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FDA: Sunscreen Absorbs Into Blood After One Day. Here’s What That Could Mean.

Consumer alert! A recent FDA study found that the active ingredients in sunscreen can absorb into our bloodstreams within a few hours… what does this mean for you and your loved ones? As a firm that works hard to protect consumers from faulty or dangerous drugs and products, we like to help keep our clients and the general public aware of consumer product news – and sunscreen is a product that we’ve all used. Doctors and public health officials have long recommended that people use sunscreen to protect against the sun’s ultraviolet rays. But how safe are the sunscreens that so many people now use regularly? STUDY FINDS DANGEROUS LEVELS ABSORBED INTO BLOODSTREAM In the U.S., sunscreen is classified as an over-the-counter drug. Like all of the other over-the-counter drugs that the Food and Drug Administration oversees, sunscreens should be studied to make sure they don’t affect user’s hormones, affect reproductive systems, or cause cancer. However, this important safety testing has never been done on the active ingredients in sunscreen. Those chemicals were approved decades ago in the 1970s, before anyone suspected they could be absorbed into the body. Now we know for certain, it’s more than just a suspicion. In the study, each of 24 people were asked to wear different formulations — a spray, a lotion or a cream — of commercially available sunscreens for four days, and the same amount was applied over 75% of each volunteer’s body surface four times a day. Throughout the study period, researchers took blood samples from the participants to look for four common active ingredients which are used in different combinations in sunscreens: avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, and ecamsule. The agency found all four of these ingredients are absorbed into the blood at levels that are worth testing further for possible cancer risk. It only took a few hours after application for chemicals to infiltrate the bloodstream and shoot up to concentrations above the FDA’s toxicology threshold that triggers further safety testing. STAY SAFE THIS SUMMER AND LIMIT SUN EXPOSURE At Cory Watson Attorneys, our experienced defective product lawyers fully support comprehensive safety testing before releasing dangerous, defective or misleading products to the market. These test results could have serious impacts on sunscreen manufacturers and regulations going forward, and may change what options you’ll find on drugstore shelves in the next few years. It remains important to avoid excessive sun exposure, and you certainly protect your skin against the sun’s UV rays. However, for those who are still concerned about the incomplete safety data, there are other ways to avoid damaging sun exposure this summer. Try staying out of the sun during its peak hours between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and wearing protective clothing such as hats and sunglasses.

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Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month: Frequently Asked Questions

Despite being one of the most exhilarating hobbies a person can take up, motorcycle riding poses significant dangers. Statistics show that a motorcyclist involved in an accident is 28 times more likely to die than someone driving a car. Motorcycle crashes often result in serious injury or death, and it is important for those involved to contact an experienced motorcycle injury attorney to properly recover costs for injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle wreck that was not your fault, you may have questions. Through our extensive knowledge of representing injured motorcycle collision clients, we’ve compiled the most frequently asked legal questions in order to help you make the right decisions. Why contact a motorcycle injury lawyer? You might be thinking, I already have insurance. However, insurance companies don’t want you to hire a lawyer. Studies show, people who hire a lawyer can get three times more than those who go it alone. When you work with a lawyer, especially one experienced in motorcycle accidents, you have someone on your side – not just an insurance company worried about their bottom line. These situations can be debilitating. If you are in pain and suffering, you deserve to have someone fighting on your behalf. Why should I trust Cory Watson with my case? With more than 38 years of experience, our attorneys are familiar with all the complex issues that can come up in motorcycle accident cases. Since a motorcycle offers minimal protection, the injuries can be severe and complicated. Additionally, motorcycles are often pushed or thrown off the road — or worse, into oncoming traffic, when struck by larger vehicles. Our firm is confident in investigating and negotiating these claims to get you the most possible compensation. How much will it cost to get representation? Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis. What this means to our clients is simple: if we don’t win your case, you won’t pay anything. We choose to operate this way for the sole benefit of our clients, we want to see you obtain a successful recovery so that you can continue to carry on with your life. We handle negotiating with insurance companies and work hard to get the settlement or verdict you deserve. When is the best time to contact an attorney after a motorcycle injury? The best time to seek legal advice about your motorcycle injury is immediately! There are many steps at the beginning of a motorcycle wreck investigation to determine who is responsible, what insurance is available and what injuries resulted. The longer you wait to seek out legal counsel, the less evidence you may be able to preserve and collect. What kinds of injuries qualify to have a case? Injuries that our firm has helped clients recover substantial financial compensation for in the past as a result of motorcycle accidents have included traumatic brain injuries, head and spinal cord injuries, fractured bones, loss of limbs, extensive cuts and bruises (known as road rash), paralysis, burns, and wrongful death. Be sure to document any motorcycle injuries with your physician and keep careful records. Get Help With Your Motorcycle Injury Case Cory Watson Attorneys have a successful history of handling claims against insurance companies. Our expert motorcycle injury lawyers represent each client with the utmost respect and compassion, employing the legal expertise needed to make their case a success. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our top personal injury lawyers today! To learn more, call (877) 562-0000 or fill out our free online case review form. Together we can seek a financial compensation figure that meets your needs as a victim and can continue to provide for you, long after this ordeal is over.

