Exploding Cell Phones

In this day and age, cell phones have become indispensable for most people.  With any device which has batteries and a charging apparatus, there are product defects that can possibly cause personal injury.  There have been cases of cell phones exploding while charging, shocking users, and most recently, causing second-degree burns.

Many cases have involved a defective battery.  A college student at the University of Guelph in Canada was sleeping when her smartphone exploded, catching fire.  Her phone was not charging at the time, and the cell phone company claims the battery was not the genuine one sold with … Read the rest

Common Causes of Burn Injury

At Levine and Slavit, PLLC, our car accident attorneys protect the rights of those who have been injured due to the fault or actions of another person or party. Burn injuries are one such type of injury that is often preventable. Those who suffer from a burn injury due to the fault or negligence of another are left to deal with the physical, emotional, and financial consequences. Fortunately, our Long Island burn injury attorneys can help our clients obtain the compensation they are due for damages suffered. Examining the cause of the burn and exploring the details of the injury … Read the rest

Burn Awareness Week Being Observed This Week With Focus on Children’s Scald Burn Injuries

Every day, 352 children ages 19 and under are injured as a result of a fire or burn-related cause. Among children under 5 years of age, scalds or contact burns are responsible for 90 percent of burn injuries. One of the focus areas of the American Burn Association’s Burn Awareness Week (February 3-9, 2013) is preventing scald burn injuries – a burn from hot liquid or steam. The maximum recommended residential water temperature is 120 degrees F (48 degrees C).

Children have thinner skin than adults which can result in a more severe burn. The most common places children experience … Read the rest

New York City Buildings Department Releases 2011 Annual Report

The 2011 Annual Report, released last month, touts New York City as the nation’s safest big city in 2011. 2011 marked a near-historic low number of fire fatalities, a 10th consecutive year of fewer than 600 murders, a record-breaking low number of traffic deaths — and an 18% decrease in construction-related accidents, which follows an almost 28% reduction in 2010 from 2009. Construction-related injury rates also continue to improve. There were approximately 8% fewer injuries in 2011 over 2010, following a nearly 32% decline in 2010 from 2009. Construction-related fatalities remained low, with five caused by falls or shoddy construction. … Read the rest

Import Surveillance Division Established to Inspect Toys and Other Products for Potential Safety Hazards and Liabilities

29 million toys were recalled in 2007. This unfortunate and scary trend has continued in 2008.

Since the beginning of this year, at least 19 products manufactured overseas have been voluntarily recalled by manufacturers in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) due to high lead levels, choking and aspiration problems in infants and children, magnets potentially causing fatal intestinal perforations, and smoke and fire hazards. Although many of the recalled toys were manufactured in countries which have far less quality controls than in the United States.

U.S. companies that sell and distribute such imported goods could be held … Read the rest