Shocking Tragedy: Siblings Die after Being Trapped in Toy Chest

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According to news reports, the two siblings in Massachusetts became trapped inside a hope chest that had been placed in their home.

In a shocking tragedy that parents and homeowners, who have these antique chests and hope chests in their homes should pay attention to, two children died recently after that they were trapped inside a toy chest.

According to news reports, the two siblings in Massachusetts became trapped inside a hope chest that had been placed in their home. The siblings seem to have been playing, and at some point, decided to get inside the hope chest, and shut the lid down on them. They didn’t realize that the lid could not be opened from the inside. They seem to have suffocated to death, and were found a short while later.

What seems to be even more tragic is that there were several family members at home at the time of the tragedy. At least one adult was actually in the same room in the house, in which the chest was located. The chest was located right next to the television, and at the time of the incident, the volume on the television set was turned out loud. For now, it seems that the deaths were accidental

These were not new toy chests. Rather, these were older toy chests that were not subjected to any manufacturing standards. These chests were made before any manufacturing standards went into effect. While toy chests are subjected to manufacturing standards, older products may not be subjected to any standards, which means that these pose a serious entrapment hazard.

If you are a parent, look around the home and evaluate the kind of furniture, including antique chests and hope chests that you have inside your home. Any kind of box, trunk or chest that comes with a padlock type of mechanism that cannot be opened from the inside is a dangerous item to have inside the house.

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FDA Warns about Risk to Children from Pain Patches

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The FDA recently warned about the risks to young children from the use of skin patches that contain fentanyl.

The FDA recently warned about the risks to young children from the use of skin pain patches that contain fentanyl.  The agency is concerned enough about the risks to issue a Drug Safety Communication. The notice warns caregivers, patients as well as healthcare workers about the dangers to children when they are exposed to the pain patches.

This risk is from accidental exposure to the fentanyl pain patches. Typically, that accidental exposure occurs as a result of improper storage and disposal of these patches.  The Food and Drug Administration says that it aware of at least 32 cases involving children who were accidentally exposed to the drug since 1997. In most of the cases, the children were below the age of two.

Many of these cases involved fatalities. In 12 of the cases, the children died as a result of this exposure, and in 12 cases, the children were injured seriously enough to require hospitalization.

The Food and Drug Administration is not mincing words. According to the agency, these events are very tragic, and the agency is currently evaluating ways to reduce the risk to children. Right now, the main way of preventing these risks is for product liability lawyers to educate patients as well as their families about the right ways to store these pain reliever patches, and the right ways to dispose of used patches.

The fentanyl that is contained in this pain patches is an opioid painkiller, which is often sold under the brand name Duragesic. Generic versions are also available. Exposure can occur when a child applies one of the patches to the skin, or puts it into his mouth. Symptoms can include slow breathing due to increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the blood.

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Strollers Recalled Due to Projectile Injury Hazard

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KolCraft is recalling about 96,000 of the Jeep Liberty Strollers. The recall is linked to a possibility that the inner tube of the tire can rupture.

The most commonly recalled children’s products are strollers.  Recently, a leading manufacturer of children strollers announced a recall of thousands of strollers across the United States and Canada, because of a projectile injury hazard that increases accident risks.

KolCraft is recalling about 96,000 of the Jeep Liberty Strollers.  The recall is linked to a possibility that the inner tube of the tire can rupture.  This can cause the wheel rim to crack, and fly off.  There’s a serious risk of bodily injury to the child in such situations.

The recall includes 96,000 Jeep Liberty strollers, with model numbers starting with JL031, JL032, JL034, JL035 or JL036.  The strollers were manufactured between June 2010 and June 2011.  These strollers were sold in different color combinations.  If your stroller comes with the grey triangle that is printed on the rim at the valve stem, then your stroller is not included in this recall.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission which announced this recall, the agency and KolCraft have received a number of reports of injuries.  There have been at least 36 incidents involving inner tube ruptures, in which the tube cracked, leading to the fracturing of the wheel rim which flew off as a projectile.

