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Carcinogenic Drug Risk Prompts Recall Of Reduce Weight Fruta Planta

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 14, 2014

The potential presence of Phenolphthalein has prompted the recall of a product called Reduce Weight Fruta Planta by the Florida-based MyNicKnaxs.  This ingredient, which is not related by the label, is considered a carcinogen and the marketing of it is thus not allowed within the United States.  The substance used to be readily available in laxatives, but the hazards it could create led officials to take it off the market.  Persons who use the weight loss product are in danger of facing heart or gastrointestinal issues as well as cancer if they’re exposed to the aforementioned ingredient for a lengthy period of time.  The products should therefore not be used.

For more about the recall, click here.

Proposed California Law Would Create New Soda Safety Labels

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 14, 2014

A California Senator has proposed a bill that attempts to make the state the first ever to impose warnings about health repercussions on sodas.  If passed, all sugary beverages that reach a certain calorie threshold would be affixed with statements relating how the consumption of such drinks could lead individuals to suffer various health issues, namely tooth decay, diabetes, and obesity.  The rule would apply to fountain drinks, drinks served at restaurants, and any canned or bottled beverage.  Although the measure has the backing of the California Medical Association, not everyone is pleased with the proposal.  CalBev, for instance, has come out against the proposed rule.

Follow this link for more about the proposal.

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Research Shows How Teen Drivers Can Be Endangered By Distraction

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 14, 2014

A new report from USA Today that highlights the continued danger posed by distracted driving was prompted by recent research that delves into the psychology of teens who have just obtained their driver’s licenses.  That research, which hails from the Transportation Institute of Virginia Tech, showed that teens tend to overestimate their abilities in the days following their licensing, and this confidence could lead them to attempt to multitask while they’re at the wheel, thus increasing their susceptibility to a crash.  After delving into this study, the report also offers tips to parents hoping to help their kids avoid distraction at the wheel.  Open communication and serving as a driving role model are both key.

For more information, click here.

Guide On Avoiding Online Dating Fraud Released By FBI San Diego

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 13, 2014

With Valentine’s Day nearly here, the San Diego branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a guide to staying safe on online dating sites.  In it, they explore some of the scams that people may try to pull off on these sites and basic social media channels.  You’ll want to heed the tips on hand so that you never find yourself put in jeopardy by someone who isn’t who they claim to be.

There are two types of frauds that the FBI is particularly concerned about.  One works by way of what essentially amounts to blackmail.  After striking up a dialogue on a legitimate dating site, the individual perpetrating the scam will then invite you to pick up that dialogue on social networks.  After the perpetrator gains enough sensitive messages about their target, they will upload that correspondence to a public forum and then attempt to get the target to send them money in order to have any and all information taken offline.  Otherwise, they’ll keep things like photos, phone numbers, and whole conversations up for the world to see.

Another scam involves taking advantage of an individual’s good will.  This scam also plays the long game, and for a good long while, you may not realize that you’re being targeted.  The conversations will go along smoothly for months so that you get lulled into trusting that person.

Then, the person, feeling that they have you where they want you, will make a request for funds.  They may have a sob story about some financial difficulty that only you can help with, and once they get you to hand over funds the one time, they’ll continue to make unreasonable requests while they have you on the line.

Scams like these have taken on the moniker of being “Catfished.”  As the FBI relates, there are things you can look out for and precautions you can take in order to protect yourself.

First, make sure that you’re sticking with websites that have a fairly well-known reputation for being reliable.  This will afford you more protection than other sites that are less than reputable.  If you’re on this site or others, try to keep communications going via that vaunted site, as heading to social media, especially early on, could put you at risk.

Alarms should start going off in your head if someone you’ve connected with produces some excuse to request money or assistance in some other manner.  If you’ve continually made plans to meet and they keep putting them off, that’s also a bad sign.  In today’s Google age, do research on persons you meet, and be wary of professional-looking photos that look like they were pulled from the web.

Finally, if you think you’ve been targeted, the FBI advises getting in touch with the Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Dual Recalls Issued By Toyota Over Possible Safety Threats

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 13, 2014

Numerous types of vehicles are being recalled by Toyota for two separate issues, either of which could lead to a crash if a driver is not expecting certain functions of the vehicle to suddenly be turned off.  Consumer Reports explores the dual recalls, which are both related to software problems, in a new report.

Even though it’s the smaller recall of the two, Toyota’s announcement affecting Tacoma, Lexus RX350, and RAV4 automobiles of the 2012 through 2013 model years still pertains to a substantial 260,000 vehicles.  That recall has its genesis in problems with the electronic circuits.  Under the wrong circumstances, the vehicle’s traction and stability control and antilock brake capabilities could drop in and out.  Although it’d still be possible to brake, a driver who was relying on those aforementioned systems could be privy to a heightened crash risk.

