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  • Serious Complications Caused by Hospital Infection
    Dec-21-09 San Antonio, TX David is one of over two million people who acquire hospital infections each year (according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). An investigation conducted by the hospital determined that David's MRSA infection originated from a staple used during his back surgery. The massive amount of antibiotics he took to treat th...
  • Massive Window Blind Recall Announced
    Dec-15-09 Washington, DC A recall of near historic proportions comes after the deaths of eight children and the near-strangulation of 16 others. Good Morning America (GMA) on ABC announced this morning a voluntary recall negotiated by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in concert with the US window blind industry. About 50 million sets have been...
  • Prepaid Debit Cards "a Rip Off"
    Nov-26-09 Buffalo, NY Although prepaid debit cards may seem like a fantastic idea for people with poor credit, consumers are learning that the fees can be exorbitant. Shirley S. says she used a Green Dot debit card for a few months, until she realized she was paying too much in fees and closed the account. Shirley has had bad credit since college, when she go...
  • Largest Crib Recall in US History Announced
    Nov-24-09 Washington, DC It's the largest crib recall in US history. Late yesterday the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a massive voluntary recall of 2.1 million Stork Craft baby cribs with drop-down sides. There have been 110 incidents reported in the US and Canada when the drop-down sides of the crib became detached as a result of poo...
  • Flammable Bathrobes at the heart of defective product personal injury lawsuits
    Nov-11-09 Hartford, CT Consumers may want to re-think giving bathrobes to friends and relations this holiday season, as a Connecticut woman is suing the Blair Company after her mother was burned to death while wearing one of the company's allegedly flammable chenille bathrobes, in the first of a potential string of defective product personal injury lawsuits . Th...
  • Foodborne Illness Results in Two Separate Recalls
    Nov-8-09 Chautauqua, NY Two recent cases of foodborne illness —which may or may not be related—bring more attention to the food production industry and alleged lapses in safety and quality control that have resulted in food poisoning, including two deaths. Within the last several days Fairbank Farms of Ashville, New York recalled nearly half a mil...
  • The Latest Defective Product from China: Titanium
    Sep-5-09 Washington, DC Yet another defective product issue has originated in China—and while personal injury in connection with the product has yet to be identified, the alarm bells are once again ringing over the potential for yet another defective product personal injury case. This time, the battles lines are being drawn over titanium. The latter i...
  • What Role Did Antiquated FDA Computers Play in Heparin Deaths?
    Jul-8-09 Washington, DC The roots of the heparin contamination which allegedly contributed to the deaths of up to 246 people since 2007 run a little deeper than the importation of tainted heparin from China and the availability of tainted heparin syringes. According to the Drug Industry Daily (DID) newsletter, part of the blame with regard to the heparin inject...
  • Heparin 's Recall--One Year On
    Jul-1-09 Toledo, OH It has been over a year since the massive Heparin recall was announced in the wake of numerous deaths and reports of serious illness following exposure to Heparin syringes. In that year, patients have learned a lot about Heparin contamination and the factors that can result in their being exposed to contaminated medications. In April, 20...
  • Is Foodborne Illness Increasing?
    Jun-29-09 Washington, DC According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), rates of foodborne illnesses have been holding steady for five years and have even been declining from the mid-1990s until the beginning of this decade, due mainly to improvements in the meat and poultry industry. And one report says that frequent outbreaks of foodborne illness have bee...
  • JBS Swift Beef Recall Expanded Over E. coli Concerns
    Jun-29-09 Greeley, CO It might have been Sunday, but a weekend never appears to deter the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) from pulling the trigger on the recall revolver—especially when it comes to bad beef. And a recall announced last week of beef potentially contaminated with E. coli was expanded yesterday to about ten times the size of the initial E. c...
  • Hydroxycut Recall a Sign of Wanting Regulation
    Jun-2-09 Washington, DC The voluntary recall of Hydroxycut supplements last month points to more than a problem with Hydroxycut diet supplements. There appears to be a far larger issue with regard to the regulatory process involved for dietary supplements, a process which—were it more rigid and thorough—might prevent things like Hydroxycut liver damage. A...
  • Ground Beef Recalled Due to E Coli Contamination
    May-21-09 Coal Valley, IL: The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today that Valley Meats LLC, of Coal Valley, Ill. has recalled over 95,000 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The problem was discovered through an epidemiological investigation of illnesses, the USDA said...
  • Reports of Foodborne Illness Often Mistaken as "Flu"
    May-19-09 Sherman Oaks, CA Sarah and her son had dinner at a local Mexican restaurant; two days later they both became violently sick but at first thought it was the flu. "When I phoned the health department, they told me that all too often, people don't report food poisoning ," says Sara. "But when two people become ill from eating basically the same food at the s...
  • Was American Idol Judge Hooked on Fentanyl?
    May-13-09 Carlsbad, CA In a revealing interview in the June, 2009 issue of Ladies Home Journal, pop sensation and reality TV show star Paula Abdul recounts a life filled with chronic pain, complete with a 12-year addiction to painkillers that finally ended this past fall. What those painkillers were, she did not say. However Abdul did make reference to a pain patch...
  • Hydroxycut Recall Leads to Lawsuit
    May-13-09 Baltimore, MD The makers of Hydroxycut could find themselves in court following the announcement of the Hydroxycut recall. Consumers, upset about being put at risk of experiencing serious Hydroxycut side effects, including liver injury, are now contacting lawyers to explore their options regarding a Hydroxycut lawsuit. At least 1 lawsuit has been filed i...
  • Two Crossed Wires Can Make a Defective Car
    May-6-09 Farmington Hills, MI The very component that could save your life in a serious vehicular crash could fail due to an auto defect involving various Jeep models. The defective automobile has an issue with an airbag control that could fail and 47,000 units of the defective car have been recalled. There are actually two separate recalls at play here. The...
  • Man Receives Fentanyl Patch Recall Letter Days After Wife's Death
    Apr-20-09 Sanford, FL Imagine getting a letter from your pharmacy, duly informing you about the Duragesic fentanyl patch recall . Now just imagine receiving that letter just days after your wife had died from a fentanyl patch… That's exactly what happened to the husband of Janice DiCosolo, a woman who died after using a Duragesic fentanyl patch to ease her co...
  • Tainted Heparin Still a Lightning Rod of Opinion, Litigation
    Apr-10-09 Raleigh, NC Imagine the panic of a father, rushing his son to hospital. The child was shaking uncontrollably and had developed a fever of 106. Dusty Martin didn't know it at the time, but the basis for his son's intense suffering was a contaminated heparin syringe from AM2PAT. Michael Martin, all of 8 years old, is a hemophiliac and in constant dange...
  • Attorney Cracks Down on Chiropractic Malpractice
    Mar-25-09 Washington D.C. Attorney Michael Abelson became interested in chiropractic malpractice 5 years ago when a woman came to his law office in Washington D.C. and told him that her husband had died just two hours after having a neck manipulation. "He was found unconscious at home, rushed to a hospital in Maryland and died six days later," Abelson recalls. "T...
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