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Auto Recall Safety And Precautions

Auto Recall Safety And PrecautionsDefensive driving is the best way to ensure you and your passengers always arrive at your destination safely. However, there are some safety risks that are beyond your control. Automaker recalls are made when a safety issue is found. It is important that these recalls be taken seriously. Many automakers have a current recall for vehicle airbags manufactured by Japanese auto supplier Takata Corporation. The danger is that the inflator may rupture and injure vehicle occupants when metal debris is shot through the air upon the airbag being deployed.
What To Do If Your Vehicle Is Affected By The Recall
At this time only one-fifth of the 70 million affected vehicles in the U.S. have been repaired. The repairs for the recalled airbags are being done in phases to protect those with higher risks of an airbag rupturing. The first to be repaired are older vehicles and those that are in climates of high humidity as these factors increase the chances of the airbag parts degrading. As Florida is no stranger to humidity, your automaker should have contacted you to make you aware of the safety recall and where... read article

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Michael J Babboni

Can You Make A Worker’s Compensation Claim For Stress-Related Injuries

Can You Make A Worker’s Compensation Claim For Stress-Related InjuriesWorking can impact the body and mind in a variety of ways. Work-related stress injuries are covered under Worker’s Compensation. The easiest to identify are physical manifestations of work-related stress. It’s much harder to provide evidence of the mental and emotional toll work-related stress can have on a person but it can be done. Both cases will require diligence in documenting the causes of the injuries and a knowledgeable understanding of your rights. Working in conjunction with a personal injury lawyer will ensure you receive all of the benefits entitled to you.
Physical-Stress Related Injuries
Physical stress related injuries would be things like a data entry clerk developing carpal tunnel due to typing or a maintenance worker developing chronic back pain due to consistently lifting heavy objects for work. In instances like these, a lawsuit cannot be filed but the worker’s comp system does provide some assistance for employees as they seek medical treatment for their injuries. Most worker’s comp programs will compensate lost wages while the employee recovers as well as covering medical treatment and rehabilitation. Some worker’s comp claims can be time... read article

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Injuries Are A Possibility With This Fire Hazard

Injuries Are A Possibility With This Fire HazardDrivers accept a certain amount of responsibility when they get behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle. Human error is one of the most common reasons for a crash happening, but various other elements play a part as well. Rain, wind, and even debris in the roadway contribute to accidents too, but it is not every day that a defective part is to blame. Due to the seriousness and severity of injuries from air bags, they remain on top of trending lists everywhere, but it is equally as important to give other recalls the attention that they deserve.
A Potential 16,800 Affected Polaris Units
There is nothing better than driving your recreational off-highway vehicle (ROV) in sunny St. Petersburg Florida. As the wind whips through your heair, and the sun warms your skin, stress just seems to melt away. However, if you own one of these units your escape could turn into a nightmare. This double-whammy can leave, either the fuel tank neck cracked, or the wiring harness short-circuited and poses an increased risk of fuel leakage and fire hazards. Models and years include...

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Even Athletes Can Get Into Accidents

Even Athletes Can Get Into AccidentsIn the month of June, Florida had yet another tragic case of an auto accident that resulted in the death of one of the drivers. This case, however, garnered far more attention than the usual auto-accident related news covered throughout the state. This time, one of the drivers was a celebrated American athlete, Venus Williams, a star in the tennis world, and even now there is still a lot of debate going on about exactly what happened and who was at fault.
A Fateful Crossing
On June 9, at approximately 1 pm in Palm Beach Gardens, Venus Williams was driving her Toyota SUV. She crossed an intersection, going at only about five miles per hour when another vehicle ran into her. The other car was driven by Linda Barson, with her husband Jerome Barson as a passenger. Linda Barson suffered a cracked sternum, shattered right arm as well as a broken wrist, hand and fingers. Jerome Barson died of his injuries.

One of the immediate consequences in the aftermath of this tragedy was that the surviving Barson family members filed a wrongful death lawsuit. There are claims that Venus... read article

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Injuries Happen At Home As Well

Injuries Happen At Home As WellUnder normal circumstances when we talk about defective products where deaths may be involved, the most common examples of these are automobiles. As a consumer product, an automobile is large, heavy, and, once it gets moving, capable of inflicting great force and harm to both passengers or other automobiles alike. That’s why it’s so surprising, but no less tragic, when common household items that anyone can buy result in a tragic, confusing death, and this is what happened recently in France.

