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.

Ohio Woman Joins Thousands with IVC Filter Injury Lawsuit

An Ohio woman filed a lawsuit over an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter injury, joining thousands of other patients who claim injuries from the same device. The Daily Hornet reports that Cassandra B. filed a lawsuit alleging she was injured by the Gunther Tulip, made by Cook Medical Inc. and William Cook Europe ApS, and is asking the manufacturer to take responsibility for its defective device. Cassandra’s IVC filter was implanted in her inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body, on Oct. 15, 2007, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. The surgeon, Dr. Syed Zamir, thought the ... Read More

Proposed $5M Shell Settlement called a ‘Slap in the Face’

The Wood River Refinery in Illinois has been under scrutiny after many nearby residents were diagnosed with cancer. The patients blame the contamination that the refinery dumped into the ground, including poisons such as benzene. When the residents filed a class action against the refinery operator, Shell Oil, Shell countered by proposing a $5 million settlement. To the residents whose health is suffering, it is a “slap in the face.” So far, 367 residents of nearby Roxana have signed off on the settlement. But residents of the Wood River village aren’t satisfied. At least a quarter of the 1,500 Roxana ... Read More

Shale-Gas Producer Determined to Improve Gas Leak Issues

Ryan Klemish, an employee of Southwestern Energy, the nation’s third largest gas producer, told The Inquirer/ he is determined to improve the issue of gas leaks at shale production facilities by using a camera that can detect the invisible plumes. Starting with Southwestern Energy’s Marcellus Shale production facilities, with hopes to expand further, Klemish moves around areas such as gas compressor stations armed with an $85,000 infrared camera, aiming it at flanges, valves and connectors searching for hidden leaks, reports. “If there’s a leak, a big one, you usually know it because you can hear it,” Klemish told the news outlet. But ... Read More

Patient Claims Physiomesh Multi-layer Design to Blame for Injury

A recent lawsuit filed against Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, claims its Physiomesh hernia repair mesh is to blame for a patient’s injury and perpetual pain. Amy Flood, a Texas resident, filed a lawsuit over the injury allegedly caused by the multi-layered design of Physiomesh, the very aspect of the device that, according to marketing promotions, sets the product apart from other hernia mesh devices available on the market at the time. On Oct. 14, 2015, Flood underwent a surgical procedure to repair an incisional hernia, and Physiomesh was the chosen device for treatment. After the surgery, Flood ... Read More

Three IVC Filter Lawsuits Against Cook Medical Going to Trial

Three lawsuits filed against Cook Medical involving their IVC filters are scheduled to go to trial, the first on Oct. 23, 2017. Elizabeth Jane Hill filed her lawsuit claiming her Celect inferior vena cava (IVC) filter made by Cook Medical is the cause of her injuries. Hill was 57 at the time of the procedure. According to the suit, the retrievable IVC filter was implanted prophylactically prior to a scheduled back surgery. The filter migrated and perforated both her vena cava and her duodenum. The first attempt at retrieval failed. The second attempt was successful using advanced retrieval techniques. Mr. Gage, at age 61, was ... Read More

Oregon Woman Blames Physiomesh for Her Injuries

An Oregon woman has filed a lawsuit against the makers of her Physiomesh hernia repair mesh, blaming the product for her injuries. According to the lawsuit, on Sept. 3, 2015, Melinda Rall underwent surgery to repair a recurrent incisional hernia at the OSV Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. A hernia repair mesh called Physiomesh was used, made by Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Immediately following the surgery, Rall says she began to experience an unusual amount of severe pain as well as bleeding. The next day, Rall underwent an additional procedure to help reduce the swelling and put a ... Read More

Study: ‘Dabbing’ Vapor Found to Contain Benzene

Portland State University organic chemistry researchers have found that benzene is formed when a marijuana extract is vaporized. In a study led by Jiries Meehan-Atrash, Dr. Wentai Luo and  Dr. Robert M. Strongin, the researchers scrutinize “dabbing,” a unique way of marijuana consumption using butane hash oil (BHO), KATU2 reports. “Of very recent concern is the practice of dabbing, which has emerged as a dangerous and rapidly growing trend in cannabis consumption,” the study reads. “It consists of inhaling the vapors produced by placing a small amount of cannabis extract (a ‘dab’) on a small heated surface (the ‘nail’), which is ... Read More

Pennsylvania U-Haul Worker Killed in Industrial Accident

At U-Haul Falls Manufacturing in Falls, Pennsylvania, a tragic industrial accident left one employee dead. One of U-Haul’s workers died at 12:31 p.m. Oct. 6 at the steel plant when he was pinned between a table and a machine, reports the Bucks County Courier Times. According to the township’s fire marshal Rich Dippolito, the incident occurred when a steel product on the table flipped it into the air. When the table landed, it pinned the worker against a machine. Co-workers rushed to his aid, pulling him free. When the Morrisville Rescue Squad arrived on scene, the worker was transported to a hospital. There, he was ... Read More

Electrocution: a Deadly Occupational Injury

A Sarasota man was severely injured when he was electrocuted by power lines. Omri Snow, 23, was using a lift truck to hang banners on light poles for a private contractor when he came in contact with power lines. By the time rescue crews arrived on scene, the entire lift truck was engulfed in flames. According to Fox 13 News, from the time the truck caught fire to the time rescuers arrived and put it out, a total of only 16 minutes had passed. Power was shut off for the 3,000 nearby homes as a team worked to douse the ... Read More

Cook Hit with Another Lawsuit alleging IVC Filter injury

Cook Medical has once again been hit by a lawsuit, this one alleging a man was injured by an IVC filter that was supposed to protect him. Jerome H. from Virginia  claims he was injured by the failure of a Gunther Tulip inferior vena cava (IVC) filter made by Cook Medical and William Cook Europe ApS, the Daily Hornet reports.  Jerome received the IVC filter on Oct. 14, 2016, at Sunrise Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The surgeon was Dr. Kelly R. Gardner, and the intention of its implantation was to intercept blood clots before they reach the heart or lungs. If a blood clot ... Read More