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Settlement Reached in Jefferson County Slip and Fall Lawsuit

Posted on Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at 5:58 am    

A Jefferson County Grocery store has agreed to pay anundisclosed amount of money to settle a slip and fall lawsuit filed last year.

According to court documents, Jefferson County-residentEarlene Steward sued H-E-B Grocery in September 2010 claiming she slipped andfell on an unidentified liquid substance that had pooled near the store’s entrance.She claims she was shopping at the grocery store on June 5 when she “slipped ina liquid substance on the floor of the defendant’s premises.” The lawsuit saidStewart was “exercising reasonable care for her own safety,” and that theliquid “posed an unreasonable risk of harm.”

Stewart alleged that because H-E-B negligently failed tomaintain its premises in a safe condition, she seriously injured her shoulder,wrist, hip, back and spine.

 H-E-B denied Stewart’sallegations and claimed the incident was caused by a third party or her ownnegligence.

 Mediator JamesMehaffy filed a letter with a Beaumont judge last week stating that bothparties had reached a settlement agreement.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, pleasecontact the Wausau Slip and Fall Lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. ®,at 800-242-2874.

CPSC Re-Issues Dangerous Stroller Recall

Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 at 3:56 am    

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has re-issued arecall of approximately 1 million strollers due to a product defect.

According to the agency’s press release, Maclaren umbrellastrollers sold before May 2010 feature a design defect in the strollers’ hingemechanism. The hinge poses a hazard to the child when the stroller is unfoldedand opened. If a child touches the mechanism their fingertips could be cut oramputated.

 The agency issued thefirst recall of the strollers in November 2009. The CPSC has received a totalof 149 reports of incidents of injuries with the strollers, including 37reported after the initial recall. Since the recall in November, the injuriesinclude five more cases of fingertip amputations, 16 more reports oflacerations, and 16 reports of children’s fingers becoming trapped by themechanism.

The affected strollers were sold at baby stores and largeretailers across the country between January 1999 and November 2009.

If your child has been injured by a defective child careproduct or toy, please contact a Wausau product liability lawyer of HabushHabush & Rottier, S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874.

NY Top Court Reinstates Defective Household Product Liability Lawsuit

Posted on Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 at 5:40 am    

New York’s highest court onTuesday reinstated a restaurant employee’s product liability lawsuit filedagainst the makers of a drain cleaner.

The product liability lawsuit wasfiled by Yun Tung Chow against the manufacturer and distributor of Lewis RedDevil Lye. Chow filed the lawsuit after he was burned and blinded in one eyewhen the cleaner splashed on him as he was cleaning a clogged floor drain. Hislawsuit was dismissed before trial, but the New York Supreme Court overturnedthat ruling this week.

The defendants in the case claimthe restaurant manager failed to follow the product’s label instructions, whichdirect users to wear goggles and gloves. Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman ruled,however, that the heart of the claim is “knowing how dangerous lye is, was itreasonable for defendants to place it into the stream of commerce as a draincleaning product for use by a layperson?”

If you need assistance with asimilar product liability lawsuit, please contact the Wausau defective household product lawyers ofHabush Habush & Rottier, S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874.

Man Charged with 5th DUI After Wausau Car Accident

Posted on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 at 6:37 am    

A man was charged Monday with his fifth drunken drivingoffense after a Wausau car accident Saturday night.

According to officials with the Wausau Police Department, 45year-old Jeffrey W. Dahl is accused of driving his pickup truck into the backof a Jeep stopped at a red light at the intersection of Grand Avenue and EastThomas Street shortly after 10:45 p.m. Saturday. Police say the driver of theJeep called 911, reported that the driver of the pickup truck left the sceneand gave dispatchers a description of the suspect vehicle.

The driver of the jeep was not injured in the accident.

Dahl was charged Monday in Marathon County Circuit Courtwith fifth-offense drunken driving, bail jumping, and leaving the scene of acrash.  Dahl’s next court appearance isscheduled for May 26.

If you have been injured in an auto accident caused by adrunk driver, please contact the Wausau Personal Injury Lawyers of HabushHabush & Rottier, S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874.