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New York Times: It’s Time for a Reckoning on Medical Devices

The New York Times recently published a comprehensive look at how patients suffer when companies and regulators fail to effectively screen or monitor defective medical devices on the market. In the past decade, nearly two million injuries and more than 80,000 deaths have been linked to faulty medical devices, many approved with little to no clinical testing, according to a global investigation. When a defective medical device is implanted or used in a patient, the results can be catastrophic. Negligence in the product design or manufacturing process can result in serious injuries and death. In these cases, a device intended to help heal someone ends up causing more harm than good. Even worse, some defects are known and subsequently covered up by a company so that it can sell as many units as possible before an inevitable recall, investigation, and public outrage. At Cory Watson Attorneys, we investigate all injuries caused by dangerous and defective medical devices, regardless of whether or not a device has been recalled. If you or a loved one was seriously injured by a medical device, contact our personal injury lawyers to get the help that you deserve. Call (877) 562-0000 now or fill out the online consultation form on this page. PELVIC MESH INJURIES The FDA announced last month that it couldn’t guarantee the long-term safety of vaginal mesh products when used to correct pelvic organ prolapse. These mesh products that have been on the market for decades, unfortunately resulting in harm to tens of thousands of women. Pelvic mesh has long been tied to life-altering injuries, including nearly 80 deaths as of 2018. Litigation over vaginal mesh is now one of the largest mass tort cases in U.S. history. As these lawsuits have made clear, most of these medical devices were approved for market with nearly no clinical data. It seems incredible that products meant to reside inside the human body would be used on patients without any proof of safety or effectiveness. But thanks to regulatory loopholes, many medical devices are poorly vetted before their release into the marketplace and poorly monitored after the fact. Problems can take years to emerge and can be impossible to correct, in part because permanent implants are not easily extracted from the body. When trouble does arise, device makers often redirect blame and patients seeking compensation are forced into lengthy court battles in pursuit of justice. In the end, faulty products can remain on the market for years without warning. ESSURE BIRTH CONTROL Essure, a permanent birth control device consisting of two metal coils injected into the fallopian tubes, has been linked to serious injuries such as device migration, organ perforation, autoimmune disorders, accidental pregnancies, and hysterectomies. The product was pulled from the market last year by its manufacturer, Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Not only women are affected: There have been hip implants that require painful revision surgery, defibrillators that short-circuit, and artificial heart valves with questionable shelf lives. In operating rooms, there are staplers that misfire; temperature control machines that spray bacteria into open chest cavities; and surgical robots that burn and injure patients. In these cases, a combination of unreliable regulatory approvals, skimpy post-market surveillance, and faltering responses from companies caused irrevocable harm that might have been avoided. HOW MEDICAL DEVICES CAN HURT A regulatory loophole enables medical device companies to bring new or “updated” medical devices to market without first testing them in human trials. Companies need only to convince regulators that their products are similar to ones that are already approved, even if the other products are decades old or were subsequently pulled from the market. This loophole is known as the 510(k) pathway. Industry proponents claim that medical devices can be brought to market quickly and safely by having companies conduct rigorous testing after products go to market instead of beforehand. However, companies often fail to complete such studies, even when they’re ordered by regulators. What’s more, device makers often ignore rules requiring them to report publicly all incidents of malfunction, injury or illness. And after years of dispute, the medical device industry has still not fully put a system in place to better notify patients of product recalls and other safety issues. JUSTICE FOR MEDICAL DEVICE VICTIMS Patients should not have to wonder whether devices will save their lives or destroy them. At Cory Watson Attorneys, we believe companies must ensure that no medical device intended for permanent residence inside a human body is used on patients without first being rigorously tested. After investigations by journalists and patient advocates, and even a Netflix documentary, the F.D.A. promised to make “transformative” changes to medical device regulation. The F.D.A. has vowed to fix some of these medical device lapses, promising to abolish reporting exemptions that keep safety issues hidden from the public. Stronger device regulation would help the agency to fulfill its ultimate mission: to protect patients. It’s true that some of these devices have restored health and provided benefits to millions of people. However, the drive to innovate does not justify the growing list of medical device disasters. Get Help with Your Defective Medical Device Case At Cory Watson Attorneys, our defective medical device lawyers believe the makers of these dangerous medical devices should be held accountable for the products they push onto the market. Don’t pay out of pocket for a medical device manufacturer’s negligence before talking to us. Our experienced legal team can review your case and get you the compensation that you deserve. If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective medical device, we are ready to fight for you. Call (877) 562-0000 today or fill out our free initial consultation form to get started with your defective medical device claim. Don’t wait to reach out —time is limited, and your health may be on the line.

