A California Personal Injury Lawyer’s Perspective on Accidents


                A
California personal injury case can take on many forms.  If you, or someone you love, has been injured
in any one of the following situations, you may have a personal injury case worth
pursuing. 

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  • Bike accident 001
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  • Bus accident 001
  • Train accident 001
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  • Assault Injuries
  • Bicycle Accident
  • Bus Accident
  • Car Accident
  • Dangerous Product
  • Defective Product
  • Dog Bite / Animal Attack
  • Elevator / Escalator Accident
  • False Arrest
  • Medical Negligence
  • Motorcycle Accident
  • Nursing Home Neglect / Abuse
  • Pedestrian Accident
  • Railroad Crossing Accident
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Slip & Fall Accident
  • Trip & Fall Accident
  • Truck Accident
  • Wrongful Death

Call me to discuss whether you
have a personal injury case.  Consultations are free and unlike a
vicious dog, I won’t bite! (But I will give you my undivided attention).

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Warning! Refinishing Your Bathtub Could Kill You

Bathtub refinishing 002    How scary is this?  Beautifying your bathtub could lead to death.

    It turns out that 13 bathtub refinishers have died in the last 12 years as a result of methylene chloride stripping agents.  According to an article in Health Day, "All of the deaths occurred in residential bathrooms with inadequate ventilation. The victims either did not use protective respiratory equipment or the equipment they used did not protect against methylene chloride vapor, according to the report in the Feb. 24 edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published by the CDC."

CDC Report Links Death to These Products

    The Centers for Disease Control Report lists the following products in relation to the death of 13 people since 2000

  • 5F5 Paint and Varnish Remover
  • Benco #B4 Industrial Paint Remover
  • Dayco Marine-Strip Heavy Duty Paint Remover
  • Eldorado Paint Remover – 4028
  • Klean-Strip Aircraft Remover
  • Klean-Strip Premium Stripper
  • Recochem Paint and Varnish Remover
  • Rust-Oleum Aircraft Remover
  • SEM XXX Finish Stripper
  • Tal-Strip II Aircraft Coating Remover

Remover 001Remover 002     Remover 003  Remover 004

Failure to Warn

    Here's the problem: According to the Health Day article, "Ten different products were associated with the deaths, with six marketed for use in the aircraft industry and the others for use on wood, metal, glass and masonry. Bathtub refinishing was not mentioned on any of the product labels."

Warning sign 003    So, if the bathtub refinishers didn't know that the product posed a danger, how could they have prevented their own demise?  Bottom line is this: A manufacturer has a duty to properly label their products and to warn potential users victims of the known dangers.  How simple would it have been to just say "Warning: Must Be Used in a Well-Ventilated Area"? 

    And, now, 13 people are dead.Methylene chloride 002

    This is potentially a huge products liability problem for the manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers of these products.  The bathtub refinishers have left behind families who may have the right to compensation for the loss of their loved one.

    You or your family's rights may fall into several arenas: Product liability including wrongful death and/or Workers Compensation (also including wrongful death).

Related Links

UPI: Chemicals Kill Bathtub Refinishers

National Institute of Health: Poisoning caused by paint stripping agents containing dichloromethane

Kentucky Labor Board: Chemical Exposure to Methylene Chloride Results in 13 Worker Deaths

My Blog: Product Liability Articles

Justice For Your Injuries or Loss of a Loved One

JusticeIf you have lost a family member or have been injured by chemicals used to strip bathtubs,  you may have a right to compensation. 

If you have a family member or close friend that has been injured or died and suspect that it is as a result of the paint stripping agents discussed in this artiel, tell them to contact me to evaluate your concerns and provide you with the utmost in legal guidance.

Contact Attorney Lowell Steiger to Discuss Your Legal Rights

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(877) 487-8221

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DePuy Hip Replacement Failures Lead to Massive Recall

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People with a DePuy ASR hip replacement implant are experiencing a high rate of failure and pain associated with this device, sometimes shortly after surgery.  See New York Times Johnson & Johnson Recalls Hip Implants

Hip replacement surgery explained  Hip replacement xray right

People with the DePuy ASR have filed lawsuits because, despite reports of injury with this device, the manufacturer failed to inform doctors and patients of the known risks associated with this device and waited to issue a DePuy recall until August 2010.

