With the holiday season in full swing, it is hard to believe that it will soon be time to take down the decorations and put them in storage until next year. For many households, the attic is an ideal location to store holiday decorations. Pull-down attic ladders are permanently attached to the attic floor and fold down into the room below. When installed properly, pull-down ladders provide safe and convenient attic access without the need to locate a step stool. However, people often fail to recognize the potential risk posed by pull-down attic stairs.

Pull-Down Ladder Failure Can Cause Serious Injury
Although pull-down ladders are convenient, they can be dangerous if they are not installed or manufactured safely. When customers purchase a product, they expect that product to be safe to use for its intended purpose. When climbing attic stairs with a heavy load of holiday decorations, the last thing you want to be concerned about is the ability of the pull-down ladder to support your weight.

Attic ladder injuries that happen during normal use may occur because of a structural defect in the ladder. Common defects of pull-down ladders may be caused by flawed design, poor workmanship or the use of cheap materials. Often, the manufacturer will use inferior materials to save money during production. Unfortunately, their cost-saving measures can put customers at risk.

If a manufacturer continues to create a product that is known to be defective, they may be liable for a product liability lawsuit. One manufacturer has recently been subject to a lawsuit because of frequent hinge failure associated with their pull-down ladders. These hinges are made of a weaker metal that is subject to bending, cracking and shattering. When the hinges weaken, the ladder becomes unstable, increasing the risk of injury. Despite their awareness of the danger, they continued to sell the product, causing many people to become injured.

Hold Defective Ladder Manufacturers Accountable
If you have suffered a pull-down ladder injury, contact a product liability attorney to help you file an attic ladder lawsuit. Product liability lawsuits are an important way to hold manufacturers accountable and protect other consumers from harm. If the attorney can show that the manufacturer was negligent, you may be able to recover financially for your medical expenses and the pain and suffering you experienced due to the ladder defect.

At Law Offices of Gary Green, our experienced product liability lawyers will fight for your legal rights. Our goal is to help victims to recover financially for all expenses associated with their injuries. Because we understand that personal injury cases involve a great deal of stress and anxiety, we work hard on your behalf so that our clients can focus on healing. Our lawyers thoroughly investigate each case to maximize your chance of success. Once we establish that your injuries were caused by the ladder defect, we are able to hold ladder manufacturers accountable for their negligence.

To speak with an attorney, contact Law Offices of Gary Green at 1-888-442-7947 or email ggreen@gGreen.com.

When parents and grandparents purchase toys for young family members, they usually check the age appropriate label on the toy. It is as equally important to check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website frequently to see if there are any dangers hiding in your child or grandchild’s toybox. Below are five recent toy recalls that you may not know about. Some of these products can and have caused serious injury to children. If your family has been affected by one of these dangerous products, call Law Offices of Gary Green to see what compensation you may be entitled to receive.

First Fitness® Trampolines with Handlebars

Distributed by Aqua-Leisure Industries Inc., of Avon, Mass. and sold at Toys “R” Us across the nation, nearly 40,000 of these trampolines were recalled due to possible metal fatigue within the handlebar area. Handlebars are red and blue. Falls and lacerations are possible.

Imaginarium Activity Center

Distributed by Toys “R” Us Inc. of Wayne, N.J., 24,000 of these products made for infants and babies were recalled because of wooden knobs that were not securely attached, creating a choking hazard. The activity center includes a xylophone and a mirror on opposite ends. The word “Imaginarium” is located under the mirror in a blue oval.

Feels Real Baby Dolls by Baby Dolls:

Voluntarily recalled by distributor Lakeshore Learning Materials of Carson, Calif., about 3,900 of these dolls have toes and fingers that can detach and pose a choking hazard. These 14-inch dolls have movable limbs and are dressed in a diaper that decorated with hearts, stars and swirls. The word “Lakeshore” can be located on one of the diaper labels. On the other label, adults can find the recalled toy serial number “550200.”

