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Top Halloween Safety Tips for Children in Kentucky

Published on Oct 23, 2012 at 6:11 pm in Child Injury.

Halloween is many children’s favorite holiday, offering the chance to scour the neighborhood and collect sweet treats from neighbors. However, children are at a higher risk of pedestrian accidents during Halloween than any other holiday. Other types of accidents, like trip and fall accidents or child burn injuries, are also more common. To help protect your kids from harm on October 31, consider the following safety tips:

  • Put kids in light- or brightly-colored costumes. Adding reflective tape can help drivers see children if they are out after dark. Have each child carry or wear a flashlight, both so they can see and so others can see them.
  • Make sure costume hems are short enough that kids don’t trip over them, and that their shoes are the right size.

Toyota Recalls 2.5 Million U.S. Vehicles, Citing Fire Risk

Published on Oct 17, 2012 at 3:28 pm in Product Liability.

Toyota RecallOver 2.5 million Toyota vehicles in the United States have been recalled due to a risk of fires starting in the driver’s side door, according to a recent USA Today article. The U.S. recall is part of a worldwide recall of Toyota vehicles that affects over 7.5 million vehicles, all of which pose a similar risk.

The recall is aimed at fixing a sticky switch in the driver’s side door that controls the automatic windows the in vehicle. When the switches were installed, Toyota says, they were not lubricated properly, which can cause them to stick or move roughly, creating friction that might cause the door to smoke, catch on fire, or both. When some drivers took their vehicles to mechanics to have the sticky switches fixed, some mechanics used lubricants that can catch fire if exposed to enough heat, aggravating the problem.

Kentucky Traffic Accident Deaths, Injuries Dropped in 2011

Published on Oct 15, 2012 at 3:47 pm in Auto Accident.

The number of people killed or injured in Kentucky car crashes dropped in 2011 when compared with 2010, according to data collected by the Kentucky State Police.

Kentucky Traffic AccidentsIn 2010, Kentucky saw 694 people lose their lives in fatal traffic accidents on Kentucky roads. This number includes not only car accidents, but also collisions with motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. In 2011, however, the number dropped to 670, a decrease of 3.5 percent.

The number of injuries suffered in Kentucky car accidents also went down between 2010 and 2011. In 2010, 24,762 injuries were reported, compared to 24,196 injuries in 2011, and representing a decrease of 2.3 percent. The number of accidents that took place on parking lots or other private property also dropped 1.3 percent between 2010 and 2011, according to the state police report.

New Studies Show More Problems with Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants

Published on Oct 11, 2012 at 8:28 am in Product Liability.

Over the last several years, studies have shown that metal-on-metal hip replacements are extremely dangerous and fail at alarmingly high rates. One manufacturer, DePuy, has acknowledged that the failure rate of its ASR XL Acetabular System is at least 15% over five years. Other studies show that the two-year failure rate may be as high as 50%.

In 2010, DePuy recalled its ASR XL system because of these failures and the extensive side effects caused by the device. Side effects of the failures include pseudo tumors, damaged tissue, bone loosening, and other long term complications. The most significant of the complications is the danger that patients may be exposed to high levels of chromium and cobalt in their bloodstreams. Even after a defective hip is removed, it is possible for fragments of the device to remain in the body for years.

BioMet Hip Implant Cases Consolidated

Published on Oct 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm in Product Liability.

BioMet Hip Implant RecallThe Federal Judicial Panel on multi-district litigation has consolidated cases against medical device manufacturer BioMet in the Federal District Court for the Northern District Court of Indiana. The BioMet M2A magnum implant is another metal-on-metal product which has been subject to much criticism. Allegations in more than 40 lawsuits claim that these devices cause metal poisoning and tend to fail prematurely.

As a result of the complications associated with these implants, new revision surgeries are often very difficult. In some instances, patients needing revisions as a result of failed metal-on-metal implants will require numerous follow up surgeries and incur extensive medical expenses.