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April Product Recalls Reported by the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Below you will find a list of products recalled within the month of April. All of these products pose a health and personal injury risk such as burn injuries, poisoning, choking/strangulation hazards, and wrongful death.

It is very important to frequently check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) to be sure you do not own or use any dangerous products. USCPSC is an independent federal regulatory agency developed in 1972 that strives to protect consumers from risks of serious injury or death from faulty products.

USCPSC’s responsibilities include:

  • Developing voluntary safety standards for manufacturers
  • Issuing and enforcing mandatory standards for manufacturers
  • Banning products if they are too dangerous for the public
  • Arranging a repair, replacement or refund with manufacturers of faulty products
  • Researching product hazards
  • Informing/educating the public and manufacturers of product standards, faulty products and hazards

Check out their 2020 performance report here if you are interested in the details of their recent work.

In the event that you are in possession of a faulty product, follow the instructions below, provided by the USCPSC. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a faulty product consult a personal injury attorney for guidance on your next steps and holding the wrongdoers accountable for causing harm.

 

dōTERRA Recalls 1.3 Million Bottles of Deep Blue, PastTense, and Deep Blue Touch Essential Oils Due to Failure to Meet Child Resistant Packaging Requirement; Risk of Poisoning (Recall Alert)

doTERRA – Deep Blue, PastTense, and Deep Blue Touch Essential Oils

Safety Concern/ Injury Risk

These products contain methyl salicylate which poses a risk of poisoning and

lacks child safe packaging.

How to Address Hazard

Store the products in a child proof location or dispose of the product.

Contact

doTERRA for a free replacement:

 

Infant Bath Seats Recalled Due to Drowning Hazard; Imported by BATTOP; Sold Exclusively on Amazon.com (Recall Alert)

Amazon/BATTOP – Infant Bath Seats

Safety Concern/ Injury Risk

These bath seats do not meet stability standards, can tip, and pose a risk of

drowning.

How to Address Hazard

Stop using the bath seat.

Contact

BATTOP for return instructions, free shipping, and a full refund:

  • E-mail: service@2battop.net

 

RH Recalls Children’s Bath Wraps Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standard

RH – Children’s Bath Wraps

Safety Concern/ Injury Risk

These robes fail to meet flammability standards increasing the risk of burn

injuries.

How to Address Hazard

 Stop using the bath wrap.

Contact

Contact RH for a full refund:

 

 

Epicure Recalls Glass Prep Bowls Due to Laceration Hazard

Epicure – Glass Prep Bowls

Safety Concern/ Injury Risk

These bowls can break and pose a laceration hazard.

How to Address Hazard

Immediately stop using the bowls.

Contact

Epicure for a free replacement product:

 

Goal Zero Recalls Power Cables Due to Fire Hazard

Goal Zero – Power Cables

Safety Concern/ Injury Risk

The power cables pose a fire hazard and burn injury risk. The pin inside the

connector can deform and over heat.

How to Address Hazard

Stop using the power cord immediately.

Contact

Goal Zero for a free replacement.

 

One Million Greenworks and Powerworks Pressure Washer Spray Guns Recalled Due to Impact Injury Hazard; Distributed by Hongkong Sun Rise Trading

One Million Greenworks and Power Works Pressure Washer Spray Guns, Distributed by HongKong Sun Rise Trading

Safety Concern/ Injury Risk

The spray gun poses an impact injury risk because the connector can break and

dislodge the hose or parts of the connector.

How to Address Hazard

Stop using the recalled spray gun.

Contact

HongKong Sun Rise Trading for a free replacement of the spray gun handle.

 

Recalled GEO Wintergreen Organic Essential Oil

GEO Essential – Wintergreen Organic Essential Oil and Alleviate Organic Essential Oil

Safety Concern/ Injury Risk

These products contain methyl salicylate which poses a risk of poisoning if

consumed and lacks child safe packaging.

How to Address Hazard

Stop using and dispose the essential oils.

Contact

Geo Essential is automatically refunding customers the full purchase price through the distribution channel the oils were purchased.

 

Verizon Recalls 2.5 Million Ellipsis Jetpack Mobile Hotspots Imported by Franklin Wireless Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

Verizon – Ellipsis Jetpack Mobile Hotspots – imported by Franklin Wireless

Safety Concern/ Injury Risk

The battery poses a fire and burn injury hazard.

How to Address Hazard

Prior to returning the product to Verizon, unplug it, store out of reach of

children, on top of a hard surface, with ventilation, away from combustibles.

