Archive for Product Liability

Unexpected Medical Results

Xarelto

Xarelto, a blood-thinning drug, has been linked to serious side effects including internal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, brain bleed and death. (From Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Corp.)

IVC Filters

Retrievable IVC filters are wire devices implanted in the vena cava, the body’s largest vein, to stop blood clots from reaching the heart and lungs. These devices are used when blood thinners are not an option. Risks associated with the retrievable IVC filters include migration, fracture and perforation, leading to embolism, organ damage and wrongful death.  

Taxotere

Taxotere (docetaxel) is a chemotherapy drug approved in the treatment of breast cancer, along with other forms of cancer. It is administered intravenously through a vein, and is a member of a family of drugs called taxanes. While hair loss during chemotherapy is expected, patients undergoing chemotherapy with Taxotere were not warned they could potentially experience permanent hair loss. Permanent hair loss is an extremely debilitating condition, especially for women.  you.

Abilify

Abilify is an anti-psychotic drug that is often prescribed for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, Parkinson’s disease and autism spectrum disorders. According to the FDA, it is the top selling anti-psychotic drug in the U.S.  It has been linked to uncontrollable, compulsive urges, especially for gambling, and the inability to control these urges.

Perhaps you or a loved one has taken or been prescribed Xarelto in the past and suffered excessive bleeding or death due to the drug’s effects. Many doctors prescribe Xarelto to prevent blood clots in patients that have undergone surgery that in turn limits their mobility. Some patients have suffered harm after a joint replacement or other major surgery due to complications caused by the drug. The most serious problem that can result from taking Xarelto is internal bleeding which can require additional surgery to resolve. The current litigation is against the drugs manufacturers Bayer and Johnson & Johnson claiming that they failed to warn consumers about the risks of the drugs. In some cases, medical malpractice can occur if the physician has failed to take notice of risks or has been persuaded by a drug company.  If you feel that you or a family member has been wronged by or injured by Xarelto then the attorneys at Hodges Trial Lawyers will be happy to discuss your legal options regarding this bad drug.

A California woman has filed a lawsuit against PepsiCo Inc. alleging that they failed to warn consumers that their Pepsi One beverage contains high levels of a cancer-causing chemical. The lawsuit contends that the company was aware that a chemical used called 4-methylimidazole had caused cancer in lab mice, but failed to warn the public of the risks. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages and an injunction requiring PepsiCo to either lower the levels of the chemical in the drink or place a warning label on the packaging.

76,000 Acura TSX Vehicles Recalled

Honda has issued a recall of more than 76,000 Acura TSX vehicles, model years 2004-2008, due to a stalling issue. The vehicles recalled were only sold in salt-belt states, and the company says road salt that gets into the floor of the car may damage the electronic control unit in the vehicle. The automaker said it has not received any reports of accidents related to the recall.

Christopher Jensen, The New York Times 03/22/2013.  Read More at 76,000 Acua X Vehicles Recalled!

Faces, Hands Burned by Mr. Coffee

The Consumer Product Safety Commision has issued a recall notice for 600,000 Mr. Coffee brewers.  Apparently, the coffee maker can malfunction, spewing a stream of scalding hot water and coffee grounds at the face and hands.  Already there have been 61 reported injuries as a result of this defect.  The coffee makers are approximately 11 inches tall; are black with sliver, red or white trim; and were sold for between $60 and $80.  If you believe you have an effected unit, stop using it immediately and contact Jarden at 800-993-8609 for details on getting a free replacement unit.

 

Night Lights Recalled

Energizer Rotating Night Lights, sold exclusively through Target from 2010 to July 2012, have been recalled due to a defect which causes them to overheat and become a burn hazard.  While no injuries have been reported, there have been nine cases of the lights overheating with three reported incidents of property damage.  About 260,000 units nationwide are effected by the recall.  If you have on the recalled lights, unplug it and stop using it immediately.

Nikon Recalls Battery Packs due to Burn Hazard

Nikon has recently recalled battery packs sold in its Digital SLR Cameras due to a defect causing it to short circuit. The packs pose a significant burn injury risk, as the problem will cause the packs to overheat and even melt. To date, there have been seven incidents of the packs overheating, but no reports of any injuries. If you own a SLR D800 or D7000 camera, check the serial number of the battery pack. If the ninth character is not an “E” or an “F”, then your pack is not part of the Nikon recall.