On June 17th, Rebecca Burger, a popular French social media fitness model and personality was in her home. She was preparing something for herself in her kitchen, and decided to treat herself with a little bit whipped cream, using a product from a company known as Chantilly that dispensed pressurized whipped cream. To her surprise, the dispenser exploded, and a cartridge that was housed in the dispenser shot off with enough force to hit Burger in the chest.

She suffered cardiac arrest, but was eventually revived by an emergency response team. Unfortunately, the injury was severe enough that even though they managed to revive her heart, she... read article

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Phone Users On The Go Beware

Phone Users On The Go BewareThe dangers of distracted driving are well documented. In recent years, unfortunately, distracted driving, especially because of the use of a phone for texting, talking, or even shooting videos or taking photos has risen dramatically. It’s gotten to the point where accidents resulting in injuries, or even deaths, from distracted driving are beginning to rival the statistics for drunk driving, which have been steadily dropping over the years thanks to more awareness and caution on the part of drivers.

But there’s a new technology available that is being looked at seriously by law enforcement, and, should it be implemented, is going to have far reaching effects on drivers. In the same way that police currently have tools that can immediately tell them whether a driver is intoxicated, the a new technology is currently being tested to detect the use of a phone while driving.
A Sneak Peek Of Activity
Right now, if a person is using their phone while driving, the only way that witnesses or the police can immediately confirm usage of the phone is if they see the driver using said phone. If there is a suspicion... read article

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Keep Your Children Safe From Harm By Knowing About This Toy Recall

Keep Your Children Safe From Harm By Knowing About This Toy RecallChildren born in other generations like the 80's and 90's, likely do not remember ever hearing about recalls in the same way that we do today. However, defective parts, malfunctioning equipment, and even negligent acts by manufacturers have shed light on a growing problem. Cars, foods, and toys are a huge part of our daily lives, and we should not have to cower in fear each time we drive, consume, or play with one of them. Now that the Generation X and Millenials are grown and having children, a new sense of urgency has dawned on them. Their children's safety is a top priority, and they should expect nothing less than a functioning, safe, and fun toy for them to play with, without having to fear an injury occurring.

Stay safe, do research, and make every attempt to keep your little one out of harm's way. After all, people have been saying that they are the future for generations, but it is the truth. If you or your child have become injured from a defective toy, your family may be entitled... read article

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This Recalled Product May Leave You Zapped And In Need Of An Attorney

This Recalled Product May Leave You Zapped And In Need Of An AttorneyLighting is something that many of us take for granted every day. It offers us the ability to see in a variety of different settings and a safer environment in which to live. Of course, you never really miss these things until the electricity is out for an extended amount of time, and light bulbs tend to be the last thing on anyone's mind. However, this increased shock hazard justifies us bringing this recalled light to your attention. Getting zapped by any electrical equipment can result in injuries, which often included burns, and on other occasions may even include loss of life.

Do you live in the St. Petersburg area, and have you received an injury from a faulty device, part, or piece of equipment? If yes was the answer to these questions, our firm would be more than happy to discuss your legal options with you. Compensation might become awarded to you for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and more. Firms that represent these organizations will do everything in their power to discredit your claim, and attempt to draw... read article

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A Dashboard Camera Can Be Crucial Evidence

A Dashboard Camera Can Be Crucial EvidenceWhen an automobile accident occurs and damage—or even injury or death—are the consequences, that’s when it time to get a good St. Pete lawyer with expertise in car accidents and start trying get financial compensation. This is especially important if you know that an accident you were involved in wasn’t’ your fault but that of the other driver. However, the big question then becomes, how do you prove it? In the 21st century drivers have more technology available to them that help answer this question.
The Truth Is In There
The first order of business in any car accident is reconstructing the exact sequence of events so that the people involved, the police officers investigating, and even the lawyers that handle a personal injury case afterwards have a clear idea of the accident itself. In the past, this could be an extremely challenging task. It relied on the memory and testimony of people involved, and, with any luck, eye witnesses in other vehicles or on the street that may have seen what happened.

Today, security cameras on buildings and even traffic cameras on intersections can record driving activity... read article

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Michael J Babboni

Malfunctioning Airbags And Seat Belts Can Lead To Severe Injuries

Malfunctioning Airbags And Seat Belts Can Lead To Severe InjuriesIt seems as if every time you turn on the news or open an internet browser, deja vu occurs, over and over again. Airbag and seat belt-related recalls remain atop the trending charts, and a new one seems to be announced at least every other day. The functionality of any piece of safety equipment should never need to be, brought into question, but exploding canisters, loose or weak anchors, and airbags that do not deploy say otherwise. Severe injuries to the head, neck, brain, and various other parts of the body are possible when safety equipment does not work properly, and in some cases, even loss of life is a possibility.

