BCH Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Onewheel Manufacturer

Federal Lawsuit Filed After Man Dies in Onewheel “Nosedive” Accident

Attorneys Robert W. Cowan and Aaron M. Heckaman of Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC have filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Colorado on behalf of a young man that died from injuries sustained while riding a Onewheel. Onewheel is a “self-balancing electric transporter” manufactured by Future Motion, Inc. and sold throughout the country. 

The trial lawyers at Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC are proud to represent the family in this tragic matter. Our legal team will fight tirelessly to bring justice to Mr. Bunnell and his loved ones. If you or someone you love has been injured while riding a Onewheel, contact our office at (888) 367-7160 to request a free case review. 

Fatal Onewheel Nosedive Accident Claims Life of Young Father 

A fatal Onewheel nosedive accident has claimed the life of a young father in Gypsum, Colorado. According to a complaint filed by Bailey Cowan Heckaman on behalf of the victim’s estate and his family, Mr. Bunnell was riding a Onewheel on December 2, 2021, when the device suddenly shut off, causing the front of the board to dip abruptly. 

The unexpected nosedive violently ejected Mr. Bunnell from the electric skateboard onto the pavement knocking him unconscious. The impact, witnessed by Mr. Bunnell’s young son, caused severe head and brain trauma. Paramedics were called to the scene, where Mr. Bunnell temporarily regained consciousness before returning to his residence. 

Once home, his condition deteriorated quickly, resulting in his transport to a local hospital before having to be airlifted to a trauma center in Denver, Colorado. Despite lifesaving efforts and emergency surgery, Mr. Bunnell succumbed to his injuries related to the Onewheel accident.

Onewheel Nosedive Accident Representation

Mr. Bunnell is not the first Onewheel accident victim. Tragically several other individuals have been seriously injured while riding the device. At BCH, our experienced lawyers continue to investigate and file legal claims on behalf of individuals who have been injured or lost a loved one in Onewheel accidents

As noted in the complaints filed on behalf of the victims, we believe that Onewheel manufacturer Future Motion, Inc. downplayed the risks of riding the electric skateboard, failed to adequately warn consumers about the propensity for the device to shut down, and misled consumers into believing that the device was safe for ordinary use. 

Additionally, we believe that the device contains a dangerous design defect that resulted in the injury or death of multiple victims. Our attorneys continue to litigate these cases pursuing justice on behalf of those injured or killed. 

Request a Free Onewheel Accident Consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured while riding a Onewheel, contact our office to request a free case review. Call (888) 367-7160 to speak directly with a Onewheel accident attorney about your legal options. All consultations are FREE and without obligation to retain our services. Our award-winning legal team serves clients nationwide. There are no fees unless we win; call now to get started. 

BCH Client Wins $8.2 Million Verdict Over Defective 3M Combat Earplugs

BCH is pleased to announce that our firm and co-counsel Aylstock Witkin Kreis Overholtz of Pensacola, Florida, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, and Ciresi Conlin, have secured an $8.2 million dollar jury verdict for a former service member who suffered tinnitus as a result of using defective earplugs manufactured by 3M Co. during his two deployments in Afghanistan.

The verdict, awarded by a federal jury in Florida on Friday, October 1, 2021, is the latest successful test trial in mass tort litigation over 3M’s CAEv2 earplugs. In April, 3M was ordered to pay over $7 million in damages to three veterans who suffered injuries as a result of the defective earplugs. In June, 3M was ordered to pay $1.7 million to another U.S. Army veteran.

BCH Army Vet Victory Could Set the Stage for Service Members, Veterans with Similar Claims

The latest ruling is a major victory for our client, and a promising sign for other veterans with similar injuries. More than 250,000 similar claims filed by current and former service members are pending in Pensacola, Florida federal court, in addition to hundreds in Minnesota state court, where 3M is headquartered.

