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20,000 Cars Recalled Because of Misplaced Label Information

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on October 31, 2011

News sources state that vehicles from 2006 through 2012 manufactured by Volvo are being recalled. This happened due to a possible misplacement of the right labels for the inflation pressure in the tires.

The manufacturer claims that there is a significantly decreasing number of new cars coming from the factory with spare tires. The recalled vehicle models and years of manufacturing are listed in the document issued by the company along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The car maker declared that the spare tires were installed not at their facilities but either at the port or at the dealerships. Due to a possible issue with the labeling at these various locations, the proper inflation pressure information wasn’t available. Without the proper repair, drivers may have to deal with tire failure, which may lead to accidents.

Volvo has made a notification to all drivers that the proper information regarding tire maintenance can be found in the owner’s manual. After the recall issue, Volvo car dealers will inspect the vehicles and make the necessary modifications for their owners, free of charge.

As a Los Angeles car accident lawyer, I understand the importance of keeping your car always in good conditions. In case you or a loved one has been the victim of damages caused by a similar issue with your vehicle, contact a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer as soon as needed.

FDA Finds Drug Missing Main Ingredient in Random Testing

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on September 19, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has banned the use of a particular batch of the drug Frusemide, used as a diuretic, after finding a batch was missing the main ingredient during random testing, according to news sources.

The drug, which is used in patients with liver, kidney, and heart problems, was found to have defects in batches used in state government hospitals in Maharashtra, but not any private hospitals or drug stores.

The FDA has filed a lawsuit against Endolabs Ltd, the manufacturer. Of the 100 tablets that the FDA ran tests on, 70 percent did not have the ingredient in them, while 30 percent only had 69.5 percent of the ingredient.

The FDA will also continue to test other batches as a precautionary measure.

As a Los Angeles product defect lawyer, I always encourage anyone taking a drug to thoroughly examine their medication. It is not unheard of for drugs to be mislabeled. Even with all of the safety procedures in place to make sure nothing goes wrong, sometimes it does, and sometimes drugs are tampered with by outside parties. Please make sure your medication matches the description physically, and contact your physician if you begin experiencing odd or unexpected side effects. If you have taken a drug and were not made aware of the side effect, you can call a personal injury lawyer at our office at any time. If you’ve experienced pain and suffering, we are here to help you.

E. coli Contamination Spurs Raw Milk Recall

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on September 19, 2011

Pride & Joy Creamery has issued a recall for raw fluid milk due to a potential E. Coli contamination, according to news sources.

The milk affected was sold in nine different Puget Sound stores in King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Skagit counties and include Sno-isle in Everett, Truhealth in Bothell, Marlene’s Market in Tacoma and Federal Way, Skagit Valley Food in Mount Vernon, Mann Mills in Mountlake Terrace, Madison Market in Seattle, Nature’s Market in Kent, and Sunshine Corner Nutrition in Kent. It was also sold at the store on the farm in Granger.

The Pride & Joy Raw Cow’s Milk that may be contaminated is marked with expiration dates 9/3/2011 and 9/31/2011.

No illnesses have been reported, but consumers are instructed to return the milk to their store of purchase.

As a Los Angeles product defect lawyer, consumer health is something that I am very conscious of and I know that even with tough rules and regulations on manufacturers, mistakes can still be made. I encourage anyone who is experiencing the symptoms of E. coli infection to seek immediate medical attention. The personal injury lawyer at our law firm sincerely hope that no one has been sickened by consuming the recalled raw milk.

Transvaginal Mesh Review May Revoke FDA Approval

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on September 14, 2011

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a report announcing their recommendation that transvaginal mesh devices be re-classified as a high risk medical device, according to news sources. The FDA is requiring new safety statistics be submitted by the manufacturer in order for the product to remain on the market.

A panel will meet next week to decide if the reclassification for the device, which is used for pelvic organ prolapsed and stress urinary incontinence.

