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October 2020 Archives

Peloton Recalls Bike Pedals Due to Laceration Hazard

Peloton issued a recall on the pedals for about 27,000 of its exercise bikes due to a laceration hazard. The in-home fitness company announced the recall on its PR70P clip-in bike pedals in cooperation with the US Consumer Products Safety Commission.

Determining Fault In A Fall

AdobeStock_281935062.jpegDespite your best efforts to look after your aging parents, you may lack the time, training and equipment they need to grow older as gracefully, and with as much dignity, as possible. As a result, older adults often transition to life in a nursing home facility.

Uber's Self-Driving Operator Involved in Fatality Crash

In 2018, Elaine Herzberg, then 49 years old, was hit by a car as she wheeled her bicycle across the road. An investigation revealed that the car's safety driver, Ms. Vasquez, had been watching an episode of the television show The Voice at the time of the accident. At the time, Uber was testing their self-driving technology.

Building Collapse: Picking Up the Pieces

Building collapses are a type of devasting and often preventable construction accident that cause injuries to large numbers of workers each year. As hubs of ongoing activity by multiple parties, construction sites rely on a careful balancing act between building owners, project managers, architects, engineers, contractors, and subcontractors to ensure all work is done safely. When this balancing act goes wrong, the consequences can be swift and deadly for workers by no fault of their own.

Exploding Takata Airbag Inflator Kills Another Driver

Yet another person has been killed by a defective airbag inflator, bringing the worldwide death toll to 26, with over 240 others who have been seriously injured by these devices. Since 2014, nearly 50 million Takata airbags have been recalled in the United States alone, with recalls affecting nearly every vehicle manufacturer, including the Detroit Three, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Daimler, Subaru, Volkswagen, and Audi.

Depositions for a Personal Injury Lawsuit

If your claim requires a lawsuit, then you will eventually be required to provide a deposition. A deposition can be compared to a recorded interview. During the deposition, the person being deposed is asked questions from the lawyers representing various parties in a lawsuit.

Peloton Recalls 27,000 Bikes Equipped with Defective Clip-In Pedals

Last Thursday, Peloton Interactive, Inc. and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of out-of-warranty clip-in pedals that can break unexpectedly when in use, causing a laceration hazard which may result in injury. In total, the recall affects approximately 27,000 Peloton bikes equipped with PR70P Clip-In Pedals. PR70P pedals are the first generation of pedals and were fitted on Peloton bikes sold between July 2013 and May 2016. The Peloton logo and the word "PELOTON" are molded into the pedal body. An orange Peloton symbol and white lettering spelling "PELOTON" are printed on the top of the cleat binding. If the pedals have the word "PELOTON" written in white without the orange Peloton logo, they are not subject to the recall.

Galveston County Woman Files Lawsuit After Metal Door at Boat Storage Facility Causes Serious Injuries

On September 30, 2020, a Galveston County resident filed a complaint in the Galveston County District Court against Lipworth Revocable Trust and 2006 Boatown Storage, Inc. (hereinafter "Defendants"). The woman asserts allegations for negligence and premises defect against Defendants as a result of an incident that caused a fracture to her arm necessitating emergency surgery, among other injuries, after a metal door violently struck her to the ground.

Medical Errors May Increase Around Daylight Saving Time

According to a report in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the number of human mistakes increased by almost 20 percent after losing an hour from daylight savings. Researchers used eight years' worth of data to study errors that occurred in the seven days before and after the spring and fall time changes. Most of the errors involved drug errors. In the days after switching to daylight saving time in the spring, health care workers may make more mistakes. Voluntary reporting of any patient safety-related incidents that could be caused by defective systems, human error, or equipment error is encouraged by The Mayo Clinic Health System.

Judge Approves $800 Million Settlement for Las Vegas Shooting Victims

On the eve of the mass shooting's third anniversary, a Nevada judge approved a settlement totaling $800 million from MGM Resorts International and its insurers. The approval comes nearly one year after the initial settlement range was announced, with the approved amount being the maximum. Pursuant to the terms of the settlement, MGM Resorts is to pay $49 million, and the remaining $751 million will be paid by its insurance companies. In the last three years, firm attorneys Mo Aziz and Michelle Rice, have worked tirelessly to help settle the claims of all the firm's 1,145 clients.