BCH continues to fight for former and current service members who’ve suffered noise-induced hearing losstinnitus, and related injuries after using faulty 3M earplugs. If you would like to discuss a 3M military earplug lawsuit with an attorney, call us or contact us online. We serve clients nationwide and offer FREE consultations.

BCH Advocates for Texan Man Injured in Vaping Device Explosion

Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Texas Vapes Stores, LLC on behalf of an injured Texas man whose vaping device exploded causing him second-degree burns.

Per the complaint, Plaintiff was handling the SMOK X-Priv vaping device in his home when the device suddenly exploded, and fire erupted from the device. While the device was on fire, it stuck to Plaintiff's hand resulting in serious second-degree burns to the hand, palm, and fingers.

Plaintiff was immediately driven to a nearby hospital.

Read more about this case in our press release.

BCH is proud to advocate for accident victims and their loved ones. Driven by our passion for helping others, our national trial lawyers work hard to earn the trust of our clients and to win them the justice they deserve. To speak with an experienced lawyer, contact BCH online today.

As Future Motion Faces More Lawsuits Over Onewheel Nosedive, News Stories Report on More Accidents

Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC has led the charge in representing victims of Onewheel accidents.

Since filing our first Onewheel lawsuit in March 2020, our firm has continued to fight for victims and families in new wrongful death and personal injury filings against Future Motion, Inc. These claims allege that potential defects associated with the Onewheel electric transportation device can result in abrupt power shut-off, “nosedive”, and devastating crashes.

As of July 2021, BCH has filed several lawsuits against FM over alleged defects involving both the Onewheel and Onewheel XR. Some of our cases include:

Media Continues to Report on Onewheel Crashes

Despite the increasing number of lawsuits against Future Motion, we continue to hear from and about victims who’ve been seriously or fatally injured while using a Onewheel device. In fact, headlines about serious Onewheel-related accidents continue to crop up in the media:

  1. An article in Now to Love recounts the struggles of actress Zoë Bell and her partner Jacob Horn following Jacob’s Onewheel accident. Jacob fractured his skull, experienced bleeding in the brain, and slipped into a coma after falling from his Onewheel. He suffered permanent brain damage and lasting cognitive and emotional deficits, and is continuing his recovery journey.
  2. Local media in South Carolina ran a story on a 14-year-old girl who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a fall from a Onewheel. She continues to work toward regaining her memory, strength, and cognitive function months after the accident.
  3. In May, local media reported on a hit-and-run accident involving man who was killed while riding his Onewheel in San Jose. According to CBS News, a witness saw the victim riding his Onewheel when he somehow lost control of the device and fell to the ground shortly before he was struck by the vehicle.
  4. Numerous media outlets covered actor James Vanderbeek’s Onewheel accident, which sent him to the emergency room and resulted in injuries that required stitches.
  5. A man riding his Onewheel was struck by a vehicle in Jefferson County, Missouri, according to local authorities.

While these incidents have unique facts and circumstances, they all serve to highlight the dangers that accompany use of Onewheel devices. As more Onewheel accident victims come forward to share their experiences, BCH remains steadfast in litigating our clients’ claims and investigating other potential cases from personal injury victims and families nationwide.

To speak with an attorney about a potential Onewheel accident lawsuit, call or contact us online for a FREE consultation.

BCH Brings Wrongful Death Suit Over Long Island Man’s Fatal Onewheel Nosedive

Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC has filed a new wrongful death lawsuit over alleged product defects associated with the Onewheel self-balancing transportation device.

As stated in the complaint, our firm represents the family of a man who was involved in a crash in August 2020 while riding his Onewheel device down a Long Island road. The lawsuit claims that while the man was riding on flat, paved road, his Onewheel suddenly shut off and nosedived, causing him to be thrown from the board. The incident was seen by several witnesses and recorded on video, the lawsuit states.