If one must use the product for internet access:

  • Turn the hotspot on and allow the hotspot to receive two automatic software updates.
  • Leave the device powered on while it is plugged in.
  • The hotspot should be unplugged and turned off when not in use.

Contact

Verizon to receive a free replacement and return envelope for the dysfunctional hotspot.

 

Black Diamond Recalls PIEPS DSP Avalanche Transceivers Due to Risk of Loss of Emergency Communications; One Death Reported

Black Diamond – PIEPS DSP Avalanche Transceivers

Safety Concern/ Injury Risk

The transceiver can switch modes if it is not locked/installed in the harness preventing it from transmitting a signal. Emergency services may not be able to locate a skier/hiker in case of avalanche or emergency resulting in severe injury or death. One death has been reported.

How to Address Hazard

Stop using the transceiver.

Contact

Black Diamond for a free replacement carrying system and updated user guide.

 

Battat Recalls Infant Teethers Due to Choking Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Target

Battat – Infant Teethers – Sold at Target

Safety Concern/ Injury Risk

These teethers pose a choking hazard. The plastic wings have detached from the body of the teether.

How to Address Hazard

Stop using the teethers and keep away from children.

Contact

Return the teether at Target or contact Battat for a full refund.

 

Audio-Technica Recalls Charging Cases Sold with Wireless Headphones Due to Fire Hazard

Audio-Technica – Charging Cases with Wireless Headphones

Safety Concern/ Injury Risk

The case can overheat causing burn injuries and posing a fire hazard.

How to Address Hazard

Stop using the charging case.

Contact

Audio-Technica for information regarding return of the charging case for a free replacement.

 

Target Recalls Cat & Jack Baby Rompers Due to Choking Hazard

Cat & Jack – Baby Rompers – Sold at Target

Safety Concern/ Injury Risk

The heart-shaped deals on the knees of the romper can peel off and cause choking if swallowed by children.

How to Address Hazard

Stop using the romper and keep out of reach of children.

Contact

Target for a full refund.

 

Playgro Recalls Infant Activity Rattles Due to Choking Hazard

Playgro – Infant Activity Rattles

Safety Concern/ Injury Risk

The rattles pose a choking hazard from the abacus ring on the horses’ back which can separate and release small beads.

How to Address Hazard

Stop using the rattles and keep away from children.

Contact

Playgro for a free replacement.

 

BRAV USA Recalls Youth Jackets with Drawstrings Due to Strangulation and Entrapment Hazards

BRAV USA – Youth Jackets with Drawstrings

Safety Concern/ Injury Risk

The drawstrings in the hood and waist area can catch on playground equipment, or other objects causing a choking or entrapment hazard.

How to Address Hazard

Remove the drawstrings from the jacket or stop using the jacket.

Contact

BRAV USA for a full refund.

 

Brompton Bicycle Recalls Electric Folding Bicycles Due to Fall and Injury Hazards

Brompton Bicycle – Electric Folding Bicycle

Safety Concern/ Injury Risk

A software malfunction can cause the electric system to continue assisting the motor and increase momentum when the rider is not pedaling. This can cause falls, injuries, and accidents.

How to Address Hazard

Stop using the bike until you contact Brompton Electric for a free software upgrade.

Contact

Brompton Electric or a local authorized Brompton Electric dealer for the upgrade.

 

Metal Ware Recalls NESCO Coffee Bean Roasters Due to Fire Hazard

Metal Ware – NESCO Coffee Bean Roaster

Safety Concern/ Injury Risk

The roaster poses a fire hazard and burn risk by overheating.

How to Address Hazard

Stop using the roaster.

Contact

Metal Ware for a full refund or a larger sum in the form of store credit.

 

Kawasaki USA Recalls All-Terrain Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard (Recall Alert)Kawasaki USA Recalls Recreational Off-Highway Utility Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard (Recall Alert)

Kawasaki USA – ATV & Recreational Off-Highway utility Vehicles

Safety Concern/ Injury Risk

The ATVs pose a fire hazard and burn risk because the fuel pump retainer plate bolts can loosen and lead to fuel leakage.

How to Address Hazard

Stop using the ATVs and contact a Kawasaki dealer for a free repair.

Contact

A Kawasaki dealer for a free repair to replace the bolts.

