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October 31, 2014

Halloween Is the Deadliest Night of the Year for Child Pedestrians: Keep Your Trick-or-Treaters Safe Tonight

Halloween is known not only for being the spookiest night of the year, but also the deadliest for child pedestrians. Children, according to the Safe Kids Coalition, are twice as likely to be struck and killed by a car on Halloween night than on any other night. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 30 people are killed each year on October 31—nearly triple the average number of fatal pedestrian accidents that occur everyday in America. Combine those statistics with the fact that Halloween falls on a Friday this year and add in drunk drivers, and it’s a very scary combination for parents.

The fact is, is that trick-or-treaters can be very hard to see. Halloween is one of the only holidays in which there are hordes of people outside and on the streets during dark hours. Additionally, dark-colored costumes make it particularly difficult for drivers to spot pedestrians at night, especially pint-sized pedestrians, until its too late.

Young children who are excited by the special occasion and buzzed on sugar may be more apt to dart into the road without paying attention to oncoming traffic. With this in mind, both parents and drivers on the road should exercise extra caution and take the necessary steps to prevent a tragic accident from happening.

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October 31, 2014

Woman Awarded $9.5M Waltham, Massachusetts Medical Malpractice Verdict After Doctor Fails to Diagnose Her Ovarian Cancer

A jury in Middlesex County has awarded a Burlington woman a $9.5 Waltham, Ma. medical malpractice million verdict. Cristen Lebel, 41, and her husband sued Dr. Kim Thornton at Boston IVF for not detecting Lebel’s ovarian cancer, which has now advanced to Stage 3. According to their Boston injury lawyer, Lebel is likely to die and this could have been avoided if only she received the proper medical care. With interest, the jury award is $11.3 million.

According to the plaintiffs, from June ’08 through May ’09, Thornton did not take the necessary steps to detect Lebel’s cancer, failed to identify the signs and symptoms, and did not order tests to rule out whether her cancer was malignant. Thornton, however, maintains that while treating Lebel for fertility issues, she complied with the standard of care and did not contribute to or modify the course of the patient’s diagnosis.

Cancer Diagnosis
Failure to diagnose cancer or its delayed diagnosis may alter the outcome of the disease for a patient. Early and proper detection is integral to surviving it. A cancer that is treatable may become untreatable, even fatal. Delayed diagnosis may result in more aggressive treatments that could otherwise have been avoided.

Unfortunately, there are incidents when doctors fail to diagnose cancer or a radiologist or pathologist misreads test results. Other factors that may lead to delayed or missed cancer diagnosis include technological malfunctioning, switched or lost lab outcomes, x-rays that are misread, failure to conduct a diagnostic test, and not referring a patient to the right specialist.

Ovarian Cancer
According to the American Cancer Society, 3% of cancers affecting women is ovarian cancer. This type of cancer, however, causes more fatalities than any cancer affecting the female reproductive system. Common signs and symptoms include bloating, problems eating, abdominal or pelvic pain, feeling full too fast, the need to urinate a lot, fatigue, back pain, pain during intercourse, menstrual changes, constipation, weight loss, and swelling of the abdomen.

You want to speak with a Boston medical malpractice lawyer to explore your legal options.

Burlington woman awarded $9.5m in cancer suit, Boston.com, October 28, 2014

Ovarian Cancer, American Cancer Society


More Blog Posts:
Man Expected to File Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death Case After Wife, Twins Die During Childbirth, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, September 16, 2014

Ebola Crisis Puts the Focus On Workplace Safety for Healthcare Workers, Nurses, Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Lawyer Blog, October 30, 2014

Paxil Birth Defect Lawsuit Is Sent Back to State Court
, Massachusetts Drug Injury Lawyer Blog, October 13, 2014

October 30, 2014

Mechanical Failure May Have Caused Deadly Halloween Hayride Crash

According to officials, a mechanical issue may have caused the Jeep serving as the Gauntlet Haunted Night hayride vehicle at Harvest Hill Farms to go down a hill at rapid speed, strike a tree, and overturn earlier this month in Maine. 17-year-old Cassidy Charette sustained fatal injuries in the crash. 22 others were injured.

