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BMW Recalls 3 Series Vehicles Due to Rear Lamp Issue

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on September 2, 2011

In a news release Thursday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that BMW is recalling certain 3 Series model vehicles due to an issue with the rear lights that could increase the likelihood of a crash.

Subject to recall are approximately 241,000 3 Series vehicles manufactured from September 1, 2001 through March 1, 2005 including certain 325I, 325XI, 330I, AND 330XI vehicles from model years 2002 through 2005.

The resistance in the electrical contacts of the affected vehicles may over time cause one or more rear lamp functions to stop working. Rear lamp functions include tail light, brake light and turn signal capabilities. If the rear lamp fails, other motorists may not be alerted to the vehicle driver’s intentions, posing an increased risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners of the affected vehicles of the recall, which is expected to being during October. Affected vehicle owners will be able to take their vehicles to a dealer where needed repairs will be made free of charge.

As a Los Angeles car accident lawyer, motorist safety is something that I am very aware of; I encourage owners of the recalled vehicles to arrange for any needed rear lamp repairs as soon as possible. Because of my experience as a product liability lawyer, I know that the effects of a faulty product can range from inconvenience and frustration to injury and sometimes death. I hope that no one has been harmed as a result of the issue with the lamps.

FDA May Tag Surgical Mesh for Organ Prolapse as High Risk

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on September 2, 2011

In a report issued Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration indicated that the agency might classify as high risk surgical mesh devices used to treat organ prolapse, report news sources.

The report stated that the devices, which are transvaginally implanted, do not lead to better outcome and may expose patients to greater risk than traditional non-mesh procedure. The devices are currently classified as moderate risk. The FDA’s outside advisers are slated to look into the issue next week.

Patient advocates are calling for a recall of the surgical mesh devices, and the U.S. Institute of Medicine noted flaws with surgical mesh in it’s criticism of an FDA’s fast-track approval process that cleared the devices. That process, called 510(k), is currently under review by the FDA.

The FDA received 1,503 reports from January 2008 to December 2010 related to issues connected to the use of surgical mesh for treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. According to the agency, the surgical mesh devices were used in 75,000 transvaginal procedures in 2010.

As a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, patient safety is something I am very aware of. I hope that everyone impacted by complications stemming from the use of surgical mesh is receiving the proper care and support they deserve. Because of my experience as a product liability lawyer, I know that people often rely on medical devices to help stay healthy. I encourage anyone who suspects they might be experiencing adverse effects from a medical device to contact their physician right away.

 

Panish Shea & Boyle at CAALA Las Vegas Sep. 2011

By PSB Admin on September 2, 2011

Panish Shea & Boyle will have an exhibit booth at CAALA Las Vegas September 9th and will be giving away free copies of “You Can’t Teach Hungry…Creating the MultiMillion Dollar Law Firm” with a chance to meet the author, John Morgan, Friday September 9th from 2pm – 4pm.

“The bible for law firm management… I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is running a law firm or wants to start their own law firm. The advice is tested and sound. The ideas are excellent…”
- Los Angeles Product Liability Lawyer Brian Panish

CAALA (Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles) is the nation’s largest local association of plaintiffs’ attorneys. They believe in the fact that Consumer Attorneys protect people from unsafe products, unsafe medicine, unfair business practices and unscrupulous, negligent corporate conduct. Panish Shea & Boyle is proud to be attending the event and have their very own attorneys speaking at CAALA as well.

Adam Shea will be speaking on Friday, Sep. 9 from 1:45 to 5 pm: How to Find the Right Expert: Thinking Outside the Box and Brian Panish will be speaking on Friday, Sep. 9 from 1:45 to 5 pm: Vicarious/Successor Liability, Alter Ego. So don’t miss your chance to meet John Morgan and hear Los Angeles personal injury lawyers Brian Panish and Adam Shea speak in Las Vegas this September 9th at CAALA.

Senca Motor Homes Recalled Due to Trailer Hitch Issue

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on September 2, 2011

In a news release Thursday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that Jayco Inc. is recalling certain motor homes due to an issue with the trailer hitch, which increases the chances of a crash.

