Product Liability Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 5

Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2012 – Pain clinics that operate without a license or overprescribe pain medication have been the recent targets of Florida law enforcement. Since a law was put in place in mid 2011, Florida has cracked down on clinics and doctors that prescribe excessive amounts of pain pills. Doctor shopping, shoddy prescription practices, and makeshift pain clinics have dramatically decreased, but there is still more work to do. “The damage that is done to a person at these pill mills can be extensive,” said Tampa pill mill attorney Robert Joyce, of Joyce & Reyes […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2012 – Hip implants, knee replacement devices, and vaginal and hernia mesh products are the latest defective medical devices that have caused serious injuries in patients. “New technologies should not get fast-tracked, only to have patient safety compromised,” said Waxahachie personal injury attorney John Hale, of The Hale Law Firm. “Better efforts should be in place to institute recalls quicker and put more safeguards in place to protect patients.” Late last year, legislation was introduced to discover problematic medical devices sooner and manage recalls better. The three Senators behind the legislation also sent […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 23, 2012 – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently launched a new awareness campaign about the danger of magnetic components and how they could cause serious injuries and death. Over the last two years, the CPSC has received an increase of reported incidents of youths and teens swallowing magnets. Even though magnets and magnetic components are prohibited in toys for children less than 14 years old, the CPSC says magnets still remain a hazard. “New toys and youth accessories come out every day and some are imported that might not have strict standards,” […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 22, 2012 – Chicago medical malpractice attorney Robert Briskman is concerned about a medical device that could cause strokes and even death to its users. “The research has shown that these devices are not helping patients and, in fact, they are sometimes causing additional harm and even death,” Briskman said. “The Food and Drug Administration needs to review this product to determine if it is safe for consumers or if the product should be off the market.” The Wingspan Stent System, which was approved by the FDA in 2005, is a mesh tube placed […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) December 15, 2011 – Even though this was a single car accident, accident reports indicate the possible cause was a defective truck part. “It appears that the victim in this reported case was in the wrong place, at the wrong time,” reported Stephen Ozcomert, an Atlanta injury lawyer who practices personal injury, accidents and malpractice law. “On top of that, it also turns out there was a possibility that this accident happened because of a defective truck part.” The story ends with a single vehicle accident involving a young school teacher and an accident reconstruction […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 14, 2011 – Not paying attention at a stop sign usually ends up causing an accident. It certainly did in this reported case. “Traffic signs are not put up as decorations,” says Robert W. Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney of The Lee Law Firm in Texas. “But apparently some people seem to think they are, or that the signs don’t apply to them. This accident would not have happened if the biker had not breezed through a stop sign at the junction of a byway and a highway.” The blue 2007 Honda had […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 26, 2011 – Food and food products travel the nation at lightning speed. Is the emphasis on speedy delivery affecting food quality and safety? Trade-offs to get food quickly can have a great affect on people’s lives. “It is scary how often food products are recalled, these days,” said Daren Monroe, who writes for Litigation Funding Corporation, Southfield, Michigan. “It makes you question what you’re eating, doesn’t it? And that’s the million dollar question, is our food safe? For the most part, yes, it is. However, as this case demonstrates, it may look safe, […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 28, 2011 – Accidents can and do happen in the blink of an eye. This was a particularly heartbreaking case. “This story started out as a routine visit to the chiropractor for Amy Newton,” reported Daren Monroe, who writes for Litigation Funding Corporation of Southfield, Michigan. “She took her three kids with her, including 18-month-old Benjamin. During the mother’s treatment, the baby crawled under the mechanized table and pushed the button that operated it. The table lowered and crushed the child to death.” At the time of the accident, there were no staff members […]


