February 2014 Personal Injury News

With our monthly personal injury news brief, you can stay up-to-date on the incidents and news that might affect your family’s safety. In this report, learn about recent product recalls and a major Seattle-area lawsuit.

Local Lawsuit

Corrections officer Jayme Biendl was slain by strangulation on January 29, 2011 when an inmate wrapped an amplifier cord around her neck and killed her. Last week, Biendl’s family filed a lawsuit against the former superintendent of the Monroe Correctional Complex (where Biendl worked) and the Washington State Department of Corrections. Her family alleges that multiple failures in the system allowed and aided the inmate, who was a convicted rapist, to murder Ms. Biendl. They claim that the state and superintendent did not do enough to protect her, according to a report on HeraldNet. “In the months leading up to [Biendl’s] death she alerted her superiors to multiple safety issues there, according to the lawsuit. She was concerned about inadequate lighting, the lack of surveillance cameras and poor radio communications,” the article said.

Product Recalls

Britax B-Agile, B-Agile Double and BOB Motion strollers are being recalled due to a hazard of partial fingertip amputation. According to the recall notice, “The hinge on the stroller's folding mechanism can partially amputate consumers' fingertips, break their fingers or cause severe lacerations, among other injuries, when they press the release button while pulling on the release strap.” Britax advises consumers to stop using their strollers immediately and contact the company for a free repair kit to fix the problem. There are about 216,000 recalled strollers in circulation in the United States and 8,800 in Canada. Call Britax at 866-204-1665 or email strollerrecall@britax.com for more information, between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 5 p.m. on Fridays ET.

Cervélo P5 Bicycles were recalled earlier this week because the 3T Aduro Aero Handlebars were found to have a safety hazard and risk of personal injury. The mounts can detach from the base in some cases, causing riders to lose control of the bicycle and injure themselves. If you have a Cervélo P5 bicycle with 3T Aduro aero handlebars, you should stop using it immediately and contact the manufacturer, 3T Design, to have the handlebars replaced for free. Call the hotline at 855-225-7226 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or click the Aduro Recall link at www.3tcycling.com for more information.

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