Recalled x-ray 001The Manufacturer of the DePuy ASR has Issued a DePuy Recall Due to a High Rate of Failure (Bloomberg). The DePuy ASR is a Metal on Metal (MoM) prosthetic device consisting of a ball and corresponding socket implanted in thousands of patients around the world during hip replacement surgery. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., the medical device maker and part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, marketed this hip prosthetic in a “resurfacing” version called DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System and as total hip replacement called the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System.

Fda warningSince 2008, there have been more than 300 complaints about this device filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with more than 90% of these cases requiring another hip replacement surgery to replace the defective implant. Still, there was no DePuy recall.  See FDA Warning Letter to DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. 

The design of the device made it difficult for surgeons to implant, causing improper fusing with the bone and loose implants. Friction from movement of the metal on metal socket also creates metal shavings or debris in the soft tissue surrounding the device, causing pain, inflammation and necrosis or tissue death. This damage and inflammation can cause severe pain and disability, can be irreversible and complicate future replacement surgery. MoM hip implants, such as the DePuy ASR also release metal ions into the body.

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In 2009, the manufacturer voluntarily removed the DePuy ASR from the Australian market due to the device’s high failure rate, but they failed to issue a DePuy recall in the U.S. and doctors unknowingly continued use of the devices for patient’s hip replacement surgery. The company notified U.S. physicians about the Australian higher than anticipated failure rates in a March 2010 letter, only advising physicians that proper surgical positioning of the implant was essential.

On August 26, 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. finally issued a DePuy recall, citing that 12%-13 % of patients with these defective implants would need to have a revision surgery.

Justice For Your Injuries 

JusticeIf you or a family member or close friend has undergone a DePuy hip replacement that has been the subject of this recall, you may have the right to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers (namely Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.).

Contact me to evaluate your concerns and provide you with the utmost in legal guidance.

 

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Actos Users Beware: Danger of Heart Attacks, Bladder Cancer

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The dangers of the Type II Diabetes drug Actos have led to a plethora of lawsuits around the United States.  What are the possible side effects of Actos?

 

  Actos Side Effects
New or worsening heart problems

(including congestive heart failure)

Bladder Cancer

The side effects are of such a serious nature that a new WARNING was issued by FDA in June 2011.  Here's a direct quote from the FDA Warning:

Fda warning 002"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing the public that use of the diabetes medication Actos (pioglitazone) for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. Information about this risk will be added to the Warnings and Precautions section of the label for pioglitazone-containing medicines. The patient Medication Guide for these medicines will also be revised to include information on the risk of bladder cancer."

RxAvailable only by medical prescription, Actos (pioglitazone) is in a class of medications called thiazolidinediones. Patients may have taken this drug under the brand name Actos or under the brand names Actoplus Met (pioglitazone and Metformin) or Duetact (pioglitazone and glimepiride) for combination products.

More than two million Americans with Type 2 Diabetes take Actos and many are increasingly concerned about Actos side effects. It is the most prescribed medication for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes generating $3.4 billion in sales in 2009. However, recent studies show a link between Actos and bladder cancer. Some Actos users are considering the filing of an Actos lawsuit for their injury.

 

Sept 2010 FDA Warning Actos
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first issued a Warning in September 2010 about Actos and bladder cancer after reviewing data from a ten-year study conducted by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, the drug manufacturer. Data showed a link between Actos and bladder cancer. People taking the highest doses of the drug, or had taken the drug for a long time, were most at risk for bladder cancer Actos side effects.

Before the labeling change, patients taking Actos may not have known about or understood the link between Actos and bladder cancer. They may even be have bladder cancer symptoms and not realize they are Actos side effects.

Bladder cancer symptoms

Justice For Your Injuries 

JusticeIf you have Type II Diabetes and took (or are taking) Actos and suffered any of the side effects mentioned here – new or worsening heart problems (including congestive heart failure) or bladder cancer – you may want to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of Actos.

If you haven't taken Actos yourself but a family member or close friend has, tell them to contact me to evaluate your concerns and provide you with the utmost in legal guidance.

