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Christmas Trees Recalled Due to Burn and Shock Hazards

It may not be the season to buy Christmas trees, but many money savers know that one of the keys to getting the best prices is buying decorations off-season. If you recently bought a Balsam Hill Pre-lit Christmas Tree, then you are going to want to return this decoration to the store where you purchased it immediately. Even if you used the tree over Christmastime, you will not want to repeat the tradition this next year.

Christmas Trees Recalled Due to Burn and Shock Hazards

It may not be the season to buy Christmas trees, but many money savers know that one of the keys to getting the best prices is buying decorations off-season. If you recently bought a Balsam Hill Pre-lit Christmas Tree, then you are going to want to return this decoration to the store where you purchased it immediately. Even if you used the tree over Christmastime, you will not want to repeat the tradition this next year.

Hyundai Recalls Volester Cars for Sunroof Dangers

When you are driving a car, you want to be sure that you are safe in the vehicle. Some cars ensure safety and are reliable to drive, but others are not. One car that was recently blacklisted is the Hyundai Volester, which is a hatchback vehicle that has a panoramic sunroof. According to reports, the sunroofs would sometimes shatter while the vehicle was in motion. Originally, the company recalled about 13,500 vehicles for this defect. They assumed that if the sunroof shattered it could cause dangerous lacerations and could facilitate a harmful accident. Now, the company has extended the recall even further to cover another 6,071 cars that were sold to consumers last year.

Family Wins $10.5 Million in Wrongful Death Trucking Accident

A 23-year-old woman was killed by a monster truck at a rally that rook place outside of a gentleman's club back in March of 2011. According to The Houston Chronicle, the young woman was run over by a pickup truck which had been elevated by monster tires when she was talking through a parking lot at the Spearmint Rhino club in Dallas. The driver of the truck was intoxicated when he hit the young woman. The parents of the 23-year-old girl, Gary McKenzie and Karen McDonald sued the High Expectations Hospitality, the company that runs the Spearmint Rhino club, claiming dram shop liability.

Hyundai Recalls Volester Cars for Sunroof Dangers

When you are driving a car, you want to be sure that you are safe in the vehicle. Some cars ensure safety and are reliable to drive, but others are not. One car that was recently blacklisted is the Hyundai Volester, which is a hatchback vehicle that has a panoramic sunroof. According to reports, the sunroofs would sometimes shatter while the vehicle was in motion. Originally, the company recalled about 13,500 vehicles for this defect. They assumed that if the sunroof shattered it could cause dangerous lacerations and could facilitate a harmful accident. Now, the company has extended the recall even further to cover another 6,071 cars that were sold to consumers last year. 

Family Wins $10.5 Million in Wrongful Death Trucking Accident

A 23-year-old woman was killed by a monster truck at a rally that rook place outside of a gentleman's club back in March of 2011. According to The Houston Chronicle, the young woman was run over by a pickup truck which had been elevated by monster tires when she was talking through a parking lot at the Spearmint Rhino club in Dallas. The driver of the truck was intoxicated when he hit the young woman. The parents of the 23-year-old girl, Gary McKenzie and Karen McDonald sued the High Expectations Hospitality, the company that runs the Spearmint Rhino club, claiming dram shop liability. 

A Closer Look at Dog Bite Injuries and How to Prevent Them

You've probably heard of dogs referred to as "man's best friend" before. Is it really true? While pets can make excellence companions, they can also cause a lot of trouble. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), man's "best friend" bites more than 4.7 million people nationwide annually. Every year, the third week of May is designed "National Dog Bite Prevention Week," when various organizations (such as the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the U.S. Postal Service) seek to educate people about dog bite injuries.

A Closer Look at Dog Bite Injuries and How to Prevent Them

You've probably heard of dogs referred to as "man's best friend" before. Is it really true? While pets can make excellence companions, they can also cause a lot of trouble. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), man's "best friend" bites more than 4.7 million people nationwide annually. Every year, the third week of May is designed "National Dog Bite Prevention Week," when various organizations (such as the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the U.S. Postal Service) seek to educate people about dog bite injuries. 

Carnival Ride Operator and Mom of Injured Girl Reach Settlement

Last year, the mother a young girl sued a carnival ride operator after her daughter was flung from a ride in 2012. According to new sources, the 3-year-old girl was riding a Techno Jump last March when she accidentally slipped out from underneath the safety restraint and fell six feet to the ground. Several months later, the mom filed suit against Ray Cammack Shows to seek financial compensation for medical expenses, physical pain, mental anguish, current physical impairment, and probable future impairment. Last week, the mother and Ray Cammack Shows reached a personal injury settlement for $27,500 to cover attorney's fees and medical expenses. Additionally, the girl will receive $50,000 during her college years. At Kennedy Hodges, L.L.P., we are committed to serving those who have been injured by someone else's carelessness or negligence. To see what the firm can do for your case, contact our Houston personal injury lawyers today!

Carnival Ride Operator and Mom of Injured Girl Reach Settlement

Last year, the mother a young girl sued a carnival ride operator after her daughter was flung from a ride in 2012. According to new sources, the 3-year-old girl was riding a Techno Jump last March when she accidentally slipped out from underneath the safety restraint and fell six feet to the ground. Several months later, the mom filed suit against Ray Cammack Shows to seek financial compensation for medical expenses, physical pain, mental anguish, current physical impairment, and probable future impairment. Last week, the mother and Ray Cammack Showsreached a personal injury settlement for $27,500 to cover attorney's fees and medical expenses. Additionally, the girl will receive $50,000 during her college years. At Kennedy Hodges, L.L.P., we are committed to serving those who have been injured by someone else's carelessness or negligence. To see what the firm can do for your case, contact our Houston personal injury lawyers today! 

Texting and Train Operators: What are the Rules?

Everyone knows that using your phone behind the wheel is dangerous, but thousands of people are killed by distracted drivers every year in the United States. According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), automobile drivers aren't the only drivers who shouldn't text behind the wheel. In 2008, a Metrolink crash in Chatsworth, California killed 25 people. The accident occurred when a Union Pacific freight train and Metrolink commuter train collided near Los Angeles, California. After investigating the wreck, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) discovered that Metrolink operator ran through red signal because he was texting.

Texting and Train Operators: What are the Rules?

Everyone knows that using your phone behind the wheel is dangerous, but thousands of people are killed by distracted drivers every year in the United States. According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), automobile drivers aren't the only drivers who shouldn't text behind the wheel. In 2008, a Metrolink crash in Chatsworth, California killed 25 people. The accident occurred when a Union Pacific freight train and Metrolink commuter train collided near Los Angeles, California. After investigating the wreck, the National Transportation Safety Board(NTSB) discovered that Metrolink operator ran through red signal because he was texting. 

Yaz Birth Control Cause Dangerous Side Effects

The Yaz group of drugs referred to as Yasmin, and Yaz, are forms of dangerous and possibly deadly birth control created by pharmaceutical company Bayer Healthcare. Women taking these birth control pills are now reporting dangerous side effects to their health. Such reported side effects are:

Bexar County Mom Hit by Car While Saving Child

A mother in Bexar County, Texas jumped in front of a moving vehicle this morning. According to the police, the mother and her child were at a bus stop when the accident occurred. As the woman helped her child onto the bus, a speeding vehicle attempted to pass the parked buss on the right-hand side of the road. Police say that the child would have been hit if its mother hadn't pushed the child out of the way.

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