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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 into a collision.

Frontal airbags are needed in collisions between 18 to 24 miles an hour. Despite knowing about the defect GM did nothing to fix the fatal flaw that has caused thousands of crashes and killed at least 125 people.

On February 6, 2014, GM recalled about 800,000 of its small cars with faulty ignition switches. The company continued to recall more of its cars over the next several months, resulting in nearly 30 million cars recalled worldwide.

In April 2016, GM reached a confidential settlement with a Pittsburgh-based law firm in a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of James E. Yingling, III. He was killed in a one car crash and days before his widow, Nadia Yingling was to go to trial on behalf of her deceased husband, GM offered a closed-door settlement to her which her attorney, Victor Pribanic found acceptable.

If you currently drive a GM vehicle, please visit the safercar.gov for information about the GM ignition switch recall.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a GM vehicle with a defective ignition switch, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.

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. Military. The 3M defective ear plugs are dual-sided, and one side is yellow, and the other side is olive green. The ear plugs were manufactured in Indiana and the defect was that the stem in the middle of the ear plug was too short. No other dual-sided ear plugs were ever manufactured.

3M has already paid 9 million in a closed-door settlement after a whistleblower brought forward allegations that the company knowingly sold the U.S. military defective ear plugs. The ear plugs cause hearing loss or Tinnitus. 3M knowingly hurt service men and women for profit.

Currently, there are 45 lawsuits in the United States that have now been filed against 3M. We believe there are at least 100,000.00 more military personnel that do not know that the faulty ear plugs caused their hearing loss.
If you or a loved one suffered from hearing loss or Tinnitus from 3M Combat Ear Plugs, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.

 

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, to find out if there was a correlation between the herbicide and his cancer. They told him no so he continued to use the product. The cancer spread, and lesions covered as much as 80% of his body at the time of trial.  In March of 2015, the World Health Organization said that the herbicide glyphosate in Roundup was probably carcinogenic to humans. It is one of the most commonly used herbicides in the United States. Monsanto, continues to deny that Roundup causes cancer. Mr. Johnson’s attorney estimated there are 5,0000 potential claims across the country.

If you or a loved one suffered from side effects or cancer from Roundup, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.  

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.