Strangulation of St. Louis Boy Prompts Attorney James Onder to Urge Support for Parents for Window Blind Safety

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St. Louis-based Parents for Window Blind Safety provides support for families having suffered a window blind cord strangulation tragedy while tirelessly fighting for only safe window covering products to be manufactured and making parents aware of dangers existing window blinds may pose.

James G. Onder

Window blind cords are one of the most widespread dangers in American homes today.

St. Louis attorney James G. Onder is widely considered to be the foremost legal authority on window blind cord strangulation, having represented more than 50 families whose children were seriously injured or killed in lawsuits against the manufacturers of mini-blinds, Roman shades and other window blind products. Parents for Window Blind Safety is a non-profit organization that was created to support parents whose children were seriously injured or killed by the cord on a window covering, but has gone on to do even more. The support network the organization has created is invaluable for helping parents deal with a loss that often fuels a range of emotion, many times including guilt even though the parents aren’t to blame for a dangerous product. This level of support can only come from other families that have been forced to endure that same tragedy. Parents for Window Blind Safety is also the leading consumer advocacy group for requiring new safety standards in window covering products, insisting that safe, not just safer, blinds and shades become the only window covering products being sold and has worked diligently to create awareness of what Onder calls “one of the most widespread dangers in American homes today”, perhaps saving the lives of thousands of children.    Parents for Window Blind Safety was founded in 2002 by Linda Kaiser after the death of her own daughter due to window blind cord strangulation. Onder has admired Kaiser’s mission and her determination, compassion and perseverance in its pursuit.

The death of 2-year old Mason George on Monday, April 1 has put this issue front and center for those in the metropolitan St. Louis area(http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/boy-strangled-by-cord-of-window-blinds-in-st-louis/article_e4bd1b30-8dd7-5dbb-86ab-f6f1db1c48d2.html), and while nothing can return this child to his parents and give him the life he deserved, James Onder is encouraging others to do what he does and financially support Parents for Window Blind Safety so that the organization may escalate its campaign to make every home safe from window blind cord strangulation risks. Over 175 infants and children have died due to window blind cord strangulation since 1991. More information about this important organization can be found at http://parentsforwindowblindsafety.org/ where it is also possible to make an online donation.

As an attorney, James Onder has sought to effect change through litigation; speaking to large corporations in the language they understand best – money. By making window blind manufacturers financially accountable for their products when they have resulted injury or death to a child, he is reducing their financial incentive to continue producing products that could be made safe for marginally more money. His representation of more than 50 families across 40 states has resulted in numerous interviews and features by newspapers such as the New York Times and Chicago Tribune. Onder is the managing partner of the law firm Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson, LLC. In the last 10 years Onder has represented more families in window covering lawsuits than all lawyers in the country combined.

About The Onder Law Firm
Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson, LLC is a St. Louis based personal injury law firm handling serious injury and death claims across the country. Its mission is the pursuit of justice, no matter how complex the case or strenuous the effort. Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson have represented clients throughout the United States, and other firms throughout the nation often seek its experience and expertise on complex litigation. It is a recognized leader in products liability cases such as window blind cord strangulation, medical device and pharmaceutical litigation. The Onder Law Firm offers information pertaining to window blind cord strangulation at http://www.windowblindcorddangers.com.

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