 

YYBA Recalls Welmate Lidocaine Numbing Cream Due to Failure to Meet Child Resistant Packaging Requirement; Risk of Poisoning (Recall Alert)

YYBA – Welmate Lidocaine Numbing Cream

Safety Concern/ Injury Risk

The packaging is not child resistant and lidocaine poses a poisoning risk to children.

How to Address Hazard

Stop using the cream and store out of the reach of children.

Contact

YYBA for disposal instructions and a full refund.

 

Sauder Woodworking Recalls Counter Height Bar Stools Due to Fall Hazard

Sauder Woodworking – Counter Height Bar Stools

Safety Concern/ Injury Risk

The stools can be unstable and pose a fall hazard.

How to Address Hazard

Stop using the recalled bar stools.

Contact

Sauder Woodworking for a full refund.

 

UST Recalls Bottles of LifeSeasons Blood Nourish-R Due to Failure to Meet Child Resistant Packaging Requirement; Risk of Poisoning

UST – LifeSeasons Blood Nourish-R

Safety Concern/ Injury Risk

The packaging is not child resistant, and iron poses a poisoning risk to children.

How to Address Hazard

Store out of the reach of children.

Contact

LifeSeasons for a full refund.

 

Pool Heaters Recalled by Pentair Water Pool and Spa Due to Fire Hazard

Pentair Water Pool and Spa – Pool Heaters

Safety Concern/ Injury Risk

A faulty connection can leak combustible gas and poses a fire hazard and burn risk.

How to Address Hazard

Stop using the heaters and contact Pentair Pool and Spa for a free repair.

Contact

Pentair Pool and Spa for a free repair.

 

Recalled Products Sold by PTAC Crew and PTAC USA After Recalls Were Announced

PTAC Crew and PTAC USA refurbished and resold – previously recalled Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps

Safety Concern/ Injury Risk

These products pose a burn injury risk and fire hazard.

How to Address Hazard

Stop using the machines and contact PTAC for repair or replacement.

Contact

PTAC for repair or replacement.

 

Modernist Pantry Recalls Sodium Hydroxide Products Due to Failure to Meet Child Resistant Packaging Requirement and Violation of FHSA Labeling (Recall Alert)

Modernist Pantry – Sodium Hydroxide Products

Safety Concern/ Injury Risk

These products pose a chemical burn risk and irritation to skin and eyes and are not in child resistant packaging.

How to Address Hazard

Store in a child proof location.

Contact

Modernist Pantry for child resistant packaging and updated label for free.

 

Off-Road Motorcycles Recalled by American Honda Due to Crash and Injury Hazards (Recall Alert)

American Honda – Off-Road Motorcycles

Safety Concern/ Injury Risk

The motorcycles can lose its drive force when the drive chain spontaneously breaks causing a crash risk.

How to Address Hazard

Stop driving the motorcycle and contact an authorized Honda Powersports dealer for a free repair.

Contact

An authorized Honda Powersports dealer for a free repair.

 

 

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Jurors Care

A few days ago I was approached by a fellow at the recycling center. He told me he was a juror in a trial I had years ago. It only took a few seconds before we were reminiscing about the case.

He wanted to know how my client was doing.

After all these years— 25 years or so anyway. At the time my client was a young boy riding a bike when he was struck by a car. How well I recalled the case; it was a great victory and I have such fond memories of his family.

These days my client is a grown man with a good job and his own family.

He’s doing quite well—- something the fellow at the recycling center was happy to hear.

After all these years he still cared about the people involved in the case he was asked to help decide.

A Statement From Charlie Donahue

As an injury lawyer I want to connect with people; it’s about listening, understanding, caring and standing up for clients in a system that’s really stacked against the little guy.

It’s much more about the heart than the head. Lives are turned upside down and often times devastated by an injury; people are hurting and struggle. It’s not asking too much for an injury lawyer to connect on a human level and to tell somebody’s story with compassion, power and truth.

I am on a journey to be the best injury lawyer I can be, and I’d be honored to help you and your family.

~Charlie

You don’t need to impress me

I love being with real, ordinary and unpretentious people.

We are all on this journey together, and nobody is any better than anyone else.

Never been into trying to impress.

I meet my clients in a living room setting, not from behind a big mahogany lawyer desk.

I value good, old fashioned straight talk.

I want you to be at home.

In fact I meet many clients in their own homes.

If you’re looking for a stuffed shirt type of lawyer, I’m not your guy.

Charlie Donahue

Injury Lawyer

Nursing facility morphine overdose causes brain damage

When doctors don’t pay attention to what dose they prescribe for a drug, brain damage may happen.

