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Carpet mill worker injured falling into tufting machine

This week a carpet mill worker at the Beaulieu plant in Murray County, Georgia, was injured falling into a tufting machine. He was airlifted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.
Workers compensation provides the exclusive remedy of an injured worker against the employer in work accidents.
However, sometimes an injured worker can recover additional compensation for an injury … Continue Reading

Ford Explorer rollover after tire failure kills two on I-20 in metro Atlanta

It’s an all too familiar story — tire failure, Ford Explorer rollover, two people die.
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Tire defect causes crash, kills 6, paralyzes 1, jury awards $12 million

My personal injury litigation law practice in Atlanta has included a number of serious defective product cases. Among them have been tire defect cases.
Last week, a Texas jury returned a verdict of nearly $12 million against a tire maker after determining that a defective tire caused a wreck that killed six people and left a … Continue Reading

Time for a basic change in FDA approval process?

Time to streamline FDA approval process and devise a uniform federal process for drug and medical device liability?
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Supreme Court rules state law claim not preempted by FDA approval of drug warnings

Wyeth decisions holds FDA approval of drug warnings does not preempt state law claims.
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Cooper tire issues another recall for defective tires, closes Albany plant

Sometimes quality control and financial stability go hand in hand.
This week I saw two announcements from Cooper Tire.
First, they recalled Cooper CS4 Touring (VR tires) size 215/55 R17 produced between September 7 and October 11, 2008.  This is part of a long history.  According to the NHTSA recall campaign these tires may have been cured … Continue Reading

Deceptive advertising as basis for products liability claims

The Georgia Fair Business Practices Act was enacted in the 1970′s. In the early nineties I sifted through the original legislative committee files at the archives in researching legislative intent. It is clear that this Georgia law encompasses personal injury and wrongful death claims based upon unfair or deceptive acts or practices in commerce, and … Continue Reading

Crocs (and knockoffs) involved in many escalator injuries to kids’ feet

Those ugly and ubiquitous Crocs shoes — and the cheaper knockoffs — have been involved in an international wave of serious injuries to the feet of young children on escalators.
At first I was skeptical when I began hearing last year of kids’ toes being mangled on escalators at the Atlanta airport. However, this article from … Continue Reading

Jihad at Wal-Mart: China-made doll says “Islam in the Light.”

What’s next? A “Jihad Joe” action figure?
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Hospital beds pose preventable risk of entrapment, strangulation and death

Risks of strangulation death due to entrapment in hospital bed rails have been well known in the hospital, nursing home and home health care fields for for years.
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