As a result of allegedly being thrown from his board, the man sustained severe head and brain trauma, multiple fractures, broken ribs, a broken arm, and a punctured lung. Despite receiving medical attention after his crash, he died from his injuries in September 2020.

Read more about the lawsuit on this press release.

The latest lawsuit follows several wrongful death and personal injury claims brought by BCH on behalf of victims and families across the country. As with other Onewheel lawsuits, the new filing accuses Future Motion of failing to uphold duties to safely design, manufacture, and market its Onewheel device.

Federal Judge Blocks Planned Defense in 3M Earplug Lawsuit

A federal judge in Florida has dealt a major blow to 3M by blocking its plans to invoke the government contractor defense in pending litigation over the company’s military-issued earplugs.

The ruling, delivered by U.S. District Court Judge M. Case Rodgers on Friday, July 24, 2020, held that 3M failed to establish the elements of the government contractor defense, which provides liability immunity to government contractors that are sued for injuries resulting from their work under a federal contract.

Although 3M argued that it designed its Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) in close collaboration with the military, Judge Rodgers noted:

The decision is the first of substance to come out of the multi-district litigation (MDL) over 3M’s earplugs, which have become the target of thousands of lawsuits brought by veterans and service members who allege 3M knowingly manufactured faulty earplugs.

The lawsuits claim CAEv2 earplugs were too short to properly fit in a user’s ear and provide adequate protection, were prone to coming loose without users’ noticing, and that 3M failed to disclose defects which hampered their effectiveness.

Soldiers allege they suffered considerable losses and sometimes permanent hearing-related disabilities as a result, including:

In July of 2018, 3M agreed to pay $9.1 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly supplying the U.S. government with defective earplugs. Though the government’s FCA case against 3M settled, thousands of lawsuits brought by victims are still pending.

Questions About 3M Earplug Claims? Call Us Today

Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC has been closely tracking litigation over 3M’s CAEv2 earplugs and is working with U.S. military veterans and current service members who suffered harm and losses as a result of using 3M earplugs in active duty combat and military training exercises.

With extensive experience litigating high-stakes product liability claims and MDLs, our team has the insight and resources required to help the brave men and women of our military seek justice and compensation for their losses.

If you have questions about 3M earplug lawsuits, contact us for a FREE consultation.

FDA Study Links Essure Birth Control to Higher Rates of Pain, Bleeding

New data from a study ordered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggest that women with the Essure permanent birth control implant face higher rates of pain and bleeding compared to women without the device.

The new findings come from a recently published postmarket surveillance study into the long-term safety of Bayer’s Essure birth control device, which was taken off the U.S. market in December 2018 after thousands of women reported adverse side effects and serious complications.

An FDA press release from July 8, 2020 details the agency’s efforts to better understand complications women with Essure may experience. According to early overall results, researchers found Essure patients, when compared to women who underwent tubal ligation as their permanent birth control, tend to have higher rates of:

The FDA reported that it will work with Bayer to release an additional analysis at the 1-year mark following a patient’s Essure implantation, which is earlier than the previously planned 3-year analysis.

The agency continues recommend that women using Essure successfully to prevent pregnancy can and should continue to do so, and that women who suspect the device may be causing pain, bleeding, or other related symptoms speak with their doctors, as device removal can pose risks.

Essure Birth Control: A History of Safety Concerns

Since its approval in 2002, Bayer’s Essure permanent birth control has been the subject of numerous complaints from women across the country, many of whom have reported adverse side effects after having the device implanted, as well as the need for risky removal procedures.

Some of the most serious side effects associated with Essure include:

Over the past several years, health agencies and watchdogs have taken a number of actions to monitor the safety of Essure and inform women with the device about potential risks. In February, researchers at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) suggested that Essure be removed in all symptomatic women. Previous studies have also showed that women with Essure face increased risks of repeat procedures, and that women who undergo Essure removal procedures face numerous risks, potential complications, and physical, financial, and emotional repercussions.