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Defective ZF Airbags Affecting Millions of Toyota, Hyundai and Kia Vehicles

A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of consumers in the U.S. against Hyundai, Kia, and ZF-TRW Automotive for fraud and concealment of a deadly airbag safety defect affecting 12.5 million vehicles. The National Highway and Traffic Administration estimates that more than 12.5 million vehicles may be affected and contain a defective airbag control unit. This airbag was designed and manufactured by ZF-TRW and supplied to U.S. vehicle manufacturers including Hyundai, Kia, and Toyota. If you were injured in a crash due to these defective airbags NOT deploying, or if you own one of the affected vehicles, our attorneys want to help. These insurance companies and automotive manufacturers have large law firms working on their behalf, and so should you. Contact us today at (888) 760-2313 or fill out the free online consultation form on this page. Vehicle Models Affected by the ZF Airbag Defect Toyota (no recalls as of May 2019) Toyota Corolla 2018-2019 Hyundai (581,000 recalled as of Oct. 2018) Hyundai Sonata 2013-2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2013-2019 Kia (507,000 recalled as of Aug. 2018) Kia Forte/Forte Koup 2013 Kia Optima 2013-2019 Kia Optima Hybrid 2012-2016 Kia Sedona 2014 As early as 2011, ZF-TRW, Hyundai, and Kia investigated airbag non-deployments in several Kia and Hyundai vehicles, but failed to inform the NHTSA that there was an issue until the end of 2015. Even after advising NHTSA in 2015, each of these companies downplayed the severity and frequency of these crashes. During this time, they did nothing to protect their consumers or warn of the product dangers. It was not until February and June of 2018 that Hyundai and Kia issued product recalls. Toyota Corolla vehicles are also included in the NHTSA probe. However, Toyota has not yet announced a recall. The NHTSA Office of Defect Investigations has already identified two crash events (one of which was fatal) involving Toyota products where electrical overstress is suspected as the likely cause of the airbag failure. These crashes involved 2018 and 2019 Toyota Corolla vehicles. Throughout this nearly decade long period, unsuspecting U.S. consumers continued to purchase potentially affected vehicles with defective airbags, risking the lives of thousands of people. A Law Firm with Extensive Defective Product Experience When you or someone you know is injured, only the best personal injury lawyers will do. You need an experienced legal team with the dedication, knowledge, and resources needed to build a strong case against the world’s largest automotive giants such as Toyota, Hyundai, Kia, and Nissan. The lawyers at Cory Watson have a successful history standing up to some of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers in class action and product liability cases. In 2017, attorneys Jerome Tapley, Ryan Lutz, and Adam W. Pittman won a verdict of $24.9 million in a major faulty brakes case against Nissan North America Inc. in the case Cruz v. Nissan North America, Inc., et al. This verdict was ranked as a 2017 “Top 20 Product Liability Verdict in the United States” by TopVerdict. At Cory Watson Attorneys, we have more than 38 years of experience representing clients across the country who have been seriously injured by defective products. From our offices in Birmingham and Nashville, we handle claims across Alabama and Tennessee, as well as across the nation. Cory Watson has multiple attorneys dedicated specifically to car wreck related injury cases. We will take on the complex process of filing a defective product claim for you, while you focus on recovery. We work on a contingency basis, meaning you pay nothing out of pocket unless we win your case! Call Cory Watson Attorneys for Your Free Consultation! Over the past five years, tens of millions of U.S. consumers have seen their Takata airbags recalled for a deadly defect resulting in seven automakers paying a collective $1.5 billion in class action settlements. This case presents yet another example of corporations and auto manufacturers attempting to conceal a deadly airbag defect, putting profits ahead of consumer safety. You shouldn’t have to pay for a manufacturer’s negligence. The defective airbag attorneys at Cory Watson are ready to fight for you! We’ve helped thousands of clients across the nation stand up for what’s right, and we aren’t afraid to take on automotive giants. If you were injured in a crash when your airbags did NOT deploy, or if you own one of the affected vehicles, you may qualify for financial compensation. Call Cory Watson Attorneys immediately at (888) 760-2313  or fill out the free online consultation form on this page. Don’t wait to reach out—contact us today!

