There are product liability laws that protect consumers from the dangers of defective products, as these defective products can result into injury or death. Still, there are a lot of product liability lawsuits out there that prove that the fangs of these laws are not scaring manufacturers and sellers enough. Products still do not undergo proper safety testing, putting consumers in danger.
According to the website of a Tucson personal injury attorney, common product liability lawsuits involve pharmaceuticals, toxic food containers, dangerous childcare products and toys, design and manufacturing defects, and vehicle defects.
Dangerous products are so spread out in the United States that they even include defective household appliances, so even those who are just at home are at risk.
Defective household appliances can result into harmful chemical spills, fire, electrocution, and other dangers that make innocent people who are just at home become prone to burns, lacerations, and other injuries.
Common malfunctions involve faulty wirings. Once a household appliance with a faulty wiring is plugged in, the person handling the appliance may be subject to electrocution. It is also known that faulty wirings are one of the leading causes of residential fires, may it be because of improper installations or the use of old components.
There are also built-in defects that may put the designer or manufacturer at fault. If the unintelligent design of a product causes it to malfunction and hurt a person, we may be looking at a product liability lawsuit because of a defective household appliance. The most common built-in defects involve kitchen appliances, like microwaves and garbage disposals.
Lack of Safety Measures
Appliances, especially those that are inherently dangerous, need to have warning labels and proper use instructions. But there are known instances where the labels, warnings, and instructions are not clear enough or entirely absent. This puts unsuspecting consumers at risk.
Other important notes that regard to safety should also be visible in the product, like if a particular appliance should be on top of a wooden support to prevent conduction or be away from water sources.
Some appliances have a higher risk of malfunction if they are not well-maintained. For example, if you are renting a home with clothes dryer that is full of lint, the clothes dryer have the higher tendency to malfunction. The owner of the rented home may be liable for the damages because of his negligence.
Whether you own or rent a home, it is important to know the dangers of defective household products. Take into consideration the age of the house, the appliances you plug into the outlets of your house and their safety measures. Being diligent might be the very thing that saves you from the dangers of defective products.
Posted by Dexter on Jul 11, 2016 in Criminal Charges | 0 comments
In 2012, an estimated 29.1 million admitted to being under the influence of alcohol when they operated their vehicle. The year after, 1,171,935 drivers were arrested due to alcohol-impaired driving or driving under the influence (DUI): these information are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Alcohol-impaired driving remains to be a major concern for authorities; this is in spite of the continuous educational programs, ads and warnings on drivers from the federal, state and local government agencies and various private concerned groups, like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
Despite the very high number of those guilty of drunk-driving, it is a good thing that fatal accidents due to alcohol-impairment only totaled to 10,076 and 9,967 in 2013 and 2014, respectively.;these figures are based on cases of fatal accidents reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA).
Many different studies have shown and proven that alcohol weakens the mental capacity and motor skills of people who drink. It specifically affects an individual’s perception, judgment, coordination, reaction time, and overall ability in keeping his or her focus. In all U.S. states, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for car drivers is 0.08%, this may be reached after 4 alcoholic drinks within an hour, according to the CDC. Studies have also shown, though, that even at 0.02% BAC (about 2 alcoholic drinks), a person’s ability to perform two tasks at the same time may already be reduced; other effects include decline in visual functions and some loss of judgment. Now, if a 0.02% BAC level already has an impact in a person which may affect his or her driving, how much more will a 0.08% BAC affect his or her capability in operating a vehicle safely? With weakened or impaired control over his or her skills, risks of accident and injury increase; this is basically the reason why drunk driving is considered a major traffic offense.
The millions of arrests and thousands of fatal accidents every year only show how reckless or careless so many drivers are. Drunk-driving not only results to statistical data; it destroys lives of victims and of victims’ families. According to The Benton Law Firm, filing a civil lawsuit against at-fault drunk-drivers to seek compensation is not enough. A criminal suit which will punish the at-fault driver, if only to keep him or her from repeating the very wrong thing he or she has committed is probably necessary.
Posted by Dexter on Mar 12, 2016 in Wrongful Death | 0 comments
Car accidents kill as much as 2.35 million people in the United States each year, according to the Association for Safe International Road Travel. With this, the legal team at Pohl & Berk, LLP says that there are families who are devastated and left with different expenses associated with the passing of their loved ones. This is where a wrongful death lawsuit comes in.
