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 had been linked to Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM), infections, including Mycobacterium Chimaera (M. Chimaera) and Mycobacterium Abcessus (M. Abcessus) infections.  These dangerous infections can take years to manifest and are resistant to antibiotics and can causes serious illness and death. There are documented cases of NTM Lawsuits, one in Iowa that a widow sued for damages claiming that a Sorin heater-cooler manufactured prior to 2014 was used on her husband in open heart surgery. Her husband was not diagnosed with NTM until two years after his surgery.  There have been at least 21 reported cases in the United States, resulting in six deaths.

If you or a loved one suffered from and an infection from a 3T Heater-Cooler, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.  

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 165-pound male. Do not let your child ride in the front seat if they are younger than 8.

There is a case in Nebraska where a child was in the front seat of a van one time at age 6 and an adverse driver hit the van. The airbag deployed and paralyzed the child. He was a quadriplegic after the accident. His grandma was the driver of the van and she felt horrible guilt over the tragedy of the accident. The child lived through his teen age years and made it through high school.  He passed away shortly after high school from his injuries from the accident.

If you need to check on the car seat laws of Nebraska please go to the Nebraska Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office.  There have been hundreds of crashes a year with improperly restrained children. The fine for having your child in an improper car seat is $25.00 plus court costs.

If you or a loved one has been in a motor vehicle accident, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.

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 and I had decorated our house and just wrapped our string of light around our tree and when we plugged in the lights nothing worked.  We were really frustrated and sad and at that moment we decided to be safe and switch to LED lights. We had our old strings of lights for over ten years. We always get a real Christmas Tree and the thought of hot lights starting our tree on fire was scary. We also have pets and did not want them to suffer injuries playing with old lights on our tree.  There are 250 Christmas tree fires a year resulting in 14 deaths each year.

At Inserra Kelley Sewell we want you to have a safe, fun and happy holiday season.  If you are using old strings of lights that are not LED Lights think about making the switch to protect your family from harm.

If you or a loved one has a personal injury claim, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.  

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 one another, which can send small metal shards into the surrounding hip joint.  The defect can lead to sudden hip failure, hip dislocation, hip fracturing, metal poisoning, and pseudotumors. Sadly, the manufacturers didn’t properly test the safety of their own product. Treatment for these injuries can include invasive revision surgeries.  Often, these cases are misidentified as medical malpractice cases but they turn out to be product liability cases.

If you or a loved one received Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant and have experienced side effects, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.  

People injured by Exploding Smartphones, Laptops and More

Lithium Ion Batteries drew worldwide attention in 2016, when reports of certain Samsung Galaxy 7 smartphones exploding started popping up just about every week.  Airlines soon banned the phone from flights, people were worried the devices would erupt into flames without notice. Samsung recalled certain Galaxy 7’s in 2016.  Meanwhile, reports of hoverboards, e-cigarettes, headphones, laptops, and more catching fire have flooded the media over the past few years. These defective batteries have caused fires that have resulted in property damage and personal injuries, including serious burns or death.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a Lithium Ion Battery exploding or catching fire, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.  

 

J&J Talcum Powder Cancer Concerns Continue

Inserra Kelley Sewell has already brought to your attention the issues surrounding their Talcum Powder Product and its correlation to Ovarian Cancer, and the issues continue to be litigated for large sums of money.  

For those who may not be aware the use of Baby Powder as a cosmetic aid has been shown to cause cancer in women.    

The Plaintiffs have claimed that prolonged use of Baby Powder caused their diseases, and that the company knew its talc was contaminated with asbestos but failed to warn consumers about the risks.

In one massive verdict $550 million in compensatory damages and $4.14 billion in punitive damages were awarded.

If you or a loved one has or had Ovarian Cancer and used J&J Talcum Powder for a prolonged period of time, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.  

Lawsuit Against Monsanto Finds Verdict for Terminally Ill Man

In what is a heartbreaking story, Monsanto, the agricultural manufacturing giant of Roundup products, has lost its fight in a lawsuit against a terminally ill man.  The verdict against Monsanto is for $289 million dollars, but comes a little late for the former school groundskeeper, nearing death due to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Plaintiff Dewayne Johnson sued Monsanto after what started out as a bad rash turned out to be the deadly disease.  His legal team convinced the jury that weed killer, Roundup’s herbicide likely caused the disease after Monsanto failed to warn about the risks this product posed to the health of the consumer. A San Francisco jury determined that Monsanto was aware it was producing a product dangerous to the public and recklessly ignored the need to warn consumers.  Mr. Johnson is not the only terminally ill patient with a case against Monsanto, but it could be the bellwether of what the agricultural giant will see in its future since there are hundreds of cancer patients who also have cases against the company.

