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Mazda Recall Alerts: Airbags and Power Steering Issues

mazda airbag inflator recall

Mazda has announced the following recalls in September 2017:

Wiring issue: Recall covers Mazda 6 sedans for model years 2015-2016. Wiring under the front passenger seat can rub up against welding debris causing the wires to short knocking our power steering and passenger air bag. More than 60,000 vehicles are affected in the US and Canada. Multiple warning lights will flash if the problem occurs. This recall is expected to start on September 29.

Takata Airbag inflators: Recall covers approximately 309,000 model year 2003-2008 Mazda 6, 2004-2008 RX-8 and 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 vehicles. This is for cars not repaired from the 2015 recall. The cars are equipped with dual stage driver’s side frontal airbags that can explode in a serious crash impact or a minor fender bender.  Vehicle owners can call Mazda at 800-222-5500 to have their recall questions answered.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a defective household product, faulty automobile part, contaminated food or other unsafe item, the product liability lawyers at Ellis Law will determine if you’re entitled to compensation. Representing clients throughout California, Ellis Law offers unmatched legal representation to those who’ve suffered harm from faulty products, whether it occurred in the workplace, at a business establishment, at home or on the road. The emotional and monetary burdens associated with defective product injuries can be overwhelming;  our law firm will provide the personal attention you deserve during these difficult times. But most importantly, we are here to ensure your rights and those of your family are protected through every step of the litigation process.  Please contact us at 1-800-INJURED for a free and confidential consultation.

 

 

Fatal Big Rig Crash blocks I-580 Eden Canyon Road

fatal big rig crash block I-580A pair of 18 wheeler rigs collided Thursday on Interstate 580 blocking traffic for 10 hours or more on the westbound side. California Highway Patrol reported a black sedan had struck one of the trucks which impaired the steering of the vehicle. The first tractor trailer had come to a stop mid freeway, and was then struck by the second rig.

The trucks involved were severely damaged; cabs and trailers mangled and broken. The driver of the second truck died as a result of the collision. Traffic was blocked for an extended period as one of the trucks had to be unloaded before being removed from the scene.

Every day, truck accidents forever alter and even claim the lives of victims on the dangerous roads of southern California.  For over 20 years, Ellis Law has been doing our part to bring some measure of justice to these victims and their families. Our experienced team of Los Angeles truck accident attorneys work closely with top engineers, investigators and medical experts to build a case to facilitate the best outcome and  the greatest compensation available.  Call 1-800-INJURED today for a complimentary evaluation of your potential claim against any and all liable parties.

 

Record Breaking $417M Award in J & J Baby Powder Cancer Lawsuit

Record Breaking Baby Powder Verdict Cancet LawsuitA Los Angeles woman, who was too sick to to appear in court, was recently awarded a record $417M in damages in a lawsuit linking talcum powder use to ovarian cancer. The verdict is the largest sum among recent lawsuits aimed at the consumer products giant.

Eva Echevarria, one of the many women who have sued Johnson & Johnson claiming that the use of the baby powder caused their disease. Ms. Echevarria has alleged that the company failed to adequately warn consumers about talcum powder’s potential cancer risks. According to Ms. Echevarria’s lawsuit, documentation has been found which indicates as early as the 1960’s that talcum powder was labeled a carcinogen and use of the product in the genital area increases the risk of ovarian cancer.

The jury’s award, which was the first to be heard in a California court, was comprised of $68 million in compensatory damages and $340 million in punitive damages. Currently the company faces more than 5,000 lawsuits over its talc based products.

A Johnson & Johnson spokesperson stated that the company will appeal the jury’s decision as scientific evidence supports the safe use of baby powder.

For more than two decades, the Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at Ellis Law have provided unwavering support, dedicated service and successful outcomes in personal injury claims involving product liability, auto accidents and workplace injuries. We represent clients in the LA metro and Southern California area.  In addition to a long track record of successful verdicts and settlements, Ellis Law is willing to take on cases against deep-pocketed defendants while giving each client the care and attention they deserve.  Over the last twenty years, our LA personal injury attorneys have recovered more than $250 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients, and we look forward to assisting you during your time of need.  We offer a free, confidential consultation.  Contact us at 1-800-INJURED for a free case evaluation.

Big Rig Tanker Crash Closes Southbound I-5

Big rig tanker crash and spill I5Two big rigs collided Thursday in the southbound lanes on Interstate 5 about 2:30 pm. The California Highway Patrol reported a truck carrying asphalt was rear ended by a truck carrying paper at Grapevine Road. Asphalt then spilled onto the road and ignited engulfing the truck in flames and causing a brush fire nearby. Crews worked to douse the flames for several hours.

The grass fire had been reported to be as large as 338 acres. Aircraft, fire personnel and hazmat responders had been deployed to assist in the aftermath of the crash. Traffic was diverted; the fourth lane will remain closed for the balance of Friday.