Charette was with seven other students from her high school for their annual hayride when the tragic vehicle crash happened. Among the injured were two with critical injuries, including 16-year-old Connor Garland and David Brown, 54, who was driving the Jeep. Garland was transported to Boston Children’s Hospital. According to Fox News, Brown was hauling a flatbed trailer as part of the ride.

Following the hayride accident, State Police impounded the 1979 Jeep CJ5a. A safety probe was conducted.

In an accident such as this one, there could be grounds for a personal injury claim or a wrongful death case. Depending on the specifics of what happened, possible parties that could be held liable might include the property owner for premises liability , the vehicle manufacturer for auto products liability, whoever was responsible for maintaining the vehicle, and others.

Premises liability law holds property owners and managers responsible for maintaining the grounds and removing any hazards on the premise. Auto products liability cases typically seek damages for injuries and deaths caused by vehicle defects and malfunctions.

Workers that are injured on the job usually cannot pursue damages from their employer. However, they should be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits and may be able to file a personal injury case against third parties involved that are not the employer.

In Massachusetts, this is why you want to speak with an experienced personal injury law firm that can help you explore your legal options. Every state has a statute of limitations for how long you have to pursue damages. It is a good idea not to agree to a settlement with other parties until you have spoken with an attorney first.

In Massachusetts, Altman & Altman is a Boston injury law firm that represent victims and their families to recover their financial damages.

Mechanical failure suspected in fatal Maine hayride, Boston.com, October 12, 2014

Maine hayride flips over, killing 1, injuring 22, Fox News/AP, October 12, 2014


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Man Injured When Cement Beam Falls off Truck, Boston Car Accident Lawyer Blog, October 28, 2014

OSHA Fines MA FedEx Ground Packaging System, Inc. for Guarding Machine Hazard, Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Lawyer Blog, October 24, 2014

National Transportation Safety Board Announces Likely Cause of NY Train Derailment, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, October 28, 2014

October 29, 2014

MIT Survey Reveals Prevalence of Sexual Assault on Campuses

MIT has attempted to put a precise estimate on the prevalence of sexual violence on its campus in a comprehensive survey taken anonymously by its students.

According to results, which were published on Monday, about one in six female undergraduates at MIT who responded reported being sexually assaulted at least one time while enrolled at the university. 5 percent of those respondents said they reported the crime, according to results released Monday by the school. The Boston Globe reported that 3,800 students responded to the survey out of 10,800 who were invited to participate.

According to The Boston Globe, “MIT became the highest-profile college to put such a specific estimate on the prevalence of sexual violence on campus, amid heightened national attention on the issue. Many schools have been hesitant to conduct such surveys, but advocates have urged colleges to do so because victims are more likely to reveal that they were assaulted if they can remain anonymous. Undergraduates, in particular, are viewed as most at risk.”

MIT university president L. Rafael Reif said in a mass email sent to students and faculty of the school, that he was “disturbed by the extent and nature of the problem’’ reflected in the survey results.

“Sexual assault violates our core MIT values,” Reif wrote. “I am confident that, with this shared understanding and armed with this new data, the MIT community will find a path to significant positive change.”

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October 28, 2014

National Transportation Safety Board Announces Likely Cause of NY Train Derailment

Nearly 11 months since a Metro-North train derailed in New York City, killing four people and injuring dozens more passengers, federal investigators believe they have reached a conclusion as to what caused the horrific wreck.

According to WCVB reports, the National Transportation Safety Board said it is prepared to announce today the probable causes of the December 1, 2013 train derailment and address four other Metro-North accidents in both New York and Connecticut, which all occurred within 11 months in 2013 and 2014.

The NTSB said it has poured over hundreds of documented findings from the investigations. It is only now that the board has reached probable conclusions as to why the crash occurred. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut stated that he has seen the report, which, according to Blumenthal, “document[s] the cascading catastrophes over a single year illustrating the urgent need for dramatic upgrades and improvements in safety and reliability."