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Here’s How Dangerous Products like the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Get Recalled

On April 12, 2019, Mattel, the owner of Fisher-Price, recalled 4.7 million Rock ‘n Plays it had sold, citing safety concerns. The popular sleeper product has been connected to at least 32 infant deaths. The recall, which forbids any retailer from selling the dangerous product, happened more than a year after a complaint of an infant death caused by the Rock ‘n Play was made to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. It was brought to light through a Consumer Reports article that recently linked 32 infant deaths to the product, causing the American Academy of Pediatrics to urge CPSC for a recall. Many grieving parents and pediatricians argue that this recall is long overdue. The baby sleeper, released in 2009, uses rocking motions and music to soothe infants. Although the sleeper’s inclined cocoon-like shape directly violates AAP’s SIDS prevention guidelines that recommend babies sleep on flat surfaces, the Rock ‘n Play was advertised as a safe sleep product. However, the fact that it took years for Fisher-Price to recall the Rock ‘n Play speaks to the complicated recall process in the U.S. — a process that many public safety advocates say needs to be improved. How does a product get recalled? When shoppers spend money on a product, they assume it’s been expertly tested, manufactured, and produced. In reality, though, millions of units get pulled from shelves each year because they are safety hazards: from Ikea dressers toppling over to Samsung cell phones that spontaneously combust. A small government agency, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, oversees the product recall process. The CPSC researches hazardous products, studies consumer complaints, enforces safety rules in specific product categories, and works with companies to issue voluntary recalls. Vehicle recalls happen through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, while food recalls are issued by the Food Safety and Inspection Service and by the Food and Drug Administration. The CPSC does not seek out complaints; instead, it waits for companies to self-report product defects that could cause harm or risk of death. Unfortunately, they often shift the blame to consumers. 32 deaths linked to the Fisher-Price Rock n’ Play sleeper In the case of Mattel and Fisher-Price, the company stated that the 32 infant deaths linked to the Rock ‘n Play sleeper were caused by product misuse and parents’ failure to read instructions. The company is advising that “consumers should immediately stop using the product.” At Cory Watson, we believe that safety comes first, especially when our children’s lives are put at risk. Recalls should be the last line of defense in our product safety system. The first is that dangerous products don’t reach people’s homes in the first place. Parents should be notified if the products they trust are under investigation, to ensure the safety of our most vulnerable members of society: children. If you or a loved one has lost a child or if your child was injured through the use of a Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper, contact us today by calling (877) 562-0000 now or fill out our free online consultation form.

