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Amazon sued over hoverboard explosion that resulted in house fire

Posted on Saturday, November 5th, 2016   

Brian and Megan Fox, who are residents of Nashville, Tennessee, filed a lawsuit against Amazon after the hoverboard they purchased through the website in November 2015 exploded and caught fire. The board they bought as a Christmas present for their children burned down their $1 million house and injured three of their family members on January 9, 2016.

According to the recently filed lawsuit, the fire “completely destroyed the plaintiffs’ house and virtually all of their personal belongings in a matter of minutes,” and severely injured their 16-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son. The Fox family also claimed the hoverboard’s lithium battery package was not originally manufactured by Samsung as represented on Amazon’s website. Rather, the hoverboard was a counterfeit product from China.

Our attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP provide legal services for our clients in Nashville and other areas of Tennessee. We handle personal injury accident cases such as product liability and premises liability, among others. Contact us at 615-277-2765 to find out more about what we can do for you.

Nashville woman sues Apple for burns from iPhone 6

Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2016   

Nashville resident Stacie Reasonover sued Apple Inc. during the third week of October after Reasonover claimed that her overheating iPhone 6 caused injuries to her right breast.

The lawsuit was filed in the Tennessee Middle District Court in Nashville with Judge Todd Campbell presiding. In her lawsuit, Reasonover said she wants to be compensated for “loss of wages and/or earning capacity” because of the scarring due to her overheating iPhone 6. Reasonover said in her lawsuit that Apple’s iPhone 6 contained a product design defect that made it unreasonably dangerous.

It is the responsibility of manufacturers to ensure that the products they put on the market are safe for public use so they are guaranteed not to cause personal injury accidents. However, if the product you purchased does not adhere to these standards and you were injured because of it, you can hire the legal services of our attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP in Nashville by calling our offices today at 615-277-2765.

Ford issues recall on vehicles manufactured in North America

Posted on Friday, June 3rd, 2016   

Michigan-based Ford Motor Co. issued one recall and one safety compliance recall on Wednesday, May 25 for its vehicles manufactured in North America.

Included in this recall are around 271,000 2013-2014 model Ford F-150 vehicles. The issue is the defective brake master cylinders, which can cause brake fluid leaks that impairs the effective operation of brakes to the front wheels. The total number of vehicles impacted numbers 270,873, which includes 225,012 vehicles manufactured in the United States; 43,682 vehicles manufactured in Canada; and 402 vehicles manufactured in Mexico. Dealers are expected to replace the brake master cylinder for Ford F-150 owners for free. Brake boosters will also be replaced for free if dealers find leaks from brake master cylinders.

If you were injured in a personal injury accident in Nashville or another area of Tennessee, the attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP are here to help you obtain financial compensation from those responsible for your plight. Get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices at 615-277-2765.

IKEA recalls 27M chests & drawers after the death of two children

Posted on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015   

Swedish household products chain IKEA has announced that it will be recalling around 27 million chests and drawers because they are in danger of tipping over if not securely anchored to a wall.

Two incidents in 2014 occurred where the unstable chests tipped over and fatally injured a child.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission is advising people who are using IKEA’s furniture to immediately stop using IKEA’s MALM children’s chests higher than 23 ½ inches and adult chests and dressers higher than 29 ½ inches unless they are safely mounted to a wall.

Consumers are encouraged to reach out to IKEA for free wall anchoring repair kits for chests and dressers by calling their United States offices at (888) 966-4532 or logging on to www.IKEA-USA.com/saferhomestogether.

If you need an attorney to represent you in your personal injury accident case, and your accident has happened in Nashville or other areas in Tennessee, do not hesitate to acquire the legal services of our attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP today by calling our offices at 615-277-2765.

100 fatal claims in GM defect case approved for compensation

Posted on Monday, May 18th, 2015   

Although General Motors originally estimated the number of deaths tied to its faulty ignition switch at 13, the company’s claims process has, so far, recognized 100 fatalities that were directly linked to this defect, according to a May 11 article in the New York Times.

Kenneth Feinberg, a compensation expert, was hired by GM to administer the claims process. In addition to the 100 fatality claims deemed eligible, 184 injury claims have been approved for settlement. Over 500 injury claims and 37 fatality claims still remain to be reviewed.

The defective ignition switch has gained particular notoriety due to the ten years it went unacknowledged and, in some instances, purposefully concealed from the public.

The Nashville personal injury attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP, are dedicated to representing those who have been injured in accidents due to automotive defects. If this has happened to you, our legal team may be able to help you fight for compensation to cover medical costs and other damages. Call our offices at (615) 277-2765 today.

NHTSA investigates recall after Jeeps continue to catch fire

Posted on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015   

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating the Jeep and Dodge SUV recall initiated last July by Fiat Chrysler after reports of fires occurring even after repairs, according to The New York Times on May 5.

