150,000 Mercedes-Benz Were Recently Recalled

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The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is currently handling 26 recall investigations that will affect nearly 150,000 2014 Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The latest recall affects the E350 sedans from 2013 to 2015. The issue is a defective rubber seal that can stick to the hood of the car when the hood is opened and then fall into the engine bay once the hood has been closed. If this happens, the car may catch on fire if the seal touches the exhaust system.

If you are currently driving a Mercedes-Benz, then you may want to check with the NHTSA to see if your car has been recalled.

 

GM Recalls More than 80,000 Vehicles for Power Steering Problem

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GM Recall

GM is recalling vehicles due to problems that can cause sudden power steering failure. This expands a recall from March 2104 that affected 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S.

The newly recalled models are the 2006-7:

• Chevrolet Malibu
• Chevrolet Malibu Maxx
• Pontiac G6

In the report posted on the NHTSA website GM says, a message will be displayed on the Driver Information Center and an alert will sound if power steering is lost. The driver will still be able to maintain control but it will require more effort at low speeds, which could result in an increased risk of a crash. To date, the problem has caused one crash but no injuries or deaths.

If you drive the above make of vehicles, check to see whether yours is covered by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website and using the VIN checker.

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18-Wheeler Wreck Injures Driver, North Loop Ramp Shut Down

An 18-wheeler flipped over on 610 North Loop at 10:30 p.m. Sunday after its cargo shifted while making a turn. Fortunately, the driver sustained only minor injuries after his CB radio hit him in the head – he was treated at the scene. No other vehicles were involved in the crash which shut down the ramp until 5:00 a.m. Monday.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, we can help. Contact Mukerji Law at 713-222-1222 and protect your rights.

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Daycare Worker Arrested for Injuring Sleeping Child

Sandra Petrosky Cernoch, 54, was arrested by Rosenberg Police and charged with injury to a child, a third degree felony. The arrest comes after a parent contacted police about her 2-year old son being kicked while taking a nap on the floor. The alleged attack resulted in bruising.

If your child has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, contact us for a free consultation. We can help protect your rights.

Honda Confirms Spring Man Died from Recalled Airbag

Honda has confirmed that Carlos Solis of Spring, TX lost his life due to a recalled airbag.

Carlos Solis’ airbag was deployed after a minor traffic accident two weeks ago. The accident caused the airbag inflator to be shattered. As a result, a piece of shrapnel lodged in Mr. Solis’ neck, causing his death.

The current owner purchased the vehicle on April 25, 2014, after the recall was initiated,” said Chris Martin, a spokesman for Honda North America. “And Honda had not yet sent mailed notification to the current owner at the time of the crash.”

To see if your car is part of the recall, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.

If you or a loved one was injured due to someone else’s negligence, we can help. Contact Mukerji Law for a free consultation today.

Bounce House Injury

When Fun Turns Tragic: An In-Depth Look at Bounce House Accidents in 2014

There have been a high number of bounce house accidents in the year 2014. Part of this is due to the fact that more and more people are choosing to own these inflatable fun houses privately. Despite proper set up and supervision in these cases, the fun houses are blown into the air by strong gusts of wind, sometimes in the direction of other people and sometimes when a child is still inside.

Owning a bounce house comes with its inherent risks; however, some of those risks are needlessly created by the corporations, owners, manufacturers and operators. Let’s take a look at the top bounce house injuries from 2014.

Two Boys Injured in Upstate New York

In May of 2014, three young children in Upstate New York fell nearly two stories after a gust of wind blew away the inflatable house that they were playing in. The playhouse was swept 15 to 20 feet into the air after a gust of wind came through the backyard. One of the young boys, age 6, landed in the middle of the street and was airlifted to a hospital in serious condition with broken bones. The second boy, age 5, fell out of the house and into a parking lot, banging his head on the back of a parked car on his way down. He suffered a serious head injury and was airlifted to the nearest medical center. The third child, a 10-year-old girl, was also injured with scrapes and a minor shoulder injury. A police investigation determined that the children were well supervised and that the inflated house was properly staked to the ground; however, the gust of wind proved to be too strong for the plastic stakes.

800-Pound Inflatable Playhouse Tossed 300-Feet in Colorado

In June, an inflatable fun house in Littleton Colorado was tossed 300 feet by a gust of wind. After the wind hit the inflated house, one young girl was immediately thrown out of the house but an 11-year-old boy stayed inside until the house was secure. It seemed that the house was properly staked into the ground, but the 800-pound bouncy house was blown away by 30 MPH wind.