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3M Settles Alabama Drinking Water Contamination Lawsuit for $35 Million

A north Alabama utility that provides drinking water to thousands of people has reached a settlement in a lawsuit against 3M over chemical contamination. The West Morgan-East Limestone Water and Sewer Authority sued to make 3M pay for a new filtration system to remove dangerous industrial chemicals that 3M produced for decades along the Tennessee River in Decatur. The advanced water filtration system needed is estimated to cost at least $30 million. Federal rules prompted a brief scare in 2016 when the water authority warned customers not to drink the water because of chemical contamination. The water authority manager told the public the water was unsafe to drink because the level of PFOA and PFOS chemicals found in it were above the EPA health advisory levels. The hazardous chemicals also are present in off-site dumps and landfills, and the water system authority alleged that 3M waste was a primary source of river contamination. At least two of the chemicals in the PFAS family, PFOA and PFOS, were contained in sludge dumped on 287 acres of 3M’s riverfront Decatur facility and continue to contaminate the groundwater there, according to 3M filings with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. Cory Watson Attorneys has successfully fought on behalf of hundreds of clients in Ohio and West Virginia, when the DuPont Corporation contaminated water with these same dangerous PFAS chemicals. What Are The Health Risks of PFAS Chemicals? Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), also known as C-8, has been used in everything from non-stick Teflon cookware to rain-proofed Patagonia sportswear, Scotch Guard and microwave popcorn bags. The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has stated health risks associated with C-8 chemicals like PFOA and PFOS including kidney and testicular cancer, liver damage, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, infertility, pregnancy-induced hypertension and decreased birth weight. Let Our C-8 Experience Be Your Strength Cory Watson Attorneys took a leading role in another C-8 litigation involving chemicals that DuPont used in Teflon production at its Washington Works plant, securing a $671 million settlement for more than 3,500 clients in West Virginia and Ohio. They continue to represent cancer victims in the area. Cory Watson principal Jon C. Conlin was appointed to serve as Co-Lead Counsel in the consolidated lawsuits against DuPont, MDL 2433. The Cory Watson litigation team also includes principal attorney Beth Chambers and associate attorney Nina Towle Herring. Our Environmental Injury Attorneys Can Help You For more than 38 years, Cory Watson has successfully represented clients across the U.S. in water contamination cases involving powerful Fortune 500 companies such as 3M. Our experienced team of attorneys is knowledgeable in the scientific facts and medical issues critical to these cases. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer after being exposed to contaminated water or toxic chemicals, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our environmental injury lawyers today for a free case evaluation by calling (877) 562-0000 or completing our online consultation form.

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Cory Watson Attorneys File “Chevy Shake” Lawsuit Against General Motors

Cory Watson Attorneys has filed a class action lawsuit against General Motors (GM) claiming the automotive giant knowingly concealed a known defect from its customers. The defect, widely known as the “Chevy Shake,” causes certain GM vehicles to violently shake or consistently vibrate at high speeds. The suit, filed by plaintiff Douglas Weiss, claims the shaking is caused by defective drive shafts. It cites the shaking as “a major safety concern” that could cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle. “No consumer would knowingly buy a car that shakes and vibrates at highway speeds and General Motor’s failure to disclose this defect to unwitting consumers violates well-established consumer protection laws,” said the plaintiff’s attorney, Ryan Lutz of Cory Watson Attorneys. The complaint charges GM with concealing the defect from the public and failing to recall the affected models. The vibration issues affect a number of GM’s most popular vehicles, including: Chevrolet Silverado Chevrolet Equinox Chevrolet Tahoe GMC Sierra GMC Yukon Cadillac Escalade The defect, nicknamed the “Chevy Shake” by frustrated vehicle owners, may affect hundreds of thousands of these models manufactured between the years 2014-2019. Lutz, F. Jerome Tapley, and Adam W. Pittman lead the litigation on behalf of Cory Watson Attorneys.  They are joined by Nicholas A. Migliaccio and Jason S. Rathod of Migliaccio & Rathod LLP to create a team of experienced class action and consumer protection litigators. Cory Watson Attorneys has a successful history standing up to some of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers in class actions and product liability cases. In 2017, the same Cory Watson legal team won a verdict of $24.9 million in a major faulty brakes case against Nissan North America Inc. in the case Cruz v. Nissan North America, Inc., et al. This verdict was ranked as a 2017 “Top 50 Plaintiff’s Car Accident Jury Verdict” by TopVerdict. So far, General Motors has refused to acknowledge the issue. Many vehicle owners are forced to pay thousands in out-of-pocket expenses in an attempt to repair their GM truck or SUV. Does Your Car Have the Chevy Shake? At Cory Watson Attorneys, we value the safety and well-being of our clients, family, and friends above all else. General Motor’s failure to address this issue is a warning sign that should not be ignored. If you or a loved one owns a vehicle that may be affected by the “Chevy Shake,” our attorneys can help. Contact us today by calling (877) 562-000 or complete the free online consultation form on this page. Click here to view the full class action complaint.

