanded Recall. In the first place, Takata resisted expanding the recall. Though, they did so only due to pressure from the NHTSA. Also, the auto supplier followed suit, along with General Motors and Volkswagen. They hired lawyer Kenneth Feinberg. And he is the attorney appointed to oversee the $125 million compensation fund. In fact, the lawyer has experience creating similar funds too. He oversaw funds for those impacted by 9/11 and the BP oil spill. The oil spill, of course, did happen in the Gulf of Mexico in this case. Volkswagen, though, of course, did use the lawyer to run a fund. Because of problems in fact with automakers diesel engines. Takata will compensate affected automakers $850 billion. In this case, automakers remain severely impacted because of the airbag scandal. It's believed this amount will cover a mere fraction of the loss. The loss suffered by the automakers or, in this case, will suffer. Because of the false airbag tests and, of course, the recall too. The airbags research showed airbags became unstable. In this case, the airbags proved unstable due to certain risks. The airbags have a higher risk in areas with high humidity. The problem's the ingredient ammonium nitrate that became explosive. It's used to inflate the airbags and also the cause of the instability. Risk of Face and Eye Injuries? Takata airbags can inflate in an inappropriate manner. Airbags that inflate improperly can release shrapnel. The explosion sent shrapnel of course into the passenger compartment too. This flying metal and debris have resulted in over one hundred injured and at least 16 killed.
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