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Lawsuit Cites Faulty Batteries in St. Jude Defibrillators

In Defective Medical Devices, Practice Areas, Product Liability by M. Lepmanis

Abbott Laboratories is being sued over allegations that St. Jude Medical, the Minnesota-based medical device company owned by Abbott, neglected to warn the public and regulators for years that thousands of its defibrillators contained faulty lithium batteries. The federal lawsuit was filed in northern Illinois on September 18, alleging that St. Jude knew more than 250,000 implantable defibrillators it sold …

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Safety Warning and Recall Notice for Some Sig Sauer Rifles

In Personal Injury, Practice Areas, Product Liability by M. Lepmanis

On September 15, Sig Sauer arms maker announced that some Sig 716 DMR, 516 Carbon Fiber and M400 Predators with two-stage triggers may have an incorrectly heat-treated hammer. “Over time this could result in a trigger malfunction creating a significant safety hazard,” a release from the company said. The statement was to notify the mandatory recall on certain models to …

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Three Inmate Deaths in Nassau Jail Linked to Inadequate Care

In Long Island News, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Practice Areas by M. Lepmanis

A state oversight agency has found the Nassau County jail’s former medical vendor failed to give adequate health care treatment that directly resulted in the deaths of three inmates in 2016. The vendor, Armor Correctional Health Services, are fighting four federal lawsuits connected to other Nassau inmate deaths, according to the New York State Commission of Correction. Armor, the Florida-based, …

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Australian Officials Report 56 Cases of Breast Implant Cancer

In Defective Medical Devices, Personal Injury, Practice Areas by M. Lepmanis

Breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL) is a rare type of cancer that develops around breast implants. Australian health officials reported 56 cases of ALCL, including three deaths since 2007. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported eight deaths and more than 359 cases in the United States of ALCL in women with breast implants, reports the Daily …

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New Study Examines Flu Vaccine Connection to Miscarriages

In Defective Drugs, Personal Injury, Practice Areas by M. Lepmanis

A new study published in Vaccine on September 13 is causing some concern for pregnant women who have received the flu vaccine or are considering it. The study of pregnancies in the United States found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protections against the H1N1 …

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Britax Recalls Infant Car Seats due to Potential Choking Hazard

In Personal Injury, Practice Areas, Product Liability by M. Lepmanis

Britax Child Safety is recalling over 207,000 rear-facing infant car seats because part of a clip can break and cause a choking hazard. Britax says in government documents that since February, three customers found broken chest clips in the mouths of children but no choking injuries were reported, according to the Daily Hornet. The company traced the cause to customers …

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Medtronic Recalls Insulin Sets due to Hypoglycemia Risk

In Defective Medical Devices, Personal Injury, Practice Areas, Product Liability by M. Lepmanis

On September 11, Medtronic announced that it has begun to inform patients worldwide of a voluntary recall of certain lots of infusion sets used with all models of Medtronic insulin pumps. Infusion sets help connect an insulin pump device to the body. The recall involves a certain discontinued component in these infusion sets and does not include glucose sensors or …

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Twelve Die in Sweltering Florida Nursing Home Not Evacuated After Hurricane Irma

In Florida News, Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect by F.A. Kelley

Twelve people died last month in sweltering conditions after a Florida nursing home failed to evacuate residents after Hurricane Irma. Damage to a transformer left the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills without air conditioning. Patients suffered for days in oppressive heat, according to the Hollywood Police Department, CNN reports. Twelve Die in Sweltering Florida Nursing Home Not Evacuated After Hurricane …