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| Read Time: 2 minutes | Personal Injuries

Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper Recalled After 30 Infant Deaths

Fisher-Price is recalling more than 4.7 million of the company’s Rock ‘n Play Sleepers. The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission has linked the product to over 30 infant deaths in 10 years. The decision comes a week after the commission and Fisher-Price issued a warning about the product, prompting calls from the American Academy of Pediatrics and grieving parents for an immediate recall. If you or a loved one has lost a child or if your child was injured through the use of this dangerous product, contact Cory Watson Attorneys by calling (877) 562-0000 now or fill out the free online consultation form. Over 30 Deaths Linked to Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper The commission said Friday that “over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances” since 2009. Fisher-Price has stated that “consumers should immediately stop using the product.” The American Academy of Pediatrics argued that continued availability of the Rock ‘n Play put babies at grave risk and that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) safety warning was not strong enough. Mattel, the parent company of Fisher-Price, is not admitting to any product flaws. Experts Warn Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Plays Aren’t Safe for Sleep The Rock ’n Play’s box states it is “great for overnight sleep,” and the Fisher-Price website said the product’s “inclined seat helps baby sleep all night long.” These claims, however, go against SIDS prevention guidelines. According to the AAP, babies are supposed to sleep safely on their backs, on firm, flat surfaces that don’t move, without pillows or blankets. The danger of the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play comes from its design. The reclining position of the sleeper means that shifting babies may become trapped and suffocate on the cloth sides. This risk is higher for older children who can roll, but even infants who are unable to roll have died in the sleeper. A Nationwide Law Firm with Extensive Defective Product Experience When a child is injured, only the best advocates will do for your family. You need an experienced legal team with the dedication, knowledge, and resources needed to build a strong case. At Cory Watson Attorneys, we have more than 38 years of experience representing clients across the country who have been seriously injured by defective products. We’re not afraid to take on big corporations on your behalf. From our offices in Birmingham and Nashville, we handle claims across Alabama and Tennessee, as well as across the nation. Contact Cory Watson Attorneys Today We understand that there’s nothing more important than the safety of family and friends, especially for our vulnerable children and grandchildren. If you or a loved one has lost a child or if your child was injured through the use of a Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, our attorneys want to help. Our compassionate defective product lawyers will guide you through your legal options, and help make sure that this preventable tragedy never happens again to another family. Contact us today by calling (877) 562-0000 or filling out the free initial consultation form on this page. Don’t wait to reach out – Contact us today!

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Phone Addicts are the New Drunk Drivers, According to Research

