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, meaning that 658 women died …
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 the inherent difficulty of quickly …
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, crash, which brought to light …
In 2018, 5,250 Americans were killed on the job — an average of more than 14 deaths each day. Construction workers account for more than 20% of these fatalities. OSHA estimates that eliminating the Fatal Four jobsite hazards could save the lives of 591 workers each year and prevent countless construction-related injuries.
The ‘Fatal Four’
According to OSHA (the
Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration), the …
Test strips used for home monitoring of patients taking the blood
thinner warfarin may have caused serious injuries or death due to inaccurate readings,
leaving legal action as the only remedy for innocent patients and their
On Sept. 13, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) initiated a Class I recall — the most serious type of recall — of more
than 1.1 million packages of CoaguChek XS PT …
Exactly three weeks after a Netflix documentary was released highlighting two former Feldman Shepherd clients, who told their stories of deadly dresser tip-overs — and just days before IKEA agreed to a $46 million settlement in a deadly dresser tip-over case brought by Feldman Shepherd — home furnishings importer Hillsdale Furniture became the latest player in the furniture industry to recall dangerous dressers.
On Dec. 18, …
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 pull inclined sleepers from their stores and websites.
The news is the latest blow for a product that many parents use …
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. The trailer cites the statistic from the Consumer Product Safety Commission that every 17 minutes someone is injured by a …
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 one thing every woman of childbearing
age should do: take folic acid.
What Are the Benefits
of Folic Acid?
Folic acid is a man-made …
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 Oct. 3, 2019, became the fourth and fifth furniture makers in the
past five months to recall dressers which are unstable …
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 them critically.
What’s known at this time from news reports is that the van
overturned. Two people were ejected, and some …
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 …
June 10th, 2019
It’s supposed to be the happiest time for new moms.
Pregnancy and childbirth are over, and their much-anticipated “bundle of joy”
has finally arrived. But amid all the excitement that a new baby brings, most
new moms or their partners don’t consider the possibility that deadly pregnancy-related
complications can …
June 3rd, 2019
In the shadow of one of the largest recalls in U.S. history of more than 56 million airbags made by Takata, auto safety regulators have opened a new investigation that once again has motorists questioning whether their vehicle’s airbags will protect them in a serious …
May 5 plane crash in Mexico
May 22nd, 2019
Investigators who are working to determine what caused the
May 5 plane crash in Mexico that killed 13 people will most likely examine
whether the pilot was attempting to climb above inclement weather, Feldman
Shepherd aviation attorney G.
Scott Vezina said.
What’s known at this time from news reports is …
For the second time in one week, a floatplane operated by Taquan Air in Alaska has been involved in a deadly crash, which again calls into question the safety of sightseeing floatplane tours in Alaska.
According to news reports, a pilot and one passenger aboard a …
Alaska Plane Crash
May 14th, 2019
The horrific mid-air crash of two sightseeing planes in
Ketchikan, Alaska, that killed at least five people raises new concerns about
the safety of air tourism in a locale known for its mountainous terrain, along
with thick fog, snow, rain, and clouds, all of which can impede visibility.
May 6th, 2019
Two weeks after Fisher-Price recalled its Rock ‘n Play
Sleeper after a Consumer Reports story linked it to 32 infant deaths, Kids II
has announced that it is recalling nearly 700,000 inclined baby sleepers due to
five infant fatalities.
The Kids II Rocking Sleepers were sold from March 2012
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