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New Haven, CT (Law Firm Newswire) September 21, 2011 – Glucocorticosteroids are often used to help patients battle serious infections, autoimmune diseases, cancer, and successfully go through organ transplant procedures. This group of name brand and generic medicines – marketed as prednisone, methylprednisolone and dexamethasone – are heavily used. In 2010, 25.5 million prescriptions for oral prednisone and 13.7 million prescriptions for methylprednisolone were written in the U.S. Yet the public advocacy group Public Citizen and a prominent University of Michigan neuro-ophthalmologist say drug manufacturers are not including enough information about potential risks, precautions, and warnings in regards to glucocorticosteroids’ […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 13, 2011 – Certain Jeep Grand Cherokees models are extremely susceptible to bursting into flames when slammed from behind. Where is the recall? “It is not often you will hear a personal injury lawyer wondering why a certain item on the market has not been recalled,” insisted Robert W. Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney at The Lee Law Firm. “But when it comes to the Jeep Grand Cherokee from model years 1993 through to 2004, I believe they should be recalled due to their poor fuel system design that makes them likely to […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) September 1, 2011 – Some cases involving a death may involve a breach of implied warranty. No two cases are ever alike, making the outcome unpredictable. “In this reported case, a driller was killed after the drill he was operating, a 380,000 pound Pit Viper 351, toppled over, throwing him from the cab,” said Stephen Ozcomert, an Atlanta injury lawyer who practices personal injury, accident and malpractice law. “The worker was dead on impact. It turned out that one of the drill’s leveling jacks gave way and caused the drill to fall sideways.” The man’s […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2011 – Just about everyone knows or has heard about the infamous McDonald’s hot coffee lawsuit. What they do not know are the real facts about the case. “I can say without any reservations that the McDonald’s hot coffee case that involved burns to Stella Leibeck was not frivolous. Any time a victim suffers third degree burns the way she did, and takes over a year to recover from catastrophic injuries like that, the case is not frivolous, it was not inconsequential nor should it be the butt of tasteless jokes from people […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) August 11, 2011 – This case was as shocking as it was distressing for all those involved. A two-year-old toddler died of severe burns from her bath water, only to have her stomach pierced at the hospital. “There are some cases that just sear your heart and you have a hard time reading about them. This case is one of those that really leave an impression behind, and a sense of sadness for the family. The father in this case filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the maker of a water heater and a doctor […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 19, 2011 – Trampoline parks are becoming a popular destination for kids and teens. Two companies are opening new facilities this summer throughout Illinois, including in Naperville, Niles, and Buffalo Grove. The parks are intended to promote fun and exercise for jumpers who bounce off the trampoline walls and floors. Until there is an injury, trampoline parks seem like a harmless way to have fun. But as the Chicago Tribune reported in late May, one trampoline park in Carol Stream has had 16 ambulance calls for injuries ranging from head trauma and dislocated shoulders […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 5, 2011 – Loopholes that kill are often found the hard way, when someone dies. That is what happened in this case. “Two young women died in a fiery wreck in 2004. Their mother spent every day during the next five-year period in shock and grief and then, finally anger. She resolved to do something about the loophole that ended up causing her daughters to die needlessly,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. Daughters Raechel, 24, and Jacqueline, 20, met their death when the car they had […]


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New Haven, CT (Law Firm Newswire) June 14, 2011 – Mark Hirschbeck is getting a little bit of his life back now that a settlement has been reached after years of wrangling with Wright Medical Technology and his former doctor, John Keggi. Hirschbeck was a Major League Baseball umpire for 15 years before he had to get hip replacement surgery. He did extensive research about the best doctors in the area before he chose Dr. Keggi, who recommended a ceramic hip replacement from Wright Medical. Yet a month after surgery, as Hirschbeck was at home watching TV, he heard a […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2011 – Tragedy randomly struck two families whose teenaged sons died at the bottom of the ocean. It is unclear what caused their deaths. “This reported case was a great shock to the two families involved,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “Two young men, ages 16 and 17, went missing from their charter boat on a diving expedition. They were subsequently found at the bottom of the ocean in full cardiac arrest.” The two were out for the day on an expedition to dive in […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 6, 2011 – A defective aircraft and wrongful death lawsuit will continue court proceedings in Illinois, ruled the Appellate Court of Illinois, First Judicial District, Sixth Division. Michael Russell flew an emergency medical service helicopter for Air Angels, Inc. throughout Cook County. He died when the aircraft he was piloting crashed. His family subsequently discovered that one of the helicopter’s drive-shaft bearings fractured, causing the tail rotor not to work. A French company, SNFA, made the allegedly defective part, and unsuccessfully tried to keep the case out of Illinois courts. SNFA makes custom tail […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) June 2, 2011 – Most slip and fall accidents happen when someone slips on something and hits the ground. Bravo Sports has turned that concept on its head with failing pogo sticks. “It had to happen. Someone creates a product that kids, and adults who feel like kids, use for the fun of it, and that defective product causes them to fall, putting them at risk for serious lacerations, head and spinal cord injuries and broken bones,” said Michael G. Smith, an Arkansas personal injury attorney and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 25, 2011 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has started a new safety rating system for 2011 model year vehicles. The ratings involve tougher crash tests and crash warning systems, which provide consumers with one overall safety score. Passenger cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and pickups are all tested. The NHTSA admitted that most vehicles were getting a four or five star rating, so these new, stricter standards will show the differences more easily to the consumer. Four collision tests – frontal, side-impact, rollover and the new side pole collision – will […]


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