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Toyota Recalls 2018 and 2019 Camrys Because the Brakes May Fail

Toyota is recalling approximately 227,490 Camry sedans from the model years of 2018 and 2019 manufactured in the United States over a problem that could cause the brakes to fail.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a recall notice for over 200,000 Toyota Camry Sedans that may cause a sudden loss of braking power. The problem involves part of the braking systems vacuum pump called a vane cap that may break. Toyota stated that when the vehicle experiences “frequent braking and/or long periods of idling” may cause the cap to get stuck between vane and the pump housing and break. The brakes will still work but may suddenly require more pressure in order to stop the vehicle increasing the risk of a crash.

Toyota dealerships will repair or replace the vacuum pump free of charge, if necessary. Notifications will start going out to the owners of the affected Camrys in mid-December. To check to see if your vehicle has an open recall go to the NHTSA’s website and put in your car’s 17-digit VIN number and if the recall does not appear it means it does not currently have any open recalls.

If you or a loved one have suffered injuries from driving a 2018 or 2019 Toyota Camry with a defective braking problem please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.

Walmart Recalls Aromatherapy Spray Linked to 4 Cases of Rare Bacterial Illness That Has Killed 2 People

An aromatherapy spray imported from India and sold at Walmart Stores has caused four people to contract a tropical disease even though none had traveled internationally.

The four people that contracted the tropical disease (melioidosis) were from Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota and Texas. Two of them have died, one was a child. Melioidosis is an infectious disease that is caused by bacteria and is found in contaminated water and soil in tropical climates, especially Southeast Asia and Northern Australia.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their investigative findings that the contaminated product is labeled “Better Homes & Garden Lavender and Chamomile Essential Oil Infused with Gemstones.” It was sold for $4.00 in 55 Walmart Stores and available online on Walmart’s website. The product was recalled from Walmart Stores on October 22, 2021.

If you or a loved one have been exposed to the aromatherapy spray manufactured by Better Homes & Gardens and sold at Walmart and have subsequently become ill, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.

Recoverable Damages After a Motorcyclist Passes Away in a Nebraska/Iowa Collision

When a motorcyclist is killed in a wrongful death collision due to another driver’s negligence, the biker’s family is left in a wake of pain, suffering and grief.  The family may begin the process of locating a will to start the process of initiating a wrongful death claim on behalf of the family.  If there is no will, a probate estate may be opened up and a Personal Representative must be appointed to act on behalf of the deceased claimant.  The Personal Representative has the legal power to probate the estate, sue, hire an attorney and settle the wrongful death case.  

What are some of the recoverable damages for the decedent’s loved ones?

  • Any unpaid hospital bills caused by the wreck
  • The loss of comfort and companionship of the beloved family member 
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Financial support from lost income

Wrongful death cases can be very complex.  If your loved one has been killed in a motorcycle wreck, please call the attorneys at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation. 

Tyson Foods Recalls 8.5 Million Pounds of Chicken Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

Tyson Foods is recalling 8.5 million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products because they may be contaminated with listeria, according to the USDA Food and Safety Inspection Service (FSIS).

On June 9, 2021, FSIS was notified that two people became ill with listeriosis that had consumed Tyson chicken products.   

Listeria symptoms can cause severe illness when the bacteria spreads to the stomach and other parts of the body.  Listeria can also cause food poisoning symptoms such as diarrhea and fever.  Symptoms of severe illness may start within 1-4 weeks after eating the contaminated food. 

The Center for Disease Control has released these details on the recalled products:

  • The products were shipped nationwide to stores and hospitals, nursing facilities, restaurants, schools and Department of Defense locations.
  • The products include frozen fully cooked chicken strips, diced chicken, chicken wing sections and fully cooked pizza with chicken.
  • Many of the products were sold under brand names including Tyson, Jet Pizza, Casey’s General Store, Marcos Pizza and Little Caesars.
  • The products subject to recall have the number EST. P-7089 on the product bag or inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Anyone that has eaten the products and are concerned about illness should contact a health care provider.

If you or a loved one has suffered from food poisoning or illness from Tyson chicken products, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation. 

Phillips Recalls Millions of CPAP Machines and Ventilators

Phillips is recalling millions of sleep apnea machines and ventilators as they pose a serious health risk and they have advised consumers to stop using them immediately. A foam piece used in devices can degrade and release potentially toxic fumes into the patients. Some of the devices and ventilators being recalled are used for treating coronavirus patients.

The exposure to foam particles could cause headache, irritation, inflammation, respiratory issues, and possible toxic and carcinogenic effects, Philips said. The company will replace the current sound abatement foam with a new material and has already begun the preparations, which include obtaining the relevant regulatory clearances. Philips aims to address all affected devices in scope of this correction as expeditiously as possible.

The devices being recalled are Bi-Level PAP, CPAP and mechanical ventilator devices which are primarily first-generation DreamStation products.

For more information on the recall and devices covered and affected by the recall please click on the link below at www.philips.com/SRC-update.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a lung issue and/or lung cancer caused by a Phillips CPAP Machine and/or Ventilator, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.

Covidien and Ethicon Surgical Staplers Litigation

Today’s surgeons rely more on surgical staplers as an alternative to stitches and sutures due to the increased speed and ease of use provided by the devices. Ethicon and Covidien Surgical Staplers can misfire during a surgery and cause serious injuries.  Thousands of surgery patients have reported serious injuries regarding the surgical staplers during gastrointestinal tract surgeries such as: colon cancer, diverticuli and weight loss surgeries to link sections between body parts such as the intestines and stomach.  Misfiring of the device may lead to incomplete staple lines and malformed staples.

