Entries by Mikala Harden

Opioid Drugs are killing over 70,200 people a year

Opioids are a class of analgesic drugs that are generally prescribed to patients that have suffered catastrophic injuries.  Opioids suppress the central nervous system and reduce feelings of pain. Opioids are highly addictive, and patients can overdose on the medication that can lead to death. Opioids that are available in the United States are: Abstral […]

Is the shingles vaccine safe?

Merck & Co. are battling lawsuits that involve their Zostavax shingles vaccine that allegedly caused blindness, paralysis, brain damage, liver failure, and even death. Shingles are most common in adults over 50 years of age.  You must have previously had the chickenpox to contract shingles.   The Zostavax lawsuits allege that Merck & Co. became […]

GM Ignition Switches could deactivate frontal airbags

General Motors cars, trucks and SUVs manufactured from 2000 until 2012 have a dangerous and deadly defect in their airbag system that can prevent the front airbags from deploying in certain frontal impacts. During this timeframe, General Motors installed a time limit calibration in the airbag system that depowers the frontal airbags after 45 milliseconds […]

Defective 3M Combat Ear Plug Settlement

If you were in the U.S. military between 2003 and 2015 and were told you suffered a hearing loss, defective 3M Ear Plugs may be to blame. You may be entitled to significant financial compensation. 3M knew the ear plugs were defective as early as 2000 and failed to disclose the defect to the U.S. […]

Man Awarded 289 Million by Jury for Cancer Caused by Roundup Weed Killer

A California jury awarded former groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson 289 million.  He claimed the weed killer Roundup gave him terminal cancer. He was a groundskeeper at a school outside of San Francisco and estimated he used Roundup about 20-30 times a year.  He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2014. He contacted Monsanto, who makes Roundup, […]

3T Heater-Cooler Infection Operating Room Machine Infection Lawsuits

In recent years, the 3T Heater-Cooler Unit (“3T HCU”) is an operating room machine used in open-heart, lung and liver transplant surgeries to heat and cool blood during surgery.  On October 13, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a safety communication warning that open-heart and lung surgeries where a 3T HCU was used […]

Nebraska Parents: Car Seat Laws Changed on January 1, 2019

What does this mean for your children?  You must use federally-approved child safety seats for children younger than 8 when they are riding in vehicles.  If your child meets the weight or height requirements listed by the manufacturer then you do not need to use the car seat anymore.  Safety belts are designed for a […]

Do you need to switch to LED Holiday Lighting?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Inserra Kelley Sewell In recent years many holiday revelers have switched from old fashioned Christmas Lighting to replacing their old strings of lights with LED lights.  The author of this blog has first-hand knowledge of replacing her strings of light with LED lights. Three years ago, my husband, son […]

Millions Awarded to Patients with Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

In recent years, multiple metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implant manufacturers such as DePuy, Smith & Nephew, Stryker, and Zimmer have faced allegations arising from their defective MoM implants.  The FDA has warned that MoM implants “have unique risks in addition to the general risk of all implants.” The defective devices cause metal components to rub against […]