January 2014 Personal Injury News

For your safety, and that of your friends and loved ones, it’s important to stay in the know about your rights in cases of personal injury. Once each month, we will be updating this blog with brief snippets of personal injury news to shed light on happenings nearby and around the world.

Local Lawsuit

In local news, the state of Washington was hit with a multi-million dollar claim for failing to protect five Vancouver children who were starved and beaten by their parents for nearly 10 years. Attorneys claim (citing state records) that the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) should be held accountable, since it received no less than 26 warnings over an eight-year period without any action from social workers. The claim was filed on Wednesday, December 18th, and a lawsuit will be filed in 60 days if the state of Washington does not respond. Click here to read more about the case.

Product Recall

Failing or defective products can lead to all kinds of risk and personal injury. The Playtex Hip Hammock infant carriers were recalled last month when it was found that the buckles on the waist and shoulder straps have a propensity to crack or break – thus creating a risk and hazard of falling for the infant or child in the carrier. If you or someone you know owns and uses one of these carriers, Playtex advises that use is stopped immediately, and that you contact the company for directions to return the carrier for a refund. Call (800) 522-8230 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET (5 a.m. and 3 p.m. PST). Click here for more details on this Playtex recall.

Health Risk

Officials from First Hill’s Swedish Medical Center advised 27 male patients that they should be tested for HIV and Hepatitis, after it was discovered that equipment was not properly sterilized. The equipment was used for ultrasound probes during prostate procedures on the men, and while hospital officers maintain a very low risk, the patients were notified and urged to schedule HIV and Hepatitis testing. The cause of the oversight was evidently human error in neglecting to sterilize the equipment after cleaning and decontaminating it. Swedish says that the situation was isolated, and no other patients are at risk. Some of the 27 men have already been in for testing, but their results have not been released. Click here for the full KOMO News report.

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