BCH: Fighting For Victims of Medical Device Injuries

Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC has been closely following safety concerns, studies, and FDA oversight of Essure for several years, and has made our team available to women and families who’ve suffered losses as a result of the implant in their fight for justice and compensation.

As a firm nationally recognized for our work in complex and high-profile claims – including those involving defective drugs and medical devices – BCH is here to help anyone who would like to learn more about their rights and legal options after experiencing side effects and complications involving Essure.

To request a FREE evaluation of your case, call us or contact us online. Based in Houston, BCH proudly serves victims and families nationwide.

TPC Group Cited by OSHA Over Port Neches Explosion

Texas Petroleum Chemical (TPC Group) – a Houston-based petrochemical manufacturer and owner of a Port Neches industrial plant where a series of explosions in November 2019 resulted in the evacuation of over 60,000 residents – has been cited by OSHA for workplace safety violations.

According to the U.S. Labor Department, regulators began investigating TPC after vapor formed at the base of a butadiene finishing tower at its facility in Port Neches ignited and caused a series of explosions and fires that rocked local communities for miles.

As reported by the Beaumont Enterprise, TPC was cited for three willful violations – the most serious citation classification – over failures to develop and implement emergency shutdown procedures, and nine serious violations for various issues including failures to inspect and test process vessel and piping components.

TPC faces $514,692 in fines, and has 15 business days from the date of the citation to comply or request an informal conference with an OSHA regulators.

Local Residents Still Face Asbestos Exposure Concerns, Needed Repairs

OSHA citations may be the most recent enforcement action to hit TPC, but they are not the only legal woes the company faces.

As we’ve reported on our blog, TPC Group was recently sued by the Texas Attorney General over environmental violations that contributed to the Port Neches explosions. The lawsuit claims TPC violated the Texas Clean Air Act and the Texas Water Code with harmful emissions, as well as contamination of the Star Lake Canal and other water sources.

In addition to regulatory actions, TPC may face additional blowback from local residents frustrated with the company’s failures to timely compensate them for losses caused by the explosions, which scattered debris across the local community, causing damage to homes and businesses.

While investigations are still ongoing, local residents and experts are also concerned about the risks of toxic exposure related to the release of pressurized Butadiene gas, as well as blast debris from the facility which investigators have confirmed contained asbestos.

Legal Support For the Local Community

BCH Partner Aaron Heckaman – who himself has deep ties to the community and family affected by the explosions and fires – has been speaking openly to fellow residents since November.

He has also advised homeowners and business owners to be wary of solicitations from TPC insurance representatives pushing insurance waivers that may limit their legal options to file lawsuits over damages they incurred, or seek compensation for illnesses that may arise as a result of toxic exposure.

As a Houston-based law firm experienced in fighting back against corporations that put profits over people and matters of toxic tortsindustrial explosions, and asbestos litigation, Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC is available to help local residents affected by the Port Neches November explosions.

Our team is actively reviewing potential claims, and is available to discuss your rights and legal options during a free consultation. Contact us to speak with a lawyer.

BCH Files Wrongful Death Suit Over Future Motion’s Onewheel “Nosedive”

Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC has filed a product liability lawsuit over the wrongful death of a father who suffered fatal brain injuries while riding a Onewheel device that abruptly shut off and nosedived.

What is Onewheel?

Onewheel is a self-balancing electric transport device – sometimes referred to as an electric skateboard or hover board – manufactured and marketed by Silicon Valley-based Future Motion Inc. (FM).

Though it uses a deck similar to that of a skateboard, it is powered by a single heavy tire and gyroscopes / accelerometers designed to keep riders level and allow them to steer by shifting body positioning. It can reach speeds of 20 mph or more.

Though the OneWheel and OneWheel+ XR have become popular, there have been growing concerns over injuries suffered by riders, as well as possible defects like the Onewheel nosedive – a scenario in which the motor may unexpectedly shut down, causing the board to slam forward, strike the ground, and send riders into what can be serious crashes.

