There’s a new auto recall making headlines recently, and it’s a big one: Takata, the leading Japanese manufacturer of vehicle safety parts, is under fire for selling faulty airbags to at least ten different automakers beginning as early as 2001.

The airbags have been recalled due to their potential to rupture when deployed and spray bits of shrapnel into drivers and front-seat passengers. So far, 2 deaths and more than 30 injuries have been linked to flawed Takata airbags in Honda vehicles alone. Regulators claim that Takata airbags used by other automakers have caused more than 139 injuries.

After years of denial, Takata has finally acknowledged the rupture risk of its airbags, and several automakers – including BMW, Toyota, Nissan, Ford, and Chrysler – have issued recalls.

Here’s the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration‘s list of the vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recall as of August 2014:

Vehicles Affected by Takata Airbag Recall

MAKE
MODEL
YEAR(S)
AcuraMDX 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
AcuraTL2002, 2003
AcuraCL2002, 2003
AcuraRL2005
BMW325XI2002
BMW325CI2001, 2003
BMW325I2004
BMW330I2004
BMW330CI2001, 2003
BMW330XI2001, 2002, 2003
FordGT2005, 2006
FordMustang2005, 2006, 2007
FordRanger2004
HondaElement2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
HondaPilot2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Honda CR-V2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Honda Civic2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Honda Accord2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
HondaOdyssey2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Honda Ridgeline2006
InfinitiFX452003, 2004, 2005
InfinitiFX352003, 2004, 2005
InfinitiI352003, 2004
LexusSC4302003, 2004, 2005
MitsubishiLancer2004, 2005
NissanMaxima2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
NissanPathfinder2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
NissanSentra2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
PontiacVibe2003, 2004, 2005
Saab9-2X2005
SubaruOutback2003, 2004, 2005
SubaruBaja2003, 2004, 2005
SubaruLegacy2003, 2004, 2005
SubaruImpreza2004, 2005
ToyotaMatrix2003, 2004, 2005
ToyotaTundra2003, 2004, 2005
ToyotaCorolla2003, 2004, 2005
ToyotaSequoia2003, 2004, 2005

Sources: International Business Times, Forbes, SaferCar.gov

Monday, 15 September 2014 14:37

What to Do when Stopped by the Police!

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Maybe not as funny as Chris Rock, but we’ll cover the basics:

1. Be polite. Be respectful. “Yes, sir” and “yes, ma’am” go a long way. That’s not to say you can’t be yourself, converse, and ask questions. Just don’t be argumentative or sarcastic.

2. Follow the Golden Rule. Put yourself in the shoes of the policeman. Realize the police pull over some crazy characters; it’s a safety issue for them. Before I asked some police friends what they preferred to happen when they stopped someone, I assumed they’d want me to get out of my car and go to them, pulling my driver’s license out of my wallet on the way. Wrong! Stay in your car. Hands on the steering wheel at 10 and 2. Turn your engine and radio off. Put your phone down. Roll down the window on the side the officer is approaching, and await his instruction rather than digging around for your license and registration beforehand.

3. Don’t even think about trying to run away!

 

Friday, 12 September 2014 15:38

When Routine Medical Procedures Go Wrong

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Everyone makes mistakes. When we’re lucky, our mistakes are small enough to go unnoticed and have no ramifications. Doctors and nurses, however, live in a world where the effects of their mistakes can range from inconvenient to absolutely devastating.

Medical errors can involve medication, diagnosis, surgery, lab reports, or any other aspect of our complex healthcare system. Most of the time, patients breeze through routine medical procedures as expected; but in some unfortunate cases, something goes awry and a mistake is made.

We still don’t know what exactly caused Joan Rivers to go into cardiac arrest while undergoing a procedure, but we do know that these things can happen to anyone and that skilled medical professionals are as prone to blunders as the rest of us.

The proof is in the headlines: last December in Oakland, California, a 13-year-old girl was left brain dead after a routine tonsillectomy. Last October in Maryland, a 54-year-old man suffered complications from a routine colonoscopy that took his life and left his family reeling. Just earlier this year, Law Offices of Gary Green received a $6M verdict for the plaintiff following complications during the birth of the plaintiff’s daughter.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), the best way you can prevent errors is to be an active member of your healthcare team. Here are just a few tips from ahrq.gov on how you can take part in every decision regarding your treatment and get safer care:

  • Make sure that all of your doctors know about every single prescription and over-the-counter medicine, supplement, and vitamin you’re taking.
  • Make sure your doctor knows about any allergies and adverse reactions you’ve had to medicines.
  • When your doctor writes a prescription for you, make sure you can read it.
  • Ask for information about the medicine you’re prescribed in clear terms that you can understand: what’s it for; when you take it and for how long; what the side effects are; if it may interact with other medicines you’re taking; if there are any foods, drinks, or activities you should avoid while on the medicine, etc.
  • If you are having surgery, make sure that you, your doctor, and your surgeon agree on exactly what will be done.
  • If you have a choice, choose a hospital where many patients have had the procedure or surgery you need. Research shows results are better when patients are treated in hospitals that have a great deal of experience with their condition.
  • Make sure that all of your doctors have your important health information.
  • Ask a family member or friend to go to appointments with you.
  • If you have a test, do not assume that no news is good news. Ask how and when you will get the results.
  • And most importantly: speak up if you have questions or concerns. You have a right to question anyone who is involved with your care.