This case brought out secret documents Monsanto was hiding within its organization that made it clear the company has known for decades that Roundup could cause cancer with its glyphosate-based herbicides.  Monsanto will appeal the verdict and company spokespeople contend they will continue to defend their product as a safe, useful product for farmers and others.

Be a well-informed consumer and ask your doctor about whether you could be affected by a Monsanto product or other dangerous product.  Do not hesitate to bring questions regarding your personal situation and possible claim to the caring legal experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell, where your health and safety is priority one.  

 

Ritz Issues Recall Due To Salmonella

It seems salmonella contamination of food products is on the move in 2018.  Ritz Cracker Products has issued a recall of Ritz Crackers and Ritz Bits, including Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits Cheese.  The products contain whey powder, which could contain salmonella, in the United States, the United States Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.  The company is instructing consumers to throw out their boxes of these products.

The salmonella microorganism causes the worst damage in the elderly, very young, and those who are frail or with compromised immune systems.  The sicknesses caused can especially make such populations dangerously sick, but in anyone can cause stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever.   If you or a loved one has been sickened with salmonella infection, do not hesitate to contact Inserra Kelley Sewell, Personal Injury Attorneys where our compassionate professionals can advise whether you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.          

Foodborne Illnesses on the Loose Summer of 2018

This firm is starting to feel a little redundant in its warnings to its valued readership regarding foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States, but knows the important thing is the health and safety of fellow consumers.  Health officials in these United States have issued even more warnings about foods found as culprits of serious illnesses.

This firm resides in the Midwest and so knew that a population of its blog devotees shop at Hy-Vee Grocery Stores.  The stores’ Spring Pasta Salad, sold in 8 states, has been found to infects unsuspecting consumers with salmonella illnesses.  The states include Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Wisconsin for illness reports and Spring Pasta Salad locations.  The packages were made between June 1, 2018 and July 13, 2018 and have expiration dates of June 22, 2018 and August 3, 2018.  If you have any of this batch, you are warned to throw it out immediately.  Salmonella illness symptoms will generally start 12 to 72 hours after infection and symptoms can last 4 to 7 days and be dangerous for more compromised populations. 

Salmonella problems have also been found in raw turkey products, without the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention even narrowing down the culprit to a specific brand.  The salmonella in turkey products has caused about 90 to be sick thus far and the turkey products have been purchased in a variety of locations. Two of the sicknesses even occurred in folks living in a house in which the pets were eating raw turkey pet food.  This would make a person really rethink eating turkey from raw turkey products for the time being. Hopefully the CDC and U.S. Department of Agriculture can narrow down the culprits by Thanksgiving!

Flowers Foods has announced that Swiss rolls might also be contaminated with salmonella, with these products being sold under the brand names of Great Value, Market Square, Baker’s Treat, Mrs. Freshley’s, Food Lion, and H-E-B.  There is also a recall for the same reason of Captain John Derst’s Old Fashioned Bread, which is distributed in the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama.

Fresh crab meat from Venezuela is yet another product the FDA warns is causing an outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and the District of Columbia.  This illness will cause symptoms in about 24 hours after consumption and is usually in plastic tubs containing a label “pre-cooked.”

This firm has also warned about a number of other products also continuing to cause foodborne illness problems, including prepared cut melon and vegetable products, McDonalds salads, and Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.

If you or a loved one has been sickened by any of the above, contact your doctor immediately and do not hesitate to contact Inserra Kelley Sewell, Personal Injury Attorneys where our compassionate professionals can advise whether you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Be careful consumers, as it is getting ugly out there.       

 

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Fast Food Giant McDonalds Salads Causing Sickness

Fast food giant McDonalds has joined the ranks of the companies sounding the sirens for foodborne illnesses.  If going to McDonalds and selecting that “healthier” option of a salad you could be at risk for a food and waterborne cyclospora catetanensis parasite sickening 163 people and hospitalizing three after consumption of McDonalds salads.  The restaurant had to completely halt sales of salads in their stores getting the lettuce for the salads from Fresh Express of Streamwood, Illinois.  The states that have had resultant illnesses include Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, South Dakota, Kentucky, Missouri, and Ohio. There are other states in which the McDonalds stores also receive products from Fresh Express, including Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, and West Virginia.  The latter four states simply had not yet had reported illnesses from their salads at the time of this writing.

Cyclosporiasis is the illness resulting from foods tainted by cyclospora, via fecal matter.  Symptoms of the illness includes stomach pain, stomach cramps, bloating, gas, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, and weight loss.  It will not likely start until a week has passed since consumption of the contaminated food, but if untreated could last a long time and even relapse.  

If you or a loved one has been sickened with salmonella infection, contact your doctor immediately and do not hesitate to contact Inserra Kelley Sewell, Personal Injury Attorneys where our compassionate professionals can advise whether you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.             

 

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