Though no confirmation has yet been made, early reports in April suggested that the engineer of the derailed train, William Rockefeller, suffered from undiagnosed sleep apnea, which ultimately interrupted his sleep dozens of times each night. Likely, Rockefeller was overly drowsy at the time the accident occurred, according to these preliminary reports. Investigators questioned Rockefeller on whether he was clearheaded enough to realize he was hitting the curve at such a high rate of speed, to which Rockefeller replied, “apparently not.”

According to WCVB, other accidents within the 11-month span include a derailment and collision in Bridgeport, Connecticut, that injured more than 50 people on May 17, 2013; the death of a track foreman who was hit by a train in West Haven, Connecticut, on May 28, 2013; the derailment of a freight train on Metro-North tracks in the Bronx on July 18, 2013; and the death of a Metro-North electrician who was hit by a train in Manhattan on March 10, 2014.

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October 27, 2014

GranuFlo Plaintiffs Want Massachusetts Law Applied to Their Dialysis Lawsuits

127 plaintiffs want the courts to apply Massachusetts law, not Mississippi law, to their GranuFlo injury claims against Fresenius Medical Care North America. Even though the dialysis patients are from Massachusetts state, they filed their complaints in Massachusetts.

The manufacturer is seeking to have the claims dismissed, noting that they exceed the three-year statue of limitations in Mississippi. The plaintiffs contend that there is a discovery exception to the statute that mandates a case-by-case assessment.

The dialysis patients claim that using Fresenius' GranuFlo Dry Acid Concentrate and NaturaLyte during dialysis can lead to cardiopulmonary arrest and even death. The two products are dialysate components that are designed to maintain the correct base-acid balance in the blood during hemodialysis. Unfortunately, say the plaintiffs, the powders can also cause unsafe modifications in the blood.

Granuflo and Naturalyte have been associated with heart attacks, metabolic alkalosis, which can lead to electrolyte imbalance, arrhythmia, and even coma. According to statistics, there are over 2,100 Granuflo and NaturaLyte cases pending in multidistrict litigation. In their dangerous drug cases, Plaintiffs are accusing Fresenium of not warning doctors and patients about the risks involved with the two powders. Other allegations include intentional withholding of the risks involved, and failure to warn of the increased risk to “acute” dialysis patients.

Considering that many dialysis patients, these are often people that are suffering from renal failure or diminished kidney function, typically need to undergo hemodialysis a few times week, to have Naturalyte or GranuFlo circulating through their system during this process can prove risky.

At Altman & Altman, LLP our Boston Granuflo injury lawyers would be happy to offer you a free case consultation to find out whether you have grounds for a Massachusetts drug defect case.

MDL2428: In Re: Fresenius Granuflo/Naturalyte Dialysate Products Liability Litigation


More Blog Posts:
The Number of Massachusetts GranuFlo Lawsuits Keeps Growing, Drug Injury Lawyers Blog, July 19, 2014

GranuFlo Lawsuits Seek to Give Patients and Families Compensation for Dangerous Drug Injuries, Drug Injury Lawyers Blog, August 13, 2013

Boston Dangerous Drug Lawsuit Over Meningitis Outbreak Linked to Massachusetts Compound Pharmacy Proceeds, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, September 19, 2013

October 22, 2014

Two Young Women Sue Website in Boston for Sex Trafficking

Two young women are suing Backpage.com after they became the victims of sex trafficking. Their Massachusetts lawsuit, filed in Boston is accusing the company of setting up a business model that enabled child sex trafficking in the U.S. The plaintiffs’ lawyers describe Backpage.com as a website that carries advertisements for illegal commercial sex.

One of the plaintiffs says that sold for over 1,000 times in 18 months when she was 15 and 16 in ’12 and ’13. The other girl says she was trafficked as a teen between ’12 and ’13. The two girls were purportedly trafficked in separate “stables” of girls who were moved to different cities, including Boston, other Massachusetts cities, and Rhode Island.

