Professional negligence

CPSC Votes for Mandatory Safety Standard for Home Window Blinds

Chris Welsh, Esq. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted for a mandatory standard for window blinds in response to the risk of accidental child strangulation. The vote was unanimous, and according to, a long time coming. Window blind cords in homes have been a risk to children as early as 1945 ( CPSC records show that an average of 11 children die each year from accidental window cord strangulation, as well as an average of six that suffer injuries including permanent brain damage. Between 1996 and 2012, an estimated 1,590 children were treated for injuries related …


Court to Decide on Takata Airbag Case Consolidation

Chris Welsh, Esq. Later this month, there will be a hearing to decide whether federally-filed Takata Airbag cases should be consolidated for one district court and, if so, which in particular. Takata, a Japanese auto supplier, has struggled with airbag ruptures for nearly two decades (NY Times). The cause is believe to be an unstable compound that blows up in response to pressure or temperature changes. The explosion may be due to the fact that Takata is reportedly the only supplier to use ammonium nitrate, an explosive chemical, to inflate airbags rapidly. The faulty airbag has been linked to …


Judge Urges Transvaginal Mesh Supplier to Settle

Chris Welsh, Esq. The tide in transvaginal mesh litigation took an unusual move last month. A federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation urged defendant supplier, C.R. Bard, to settle the thousands of lawsuits or face the likelihood of billion dollar rewards by juries. “I base that billions of dollars business on some of the rather large verdicts we’ve had,” he said at the hearing. Reportedly, there are roughly 10,000 cases pending against C.R. Bard in that particular multidistrict litigation, which is taking place in West Virginia. The litigation follows big decisions against suppliers of defective transvaginal devices, including C.R. Bard, Boston …


New Truck Proposal Not as Safe as It Sounds

Christopher Welsh, Esq. Later this year, Congress will consider a proposal to lengthen tractor trailers by five feet, an expansion that will at 18 percent volume for cargo. Proponents of the change claim this is a wise move for industry efficiency and safety–but this could not be further from the truth. They argue that Congress should back off restricting the size of trucks because the industry has “adopted significant safety upgrades,” but cannot also fulfill the delivery demands of 9 million people with just 28-foot trailers. They argue that bigger trucks will increase truck driving stability, decrease traffic congestion, and bring …


Cruise Ship Malpractice Case to Move Forward, Royal Caribbean Not Exempt

Chris Welsh, Esq. The family of a man who died from head injuries on a cruise ship is now able to carry their case forward. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines will not be exempt from facing malpractice charges. Pasquale Vaglio, a retired New York City policeman and Korean War veteran, hit his head shortly after disembarking in 2011. Allegedly, the ship’s nurse examined him briefly and advised him to rest in his cabin. She neither recommended or performed a diagnostic scan. Pasquale died from brain injury a few days later. Relying on …


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