Evenflo issues recall of 56,000 child seats due to harness problem

Miamisburg, Ohio-based children products manufacturer Evenflo Co. Inc. has recently issued a recall for 56,000 child safety seats due to the danger of children being able to loosen the seat’s safety harness, which could possibly lead to injury in an accident.

The Transitions Three-in-One Combination Booster Seats manufactured between Dec. 18, 2014 and Jan. 29, 2016 are involved in the recall due to the accessibility of the adjustment button, which releases the harness, to children. According to Evenflo, the danger of accident is only possible when the seats are used as forward-facing harnessed boosters.

Evenflo became aware of the issue in late January 2016 upon analysis of consumer feedback. The company is undergoing the process of notifying owners of the recall and sending them a kit with a new seat pad and front adjuster assembly.

Pursuing legal action to obtain justice and financial compensation for the injuries you or a loved one have suffered from a defective product can be difficult while recovering. With the help of our attorneys at Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, you can find the resources and expertise you need to make a strong claim while working together in a supportive environment. Call us today at our Dallas offices by dialing (214) 457-1668.

Deadly two-vehicle accident closes I-35 in Burleson

A woman lost her life in a two-vehicle collision along Interstate 35 near Renfro Street in Burleson, Texas on Sunday, January 24 at around 10:00 in the morning. The victim was identified as 36-year-old Rendon resident Autumn Leigh Rawlinson.

According to preliminary investigations, Rawlinson had been a passenger in a 1994 GMC Sierra truck operated by 47-year-old Paul Christopher McDonough. McDonough’s vehicle rear-ended another truck traveling in the northbound lanes of I-35, causing the truck he hit to be pushed into the guardrail. The impact of the collision caused the Sierra to spin around and come to a rest facing the wrong way in the lanes of traffic on the interstate. The force of the spin caused Rawlinson and McDonough to be thrown from the vehicle. Rawlinson was declared dead at the scene of the accident while McDonough was airlifted to a nearby hospital.

The northbound lanes of Interstate 35 were temporarily closed to public traffic to make way for accident reconstruction and maintenance cleanup crews. The highway was reopened after five hours.

Robert Hilliard accused of brokering deals with GM

Lance Cooper, a lawyer who played a major role in uncovering the defective ignition switch of Michigan-based automaker General Motors Co., filed a motion on Wednesday, January 27 in which he claimed that Texas personal injury attorney Robert Hilliard, the lead attorney of the multidistrict litigation against GM, brokered a sweetheart deal with the company. Cooper accused Hilliard of agreeing to minimize the automaker’s liability exposure in exchange for selecting his cases as bellwether trials in the ignition switch litigation, thereby increasing his legal fees.

On behalf of his clients in nine cases, Cooper has asked United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York Jesse Furman to take back a deal in which Hilliard and GM settled 1,380 cases for $575 million on September 17, 2015. GM has asked Judge Furman to dismiss this request.

If you are considering taking legal action after being injured in an accident, contact the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter Texas to speak with a personal injury attorney about your options. Call us today at (214) 457-1668 to learn more.

Video game player gets hit by car inside own apartment

Ben Rose was sitting at home, playing his new video game, when suddenly an automobile came hurtling out of nowhere and crashed into his living room in Irving, Texas on Sunday, December 13. The Hyundai Sonata crashed through the wall of his apartment and caused Rose multiple injuries.

In an interview with CBS 11 in Dallas, Rose said: “Everybody asks, were you walking in a parking lot? Or were you in your car? What do you mean she drove through your apartment?”

While the shock of the incident is a major factor for Rose, what could be even more upsetting is the fact that the driver of the vehicle had no insurance with which to pay for the victim’s injuries. The driver was cited for her failure to provide proof of insurance, but her actions are not considered to be criminal as it is believe that the woman simply mistook the acceleration pedal for the brake. Now Rose is left to deal with the financial burden of his injuries as a result.

At Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, our personal injury attorneys represent clients who have suffered as a result of the actions of other people. We serve victims who seek compensation to help alleviate the cost of medical treatment and repairs caused by negligent individuals. To learn more, call (214) 457-1668 today.

Two women, three boys die in Crystal City collision

A two-vehicle collision that happened on Monday, December 14 at around 1:15 a.m. near the Maverick and Zavala County line in Texas has resulted in the deaths of five people. According to preliminary investigations by Texas State troopers, a Dodge Charger collided head-on with a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck along Highway 57.

The Charger was occupied by two women and two young boys. Both women and one of the boys died in the wreck. The two women were sitting at the front of the vehicle – one was a driver, the other was a passenger – while the boys were in the backseat. The surviving boy was taken to a San Antonio hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The Chevrolet Silverado was carrying three women and two boys from Eagle Pass. Both boys were killed in the collision, while the women were rushed to a San Antonio hospital.