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NuvaRing Vaginal Contraceptive: Blood Clots, Heart Attacks, Strokes, Death

Nuvaring 001NuvaRing is a combination hormonal contraceptive ring that is inserted into a woman's vagina to prevent pregnancies. The FDA approved its use in October of 2001 but the product, which is manufactured by Organon USA, wasn't introduced into the market until July 2002.
The flexible polyethylene ring contains estrogen and a form of progestin. The ring is used by over 1.5 million women around the world. NuvaRing is considered a third generation contraceptive and was initially said to have fewer side effects.

How NuvaRing Works

Nuvaring 002The NuvaRing works by releasing a steady dose of the hormones into the bloodstream where it is absorbed through the vaginal wall. Women wear the ring for three weeks and then it is removed for one week. This prevents the ovaries from producing an egg, the uterus lining thins out preventing a fertilized egg from being implanted and the thickened cervical mucous prevents sperm from entering the uterus.

The Possible Danger(s) To You

 NuvaRing Side Effects

The NuvaRing has had its share of side effects including cardiovascular problems, cardiac arrest, blood clots, strokes and even death. As far back as 2003 the New England Journal of Medicine released a study that showed that the level of estrogen that was found in the NuvaRing was responsible for an increase in blood clots and cardiac problems.

DangerCardiovascular Problems

Cardiac Arrest

Blood Clots

Strokes

Death

 

 

In the past there has been an increased risk of blood clots in contraceptives that contained desogestrel rather than other types of progestins. In November 1995, the Food and Drug Administration stated that "new studies indicate about a two-fold increase in the risk of venous blood clots associated with products containing desogestrel."

If you experience a blood clot in your legs and they are not caught in time or left untreated, they can travel to your lungs and result in death. You can also develop blood clots in your eye and the end result could be a partial loss of vision or blindness.

Justice For Your Injuries 

JusticeIf you have used the NuvaRing birth control and suffered any of the side effects mentioned here – blood clot, stroke, or heart attack – you may want to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of NuvaRing.

If you haven't used the NuvaRing yourself but a family member or close friend has, tell them to contact me to evaluate your concerns and provide you with the utmost in legal guidance.

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Escalator Injuries: Who Woulda Thunk It?

  Escalator 001 techne flickr                Escalator accidents – who woulda thunk it?  Well, actually, I’ve thunk it but, hey, I represent people who get hurt in a variety of ways both common and uncommon.

                Earlier today I read a fascinating account of how a New York Jets fan was injured when an escalator malfunctioned at Meadowlands Stadium.  The Lawyers USA blog post Jets Fan Gets Day In Court Over Escalator Malfunction tells the whole story.  To sum it up, though, it was a crazy game on October 1, 2006. The stadium was packed and everyone stayed until the last second of the game.  “Everyone” means 77,190 distraught Jets fans! 

                Well, when the game was over, they made a mass exodus and, lo and behold, two pals who left at the same time met with very different fates.  Thomas DiBartolomeo and Bob Krauss were passengers on the descending moving staircase.  “Disaster struck when DiBartolomeo and Krauss were on an escalator. According to Krauss, when they were about a quarter of the way down, the packed escalator 'bucked' twice and the treads 'flattened.' The quick-thinking Krauss leapt the handrail onto the neighboring escalator.  

            "But DiBartolomeo wasn’t so fortunate, joining other Jets fans as they slid down to the bottom of the escalator into a pileup of bodies."  He suffered a hernia and a hip injury.  More importantly, what caused the accident? 

Escalator_warning             Schindler, the people who maintained the escalator, concluded that “the escalator had ‘skipped a tooth,’ causing a ‘free fall’ to the bottom.”  A Schindler mechanic believed that the malfunction was probably the result of overloading due to the press of the crowd, with each escalator step rated to bear only 300 pounds.

            So, this got me to thunking – er, I mean, thinking.  How many escalator injuries are out there?  Well, as it turns out, there are lots of escalator injuries and I thought you would be interested in reading about some of them:

  • A malfunctioning three-story escalator at Scotttrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri left 13 people injured as they were leaving an NHL Blues hockey game. Read story
  • Bruce Willis escaped injury when an escalator that he was riding on suddenly sped out of control.  Read story
  • 12 people injured and taken to a local Las Vegas hospital when a Cesar's Palace escalator malfunctions.  Read story

and on and on and on.