Subject to recall are 28 model year 2011 Senca Class C motor homes, series 36FK and 37FS. The bolts attaching the rear hitch to the frame of the affected motor homes may be insufficiently torqued, posing a risk of the hitch separating from the motor home frame and creating a road hazard, which can increase the risk of a crash. The affected motor homes were manufactured from May 18, 2011 through July 13, 2011.

The recall of the affected motor homes is expected to begin this month. Affected owners will be able to take their motor home to a dealer where the bolts will be tightened free of charge.

As a Los Angeles car accident lawyer, motorist safety is something that I am very aware of; I encourage owners of the recalled motor homes to arrange to have the hitch bolts tightened as soon as possible. Because of my experience as a product liability lawyer, I know that the effects of a faulty product can range from inconvenience and frustration to injury and sometimes death. I hope that no one has been harmed as a result of the trailer hitch issue.

Windshield Wiper Motor Issue Prompts Thor Motor Coach Recall

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on September 1, 2011

In a news release Thursday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that Thor Motor Coach is recalling certain models of recreational vehicle due to an issue with the windshield wiper motor that could cause reduced visibility for drivers and pose a crash hazard.

Subject to recall are 332 recreational vehicles including model year 2010 and 2011 Damon Astoria, Essence and Tuscany vehicles and model year 2011 and 2012 Thor Motor Coach Astoria and Tuscany vehicles. All of the recalled vehicles were manufactured from May 7, 2009, through August 12, 2011.

The windshield wiper motor circuit breaker is insufficient for the necessary electrical load. The vehicles were built with a breaker rated at 10 amps, but they should have been manufactured with one rated at 15 amps. The insufficient breaker could trip due to a circuit overload, causing the windshield wiper to stop working, possibly reducing a driver’s visibility and raising the risk of a crash.

Thor Motor Coach is expected to notify affected owners of the recall, but has not set a start date for the recall. Affected owners will be able to exchange the 10-amp breaker for a 15-amp one free of charge at a dealer.

As a Los Angeles car accident lawyer, motorist safety is something that I am very aware of; I encourage owners of the recalled recreational vehicles to arrange for the replacement circuit breaker as soon as possible. Because of my experience as a product liability lawyer, I know that the effects of a faulty product can range from inconvenience and frustration to injury and sometimes death. I hope that no one has been harmed as a result of the windshield wiper motor issue.

 

San Francisco Workers Hurt After Being Buried in Concrete

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on September 1, 2011

News sources report that four construction workers were injured in San Francisco on Wednesday when a barrier encasing wet concrete collapsed at the work site of a housing complex.

Concrete was being poured on the roof of a six-story building when the barrier, called a form, gave way, causing the four men to fall as many as three stories down a stairwell. The workers, who became covered in concrete, were pulled to safety by their coworkers then taken to a local hospital. Three men were listed in serious condition. The fourth was reported to be in good condition.

Workplace safety officials were at the scene of the accident to probe the incident, and the San Francisco District Attorney’s office is also looking into the collapse. Work has resumed on the $40 million project, which will include 196 apartments.

Authorities have examined other forms around the construction site and have no safety issues. According to federal records, inspections of the site in January and July found no safety violations.

Being a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, workplace safety is something I am very aware of. I wish the injured construction workers a rapid recovery. Because of my experience as a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I have seen first-hand the impact that accidents can have on individuals and families. I encourage construction workers and site operators alike to always employ proper safety measures.

 

 

FDA Warns of Eye Infection Risk From Avastin Injections

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on September 1, 2011

In a news release Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned healthcare providers of a Miami, Fla.-area cluster of eye infections stemming from repackaged intravitreal injections of Avastin (bevacizumab).

The injections tainted with Streptococcus endophthalmitis reached a least 12 patients in three clinics. All of the patients had visual deficits prior to being administered Avastin, some of the patients who developed endophthalmitis lost all remaining vision in the infected eye. Florida Department of Health investigators traced the contaminated injections to a single Hollywood, Fla. pharmacy where the the drug had been repackaged into individual 1 mL single-use syringes from sterile inectible 100 mg/4 mL, single-use, preservative-free vials.

Florida health authorities and the FDA are continuing to investigate the cause of the infection. Preliminary findings show a common link between the infections, the pharmacy that did the repackaging and a single lot of Avastin that was used in the repackaging.