In at least two cases, children received suffered lacerations to the chin and legs from the projectile.  At least 16 adults were also injured as a result of these projectile hazards.  These injuries included contusions, lacerations, and abrasions, injuries to the arm legs and stomach as facial and head injuries.  In two of the cases, the projectile hazards ended up causing property damage.

California product liability lawyers are asking all parents who currently own the stroller to contact the company and get free replacement wheels.

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Baby Bath Seats Recalled Due to Drowning Hazard

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a massive recall of thousands of baby bath seats, because of the possible risk of drowning.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a massive recall of thousands of baby bath seats, because of the possible risk of drowning.

The bath seats were promoted and distributed by Buy Buy Baby.  The company has confirmed that it is recalling 34,000 Idea Baby brand infant bath seats. These bath seats are manufactured for children between the age of five and 10 months. The seats were manufactured in Italy. These seats were imported into the country and sold at Buy Buy Baby as well as Bed Bath and Beyond stores. They were also sold at online retailers between September 2011 and April 2030.

According to the company, there is a possible risk that the baby bath seat could tip over when the baby is on the seat, posing a serious risk of drowning. Fortunately, there have been no reports of any injuries or drowning incidents linked to this product.

The same bath seats are also being recalled by Chelsea and Scott. In this case, the company is recalling approximately 1950 of the same bath seats.  These bath seats were sold at OneStepAhead.com between February 2013 and May 2013.

Parents who own any of these bath seats are requested to immediately stop using the recalled bath seats. Product liability lawyers believe that there is a very real danger of drowning  with this product. In the case of the Buy Buy Baby bath seats, parents have been asked to contact the company for a store credit.  In those cases where the bath seat was purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond, the parents are requested to return the bath seats to the store for a store credit.  In the case of those seats that were purchased at Chelsea and Scott, the company is offering consumers a full refund.

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Lawsuit Filed against Monster Energy Drinks after Teenager’s Death

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The family of a 19-year-old teenager who died after consuming two Monster Energy drinks has filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging that the boy died of a heart attack after ingesting the caffeine-based energy drink.

The family of a 19-year-old teenager who died after consuming two Monster Energy drinks has filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging that the boy died of a heart attack after ingesting the caffeine-based energy drink.

Product liability lawyers have found Monster Energy and other companies that manufacture energy drinks have been under the spotlight in recent years, after a number of injuries and fatalities linked to the consumption of these drinks.  These caffeine-laced energy drinks are heavily marketed towards the teenage and youth segment, and especially young males.  There have been a number of fatalities linked to the consumption of these energy drinks.

Recently, a lawsuit was filed against Monster Beverage Corporation, alleging that a 19-year-old boy died after drinking 2 energy drinks.  The mother of the boy says that her son died after cardiac arrest that he suffered while having sex with his girlfriend.  The man drank two Monster Energy Drinks just before having sex.

According to the lawsuit, the youth had a Monster Energy habit, regularly drinking at least 2  16-ounce cans of the drink every day over  the past three years.  On July 1, 2012, he became unresponsive while having sex with his girlfriend and was declared dead later.  An autopsy report declared the cause of death to be cardiac arrhythmia due to cardiomyopathy.

The lawsuit alleges that Monster Beverage Corporation loads its drinks with huge amounts of caffeine, even though the company is obviously aware that consumption of such large quantities of caffeine can cause significant health problems.  The lawsuit also alleges that the Monster Energy drinks contain guarana and taurine, which also contain caffeine and also have a negative effect on the cardiac muscles.

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Serious Brake Problem Leads to Honda Recall

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Honda has announced a recall of as many as 18,000 of its vehicles because of a potentially serious brake problem, that could increase the risk of an accident.

Honda has announced a recall of as many as 18,000 of its vehicles because of a potentially serious brake problem, that could increase the risk of an accident.

The recall involves 18,000 vehicles including the Acura RSX and the Honda S2000 sports car.