Free Toy Truck with Purchase

Happy Shirts, sold at Kohl’s department stores, gave free toy trucks with the purchase of a Big Movers T-shirts. Sadly, the free gift has been voluntarily recalled due to a possible fire hazard if battery connections get hot enough. The trucks have flashing lights on top and come with yellow, red and blue Big Movers logos on the hood.

4-in-1 Dramatic Play Theater Toys

These theater props, imported by Guidecraft Inc., of Winthrop, Minn., were recalled after it was discovered that they could easily tip and fall over onto small children. At least one injury has been reported. The theaters will have the offending model number, G51062, on a sticker located on the bottom crossbar and on the product assembly instructions.

If you own any of these products, you are entitled to a refund. If a family member has been injured while using any of these toys, you may be entitled to much more. Contact Law Offices of Gary Green at toll-free at 1-888-442-7947 or send an e-mail to gGreen@gGreen.com to see what compensation you may be entitled to receive.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident that involved a collapsed roof, you need to seek competent legal advice right away. Every year, more than 25,000 people are injured in rollover accidents in the United States. More than 10,000 people die in such accidents every year too. A significant proportion of these incidents involve collapsed roofs. The government holds car manufacturers to strict standards regarding roof strength. Sadly, not all automakers adhere to those standards, which leads to these sobering statistics. With an experienced car accident attorney or product liability attorney, you can protect your rights and try to get the compensation that you deserve.

Hold Automakers Responsible

As the saying goes, accidents happen. However, the end result can be considerably worse when manufacturers don’t adhere to government standards and safety requirements. If you have been involved in a car accident that involved a collapsed roof, don’t assume that you need to face the consequences alone. There’s a very good chance that you can receive compensation for your injuries or for those of a loved one. Automakers will not voluntarily give you the compensation you need. You have to seek it yourself. The Arkansas lawyers at Law Offices of Gary Green can help.

Is Your Vehicle Safe?

There is no way for you to check and see whether the roof of your car can sustain the impact of a rollover crash or not. That sort of thing is dependent on government standards and manufacturers’ adherence to them. Like most people, you don’t drive around looking to get into a car accident. If one happens and your car rolls over, though, a collapsed roof can dramatically increase the odds of serious injury or death. In addition to crushing you, a collapsed roof can cause the glass to break, and you can be ejected from the car.

Take Action Now

There is no reason to treat a rollover accident with a collapsed roof as a matter of course. The truth of the matter is that the roof of your car may not have been strong enough in the first place. By contacting Law Offices of Gary Green, you can get to work on protecting your rights in this situation. Our skilled Arkansas product liability attorneys will work with you to seek the compensation that you deserve. Don’t let car manufacturers take your safety for granted. Contact Law Offices of Gary Green now.

Friday, 21 May 2010 12:03

Yamaha ATV Injury

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Injured in an ATV rollover? Design defects increase Rhino rollover risk and have resulted in serious injury and death.

The Yamaha Rhino

The Yamaha Rhino ATV is an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) manufactured by Yamaha Motor Company from 2004 – Present. The Rhino is extremely unsafe because it rolls over even when operating at low speeds. Many injuries and deaths have occurred due to the defective design of the Rhino. There are widespread reports of broken legs, particularly the tibia bone, which occur as a result of the vehicle rolling over due to its unsafe design. The Yamaha Rhino all terrain vehicle has been linked with many rollovers due to the following properties:

  • The Yamaha Rhino is narrow, and wider vehicles can be more stable
  • The Yamaha Rhino is top-heavy and therefore has a high center of gravity
  • The Yamaha Rhino has small tires, and small tires give the vehicle less of a platform for stability

Rollover Warning

Experts have questioned the safety of the Yamaha Rhino since its release. In August 2007, Yamaha announced that it would add doors and passenger handles to vehicles manufactured after 2004, but stopped short of issuing a recall of the Rhino. At the same time, Yamaha issued a new product warning label for the Yamaha Rhino that acknowledged the risk of rollover accidents and alerts users that the Rhino can rollover even while operating the vehicle on flat, open areas. In spite of its knowledge of serious injuries resulting from rollovers, Yamaha has not announced a recall of the Rhino all-terrain vehicle.

