Westlaw’s “Products Liability Journal” published an article in its March 2013 issue by Locks Law Firm’s, Philadelphia carbon monoxide lawyer, Tom Gowen regarding the need for effective, improved safety in gas powered generators. Mr. Gowen stated that the industry has known about the annual death toll from the use of generators, in or near buildings. The injuries and deaths caused each year by the inhalation of carbon monoxide (“CO”) produced by generators could be greatly reduced by the use of interlocked CO detectors and catalytic converters with generators. He further stated that people unnecessarily die each year because of the use of generators by inexperienced operators, who often seek to replace a loss of power caused by storm damage. The manufacturers of dangerous products, like generators, have a duty to understand the nature of the hazard associated with their products. They also have a duty to eliminate or guard against that hazard whenever possible. Too many people do not appreciate that lethal levels of CO can be generated in minutes regardless of the type of fossil fuel powering the generator. Even more do not understand that using generators in open garages, near windows or doors or, worst of all, within buildings, can rapidly cause unconsciousness and death to the occupants. Mr. Gowen’s full article is on our publications page at www.Lockslaw.com or by clicking here.
Locks Law partner, Tom Gowen, was recently published in Trial Magazine, the most prestigious journal for Trial Lawyers, on the subject of representing people in chronic carbon monoxide cases. The article appeared in the April edition of Trial, published by the American Association for Justice. Mr. Gowen explained the steps necessary to recognize and handle a case involving brain damage and cardiac injury resulting from exposure to non-lethal levels of carbon monoxide. He observed that this exposure often happens from furnaces, hot water heaters, stoves, fireplaces and auto exhaust. His article may be read at the link below.
Carbon Monoxide Article
Locks Law Firm Partner Thomas Gowen authored an article titled, “Representing the Victim in a Failure to Diagnose Child Abuse Case,” which examined the
many ethical and legal issues that arise in handling such cases.
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Locks Law Firm Partner Attorney Karl Friedrichs wrote an aritcle of interest titled, “Same Product, Different Liability Law in Pennsylvania and New
Jersey,” about how different states have different laws in place regarding the litigation of product liability cases.
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The use of “ghostwriters”—professional writers who assist non-writers to write a book or article and who are paid for their work but receive no public credit for their efforts—hence the “ghost” in the term—are widely used. It is common for professional sports stars, politicians or actors to utilize ghostwriters when writing their Great American novel. Football players play football: they don’t write for a living. Politicians schmooze: they don’t write for a living. And actors act, not write. So it’s no surprise that when an actor or athlete “writes” a book, he or she doesn’t do it alone. The player, star or politician provides the material, anecdotes and subject expertise and the ghost provides the writing ability. And together, they produce a polished work. (more…)