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Fall, Brain Injury Risks Prompt Recall of Graco Classic Wooden Highchairs

The potentially dangerous products were made in China.

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Dangerous and Defective Product Attorney in Virginia

Reports of 58 falls and 24 injuries to babies and toddlers, including at least one concussion, prompted the recall of some 86,000 Graco Classic Wooden Highchairs sold in the United States between September 2007 and December 2010. About 3,600 chairs were also sold in Canada.

The potentially dangerous products were made in China. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, screws and a bracket that hold the seat on the legs can fail, sending infants tumbling. Full details on which models of the high chairs should no longer be used without being fixed and what parents need to do to get a repair kit are available on the Graco website.

 

 

The Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer’s Perspective

As a personal injury attorney in Virginia (VA) and a mother, I take children’s safety very seriously. I applaud any company that acts to alert consumers about known or potential dangers from baby and child products, then offers solutions. Graco does not appear to have waited too long to announce this high chair recall, but it is concerning that 54 infants and toddlers got injured due to a design defect that can be resolved by installing updated hardware.

The report of the concussion is particularly troubling. Understanding of the long-term negative effects of even seemingly minor brain juries has increased dramatically in the past few years. One thing that has become clear is that young children are particularly susceptible to concussions and can experience difficulties with learning and mental development if the injury does not fully resolve.

Potentially Helpful Info

If your child has suffered injuries from a recalled product, you can download this free report to begin learning about your legal rights and options for holding the company that made or marketed the defective or dangerous item accountable for the harm the product caused.

Have Questions? Check Out Our Firm’s FAQs.

You can also learn more about head and brain injury lawsuits by reading through our online library of lawyers’ answers to frequently asked questions about such cases.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They, along with fellow attorney Randy Appleton, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.


Skull Fractures Prompt Second Recall of Bumbo Baby Seats

Yesterday's massive recall follows one issued in 2007, when Bumbo relabeled the product to warn parents not to place the chair on tables, couches or counter tops.

By Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton, Virginia Head ad Brain Injury Attorneys

Parents are being cautioned about Bumbo Baby Seats because infants can fall out of the backless, armless formed plastic chairs and suffer severe head and brain injuries.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Bumbo International jointly announced a safety recall of more than 4 million baby seats on August 15, 2012. The CPSC noted that federal agencies had received at least 50 reports of babies suffering skull fractures after toppling out of the chairs. The company has also learned of dozens of incidents in which young children required hospital treatment for head and brain injuries following falls.

Yesterday’s massive recall follows one issued in 2007, when Bumbo relabeled the product to warn parents not to place the chair on tables, couches or counter tops. The most recent recall comes with a reminder that parents should use a safety belt to secure children in the seats and stay close by when their children are in the chairs. No information on refunds was available.

Some of the details about the dangers babies placed in the recalled booster seats can face are highlighted in this video:

The Virginia Head Injury Lawyers’ Perspective

Babies and toddlers are particularly at risk for head and brain injuries from falls. Their skull bones and neck muscles have not fully formed and strengthened. With this in mind, we find it bordering on the unconscionable that any company would continue selling a child care product or toy that it knows puts young children at risk for such injuries.

Any clearly dangerous product — and it seems difficult to argue that the Bumbo chair is anything but — should be pulled from the market. While neither regulators nor the company will take that strong step to protect young children, parents would be well advised to stop using the recalled baby seats.

Potentially Helpful Info

If your child has suffered a brain or head injury caused by use of a dangerous or defective product, you can begin to learn about your legal rights and options for filing a claim for compensation by downloading this free report written by Virginia personal injury attorneys.

Have Questions? Check Out Our Firm’s FAQs.

Learn more by reading through our online library of lawyers’ answers to frequently asked questions regarding brain and head injury lawsuits.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They, along with fellow attorney Randy Appleton, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.


Scooter rider suffers head injury after crash in Charlottesville

An attorney with the Shapiro, Lewis and Appleton law firm recently wrote about an accident involving a scooter and an SUV. The driver of the scooter was taken to the hospital with head injuries. To learn more, read the story here…

Man on scooter injured after collision with SUV

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About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.


Brain Injury Awareness Day a Time for Patient Advocacy

An estimated 1.7 million people get diagnosed with a TBI each year.

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Virginia TBI Attorney

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and March 21, 2012, is Brain Injury Awareness Day. On that date, an event on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of America and its Congressional Brain Injury Task Force focused on “ensuring access to care for the millions of Americans living with brain injury.”

According to brainline.org, a person suffers a traumatic brain injury every 19 seconds in the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1.7 million people get diagnosed with a TBI each year. Falls are the leading cause of serious brain injuries, which account for more than a third of all brain injuries. The next most common cause of TBI? Car crashes and traffic-related incidents.

As Virginia (VA) brain injury attorneys, my colleagues and I see too often how victims’ lives change after head and brain trauma. By highlighting the dangers associated not only with sports, but also with accidents like falls and car wrecks, we can make sure brain injuries are properly diagnosed and treated quickly and appropriately. Left unresolved a brain injury can cause permanent disability, unemployment, homelessness depression and suicide.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.


Nine Injured in North Carolina Wreck Caused by Drunk Driver

It's terrifying to imagine a driver impaired by alcohol crossing your path.

