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FDA Warns Manufacturer of Brazilian Blowout

The United States Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to Brazilian Blowout that its product contains a "poisonous or deleterious substance." Brazilian Blowout is a popular hair straightening product that can cost up to $500. The hair straightening product, when used as instructed, is applied to one's hair and then heated with a blow dryer and then a flat iron.

The Dangers of Rip Currents

A rip current is one of the leading dangers for anyone visiting the beach. They can range from large in size to completely undetectable and strong enough to draw a person more than one hundred yards out to sea at 8 feet per second. Rip currents are produced when water is drawn back from the beach to the sea. They can have various signs of their presence. The signs of stronger rip currents are visible breaks in the incoming wave patterns, a channel of isolated violent water in the surf zone, debris floating outward through the surf zone and significant difference in water color. These currents occur at any beach with breaking waves and account for over eighty (80%) of water rescues on the beach.

DOCTOR SUES AND WINS AGAINST MALPRACTICE INSURER

In a recent verdict announced on August 17, 2011, a Dallas County jury awarded a doctor $3.4 million against his malpractice insurer for unfair and deceptive insurance practices. Medicus Insurance Company was found to have wrongfully denied insurance coverage to Dr. Richard Torres after the doctor was sued by a former patient. Claims Journal reporter, Denise Johnson, covered the trial and reported on the pertinent facts.

"Another Recall for Honda Motor Company"

According to federal officials, Honda Motors has issued a recall of 310,773 Pilot SUVs to fix a defect in the seat belts. Honda officials said that the stitching in the seat belts may not have been properly sewn and can detach suddenly. The failure can lead to an increased risk of injury in a crash. Honda has received two complaints of seat belts detaching in the last 18 months. If you own a Honda Pilot, take it to your local dealer and get the problem fixed immediately. Also, make sure the dealership actually performs the work. Yes, this can happen.

ESC Reduces Loss of Vehicle Control

ESC, also known as Electronic Stability Control, is a safety feature installed in some vehicles to prevent automobile accidents and fatal injuries from occurring on the road. Government research has proven that ESC reduces up to forty percent of single vehicle crashes and up to eighty eight percent of dangerous turnovers in large vehicles such as trucks and other SUVs. It is designed for drivers to maintain control of their automobile as the computer uses the speed sensors located on the wheels and steering wheel to determine the motive of the driver. These sensors recognize when the car is not going in the direction intended by the steering wheel position which then signals to the computer that brakes need to be applied to individual wheels. When this automatic brake takes place to the appropriate wheel, control of the car is maintained. This technology prevents a vehicle from oversteering, understeering, fishtailing and skidding which are all common causes of automobile accidents.

Lithium Batteries Pose Danger to Kids

The accidental swallowing of coin-sized "button batteries" is a rapidly mounting threat to children. These batteries are found in remote controls, singing greeting cards, thermometers, and children's toys. Every year there are over 3500 cases of accidental ingestions reported to poison control centers in the United States. Studies show that since 1989 the risk that American children will experience a serious health complication after ingesting a button-battery has gone up seven-fold. These batteries pose the greatest danger to small children, who account for over 85 percent of accidental swallowing cases. Pediatric ingestion results in the battery getting lodged in the esophagus, rather than the air passage. Experts believe that, because this does not induce a choking incident, neither the child nor parent will think anything is wrong. In addition, because the symptoms mirror those of common illnesses, such as the flu, fever, cough, and lack of appetite, doctors often miss the battery in their initial evaluation of the child. This is especially dangerous because the battery must be removed within two hours of swallowing to prevent damage to the child's esophagus, including a potentially fatal alkaline burn. This is caused not by leaking battery acid, but by the exposure of body tissues to the battery's external current, resulting in hydroxide than can burn through the throat. There have been over 10 deaths in the past five years, compared to only four in the previous 20 years. While experts believe the industry has a responsibility to make packages containing these batteries harder for children to open, they also feel that parents need to be careful and keep these batteries out of the reach of children.

More Recalls for Target as Products Pose Danger to Children

Target Corporation is recalling storage step stools for the second time this month after receiving over 27 reports of the stools breaking or collapsing. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 14 of these incidents involved children. Several adults have suffered broken wrists, arms, as well as a fractured hip and pelvis, when the wooden step stool they were on broke apart under their weight. Target initially recalled 206,000 stools on August 4, but has since voluntarily recalled 341,000 more because of the danger. These wooden stools were sold under the "Circo" and "Do Your Room" brand names and were sold both at Target stores and online at Target.com from 2007 to 2010. Target said that people should stop using the stools immediately and return them to their nearest Target store for a full refund.

New Study Highlights Frivolous Lawsuit Myth

A report by the New England Journal of Medicine cuts right to the heart of the tort-reform debate over medical malpractice lawsuits. The report attempts to measure the economic and emotional impact of medical malpractice cases on doctors. The study found that only about 20% of malpractice claims result in a payout to claimants. Malpractice data from 1991 through 2005 was analyzed. The authors of the study noted earlier research concluding that only a small fraction of the patients harmed by medical mistakes actually file claims. Given the costs that plaintiffs' lawyers often must front in order to bring malpractice suits, along with the limited recoveries they face in some states that have passed tort reform legislation, "a lawyer would have to be an idiot to take a frivolous case to court," an author of the study told AP.

Falling Glass Prompts Recall of 1.86 Million Philips Light Bulbs

The world's largest maker of lighting products is recalling 1.86 million light bulbs after receiving over 700 reports of the glass globes falling after the glue that attaches the globes to the bulb body failed, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. So far, there have been two reported injuries and three incidents of property damage. The recall involves EnergySaver, Marathon or Marathon Classic Compact Fluorescent Dimmable Reflector lamps, models R30, R40 and PAR 38. The faulty bulbs were manufactured from March 2007 to May 2010 by Philips Lighting Co. and were sold nationwide. Consumers should stop using the affected bulbs immediately.

Another Recall for General Motors

According to the Wall Street Journal, General Motors Co. has issued a recall of more than 14,000 Chevy Impala and Buick Lacrosse sedans due to problems that could cause damage to the vehicles and injury to the passengers. The Lacrosse vehicles were recalled to correct an error in the electronic stability-control systems that may cause the system to activate when it shouldn't, potentially resulting in a crash. If you or your loved one was seriously injured or killed as a result of a defective vehicle, contact our firm for a free consultation.

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    The firm prevailed in a personal injury trial for a worksite injury client with the jury returning a verdict and resulting in a judgment of over $22 million for the firm’s client.

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    The firm successfully achieved a $12 million settlement for the family of a man who died in an 18 wheeler collision.

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    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $30 million.

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