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The importance of the Consumer Product Safety Commission

If you've ever had to return a product because of a recall, you likely know of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This government agency is vital to the health, safety and well-being of Americans when it comes to preventing them from suffering injuries due to defective or unsafe products. The agency succeeds when citizens report unsafe products.

The CPSC is responsible for warning the public about defective, unsafe or otherwise dangerous products. Recalls are issued by the agency in an effort to prevent the public from suffering injuries, some of which can be fatal. It is up to the consumer to follow the recall alert issued by the CPSC.

Car accidents and crush injuries

A car accident can easily lead to a serious injury that can change your life in an instant. One such injury is known as a crush injury. Crush injuries are serious and can require a lot of rehabilitation. You could wind up missing a lot of time at work and have trouble paying the bills. Let's explore the crush injuries that can be caused by a Wheeling car accident.

A crush injury in a car accident can range from minor to tragic. An example of a minor crush injury would be having your finger slammed in a car door or closed in a window. It's still an injury, but it's not as severe as some other crush injuries that could change your life.

The rights of a surviving spouse after a fatal car crash

The unexpected loss of a loved one in a preventable accident turns your life upside down. Many people experience strong emotions, ranging from depression to anger, while also needing to deal with planning a funeral and trying to maintain normalcy at home.

Not only will you need to find a way to process the impact of this loss on your family, but you will need to consider the financial consequences of such a death. The expectations of the world will continue to hurtle forward, even as you are still reeling with the shock of an unexpected loss.

Drunk driving realities in West Virginia

Most drivers in West Virginia do a good job of following the traffic laws when they are on the roads and highways. There are, however, enough people who choose to ignore laws and basic safety principles when they are behind the wheel of a vehicle. This unfortunately puts a lot of innocent people in harm's way for no good reason. Driving after drinking is one of the behaviors that many people refuse to give up.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk drivers were responsible for one out of every two traffic deaths in Ohio County, West Virginia between 2013 and 2017. During those five years, 10 out of 20 people in the county lost their lives at the hands of intoxicated drivers. This is a significantly higher number of alcohol deaths compared to the county's closest neighbors. Together, Marshall, Wetzel and Brooke Counties recorded 13 drunk driving deaths in the same period.

Reducing injuries in the oil and gas industries

When people think of West Virginia, oil and gas may not be the first industries that come to mind. Nevertheless, many people working in these areas suffer injuries in the state every year. In fact, these injuries are not state-specific. The oil and gas industry remains one of the most dangerous fields to work in nationwide.

One example comes from Forbes. It reports that in 2010, the deadliest U.S. drilling accident occurred in the state of Oklahoma. The explosion claimed the lives of 11 workers. While this is the worst of the lot, it is not a standalone incident. The industry claims 100 lives on average every year. These workers die from not just explosions and structural collapses, but also falls, chronic illnesses and more commonplace workplace accidents.

[GAG1]Oil and gas is seen as one industry in WV. They are pumping oil and gas from the same wells. Is it really one industry?

Manufacturers' responsibility in product liability

Consumers expect companies to uphold a certain standard of quality and care. Unfortunately, not every company hits the mark, and this negligence can sometimes lead to serious issues.

In certain instances, it may be possible to successfully argue a product liability case. However, understanding the liability level of a manufacturer is important.

About 20% of serious medical conditions misdiagnosed

No one knows your body quite like you, and when you feel less than your best, you probably schedule an appointment with your West Virginia physician so he or she can tell you what the problem is and how you can feel better. Regrettably, though, many doctors misdiagnose certain serious medical conditions, and when they do this, it can have serious and potentially even life-threatening repercussions. At Gellner Law Offices, we recognize that some mistakes by doctors constitute medical malpractice, and we have helped many clients figure out whether they have valid malpractice claims after a misdiagnosis. Not all inaccurate diagnosis is malpractice, but an inaccurate diagnosis could be medical negligence if the doctor fell below the standard of care.

According to AARP, medical diagnostic errors are entirely too common, with studies suggesting that they play a role in about 10% of all American patient deaths. Additionally, studies indicate that somewhere between 6% and 17% of all adverse events that occur in hospitals happen because of diagnostic errors, shining a spotlight on just how prevalent medical misdiagnosis actually is.

Is it a good idea to check for product recalls?

Like many other West Virginia residents, you expect the products you buy to be safe and free from any defects that can harm you and your family. Unfortunately, at the Gellner Law Offices, we have seen numerous cases in which a faulty product caused significant damages and injuries. You and other West Virginia residents may want to take precautions that include learning about recent recalls and accident reports before an accident occurs.

In most cases, you do not need to worry about the home appliances, power tools or food that you purchase. However, some products may carry unforeseen risks. Your favorite foodcould have come from a batch that was contaminated with the Listeria bacterium. The doll you bought your daughter for her birthday may have a part that easily breaks off and creates a choking hazard. Your new car could have a faulty brake system that goes out a few months after purchase. In any of these instances, you might not realize the product you brought home was harmful until after someone in your family became sick or was injured.

Can an auto accident blind you?

Unfortunately, the answer to the above question is yes. Should your eyes or head become injured in a West Virginia car accident, it could render you partially or totally blind either temporarily or permanently.

Ideal Eyecare explains that both a direct eye injury and a blow to your head could cause you to suffer retinal detachment. When this happens, your retina(s) become(s) partially or totally detached from the back of your eye(s), resulting in some or all of the following symptoms:

  • A sudden decrease in your vision
  • The appearance of a gray curtain in front of your eyes
  • Peripheral vision shadows or darkness
  • Light flashes in your vision
  • "Eye floaters" that impede your vision

Top 5 innovations that help keep motorcyclists safer

The freedom you feel when riding your motorcycle is like nothing else. The only problem is that this kind of freedom comes with a certain amount of danger.

However, designers and manufacturers are always thinking in terms of safety. Here are five innovations that will help you have a safer, more enjoyable ride.

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