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Consumer Organization Urges FDA to Recall Dangerous Bed Handles

Published on May 20, 2011 at 3:14 pm in Personal Injury.

The consumer organization Public Citizen recently petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), asking the agency to ban or at least recall a certain type of bed handle that elderly or infirm people may use to help themselves get in and out of bed, according to an article in Consumer Affairs. The bed handles have been linked to several deaths, as their users have become trapped, strangled, or injured because of them.

The bed handles are produced by Bed Handles, Inc., which is headquartered in Springfield, Missouri. The manufacturer’s website describes the handles as more safe than other handle designs, because they cannot be raised or lowered and so users cannot get pinched by them. However, Public Citizen notes that the bed handles, which are installed by sliding the bottom of the unit between the bed and the box spring or bed frame, can slide out of place, creating a gap between the handles and the mattress that an elderly or disabled person may become trapped in. Once trapped, a person risks injury or even suffocation. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued a sweeping recall of drop-side cribs because infants could be trapped and injured in a similar manner.

Two Workers Injured in Aluminum Plant Explosion in Rubbertown, KY

Published on May 13, 2011 at 12:18 pm in Personal Injury.

Two workers were injured recently in an explosion and fire at the Eckart Aluminum plant in Rubbertown, according to a recent news report from Fox 41. Residents of the neighborhoods surrounding the plant were able to hear the explosion, but no evacuation was required.

The explosion and fire occurred during the evening shift and involved aluminum dust that caught fire in the plant. The workers were injured when the impact from the explosion hit them. They were taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries and both are expected to make a full recovery. Emergency personnel were able to put out the fire not long after the explosion occurred, and no hazardous chemicals appear to have been released into the area’s air or groundwater.

Louisville Pedestrian Accident Kills Woman

Published on Apr 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm in Personal Injury.

A 76-year-old woman lost her life recently while walking on Hikes Lane between Taylorsville Road and Breckenridge Lane in Louisville, according to a recent news report from Courier-Journal.com. While the woman was walking along the road, a driver traveling west on Hikes Lane lost control of his vehicle and struck four parked cars and then the woman before coming to a stop after crashing headfirst into a telephone pole.

Rescue workers rushed to the scene of the Louisville pedestrian accident to assist both the woman and the driver, but they were unable to save the woman’s life. Investigators say she was killed instantly in the collision. The driver, who was also injured in the crash, was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, as well as to determine whether alcohol or drugs may have been a factor in the crash. His injuries were not reported to be serious. Police have not, however, released the results of any testing or indicated whether a medical condition may have caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

Personal Injury Attorney Tad Thomas Testifies Before Kentucky Lawmakers about Litigation Funding

Published on Feb 23, 2011 at 3:38 pm in Personal Injury.

Recently, a bill was introduced in the Kentucky House that would place restrictions on litigation funding companies. Litigation funding companies loan money to clients who are pursuing some type of litigation, typically a personal injury lawsuit. In most cases, the loans are used to pay living expenses, such as rent or a mortgage and automobile payments. The loans are needed because often the people involved have missed work due to their injuries and need money for bills until the lawsuit is resolved.

Under current Kentucky law, litigation funding companies operate in the state without limitations. However, the proposed bill would require litigation funding companies to work through an accident victim’s attorney, rather than allowing them to work directly with the injured client. The bill would also call for litigation funding companies to clearly lay out the terms of the agreements, as well as to register with the Kentucky Attorney General’s office. Additionally, these companies would be prevented from sending referral fees to lawyers or doctors.

Kentucky Personal Injury Blog Launches in Honor of Tad Thomas’ Return to Private Practice Full-Time

Published on Jan 27, 2011 at 8:50 pm in Personal Injury.

Welcome to the Kentucky Personal Injury Blog of Tad Thomas, Attorney at Law.

For the last year, I have been concluding my work at the Office of the Kentucky Attorney General where I supervised the operations of four divisions as well as supervised the office’s civil litigation. I am looking forward to continuing to devote my time to civil litigation and the representation of individuals and companies harmed due to the negligent or reckless acts of others by returning to private practice full-time.