Have You Been Injured By A Defective Hip Implant?

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Defective Knee and Hip ImplantsWhen your car is a lemon or is recalled for safety issues, you get it fixed at no cost at the dealership. But, what happens when your artificial hip is defective?

Thousands of Americans have been faced with this problem over the last decade or so. Each year, about 400,000 people in the United States undergo hip replacement surgeries. But, when these hip implants are defective, they create significant problems for those who receive them.

For example, DePuy, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson recalled its metal-on-metal hip implants because they were failing very quickly, within a year or two of surgery.

Reports of Early Failure

A WFMY News report gives the example of one patient who felt “clicking” in her newly replaced hip. Not until several years after she got her hip did DePuy admit it had a problem and recalled the device.

DePuy hips are made with all metal. Between 2000 and 2010 DePuy and other companies like Stryker made these components of chromium cobalt metal.

As the parts grind against each other, they produced particles of chromium cobalt that could cause metal poisoning after debris built up in the soft tissues of the body.

Side Effects of Metal Hip Implants

There are many ways in which metal hip implants can fail. Our legal practice has observed based on cases we handle that faulty hip implants can produce significant side effects for patients including:

  • Premature death of body tissue of soft tissue damage due to excessive wear of the implant.
  • Elevated cobalt and chromium levels in the blood, also known as metal poisoning or metallosis.
  • Severe pain in the implant rendering the patient unable to walk.
  • Fluid collection around the joint.

¬†Protecting Victims’ Rights

Brands of hip implants such as Biomet, Stryker and DePuy have been the subject of a number of recalls and lawsuits. However, when an implant that has been placed inside your body fails, it is not easy to get it out and get it fixed, like you may repair a car part. In such cases, patients must undergo revision surgeries.

This means that the defective implant is surgically removed and replaced with a new device. Patients undergo not only the physical pain and suffering due to unnecessary surgery, but they endure financial burdens, paying medical expenses, hospitalization, cost of surgery and rehabilitation, not to mention lost income.

Some individuals are permanently injured or disabled due to these defective hip implants.

If you or a loved one has received a defective hip implant and have endured serious side effects, please contact an experienced medical device attorney who can help protect your rights and hold the negligent manufacturers accountable.

Orange County Company Recalls Food Due To Botulism Fears

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Food Product RecallA San Clemente-based company is recalling several products due to food poisoning concerns.

According to a news report in The Orange County Register, California Department of Public Health officials released a consumer alert for possible contamination of San Clemente-based VR Green Farms products after determining that two botulism infection cases may be tied to the company’s pine nut basil pesto.

The VR Green Farms products affected by the recall include pine nut basil pesto, pickled farm mix, Old World tomato sauce, sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, Tuscan grilling sauce and pasta sauce.

The products are packaged in mason-style glass jars and are sold at VR Green Farm stands in San Clemente and online. Consumers who have these products at home are asked to dispose them right away. Health officials also caution that consumers should use gloves when handling the products and that they should be discarded in double-bagged trash cans.

Those handling this contaminated food are also advised to wash their hands with soap and water after discarding the products. If you have been affected, please contact the state Health Department at 800-495-3232.

What is Botulism?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. Foodborne botulism is caused by eating foods that contain the botulinum toxin.

In the United States, an average of 145 botulism cases are reported each year out of which about 15 percent are foodborne. Common symptoms of botulism include double vision, blurred vision, droopy eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness.

Protecting Your Rights

If you have suffered health consequences as a result of botulism or any other type of food poisoning, please remember that you have rights.

Affected victims can file a personal injury claim against the food manufacturer of damages including medical expenses, lost wages, diagnostic costs, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

If you have consumed contaminated food, please preserve the food and isolate it so it can be tested in a laboratory for the presence of bacteria or other pathogens. File a report with your local health agency and contact an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled food poisoning cases to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.

Baby Monitors Recalled For Potential Strangulation Hazard

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Baby Monitor RecallAbout 25,000 baby monitors sold at Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores and online are being recalled because of a potential strangulation hazard.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Tommee Tippee monitors with movement sensor pads are the subject of a defective product recall because a child can pull the sensor pad’s cord into the crib and cause the cords to get wrapped around the neck.

This recall involves two models of Tommee Tippee Movement and Sound Baby Monitors with Sensor Pads. The product includes the baby unit, parent unit and the movement sensor pad.

Defective Product Design

The pad in question is white with a 10-foot cord that runs from the pad to the baby monitor unit. Both models come with a sensor pad that fits under the baby’s crib mattress and sounds an alarm if no movement is detected for 20 seconds. There is a keypad and small screen above the keypad on both the baby and parent units.

The units were sold at Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores and Amazon.com since September 2011 for about $150. Anyone who has these monitors at home should immediately ensure that all monitor cords are out of reach of young children and contact Mayborn USA for a free cord cover kit that has rigid protective cord covers through which the sensor pad can be threaded.

For more information, please call 866-214-1537.

Nursery Product Accidents

CPSC statistics show that in 2012 there were about 77,900 emergency department treated injuries associated with nursery products among children under 5 years of age.

Falls were the leading cause of injury. Internal organ injuries, contusions, abrasions and lacerations accounted for 73 percent of the injuries.

For the three-year period between 2008 and 2010, CPSC staff reported 333 deaths associated with nursery products among children under 5. Common causes of death included asphyxia and strangulation.