Police have yet to report on the conditions of the three hurt victims, and their identities have not been released pending notification of the families.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is handling the investigation along with the Maverick County Sheriff’s Office.

Judge rules lawsuit against Trinity Industries valid

United States Judge Rebecca Smith of Virginia denied a motion made by Dallas, Texas-based rail transport company Trinity Industries Inc. to throw away a lawsuit filed by Jose and Victoria Evans in which the company is accused of intentionally hiding changes made to the guardrail that posed a threat to drivers. The pair was involved in an accident in 2011 during which the guardrail head, a feature that is supposed to absorb impact, failed to operate correctly and punctured their vehicle, causing serious injuries to both individuals.

Trinity’s motion was denied on Tuesday, September 29. Judge Smith ruled that the plaintiffs’ accusations were valid and that the statute of limitations had not yet run out as the couple could not have known of the company’s fraudulent concealment within the two-year limit.

If you have suffered from injuries during an accident that was caused by defecting roadways or vehicles, our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas want to help you fight for justice. Call our offices to speak to a representative about your situation.

GM agrees to pay $575M in settlement for defective ignition switch lawsuits

Detroit, Michigan-based automaker General Motors Co. has agreed to pay $575 million in order to settle hundreds of civil lawsuits- including personal injury and wrongful death cases- which have been filed against the automaker over defective small-car ignition switches that have been linked to at least 124 deaths across the country.

The company announced on Thursday, September 17 that it has reached an agreement with Texas personal injury lawyer Robert Hilliard to settle the combined 1,385 death and injury cases that were filed in connection to vehicular accidents caused by the faulty ignition switches.

The money will also be used to settle a 2014 class action lawsuit launched by shareholders who alleged that GM’s negligence over the defective ignition switches lowered the value of their stocks.

Companies that grow and get large by profiting off of dangerous or defective products should be held liable for their actions. Launch a product liability suit or personal injury suit in Dallas by hiring the legal expertise of our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling our offices today.

Neurosurgeon accused of intentionally botching surgeries

During the bail hearing last Monday, August 24 for Texas doctor Christopher Duntsch’s case, prosecutors submitted evidence that the neurosurgeon may have been intentionally botching his patient’s operations, leaving them paralyzed. In email sent on Dec. 11, 2011, Duntsch said to an employee, “I am ready to leave the love and kindness and goodness and patience that I mix with everything else that I am and become a cold-blooded killer”.

Several people were critically injured while two patients lost their lives due to Duntsch’s operations between the years of 2010 and 2015. Duntsch is currently facing multiple charges – including one count of injuring an elderly person and five counts of aggravated assault for allegedly mishandling spinal surgeries, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Besides the physical pain and the anxiety of lost abilities, victims of personal injury accidents are burdened with the trouble of paying for expensive medical bills.  Let our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas help you with your legal battle by calling our offices today.

Dallas ordered to pay $215,000 to injured garbage truck driver

Michael Enriquez, a garbage truck driver for Phoenix, Arizona-based solid waste disposal company Republic Services was injured when he was run over by a bulldozer at the Dallas, Texas-owned McCommas Bluff Landfill on Oct. 11, 2012. Due to injuries from the accident, Enriquez has been unable to work since the day of the incident. He and his attorneys at the Dallas City Attorney’s office are asking for $215,000 from the Dallas City Council.

In a written item of agenda, the Dallas City Attorney’s Office noted that “it is in the best interest of the city to settle the claims of Manuel Enriquez in this case”. City attorneys and Enriquez’s own legal counsel agreed to the specified amount above during court-ordered mediation prior to a November 2015 trial for the lawsuit filed against the city on July 1, 2014.

Our personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas understand that being hurt in a personal injury accident can be a devastating experience, especially when amassing multiple injuries and being subjected to expensive medical bills. Call our offices today to find out what we may be able to do for you if you were injured in such an accident.

Accident kills one Plano teen, wounds another

A one-vehicle accident claimed the life of a teenager and injured another just before 2 a.m. last Sunday, July 26 in Plano, Texas.

Plano police officer David Tilley identified 18-year-old Alger Ben Baker III as the individual who was killed in the incident. The passenger of the vehicle, 18-year-old Daniel Mushock, suffered a serious leg wound.

According to preliminary investigations, Baker was driving his 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe along Preston Road in Plano when, for reasons unknown, the vehicle veered off the roadway and crashed into a traffic light pole at the intersection of Preston Road and Tennyson Parkway. The vehicle erupted into flames soon after the collision.

Witnesses to the accident were able to pull Mushock, the passenger, out of the vehicle, but before they were able to help Baker, the vehicle became fully engulfed with flames, causing Baker’s death at the scene of the accident.

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