When homes in Pennsylvania are subject to fires or explosions, the resulting losses are sometimes difficult to come to terms with. Not only can loved ones and family pets perish in the blaze, but irreplaceable items with great sentimental value may be lost forever. Even if all family members escape a fire without injury, the following weeks and months can be extremely challenging. If you have experienced a house fire, your budget may be stretched to breaking point by the need to replace numerous items at one time. You may also be forced to deal with the upheaval of living in temporary accommodation if the damage to your home was severe.
Many people believe that all smoke detectors are created equal. In many ways, they are, but it's not entirely true. Most smoke detectors do just that; they monitor for smoke in the home. But did you know that there is a lot more to keeping your home safe from fire than simply being alerted that there is smoke in your house? Today, we would like to talk about what to look for in a smoke detector, the differences in various types of smoke detectors, and how to keep you and your family safe by choosing the best smoke detector out there. Because if your smoke detector fails, you may have a defective products claim against the detector's manufacturer.
Defective products like car parts heavy machinery can leave a devastating last impression on families of victims, as we have seen in the recent past with stories out of General Motors and the various equipment failures that lead to serious injuries and death on work sites. But one area where many don't consider the manufacturing negligence of defective products is with smoke detectors. In some cases, smoke detectors and fire alarms do not sense intense heat; therefore, some electrical fires and other types of fires that start inside of walls do not get noticed until it is already too late.
Honda has recalled driver side airbags throughout the United States. Takata Corporation, manufacturers of the airbags, has made several statements about the defective products since the recall about the problem. According to officials, the airbags explode with so much force that they can shoot metal shrapnel are car pieces into the passenger's side compartment. The airbag maker insists that the recall, that now covers approximately 8 million vehicles in areas of the United States with high humidity, is sufficient enough; however, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says otherwise. The NHTSA believes the recall should be nationwide because of accidents that have happened outside of areas with high humidity.
When we use machinery and devices that are put into place to keep us safe, we expect those devices to do the job they were manufactured to do. When those devices or products fail and seriously injure or kill someone, the fault lies with the product's manufacturer and/or the business that sold it to the victim. When people are injured by these defective products, they need sound, experienced representation to fight for them against corporate attorneys and insurance companies that attempt to settle for pennies on the dollar.
When trucks are overloaded or are carrying a heavy equipment and the driver fails to safely maneuver residential streets, the outcome can be devastating. Commercial tractor trailer drivers should know the details of their loads and understand the limits of their trucks to avoid truck accidents. Likewise, manufacturers who build lock straps and trailer hitches should ensure that they can in fact support the weight that they guarantee their products can support.
October is Fire Safety Awareness Month. As the days get shorter and the night get cooler, many of us in western PA are huddling around campfires and stacking wood in our hearths. Many forget, however, that the fire of the year is a potential hazard that could cost you your home and may even be fatal to you and your close family and friends.
A fire believed to be caused by an explosion in Indiana County took the lives of a nine-year-old girl and her mom and dad early Sunday morning. The accident happened west of Indiana proper in White Township. The family's two dogs were also killed in the fire. The family was found dead together in a back bedroom.
Defective products in the home can be a deadly combination. Recalls on vehicles and machinery often take precedence over household products due to the nature of laws; however, there are defective products in homes all over the country where mothers and fathers who aren't aware of the potential problems just a few feet away from their child's toy box or play pen. When products are designed and safety features fail, or if a product is dangerous and no safety precautions are taken upon going to market, people and their families can get hurt. If you've been hurt by a defective product, or you have lost someone close to you because of the negligence of a manufacturer, you may have a possible defective product or wrongful death case.
Recent statistics gathered by the National Safe Kids Campaign show that an average of 4700 children in the United States are treated after a fall out of a window on an annual basis. Of those 4700 children who fall, between 12 and 20 die each year because of these falls and most of those deaths happen to children below the age of five.