While consumers are unknowingly buying and using unsafe products, proposed legislation that would allow the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to more quickly sound the alarm on safety issues has apparently come to a standstill in the halls of Congress.
On January 9, 2020, U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced H.R. 5565, the “Safety Hazard and Recall Efficiency (SHARE) Information …
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its grip on global public health, World Asthma Day, on May 5, passed with little fanfare, as the Global Initiative for Asthma postponed its public awareness campaign “until the time seems appropriate.”
But to be clear: Asthma is still a serious long-term disease where timely and appropriate treatment can potentially mean the difference between life and …
Do-it-yourself auto mechanics should check their garage immediately for jack stands recalled by Harbor Freight Tools that may collapse and cause serious injury for people under or near a lifted vehicle.
The tool and equipment retailer recently recalled about 1.7 million six-ton and three-ton jack stands, indicating that in certain units the jack stand pawl may disengage from the extension lifting …
As nursing home residents continue to die at an alarming rate from COVID-19, the federal government is steamrolling forward with proposed rules that would relax infection control requirements at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
The rules, proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in July 2019, would eliminate the requirement that nursing homes employ a part-time …
Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in
children and, unfortunately, frequently occurs when healthcare providers make
mistakes. When your child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, the news is
devastating, and you are likely searching for answers as to how and why the
condition occurred, whether it could have been prevented, and what the future
holds for your child.
Below are answers to the 17 …
In September 2015, 11-month-old Hattie crawled over to a gas fireplace in her family’s home and touched its front glass panel with the palms of both her hands. It was an activity typical of a curious toddler beginning to explore her world. The horrific outcome was totally unforeseeable to Hattie’s parents.
Although the fireplace had been turned on for only 10 …
For the first time in more than a decade, the U.S. government has released new data on the U.S. maternal mortality rate — and unfortunately it presents a grim picture.
According to a report released in January from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics System, the 2018 maternal mortality rate was 17.4 deaths per 100,000 live births, …
We typically think of hospital emergency rooms as the best place to get medical care when serious injury or illness suddenly strikes. Indeed, in 2016, there were 146.5 million emergency room visits in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control.
But, unfortunately, with chaotic waiting rooms packed with sick and injured people, overworked doctors, nurses and medical staff, and …
NTSB Blames ‘Unsafe’ Harness for Causing Doors-Off Sightseeing Helicopter to Crash, Then Trapping 5 Passengers in Underwater Wreckage
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has blamed a passenger harness/tether system for causing the 2018 sightseeing helicopter crash in New York and then trapping all five passengers in the chopper, underwater in the East River.
Five tourists died in the March 11, 2018, …
January 8th, 2020
In a momentous step forward for infant safety, e-commerce titans Amazon and eBay announced on December 4, 2019 that they are banning the sale of all inclined infant sleepers on their platforms. Walmart and Buy Buy Baby quickly followed with commitments that they too would …
December 2nd, 2019
A documentary series by Netflix covering dangerous consumer products in a handful of industries will shine a spotlight on a growing epidemic of dresser tip-overs in the U.S.
“Broken” aired on the streaming platform on Nov. 27, just two days before consumers hit the stores for Black Friday. …
November 20th, 2019
If you are pregnant, or hoping to become pregnant, taking
vitamins and eating nutritiously most likely ranks high on your list of priorities.
But whether you are planning for the patter of tiny feet — or not — you may
find it surprising to learn that there is …
As child safety advocates, parents and lawmakers turn up the
heat in their fight to keep children safe from dresser tip-overs, two more furniture
makers have succumbed to the pressure to get their unsafe furniture out of their
Ridgewood Industries (also known as Ameriwood Home) and
E&E, on …
October 24th, 2019
In October, Feldman Shepherd held a “Don’t Panic: Effective
Trial Techniques for Young Lawyers” CLE in Pennsylvania. Moderated by Carol
Nelson Shepherd, the program was held on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at the Fitler
Club, in Philadelphia.
G. Scott Vezina
and Daniel J. Mann began the seminar
by presenting on strategies …
October 18th, 2019
At least three people have died in a single-vehicle crash
involving a multi-passenger van in Chester County, Pennsylvania, according to
breaking news coverage.
The afternoon crash on Oct. 16, 2019, on Route 1 southbound,
near the Newark Road Exit, in New Garden Township, reportedly left eight others
injured, some of …
October 8th, 2019
In another victory in the growing movement to keep children
safe from unstable furniture, furniture design company Home Meridian has
announced that it is recalling dressers that do not comply with the furniture
industry’s already inadequate voluntary safety standard.
The September 24, 2019 recall, issued jointly with the
Consumer Product …
September 18th, 2019
Attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock and G. Scott Vezina are investigating
an Aug. 19, 2019, aviation accident in which a college senior who aspired to
become a commercial pilot was seriously injured when he deployed the parachute
of his rented aircraft before it went down nose first into a …
September 5th, 2019
As parents, consumer safety organizations and lawmakers
continue to ramp up their pressure on the furniture industry to enact standards
designed to reduce dresser tip-overs, furniture and home goods retailer
Kirkland’s has announced that it is recalling about 3,000 dressers that do not
comply with the furniture industry’s already …
August 7th, 2019
On what should have been her son’s seventh birthday, Feldman
Shepherd’s former client, Crystal Ellis, testified at a congressional hearing about
the dangers of furniture tip-overs and the day that forever divided her life
into before her 23-month-old son Camden was killed in his bedroom when a
three-drawer IKEA …
July 9th, 2019
As a family mourns the loss of their 3-old-girl who was
killed by a falling tree branch at a New Jersey campsite over the July 4
holiday weekend, it remains to be seen whether this tragic death could have
What’s known at this time from news reports …
June 17th, 2019
Expecting a baby is supposed to be one of the most joyous times
of a woman’s life. But whether a pregnancy will end with a celebration or a medical
tragedy for the mom may hinge upon the color of her skin, according to a new
report by the …
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