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Frog Masks for Kids Recalled for Suffocation Risks

December 29, 2011

These days, products for kids are not made with safety in mind. Here is yet another product recall for a mask capable of suffocating a child.

We do not know what happened to common sense when it comes to making items for children, but the long, long list of recalls relating to kids products is terminally depressing. Kids cannot fend for themselves and figure out if something is bad for them. They do not stop to think about choking on a button, swallowing a moving part or suffocating in a crib or stroller.

What is wrong with manufacturers that they do not take the care and caution necessary for small ones? Typically the reply is that they are too busy trying to make money and child safety does not matter to them. If it did, you would not see some of the dangerous items being marketed in the name of greed we see on the market today. For instance, this latest recall relates to a children’s frog mask; a mask that is cute, but deadly and could suffocate a child.

It seems the masks do not have proper ventilation and when placed on a child’s face, may pose a serious threat to breathing. If the masks are being made for kids, why on earth don’t the makers make the ventilation cuts larger? How difficult is that? These plush green and red masks have two eye cutouts and the usual elastic band to fasten the mask on the child’s head. The UPC code is 06626491474, in case you bought one for Halloween or a dress up or birthday party for your child.

The recall for this product was voluntary and the mask may be returned to any Target store that sold the mask for a complete refund. That deals with those parents who heard about the recall and did something about it. It does not deal with the parents that did not hear about it and may come across such a mask in a garage sale or silent auction.

Would the mask maker be liable for any suffocation deaths as a result of a child dying from using their mask? It is likely they would, despite the recall, as the product would be considered to be defective. Should a death or serious injury occur, the family would likely be able to file a personal injury or a wrongful death, defective product lawsuit.

What would the parents do to pay medical bills, household expenses and other bills related to the incident? Most families do not have extra money lying around to pay a lawyer, unless they have some financial assistance. The answer to this dilemma is that they may hire a lawyer and then contact a litigation funding company about pre-settlement funding.

A lawsuit cash advance is an emergency lawsuit loan to help a plaintiff get back on their feet financially and deal with all their bills. This money is there to back them up while they wait for their case to be resolved. Legal financing is very easy to apply for, and you must have an attorney working for you before you fill out an application form.

If the lawsuit loan is approved, the money may be used for anything that is important, but typically, it is used immediately to pay pressing medical and other bills. Once financial pressure is handled, the plaintiffs may sit back and let justice take its course.

Daren Monroe writes for Litigation Funding Corp. To learn more about lawsuit funding and litigation funding, visit Litigationfundingcorp.com.

Has Your Family Suffered A Wrongful Death?

What could be more devastating than learning of a loved one’s death due to the negligence and carelessness of someone else?

Any act of negligence – an auto accident, medical malpractice, inadequate care, defective product – that results in death is a potential wrongful death claim. Damages can include loss of future income, medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, loss of consortium or love and affection.

A wrongful death attorney understands how devastating the loss of a loved one can be and can help you seek the compensation you deserve. Unfortunately, a wrongful death claim can be difficult to handle. For example, it must be proven that a doctor’s performance was below the minimum standard of professional conduct before. If a defective product was involved, the defendant might allege that the victim did not use the product with the intended use, and therefore contributed to his/her own death. Additionally, the lawsuit may be hard fought and dragged out for years as the defendant and insurance company deny, delay, and defend the claim. Such delays can put a financial burden on the family, but the insurance company doesn’t care. As the bills pile up, plaintiffs may feel the pressure to settle too soon, for too little; the exact situation the insurance company hopes will happen.

If you in a pending litigation but need cash to pay your current bills and living expenses, you may be able to leverage your expected settlement with a “lawsuit loan.” Applying for litigation funding is easy with our online application process. There are no credit checks or employment verification. Best of all, you pay nothing until you successfully settle your case. We assume all the risk, so if you lose your case, you owe us nothing. Call or visit us online; we can approve your application quickly and get you the cash you need within 24 – 48 hours. Contact us with any questions or concerns.

Ugly Accident Claims Seven Lives

December 15, 2011

This decidedly deadly traffic accident killed seven and sent four to the hospital.

There are accidents that you wish you had never seen, as the memory of them haunts you long after you have witnessed the carnage. This accident is one of those accidents that caused deaths and horrendous injuries. Thankfully, there were no other vehicles involved in this accident.

This wreck happened in Bristol, Indiana and was the result of a minivan hitting a deer. The van, which was carrying 10 passengers, slowed down and stopped in the eastbound lane after the impact. Shortly after it halted, the van was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer, sending both vehicles up onto the center median after the crash.

The van’s occupants never stood a chance to get out of that mess alive, and emergency first responders were amazed to find three people with vital signs when they sorted through the wreckage. Two of those victims were airlifted to medical care, and the third was taken to the nearest trauma center. The trucker was also taken to the hospital. EMS crews had the awful task of declaring seven of the van’s occupants dead at the scene.

What happened here? Was the trucker speeding? Riding too close to the van? Driving distracted? How could the trucker have missed a van sitting in the middle of a highway if he had been paying attention? These are questions the police will be trying to find answers to over the course of their investigation. Those who did survive will be able to file personal injury lawsuits. Those that died will likely have their families file wrongful death lawsuits.

What does a family do to pay the high medical bills and other expenses associated with a death or family member receiving medical care to recover from a bad wreck while they wait for their case to go to court? One of the best answers is to apply for a lawsuit loan from a litigation funding company. A lawsuit loan, also referred to as pre-settlement funding amounts to being an emergency lawsuit cash advance, specifically designed to let plaintiffs get out of the hole financially.

The litigation funding will carry them through until their case is either resolved through the process of a negotiated settlement or going to court and having a verdict rendered. Legal finance is easy to apply for and will, if you are approved, significantly reduce your financial stress.

In the right set of circumstances, legal financing may be the right choice for you. Make that call today and find out if you would be eligible. You must have a lawyer handling your case before a litigation funding company is able to assist you.

Daren Monroe writes for Litigation Funding Corp. To learn more about lawsuit funding and litigation funding, visit Litigationfundingcorp.com.

Teen’s Parents File Wrongful Death Suit One Month after Fatal Accident

December 1, 2011

A 15-year-old Santa Barbara teen was fatally struck by a flatbed truck while crossing the street in a crosswalk on October 7, 2011. While the investigation into this tragic auto accident is ongoing, the driver of the truck does not appear to have been driving under the influence or distracted by a cell phone.

One month later, his parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that the 19-year-old driver of the truck was negligent. The suit also claims that the driver violated various statutes, codes, and ordinances including speeding. The couple seeks compensation for funeral and burial expenses, hospital and medical costs, loss of wages and use of property, and loss of love, companionship, and affection.

It is not uncommon for an injured victim or the family of a deceased loved one to experience a gap in their finances potentially creating a significant financial hardship. Waiting for the settlement from a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit can take a long time and put you and your family in financial ruin. Fortunately, Litigation Funding Corp. has a means to help.

We provide lawsuit funding, a cash advance against your pending settlement. With pre-settlement funding, a plaintiff can pay medical expenses, funeral expenses, or any financial obligations. Suffering injuries are the loss of a loved one is enough of a hardship; don’t succumb to a financial hardship as well.

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident and are undergoing serious financial challenges while waiting for your settlement, contact Litigation Funding Corp. With our quick application and approval process, you could have the funds you need within 24 – 48 hours. Best of all, we offer a fast, non-recourse cash advance; you don’t have to pay back the “lawsuit loan” unless you are successful in winning your case. Call or visit us online to apply or for a no obligation consultation.

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