Source: ahrq.gov (Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality)

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 14:16

Pedestrian Right-of-Way

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

A common misconception is that “pedestrians always have the right-of-way” on roads, without exception. In the State of Arkansas, pedestrians have the right-of-way in crosswalks. However, Arkansas Code Annotated § 27-51-1204 states, “Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.” Always use a crosswalk when crossing the street!

 

Monday, 8 September 2014 14:51

PIP & Med Pay: What’s the Difference?

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

PIP (Personal Injury Protection) and Med Pay (Medical Payments) insurance are coverage terms that tend to be used interchangeably. My experience is that PIP usually refers to first party coverage for the owner of the policy (the driver of his or her own car), his or her passengers, and pedestrians. This type of coverage includes medical payments, lost wages, and disability. Med Pay usually refers to medical payments coverage in addition to liability coverage (and is available to first or third parties). Both PIP and Med Pay are paid without regard to fault.

Companies that pay PIP or Med Pay often request repayment by subrogation. These requests cannot be ignored. They usually can be dealt with favorably for our clients. Refusal to subrogate is based on the argument that our client has not been made whole. The key is to get the company which claims a subrogation interest to formally abandon the claim, or to set the matter for declaratory judgment.

It is no longer enough to get the company which claims a subrogation interest to reduce their claim. (In the past, one could rely upon the Arkansas Statute which recognized a 1/3 cost of collection fee to the plaintiff’s attorney for collecting the subrogation interest.)

If your client has no insurance of any kind, the client might qualify to receive Med Pay benefits under the defendant’s policy. This normally requires the client to sign and submit and affidavit of no insurance.

Finally, when negotiating an underinsured motorist claim (UIM), require that any offers made are to be in addition to a complete waiver of any subrogation interest.

Friday, 5 September 2014 15:59

U.S. No Longer Best Place to Have a Baby

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

The United States is one of only eight countries to see an increase in maternal mortality since 2003, according to a new report from the University of Washington.

A report from Save the Children ranked Somalia as the most difficult country in which to be a mother; there, mothers face a one-in-seven chance of death during childbirth. Finland, where mothers have a one-in-12,000 chance of fatality during delivery, ranked as the best place to have a child. The United States ranked alongside Romania and Iran.

“When we first started doing this study 15 years ago, the U.S. was #4, now it has moved to 31,” said Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children.

“Our health care system really doesn’t cater to the most disadvantaged people,” said Miles. “It’s a blanket system that gives many people access, but ignores high-risk populations.”  Miles stressed the importance of putting a focus on community healthcare in poor neighborhoods as one way to improve maternal mortality rates.

The two main causes of maternal mortality are pulmonary embolism and hemorrhaging. Early induction, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and C-sections are all associated with higher risk of hemorrhage.

Debra Bingham, vice president of research for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), is concerned about the tendency to induce early delivery for “scheduling or convenience.” AWHONN has launched a campaign called “Don’t Rush Me, Let Me Go the Full Forty” in order to educate mothers that inducing labor early can come with a scary set of risks.

Source: Desert News

 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014 14:51

What Does “Speed Limit” Really Mean?

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

A speed limit is just that: a limit.

However, in the State of Arkansas one can operate a motor vehicle at an unsafe speed while driving the speed limit or even slower! Arkansas Code Annotated § 27-51-201 states that: “No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing.”

Regardless of the posted speed limit, conditions such as traffic, weather and other hazards obligate drivers to sometimes drive slower for safety.

This is a reminder from gGreen.com to know the laws of the road and stay safe!

Thursday, 28 August 2014 15:50

A Happy & Safe Labor Day from gGreen.com!

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

As the long Labor Day weekend nears, please take a moment to remember:

Drinking and driving is deadly dangerous, and texting and driving is deadly dangerous.

Urge your family and friends to keep everyone on the road safe by pledging to refrain from dangerous and distracted activities while behind the wheel.

We at Law Offices of Gary Green wish everyone a restful and SAFE holiday!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 15:58

Watch Out For Cyclists!

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

More and more we are seeing bicyclists on our city streets. Unfortunately, we are also seeing more bicyclists injured in motor vehicle collisions. In the State of Arkansas, safely passing a cyclist requires a minimum distance of three feet between the side of the car and the cyclist overtaken (Arkansas Code Annotated § 27-51-311). If this law is violated and it results in injury, the driver of the car will not just be liable for the cyclist’s injuries, but also can receive a criminal fine up to $1,000. Automobile insurance won’t cover a criminal fine.

This is a reminder from gGreen.com to know the law and stay safe!

usgs

Following the 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Napa, California, last weekend, Arkansas residents may be wondering what to do should such an event ever happen here. While the Arkansas seismic zone may not be as historically active as California, we have seen our fair share of tremors and are amongst active fault lines. We at gGreen.com hope to never need this information, but we also believe that it pays to stay informed and be prepared. We encourage our friends and family to do the same!

HOW CAN I PREPARE?

  • Practice “drop, cover, and hold” in your safe place. If you don’t have sturdy furniture to hold onto, sit on the floor next to an interior wall and cover your head and neck with your arms.
  • Know fire evacuation and earthquake plans for all the buildings you occupy regularly.
  • Keep emergency supplies in an easily accessible location.

WHAT SHOULD I DO DURING AN EARTHQUAKE?

  • Drop, cover, and hold on!
  • Stay indoors and away from windows.
  • If you are outside when the shaking starts, find a clear spot and drop to the ground.

WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE?

  • Drop, cover, and hold on during aftershocks.
  • Check yourself for injuries, and help injured or trapped persons if it is safe to do so.
  • Let your family know you’re safe.

Image source: United States Geological Survey, usgs.gov