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Home > 2011 > February

IKEA Issues Defective Crib Recall

Posted on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 at 4:46 am    

IKEA has announced a voluntary recall of more than 26,000 defective cribs in North America.


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada said, in a joint statement, that four of the bolts provided to secure the mattress support on IKEA SNIGLAR brand cribs are not long enough and may collapse. Neither agency has received reports of any incidents, but the statement urges parents to check immediately if the mattress support bolts on their cribs extend through the nut. If not, consumers should contact IKEA for a free repair kit, or replacement crib. 


The cribs were sold at IKEA stores throughout North America from October 2005 through June 2010. Around 20,000 of the non-drop-sidie, full-size cribs were sold in the U.S. and about 6,000 in Canada. 


According to an analysis of historical data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, crib-related accidents send 26 children to U.S. emergency rooms each day, and result in more than 110 deaths annually.


If your child has been injured by a defective product, please contact a Wausau Product Liability Lawyer of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874.

Man Crashes Car Into Shopko

Posted on Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 at 6:05 am    

A Wausau man was injured when he crashed is car through two walls at a Shopko Thursday. 


According to officials with the Rothschild Police Department, 23 year-old Bryan J. Schulta was issued a $731 citation for driving a vehicle while under the influence of a restricted substance. Police say Shulta drove his Volkswagen Jetta through the Shopko plaza's glass and brick exterior wall, across the interior hallway, and through the Shopko optical shop's glass doors shortly before 11:00 a.m. Thursday.


Schulta was transported by ambulance to Aspirus Wausau Hospital, where he was treated and released, according to a hospital spokesman.


One person inside the optical store was hurt by falling debris from the crash. The nature and extent of their injury has not been released. 


Officers found drug paraphernalia in Schulta's vehicle after the accident. Authorities are awaiting the results of a blood test.


If you have been injured in an accident, please contact a Wausau Personal Injury Attorney of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874.

Senate Approves Tort Reform Bill

Posted on Friday, February 11th, 2011 at 4:04 am    

The state Senate voted 19-14 Tuesday to approve Governor Walker's special session legislation directed at tort reform.


Senate Majority leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) says the bill would help create a business-friendly legal environment and ease fears about frivolous lawsuits in the state. The bill passed on a straight party-line vote, with stiff criticism from Demorcats. State Senator Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) said the bill's caps on punitive damages, restrictions on expert witness testimony, and new protections for product liability will harm people who were victims through no fault of their own. Jauch called the bill an "unjust, unfair proposal."


State Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) condemned a portion of the bill that keeps state regulatory and incident reports at medical facilities from being used as evidence. Lassa said it would make it easier to conceal negligence that harms innocent people and does nothing to actually create jobs.


To speak with a Wausau Personal Injury Lawyer of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, please call 800-242-2874.

2 Killed, 4 Injured in Wausau Auto Accident

Posted on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 at 5:04 am    

Two people were killed and four were injured in a Wausau auto accident Wednesday on Highway 29.

According to officials with the Rib Mountain Police Department, the accident occurred shortly after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Highway 29 and Killdeer Road in the town of Wittenberg. Police say a car traveling north on Highway Q was crossing Highway 29 onto Killdeer Road when it was struck by a westbound SUV.

The two people in the car were killed. The four passengers of the SUV were transported by ambulance to either Ministry Saint Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander or Aspirus Wausau Hospital, according to Captain Tim Carnahan of the Wisconsin State Patrol's Wausau Post. The names of the people involved have not been released.

The right lane of westbound Highway 29 was closed for nearly two hours as crews worked to clear the wreckage. The accident remains under investigation by the Wausau Police Department.