For many people, Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer and many wonderful summertime activities, including boating, camping, and swimming. With an uptick in outdoor activities, personal injury attorneys also notice an uptick in injuries caused by dangerous or defective products that are used in outdoor activities.
As chemical hair straighteners become increasingly popular, concerns that they might be harmful to the user's health has prompted some lawmakers to call for regulation of these products by the FDA. Several salon workers testified in Washington, claiming that exposure to chemical hair straighteners had caused them to become sick.
Recently, a four-year-old boy had surgery to fix a wandering eye. What should have been a fairly straightforward procedure turned into a nightmare for his parents. They learned that the doctor mistakenly operated on the wrong eye, then went on to do the operation again on the correct eye after realizing her mistake, all without contacting them. This medical mistake could cause the boy to have permanent vision damage at some point, but doctors are still waiting for the eyes to heal completely from the surgeries before they can tell.
Early Sunday morning, a driver and his four passengers were driving east on Olney-Laytonsville Road in Olney, Maryland. Police believe the vehicle left the roadway and then hit two trees and a telephone pole.
Anytime a motor vehicle crash occurs, the potential for serious injuries is high. When one of the motor vehicles involved in an accident is a bus, the potential for injuries is greatly magnified because of the size of the vehicle and the amount of passengers involved.
Just a few months after an 83-year-old driver struck a Johns Hopkins student on a bicycle, putting him in a coma, another pedestrian accident occurred near the campus. This time, police say, the accident was an early morning hit-and-run crash that injured two students and led to the arrest of a suspect who was trying to flee the scene.
Crossing guards play an important role in protecting schoolchildren from automobile accidents. Similarly, bus drivers play a vital role in providing a safe environment for children by operating their buses in a safe manner.
The Chevy Cruze has been an important model for General Motors as the automaker returns to profitability. In a time with soaring gas prices, the Cruze has gained popularity for having good fuel economy. However, GM has recalled more than 150,000 Cruzes amid concerns that the steering shaft on the vehicles may not have been properly installed.
Drug maker Ortho-McNeil, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has recalled 57,000 bottles of the anti-seizure medication, Topamax, after receiving reports that the drug was defective and had an unusual smell. Two defective shipments of 100-milligram Topamax tablets, made last October and December, were pulled and destroyed after four consumers described an odor that was "uncharacteristic."