According to Honda, there is a manufacturing problem in the power brake system components which may lead to failure to assist in braking. The brake booster may fail to maintain a vacuum, when the motorist presses on the brake pedal. As a result, there is lower braking assistance, and the motorist may have to slam harder on the pedal, with greater force in order to bring the car to a stop. This obviously increases the risk of an accident.

This defect is serious enough to increase the risk of a crash. So far, Honda has received no reports of any accidents and injuries associated with this defect. The company only learnt of the defect through an analysis of warranty claims.

The models that are included in the recall are 5239 Honda S2000 Sports cars which belong to the 2006-2007 model years.  Approximately 5239 of these cars are included in the recall.   The recall also includes 13,113 Acura RX vehicles that belong to the 2006 model year.

Owners of these cars are required to visit their local Honda dealer to schedule an inspection of these vehicles. Honda has agreed to instead replace the brake booster in these affected vehicles if necessary.

Mechanical malfunctioning is a major cause of accidents every year. Problems with the steering, brakes, tires, wheels, and other components can seriously increase a motorist’s risk of losing control of his vehicle with devastating consequences. Very often, product liability lawyers find that mechanical malfunction is the result of an automobile defect that was not identified in time before the vehicle was introduced into the market.

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Two Million Dangerous Toys, Children’s Products Seized in 2012

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Federal agencies have announced that more than 2 million units of dangerous toys as well as other children’s products have been seized and prevented from reaching American consumers this year.

Federal agencies have announced that more than 2 million units of dangerous toys as well as other children’s products have been seized and prevented from reaching American consumers this year.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, millions of dangerous children’s products were seized this year alone, ensuring that these products do not find their way into the hands of American children.  These efforts to block defective and dangerous toys from entering the country, and keeping consumers safe, have been going on for several years now.

In fact, over the past 4 alone years alone, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agencies have jointly managed to stop more than 8.5 million units of dangerous toys and other children’s products from entering the country.  In fact, during this period of time, more than 2400 different varieties of toys and children’s products have been prevented from entering the country during the spirit of time.

However, in spite of all these efforts, product liability attorneys find that dangerous and defective toys do find their way into the American marketplace.  In fiscal 2012 alone, the Consumer Product Safety Commission initiated recalls of 38 toys.  However, those numbers of toy recalls have been declining at least since 2008, since the passing of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.  That piece of legislation was enacted in order to protect American children from the risks of defective toys manufactured overseas.

One of the provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Implement Act of 2008 is the setting is stricter lead standards for children’s toys.  However in 2012, at least 3 of the toys were recalled were placed on the recall list because of lead violations.  This means that dangerous and defective toys continue to be imported into U.S. market.

 

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Formaldehyde in Victoria’s Secret Bras May Cause Skin Reactions

The product liability lawyers at the Reeves Law Firm are currently investigating a number of complaints involving skin rashes, itching, scarring and other skin reactions from wearing Victoria's Secret bras.

The product liability lawyers at the Reeves Law Firm are currently investigating a number of complaints involving skin rashes, itching, scarring and other skin reactions from wearing Victoria’s Secret bras.

The product liability lawyers at the Reeves Law Firm are currently investigating a number of complaints involving skin rashes, itching, scarring and other skin reactions from wearing Victoria’s Secret bras.  This is not the first time that complaints about bras by this popular company have emerged, and it appears that the culprit is the formaldehyde used in the manufacture of these bras to make them wrinkle-free.

The New York Times has already linked the widespread use of formaldehyde in clothing, including lingerie, for these incidences of skin reactions.  Formaldehyde is used in a variety of clothing nowadays to make them wrinkle free.  It is now used in shirt and trousers, bed spreads and curtains to keep them wrinkle free.

However, skin contact with formaldehyde can cause severe allergies and interactions among people who have an allergy to formaldehyde.  A skin condition called contact dermatitis can result from skin exposure to formaldehyde.

