Gas Fireplace Explosions and Fires

Residential Gas fireplaces provide Massachusetts residents the warmth, comfort, and feel of a real fireplace without the inconvenience or burden of fireplace maintenance and having to chop or buy fire wood. Although convenient, these home gas fireplaces pose significant risk of explosions and house fires if they are improperly installed or maintained. Gas Fireplace leaks can result in carbon monoxide poisoning, but can also result in explosions that can level an entire neighborhood block.

Zip Line Accidents: Unregulated Amusements That Can Lead to Serious Injuries

Zip Lines, ziplining and Tree-top Canopy Tours are growing in popularity. As the industry grows so do zip line injuries. A study showed a 50% increase in zip line related injuries from 2009 to 2012 with children ages 9 years old and under accounting for 45% of all injuries and children ages 10 to 19 accounting for 33%.

Child Lead Paint Poisoning & Defective Toys

Children are at the greatest risk for health issues related to lead poisoning. Children have smaller bodies that are growing and this makes them susceptible to absorbing and retaining lead in their bodies. Lead paint is the most common source lead poisoning in children. Lead paint was banned for use in homes in 1973. If your child lived in a home that was constructed before 1973 then they may suffer lead poisoning if they consumed paint chips or inhaled dust from lead based paint.

Nail Gun Accidents and Injuries Caused by Defective Nail Guns

Nail gun injury claims and litigation have skyrocketed over the last several decades. Nail guns are one of the most used tools in the construction industry because they are effective, easy to use and speed up production. You can also find these tools in residential garages all over the country as they have become readily available to average consumers and do-it-yourselfers over the last few years.

Defective Motor Vehicles

Motor vehicle manufacturers develop enhanced features and new product applications during their vehicle research, development and testing. However, they also come across design defects that raise durability, reliability and safety concerns. While the safety of their customers and other people on the road should be a major concern, some manufactures have been known to put company profits ahead of safety.

Power Tool Accidents & Defective Power Tool Injuries

Dangerous and defective power tools cause catastrophic injuries and kill every year even when used safely and in accordance with the instructions. Defective power tools expose users to amputation injuries, electrocution injuries, burns, lacerations, loss of vision, fractures and host of other injuries. Most of these injuries are the result of design or manufacturing defects, inadequate warning labels/instructions or negligent use and operation.

Stove Tip-Over Accidents and Oven Tipping Injuries

Gas and electric stoves are among the largest appliances found in the average American kitchen. And although they are large and take up a lot of space, they are surprisingly light. A toddler climbing on an open stove door or an elderly person tripping and landing on an open stove door can easily cause a stove to tip over. It is no wonder the elderly and young children are most at risk for accidents involving stoves and ovens.

Who Can be Held Responsible for Window Cord Strangulation or Choking Injuries?

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) window blinds and shades that come with cords that are used to open and close window blinds are one of the top 5 hidden dangers to children in the home. Window cord child injuries have been a serious problem for a long time in the United States. In 1981 the UPSC came out and called window shade cords a “particularly insidious hazard” while contributing 41 deaths from 1973—1980 to the hidden hazard. Although the CPSC and other government product monitoring and advisory groups have identified the dangers of window cords they have not done much to mitigate the danger. It was not until 2014 that the CPSC began the initial stages for the possible implementation of mandatory safety standards for window shades.

Child Injuries Resulting from Furniture/Dresser Tip-Over Accidents

Furniture was designed with the convenience of the adult user and ease of use in mind and not child safety. There are no mandatory tip over safety guidelines when it comes to dressers, chests and other clothing storage units. Instead, furniture manufacturers have been provided a set of voluntary or advisable stability standards. The current standard, which is not required, advises that all dressers be designed and constructed so that they do not tip-over when every drawer is open and when a 50 pound weight is placed at the front of one drawer. This test is used to simulate a 5 year old child climbing onto the dresser. However, most companies completely ignore these safety guidelines.

Who Can be Held Responsible for Child Suffocation Accidents?

Suffocation injuries and deaths most commonly occur among infants ages 0 to one year old. Infants do not have the strength to pick up their heads and move them when their face and month are pressed against soft objects. Toddlers and preschoolers do have the strength to reposition their body in these circumstances. However, most suffocation deaths for these older children occur when the are trapped in a container like a refrigerator or when a plastic bags gets wrapped over their head.

Child Car Seat Accident and Defective Child Car Seat Injury

More often than not child and toddler car seats save countless lives as they protect children from more severe injuries than would have occurred had they not been seated in a car seat at the time of the accident. Studies have shown that non-defective car seats, if used properly, can reduce infant-related car accident deaths by 71%. That is why they are required by law in every state.