While currently classified as “moderate risk,” the FDA has issued three separate warnings since 2008 after thousands of complaints were received as well as reports of fatalities. The FDA has also stated that the mesh does not provide more benefits than surgery.

Complications include mesh erosion, infection, pain, dyspareunia, vaginal scarring, urinary retention or urinary incontinence, and recurrence of POP and/or SUI.

As a Los Angeles product defect lawyer, I hope the FDA can make a recommendation that is in the best interest of the patient. A patient has the right to be informed of the risk they are undergoing when they choose to utilize any medical device. If you’ve been injured by a medical device, it’s important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible because you may be entitled to monetary compensation as a result of getting injured because of a defective or recalled product. The longer you take to contact someone, the more evidence is lost.

John Deere Tractor Blades Pose Laceration Hazard

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on September 14, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with John Deere Tractors, have announced a recall of their Lawn Tractors overs concerns of a Laceration Hazard, according to news reports.

About 15,500 tractors were sold at Lowe’s Home Depot, and other John Deere dealers from December 2010 through September 2011. The product retailed for about $1,500 to $2,000.

The laceration hazard stems from faulty hardware that, if broken, can disable the mower blade brake. This can lead to the mower blades continuing to spin after the product is turned off, exposing the operator to moving blades.

The tractors subject to recall are green with yellow seats. Model numbers include D100, D110, D120, and D130. You can find the model number on both sides of the tractor’s hood.

No injuries have yet been reported, but consumers should stop using the product and contact John Deere for an inspection and repair, free of charge.

As a Los Angeles product defect lawyer, if you or a loved one has been injured because of this tractor, I suggest you seek medical attention right away. It can also be just as important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible because you may be entitled to monetary compensation as a result of getting injured because of a defective or recalled product. You should also remember that the longer you take to contact someone about your case the more chance you have to lose evidence.

E. Coli Strains Banned From Meat Industry

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on September 13, 2011

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to ban six toxic strains of E. coli from the beef industry, according to news sources.

The six strains have been showing up more as the cause of food illness. These six strains will now be treated as the o157:H7 strain of E. coli, which was banned in 1994 after killing several people and causing illness in hundreds.

Currently, it’s common to find toxic bacteria on meat, but cooking it usually kills it. However, E. Coli is treated differently. It doesn’t take many E. coli bacteria for a person to get sick, symptoms of which include bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps, and sometimes, kidney failure.

The new ban will begin in March, giving time for the meat industry to prepare for testing. The beef industry believes the move is not needed and will force the cost of meat to rise, but the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has linked the 6 strains to 113,000 illnesses a year, 1/3 of which are traced to beef.

As a Los Angeles product defect attorney I have seen food recalls like this one and know that, with as much testing goes into food products before manufacturers send them to market, mistakes can still be made. Although our personal injury law firm does not handle these type of cases there are food recall lawyers out there that can help your or a loved one if you have been effected by a contaminated product. I also recommend heating your meat to 160 degrees in order to make sure all pathogens are eliminated when you cook.

Nurofen Plus Supplies Allegedly Sabotaged, Spurs Recall

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on August 30, 2011

In a press release, the UK-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser announced that they have ceased the production and distribution of their Nurofen Plus due to the suspicion of tampering and sabotage.

The British Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a Class 1 drug alert to consumers and healthcare professionals based on five reported cases that other drugs, including antipsychotics, have been found inside the packaging for Nurofen Plus. RCGP chairwoman Dr. Clare Gerada stated, “Patients should always be careful when taking medication, but in this case I would like to remind all patients to be extra vigilant if they are taking Nurofen Plus, and to check the blister packaging thoroughly. The MHRA has acted really speedily on this, and I would like to echo its call for patients to check and double check their Nurofen Plus, and to return any affected packets to the pharmacy they came from. If patients continue to have concerns, or display any adverse effects from their medication, they should contact their GP.”

