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Virginia Worker Injured By Defective Machine Wins $16.5 Million

Virginia Worker Injured By Defective Machine Wins $16.5 Million

A Virginia employee who was injured while working in a machine shop in 2009 has settled his personal injury claims for $16.5 million, reports Virginia Lawyer Weekly.

The incident occurred when a broken metal shaft was thrown from a machine tool and struck the plaintiff between the eyes. The estimated speed of the projectile was around 270 miles per hour.

The plaintiff suffered skull fractures and brain injury, and was rendered nearly totally blind in one eye and lost the other eye completely. The 40-year-old claimant was left unable to work, and needed around the clock care.

The seller and manufacturer of the CNC machine involved in the accident, as well as the seller and manufacturer of the special tool that caused the injury all agreed to the settlement worth $16.5 million.

A sales representative for the tool verified that the claimant was using it correctly at the time of the accident.

Parrish Law Firm, PLLC works with Virginia residents who have been injured because of defective products and are looking for fair compensation for their injuries. Contact us today at 703-906-4229 or fill out a free case consultation form.

Makes and Breaks: Succeeding In a Virginia Defective Product Case

The experienced product liability attorney at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC works with Virginia residents in Fairfax County, as well as the rest of northern Virginia, who have been injured by defective products. Our goal is to provide high quality legal service and gain fair compensation for our clients.

Kinds of Product Defects

There are a number of different kinds of product defects, including:

  • Defects in Marketing – These are mistakes or flaws in how the product is marketed to the public, including inaccurate labeling and deficient instructions or safety notices.
  • Defects in Manufacturing – These occur when something goes wrong during the manufacturing phase of production.
  • Defect in Design – These happen when the design of the product from the outset is flawed and unsafe, meaning that every product with that particular design will be defective.

The Conditions for Compensation

In order to have a chance at gaining compensation for your injuries, usually one of two circumstances must be in place. They include:

  • The product in question had a defect that was especially dangerous.
  • You were using the product in the designated and intended way when the injury occurred.

Deal Breakers

There are a few stipulations that will probably limit your potential to recover damages. Those include:

  • Using the product despite knowing about the defect.
  • Attempting to file a lawsuit outside of the statute of limitations in your state.

Please remember that product liability cases can be time consuming and tiring, but we’ll work along side you and try to get the financial compensation you deserve. Call us today at 703-906-4229 or send us an email.

LG Recalls 160,000 Electric Ranges For Fire and Burn Hazard – VA Recalls

LG Electronics Inc. has announced the recall of a number of their Electric Ranges because of a defect that allows them to continue to heat up after they have been switched off, reports PRNewswire.com.

Around 161,000 of the Electrical Ranges, manufactured in South Korea and Mexico, and sold at Best Buy, Home Depot, Sears, and other appliance stores across the U.S. between January 2007 and June 2010 for a price between $800 and $1999, have been recalled because of their failure to power down after being switched off. Further, the temperature can increase unexpectedly during use, leading to burn and fire hazards to the consumer.

For a complete list of the recalled model numbers, click here.

Consumers who own one of these defective products should contact LG immediately to schedule an in-home repair, free of charge. Those who have experienced the problems described above should stop using the product until an in-home repair has been carried out. Consumers can call LG toll free at (855) 400-4638, or visit them online at www.LG.com/us.

There have been 80 reports of defective Electric Ranges failing to power down or increasing in temperature during use, but there have been no reported injuries or fires as a result.

Nestlé Recalls NESQUIK® Chocolate Powder For Salmonella Contamination

Nestlé USA has recalled a number of their Nestlé NESQUIK® Chocolate Powder drink mixes due to possible salmonella contamination of one of their ingredients, reports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The recall includes NESQUIK® Chocolate Powder in 10.9, 21.8 and 40.7 ounce containers, produced in early October of 2012 with an expiration date of October, 2014. No other NESQUIK products are affected, including their ready-to-drink bottles. For a complete list of affected product codes, click here.

Omya Inc., an ingredient supplier for Nestlé USA, recently notified them that it had recalled certain lots of calcium carbonate, a component of NESQUIK® Chocolate Powder, because of the possibility of salmonella contamination.