This case is another that could have easily been prevented. It’s another situation where a patient was given an accidental overdose of morphine. If the doctor had been paying attention to what he was doing, this victim would not have suffered brain damage. The case happened just recently in Baltimore. A 57-year-old woman had foot surgery to repair a tendon. After the operation, she went to a nursing facility for recovery.

Less than six hours after surgery, the podiatrist who did the surgery ordered 50 mg of morphine when she should have ordered 50 mg of Demerol for the woman’s pain. The error wasn’t discovered until the next day and by then the woman had suffered brain damage. The case went to verdict and the jury awarded $2 million for pain and suffering and $1.1 million for medical costs. The punitive damages are still pending.

The jury found the nursing facility 90 percent responsible for the medication error. Her podiatrist was assessed at 10 percent for writing the wrong prescription in the first place. While that may seem a bit skewed, since the initial medication error was committed by the podiatrist, the jury felt the nursing facility should have discovered the error before they administered the medication. What makes this case even worse is the fact that the pharmacist who filled the prescription warned the facility that the dose was too strong.

Despite being warned that the dose was too high, the nurses on duty had to go get extra morphine from an emergency office supply to top up the woman’s dose to the 50 mg. They could only initially find 20 mg. This ghastly series of errors, one compounding the other, gave an innocent woman brain damage. Morphine overdoses need medical attention immediately, and that didn’t happen in this instance.

The shocking thing here is that being medical professionals, the doctor and the nursing facility RNs would know that morphine dulls the brain’s pain perception center. Overdosing may cause confusion, a weak pulse, extreme drowsiness, clammy and cold to the touch skin, faint or very shallow breathing or cessation of breathing. In other words, an overdose of morphine can stop someone’s breathing. That could have happened in this case as well, but instead, the woman suffered brain damage. While her family is grateful she is still alive, they wonder at what cost?

This case could quite well have been a wrongful death, and the fact that it wasn’t is a small miracle. If you have been in a similar situation, speak to a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer about filing a personal injury lawsuit. Find out your rights, how to proceed in an overdose case and what you may expect when the case goes to settlement or verdict.

Charlie Donahue is a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer located in Keene. Donahue handles injury cases in New Hampshire and across the United States. To learn more about New Hampshire injury attorney, Charlie Donahue, visit Donahuelawfirm.com.

Even an STD May Result in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

A jury found for the plaintiff in this personal injury case. The award was $1.5 million for contracting HPV from a dentist.

“Certainly, the truth can indeed be stranger than fiction and this is one instance where that is the case. I heard about this lawsuit thanks to another personal injury lawyer. It involves a woman who filed for damages against a dentist after she contracted the human papilloma virus, referred to as a sexually transmitted disease,” recounted Charlie Donahue who is a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer located in Keene. Donahue handles injury cases in New Hampshire and across the United States.

Despite an appeal in 2008, the dentist lost once again and the high court ordered him to pay his victim $1.5 million for infecting her. Evidently the dentist elected not to tell one of his patients to take precautions when they had intercourse to protect her from contracting anything. The man even went so far as to claim he didn’t have any diseases, and that since he had been tested for STDs, he’d not had relations with anyone.

“As things progressed, the two did have intercourse and one year later the woman had an abnormal pap smear. The guilty dentist admitted he’d had sex in the time between his STD test and when he and the woman had intercourse. He had also been active with others while seeing this woman,” said Donahue.

To compound the problem, the dentist also said the other woman he’d slept with showed the same symptoms. The woman who filed the lawsuit claimed that because he gave her HPV, it will, for the rest of her life, affect her health and any relationships she may have. The court awarded $700,000 in compensatory damages and $800,000 in punitive damages.

“The dentist had the unmitigated gall to file a countersuit for libel, slander and malicious prosecution. That’s a frivolous suit that will haunt him in front of the jury, which will already be none too pleased with his actions. That was a terrible strategy, not to mention being dishonest,” added Donahue.

Personal injuries may be more than just physical wounds such as broken bones, bruises, cuts, fractures, scarring, burns or traumatic brain injury. Personal injury lawsuits have everything to do with harm that is negligently inflicted on another. This case speaks for itself. If you have been in a situation similar to this, you might want to speak to a veteran New Hampshire personal injury lawyer, who will do right by you,” said Donahue.

To learn more, visit Donahuelawfirm.com.