Infant Safety And Potential Hazards

AdobeStock_74709230.jpegProtecting an infant is instinctual for most parents. No matter how ill-equipped you might feel when you bring your newborn home from the hospital, you dedicate your best efforts to providing a nurturing environment where your little one will be safe.

18-Wheeler Overturns and Catches Fire, Killing Driver

Just after 6:00 p.m. on October 10, 2020 an incident involving an 18-wheeler occurred near downtown Beaumont on Interstate 10. The 18-wheeler reportedly flipped, ultimately catching on fire and killing the driver.

Offshore Injuries: There Is Still Hope Even If Injury Is First Unreported

Sometimes injuries on vessels go unreported. In the time it takes some offshore injuries to manifest, the injured offshore worker may be long off the rig, boat, or barge before he realizes he was injured on the job and did not report it to anyone. Just because an offshore work injury was not immediately reported does not mean there is no chance to be made whole under the Jones Act.

Settlement Reached Following Fatal Polaris ATV Accident

Firm attorneys Benny Agosto, Jr. and Michelle Rice settled a lawsuit arising out of a fatal ATV accident which occurred in April 2018 on private property located in Tomball, Texas. Mr. Agosto and Ms. Rice represented the decedent's widow and the couple's two minor children in the lawsuit which was filed against the owners of the ATV and the private property where the incident occurred. At the time of the incident, the decedent was riding as a passenger in the 2014 Polaris Razor which was being driven by one of the homeowners. As the driver transitioned onto uneven terrain, he lost control of the recreational vehicle, causing it to roll over on its passenger side.

Report Blasts Boeing and FAA for Crashes

Recently, the House Transportation Committee issued a scathing report, blaming failed government oversight by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and design flaws for the recent crash of two Boeing 737 Max aircrafts. The report claims Boeing was aware of the design flaws and failed to take action to prevent the crashes.

Local Motel Sued for Death of Boy Electrocuted in its Pool

A local mother is suing a local motel after her 15-year-old son was electrocuted in the hotel's pool. On August 30, 2020, Khaleel Reynolds was swimming in the pool at North Villa Inn when he came into contact with exposed pool light wires, resulting in his electrocution.

Report Flags Amazon's Own Products as Fire Hazards

A recent report found a number of products sold on Amazon.com, from the AmazonBasics product line, have been reported as safety risks by customers. This includes products that may be fire hazards.

Navien Sued Over Deaths Caused by Carbon Monoxide from its Tankless Water Heater

The estate of a family who died of carbon-monoxide poisoning in May 2019 recently filed suit against Navien Inc., the manufacturer of the NPE-240A tankless water heater that had been installed in the family's home just six months earlier.

Vital Leak Checks: Propane Tanks And Piping Systems

AdobeStock_305293269.jpegGetting a propane tank filled is a regular occurrence for schools, businesses and homes that rely on gas as an energy source. Although you might not consider a tank to be dangerous, leak checks are a necessity to ensure the integrity of both the tank and the entire gas system operating downstream from the tank.

Man Sues Kroger Following Injuries Caused by Dangerous Christmas Tree Display

On July 28, 2020, a Harris County resident filed a complaint in the Harris County District Court against Kroger Texas, L.P. (hereinafter "Kroger"). The man asserts allegations for negligence against Kroger as a result of an incident that caused his leg to become lacerated by a sharp tree branch protruding from a Christmas display.

  • $50+ Million Fire & Explosion

    The firm successfully represented nearly 100 victims who suffered personal injuries and damages to property from a large fire and explosion resulting in a settlement of more than $50 million. The firm served as lead lawyers on the steering committee in this litigation.

  • $80 Million Plant Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 270 plaintiffs, taking a lead role in the plaintiffs’ steering committee, who suffered injuries in a large plant explosion resulting in a settlement of nearly $80 million.

  • $50+ Million Plant Fire & Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 45 personal injury victims in a plant fire and explosion, serving on the plaintiffs steering committee, concluding with a settlement of more than $50 million.

  • $22+ Million Worksite Accident

    The firm prevailed in a personal injury trial for a worksite injury client with the jury returning a verdict and resulting in a judgment of over $22 million for the firm’s client.

  • $12 Million 18-Wheeler Collision

    The firm successfully achieved a $12 million settlement for the family of a man who died in an 18 wheeler collision.

  • $48 Million Catastrophic Burns

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $48 million.

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