The plaintiffs claim that Backpage.com and parent company Camarillo Holdings LLC violated the Massachusetts Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2010 and the Trafficking Victims Reauthorization Act of 2008. They also are accusing the defendants of succeeding in purposely becoming a lead player in the online sex trade and making misrepresentations to non-profits and law enforcement to make it appear as if the website was trying to get rid of the child sex traffic ads when that wasn’t the case.

The Boston injury lawsuit is not the only litigation seeking damages from Backpage.com for child sex trafficking. The Washington Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case filed by three plaintiffs. The three young women’s’ lawyers said the victims were sold as prostitutes in ads on the web site. The plaintiffs claim they were raped on numerous occasions after pimps forced them to sell themselves for sex.

Backpage.com is arguing that both lawsuits are attempts at censorship. It claims that the Communications Decency Act grants it immunity. An attorney for the company noted that it was not Backpage.com that created the sex crime ads.

If you or someone you love was injured in a sex crime you should speak with an experienced Boston injury lawyer right away. Sex trafficking is illegal and a crime. Often, young minors are forced into prostituting themselves.

There may be more than one party that should be held liable for your injuries. In addition to the person that directly caused you harm, there may be individual or entities that allowed you to get hurt rather than protecting you by preventing or stopping the incident.

Alleged child sex trafficking victims suing Backpage.com, Boston.com, October 17, 2014

Backpage.com ask high court to throw out lawsuit, The Washington Post, October 21, 2014

CPSC Votes to Make Mandatory Standards for Window Covering Cords, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, October 11, 2014

MA Electrical Company Cited By U.S. Department of Labor After Deaths of 2 Workers, Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Lawyer Blog, September 28, 2014

Brookline Police Gauge Interest in New Bicycle Law, Boston Car Accident Lawyer Blog, October 3, 2014

October 21, 2014

Massachusetts Suspends ET-Plus Guardrail Use Because of Traffic Injury Risks

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has decided to stop the use of a guardrail-end terminal over concerns that there may be safety issues. The rail-end guardrail pieces, known as the ET-Plus, are made by Trinity Industries of Texas. The manufacturer has already have been the subject of products liability lawsuits by motorists claiming they lost their legs in traffic crashes.

This week, a federal jury ruled that Trinity should pay $175 million in a whistleblower lawsuit that exposed the hazards involved with using the guardrail end caps. It was guardrail installer Josh Harman who accused Trinity of making the ET-Plus unsafe when the company redesigned it.

He sued Trinity under the False Claims Act’s qui tam provisions. As the whistleblower, Harman is entitled to a percentage of what is recovered. Because of statutory mandate, the $175 million figure is expected to triple.

ABC News recently reported that according to highway safety experts, highways in nearly every state have been outfitted with the redesigned Trinity guardrail. This means that there are hundreds of thousands of these guardrail parts on U.S. roads.

Trinity redesigned its guardrail in 2005 without notifying the Federal Highway Administration. One of those modifications involved shrinking an integral metal piece by one inch, from five inches to four. A company engineer noted in an internal email that the change would save Trinity approximately $2 dollars a piece. However, according to The Boston Globe, before approving the guardrail for continued use in 2012, a senior Trinity engineer expressed concerns about its safety.

Highway guardrails are supposed to push the steel guard railing away from an incoming car, while slowing the vehicle to a stop. Yet, one cannot deny the serious injuries that have resulted when vehicles have collided with the redesigned Trinity guardrails.

At least five deaths and even more injuries in at least 14 motor vehicle crashes are being blamed on these Trinity guardrails. Rather than cushioning impact, the Trinity-made guardrail end caps reportedly are spearing the vehicle and its occupants.

Trinity, however, told ABC News that it didn’t think an announcement of the change when it redesigned the product was necessary because the modifications did not impact the system’s performance or its maintenance or installation. Yet certain related documents that should have been turned over to the government agency were “inadvertently omitted.” The company maintains that the redesigned guardrail parts meet federal standards and have passed two crash tests.