Med Mal and Expired Drugs Don’t Mix

Having expired drugs on board an EMS vehicle is a pretty serious infraction. Expired drugs may cost someone their life.

“I heard about this particular case, and it raises some very serious questions about the drugs on board EMS ambulances. While this instance was reported in Georgia, the ramifications could apply across the US, even down to a local ambulance service provider,” insisted Donahue.

“It was time for state inspections for ambulance crews and the results of the inspection in one county were quite disturbing. At least two of the local ambulances had expired drugs on board; drugs that are commonly used to save lives. For instance calcium chloride, the drug used to kick start a failing heart and EpiPen, used for people with severe allergies who are going into or have gone into anaphylactic shock,” recounted Charlie Donahue who is a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer located in Keene. Donahue handles injury cases in New Hampshire and across the United States.

Granted, not all drugs that reach their expiry date have gone “bad,” and in fact the shelf life of some of the drugs is a great deal longer. However, expiry dates are stamped on them for a reason; a “what-if something happened if we gave someone an expired drug and it harmed them” kind of reason. “More to the point, if anyone should have up-to-date drugs, it should be paramedic crews. That is mandated by law,” stated Donahue.

Unfortunately, one ambulance had nine expired drugs and another was found with two expired drugs. This was not only a breach of safety regulations, but a potential accident looking for a place to happen. There are a lot of people today that are drug sensitive. If they’d been administered an expired drug and the result was serious personal injury or death, the fault would lie with the paramedics and the ambulance company.

The scary part is that all paramedics in this particular county (and quite likely in other locations as well) are obligated to verify that all on board meds have “not” gone past their expiry dates. In fact, all drugs were/are to be checked the first day of every month and daily before responding to any calls. “Granted that an expired drug doesn’t go bad immediately, the point remains the same: having expired drugs on an emergency vehicle is simple not a safe option. The consequences could spell disaster for some unsuspecting person in need of medical assistance,” Donahue outlined.

Cases like this are tough ones because it is only the luck of the draw that uncovers the fact that there may be a potential serious issue. “A more difficult thing to comprehend is someone not doing their job and checking the on rig medications, as required by law. If you think something like this may have happened to you, you might want to check in with a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer to find out what your rights are, and if it is possible to file a lawsuit what your next step should be,” added Donahue.

To learn more, visit Donahuelawfirm.com.

Is a Medical Emergency an Excuse in a Bus Crash?

This unusual case has many twists and turns. The bottom line is whether or not a sudden medical emergency is a defense for wrongful death.

I’ve been practicing personal injury law in New Hampshire for over 27 years, and I’ve seen a lot of interesting cases and a lot of lives thrown into chaos. This case was interesting to me when I read about it, because it has a variety of elements that will make it a difficult case in the long run for the families of the two dead women who lost their lives in a bus crash.

In this instance, the young son of one of the deceased women filed a wrongful death suit against the driver of a tour bus and the tour bus company itself. The crash in question took place in 2009. The deceased was 52-years-old at the time of the wreck. She and several other people were on the bus that had taken them to a casino, when all of a sudden it went out of control, crossed the median and flipped over on its side in a ditch. Two passengers were killed and 20 others were seriously injured.

The woman’s son, who was 17 at the time of the wreck, filed the wrongful death suit when he turned 18 and is seeking compensation for the death of his mother. The suit argues that the driver of the bus failed to control it and was reckless and negligent in driving it, causing it to crash. The suit further alleges that the driver was unfit to be driving that day and that the bus tour company was negligent in entrusting their bus to his care.

The bus line company filed a countersuit asking to have the case dismissed, as they state the driver had a medical emergency that he didn’t cause to happen, and thus under the rule of law in the state where the accident took place (Minnesota), the crash was a “sudden, unforeseen medical emergency” and state law precludes any liability on the part of the defendants in those circumstances. They added the driver was fit to drive at the time of the crash.

The interesting thing here is that the driver alleges he lost consciousness because he had a rapid onset of an undiagnosed condition. This makes me consider something about human nature. If he lost consciousness then, due to a medical condition, chances are he had done that before and had not informed his employer because it hadn’t happened at work – yet. Certainly the case would bear closer scrutiny, but there are some warning flags for a personal injury attorney that would make me dig deeply into the bus driver’s medical condition.

Every personal injury case is different, and while things may look one way on the surface, what you find later may be something entirely different. Never take an accident at face value. Talk to a skilled New Hampshire personal injury attorney and find out if there is more than meets the eye in “your” personal injury accident.