As a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, patient safety is something I am very aware of. I hope that everyone impacted by tainted Avastin injections is receiving the proper care and support they deserve. Because of my experience as a product defect lawyer, I know that dealing with an unexpected illness that results from what should be a therapeutic treatment can be anywhere from frustrating to life-altering. I encourage any patient experiencing endophthalmitis symptoms to see their healthcare provider immediately.

Flash Fire, Burn Hazards Spur Recall of Pourable Gel Fuel

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on September 1, 2011

In a news release Thursday, nine manufacturers, in the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, announced the voluntary recall of pourable gel fuels due to risks of flash fires and burns.

Subject to recall are approximately 2 million units of a variety of pourable gel fuels that come in scented and non-scented formulations. The fuels, packaged in one-quart plastic bottles and one-gallon plastic jugs, can ignite and splatter when added to an already burning fire pot, posing a burn hazard to consumers and property. The CPSC is aware of 65 incidents related to pourable gel fuels, including two deaths and 34 hospitalizations involving second and third degree burns of the face, chest, arms, hands or legs.

Consumers are warned not to try to fix the pourable gel fuel bottles or replace the fuel with another flammable substance. Anyone in possession of the recalled fuel is urged to contact the respective company to arrange a replacement or refund.

The nine companies involved in the recall are Bird Brain Inc., Bond Manufacturing, Sunjel Company (2 Burn Inc.), Fuel Barons Inc., Lamplight Farms Inc., Luminosities Inc (Windflame), Pacific Décor Ltd., Real Flame, and Smart Solar Inc.

As a Los Angeles wrongful death attorney, consumer safety is something I am very aware of. I hope that everyone impacted by the pourable gel fuel recall is receiving the proper care and support they deserve. Because of my experience as a product liability lawyer, I know that the effects of a faulty product can range from inconvenience and frustration to injury and sometimes death. I encourage anyone who has purchased the recalled fuel to stay safe by arranging for a refund or replacement as soon as possible.

Pure Encapsulations Recalls Supplements Due to Egg Allergen

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on September 1, 2011

In a news release Wednesday, Pure Encapsulations Inc. announced a voluntary recall of certain nutritional supplements due to undeclared egg allergen.

Subject to recall is lot number 3560111 of the company’s PreNatal Nutrients. People with an allergy or severe sensitivity to the egg who consume the affected product are at risk of a serious, potentially life-threatening, allergic reaction.

The recalled supplement comes as two-piece hard capsules packaged in white HDPE plastic bottles in 120-count (product code PRE12) and 60-count (product code PRE6) quantities with lot number 3560111A or 3560111B and best by date 01/13.

Pure Encapsulations is aware of one confirmed report of an allergic reaction in connection with the recalled supplement, which was distributed nationwide through healthcare practitioners.

Anyone who has purchased the recalled supplement is encouraged to return the product to the place of purchase for a complete refund.

Being a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, I hope no one else has experienced an adverse reaction from consuming the recalled supplements. Because of my experience as a product defect lawyer, consumer health is something that I am very conscious of; I encourage anyone who has purchased the recalled supplements to return them to the place of purchase and urge people with food allergies to always carefully read ingredient labels.

 

Report of Strangulation Death Spurs Shoulder Massager Recall

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on September 1, 2011

In a news release Wednesday, King International LLC, in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, announced a voluntary recall of a self-massage device amid reports of a strangulation death stemming from the device’s use.

Subject to recall are approximately 12,000 Shoulderflex massagers sold between 2003 and 2001. The massage devices were sold nationwide at Relax the Back stores and other retailers and through catalogs and online retailers including Lifestyle Fascination and Amazon.com.

Anyone in possession of the recalled massager is urged to immediately stop using the device, disassemble it and dispose of the pieces in separate places to avoid anyone finding the parts and reassembling the device. King International suggests doing this by disposing of the power supply, massager unit and massage fingers separately.

As a Los Angeles wrongful death attorney, consumer safety is something that I am very aware of; I hope that no one else has been harmed through the use of the recalled massager. Because of my experience as a product liability lawyer, I know that the effects of a faulty product can range from inconvenience and frustration to injury and sometimes death. I encourage anyone in possession of the recalled massager to safely dispose of it right away.

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