Due to the frequency of the misfires, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Class 1 recall and reported the following risks associated with the defective staplers: 

  • Bleeding
  • Tearing of organs and internal tissue
  • Development of anastomotic leaks
  • Sepsis 
  • Increased risk of cancer recurrence
  • Multi-organ failure
  • Fistula formation 

As a result of these injuries, patients may require additional surgeries, including an ostomy bag (an external pouch to collect body waste).  Many times, patients are forced to return to the operating room for an unplanned, emergency repair surgery.  Other patients may be released from the hospital only to return a few days later once symptoms arise for emergency surgery.

Who are the manufacturers of Covidien and Ethicon Surgical Staplers? Covidien is a subsidiary of Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) which has a market cap of $152 billion.  Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) is a parent company of Ethicon boasting a market cap of $384 billion.

Numerous lawsuits have been filed on behalf of patients hurt by the malfunctioning staplers.  Some of the lawsuits have gone to trial and led to sizable verdicts against the defendants.  The most prominent among them was a California case that ended up with the plaintiff being awarded $80 million, including $70 million in punitive damages against Ethicon.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by defective Ethicon or Covidien Surgical Staplers, please call the Mass Tort Team at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.

Paraquat Herbicide May Cause Parkinson’s Disease

Paraquat is a highly toxic herbicide that has been used for a variety of farming and agricultural applications in the United States since 1964. The product is registered for use on row crops to vegetables and trees, and on non-farm areas, including airports, industrial sites and commercial buildings.

The EPA has stated, “Paraquat is highly toxic.” A single sip of Paraquat can kill a person. If it is accidentally inhaled or spills on a person’s skin during application it may cause seizures, heart failure and lung scarring.

Research has shown that Paraquat may be linked to Parkinson’s disease, a progressive nervous system disorder that can lead to uncontrollable shakiness, stiffness and the general deterioration of motor-function abilities. There is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease.

Paraquat has been banned in more than 60 countries worldwide but there has been no such ban in the United States.  

Law firms have begun filing lawsuits against the makers and distributors of Paraquat and are accepting cases where the person has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and:

  • Was a pesticide applicator or has a restricted use license;
  • Worked for a pesticide applicator or company/person that had a restricted use license;
  • Was a Herbicide mixer;
  • Transferred Paraquat into application equipment;
  • Worked at a plant or company that manufactured or distributed Paraquat, or
  • Worked as a farmer, farmhand, or another type of worker in areas where Paraquat was used.

If you or a loved one have been exposed to the chemical herbicide Paraquat and have subsequently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.  

 

Paraquat Lawsuits – Nebraska, Iowa

Crock Pot Pressure Cookers Recalled after 99 People Suffer Burn Injuries

Sunbeam Products recalled about 943,000 Crock-Pot Express Pressure Cookers after reports that 99 people suffered from burn injuries ranging from 1st-degree to 3rd-degree burns.

There were over 119 reports of the lid detaching according to Sunbeam Products who issued this statement:

The recalled Crock-Pot multi-cooker can pressurize when the lid is not fully locked.  This can cause the lid to suddenly detach while the product is in use, posing burn risks to consumers from hot food and liquids ejected from the product.”

The recall includes Crock-Pot® 6-Quart Express Multi-Cookers (Model Number SCCPPC600-V1) which can be found printed on the bottom of the Crock-Pot.

The Crock-Pots were sold from July of 2017 through November of 2020, at Walmart, Target and other online retailers for $70-$100.

If you or a loved one have suffered burn injuries involving a Crock-Pot® 6-Quart Express Multi-Cooker, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.  

Beovu Vision Loss Lawsuit

Beovu (brolucizumab) is used to treat patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a chronic eye disorder.  AMD is the leading cause of vision loss for people 50 years and older and it may cause a person to struggle reading fine print and have dark vision blurriness in the center of their vision.  Novartis the drug manufacturer of Beovu released a press statement confirming that Beovu may cause “retinal vasculitis and/or retinal vascular occlusion that may result in severe vision loss.”

Symptoms you may have after receiving a Beovu Injection:

  • Changes in your vision, including floaters 
  • Pain or redness in the eye
  • Bleeding in or around the eye
  • Swelling in the eyelid
  • Hives, rash, redness or itching

If you or a loved one have suffered from severe side effects or blindness from a Beovu injection, please call the mass tort Team at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation. 

 

Beovu Lawsuits – Vision Loss & Blindness

Defective Paragard IUD Litigation

Paragard is an Intra-Uterine Device (IUD) birth control device made from copper.  Paragard is a non-hormonal IUD that is implanted during a doctor’s visit.  Plaintiffs allege that the Paragard T 380A IUD is a defective contraceptive.  There have been 55 Paragard IUD actions now consolidated in Georgia’s Northern District.

Injuries may include:

  • IUD breaking upon removal
  • IUD falling out of the uterus
  • IUD mitigation to other parts of the body
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • The IUD becoming embedded in the uterus
  • Inflammation and/or allergic reaction due to copper left in the body
  • Hysterectomy
  • Perforation of the uterine wall or cervix
  • Scarring and/or damage to other organs
  • Fractured uterine cavity

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from a Paragard copper IUD, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.