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Colson Hicks Eidson Attorneys Help Recover $20.3 Million Verdict Against Royal Caribbean

Attorneys Deborah J. Gander and Susan S. Carlson of Colson Hicks Eidson and Tonya J. Meister of Meister Law recovered a $20.3 million verdict against Royal Caribbean Cruises on behalf of Lisa Spearman, the plaintiff. Lisa suffered a serious injury while working aboard a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean, who was found 100 percent negligent in the case. Lisa, an officer of the RCCL ship the Voyager of the Seas, was injured during a fire safety drill. During the drill, Lisa was trying to assist another crewmember who had gone through a remote-controlled power door. As the doors began to close on the other crewmember, Lisa pressed down on the handle designed for manual control. She was pulled into the recess pocket, which resulted in her hand being crushed. Lisa suffered serious physical and emotional injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder, complex regional pain syndrome and chronic pain disorder. These injuries have…
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Complaints Suggest Monat Hair Products Cause Baldness and Scalp Injuries

Consumers from across the country are sharing how they experienced hair loss and scalp irritation after using hair products sold by Monat Global. Complaints suggest Monat hair products cause hair loss, thinning hair and scalp sores. Some complaints allege Monat hair loss is permanent. On its website, Monat Global claims its products provide “awesomely vibrant and healthy hair.” However, customers are claiming the opposite happened when they used Monat hair products. Some of the customers, many of whom are women, shared photographs on social media of the effects they experienced after using the products. Media outlets have also interviewed women who claim they suffered harm after using Monat products. According to one woman, the damage caused by Monat was so significant that she had to cut off her hair. Another woman in Indiana claimed her hair began to fall out in clumps. She alleges her children also suffered hair and…
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Hyundai and Kia Vehicles Under Investigation for Airbag Failures

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating certain Kia and Hyundai vehicles after receiving reports that the airbags failed to deploy in six frontal collisions linked to four deaths and six injuries. The vehicles under investigation include 2011 Hyundai Sonatas, as well as 2012 and 2013 Kia Fortes. Investigators believe the issue could be caused by airbag control computers manufactured by ZF-TRW, which are used in the Hyundai vehicles. NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation is looking into why the computers failed during these collisions and whether the Kia vehicles use the same or similar components. In addition, NHTSA investigators will determine whether these airbag computers are used in vehicles produced by other auto manufacturers. There is a possibility the investigation will expand beyond Kia and Hyundai vehicles. The computers used in the Hyundai vehicles can detect collisions, control the deployment of airbags and tighten seatbelts. In late February,…
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Who is Liable for an Airplane Crash?

Our blog recently discussed an airplane crash in Costa Rica that occurred on New Year’s Eve. Ten Americans and two Costa Rican pilots were killed in the crash. We also discussed how Colson Hicks Eidson has extensive experience handling domestic and international aviation accident cases. A lot more can be said about why aviation accidents occur each year. Pilot error, equipment malfunctions and design problems with aircraft are a few examples of why these tragedies occur each year. Airplane accident survivors or their family members may be able to seek compensation from the parties who may be liable for the crash. Common carriers/commercial airliners: Families or survivors can typically seek compensation from crashes involving commercial airliners. Our law firm has filed cases against American Airlines, Kenya Airlines, Austral Airlines, Lion Air, ValuJet, Gol Airlines, AeroPeru and Chalks Ocean Airways. Aircraft owners or operators: Some aviation crashes involve privately owned planes…
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Takata Airbag Recalls Continue to Expand

An additional 3.3 million defective Takata airbag inflators are being recalled. Automakers affected by the recall include: Toyota, Honda, Ford, Tesla, Subaru, GM, Fiat Chrysler, Mazda, BMW, Mitsubishi, Jaguar Land Rover, Audi and Daimler Vans. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, an estimated 37 million vehicles with Takata airbags are under currently recall. Millions of other vehicles will be added to the recall by 2019. Defective Takata airbags contain inflators that may explode when the airbags deploy. The inflators use the highly volatile chemical ammonium nitrate as a propellant. Ammonium nitrate burns too quickly after it has been exposed to humid and hot weather conditions for a long period. As a result, the inflators deploy with too much force. Vehicle occupants can be killed or injured by high-speed metal shrapnel from the inflator’s casing. There have been at least 21 deaths worldwide caused by defective Takata…
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Florida Keys Plane Crash Injures Four

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating a plane crash in the Florida Keys. A Piper PA-32 single-engine plane was taking off from Marathon Airport when it was caught in a strong gust of wind and blown into a nearby tree line. All four people onboard were injured. Two of the passengers and the pilot were taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The fourth person was treated by emergency personnel at the scene of the crash. Marathon Airport was temporarily closed as emergency personnel arrived on the scene. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was notified because the crashed plane had leaked almost 90 gallons of fuel. FAA officials said the Piper PA-32 is registered to All Pro Auto Parts, Inc. of Auburndale, Florida. According to the NTSB, the Piper PA-32 had struck multiple trees with its wings in Swainsboro,…
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