The anti-psychotic Seroquel XL was discovered in four packets of the recalled products and Neurotonin, an epilepsy prescription medication, was found in a packet of Nurofen Plus bought from an independent pharmacist in Northern Ireland. The company now thinks this is sabotage and suspects animal rights activists because the product is tested on animals.

While Nurofen Plus is mainly distributed throughout the UK, several stores in the United States have been known to carry the product. As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I felt it necessary to alert our readers to this potentially deadly situation. If you’ve been adversely affected by a drug product, it may be in your best interests to speak with a product defect lawyer.

Asian Honey Banned in Europe Floods US Food Market

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on August 26, 2011

Media sources reported that a third or more of the honey eaten in the US is likely to have been smuggled from China and is potentially tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals. Research shows that millions of pounds of honey that has been deemed unsafe in dozens of countries are being imported and sold in record amounts.

Experts stated that some of the most recognized US honey packers knowingly buy mislabeled, transshipped or potentially altered honey so they are able to sell it at a lower cost than companies that require safety, quality and rigorously inspected honey.

Washington Legislative Chairman of the American Honey Producers Association Richard Adee said, “It’s no secret that the honey smuggling is being driven by money, the desire to save a couple of pennies a pound. These big packers are still using imported honey of uncertain safety that they know is illegal because they know their chances of getting caught are slim.”

After examining international and government shipping records, it was found that customs documents and interviews with North America’s top honey importers revealed the rampant honey laundering and record amount of Chinese honey being purchased by major US packers today.

The US Food and Drug Administration is working to resolve the issue.

As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I’m glad to learn that this issue has been addressed and officials are working to ensure the safety of our nation’s food sources. If you’ve been injured through the consumption of an unsafe food product, it may be in your best interests to call a product defect lawyer in your city.

Personal Massage Device Kills Patient, FDA Issues Warning

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on August 26, 2011

In a press release, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning of life-threatening injury for the ShoulderFlex therapeutic massager, produced by King International LLC, after the device killed one person and almost strangled another.

The report requests that healthcare providers cease their recommendations of the device and urges consumers that have purchased the personal massager to dispose of the device in separate pieces, in separate places, so that it cannot be reassembled and used. The FDA is currently evaluating the company’s plans for an official recall.

The warning states, “The FDA is concerned that the ShoulderFlex Massager presents serious health risks. Hair, clothing and jewelry can become entangled in the massage device and cause serious injury or death.”

The warning was issued in direct relation to an incident where a necklace and piece of clothing became entangled in the device’s rotating massager. The FDA also stated that they’ve received two more reports of hair and clothing getting caught in the device.

As a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, I’ve seen recalls of this nature before and am glad that the issues facing this device are being addressed accordingly. If you’ve been injured through the use of a defective product, contact a product liability lawyer in your city to discuss the legal avenues open to you.

FDA Bans Mexican Papayas Due to High Salmonella Percentage

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on August 26, 2011

News sources reported that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shut the American border to Mexican papayas Thursday because 15.6 percent of the imported fruit was found to be positive for Salmonella between May 12 and August 18.

According to the FDA, the samples that tested positive were taken from 28 separate firms from nearly all major papaya producing regions in Mexico. This imports alert’s denying admission of Mexican papayas in the US means that importers with have to prove that their product isn’t contaminated with Salmonella. This alert and ban come in the wake of reports from multiple states that over 100 people in the US were infected with Salmonella Agona. The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified Mexican papayas from one importer to be the likely source of the pathogen.

The agency’s import alert announcing the ban stated, “Using the information provided by the cases, trace-backs were conducted in multiple states. FDA also collected samples of papaya to test for the outbreak strain. Based on information from the outbreak investigation, the outbreak has been associated with papaya from at least one grower and its shipper in Mexico.”

As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I’m happy to learn that the agency is taking steps to ensure the food safety of our nation. If you’ve been injured through the consumption of a contaminated food product, it may be in your best interests to speak with a product defect lawyer.

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