Driver errors such as lane departures, rear-end accidents or loss of control can lead to adverse consequences.  The sheer size of a commercial motor vehicle means more overall momentum and force in a crash and therefore more serious injuries. More serious injuries mean greater resistance from liable parties who will be more willing to put up a strong legal defense. The Los Angeles truck accident lawyers at Ellis Injury Law have the skill and experience required to overcome the opposition and win cases in court.   Call our office for a free and confidential consultation:  1-800-INJURED.

 

Update: 9 Injured in Van Crash into LA Restaurant

Van plows into restaurant in LAThe recent Sunday afternoon collision that sent the van careening into a group of people eating outdoors at a popular LA restaurant was described as a dramatic scene.   Diners bleeding, some with broken limbs caught under the van and pieces of furniture.  The men and five women were taken to a local hospital for treatment.  An off-duty firefighter, a ninth victim, was also in the crowd although injuries did not require hospitalization.

The driver was not injured and it is believed that there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol.  Reports indicate that the incident was not intentional and had swerved to avoid another vehicle, putting him into the path of the diners outside the restaurant.  The van sustained a flat tire and damaged bumper, and was towed.  Witnesses say the driver was removed from the scene on a stretcher.  Further investigations are pending.

If you or a loved one has been in an accident, the personal injury lawyers at The Ellis Law Firm can help. Those who suffer catastrophic injuries caused by either a reckless driver, negligent health care provider or unsafe premises are at increased risk for medical bankruptcy, as hospital and rehabilitation expenses pile up.  We have two decades of experience successfully litigating vehicle and pedestrian accidents.

If you need help with a vehicle accident,  call today for a free, confidential consultation to discuss your case with an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer at 1-800-INJURED.

L. A. Sidewalk Crash Injures Eight

risk factors for pedestrian accidentsA van careened into a group of Los Angeles sidewalk diners on Sunday afternoon, injuring at least eight people, one critically.

The van went over a curb and struck diners at The Fish Spot, a popular eatery in the city’s Mid-Wilshire district. While the diners were protected by a white picket fence between the restaurant and the sidewalk, the van hit the picket fence and went over the sidewalk into the outdoor dining area.

One of the injured, a 44-year-old male, was taken to an area hospital with critical injuries. Three other diners suffered serious injuries and four others are believed to be in fair condition, according the Los Angeles Fire Department.

A disoriented driver attempted to leave scene

Witnesses indicated that the driver seemed disoriented as he exited the van. He attempted to leave, forcing witnesses to detain him pending the arrival of authorities.

Witnesses also told reporters, however, that the accident did not appear deliberate.

Law enforcement authorities are still investigating the causes of the accident.

Vehicle collisions involving pedestrians were responsible for 6,000 deaths in 2013, the last year for which statistics are available. They also caused 100,000 injuries serious enough to warrant medical attention, according to the National Safety Council.

While freak accidents such as these are difficult to prevent, pedestrians are always cautioned to keep their eyes on traffic precisely because of the potential for accidents. Being in the vicinity of moving vehicles, unfortunately, is never entirely safe and pedestrians need to be mindful of traffic patterns, proximity and speed.

Experienced accident attorneys in the Los Angeles area

 The Ellis Law Firm can help if you have been in an accident. The causes behind accidents and the liability issues involved can be complex, including driver error, auto manufacturer negligence, and more. We have two decades of experience successfully litigating vehicle, passerby, and pedestrian accidents.

If you need help with a vehicle accident, let us help. Call today for a free appointment to discuss accidents with a seasoned Southern California car accident attorney at 1-800-INJURED.

More sidewalk crash resources:

  1. National Safety Council. Safety Knowledge. Pedestrian Safety. “Take Steps to Avoid Injury While Walking.” http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/news-and-resources-pedestrian-safety.aspx

Baby Dies in Car Crash: Sacramento Pays $9.75 Million

Baby Dies in Car Crash: Sacramento Pays $9.75 MillionAfter a three year court battle, the city of Sacramento has agreed to pay $9.75 million to the parents of a 9 month old child who was killed in a rear end accident involving an unmarked police vehicle.

The couple, Steve and Chrystal Saechao were stopped in traffic on Interstate 80 in December 2013. The off duty officer hit them at approximately 60 mph. Although the child was secured in a car seat, the infant died of head trauma several days later at a local hospital. The lawsuit alleged that the then Officer Mark Halstead’s distracted driving had caused the accident and subsequent death of the child.

A portion of the award will be donated toward raising awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.

The highways and roads of southern California can be dangerous place, where excessive traffic numbers and distracted drivers all-too-often form a devastating combination. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Los Angeles, the personal injury lawyers at Ellis Law are available to advise you as to your legal rights. All consultations are comprehensive and free of charge. We are ready and waiting to fight for justice for you and your family, and help you win the compensation you deserve.  Call 1-800-INJURED for a confidential review of your case.

Clif Bar Recall: Consumer Nut Allergies Reported

Clif Bar product recallSeveral flavors of protein bars manufactured by Clif Bar & Company have been voluntarily recalled due to possible peanut contamination.  The FDA announced the recall when it received numerous consumer complaints alleging peanut or tree nut allergic reactions.