When confronted with the mounting injuries of Rhino drivers and passengers, Yamaha has simply blamed them for their own injuries. The following statement is from Yamaha:

“While the Rhino has been a reliable and versatile vehicle, some operators have engaged in aggressive driving (such as sliding, skidding, fishtailing, or doing donuts) or made abrupt maneuvers (such as turning the steering wheel too far or too fast) that have resulted in side rollovers – even on flat, open areas. Unfortunately, some occupants have been seriously injured during such rollovers when they put their arms or legs outside the vehicle, resulting in crushing or other injuries.”

The Yamaha Grizzly

The Yamaha Grizzly is a popular ATV (all-terrain vehicle) used by thousands of individuals across the United States. Unfortunately, there have been numerous issues regarding the throttle system “sticking” and causing the ATV to suddenly accelerate. In one case, an individual was backing his Yamaha Grizzly off its trailer when the throttle stuck in the “wide open” position. The Grizzly slammed into a tree, throwing the operator several feet and causing severe, life-threatening injuries.

Law Offices of Gary Green has experience with Yamaha Grizzly sudden acceleration cases. If you or a loved one were injured on a Yamaha Grizzly ATV or any other ATV, contact Law Offices of Gary Green now for a free consultation at 1-888-442-7947 or contact us with an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com

Common Injuries

Rhino drivers and passengers have suffered serious injuries when their Rhino rolled over. In some instances passengers have died. Common injuries include:

  • Broken Legs, Ankles or Feet
  • Crushed Legs, Ankles or Feet
  • Broken Arm, Wrist or Hand
  • Crushed Arm, Wrist or Hand
  • Amputation

The Yamaha Rhino and other ATV models are to blame for thousands of deaths and serious injuries each year. It is estimated that more than 146,600 people – more than one quarter of them children – were treated in the United States emergency rooms for ATV-related injuries according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

If you or someone you know was injured on an ATV, you should take the following steps to preserve your claim:

First, take several photographs of the ATV as is and the surroundings where the accident occurred, if possible. Do not move anything until the photographs are secured, if possible.

Second, make sure you maintain the ATV in its current condition in a dry, secure place until it can be examined by one of our experts. Do not attempt to repair or discover the defect in the ATV. If you need assistance in this regard, don’t hesitate to call us.

Third, do not make any changes of any kind to the ATV.

Fourth, other than to secure the vehicle, do not let any person operate the vehicle until you contact us.

Fifth, secure and maintain any and all repair invoices, owner’s manuals, documents you received when you purchased the ATV and any correspondence you received from the dealer or manufacturer.

Finally, call us as soon as possible after the injury.

Failure to preserve the ATV immediately after an injury can compromise your rights to recovery.

ATV Lawsuits

Defective Products – Although accidents happen in any vehicle, ATV design defects have caused limbs to be crushed and even death in all-too-frequent rollovers. Consumer advocates blame the injuries and deaths on weak voluntary standards. Many ATV rollover injuries are caused by unstable design. For instance, the Yamaha Rhino was designed with its high center of gravity too high, making the vehicle dangerously unstable.

Product Liability – This is the area of law in which manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers, and others who make products available to the public are held responsible for the injuries those products cause.

Design Defects – These are errors caused in the initial product design that make the vehicle dangerous. The injured party must show that the harmful product was defectively designed and often needs to show that a safer alternative design was available and feasible. Manufacturing Defects – are flaws that occurred during the manufacturing process; the manufacturer can be at fault if a defect results in injury, no matter what safety steps were in place during the process.

Failure to Warn – Manufacturers must warn customers of any dangers that are not obvious and give instructions for proper use. If the consumer hasn’t been satisfactorily warned, this could mean the manufacturer knows of a potential hazard regarding its product but neglects to tell the consumer and could be the cause of the user’s injuries.

Our on staff lawyers are standing by to answer any questions you may have regarding the Yamaha Rhino or any other ATV rollover litigation. If you or a loved one were injured on a Yamaha Rhino ATV, contact Law Offices of Gary Green now for a free consultation at 1-888-442-7947 or contact us with an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com.

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