When there are defects in the manufacturing process, automobiles may be recalled. Determining the need for a recall is a lengthy process, which is why many recalls take months or even years to begin.
When motorists believe there is a safety issue with the a vehicle, they often report their concerns to the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission. After a certain number of complaints have been filed, the agency may alert automakers there is a possibility a vehicle has a defect. From there, an investigation takes place to determine whether further action needs to be taken.
Many times, car manufacturers initiate a recall on their own; however, the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission may also force automakers to recall vehicles if they pose a serious safety risk. Consumers may also petition this agency to conduct their own investigation into defective vehicle components if they believe a manufacturer isn’t responding appropriately.
If an investigation shows that a potential problem exists, an engineering analysis is then performed to confirm this fact. During this stage of the process, a potential solution to the problem may also be sought. Once automakers are confident they understand the problem and have an appropriate remedy for it, a recall is then initiated.
Consumers can find out about recent recalls by visiting the official website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission,http://www.nhtsa.gov/. Those who have suffered an injury due to a defective vehicle may have a remedy available to them under the law and should immediately contact a lawyer.
Tanning beds are intended to put out a certain amount of heat; however, when they are not calibrated properly, they could reach extreme temperatures. This could cause burns to the skin, even when they are only used for a short period of time. A customer’s eyes could also sustain burns or retina damage if the protective goggles worn during a tanning session are defective.
Stand-up booths are sometimes equipped with an exhaust fan which can also malfunction and cause injury. Individuals could get their fingers or hair caught in the exhaust fan if it is not properly located or maintained. When exhaust fans do not cycle on and off properly, this could also result in users suffering from a heat stroke.
Tanning beds should be cleaned thoroughly after each use, as they can harbor bacteria from sweat. When they’re not cleaned properly, guests can become ill or may develop disease as a result of unsanitary practices.
The first step to take after a tanning bed injury is to seek medical attention. After doing so, it could become necessary to talk with a personal injury lawyer about the possibility of recovering for your injuries.
The Dangers of Mirena IUDs – Could you be at Risk?
The Mirena IUD is a device that has been implanted in thousands of women as a form of birth control. This device is manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals, and works by emitting a hormone that helps prevent pregnancy. The IUD was designed to last for up to five years without needing to be replaced. It has recently come under attack for causing a number of complications that could sometimes result in permanent injuries.
The problem with the Mirena IUD is that it sometimes migrates through the uterine wall and then enters other parts of a woman’s body. When this occurs, there could be severe complications that may include:
- Perforation of the Uterus or Cervix
- Device migration resulting in Laparoscopic surgery
- Ectopic or intrauterine pregnancies
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
In addition to these complications, IUD devices that migrate could cause the perforation of other organs such as the spleen, liver or pancreas. Surgery is required to remove this device if it becomes dislodged. In some cases, the device could cause serious trauma to the uterus, thereby making it difficult for a woman to conceive even after it is removed.
There is some evidence that shows Bayer received warnings from the FDA about the possible complications involved with Mirena IUDs. This agency claimed that Bayer misstated the product’s effectiveness and failed to provide patients with information about the possible risks. Although there have been more than 45,000 reports of complications from users and numerous lawsuits have been filed, Bayer has yet to formally recall this birth control device.
There is an increased risk of Mirena injuries among women who have an unusual-shaped anatomy or previous trauma to the uterus. When the device is placed shortly after childbirth, the odds are also greater than it will migrate or tear the uterus.
Women who have been implanted with the Mirena IUD may want to speak to their doctor about having it removed. Those who have suffered an injury after the insertion of this device may want to contact us to protect their rights.
It appears the makers of GranuFlo®, Fresenius Medical Care North America is heading to court again. Bettye Alexander filed suit in Boston Federal Court due to the death of her late husband after using this product. GranuFlo® had been used at dialysis clinics all over the country, even after an internal memo demonstrated the maker of the drug knew there was an increased risk for cardiac arrest or stroke. The maker failed to warn patients of this risk and an alarming 947 people were injured during the year which this internal memo covered.
The deaths from GranuFlo® were commonly sudden and would occur within the dialysis clinics or within a few days after receiving treatment at such a center. Mrs. Alexander is seeking both compensatory and punitive damages for the sudden and unnecessary death of her husband Gary.
On March 29, 2012 the FDA issued a Class 1 recall to revise prescribing procedures of this product.
If you or a loved one suffered a heart attack or stroke after receiving treatment at a dialysis center, we would encourage you to check to see the treatment involved the drug GranuFlo or a similar product NaturaLyte®.
Some of the reasons people are now filing lawsuits in regards to GranuFlo® or NaturaLyte®:
- Frenenius Medical failed to warn health care providers of risks when they knew the risks existed.
- Intentionally withheld information and did not report these known risks to the FDA or public.
- Failed to warn the most vulnerable, or “acute” patients of the known risks
- Even after knowing the risks, continued to actively market GranuFlo® or NaturaLyte®
The truly unfortunate part of this case is that it appears Fresenius warned their own internal clinics of the substantial risk to patients, yet but did not warn independent dialysis centers who they were supplying the product to of the cardiopulmonary risks.
If you or a loved one were one of the victims affected by the use of the products, GranuFlo® or NaturaLyte®, call Ed to see if you may have a case!
In 2010, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries ceased production on the popular anesthetic Propofol. After nearly three years, this drug manufacturer has begun making this drug again, and distribution should begin sometime in February 2013.
The lapse in production was due to lawsuits that resulted from several endoscopy centers in Las Vegas improperly using syringes filled with this anesthetic. The improper use by these clinics resulted in an extensive outbreak of hepatitis C, largely due to the fact that syringes used to administer this medication was reused at the clinics.
Edward M. Bernstein and Associates was instrumental in Teva’s decision after obtaining $104 Million verdict (one of the 10 highest verdicts in the United States in 2012).
The ensuing lawsuits ended with Teva Pharmaceuticals paying out extensive damages to settle them. In all, more than $250 million in damages was awarded in more than 80 different suits. Many of these lawsuits alleged that the pharmaceutical giant actually encouraged physicians to reuse syringes l because they had discontinued production on 10ml vials. Litigants alleged that profit was a primary motivator in the company doing so, and this action directly resulted in physicians being persuaded to reuse the larger vials on multiple patients.
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