The other recall could lead the vehicle to completely stop while it’s in the midst of transit.  That larger recall affects a whopping 1.9 million Prius vehicles of the 2010 through 2014 model years.  A certain software configuration could lead these hybrid vehicles to cease function due to the transistors experiencing heightened stress that triggers a failsafe.

Consumer Reports notes that anyone who experiences such a shutdown situation would be wise to drift to a safe spot on the roadway.  No injuries have reportedly occurred yet, and software updates will be offered to affected users.

Drowsy Driving A Factor In LA Garbage Truck Driver Policy Dispute

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 13, 2014

We’ve talked before about the danger that could be posed on the road if drivers are unable to secure the proper amount of sleep on a regular basis.  Reaction times are diminished considerably when adequate rest isn’t achieved, and judgment can also be compromised.  Either of these things could contribute to an injurious or even deadly crash, so any drivers, commercial or otherwise, can protect themselves and others by acquiring sleep.

We bring this up because of a situation currently taking place in Los Angeles.  The city may be forced to pay $26 million to the drivers of garbage trucks for the city.  This is because of a policy that the drivers and their attorneys claim was an infringement of their rights.

The policy essentially banned naps during break times.  In addition, groups of drivers were not allowed to go to lunch at the same place at the same time.  These policies were enacted over fears about public perception, but as courts have thus far ruled, the limits extended beyond what was fair.  By enacting rules that covered time that should have been outside the bounds of the job, Los Angeles effectively placed controls on that time, and the thinking is that all those drivers should be paid for those lunch breaks because of that.

The attorney for the drivers noted the safety issues that might crop up if a driver is prohibited from securing rest if they needed it.

Warning Issued By Safe Kids In Regard To Television Tipovers

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 13, 2014

Many homes across the country are now chockful of televisions.  Wheres the television used to be the focal point of the living room, the relative low cost of even flat screen models compared to years past means that it’s not uncommon to see a screen in every room of the home.

This can be dangerous if those televisions are placed on unstable surfaces, especially if you have children that could be tempted to climb furniture and send a television tumbling off its perch.  Safe Kids Worldwide has released a safety bulletin in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Association, and you would do well to understand some of the insights available.

First off, if you ever upgrade a television to a newer unit, think long and hard about recycling the older tv rather than placing it in another room.  The concern is that most older televisions get relegated to something like a dresser that was not designed to hold a television that could easily tip.  Recycling can help improve safety, as can making sure that every tv in the home is properly anchored or fastened to the wall.

The lower you keep the television, the better, especially if there’s plenty of surface area that would prevent the tv from falling off its ledge.  That way, if a child pulls on it, it will fall a short distance.  If the tv is placed up high, make sure there’s nothing around that a kid could climb on.

Agent App Seeks To Reduce Distracted Driving

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 13, 2014

Another anti-distracted driving app has been launched, and a new report takes a look at how it aims to reduce the dangerous action among operators of motor vehicles.  This particular app is called Agent, and in addition to simply providing a means to squelch distraction at the wheel, it also includes functions that purportedly allow for tracking a given vehicle’s position once parked and lengthening the phone’s battery.  The anti-distraction function works by way of translating texts into voice-based communications.  A driver can set up auto-responses that then go out to the sender after the system orates the contents of the text.

For more about the app, follow this link.

Arth-Q Supplement Receives FDA Advisory Over Ibuprofen Presence

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 13, 2014

A dietary supplement has received a safety advisory from the Food and Drug Administration because of the potential for the items to contain ibuprofen.  Any item containing ibuprofen needs to go through the approval process because of the substance’s classification as an NSAID, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug.  Arth-Q, the arthritis supplement in question, may contain ibuprofen and thus would be considered an unapproved drug.  Persons who don’t realize they’re coming into contact with ibuprofen could be exposed to such side effects as ulcerations, intestinal perforations, heart attacks, and adverse interactions with other drugs they may be taking.  These products should not be used and any suspected adversity should prompt a user to seek out prompt medical assistance.

Follow this link for the full warning.

Los Angeles Citizens Asked To Prepare For Jamzilla

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 13, 2014

If you live in Los Angeles and are able to take advantage of the three day President’s Day weekend, you might want to make sure your travels don’t take your near the 405 Freeway.  This weekend will see something that officials are referring to as Jamzilla, a sequel/reboot of Carmageddon.  Starting tomorrow night at around 10 pm, the section of the freeway known as the Sepulveda Pass will see its north-heading lanes closed off so that the area can be paved and striped anew.  The Metropolitan Transportation Authority of Los Angeles County is advising that all persons who don’t have to head that way stay clear this weekend.

Click here for more about Jamzilla.

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