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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.       

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.             

Cervical Cancer Screening Investigation For Missed Diagnoses

Cervical cancer is a very serious diagnosis impacting the lives of thousands of women each year. In Ireland, officials are currently starting an inquiry into why 208 women were given the all clear for cervical cancer, only to be later diagnosed with cervical cancer. At least 17 of the 208 women have died thus far and the government wants to know why a publicly funded pap smear testing program gave these women the wrong diagnosis. The false negatives for the lab results were given between 2010 and 2014. Due to the public nature of the testing, the government in Ireland is now carrying out the somber task of contacting every woman affected, including the surviving family of the 17 women who lost their lives in this debacle.

If a woman is diagnosed early with cervical cancer, there can be as high as a 95 percent chance the cancer will be cured. However, when the cancer is left undiagnosed because of a false negative test, the odds go down with every year and the cancer becomes incurable. To make things uglier, the government run CervicalCheck program tried at first to keep the knowledge of the false negatives from the affected women and then argued with physicians over whose responsibility it was to alert the affected women. A single lawsuit brought the ugly truth to light. Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc. of Austin, Texas in the United States was sued by 43-year-old Vicky Phelan, who was a terminally ill woman from County Limerick given an initial false negative. The settlement was two and a half million euros, which translates to about three million U.S. dollars. It was found that her 2011 test was falsely called negative and in 2014 it was found that the 2011 test actually showed a strong cancer diagnosis. Unfortunately, this settlement comes a bit too late, given the fact that Ms. Phelan was told in January of 2018 that she only had about 6 months to live. In making the decision that she would not sign a confidentiality agreement in her case, Ms. Phelan may be a hero in perhaps alerting other women and also alerting officials to the fatal mistakes of the CervicalCheck program and the labs it went to for results.

The above is sad news to report and it is hoped that none of our viewership has been the victim of such a dangerous medical scandal. If you or a loved has been injured or worse by the fault of medical products on the market, be sure to consult with your personal physician immediately. 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.

Competitive Cyclist Killed Is Reminder To Watch For Bicyclists On The Road

It is summertime and the warm temperatures and longer days bring out the bicyclist in everyone, from the novice to the competitive rider.  Inserra Kelley Sewell is sad to report news of a competitive cyclist being killed in Nebraska’s neighboring state of Iowa, on U.S. Highway 218 near Washburn, Iowa, in the early morning hours of July 2, 2018.  Connie Inks, 54, of Waterloo, Iowa was killed in a wreck involving a vehicle driven by a fellow Waterloo resident.  Ms. Inks was reportedly an avid and longtime cyclist, rower, and tri-athlete, as well as a frequent medal winner in the sports.  With such experience and mastery of the sports, one could surmise she was well-acquainted and experienced with road cycling. The details are still being investigated in this very sad and tragic event, and Inserra Kelley Sewell offers its most sincere condolences to family and friends of Ms. Inks.  

Such a tragic event is a reminder of the need for us to look out for one another in our days of scurrying from place to place on jam-packed days.  In modern society, our roads and highways are being shared by folks from bicyclists to truck drivers, and all sorts of vehicles in between. We are often heading to work or other important destinations and the culture we live in lends itself to drivers often being distracted from total focus on the road and others.  This tragedy is an unfortunate reminder to slow it down to the speed limit, always be alert and undistracted, and to drive with safety in mind at all times on the road.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an incident involving a motor vehicle or other hazards, do not hesitate to contact Inserra Kelley Sewell, Personal Injury Attorneys. Our compassionate professionals are at the ready to advise whether you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or loss.

Nasal Spray Recall for Glass Particles

Many folks have been prescribed or purchased over-the-counter nasal sprays in the last few months for those pesky nasal allergies that come with spring and summer.  If Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray is in the mix for your allergy fight, be alerted that Apotex Corp. has had to do a voluntary nationwide recall of the spray. Glass particles have been found in the nasal spray, specifically identified as Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray, USP, 50 mcg per spray, 120 Metered Spray.  The impacted spray as an expiration date on the packaging of July 20, 2020.

Although no injuries had been reported as of the 1st of June, consumers are at risk with the affected nasal sprays of mechanical irritation from glass particles, as well as local trauma to the nasal mucosa.  Injuries aside, the glass particles have been found to block the actuator and cause the pump to malfunction.

If you or a loved one has been negatively impacted by this particular product, or another product on the market, 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.             

Seizure Warnings From The Incredibles 2 Movie

After a number of years since Disney/Pixar released their movie, “The Incredibles,” the sequel called “The Incredibles 2” has been released for summer enjoyment in 2018.  However, with the big hit coming into theaters, there has also been a warning issued by theaters of the danger of seizures occurring while watching the blockbuster.

“The Incredibles 2” includes scenes with  flashing lights that could be significant enough to be a worry for individuals with photosensitive epilepsy or other photosensitivity issues.  While most movie goers would simply enjoy these flashing light visual effects, others might have a summer day ruined with this health scare.  Seizures are defined as uncontrollable and sudden electrical activity in the brain that causes a number of effects such as changes in behavior, awareness, or feelings.  The flashing lights, when occurring at particular intensities or visual patterns, can be seizure triggers for some.

Inserra Kelley Sewell is privileged to have the opportunity to make its readership aware of possible health and safety danger.  If you or a loved one has been negatively impacted by defective/dangerous products or personal injuries, 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.             

Kia Recall For Air Bag Defect

Over 500,000 vehicles have been the subject of a recent automotive recall by Kia due to s air bags that might not function in a crash.  Hyundai, Kia’s fellow Korean auto manufacturer, has also had to recall a number of their vehicles for the same reason. All told, the total between Kia and Hyundai involves over 1.1 million vehicles linked to the air bag issues,  Unfortunately, at least four fatalities have occurred, along with at least six injuries, due to the defective air bags.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration responded to problem reports in March of 2018.  The specific vehicles subject to the recalls include 2010 to 2013 Kia Forte compact cars; 2011 to 2013 Kia Optima midsize cars, and 2011 to 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid and Sedona minivans.  The affected cars for Hyundai include the 2011 to 2013 Hyundai Sonata midsize cars and the 2011 to 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid cars. The air bag malfunctions are being worked on by both auto makers, and government documents have cited short circuits developing in air bag control computers made by parts supplier ZF-TRW.  There are also investigations going as to whether other auto makers use the same or similar ZF-TRW air bag computers to determine whether additional recalls are needed.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of these defective air bags, or other automobile or product defects, 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.

Salmonella Alert Kellogg Honey Smacks and Cut Canteloupe

There is a new alert out on Salmonella dangers with Kellogg Honey Smacks cereal and melon (honeydew, cantaloupe, fruit medley products) sold precut in stores.  UPC numbers for the Honey Smacks is 380039103 (outside United States) and 3800014810 with “Best If Used By Date” June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019.  So are there has been 73 consumers fall sick from salmonella with the cereal, with 44% of that number needing hospital admission.  Kellogg’s has recalled the batch numbers above and ask consumers to throw the product away.

The pre-cut fruit was produced at Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The companies recalling this product include Caito, Costco, Delish, Gordon Food Service, Kroger, Jay C, Open Acres, Owen’s, Payless, Renaissance Food Group, Spartan Nash Distribution, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon. Reports of salmonella illnesses from this cut fruit include 6 in Illinois, 11 in Indiana, 32 in Michigan, 10 in Missouri, and a single instance in Ohio so far.  Illnesses started anywhere from April 30, 2018 to May 28, 2018.

Salmonella symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  Rarely, salmonella can enter the bloodstream for more severe illnesses that can include arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis.  

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.