These posts are to help you through this crazy thing we call life, and by continuing to spread the word about safety issues, maybe we can help prevent some injuries from happening. If you sustain a personal injury and believe a defective product or malfunctioning part on your car is to blame, we offer free case reviews and would appreciate the opportunity to discuss your legal options with you. You might be... read article

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Riding Around On Two Wheels Just Became A Little More Dangerous

Riding Around On Two Wheels Just Became A Little More DangerousMotorcycles, bicycles, and other two-wheel vehicles can pose dangers to their riders. The safety features that are standard in cars are not available for bikes, and nothing is standing between drivers and the unforgiving open road. At an early age, we learn that it hurts to fall on the ground, and when high rates of speed become part of the equation, severe injuries or loss of life are possibilities. Cyclists often go out of their way to get the best helmets, clothing, and other safety equipment available to prevent these fates, so why would they expect any less from their bike?

Have you sustained a personal injury from a car, motorcycle, or boating accident? You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries if negligent acts or faulty equipment are to blame. Medical bills, lost wages, and multiple other elements determine what is deemed to be fair compensation, so contact our office for free case review to find out your legal options. Our firm has represented residents in St. Petersburg for years, and we would be more than happy to provide you... read article

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Injuries Can Happen Even At The Fair

Injuries Can Happen Even At The FairWhile Florida is blessed with mild weather throughout the year, it’s during the summer, when school is out for children across the nation, that recreational activities are at an all-time high. Florida is fortunate in being the site of so many world class amusement parks but even beyond that, there are still old fashioned fairs with amusement rides that can make for a fun—cheaper—time than the expense of some of the bigger parks.

However, even in the very public areas of a fair, there are still risks that people need to careful of. And sometimes, unfortunately, those risks come from the attractions themselves. As recently as July 26, in Columbus, Ohio, visitors to the Ohio state fair got a tragic reminder of this.
An Inexplicable Accident
One particular attraction, known as the “Fire Ball” was described by the manufacturers of the equipment as an “aggressive thrill ride.” It was a large ride that swung back and forth, similar to a pendulum in a clock, but also rotated the seats with passengers at about 13 revolutions per minute.

While the ride was in operation, one of the passenger cars broke... read article

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Homes, Offices, And People Can Become Injured From This Product Recall

Homes, Offices, And People Can Become Injured From This Product RecallWater dispensing machines have been in use for a long time now. These units used to be installed strictly in commercial settings, but once consumers began living healthier lifestyles, they soon found their way into homes all over our great nation. These machines give us fresh, clean tasting water to enjoy at the push of a button while filtering it to remove harmful contaminants from the water supply. Although these units make our lives incredibly convenient, consumers need to become aware of the problems associated with this system.

Did you sustain an injury while using a product at home, work, or in another setting, and is the item to blame? Our firm has the financial resources, experience, and ability to take these cases the distance if need be, but often claims become settled out of court. Let us help you obtain the compensation that you deserve for paying everyday necessities and other expenses that came about due to the injuries. Proving fault in cases like these is not the easiest of tasks, but you do not have to attempt to go it... read article

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A Phone Can Be Both A Cause & Evidence In An Accident

A Phone Can Be Both A Cause & Evidence In An AccidentCalifornia recently experienced a uniquely 21st century tragedy. A young adult driving her car and using her phone to shoot and broadcast, or “stream” the video, went through a horrific accident that resulted in the death of her sister. In the moments after the accident, she continued to stream, filming the death of her own sister and admitting her guilt to the Internet.
Distracted Driving Can Kill
18 year old Obdulia Sanchez was driving her 2003 Buick, along with her 14 year old sister, and another friend. Obdulia was already breaking the law by driving while under the influence of a substance, but this was further compounded by her use of a phone to shoot video of herself while driving. Her sister and her friend sat in the back seat, neither one wearing seatbelts.

