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Understanding product liability law

When you purchase a product, you expect it to be safe when used as intended. Whether the product is a vehicle, a food item or a toy, the manufacturer has a responsibility to the consumer to provide a product that is free from defects and safe to use. When an injury or illness occurs, what recourse does a consumer have?

At Caroselli, Beachler, McTiernan & Coleman, we represent clients who have been injured -- or the families of those who have died -- because of a defective product. The types of injuries or illnesses suffered can vary significantly from a small laceration on a sharp edge to E. coli from contaminated food.

Laceration hazard leads to candle recall

Candles are very popular, especially during the holiday season. Scents such as cinnamon buns, apple pie and evergreen can fill your home by simply lighting a candle. While most people are aware that these scented candles can be a fire hazard if they are not used carefully, the thought of getting a laceration from one is not typical.

Family Dollar, Big Lots and Dollar General are all retailers that sold 18-ounce glass jars containing candles. Several of the candles have been recalled because of a laceration hazard. The affected brand names vary, but include True Living, Everyday Home and Living Colors Candles. While you might think the recall is for the glass jar breaking after the candle becomes hot, that's not the case. The laceration hazard comes when a consumer tries to remove the glass lid to open the jar.

Are modern accidents less deadly than historical counterparts?

Over the decades, and even the past century, federal and state laws in our country have changed how employers treat safety. Employees today have a much greater assurance of safety than they did a century ago, but that doesn't mean tragic incidents don't occur in modern work environments. As late as a decade ago, an explosion in an oil refinery in another state injured 170 people and killed 15 people, so these accidents do happen. But are they less common now that safety practices are more prevalent?

A Public Broadcasting System show, "American Experience," published a timeline of some of the deadliest workplace accidents in the history of the nation. The timeline starts with an 1860 accident that took place in another state. The incident, which occurred in a cotton mill, involved the collapse of a building and the death of around 145 people. Another 166 people were reportedly injured in the accident.

Is it always safe to induce labor?

More than ever in this age, people like convenience. Everything is centered around making life easier to do more. But when it comes to the birth of a child, should we let mother nature play out her course, or should we plan our child's date and time of arrival as well?

The question is whether inducing labor is the safest method for a mother and child. Doctors often recommend induced labor for reasons other than a high risk delivery. The reasons are more often related to convenience and the perception that it is more cost-effective (which is not always the case).

Doctors who are in a rush are prone to mistakes

It feels like life is always moving way too fast, like everything you have to do means you're rushing through every job. When you're talking about basic everyday life, this may be fine, but it can be tragic and deadly when it happens in a medical setting.

One doctor made a mistake that cost a woman her life. He could have tried to keep it quiet, but he actually came out and told everyone what had happened in order to shed some light on how easy errors are to make.

Batteries cause fire, multiple explosions in Ellwood City

Last week, a fire that began in an oil drum at an Ellwood City business spread to the whole building, requiring additional firefighting assistance from neighboring Butler, Beaver and Lawrence Counties.

The International Metals Reclamation Company, Inc., was the site of the fire that was reported shortly before 9 a.m. on a recent Sunday. Fewer than five plant employees were in the building when the fire ignited. There were reports of heavy smoke as well as multiple explosions occurring as much as 90 minutes after the initial report was made. The fire was burning at Dock Two's western end.

How does infection spread in an operating room?

Putting your life in the hands of a skilled surgeon can be risky but essential. Sometimes though, the surgeon that you thought was experienced can make some egregious mistakes that cause you pain and suffering. Something as simple as making sure that you are protected from infection can make the difference between healing and an extended hospital stay.

During an operation, surgical teams come and go from operating rooms, increasing the patient's exposure to infections.One study was done at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center on 100 knee replacement and 91 hip replacement surgeries. The study found that the door to the operating room opened every two and one-half minutes, translating to 10 minutes of exposure for a 90-minute surgery.

What are asbestos-related illnesses?

People who have been exposed to asbestos are at a serious risk of health conditions that are the direct result of that exposure. While asbestos exposure is associated with a variety of medical conditions, including colon cancer, lung cancer, and asbestosis, many people think of mesothelioma when they hear about someone being exposed to asbestos.

We understand the devastation that asbestos-related illnesses can have on a victim and the victim's family members. The person who has the illness often has to cope with symptoms like severe pain and shortness of breath. The patient's family members have to watch their loved one suffer from the symptoms.

Recalls of wax warmers and SpaghettiOs affects millions

Product recalls can happen at any time and for any type of product. Two recalls issued this week involved wax warmers and SpaghettiOs. The wax warmers have been recalled because of fire and burn hazards. The SpaghettiOs are being recalled because of possible choking hazard.

The wax warmers were sold at Family Dollar stores and include four wax cubes that smell like vanilla. The ceramic teacup comes with an opening where you can put a tea light candle inside. Those candles are not sold with the wax warmer. The affected ceramic warmers are green with gold trim or cream with gold trim.

Unnecessary surgical births are very dangerous

Giving birth is an experience that many women discuss for years after their babies are born. While most women recall the memories with joy, some women recall a horrible experience caused by an unnecessary Cesarean birth. For those women, the difficulties arising from the surgical birth seem to overshadow the joy of being a new mother.

Not all C-sections are bad events. In some cases, surgical intervention is the only way that a baby can enter the world without severe injuries or death. The issue is that some medical professionals jump on the possibility of doing a C-section without considering various methods that might help the woman to have a vaginal birth. Those unnecessary C-sections have multiple risks.