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Couple files suit alleging dangerous products caused eye injury

There are countless products that consumers purchase every day with the expectation that they will deliver the promised results without causing any harm. Unfortunately, not every item that is available for purchase serves its intended purpose, as some of these materials prove to be potentially dangerous products. There are countless Maine consumers who have suffered injuries due to a defective item.

Recently, a couple filed a federal lawsuit over allegations that a popular product caused the wife to suffer serious injuries to her eye. The lawsuit claims that she had purchased a popular brand of air freshener from her local Sam's Club store. Several months after purchasing the glass plug-in refill, she attempted to remove the container from its packaging. In the process of doing so, the item purportedly exploded, and the woman's right eye suffered significant injury from glass shards and the aromatic chemicals.

Winter weather can result in increased risk of a serious crash

It isn't really winter until it starts to snow. Once the roads get covered in white, fluffy snow, however, there are a host of seasonal dangers drivers need to worry about. The long, dark and cold winter months impact both the roads and the vehicle you drive, leaving you at risk of experiencing a crash or collision and potentially serious injuries.

All kinds of motor vehicle issues happen in the winter that aren't a concern the rest of the year. There's black ice, which happens when melt water or rain freezes on the road, creating a thin and invisible layer of ice that can result in loss of traction. You also have to worry about the potential for skidding off the road into a ditch.

Unfortunate surgery failure or medical malpractice?

After trying all other available options, you decided to move forward with surgery. You may have been nervous about the procedure, but you believed that it would finally eliminate the pain and make a positive difference in your daily life. Now that your surgery is complete, however, you know that something isn’t right. Maybe you even wish you never agreed to this treatment in the first place.

Although every surgery comes with the risk of failure or unforeseen complications, medical providers could mishandle procedures. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the top three practice areas that faced malpractice claims were neurosurgery, thoracic-cardiovascular surgery, and general surgery. It’s no surprise that these procedures carry a high risk, but negligence can have incredibly serious consequences at this level.

Toy safety concerns to watch this holiday season

There are many factors to consider when purchasing a toy for a young loved one this holiday season. Does it match the child’s interests? Is it affordable? Is it safe?

Toy safety is a very important factor, but unless it’s a Red Flyer BB Gun it may not seem like an obvious concern. There’s no reason for the average consumer to suspect that if a product is available for sale that it will be unsafe.

Truck accidents happen for many reasons: Do you know them?

If you have spent any amount of time driving on the highway, you know that commercial trucks are all over the place. You may also know that these drivers are not always doing what they should in regard to safety and following the rules of the road.

Truck accidents happen for many reasons, including but not limited to the following:

  • Lack of training in regard to safety, defensive driving and technique
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Drowsy driving, often related to staying on the road for too many consecutive hours
  • A system of compensation that encourages a trucker to skip breaks and/or drive faster than the speed limit
  • Reckless driving, which comes in many forms (such as speeding and swerving)

Underride accidents are often fatal and nearly always preventable

No one wants to get into a car crash. People on the road adhere to special practices to limit the risk of a serious or fatal crash. From wearing your seat belt to avoiding the streets between 2 and 3 in the morning after bars close, there's a lot you can do to minimize your risk. When it comes to commercial vehicles, taking extra care is incredibly important. Commercial truck accidents resulting in fatalities and catastrophic injuries have been on the rise in recent years.

This is due to an ever-increasing number of commercial vehicles on the road. You can try to stay safe by not driving behind them or in their blind spots, but it is impossible to completely avoid commercial vehicles on the road these days. Especially when traffic is moving quickly, like on a freeway or interstate, the risk of major crashes with these vehicles is higher than ever. One specific kind of crash, an underride accident, shouldn't even happen.

Symptoms from brain injuries can sometimes develop slowly

When you get into an accident that involves blunt trauma, rocking, shaking or falling, there's always the potential for a traumatic brain injury. Your brain can sustain damage due to rapid movement, pressure or trauma or impact after falling.

Because your brain is trapped inside the protection of your skull, if swelling happens, there's nowhere for tissue to go. Increasing damage and symptoms can be the end result of these kinds of brain injuries.

Statue of limitations and why it is important to your case

Imagine having a car accident in Portland with a negligent driver. Everything points to the other driver as the cause of the accident. Even the police report indicates that he was at fault. Despite what you consider to be solid evidence of the circumstances, the other driver's insurance company has been completely uncooperative in offering a fair settlement for your injuries and the damage to your vehicle that resulted from the car accident.

It is time to take the next step toward getting the compensation you deserve, so you decide to file a lawsuit against the driver in a Maine court. When you choose to file a claim in court, it is imperative that you do so within the state's statute of limitations. If you do not file with the prescribed time period, the court may throw out your claim and you may never recover your losses. After you have suffered an injury or property damage due to someone else's negligence, one of the first things you should do is discover as much as possible about time limitations for filing. Read further for more information on Maine's statute of limitation laws.

Always report a slip-and-fall accident when it happens

One moment, you're walking through the lobby of a business or through the aisles of a store. Suddenly, your feet lose their grip and you find yourself flat on your back. You may experience a moment of panic, when you can't breathe because the impact has forced the air from your lungs. You could see stars or even lose consciousness for a few seconds.

You realize people are staring at you, maybe trying to help you up. Your instinct may be to feel embarrassed and quickly keep moving. However, doing so could prove to be a serious mistake, even if you don't notice injuries right away.

Commercial vehicle accidents carry extra risks for drivers

Not so long ago, a lot of freight was carried via railroad. These days, most products are transported using commercial vehicles on public roads. Combine that with a boom in online sales and thus product delivery, and you have roadways clogged with far more commercial vehicles than in the past. Those commercial vehicles can contribute to a number of issues, including slower flow of traffic during peak travel hours and increased environmental pollution. They can also cause very serious traffic accidents when they collide with smaller vehicles, often resulting in major injuries or even death.

As a driver on the road, you're probably well aware of the risks posed by commercial vehicles. When you see a bus, delivery vehicle or semi-truck, you probably give it a wide berth and make sure to stay out of its blind spots. Sadly, with so many commercial vehicles on the road, it's inevitable that even with defensive driving and careful attention, some drivers are ending up in accidents with these larger vehicles. In recent years, injuries and fatalities as a result of commercial crashes have increased. That means that the risk is higher than ever for a serious accident involving a commercial vehicle.

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