Other states, including Nevada and Missouri, also recently banned the Trinity guardrails. Although the Federal Highway Administration had accepted Trinity’s claim that the guardrails satisfy safety criteria, letting states use federal money to buy and install the guardrail heads, officials are now demanding that Trinity conduct new crash tests in the wake of the whistleblower verdict.

In Massachusetts, please contact our Boston injury law firm if you suspect that your injuries are a result of crashing into a highway guardrail.


Feds Demand New Crash Tests for Controversial Guardrail After $175M Verdict
, ABC News, October 21, 2014

Trinity Industries Whistleblower Awarded $175 Million in Guardrail Suit, The Wall Street Journal, October 20, 2014

States question guardrail safety, The Boston Globe, October 12, 2014


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Nursing Home Chain Settles Medicare Fraud, Whistleblower Claims for $38M, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, October 14, 2014

Brookline Police Gauge Interest in New Bicycle Law, Boston Car Accident Lawyer Blog, October 3, 2014

MA Electrical Company Cited By U.S. Department of Labor After Deaths of 2 Workers, Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Lawyer Blog, September 28, 2014

October 18, 2014

$15.6M Auto Defects Case Against Toyota Dealership is Upheld

A three-judge panel has upheld a jury’s verdict awarding $15.6 million to a driver and passengers of a Toyota minivan. They sustained injuries when the auto malfunctioned and went into a ravine.

The defendant of this auto defects case is Center City Toyota in Pennsylvania, which had serviced the auto. Early on during the civil trial, it tried to settle with the plaintiffs for $1.7 million.

The plaintiffs also had sued Toyota Motor Corp., several Toyota affiliates, and PhillyCarShare, which had rented the vehicle to the plaintiffs, for auto products liability. These defendants were later dismissed from the lawsuit.

Per the complaint, Dr. Noreen Lewis was the driver of the rented minivan. Five of her relatives were passengers. The plaintiffs claim that the brakes failed and the steering wheel locked, causing the vehicle to go off the road and roll down a ravine.

They believe that a ball joint separation caused the van’s steering wheel to lock. They accused CCT of not properly inspecting the auto.

Meantime, the defendant argued that the ball joint was not defective and the car rental company should have told Lewis she should stop driving the minivan once the check engine indicator went off. CCT accused Lewis of speeding.

Lewis sustained bone fractures, a concussion, facial lacerations, heart and lung contusions, muscle rips, and injuries to her vertebrae and disc. Her mother broke her wrist and punctured a lung. Other passengers sustained neck and back pain, as well as broken bones.

Lewis was awarded $11.4 million for her injuries. The rest of the award is for the other passengers.

If you or someone you love was seriously injured in a traffic crash that you believe was caused by vehicle defects or an auto malfunction, you may have reason to pursue a Boston auto products liability lawsuit from the automaker, the dealer, a car repair company, or an auto rental company that should have repaired the safety problem or ensured that the defect never existed.

In Massachusetts, please contact Altman & Altman, LLP to speak with an experienced Boston car defects attorney.

Just this week, Toyota recalled 1.6 million cars in certain countries. About 759,000 autos made between 2005 and September 2010 were recalled over problems with the autos' fuel delivery pipes. If the fuel were to leak through these pipes, this could create a fire hazard. The other defects involve brake problems.

In the wake of so many recalls this year, automakers have been under closer scrutiny. Already, in 2014, Toyota has issued at least 18 recalls affecting over 5.2 million cars in the U.S. alone.

Going after an automaker can feel daunting, which is why you shouldn’t do this without an experience law firm by your side. There will be many pivotal choices to make that could affect the outcome of your case. You want to make sure you have someone who understands the complexities involved and can help you decide whether to settle or go to court.