Like in almost all states, according to Nolo, a wrongful death in Tennessee is when an individual is killed due to the injuries sustained from another person’s wrongdoing. It is also defined as the “the wrongful act, omission, or killing by another,” Nolo states. In Tennessee, wrongful death is categorized under personal injury, insofar that the said person is not capable of presenting his/her own case anymore. This gives the immediate family or any designated person to file the claim for the victim.
Additionally, according to Nolo, the claim of wrongful death may still be filed even when there is already an existing criminal homicide charge for the suspect, although they are distinct from each other. They are different in terms of the type of claim, with the wrongful death being a civil claim and is filed by the family of the victim. The criminal claim, on the other hand, is usually filed by the prosecuting attorney.
Lastly, the aim of a wrongful death lawsuit is mainly the monetary compensation that should cover for the damages and the death of the victim. It is in contrast with the premise of filing a criminal charge, which, on the other hand, is solely focused on the consequences that the suspect could face, such as imprisonment and related punishments.
Posted by Dexter on Oct 16, 2015 in Criminal Charges | 0 comments
In the blockbuster film Gone Girl (2014), the main character Amy Elliot-Dunne staged her own fake murder in order to have her husband convicted and sentenced to death after she finds out that he was cheating on her. In the movie, she says, “To fake a convincing murder, you have to have discipline.”
It then begs the question – is it still really a crime if there was no actual crime committed?
This tends to me the question that most people seem to ask. Since Amy’s character staged the whole thing, is what she did still illegal? There are many underlying tones in that film and novel that point out some of the flaws in the way some mysterious crimes are investigated. One such crime that involves no actual “crime” being committed is that of conspiracy.
According to the website of the lawyers with Cazayoux Ewing, conspiracy to commit a crime is still a federal offense in and of itself. Conspiracy to commit fraudulence or an assassination, for example, is something that takes considerable amount of discipline in order to plan.
However, what a lot of people don’t know is that sometimes, there is no basis for the charges being brought against you if you are being charged with conspiracy. Chances are that agents have been monitoring you, suspecting conspiracy, and they are particularly skilled with years of experience at the art of asking subtle and seemingly innocuous questions with potentially incriminating answers if you don’t know how the law works. There have been cases wherein a person unknowingly gave a testimony that was detrimental for their own situation, thereby giving them a harder time in the long run.
If you are being questioned or suspected by federal agents for conspiracy, it is recommended that you exercise your right to remain silent and to first contact an attorney before you make any sort of statement in order to give you your best chance at a fair and smooth case.
Posted by Dexter on Jun 16, 2015 in Criminal Charges | 0 comments
Some people are fond of saying murder is murder, but the fact is not all murders are the same. There are circumstances in which a person charged with murder may warrant a conviction for lesser included offenses, or homicide of a lesser degree.
In a criminal case, the prosecutor has the option to instruct the jury to consider a conviction for a less serious charge if they believe the primary charge is not warranted. The jury can thus convict the defendant on a lesser charge in lieu of the primary charge. In a murder case where the death penalty is on the table, however, the court is required to give instructions to the jury regarding lesser included offenses such as voluntary manslaughter. This is to provide the jurors a middle ground when they believe the defendant is culpable, but there not culpable enough to warrant the extreme punishment.
According to the Kohler Hart Powell, SC website, it is the role of a skilled criminal defense lawyer to get the charges dismissed, an acquittal, or failing either, conviction for a lesser offense. In most cases, a lesser included offense is easier to prove than the greater offense. For example, murder in the first degree requires the prosecutor to prove premeditation prior to the killing act. For voluntary manslaughter, there is no need to prove the intent to kill, only that the defendant was the one that performed the act of killing. A qualified lawyer can help determine which case it is and can help with the defense.
The jury is typically asked to consider the more serious charge first in their deliberations. If the jury finds that there is reasonable doubt about the commission of the charged offense, or that they cannot unanimously degree that it was committed, they may be asked to move on to the lesser included offenses.
Murder is intentional homicide. A lesser offense would be second degree intentional homicide, in which circumstances i.e. provocation mitigated the act of killing. If the prosecutor is unable to prove intent, then the jury might be instructed to consider reckless homicide (there was no intent to cause death or bodily harm, but created a situation that led to one or both) in the first and second degree.
If you have been charged with murder, you have no time to waste.