Escalator Malfunctions (The Causes)

Escalator malfunction
      

• Design flaws
• Escalator malfunction
• Manufacturing defect
• Missing escalator parts
• Step collapse
• Inadequate maintenance
• Installation errors
• Missing escalator teeth
• Worn escalator belt

Escalator injury

Escalator Injuries

Among other things, the following injuries have been reported as a result of escalator accidents:

  • Knee problems from torn lateral meniscus to ACL tears
  • Back injuries from sprains, strains to protruding/bulging and herniated discs
  • Neck injuries from strains to protruding/bulging and herniated discs
  • Elbow injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Foot injuries including amputations
  • Finger injuries including amputations
  • Scarring, disfigurement

Published Verdicts & Settlements

Although many people would prefer to not serve on a jury, it is through a jury of our peers that justice is served.  Below are a couple of escalator cases (one that settled, one that went to a jury)

Scales of justice Jury duty

The following are cases that have been published to the legal community.  They were not handled by me or my office. 

  • Jane Doe vs. Roe Govt. Agency & Roe Escalator Company: Ms. Doe, a self-employed acting coach, was going down an escalator at a government agency's facility when it suddenly reversed direction, causing her to fall and several other people to fall on top of her. 

          Ms. Doe suffered a left lateral meniscus tear (knee) and posterior disc protrusion (back) which caused her to undergo cortisone injections, physical therapy and surgery.

          The case settled for $425,000

  • Rosen vs. Maguire Properties: Bottom line: A man fell down a non-operating escalator.  It was alleged that Maguire Properties negligently managed, supervised and maintained their property by failing to warn of a dangerous condition on the property (i.e. non-operating escalator).

        Interestingly, Mr. Rosen's injuries were not reported in the summary.  However, a jury found that Mr. Rosen's injuries were sufficient to award him $452,757.


 

Power Windows: Danger to Children

Child power window     This morning I read a very common-sense article in the New York Times entitled Power Windows Pose Great Risk to Children, Says Consumer Group.  It piqued my interest so I decided to look a little further into the issue.

    It makes logical sense that, absent safety precautions, power windows are potentially quite dangerous.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates 1,995 power window related injuries (mostly minor) and six deaths per year.  Janette Fennell, president of KidsAndCars.org disputes these numbers saying that her phone and Internet surveys indicate that there have been about 13.6 million power window related injuries over an unspecified period of time.  Read their Press_Release.

    

    The NHTSA has imposed two requirements to make power windows safer:

    1.    All passenger vehicles must have recessed power switches by October 1, 2008

    2.    All power windows may be closed only by pulling up on a switch by October 1, 2010

    So, what kinds of injuries actually occur from power-window related accidents?  According to the NHTSA, 68% of the incidents result in fractures or crushed body parts.  Other injuries include bruising, dislocation, laceration, and strain or sprain.  Most frightening, though, are the deaths among children when their head, neck, or midsection have been trapped in the window for five or more minutes and resuscitation was impossible.  When there are multiple children in a car, those witnessing the injury are more likely to panic and call for help than try to operate the power window!

    Consumer Reports published a very informative piece entitled Which Power Window Switches Are Safer?  The article contains a well-produced video discussing one family's tragedy and further depicting and discussing three different types of power-window switches.

    The Consumer Reports article tells you what you can do:

Never leave children alone in a car or the keys in the car when kids are nearby. Pay close attention to the design and location of window switches when shopping for a new car. Here’s a basic rundown for the vehicles we’ve reviewed:

Horizontal rocker switches

Saturn rocket switch

Rocker switches (inherently risky) move the glass up when you press one end of the switch, down when you press the other.  Most vehicles from Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, GMC, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac, and the Saturn Ion.

Horizontal toggle switches

Toggle switch power window

Toggle switches (also inherently risky) work when pushed forward or pulled back. Some vehicles from Chrysler including the Dodge Neon, Stratus, and Intrepid, and Dodge trucks.

Lever switches, the safer type

Lever switch power window

The lever switch, is safer because it makes it harder to raise the window accidentally. Lever switches must be pulled up to raise the glass. They generally have not been implicated in fatal injuries, according to KIDS AND CARS.  Acura, Audi, BMW, Chrysler Pacifica, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, most Isuzu models, Jaguar, Kia, Lexus, most Mazda models, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Saturn L and Vue, current Saab models, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo.