$15.6 Mil Verdict Against Toyota Dealerships Upheld, The Legal Intelligencer, October 8, 2014

Toyota Recalls 1.67 Million Vehicles
, The Wall Street Journal, October 15, 2014


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Paxil Birth Defect Lawsuit Is Sent Back to State Court
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Brookline Police Gauge Interest in New Bicycle Law, Boston Car Accident Lawyer Blog, October 3, 2014

October 14, 2014

Nursing Home Chain Settles Medicare Fraud, Whistleblower Claims for $38M

Extendicare Health Services Inc., a nursing and rehabilitation facilitation chain, has agreed to pay $38 million to settle Medicaid and Medicare fraud claims that were originally brought in a whistleblower lawsuit. The chain is accused of billing for substandard care and submitting claim for therapy services that were medically unnecessary. Extendicare is one of the largest nursing home chains in the United States.

The primary whistleblower in this Medicaid fraud case is Tracy Lovvorn, a physical therapist who was retained as a rehabilitation director by an Extendicare subsidiary. Lovvorn is entitled to $1.8 million of the government’s settlement. Another relator, Donald Gallic, also filed a qui tam case against the nursing and rehab chain. He is entitled to a nearly $260,000 award.

The allegations against Extendicare include the failure to adequately staff its 146 facilities in 11 states, inadequate catheter care, failure to follow protocols for pressure ulcers and falls, and improper administration of medications. According to officials, the nursing and rehab care was so unsatisfactory at certain Extendicare facilities that staff failed to prevent head injuries, fall accidents, and bedsores. Certain patients developed infections or became dehydrated or malnourished. Some individuals needed hospital care because of the negligent nursing care provided to them. These residents and their families could be entitled to nursing home neglect compensation.

In Massachusetts, please contact our Boston whistleblower lawyers or Medicare fraud attorneys if you suspect that a fraud has been committed against the federal or state government. Altman & Altman LLP can help you explore your legal options for filing a whistleblower claim or another type of civil lawsuit.

Becoming a whistleblower is a huge responsibility and there could be consequences because of your decision to step forward and report the wrongdoing. Our Massachusetts whistleblower lawyers are here to protect our clients's rights and make sure they get the award they are entitled to for filing a Qui Tam case.

Chain to Pay $38 Million Over Claims of Poor Care, NY Times, October 10, 2014

Extendicare Health Services Inc. Agrees to Pay $38 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Relating to the Provision of Substandard Nursing Care and Medically Unnecessary Rehabilitation Therapy, US Department of Justice, October 10, 2014


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SEC Pays Over $30M Whistleblower Award in Securities Fraud Case to Informant Living Abroad, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, September 22, 2014

Xarelto Injury Lawsuits Sue Bayer and Johnson & Johnson, Massachusetts Drug Injury Lawyers Blog, September 15, 2014

MA Electrical Company Cited By U.S. Department of Labor After Deaths of 2 Workers
, Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Lawyer Blog

October 11, 2014

CPSC Votes to Make Mandatory Standards for Window Covering Cords

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted to start a rulemaking process that would protect kids from the strangulation hazard that comes with window coverings with exposed or dangling cords. October is Window Covering Safety Month.

A child’s neck can get caught and tangled up cord, resulting in strangulation or suffocation. Some children that are lucky enough to survive such an incident are left with permanent brain injuries.

According to the CPSC, between ’96 and ’12 approximately 184 young children and babies died from window cord strangulation. There were over 100 non-fatal strangulation accidents involving the cords of window shades and blinds during that time period, with 1,590 kids needing medical care because of incidents involving these products.

The Consumer Federation of America reports that earlier this year, four kids died from window cord strangulation incidents over a twenty-two day period. There have been at least three other window cord-related deaths and one serious injury so far in 2014.

In Massachusetts, our Boston products liability lawyers represent clients who have sustained injuries because of dangerous or defective products. Please contact Altman & Altman LLP to request your free case consultation with an experienced window cord injury attorney.

Now, the CPSC is looking to create mandatory window covering safety standards, especially as voluntary standards have not been enough to get manufacturers to only make window coverings that have the least risk of strangulation, suffocation, and death. For example, there are cordless blinds in the marketplace, yet companies persist in making window coverings with dangling or exposed cords. The CPSC’s vote comes a year after safety and consumer groups submitted a petition asking the agency to tackle the strangulation risks of window blind cords.