Child in Kansas City Incurs Brain Injury in Inflatable House

Later in June, one child in Kansas City was injured in a bouncy house accident that, for once, did not have to do with high winds. The young boy, age 8, was having a great time playing in an inflatable playhouse with children one Saturday afternoon. Not long after leaving, however, his parents noticed him not acting like himself and took him to the hospital. Doctors discovered that the boy had bleeding outside of his brain, which was due to being knocked around with other kids. Sadly, better supervision could have prevented this from happening.

Inflatable Slide Flies into the Air in Nevada

During a 4th of July carnival in Sparks Nevada, a small dust devil blew an inflated slide 3 stories into the air. A child had just stepped off the slide moments before the whirlwind came through. The carnival workers had just finished their safety checks of the slide and were about to open it up to more kids. No children were on the slide as it blew away, but two bystanders were injured and hospitalized due to flying debris.

Toddlers Swept away in Bounce House in New Hampshire

Very recently, a toddler in New Hampshire was hospitalized after being swept 30 feet into the air in an inflated fun house. The house was said to have traveled 50 feet before it finally crashed. The 2-year-old boy was severely injured, while his 3-year-old brother suffered from less serious injuries. The accident occurred as a result of zero supervision, as the playhouse was not open to the public and not properly fastened to the ground.

The rise of bounce house accidents in the last several years has been alarming. Statistically, these accidents have risen 1,500% between 1995 and 2010. Researchers and officials have revealed that 31 children alone were injured per day in 2010, equating to one child injured by an inflatable house every 45 minutes. While some of these accidents cause only minor scrapes and bruises, others lead to traumatic injuries and hospitalizations.

What is to be taken away from these bounce house accidents? While owning an inflatable playhouse does come with risks, the injuries listed above were a result of fault on the part of the supervisor, operator, or manufacturer. In some cases, the playhouse was properly staked to the ground, but the stakes were made of materials not strong enough to withstand high winds. In others, the children were injured as a result of poor supervision or none at all.

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Two Children Were Injured in a Houston ISD School Bus Accident

Two Children Were Injured in a Houston ISD School Bus Accident

A Houston Independent School District bus collided with a car in northeast Houston on Tuesday morning. Thirteen children were heading to Booker T. Washington High School, when a car ran into the back of the school bus at the corner of Denmark and Lockwood. Two of the students were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

No other details have been released.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a school bus accident, you need help. Let the professionals at Mukerji Law Firm help you. Call today for a free consultation, and ensure the rights of your student are protected.

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Girl Jumping on a Trampoline Crashes through a Window

A 10-year-old girl who was jumping on a trampoline at a gymnastics academy sustained several injuries after she went through a tampered glass window.

The accident happened in Antioch, California at a Halloween party at the Four Stars Gymnastics Academy. Kyla Graham was about the get off the trampoline, when one of her last bounces sent her in the wrong direction. She was launched though a nearby window and suffered deep gashes on her arms and legs. Kyla required over 100 stitches, and still has some glass in her hand and foot.

The Four Stars Gymnastics Academy has at least three large trampolines close to large windows.

If you or a family member has been injured in a trampoline accident, Mukerji Law Firm can help. Our expert attorneys focus on child injuries nationwide and will fight to get you the justice you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation.

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Bounce House Injuries

Bounce House Injuries: Do I Have a Case?

One story that is heard far too often is one where a child and their parents go to a party or event and the child ends up injured while using a bounce house. Bounce houses are popular attractions for children because of the fun they provide, but they’re also one of the most dangerous and resulted in at least 4,900 injuries in only a three year period. Those who have a child injured as the result of using a bounce house can determine if they have a case and are eligible to receive compensation.

Causes of the Injury

There are numerous ways children can be injured while using a bounce house, but most of the reasons fall into one of three categories, and they are:

  • Negligence – Negligence is a broad term that can be attributed to almost any party tasked with manufacturing, maintaining or operating a bounce house. If a person fails to fulfill an obligation to prevent an unsafe environment they are considered negligent and likely responsible for damages.
  • Operator Error – Those who operate the bounce house have a responsibility to make sure this device is safe when it is in use. Examples of operator error include not ensuring it is adequately inflated or failing to keep track of the number of children inside the bounce house at all times.
  • Product Defect – If the bounce house itself is defective in some way, this can lead to serious injuries. This not only includes defects in manufacturing, but also design flaws that make the use of the bounce house more dangerous.

