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March 2011 Archives

CPSC Reissues 2008 Delta Crib Recall

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reissued its 2008 recall of 985,000 Delta cribs on March 22, 2011after the manufacturer, Delta Enterprises, Inc., learned of the death of a 7-month-old girl in 2009 after she had become entrapped between the detached drop-side and the mattress of the crib and suffocated.  The crib had been purchased second-hand and reassembled without the safety pegs in the bottom racks of the crib.

Mickey Rooney Shines Light on Elder Abuse

Mickey Rooney's testimony last week before the Senate Special Committee on Aging has brought the problem of elder abuse into the light once again.  Mickey Rooney, who was granted a restraining order against his stepson a few weeks ago, pleaded with the Committee to "stop this elderly abuse...Now. Not tomorrow, not next month, but now." Following his testimony, Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis), Chairman of the Committee, introduced a proposal that would establish an Office of Elder Justice within the U.S. Justice Department.

Most Americans Unaware of Product Recalls

A recent survey conducted by Consumer Reports National Research Center determined that the vast majority of Americans were unaware of whether they had purchased food, medication or a product (other than a car) that had been recalled in the past three years.  In fact, only one-fifth were aware that they had purchased a recalled product in the past three years. The survey also found that:

Recent Stroller Recalls: BOB Jogging Strollers and Baby Jogger Jump Seat

There has been a string of recent stroller recalls, including BOB and Baby Jogger.  If you own any of the recalled strollers, you should stop using the stroller immediately and contact the respective manufacturer for repair or replacement kits. On February 23, 2011, approximately 357,000 B.O.B. single and double jogging strollers were recalled in the United States and Canada following reports that a drawstring on the stroller can get wrapped around a child's neck, which could result in strangulation. The popular stroller manufacturer B.O.B. Trailers, Inc. recalled the stroller after it received one report of an 11-month-old girl becoming entangled in the drawstring.  The child was ultimately freed from the drawstring by her mother. The strollers recalled include the following 11 models of B.O.B. single and double strollers:

Negative Affects of Proposed Medical Malpractice Reform

Recently there has been a renewed push for medical malpractice reform - both at the state and federal level - in an attempt to save the struggling health care system.   However, medical malpractice reform measures alone will fail to help the healthcare system and will only hurt patients by facilitating a culture that lacks accountability.

“Alarm Fatigue” Contributed to Patient’s Death

Hospital staff members are increasingly more overburdened, and patients and their family members must remember to be proactive and act as their own best medical advocate.  An article published by the Boston Globe last year confirmed that federal investigators concluded that “alarm fatigue’’ suffered by nurses contributed to the death of a heart patient at Massachusetts General Hospital in January 2010.  “Alarm fatigue” is the desensitization to the sound of beeping monitors and alarms due to constantly sounding machines.

Air Traffic Control Errors

Air traffic control errors are on the rise at O'Hare International Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  Reports indicating an increase in the number of errors - up to17 errors in the past year from six errors in the previous year - prompted federal officials to investigate staffing and other issues affecting safety at O'Hare. The data has shown that many of the errors have been occurring while veteran air traffic controllers are training newly-hired controllers to direct planes that are landing, taking off or taxiing.  The errors generally result in a failure to maintain proper distances between planes both vertically and horizontally. According to FAA officials, two of the errors were considered to be serious, with one error resulting in strong turbulence caused by the wake of another plane, which violates a rule that planes keep a vertical distance of at least 1,000 feet from each other.  Fortunately, the incident did not result in any injuries. O'Hare's air traffic control tower is currently staffed with 52 fully-certified controllers, 15 controllers-in-training with some experience, and four new hires classified as "developmentals," according to the FAA. Six additional controllers-in-training are scheduled to begin working at O'Hare later this year to account for two recent retirements and additional expected retirements.   Many of the O'Hare's experienced controllers spend the majority of their time training the newly hired controllers. O'Hare is not alone in its error increase. In fact, the FAA reported nearly 1,900 air traffic control errors in the United States during the last fiscal year, which is an increase from approximately 1,000 errors in 2007.  FAA officials were not surprised by the increase in errors, which they partly attribute to changes in error-reporting requirements and increased attention on safety. The skilled Chicago personal injury accident lawyers at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish are knowledgeable of the complex legal issues involved with Illinois mass transit accidents, including airplanes, trains, helicopters, buses and subways. Steinberg, Goodman, & Kalish  ( is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (888) 325-7299.

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