Natalie Cone

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Natalie Cone is a freelance writer from Birmingham, Alabama. As a nature enthusiast and mother of two boys, she publishes articles about all things outdoors and blogs about the mishaps of motherhood. Her fiction short stories have won three first-place contest awards, and have appeared in various magazine publications and anthologies. You can connect with her at, on Facebook at, or on twitter @nataliecone.

Woman says Physiomesh stretched, hernia recurred


A Canada woman says the Physiomesh hernia repair mesh used to repair her hernia”stretched out,” resulting in her hernia recurring, more painful than before. Colleen Copeland is a 34-year-old Canadian who had hernia surgery in February 2016. Doctors repaired the hole in her abdomen left after the surgery with plastic hernia mesh, called Physiomesh, made by Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. She says the mesh has since stretched, leaving her in excruciating pain. “The pain is always there. It feels like my insides are going to explode,” Copland told CTV News. “If I cough or sneeze I have to hold my stomach. It is a ... Read More

Father of Worker Killed in Louisiana Packaging Facility Explosion Files Lawsuit


Three workers were killed and several more were injured in an explosion at a Louisiana packaging facility two months ago. Joe Gooch, the father of one of the victims, has filed a lawsuit over his son’s death, KFDM News reports. The lawsuit has been filed against Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), where Jody Gooch was killed during an explosion ignited by “hot work” performed on a containment vessel. Combustible byproducts were still present in the tank, emanating flammable vapors, while a worker was welding on or near the vessel. The case also includes Elite Industrial Services of Pasadena, Jody’s employer at the time. “We ... Read More

Connecticut Woman claims IVC Filter injury

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A Connecticut woman has filed a lawsuit against Rex Medical for injuries she claims are linked to her failed inferior vena cava (IVC) filter. IVC filters are devices resembling a spider inserted into the vena cava for the purpose of catching blood clots before they cause pulmonary embolism by travelling to the heart or lungs. The Daily Hornet reports that Peggy F. from Connecticut was inserted with an IVC filter on Feb. 2, 2014, at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. The filter was called an Option retrievable filter made by Rex Medical. Retrievable models are fashioned with a hook at the tip ... Read More

Soybean Plant Explosion kills worker


The family of a man killed in a soybean plant explosion has filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging the company’s negligence led to the man’s death. The Argus Leader reported that Randy Lee Satter, a 39-year-old employee of CCM Welding Repair and Fabrication of Minneota, Minnesota, had been sent to the South Dakota Soybean Processors plant in Volga to install a catwalk on an industrial tank. According to the lawsuit, Satter was allowed to “drill, cut, grind and weld in the location and during the construction of the catwalk” under a “hot work permit” given to him when he arrived at the ... Read More

Widow Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over Husband’s Benzene Exposure


A West Virginia widow has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against four different companies claiming they are responsible for the benzene exposure that led to her husband’s death, the West Virgina Record reports. According to the lawsuit filed on April 24, E. Jane Price is blaming Sistersville Tank Works Inc., Shell Chemical LP, Tauber Oil Company, and Valero Refining-Texas LP for the death of Robert G. Price, her husband. Mrs. Price alleges the companies did not create safety guidelines regarding adequate containing and handling of poisonous chemicals. Robert Price was exposed to toxic chemicals such as benzene and formaldehyde, the suit claims, which led to his ... Read More

First Physiomesh Lawsuit Goes to Trial in 2018


The first lawsuit filed against Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary Ethicon Inc. over complaints the companies’ Physiomesh device failed is scheduled to go to trial in 2018, according to the Daily Hornet. In June of 2016, Ethicon Inc. issued a market withdrawal at a global level for Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh due to the high rate of revision surgery required. “Analysis of unpublished data from two large independent overseas hernia registries (Germany and Denmark) has shown that laparoscopic ventral hernia repair using Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh has a higher rate of recurrence/reoperation compared to the average rates of other similar products among patients…” ... Read More

Maintenance Worker Killed after Being Crushed Beneath Lawn Mower

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Last Saturday at a north suburban country club in Northbrook, Illinois, a maintenance worker was killed after being crushed beneath a lawn mower. Richard L. Bowden, a 62-year-old Deerfield resident, was operating a commercial lawn mower on the grounds of Greenacre Country Club. As a contract employee of the landscaping company charged with maintaining the country club’s property, Bowden was mowing the grass along an embankment with a steep incline when the heavy machine tipped over, crushing him beneath its weight. NBC News Chicago reports that the autopsy performed by the Cook County medical examiner’s office determined he died of traumatic asphyxia, with blunt force ... Read More

IVC Filter Fragment Lodged in Lung; lawsuit results

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A New Jersey woman filed a lawsuit against Rex Medical for a fragment of a broken inferior vena cava (IVC) filter that became lodged in her lung. Cindy H. was implanted with a retrievable IVC filter called the Option ELITE on Aug. 5, 2010 at Virtua Voorhees Hospital in New Jersey, the Daily Hornet reports. The purpose of the filter was to prevent blood clots from traveling to her lungs, which would result in life-threatening pulmonary embolism. On Oct. 20, 2015, Cindy underwent a procedure to have the filter removed after the threat of blood clots had passed. Her doctors discovered that the filter was ... Read More

California lawsuit claims Rex Medical IVC filter is defective

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A California woman has filed a lawsuit against Rex Medical for a retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter she claims is defective, the PennRecord reports. An IVC filter is a device inserted into the vena cava and is designed to capture blood clots before they reach the lungs, preventing pulmonary embolism. Debra Victor of Apple Valley, California, however, says her retrievable IVC filter has failed because it couldn’t be retrieved. Permanent filters have been around for many years, but now pharmaceutical device manufacturers have begun marketing a cheaper model less structurally sound, calling them “retrievable IVC filters.” These temporary filters have ... Read More

IVC Filter Perforates Duodenum, Causing Infection

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When a 47-year old woman came to the emergency room with a fever, a stabbing sensation in her stomach, nausea and vomiting, doctors found that her IVC filter had pierced through her small intestine. According to BMJ Case Reports, when doctors learned of her recurrent deep vein thrombosis with an intolerance to blood thinners, they inquired about an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter. The patient advised she was implanted with one 20 years prior. A CT scan was immediately ordered, revealing strange metal prongs piercing through the wall of the patient’s duodenum, the small intestine just beneath her stomach. The area around the perforation ... Read More