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Banzai inflatable slides recalled after woman’s death

Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at 9:47 pm    

An inflatable water slide caused a 29-year-old woman’s death along with other people’s injuries. It has since been recalled. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled approximately 21,000 Banzai inflatable water slides after a thorough investigation into the slides’ defects.

The investigation revealed that the large water slide is not sturdy, and it can be overturned with a large gust of wind. The slide is also defective in the fact that it can deflate at any moment, causing anyone on the slide to fall to the ground. These slides are intended to be used for in-ground pools.

The death of the 29-year-old Colorado mother sparked the controversy over the product. The woman was traveling down the slide, head first, when it suddenly deflated, and she struck her head on the side of the pool. Her neck broke in the accident, and she became paralyzed. She passed away a day later.

The stores that sell these defective products, including Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and Toys R Us, Inc., will offer full refunds to customers. The family of the water slide victim sued Toys R Us, Inc., and a jury awarded them $20.6 million.

Fort Lauderdale sees drop in unemployment rate

Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2012 at 4:32 pm    

Broward County in Florida has seen a large decline in it’s unemployment rate, with the month of March recording only 7.5 percent of residents being jobless. This is the lowest rate for the county since 2008, when the rate of unemployed individuals hit 6.8 percent.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that Florida has included 10,800 jobs since the month of February, adding a total of 89,800 jobs since March of last year. The rate in Palm Beach for unemployment was also on the decline, with 8.9 percent of residents without jobs.

New statistics regarding state unemployment rates shows that five different states in the U.S. saw a decline in the month of March. Other states that saw a decrease alongside Florida include: Massachusetts, Nevada, North Carolina, and Vermont.


Electronic cigarette explodes in man’s mouth

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2012 at 7:38 pm    

A Florida man is in a hospital recovering from injuries he sustained after an electronic cigarette exploded while it was in his mouth.

The man had decided to try these electronic cigarettes in order to quit smoking real cigarettes. There are small batteries in these cigarettes, and that is what is believed to have caused the accident. The faulty battery created a fire. The man’s home office caught on fire and several people in his home rushed to his aide to extinguish the flames.

Firefighters were also called to the house, where they were able to transport the man to a hospital in order to save his life. He suffered severe burns to his face and body, lost a tooth, and a piece of his tongue in the explosion.

If you have been injured due to a faulty product, please contact the Fort Lauderdale product liability lawyers of Winston Law Firm by calling 800-475-4206 today.

Toy recalled over choking hazard

Posted on Friday, December 30th, 2011 at 5:44 pm    

300,000 “Colorful Hearts Teddy Bears” have been recalled by Build-A-Bear Workshop.

The teddy bear was sold in stores and online from April to December. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the beaded eyes could come loose and fall out, creating a choking hazard for young children. No injuries have been reported in relation to the recall.

The “Colorful Hearts Teddy Bear,” which was sold in the United States and Canada, has a white body covered with multicolored hearts. Consumers who have purchased the bear can return it to any Build-A-Bear Workshop location and exchange it for a coupon on any stuffed animal.

If your child has been harmed by a defective toy, contact the Fort Lauderdale products liability lawyers at Winston Law Firm at 954-475-9666 today.

Listeria outbreak from cantaloupes considered worst food-borne illness in decade

Posted on Thursday, September 29th, 2011 at 4:21 pm    

The outbreak of food-borne illness from Listeria contaminated-cantaloupes that were grown in Colorado has been called the worst in over a decade.

On Tuesday, the Center of Disease Control announced that 13 people have been killed and 72 have been sickened from the outbreak.

Three additional deaths are also being investigated to see if there is a connection to the cantaloupes. Local stores in Florida have put up signs that their melons came from California.

If you or a loved one has become ill after consuming a defective food product, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Fort Lauderdale product liability lawyers of Winston Law Firm, by calling 954-475-9666.