Meantime, those that oppose the implementation of stricter regulations say that a ban on window blinds with accessible cords could cost thousands of jobs. They also believe that the higher cost of cordless window blinds could up the chance of injury because consumers might stick to their older products longer. The CPSC’s own data indicates that over 80% of strangulation incidents involved older window blinds that did not meet even today’s standards.

Also according to CPSC data, vertical and horizontal blinds are involved in about 70% of window covering cord accidents. Pull cords are a factor in 41% of incidents, while looped cords play a part in 28% of window cord accidents. Over the years, the CPSC has announced major recalls when window blinds and their cords have caused serious injury or death.

Steps that parents can take to lower the risks of window cord injuries:

• Use cordless window coverings
• Make sure any window covering cords are out of the kids’ reach
• Keep all furniture, especially beds, cribs, and sofas, away from any window cords
• Adjust pull cords so that they are as short as possible
• Anchor the continuous-loop pull cords found on drapes and make sure the cords are pulled tight

CPSC Votes to Develop Mandatory Safety Standards for Window Coverings to Protect Children, ConsumerFed.org, October 8, 2014

October is Window Covering Safety Month: CPSC Urges Parents to Inspect Homes for Hidden and Deadly Window Cord Hazards, CPSC, October 9, 2014


More Blog Posts:
Over 1,800 Massachusetts State Police Car Crashes in the Last Five Years, Reports The Boston Globe, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, October 7, 2014

Xarelto Injury Lawsuits Sue Bayer and Johnson & Johnson, Drug Injury Lawyers Blog, September 15, 2014

MA Electrical Company Cited By U.S. Department of Labor After Deaths of 2 Workers
, Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Lawyer Blog, September 28, 2014

October 7, 2014

Over 1,800 Massachusetts State Police Car Crashes in the Last Five Years, Reports The Boston Globe

According to The Boston Globe, in the last five years, there have been over 1,800 Massachusetts car crashes involving State Police vehicles—that’s nearly one collision a day. Law enforcement authorities say that hundreds of these accidents occurred because troopers were speeding, disregarding traffic signs, or breaking other safety rules.

Records indicate that approximately 100 people annually are hurt in Massachusetts State Police car crashes. In 2013 alone, there were over 400 collisions, including 306 Boston auto collisions.

Also, in the last ten years the department has paid over $3 million in collision settlements. The amount could have been more if there wasn’t a $100,000 statutory limit on negligence claims brought against government agencies in the state. At least four of the Massachusetts police traffic crashes involved fatalities.

While law enforcement officials attribute some of the accidents to the many miles officers drive when patrolling, police appear to be involved in about double as many collisions per mile as other motorists.

Common causes of police car crashes:
• High speed pursuits
• Driving in poor weather conditions
• Distracted driving, including laptops, other technology devices, and listening to radio chatter
• Speeding, even if unrelated to their work

Unfortunately, there are police officers that think the laws don’t apply to them, which can lead to serious injuries and deaths. Even while in the pursuit of justice, Massachusetts and local troopers have a duty to drive safely so that no one—including a suspect or an innocent bystander—is hurt.

Police car crashes are a problem in other states as well. Just recently, in Southern California, five people were sent to the hospital following a traffic crash between a San Diego police car, another vehicle, and eight bicyclists. At the time, the police officer was heading to a domestic violence call. The couple in the vehicle said they had the green light.

If you or someone you love was seriously injured in a Boston car accident involving a state police car or some other vehicle and you believe the other driver may have been at fault, you should speak with a Boston injury lawyer immediately.

Troopers, public at risk from State Police cruiser crashes, The Boston Globe, October 5, 2014

Request a Police Crash Report, Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles

Police Car Crashes into Group of Tourists, NBC San Diego, September 29, 2014


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Xarelto Injury Lawsuits Sue Bayer and Johnson & Johnson, Massachusetts Drug Injury Lawyer Blog, September 15, 2014

Cape Cod MA Crane Accident Deaths Were Preventable, Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Lawyer Blog, September 26, 2014