The bars could contain nuts that are not listed on the label.  The company is strongly advising consumers with allergies not to consume these bars.   Nut varieties could include almonds, peanuts, brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, madacamia nuts, pecans, walnuts or coconut.  The product is sold online and in retailers across the United States.  Snack bar flavors affected are Chocolate Mint Flavor, Kid Zbar Protein Chocolate Chip, Protein Chocolate Mint.  More information can be found on the Clif Bar website or calling 866-526-1970.

Some product defects leading to injuries can be traced back to poor manufacturing or inadequate product labeling, while other injuries stem from a manufacturer’s failure to warn of known dangers. In order to build the strongest case possible and increase your chances of recovery, our firm collaborates with a highly regarded network of industry professionals to provide the expert testimony that is crucial in product liability claims.  The debilitating consequences of recalled and defective products can be several fold.  If you have been harmed and would like to speak with one of our LA product liability lawyers, we are pleased to offer a no-charge consultation.  Contact us at 1-800-INJURED for a review of your case.

 

Cheerleader Team Bus in Fiery Crash with Big Rig in California

Cheerlead bus and big rig in california crashA bus carrying thirty members of a Phoenix cheerleading team collided with a tractor trailer near Mecca on Interstate 10.  Westbound lanes were closed backing up traffic for several hours.  The bus was headed back to Arizona from a cheerleading camp at UCLA.

The crash occurred around 4:15 pm on eastbound I-10.  The bus driver was reported to have been traveling in the No 1 lane approaching stopped traffic.  The driver of the truck was traveling eastbound in a semi-truck with two trailers at a speed that was determined to be too fast to stop.  The truck driver tried to brake, but collided with the rear of the tour bus.  Ultimately the truck crossed the center median and came to a stop blocking the westbound lanes.  The driver of the truck was able to escape the vehicle before it burst into flames.  Four of the young bus passengers were taken to a nearby hospital – none with serious injuries.  Approximately six hours after the crash, the lanes were reopened.  Investigations are expected to continue.

A bus carrying thirty members of a Phoenix cheerleading team collided with a tractor trailer near Mecca on Interstate 10.  Westbound lanes were closed backing up traffic for several hours.  The bus was headed back to Arizona from a cheerleading camp at UCLA.

The crash occurred around 4:15 pm on eastbound I-10.  The bus driver was reported to have been traveling in the No 1 lane approaching stopped traffic.  The driver of the truck was traveling eastbound in a semi-truck with two trailers at a speed that was determined to be too fast to stop.  The truck driver tried to brake, but collided with the rear of the tour bus.  Ultimately the truck crossed the center median and came to a stop blocking the westbound lanes.  The driver of the truck was able to escape the vehicle before it burst into flames.  Four of the young bus passengers were taken to a nearby hospital – none with serious injuries.  Approximately six hours after the crash, the lanes were reopened.  Investigations are expected to continue.

If you or someone you love has been in a truck or bus collision in LA and suffered harm, contact Ellis Injury Law. The skilled and experienced team of Los Angeles truck accident attorneys with Ellis Injury Law can advise you as to which parties may be held liable for your injuries, based upon the review of detailed circumstances of your accident.  We are available to discuss your case, review pertinent documentation—including medical records, police reports, witness testimonies, and more—and advise you of your legal options.  Call 1-800-INJURED for a free consultation.

Ellis Law Voted 2017 Best Car Accident Attorney In Los Angeles

Ellis Law voted best car accident attorney in Los AngelesEllis Law is pleased to announce that the firm has been named among the top 19 best car accident attorneys in Los Angeles by Expertise.com.

Expertise.com provides a curated directory of professional service providers based on criteria ratings that include: reputation, credibility, experience availability and professionalism. The company hand picks firms in various fields based on the highest scoring results and ranks them accordingly. Their mission is to develop an online source in which vetted and qualified experts can connect and share their knowledge, experience and skills. In addition to the awards, Expertise offers a library of how-to guides written by expert contributors.

Los Angeles is one of the most dangerous places in the country to drive with fatal accidents spiking dramatically in 2016 and on course to continue rising in 2017. Attorney Andy Ellis is a dedicated advocate for those seriously injured in car crashes. Mr. Ellis’ reputation for professionalism and success in this area has earned him accolades not only from Expertise.com, but also from Super Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and others. He brings the same level of commitment to every client he represents and will eagerly go to trial rather than accept settlements that fail to fairly compensate victims of negligence. From pedestrian injuries and bicycle accidents to high speed car crashes and 18-wheeler rollovers, Ellis Law Corporation is ready to fight for those injured on Southern California roadways.

Ellis Law’s practice includes other areas of personal injury including construction accidents, premises liability, elder abuse and wrongful death. With over 20 years of winning lawsuits for our clients, our dedicated team of attorneys has the power and experience to represent victims in complex litigation. Ellis Law’s mission is to give each and every client we represent the personal attention they deserve. In doing so, we have been able to secure over $250 million in settlements for our clients.  For more information and a free, confidential evaluation of your case, call 1-800-INJURED.