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Dangers from Below – How an Open Sidewalk Vault Can Lead to Injury

By admin on January 26, 2010

Walking the streets of New York City can be dangerous.  There’s traffic, pedestrians, and the ever-present, over-eager bike messengers.  Keeping your head on a swivel is something every New Yorker learns early on.  It’s hard enough keeping your eyes looking forward and to the sides for danger, but we must always look down as well for the dangers from below.  City sidewalks are littered with sidewalk vaults.  These doors present dangers to everyone on a daily basis.

The New York City Administrative Code provides for regulation of vaults under any street, sidewalks included.  Pedestrians are entitled to assume that sidewalks are kept in proper condition, and a property owner must adequately maintain and inspect sidewalk vaults and the plates surrounding them.  On this point, the structural integrity of these obstructions is of great importance.

Whether a property owner actually uses the vault set beneath the sidewalk adjacent to his property is irrelevant to his liability for injury caused by it.  Special use of the sidewalk abutting a dwelling will make the owner responsible and strictly liable for the plate over the sidewalk vault in front of the entrance of a multiple unit dwelling.

If you fell through a sidewalk vault and were injured, contact The Saftler Law Firm for help.  We can protect your rights.  After discussing the facts of the incident and the nature of your injury with you, we will be able to determine whether you are entitled to compensation for any injuries you may have suffered.  But don’t forget, keeping your eyes focused on the dangers below can help prevent such necessity.

No Stroll in the Park – Does Graco’s Stroller Recall Affect You?

By admin on January 21, 2010

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled all Graco Passage, Alano, and Spree strollers manufactured between October 2004 and February 2008. The stroller have caused seven severe injuries to toddler’s fingers. Consumers are advised to stop using these models and contact Graco  to receive a free repair kit.


Graco is currently reaching out to consumers with information about the recall and repair kits via twitter and their blog. The repair kits will be available in one to two weeks. An instructional video, below, has been made available by Graco to assist those affected by the recall in properly attaching their new kit.


If a dangerous or defective product injures an unwary consumer, the manufacture is considered legally liable for product liability, as long as the consumer using the product as it was meant to be used at the time of injury. If you or your child has been injured by a recalled Graco stroller, a product liability settlement might be in your future. Contact The Saftler Law Firm today to schedule a consultation.





Don’t Be Blind to Child Safety – National Window Blind Recall to Save Children

By admin on January 7, 2010

The Consumer Product Safety Commission urges parents to contact the Window Covering Safety Council for information on a recall of more than 50 million Roman-style shades and roll-up blinds.  The recall is intended to prevent the risk of strangulation of young children.  To date, hundreds of American babies and toddlers have strangled to death on mini-blind cords.

If your child or a child you know has suffered a strangulation injury or a wrongful death due to a cord on Roman blinds, roll-up blinds, mini-blinds, or any other corded window covering, you should report the accident to the Consumer Product Safety Commission immediately.  Like all manufactures, window treatment manufacturers have a legal responsibility to offer only products that are safe for use by the public for their intended purpose.  When someone, in this case a child, is killed or seriously injured due to a manufacturer’s error, victims have the right to sue.

For more information, Parents for Window Blind Safety has produced a public service announcement about the dangers of window blinds:

Rhino Rollover Injuries – The Nature of the Beast

By admin on January 7, 2010



ATV four wheelers are dangerous under risky conditions.  Yamaha produced their Rhino ATV with an unreasonable design.  The Rhino boasts a powerful engine, quick acceleration, a small turning radius, a high center of gravity, and small wheels on a narrow frame.  These features combined make the Yamaha Rhino very unstable, causing it to roll over easily at slow speeds and on flat surfaces.  The Rhino’s dangerous construction and improper safety features have lead to the death of many users and catastrophic injuries to even more.  In March 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a repair program to address these rollover safety defects.  Consumers should stop using their Yamaha Rhino ATVs until the free repairs are made by a dealer.

Many plaintiffs have already brought suit against Yamaha.  If you or someone you know has suffered injury, or even death, because of a Rhino rollover, contact The Saftler Law Firm.  We provide our clients with the dedication you need to win fair and just compensation.  Let us help you today.

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