Responsible Parties

There are three primary groups or persons who can be held responsible for bounce house injuries that occur, and they include:

  • Manufacturers – Those who manufacture bounce houses must make sure these products are safe before they are ever used by the public. If the product causes harm even when used properly this shows liability.
  • Renters – Renters are often individuals or businesses that own the bounce house and charge customers to use it. These individuals are tasked with making sure the bounce house is maintained and safe before it is rented out and used.
  • Operators – Operators can be held liable if their actions or negligence lead to children being injured.

Awards

If a parent is successful in their litigation against on of the above-mentioned parties they will often be eligible to receive compensation for things such as medical bills and lost wages due to the need to care for their children. In cases where extreme negligence is proven, parents may also be entitled to damages for the pain and suffering their child endured. The best way to win a negligence case is to hire a personal injury attorney. The sooner you hire your attorney, the more likely you are to win your case as evidence tends to disappear over time.

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Child Has Been Injured

A Look back at Child Safety in 2014

How much fun is too much fun? A look at child safety incidents in 2014 might give you an idea. When it comes to protecting your children, sometimes storing the matches out of reach and encouraging them to “look both ways” just isn’t enough. Check out this overview of accidents involving kids over the last year.

An Independent Slide

In an incident that was simply too close for comfort, a giant inflatable slide was whooshed 3 stories into the sky of Sparks, Nevada at a Fourth of July carnival. The slide landed three hundred feet away from its original position, according to witnesses.

Luckily, there were no children on the slide during the time of flight. Ironically enough, however, the carnival employees had just finished safety checks and were about to invite more children onto the slide. One child had been on it only minutes before the slide blew away.

This marked the third bouncy house accident over the course of three months.

A Not-So-Amusing Amusement Park

It turns out that Six Flags Magic Mountain doesn’t have the best relationship with its environment. One Monday in July, four people were seriously injured at the Six Flags ride in Santa Clarita, California when a tree fell on the tracks.

Two of these individuals were taken to a local hospital, while the other two were left dangling 20-30 feet above the ground for hours. Firefighters eventually rescued the dangling riders.

This was the second roller coaster accident that week. Only days before the incident, on June 30, a SeaWorld San Diego ride lost power and left its riders stranded for hours.

Danger Care

Several tragic events in August led to the deaths of children due to unlicensed daycare facilities. The first was a 2-year-old girl who was scalded by her bathwater at 9:30pm in Houston. The caretaker did not call 911 or take her to the hospital for several hours, as she was unaware of any harm.

The poor little girl had second and third degree burns on 60% of her body. In a chilling response, her mother’s screams could be heard throughout her apartment complex later that night.

Later that week in Houston, a 2-year-old boy was found dead in his crib for reasons unknown. There was no evidence of foul play. However, the caretaker was also not licensed, and prompted police to further investigate the facility.

Finally, in Wilmington, an 18-month-old child died after being kept alive on life support for several days. The cause of death was injuries from physical abuse that left the child brain dead after cutting off blood flow to her head.

The 22-year-old mother left the child at what she believed was a state-licensed daycare facility, where the injuries occurred. It was later discovered that the caretaker wasn’t licensed, which launched a full criminal investigation by police.

Go-Kart Mayhem

One teen’s day out went from thrilling to killing when she crashed her go-kart into a fence and died from fatal injuries. In a Formula Junior solo race, 14-year-old Kierstin Eaddy could not stop at the finish line. Instead, she seemed to accelerate, leading her to crash through a fence.

An experienced autocross racer with the Sports Car Club of America at the time, Kierstin was wearing her helmet and safety gear for the race. The crash, however, stripped her of her helmet as she came to a stop in a large field. She was airlifted to Harris Methodist Hospital, where she tragically died of her injuries.

The Wheels on the Bus Runaway and Crash

Apparently, you can’t even trust that your kids will get home safely from school anymore. There have been some ridiculous school bus accidents in 2014, some leading to multiple injuries and hospitalizations.

In late April, a mishap occurred that did not result in injuries, but was no less terrifying. A bus driver simply walked off the bus after handing the keys to one of the children. The driver explained her frustration was due to noisy children not listening to her commands to calm down.

Later in 2014, further negligence led a runaway bus to hit one child on its way into a ditch. The incidence was a result of the driver forgetting to place the bus in park as he left for the restroom. Fortunately, the child’s injuries were non-life-threatening and would fully recover.

What do these events say about child safety today? Simply put: Accidents happen. You can keep your kids in houses that are filled with more than air and do avoid go-karting as a hobby, but people will always make mistakes.

If your child has been injured due to negligence, then it’s important that you speak with an experienced personal injury attorney today.

*Image courtesy of Dinh Van Lanh

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