An analysis of driver behavior data found that drivers are growing more distracted by their devices. Distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of fatal injury accidents. If you were involved in a crash caused by a distracted driver, you know the tragic consequences of this bad habit. Drivers are 10 percent more distracted now than last year, a problem driven largely by smartphones, according to new research from Zendrive, a company that collects and analyzes data on driver behaviors. They share insights every April to commemorate Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The results found that “phone addicts”— defined as those people who are unwilling to put away their phones while driving — pick up their phones four times more than the average driver, use their phone six times longer than the general population, and have their eyes off the road 28 percent of the time. And their numbers are increasing — the number of “hardcore phone addicts” identified by the company doubled from last year. Today, one in 12 drivers on the road is a phone addict. If these trends continue, as many as one in every five drivers could be in the phone addict category by 2022. This growing category of hyper-connected individuals exhibits a pattern of dangerously distracted behavior unlike any other group of risky drivers on the road – and you could be one of them. Drunk vs. Distracted Driving: Which is Worse? Drivers distracted by their phones may already be more dangerous than drunk drivers. Phone addicts are glued to their phones, so they’re more distracted, more dangerous, and more likely to cause a crash. “Phone addicts have positioned themselves as public enemy number one, replacing drunk drivers as the ultimate threat on the road,” says the 2019 distracted driving study, released this week. In 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 10,874 deaths as a result of drunk driving and 3,166 deaths from distracted drivers. But fatalities caused by driver phone use are more difficult to track and are more likely underreported. In addition, those people are driving day and night, while drunk drivers are most active between midnight and 3 a.m. According to the Zendrive report, it means “that both in number and in timing, distracted drivers are a bigger danger than drunk drivers.” The most commonly used apps while driving are music and phone apps, edging out social media and texting. State laws and municipal regulations that ban the use of handheld devices entirely while driving could help the problem; however, these distracted driving laws are difficult to enforce. Contact the Distracted Driving Injury Lawyers at Cory Watson If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury caused by someone else’s distracted driving, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Contact the experienced distracted driving lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys immediately to protect your legal rights. We can offer the peace of mind that your case will be handled with expertise and compassion as we seek justice for you and your loved ones. To find out how Cory Watson Attorneys can help you, call (877) 562-0000 or fill out the free online consultation form. Don’t wait to reach out – contact us today!

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Nissan’s Brake Problems Continue, Recalls 86,000 Nissan Murano SUVs

Having your brakes fail while driving can be a terrifying experience. Car accidents caused by bad brakes result in serious, life-threatening injuries for everyone involved, and manufacturers are often quick to blame the driver instead of their defective brakes. Unfortunately, thousands of these faulty brake systems may have been installed in 2009 Nissan Murano SUVs nationwide. And this isn’t the first time Nissan has struggled with bad brakes in their vehicles. Symptoms of Nissan Bad Brakes Nissan is recalling more than 86,000 of their Murano SUVs (model year 2009) to address a faulty part in the antilock brake system (ABS). If this part fails, it could take longer for the driver to come to a full stop. Your vehicle may be affected if you have experienced any of these symptoms: Difficulty braking Soft brake pedal Anti-lock brake failure Brakes lack resistance Increased stopping distance Brake pedal hits the floorboard NHTSA Opens Nissan Investigation In April 2018, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into brake-related problems with the 2009 Nissan Murano, looking into 14 allegations of crashes and more than 480 complaints in addition to reports of injuries. If you were injured in a car accident involving faulty brakes and are struggling to keep up with medical bills or paying off mechanic fees, contact Cory Watson now to see if you qualify for compensation. Let Our Experience Be Your Strength When you or someone you know is struggling with bad brakes, only the best faulty brake lawyers will do. You need an experienced legal team with the dedication, knowledge, and resources needed to build a strong case against the world’s largest automotive giants like Nissan North America. In fact, Cory Watson Attorneys are no stranger to winning faulty brake lawsuits against Nissan. In 2017, a California state court jury awarded a $25 million verdict to our plaintiffs after determining that a Nissan SUV’s defective brakes caused an accident that killed three people and resulted in an elderly driver being wrongfully charged with vehicular manslaughter. Cory Watson attorneys Jerome Tapley, Ryan Lutz, and Adam W. Pittman led the trial team representing plaintiffs. Take Legal Action Against Nissan Today You shouldn’t have to pay for a manufacturer’s negligence. The Nissan brake failure lawyers at Cory Watson are ready to fight for you! We’ve helped thousands of clients across the nation stand up for what’s right, and we aren’t afraid to take on automotive giants. Call Cory Watson Attorneys at (888) 760-2313 or fill out the online consultation form on this page. Your initial consultation is always FREE. Don’t wait to reach out—contact us today!

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