That’s what happened to the victim in this case.

About the Lawsuit: Onewheel Nosedive Causes Fatal Injuries

Filed in California Superior Court for the County of Santa Cruz, the wrongful death lawsuit claims that one of the Onewheel’s key features – arguably its most dangerous – is that it provides a “pushback” when approaching the device’s limits of use, as well as when “regenerating” power on downhill grades to charge its battery.

However, the lawsuit notes, it is often the case that rather than solely providing a pushback, which is allegedly designed to warn riders to avoid dangerous situations, the Onewheel may abruptly lose its ability to help maintain balance, nosedive, and throw riders off the device. Different factors – such as a rider’s weight, tire pressure, battery level, speed, and grade of incline or decline – may also cause the Onewheel nosedive.

In our case, the victim had been riding his Onewheel on flat pavement in a Houston neighborhood park when, upon information and belief, the device experienced a nosedive, causing him to be thrown forward from the board. He experienced severe brain trauma in the crash, and later died during surgery.

Read more about the lawsuit here.

Our clients allege that the fatal crash occurred because:

Fighting for Onewheel Accident Victims Nationwide

Our trial attorneys at BCH intend to fight for the justice our clients deserve, and for compensation of the damages they suffered as a result of this tragedy. We are hopeful this case will highlight the dangers allegedly associated with the Onewheel, and compel FM into taking responsibility for its products and any harms they may have caused others.

Our legal team is aware many other consumers have experienced crashes, injuries, and potential defects with their Onewheel devices – including sudden shut offs and the notorious Onewheel nosedive. We are available to review potential claims from victims and families nationwide. Contact us to speak with a lawyer.

FDA Requests Immediate Removal of Zantac, Heartburn Meds Over Cancer Concerns

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting manufacturers to immediately pull drugs containing ranitidine from the market.

The move, announced in an FDA press release on April 1, 2020, is the latest step in an ongoing investigation that has linked public health risks to a contaminant known as NDMA in ranitidine drugs.

Ranitidine, commonly referred to by the brand name Zantac, is used to treat heartburn.

Here are a few facts about the FDA’s request and ranitidine investigation:

The request for immediate removal of ranitidine drugs means ranitidine products like Zantac will not be available for new or existing prescriptions, or as over-the-counter drugs, in the U.S. Consumers are also advised to stop taking Zantac and any ranitidine tablet or liquid medications they currently have, dispose of them, and not purchase more.

As the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Director Janet Woodcock said in the announcement:

"We didn't observe unacceptable levels of NDMA in many of the samples that we tested. However, since we don't know how or for how long the product might have been stored, we decided that it should not be available to consumers and patients unless its quality can be assured."

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA advises consumers to not return medicines to drug-take-back locations, and instead to follow disposal instructions on medications, or in accordance to the FDA’s recommended safe disposal steps. The FDA has of not found NDMA in other products, including Pepcid (famotidine), Nexium (esomeprazole), or Prilosec (omeprazole).

BCH Is Actively Reviewing Potential Ranitidine / Zantac Lawsuits

Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC has been closely following the FDA’s ongoing investigation into ranitidine and Zantac cancer risks, and studies dating back to 2004 which have found risks of bladder cancer due to high levels of NDMA. Despite years of concern, Zantac maker Sanofi failed to bring this information to the public’s attention.

While investigations continue, BCH is actively reviewing cases from individuals and families who may have potential claims, including those involving people who have been diagnosed with bladder, kidney, stomach, or similar cancers, and who have had prescriptions for or long-term use of Zantac or ranitidine products.

BCH is a nationally recognized Civil Trial Law Firm with a highly regarded practice focusing on class multi-district litigation (MDL) and major pharmaceutical injury cases. If you have questions about Zantac lawsuits and your rights and legal options, call or contact us online to request a free consultation. Based in Houston, BCH serves victims and families nationwide.