Product Liability Issues

When a dangerous or defective product causes serious injury or death, victims or families of deceased victims have rights.

Injured victims can file a product liability claim against the manufacturer seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, permanent injury, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking damages as well.

An experienced product liability lawyer will be able to advise victims or families in such cases regarding their legal rights and options.

Major Retailers Recall Fruits for Listeria Poisoning

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RecallsWawona Packing Co. is issuing a voluntary recall of peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots that were packed at its Cutler, California facilities between June 1 and July 12.

According to a CNN news report, major retailers such as Costco, Trader Joe’s, Wal-Mart and Kroger are part of this recall. The fruits in question are said to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

This is a nationwide recall according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Internal testing at Wawona apparently revealed the potential bacterial contamination, officials said.

The production facility has been shut down and sanitized and subsequent tests have turned out negative for food poisoning. So far, no illnesses have been reported due to this food contamination.

Listeria Infections Could Be Deadly

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths are caused by listeriosis.

The largest and deadliest listeria outbreak in the United States was related to fruit and occurred in 2011. Cantaloupes from a Colorado farm killed nearly three dozen and sickened 147.

Common symptoms for listeria include diarrhea, fever, muscle aches and other gastrointestinal issues. Listeria could cause stillbirths in pregnant women.

So, pregnant women, infants, seniors and those with a weakened immune system are particularly at risk for a serious listeria infection.

Protecting Yourself

Trader Joe’s has urged consumers not to eat any of these “stone fruits” that have large pits and to return them to a nearby store for a full refund. Also, Wegmans Food Markets has recalled many of its baked goods that may contain the contaminated fruit. These products include pies, tarts, cakes and other pastries.

There are also many other steps you can take to prevent listeriosis through food contamination:

  • Stay away from raw milk or soft cheeses that are made from raw milk.
  • Make sure that leftovers are refrigerated within two hours in shallow covered containers.
  • Avoid cross contamination by properly cleaning all cooking and cutting surfaces.
  • Heat deli meats and hot dogs to a steaming hot temperature before consuming.
  • It is important to identify which foods are risky for the elderly and those who are pregnant.

If you or a loved one has been sickened as a result of food poisoning, it is important that you isolate the preserve the contaminated food so it can be tested at a lab for pathogens. Report your illness to the local health department.

If you had to be hospitalized and suffered other losses as a result of your illness, contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.

Documents Show GM Was Silent On Fatal Car Accidents

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GM RecallA new report published by The New York Times casts doubts on how forthright General Motors was with federal regulators over a defective ignition switch that the automaker has linked to 13 deaths over the last 10 years.

The article gives the example of a car crash that killed Gene Erickson along a rural Texas road. The Saturn Ion in which he was traveling swerved into a tree and the airbags failed.

When the question arose as to why the airbags failed, GM told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it could not provide the answers.

But, just a month earlier, a GM engineer had concluded in an internal evaluation that More

Incidence Of Hip & Knee Implant Failures Expected To Increase

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Defective Knee and Hip ImplantsWith more and more Americans getting hip and knee implants each year, the likelihood of more these implants failing also increases.

According to a Lawyers and Settlements report, with a continuing rise in replacement procedures and continuing problems with latest-generation devices such as metal-on-metal implants, it is fair to assume that more hip and knee implants are likely to fail.

Dramatic Increase in Replacement Surgeries

The Sandusky Register of Ohio reports that more than two out of every 100 people in the United States More

Graco Recalls 2 Million Infant Car Seats For Harness Buckles

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Graco Infant Seat RecallGraco has recalled nearly two million infant car seats due to a defective buckle that makes the car seats difficult to open.

According to a Fox 6 news report, the car seat manufacturer has recalled 1.9 million car seats for select infant, toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats this week.

This safety recall comes after a five-month spat between Graco and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with the federal agency demanding the recall and the car seat maker resisting issuing a recall for More

Generic Versions of Heart Drug Recalled for Serious Side Effects

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generic heart drug recallTwo large Indian manufacturers of generic heart drugs have announced recalls over the last two months totaling more than 100,000 bottles because of serious reported side effects.

According to an article in The New York Times, the recalls are the latest in the string of recent problems involving generic drugs made by Indian manufacturers such as Wockhardt and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories.

The drug is a beta blocker that treats More

Chrysler Vehicles Subject of Ignition Defect Investigations

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Chrysler Ignition Switch DefectThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened two new investigations into more than 1.2 million Chrysler vehicles over ignition key complaints very similar to the ones in smaller General Motor vehicles that were linked to 13 deaths.

According to a Reuters news report, the Chrysler investigations are the result of NHTSA’s recent communication with vehicle makers and suppliers regarding airbag design and performance related to the position of the vehicle ignition switch.

Problems With Several Vehicle Models

The safety agency started looking into problems with More

Safety Regulators Say Nap Nanny Could be Lethal for Babies

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Nap Nanny RecallGovernment safety regulators are reaching out to parents and caregivers to alert them about the Nap Nanny a product that was recalled and discontinued after more than 92 incidents and at least five deaths.

According to a news report in The Daily Record, an 8-month-old baby in Hopatcong, New Jersey, died as recently as March 16 as a result of this defective product.

The baby had been put to bed on the Nap Nanny in a crib. When the parents checked on the child More

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