By Kevin Duffan, Carolina Car Accident Attorney

Family road trips around the holidays are pretty common, so it’s terrifying to imagine a drunk driver crossing your path. Unfortunately, a North Carolina (NC) family lived that nightmare and ended up in the hospital when a man now facing DWI and hit-and-run charges hit their SUV. To learn more, visit “Drunk Driver Causes Guilford County, NC Accident, Sends Nine to Hospital.”

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About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.


More States Bringing in Student Concussion Legislation

Virginia brought in the Student-Athlete Protection Act in January 2011.

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

New legislation to protect student athletes from the dangers of concussions is being implemented across the United States, with Wisconsin (WI) being the latest state to consider a bill.

Medical experts, concussion survivors and the head of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association are among those supporting a law that would develop guidelines on the risk of head injuries and provide new rules for young athletes who are hurt on the field of play, JSOnline reported.

The bill “would require new guidelines to educate coaches, athletes and their parents about the risk of concussion and head injury in youth athletic activities. Experts say the number of traumatic brain injuries among young people is on the rise,” JSOnline reported.

The new legislation would also require a young athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury to be removed immediately from the game. The athlete could not return to the field until he or she is looked at by a health care provider trained to evaluate concussion or head other injuries. The athlete should also have permission to return to the game.

Our experienced Virginia (VA) traumatic brain injury attorneys have reported on moves by a number of states to bring in legislation to protect athletes from concussion. Virginia brought in the Student-Athlete Protection Act in January 2011.

There are good reasons for these rules. Recently we reported on how a 17-year-old student athlete from Virginia (VA) committed suicide two days after he suffered a blow to the head during a football game.

High schools and youth sports leagues in North Carolina (NC) and South Carolina (SC) also recently implemented new rules intended to prevent head-to-head contact, returning too early from concussions, and limiting injuries from balls, bats and other equipment.

Our firm obtained the largest personal injury verdict in Virginia history as of 2000 – $46 million – in the case of a gas station attendant who suffered a brain injury and other injuries when he was trapped inside a partly demolished gas station when a Norfolk Southern train derailed following an incorrect switch position.

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. Our injury lawyers also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services. While not every brain injury case meets our criteria, if you or a loved one is thinking about taking legal action against a possibly at-fault person or company that caused your injury, call our office at (800) 752-0042 for a free consultation. If you cannot get through due to high call volume, be sure to leave a voicemail. We will return your call.


Man Injured in NC Hit and Run

The intentional collision occurred after a bar fight.

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Carolina Brain Injury Attorney

Hit-and-run accidents are among the most horrific kinds of collisions, but intentional hit-and-runs are truly terrifying. A North Carolina man was repeatedly struck by a vehicle after an altercation at a bar. To find out more, go to our blog to read “NC Man Intentionally Run Over After Bar Fight.”

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. Our injury lawyers also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services. While not every brain injury case meets our criteria, if you or a loved one is thinking about taking legal action against a possibly at-fault person or company that caused your injury, call our office at (800) 752-0042 for a free consultation. If you cannot get through due to high call volume, be sure to leave a voicemail. We will return your call.


Injured in Truck Accident, Triathlete Is Back on the Bike and Winning Races

Wearing a helmet and other safety gear can keep bike accident victims alive.

By Kevin Duffan, Virginia Truck Accident Injury Victim’s Lawyer

My colleague Emily Brannon has reported on our Virginia injury law firm’s website that a triathlete is training to get his body back to where it was before he was hit by a truck while riding a bike.  Emily, a Virginia personal injury attorney knowledgeable on trucking accidents and bike safety, provide tips on how to stay safe.

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. Our injury lawyers also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services. While not every brain injury case meets our criteria, if you or a loved one is thinking about taking legal action against a possibly at-fault person or company that caused your injury, call our office at (800) 752-0042 for a free consultation. If you cannot get through due to high call volume, be sure to leave a voicemail. We will return your call.


Car Wreck in Greensboro Results in Passenger Suffering Injury

By Jim Lewis, North Carolina Car Accident Injury Victim’s Attorney

My colleague Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro has written about a single-vehicle accident that occurred in Greensboro, NC, in which the victim was a passenger left in critical condition and the at-fault driver was the passenger’s friend. This raises the question of what should a passenger when hurt in a car crash caused by a friend. Find out the answer by reading this blog: “Passenger Injured in Greensboro, NC Car Wreck.”

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA) but we also have an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Our attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. Our injury lawyers also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services. While not every brain injury case meets our criteria, if you or a loved one is thinking about taking legal action against a possibly at-fault person or company that caused your injury, call our office at (800) 752-0042 for a free consultation. If you cannot get through due to high call volume, be sure to leave a voicemail. We will return your call.


Car Accident Caused by Wrong-Way Driver Results in Death, Serious Injuries

The at-fault driver has been charged with failing to comply with driver's license restrictions.

By Randy Appleton, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer

My colleague Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro has written about a wrong-way car accident that occurred on Greensboro Road in High Point, NC. A passenger in the at-fault driver’s car died, and a passenger in the other pickup that was hit head on suffered serious injuries. The wrong-way driver was charged with failing to comply with driver’s license restrictions. To learn more, click over to “Wrong-Way Car Crash in High Point, NC Leaves One Injured, One Dead.”

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA) but we also have an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Our attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. Our injury lawyers also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services. While not every brain injury case meets our criteria, if you or a loved one is thinking about taking legal action against a possibly at-fault person or company that caused your injury, call our office at (800) 752-0042 for a free consultation. If you cannot get through due to high call volume, be sure to leave a voicemail. We will return your call.