The original recall included Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos from the model years 2011-2014. Around 895,000 vehicles were recalled due to defective wiring in the sun visor that could short circuit and incite fire. However, federal auto safety regulators have received eight reports of fire in vehicles that had already gone through repairs.

One Jeep Grand Cherokee owner said that the vehicle filled with smoke while he was driving, and another vehicle owner told the NHTSA that the sun visor burst into flames. Repairs for the recalled vehicles involved installing a protective plastic covering around the visor’s wiring.

A Fiat Chrysler spokesperson said the company was cooperating with the NHTSA in the follow-up investigation.

The attorneys of Pohl & Berk, LLP, know that great injury and expense can result from an accident caused by a defective vehicle. Our Nashville legal team may help you pursue financial compensation to cover your damages from the automaker responsible. Call our offices at 615-277-2765 today to learn more.

Trinity Industries under Investigation for Relationship with Federal Highway Administration

Posted on Friday, April 24th, 2015   

Trinity Industries, a U.S. guardrail manufacturing company, is under scrutiny by the Justice Department regarding their relationship with the Federal Highway Administration. The current investigation follows on the heels of federal whistle-blower trial that Trinity lost last October, in which they were found guilty of defrauding the government by failing to disclose their new guardrail model, the ET-Plus.

The redesigned models date back to 2005 and have since been installed on highways nationwide. The design changes made units more likely to jam when hit head on, causing the metal rail to skewer the vehicle, endangering the lives of drivers and passengers.

In light of this initial case, the government ordered Trinity to put the ET-Plus through a series of crash tests, with the Federal Highway Administration announcing that the new model had passed eight crash tests. Some lawmakers, however, are skeptical of the ET-Plus’ performance, claiming that the crash tests were flawed.

The current investigation is being spearheaded by the Boston offices of the FBI and the Transportation Department. While states are ultimately responsible for their highway equipment and the safety of state citizens, the Federal Highway Administration plays an important role in approving products for federal reimbursement.

The Justice Department has issued a subpoena to recover documents from the October trial, and has so far interviewed five potential witnesses to testify in the case, including one former official of the Federal Highway Administration.

Bike hooks made for Waterloo Industries of Iowa recalled

Posted on Monday, April 20th, 2015   

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recently reported that American home improvement and construction products retailer Home Depot is recalling around 120,000 bike hooks under the Husky Securelock brand after 22 reports of collapsing hooks, Bicycle Retailer and Industry News reported on April 15.

The defective hooks were manufactured in China for Waterloo Industries of Iowa. The complaints did not indicate that the broken hooks contributed to the occurrence of personal injury accidents, but it was evident that the broken hooks caused damage to bikes and nearby vehicles.

Waterloo Industries of Iowa has already issued a recall of around 105,000 hooks sold in the United States and 15,000 sold in Canada.

When products that are supposedly well-made and well-manufactured serve as hazards to the public because of their low quality and substandard craftsmanship, the companies that made these products may be held liable.  If you want to lodge a product liability lawsuit against a company and you live in Nashville or other areas of Tennessee, obtain the legal assistance of our attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP, by dialing 615-277-2765 today.

NHTSA fining Takata $14,000 a day

Posted on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015   

The National Highway Safety Administration began to impose a $14,000 fine a day on Japanese automotive parts company Takata Corp. for not cooperating with the investigation into the company’s defective airbags, the Washington Post reported on February 20.

So far, 17 million vehicles have been recalled since 2008, although only around 2 million of those have been fixed. There is a shortage of parts to repair vehicles.

Federal investigators think a prolonged exposure to moisture in the air allows the inflator chemical to burn too quickly. They are planning to issue an order during the last week of February that mandates people who sued Takata to share with them the results of air bag safety tests.

Takata is protesting the federal agency’s actions, asserting that they have a right to mandate recalls by automakers, but not auto parts suppliers.

Our personal injury team at Pohl & Berk, LLP, in Tennessee knows how to effectively handle personal injury cases, including those caused by auto defects. Call our offices today at 615-277-2765 for an initial consultation with our competent attorneys.

Toyota lawsuit begins trial after eight years

Posted on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015   

Koua Fong Lee, the man jailed for causing a fatal car accident eight years ago, is now bringing a product liability lawsuit against Toyota after problematic acceleration issues begin to surface nationwide, according to newsadvance.com.

In 2006, Lee was sentenced to jail for vehicular homicide after his Camry suddenly accelerated at a freeway exit in St. Paul, Minnesota, hitting an Oldsmobile driven by Javis Trice-Adams, Sr. at an estimated 75 mph. Trice-Adams and two children died in the accident.  Lee always claimed that a problem with the car caused the accident, and 2.5 years into his sentence, he was released after other instances of acceleration problems in Toyotas were revealed. Lee is now bringing a product liability lawsuit against Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. eight years after the accident.

If you have suffered from an accident in Nashville or other areas in Tennessee due to an manufacturing or design defect, our attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP can help you pursue financial compensation from those responsible for your plight. Call our offices today at 615-277-2765.

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