Symptoms of formaldehyde skin allergies include hives, itching, rashes, lesions on the skin, and red and itchy skin.  Itching can be persistent, and cause severe discomfort.  Lesions may become painful.

Formaldehyde is not regulated by the federal government, and the government also does not require companies to mention on their labels whether these products contain formaldehyde.  Add to that the fact that most American clothing including lingerie is now manufactured overseas, and it’s easy to understand the risks of allergic reaction among consumers who are not aware that they may be at risk of serious skin reactions when they wear these clothes.

Victoria’s Secret has long denied that its products contain formaldehyde, and in response to earlier complaints against its products, had issued a statement saying that its bras absolutely did not contain formaldehyde and that the company maintained strict quality control over all its products.

 

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Tiny Magnet Ingestion Can Even Be Fatal

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A number of recent recalls have involved tiny magnets that can be ingested by children causing serious injuries. New data also seems to indicate to personal injury lawyers that ingestion of these magnets can not only injure the child, but can also be fatal.

A number of recent recalls have involved tiny magnets that can be ingested by children causing serious injuries.  New data also seems to indicate to personal injury attorneys that ingestion of these magnets can not only injure the child, but can also be fatal.

The danger arises when a small magnet that comes with a toy becomes detached.  A child may be drawn to the round shiny magnet, and put it in his or her mouth.  Accidental ingestion can cause the magnet to be lodged in the child’s intestines, where it can cause intestinal perforation.  This is a serious condition, and can even cause death of the child, unless an emergency surgery is performed.  In most cases, the magnet can only be removed after performing the surgery.

Researchers from the Louisiana State University Health Center recently found that more than 79% of children who were involved in magnet ingestion accidents, and swallowed neodymium magnets had to undergo surgery or other invasive procedure in order to remove the magnet.  These invasive procedures include endoscopic procedures.  The difference when a child swallows a magnet and when he swallows any other object is that in most other cases, the other object is eliminated naturally through the system.  Researchers found that in 31% of the cases of magnet ingestion, the child was treated using surgery, while in 43% of the cases, a second invasive procedure was also performed.

The researchers found that in only 21% of the cases, the child was treated by pumping the stomach or observation.

This is one more reason for parents to be extremely cautious when they have these magnet-containing toys lying around the house.  These risks arise not just with the magnets that come with children’s toys, but also with magnet desktop toys for adults.  Very often, parents don’t realize that magnets from these adult desktop toys can also be ingested by children with serious health consequences.

 

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Older Patients at Risk from Harmful Medications

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Older patients are more likely to be on more than one medication to deal with a number of medical conditions.

Older patients are more likely to be on more than one medication to deal with a number of medical conditions.  Unfortunately, they may be at risk not just from the medical conditions that they suffer from, but also the potentially dangerous medications that they are often prescribed.  A new study indicates to product liability attorneys that American doctors often prescribe potentially dangerous medications to seniors.

The researchers published their study in The Journal of Gen. Internal Medicine recently.  As part of their analysis, the researchers referred to a list of medications that are recommended as to be avoided for use in the elderly.  The list has been compiled by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Even though many of these drugs are included in the list, many of these medications are also widely used by younger adults.  In younger persons, these drugs may pose no significant side effects, but there are potentially serious or fatal side effects when used by the elderly.

The list contains antianxiety medications like Valium that older patients may find hard to metabolize.  This results in the medications remaining in the system for a longer time, resulting in prolonged sedation, which can even be deadly.  Persons who continue to retain valium in the system may feel dizzy and disoriented, and may suffer a fall accident.  These drugs are typically not recommended for the elderly, and are typically recommended only as a very last resort.  Other drugs like muscle relaxants also remain in the system for a very long time.

However, in the analysis of the data, which included more than 6 million senior citizens, the researchers found one out of every 5 citizens were prescribed at least one of these medications in the year 2009.  That works out to about 1.3 million senior citizens, who were prescribed medications that were probably dangerous for them, even though there was a substitute for these drugs.

 

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