I hope that this article has been helpful and informative.

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Jury Awards Truck Driver $9.5 Million for Permanent Damage from Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

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    This absolutely fascinating story comes out of Georgia where plaintiff John Henry Howard (a Georgia truck driver) sued defendant Boston Men's Health Center, Inc. for damages suffered after treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED).  A Dekalb State Court Jury of his peers awarded Howard $750,000 in compensatory damages. However, the jury also found that the defendant acted with an intent to cause harm and further awarded Howard $8.5 Million in punitive damages.  Howard was brilliantly represented by attorney W. Fred Orr II, who himself received bear hugs from 10 of the 12 jury members after the trial was over.

Viagra pills

    Howard went to the clinic in an effort to resolve his ED.  The waiting room was filled with literature warning about the dangers of Viagra and Cialis, ED medications which are administered orally (i.e., the little blue pills).  The clinic staff advised Howard that their therapy was painless and based on a proprietary formula.

    They injected medication, whose primary ingredient was papaverine, directly into his penis. Papaverine was the treatment of choice until the introduction of Viagra in 1998.  Since that time, the Food and Drug Administration has warned that papaverine should not be used to treat ED.

    A macho man, Howard did not run scared when faced with the injection. However, he testified that "Not a man on the face of the earth would go into one of these places if they knew what they were going to do to them."   True, how painfully true.

    Not surprisingly, the injection gave him immediate results and Howard shelled out $1,200 for a six-month supply of the clinic's medication.  He was instructed to inject it into himself in the same location. He did and had "the best erection he's ever had in his life."  Unfortunately, that best erection lasted for a couple of days.  It had become painful, so he visited the clinic.  

    The staff removed blood from his penis in order to provide relief but that didn't work.  He wound up in the emergency room.  Eventually, he discovered that the medicine caused fibrosis and scar tissue to form.    

    Read the complete story from Law.com.

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Testerone Gels: FDA Orders Label Warnings (Harmful to Children)

Testim gel The Food and Drug Administration is requiring box warnings on two topical testosterone gels.  Click here for basic information on the male hormone, testosterone.  Here's the FDA report:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it is
requiring manufacturers of two prescription topical testosterone gel
products, AndroGel 1% and Testim 1%, to include a boxed warning on the
products’ labels. The agency is requiring this action after receiving
reports of adverse effects in children who were inadvertently exposed
to testosterone through contact with another person being treated with
these products (secondary exposure).

The gels are approved for use in men who either no longer produce
testosterone or produce it in very low amounts. Both products are
applied once daily, to the shoulders or upper arms. Only AndroGel 1% is
approved for application to the abdomen. Precautions in the current
labels instruct users to wash their hands after using the product and
to cover the treated skin with clothing.

“These drugs are approved for an important medical need, but can
have serious, unintended side effects if not used properly,” said Janet
Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and
Research. “We must ensure that the adults using them are well-informed
about the precautions needed to protect children from secondary
exposure.”

In 2007, 1.4 million prescriptions for AndroGel—the most commonly
dispensed gel form of testosterone—were dispensed by U.S. retail
pharmacies. Approximately 25,000 of those were dispensed for off-label
use in women. During the same period, some 370,000 prescriptions were
dispensed for Testim, according to data from SDI: Vector One National. 

Despite the currently labeled precautions, as of Dec. 1, 2008, the
FDA has received reports of eight cases of secondary exposure to
testosterone in children ranging in age from nine months to five years.
Since that time, additional reports of secondary exposure have been
received by the agency and are presently under review.

Of the fully reviewed cases, adverse events reported in these
children included inappropriate enlargement of the genitalia (penis or
clitoris), premature development of pubic hair, advanced bone age,
increased libido, and aggressive behavior. 

In most cases, the signs and symptoms regressed when the child no
longer was exposed to the product. However, in a few cases, enlarged
genitalia did not fully return to age-appropriate size and bone age
remained modestly greater than the child’s chronological age.

In some cases, children had to undergo invasive diagnostic
procedures and, in at least one case, a child was hospitalized and
underwent surgery due to a delay in recognizing the underlying cause of
the signs and symptoms.