So far, there have been no reported illnesses connected to the defective products, but consumers who have purchased affected Nestlé NESQUIK® Chocolate Powder mixes should immediately return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers can also contact Nestlé Consumer Services at (800) 628-7679.

Salmonella symptoms may include abdominal cramps, fever and diarrhea. While the illness can last between four and seven days and will generally clear up on its own, the infection can be life threatening for elders, babies, and pregnant women with weak immune symptoms.

H&M Recalls Children’s Water Bottles For Choking Hazard – VA Recalls

H&M has recalled a number of their Children’s Water Bottles due to a defect in the spout that can allow it to disconnect from the bottle, posing a choking hazard to child users, reports PRNewswire.com.

Around 2,900 of the bottles, manufactured in Italy and sold exclusively in the children’s departments at H&Ms nationwide between July 2012 and August 2012 for approximately $5, have been recalled because of a tendency for the spout to break off from the bottle and pose a choking risk to the child.

The defective bottles come in either pink plastic with a crackle-like design or blue plastic, and have flip-open lids in matching colors. For full product details, click here.

There have been no reports of injuries as a result of the bottles, but one incident in England involved the spout breaking off into a child’s mouth.

If you own one or more of these defective products, please stop their use immediately and return them to H&M for a complete refund. For more details, you can visit H&M online at www.hm.com, or call them at (855) 466-7467.

Parrish Law Firm, PLLC works with northern Virginia residents who have been injured as a result of defective products. Our product liability lawyers will help you get the compensation you deserve as a consumer. Call us now at 703-906-4229 or email us for a free case consultation.

Power Strips Recalled For Shock Risk – VA Defective Product Recalls

Connecticut based company Legrand Wiremold has recalled a number of their Under Cabinet Power and Lighting four outlet power strips because of a possible electrical shock risk, reports PRNewswire.com.

Around 14,200 of the power strips, manufactured in China and sold at True Value Hardware, Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Do it Best, Sutherland, and online at Amazon.com from February 2011 to August 2012 for around $40, have been recalled because of a defect that caused the electrical wires to be reversed on the receptacles of the power strips, posing a shock risk to consumers.

For complete information on the recalled products, including model numbers and product descriptions, click here.

There has been one reported incident of an electrical shock to a consumer, but there have been no injuries.

If you own one of these defective products, you should stop its use immediately and return it to Legrand Wiremold for a replacement, free of charge. You can call Legrand Wiremold at (800) 617-1768 or visit them online at www.legrand.us.

Parrish Law Firm, PLLC works with those northern Virginia residents who have been hurt by defective products. Our attorneys are versed in product liability law and will work to get you the fair compensation you deserve. Call us now at 703-906-4229 or email us for a free case consultation.

FDA To Introduce Defective Product Tracking System And Online Database

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a universal product identification system that will aid in recalls and help consumers and healthcare professionals identify defective products, reports Drugwatch.com.

Under the proposal, all medical devices in the U.S. would be labeled with a unique device identifier (UDI), a universal system that would allow products to be tracked and identified, making it easier for the FDA to find defective products. The system would aid both consumers and medical professionals during recalls, and healthcare professionals would be able to quickly identify defective medical products and remove them from their patients.

The FDA is also looking to build a streamline and efficient online database that the public can utilize to discover information and recall announcements about their products.

Defective medical devices have caused serious and lasting injuries to patients across the U.S., most recently in the form of defective knee and hip replacements, as well as transvaginal mesh, which had life-changing implications yet were approved by the FDA.

The proposed UDIs would have a description of the device, a picture, and a tracking bar code, along with a batch and serial number to help find the manufacturer and its place of origin.

UDI labels will be placed on product packaging and on implantable devices like knee replacements so that they can be indentified. Reusable products that are continually sanitized will also carry the UDIs, as well as electronic devices.

The FDA’s proposal is still waiting approval, but once it passes, the new labels will be introduced in the next few years. Those products that sustain human life or have a high risk of injuring patients will require the UDIs within the first year of the law going into effect, with lower risk devices requiring UDIs later.

Parrish Law Firm, PLLC works with Virginia clients who have suffered because of a defective product, and we will work with you to garner the compensation that you deserve. Our Virginia product liability lawyers have years of experience, and will fight for your consumer rights as though they were our own. Contact us today for a free case consultation, or call us at 703-906-4229.

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