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.

Man Requires Open-Heart Surgery to Remove IVC Filter

A lawsuit has been filed by an Alabama man who required open-heart surgery to remove his Cordis IVC filter after it migrated from its intended location. On April 20, 2016, Willie P. received the OptEase retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter made by Cordis Corporation, under Johnson & Jonson, via surgery at West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange, Georgia. Dr. William E. Behm performed the procedure, trusting Cordis and Jonson & Johnson’s promise that the filter would protect his patient from blood clots reaching his heart or lungs. When he was released from the hospital, Willie was declared to be in good health. But, ... Read More

Jury Awards $8.8M to Widow of Boeing Worker Killed on the Job

The widow of a Boeing Co. worker killed on the job has been awarded $8.8 million by a federal jury last Thursday. Lisa Priester, whose husband was killed, filed the wrongful death lawsuit against SAR Automation, the company hired by Boeing to program the computer of the platform from which David Priester fell. The Post and Courier reports that in March 2013, David Priester, 38, was working at the Dreamliner assembly plant and was using a mobile platform with 18 movable sliders. Three other Boeing employees were working on the platform, as well, placing plastic in the seams on the body of ... Read More

Dancer Awarded $148M After Being Paralyzed by Bus Shelter

Last Wednesday, a Cook County jury awarded $148 million to a dancer who had been paralyzed by an O’Hare bus shelter that collapsed onto her in August 2015. Tierney Darden, 26, was under the bus shelter with her mother and sister, 19, having just returned to Chicago from Minneapolis. They’d spent the day shopping for bridesmaid dresses, according to the Chicago Tribune. While the three women were waiting to be picked up, a harsh storm blew in with enough force to knock over the rickety bus shelter. The shelter fell on top of Darden, severing her spinal cord. Darden, who was ... Read More

Effects of Fracking and Benzene Tracked in Documentary

A 2016 documentary called “Dear President Obama, The Clean Energy Revolution is Now” examines how fracking, a horizontal method of drilling for oil that involves extremely high water pressure, is hazardous to people and the environment. According to the film’s official website, its creators hope to convince national leaders to “focus on clean energy solutions that would allow us to proceed towards a future that does not rely on yet another dirty fossil fuel extraction process.” The documentary notes that during Obama’s eight-year presidency, fracking grew as the most the popular, and controversial, way to drill for oil on American soil. But ... Read More

Benzene Levels in Braintree Exceedingly High

The requested air quality tests for the North Weymouth, Massachusetts, area have been completed, and the benzene level results are concerning. Wicked Local Braintree reports that out of six samples tested by GeoLabs and Phoenix Environmental Laboratories of Connecticut based in Braintree, East Braintree showed to have the highest levels of benzene. The Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS) revealed the results to the town council. Spectra Energy, now known as Enbridge*, plans to build a 7,700-horsepower Fracked-Gas Compressor Station adjacent to the new Fore River Bridge in North Weymouth, which FRRACS says will adversely affect South Shore residents. Benzene is ... Read More

Spinal Cord Injury Patients are Better Off Without IVC Filter

Patients who have a traumatic spinal cord injury are better off without an IVC filter, according to researchers. Surgeons from New York City’s Jacobi Medical Center and Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine evaluated large volumes of data to find out about the efficacy and safety of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters in spinal cord injury patients. The information from a national databank was used to compare the results of those who have received a filter to those who have received chemoprophylaxis alone, General Surgery News reports. The surgeons’ goal was to gain clarity as to whether or not an IVC filter for ... Read More

More than 800 Physiomesh Incidents Reported to FDA

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, there are more than 800 negatively reported incidents associated with Physiomesh, including injuries and death. The FDA’s MAUDE reporting system allows doctors and hospitals to submit adverse event reports regarding various medical devices and products. Physiomesh yielded 839 results from 2010 to present, most of which reported incidents that resulted in injuries, and many of which resulted in deaths. The number of adverse incident reports have increased significantly every two years. From 2010-2012, only 95 incidents were reported. From 2012-2014, 293 incidents were reported. From 2014-present, 451 incidents were reported. ... Read More

Woman Blames IVC Filter for Husband’s Death

A Georgia widow has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of her husband’s IVC filter, blaming the companies for his death. Marcia S., the widow of now-deceased Larry S., claims the Option ELITE retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter could have saved her husband’s life had it actually performed the job it was designed to do — catching blood clots. The manufacturers are Argon Medical Devices Inc. and Rex Medical, L.P., two companies that Marcia’s lawyers allege knew or should have known that the IVC filter device had such high potential to fail, according to the Daily Hornet. Larry received the IVC ... Read More

Sewage Plant Chief Sues Over Crippling Spinal Cord Injuries

A sewage plant chief who suffered serious spinal cord injuries on the job is suing the private contractor and others he blames for the incident. The PennRecord reports that on July 30, 2015, Christopher Meredick was the Chief Plant Operator of the Sewage Treatment Plant located at Clark Summit State Hospital. Meredick was standing in the parking lot speaking with another worker when he was suddenly struck in the head and body by a 1” rubber jet line. Ryan Wilbur and Jack Collins, employees of Koberlein, Inc., the contractor hired by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, were performing sewer line repair work when the accident occurred. ... Read More

Construction Worker Crushed to Death by Steam Roller

A regular day on the job for a New Hampshire construction worker becomes fatal when he was crushed by a steam roller, NBC reports. On the first Saturday in August, John Davis, 55, of Concord, was operating a steam roller when he lost control of the heavy machinery. The steam roller slid down the embankment and tumbled onto him, killing him. According to Police Chief Benedict Liberatore, Davis was working for Louden-based FL Merrill Construction, which was contracted to pave the asphalt driveway of a house for sale. The steam roller was being used to compact the asphalt and smooth out the surface. ... Read More