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.

Jury awards $57.1 Million for Defective Pelvic Mesh Implant

Johnson & Johnson was slapped with a $57.1 million verdict, awarded to a woman who alleges her pelvic mesh implant was defective, scarred her urethra, and caused her incontinence. Ella Ebaugh, the recipient of two Ethicon pelvic mesh devices, claims the mesh was defective, ultimately leaving her with a “mutilated” urethra and severe incontinence. The award included an eye-popping $50 million in punitive damages, Law360 reports. “Hopefully they recognize that their conduct was reckless,” Ebaugh’s attorney told Law360. “I hope this sends a clear message that they did something wrong with these products and that they really think, going forward, about what they ... Read More

High Levels of Benzene Released in Houston

Air tests in a Houston neighborhood have detected extremely high levels of benzene following the destruction of Hurricane Harvey. The neighborhood is located close to a Valero Energy oil refinery, which is concerning enough. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, nearby residents are now alarmed by the plumes of carcinogens released into the air, according to an article by the New York Times. The Houston Health Department took air samples from the Manchester district of the city and ran tests to check the levels of toxic fumes. The results showed the air contained benzene at levels of 324 parts per ... Read More

Arkansas Woman Alleges Physiomesh Severely Injured Her

An Arkansas woman who alleges Physiomesh is responsible for her severe injuries has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer in a case that is now part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Northern District of Georgia. Jennifer Stone was implanted with a Physiomesh hernia repair mesh on June 29, 2011, for the repair of a ventral hernia. The mesh device, made polypropylene with four additional layers, is designed to bridge the gap of a hernia with the intention of allowing it to heal. Later, Stone says she had no choice but to undergo invasive medical treatments from the complications ... Read More

Lawsuit filed after IVC Filter Embedded in Vein

A Michigan woman whose inferior vena cava (IVC) filter became embedded in her vein has filed a lawsuit against the device’s maker, claiming it sold a defective filter. Leah C., who received an Option Elite retrievable IVC filter, has filed the lawsuit, saying the device is dangerous. The manufacturers are Rex Medical and Argon Medical Devices, who are familiar with lawsuits over their IVC filters, reports The Daily Hornet. A retrievable IVC filter is a metallic device that resembles a spider with a hook at its apex to snare for removal. They are inserted into the inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body, ... Read More

Widow of Construction Worker Who Fell to His Death Files Lawsuit

The widow of a construction worker who died on the job due to a fall has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the construction company, two subcontractors and the property owner. The Mercury News reports that Irma Vargas, the wife of Jose Luis Delgado Lopez, 34, has filed the lawsuit against Level 10 Construction, Webcor Builders, Alamillo Rebar Inc, and Central Wolfe LLC in Sunnyvale, California. According to the lawsuit, Delgado died last November as a result of a 76-foot fall from a new clover-shaped building that has plans to be leased by Apple, Inc. Delgado was employed by Alamillo Rebar, who performs contract work ... Read More

Study: Fibromyalgia linked to Polypropylene Mesh Implant

Sling the Mesh, a support group made up of people who say they have been harmed by mesh implants, conducted a survey showing 1 in 3 people who have received a polypropylene mesh implant developed fibromyalgia. According to the Mayo Clinic, “fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.” The survey questioned 187 mesh implant recipients, and 54 of them – or 29 percent- report they have developed the painful disease of fibromyalgia after receiving a mesh ... Read More

Alabama Man Sues Maker of Hernia Repair Mesh

An Alabama man has filed a lawsuit against the maker of his hernia repair mesh, blaming the defective device for complications that required an additional surgery. The lawsuit was filed by Bill Tedford, who received the Physiomesh hernia mesh device made by Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. According to the Daily Hornet, Tedford’s hernia repair surgery was performed in December 2013. The lawsuit alleges Mr. Tedford’s complications and reactions to the mesh device were so severe, an additional surgery and further medical treatment was required. The complaint says he now suffers permanent scarring as well as other injuries associated with the device. ... Read More

Benzene Exposure: Known Cause of Myeloid Leukemia

Leukemia is a devastating, life-threatening cancer that affects both children and adults. There are many types of leukemia such as Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), and Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML). As medical research and technology advance, new breakthrough treatments are developed. New risk factors and causes are discovered. According to NewsBlaze, the risk factors and known causes for CML are a mystery, except one – benzene exposure. CML is a stealthy disease, gradually sneaking up on the patient with mild, almost unnoticeable symptoms at first. Fatigue, a common symptom, is usually blamed on lack ... Read More

Plano residents worried about groundwater contamination

The residents of Plano, Texas are becoming increasingly concerned about the contamination of the soil and groundwater in their own yards. Residents living within a half mile of the former ARCO oil and gas company, which is now the site of a Dell, Inc. operation, have received a letter from the city advising an adoption of a Municipal Setting Designation (MSD), warning them against using the soil and groundwater around their home. “The purpose of an MSD ordinance is to restrict access to and prohibit the use of the groundwater directly below the Designated Property and to protect public health ... Read More

Dangerous Pollutants Released by Oil Refineries Damaged by Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey continues to cripple the Houston area by damaging two ExxonMobil refineries, which triggered the release of dangerous and hazardous pollutants. ExxonMobil acknowledged the release of pollutants in a regulatory report with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, says the Washington Post. Twitter users have been complaining of an overwhelming and “unbearable” chemical smell in parts of the city, but weren’t sure where it was coming from. In the filing, ExxonMobil said that it could be from a tank at the Baytown oil refinery, the second-largest refinery in the country. The floating roof covering of the tank became submerged, which caused it to dip ... Read More