Charlie Donahue is a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer located in Keene. Donahue handles injury cases in New Hampshire and across the United States. To learn more about New Hampshire injury attorney, Charlie Donahue, visit Donahuelawfirm.com.

Narcotics and Cars Don’t Mix

Why people think that taking narcotics and driving is safe is unbelievable. This case is a clear example of the deadly consequences of mixing narcotics and cars.

Being a New Hampshire personal injury attorney, I often have the chance to read about other cases that involve things like car crashes, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, and medical malpractice and wrongful death. This one case stood out for me because it seemed senseless. It involved a rollover that killed one and injured four others, including a toddler.

This was a single vehicle crash and from the looks of the police report, it happened when a silver Infiniti was heading east on the highway, when the driver tried to pass a slower vehicle on the left. Just as the passing Infiniti got to the midway point in passing, the driver saw another oncoming car, swerved right suddenly and hit the right shoulder, causing the vehicle to flip over and land on its roof in the ditch.

When EMS crews arrived they immediately took the backseat passenger, a 60-year-old man, to the local hospital. He was dead on arrival. The driver, a 32-year-old man, his wife and two kids (2 and 12) were taken to the hospital by other rescue teams. Thankfully, although badly shaken up and sporting a variety of crash related injuries, they were all treated and released. Narcotics were found on the 60-year-old man who died in the hospital. There will be a full investigation.

The presence of narcotics raises a lot of unanswered questions, and it’s a good bet the local police will be running tests on the driver of the car to check for drugs and other substances. No one knows for sure if the man in the back seat was related in any way to the driver and his wife, or was a friend.

This would raise the issue of whether the man’s family could file a wrongful death lawsuit for the negligence of the 32-year-old driver for attempting to pass while it was not safe. If the investigation shows negligence, a civil suit can be expected. There may also be a chance of a criminal investigation. In circumstances like this, you sometimes you get both. “Frankly, it looks like someone screwed up, because passing while unsafe to do so is negligence, plain and simple, and this case screams for a civil suit,” added Donahue.

Like many personal injury car crashes, sometimes things look one way on the surface, and yet on further investigation, they turn out to be something else. If you have been involved in a car accident or other vehicle crash, and you suspect drugs may have been involved on the part of the other driver, you might want to speak to a seasoned New Hampshire personal injury lawyer; one whose only job is to help injury victims.

Charlie Donahue is a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer located in Keene. Donahue handles injury cases in New Hampshire and across the United States. To learn more about New Hampshire injury attorney, Charlie Donahue, visit Donahuelawfirm.com.

Fire Power Can Kill in Any Form

Who would think to rearm a grenade with kids around is totally baffling. A young boy was seriously injured due to someone’s stupidity.

Fire power is best left for wars, not as souvenirs kicking around someone’s house. While many people may indeed have old guns, pieces of shrapnel, bullets and other mementoes of serving in the Armed Forces, they need to be locked up safely and out of the reach of children. In this case that New Hampshire personal injury lawyer Charlie Donahue heard about, someone had the stupidity to take a WW II hand grenade and rearm it. What on earth was that person thinking?

Aside from the fact that it obviously took a remarkable lack of brain cells to do something like that, a 9-year-old boy was seriously injured when it exploded in his hand. The young boy had a lighter in one hand and the rearmed hand grenade in the other. Being a child, he was playing, as children do, and touched the grenade with the lighter. It detonated.

Not only was the child critically injured, shrapnel flew through pretty much the whole house. It was not a small blast by any means. The 9-year-old was listed in critical condition when he arrived at the hospital. The responding police officers were stunned, to say the least, that some moron in the family had taken an empty grenade and armed it with a detonating device, and then used it for a paperweight.

Once the police investigation is done, they hope to identify the person who armed the WW II memento. Whoever the person turns out to be, they’re likely going to wish they’d never done something so completely idiotic. Stupidity certainly prompts some people to do very weird things at times. Even if the idea of having an armed grenade as a paperweight was intended as a joke, it showed incredible lack of foresight and intelligence.

To say that the 9-year old’s family would have a good personal injury lawsuit here would be a slight understatement. The whole premise of personal injury law is based on – but for the negligence of another – this critical accident would not have happened. This case definitely involves reckless negligence.

Charlie Donahue is a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer located in Keene. Donahue handles injury cases in New Hampshire and across the United States. To learn more about New Hampshire injury attorney, Charlie Donahue, visit Donahuelawfirm.com.

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