Signs of inappropriate virilization (development of male secondary
sexual characteristics) in children and the possibility of secondary
testosterone exposure should be brought to a health care provider’s
attention.

In most of the cases, users of these products failed to follow
appropriate use instructions, resulting in direct contact between
treated skin and the child.
     
The required label
changes will provide additional information about the risk of secondary
exposure and the steps that should be taken to reduce this risk. The
FDA also is requiring that the manufacturers of these products develop
a Medication Guide as part of a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy
to ensure that the benefits of these products continue to outweigh
their potential risks.

The FDA recommends the following precautions be taken to minimize the potential for secondary exposure:

  • Adults who use testosterone gels should wash their hands with soap and warm water after every application;
  • Adults should cover the application site with clothing once the gel has dried;
  • Adults
    should wash the application site thoroughly with soap and warm water
    prior to any situation where skin-to-skin contact with another person
    is anticipated;
  • Children and women should avoid contact with testosterone application sites on the skin of men who use these products; and
  • Adults
    should note that use of any similar, but unapproved, products from the
    marketplace –including the Internet– that can result in the same
    serious adverse effects should be avoided.

Health care professionals and consumers may report serious adverse
events (side effects) or product quality problems with the use of these
gels to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either
online, by regular mail, fax or phone.

Relevant Websites/Information

Androgel Androgel 002 Testim gel 002 Testosterone in a tube

Testim Video: How to apply Testim

What is Testim?

Testim Side Effects: MedicineNet.com

Androgel Side Effects: eMed TV

Testosterone Gels Risky to Children: Web MD

FDA Orders Label Warnings for Testosterone Gels: ABC News

Testosterone Deficiency: The Urology Channel

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Nautilus Recalls Bowflex® Home Gyms Due to Risk of Injury

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued information regarding the Nautilus Bowflex Home Gyms (see below).  If you, or someone you know, has been injured as a result of this unit, please call the Law Office of Lowell Steiger to find out your rights.  Injuries from the Nautilus Bowflex (or other defective products) fall under the category of Product Liability.

Can you sue if you're injured as a result of a defective product?

Yes.  Injuries related to bad design or manufacture of a product fall into the product liability category.  If an injury is sustained as a result of bad design or
manufacture, then everyone in the chain of commerce (i.e.,
manufacturer, distributor, retailer) can be held liable for that injury
or injuries.  When you buy  or use a product, it is reasonable to
assume that the product will be safe when used for its intended
purpose.  It is also reasonable to assume that the product will warn
you of any potential dangers.  If the product is then unsafe for use or
if you have not been warned of its potential dangers, and if an injury
occurs, then you have the legal right to take everyone in the chain of
commerce to task.  Will they put up a defense?  Yes.  Are you
guaranteed to prevail?  No.  However, an attorney experienced in the
area of product liability will analyze the facts as they apply to the
law and determine whether you have a viable case and proceed from
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The Scoop on the Nautilus Bowflex Home Gym Recall


Nautilus bowflex
WASHINGTON,
D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with
the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the
following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled
products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Bowflex® Ultimate 2 Home Gyms

Units: About 78,000 (about 68,000 home gyms were recalled on December 6, 2007)

Importer: Nautilus Inc., of Vancouver, Wash.

Hazard: The
home gym's horizontal seat rail is designed to be latched in a vertical
position for storage. If the seat rail is not manually latched, it can
fall unexpectedly on the user or a bystander, posing a risk of serious
injury.

Incidents/Injuries: Nautilus
has received 18 reports of injuries caused by unlatched seat rails that
have fallen, resulting in head and shoulder lacerations, some requiring
stitches or staples.

Description: This
recall involves the Bowflex® Ultimate 2 Home Gyms. The home gyms are
equipped with pulleys, resistance rods, and other equipment, which
allow the user to perform a variety of exercises. “Bowflex Ultimate 2”
is written on the vertical part of the frame.

Sold at: Specialty fitness retailers nationwide and through direct Nautilus sales from June 2005 through January 2009 for about $2,300.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers
may continue to use their home gyms for exercising, but should not
place the seat rail in the vertical (storage) position until the repair
is performed. Registered owners are being sent a free repair kit.
Owners who have not received a repair kit by March 10, 2009 should
contact the firm.

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 259-9019 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT M-F or www.bowflex.com )
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

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