While shooting her video, Obdulia lost control of the car, and it started to veer. In a panic, she overcorrected, and the car went into the lane going in the opposite direction, then left the road entirely, hitting a barbed wire fence and flipping over. Her sister and... read article

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This Recall May Affect Steering And Increase The Risks Of A Crash Occurring

This Recall May Affect Steering And Increase The Risks Of A Crash OccurringThere is nothing like hopping on your bike and hitting the open road. A motorcycle offers a sense of freedom and an experience that you just can not get from the inside of a car. Drivers understand that they are taking certain risks every time they that they mount their Harley, Honda, or BMW. Here in St. Petersburg, and the rest of Florida for that matter, traffic has increased steadily over the years. More drivers and vehicles, equals more opportunities for accidents to occur, for all drivers, not just motorcyclists.
Recall Expected To Begin September 1, 2017
BMW of North America is projected to start recalling 2014-2017 BMW R1200GS and BMW R1200GS Adventure motorcycles in September. There are a potential 14,626 affected units that can increase your risks of sustaining an injury. The fixed fork tube may become detached from the pressed-in seal that holds the piece to the upper triple clamp. If this problem occurs, it will alter the driver's steering and handling abilities, and possibly even result in a crash. BMW will notify owners directly, but people should also... read article

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A Barbecue Mishap May Have More Than One Cause

A Barbecue Mishap May Have More Than One CauseEverybody loves a good barbecue. The preparation of the grill, the sizzling of the meat, the unique, distinctive flavors enjoyed at the meal afterwards are all part of the experience. But while it’s easy to regard a grill as just another fixture of a yard that’s used from time to time for a bit of outdoor cooking, it’s also a complex piece of hardware that can be prone to breakdown. In some cases, that breakdown can be dangerous, as Timothy Geisel found out.
A Series Of Mistakes
Timothy Geisel, of Milford, Pennsylvania, purchased a grill in 2014. It was a Blue Rhino grill that he purchased at Walmart, and, as with most grills, it operated using a cylinder of liquid propane that would eventually run out, requiring either a refill to the tank, or a replacement. Timothy used his grill without incident for a couple of years, but in 2016, he went to Four Seasons Rentals & Repairs to in order to get a refill on the cylinder, as well as a second cylinder he had from another grill, which was manufactured by Modern Gas... read article

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When Is An Out Of Court Settlement A Bad Idea?

When Is An Out Of Court Settlement A Bad Idea?One of the few things that is worse than being the victim of an accident with a permanent injury, is finding out afterwards that it was because of someone else being careless. There are some instances, such as a person slipping and falling in a shopping mall, only to suffer a permanent disability, or a person caught in serious traffic accident, where this mishap could have been easily prevented if another person had been exercising their legal responsibility.

If you want to make sure you are treated fairly for something that is someone else’s responsibility, then you’ll want to get the advice and advocacy of a personal injury lawyer in St. Petersburg to guide you. That way you’ll have an experienced professional at every step of the way in your journey to a personal injury lawsuit and the trial that will resolve the matter.

Except, of course, when there’s no trial at all. In some cases, a personal injury case may not make it all the way to court. Sometimes, the other party will make an offer of compensation without the need for... read article

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Just When You Start To Think The Fire Hazard Craze Is Over, Another Scooter Recall Happens

Just When You Start To Think The Fire Hazard Craze Is Over, Another Scooter Recall HappensOver the past few years, self-balancing scooters became all the rage for people everywhere. Promising futuristic-type gifts sat under Christmas trees and were wrapped up for a birthday surprise. However, after opening and using the products for an extended amount of time, these items began receiving negative publicity due to fire and explosion hazards from the battery packs. News of these events had seemed to have slowed down lately, and then bam, another one is issued and hits you right in the face.
iRover Issues Recall Number 17-193 On July 24, 2017
There is an anticipated 2,800 affected self-balancing scooter/hoverboards involved in this recall. Much like many of the previous recalls, the lithium-ion battery packs may overheat. This occurrence can lead to the unit smoking, catching fire, or even exploding. A person in the vicinity can receive severe injuries, and homes can suffer extensive damage. These events can lead to displaced families and in some cases even a loss of life, which makes alterations to lifestyles a necessity to survive.

The boards sold nationwide at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls... read article

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When Texting Turns Dangerous

When Texting Turns Dangerous We love our mobile phones and smart devices in this country - so much so that it's hard to remember a time when they weren't everywhere. And while they can certainly have a positive impact on our lives, the fact is that at any second of the day there are more than 600,000 drivers trying to use their mobile phones while driving.

That's a huge number, and when you consider that more than 1.6 million auto accidents are caused by distracted driving each year, it becomes a number that is more than just large - it's also incredibly alarming.

Simply put, texting while driving makes it much more likely that you will be involved in an auto accident while on Florida roads. But while you can certainly put down your own phone when driving, what about the millions of others who drive on the highways, interstates, and side roads of our state? There's no guarantee that they are driving without texting, and that means that you may end up being involved in an accident caused by their actions. If this occurs, you may have the grounds to seek compensation.
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