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Georgia nursing home resident ‘eaten alive’ by mites

A Georgia nursing home resident was “essentially eaten alive” by hundreds of millions of mites that burrowed beneath her skin, causing her hands to turn black and her skin to flake so badly nursing home workers who were caring for her were told not to touch her hands for fear they might fall off, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the woman’s family. Rebecca Zeni was a 93-year-old in 2015 and a resident in a Pruitt Health nursing facility in Lafayette, Georgia when she died from a scabies infestation. He death is listed as septicemia due to crusted ... Read More

WC-130 Plane Crashes Near Savannah, Georgia

Early Wednesday morning, an Air National Guard WC-130 crashed near Savannah, Georgia, killing all five crew members on board. The plane went down just a few miles from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. Witnesses reported hearing a “loud, strange noise,” as they watched the plane flying at “very low altitude and making a hard left turn to the ground” seconds before it crashed and exploded. They described the impact, which could be felt miles away, as a bomb exploding. Some reported that the impact shook their building and knocked out power to area homes, schools and businesses. The airplane was ... Read More

GA Commercial Trucking Co Shuttered for ‘complete and utter lack of compliance’ with Safety Regs

Federal authorities ordered a Georgia commercial trucking company to cease all in-state and out-of-state activities after discovering the company was a reincarnation of a trucking firm that had been under a consent order to improve its compliance with safety regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that Daya Trucking of Acworth, Georgia, is an imminent hazard to public safety. The agency said it started investigating Daya after receiving information that it “may be a reincarnated and/or an affiliated entity of Ekam Truck Line LLC.” Last year, Ekam Truck Line entered into a consent order with the FMCSA requiring ... Read More

Beasley Allen files opioid lawsuits on behalf of more AL cities, counties

Beasley Allen Law Firm has filed additional lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers on behalf of two Alabama cities and two Alabama counties. The lawsuits blame opioid makers and distributors of creating an opioid epidemic, a public health and safety crisis that is financially burdening communities and killing citizens. The lawsuits were filed in April on behalf of the cities of Tuskegee and Weaver, as well as Henry County and Cleburne County. Beasley Allen has filed similar lawsuits on behalf of other Alabama municipalities and counties, as well as governmental entities in several other states including Tennessee and ... Read More

More kratom recalled as part of Salmonella investigation

Two distributors of kratom-containing dietary supplement capsules and powders have issued recalls after being connected to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella poisonings that have infected at least 87 people in 35 states, sending at least 17 to the hospital for admittance. The investigation was launched last month by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and state agencies. Multiple distributors have recalled dozens of kratom-containing products, and officials are urging the public not to purchase or consume any kratom products because they could be contaminated with Salmonella as well. Salmonella can ... Read More

Georgia Whistleblower Exposes $3.2 Million Kickback Scheme

A whistleblower who sued a group of Atlanta-area orthopedic and anesthesia providers for their alleged participation in an illegal kickback scheme has helped the U.S. government recover $3.2 million for Medicare. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the whistleblower lawsuit led to a settlement agreement between the federal government and Georgia Bone & Joint; Summit Orthopaedic Surgery Center; Southern Crescent Anesthesiology; and Sentry Anesthesia Management, as well as nurse anesthetist David LaGuardia. The whistleblower complaint, brought by Sharon Kopko, former Practice Administrator for Georgia Bone & Joint, alleged that Mr. LaGuardia, Sentry, and Southern Crescent provided a free ... Read More

J&J faces more litigation alleging injuries with Physiomesh

A group of people who claim to have been injured by hernia repair kits made by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon USA LLC have asked the New Jersey Supreme Court to consolidate the 62 lawsuits pending against the company into a multicounty litigation, and assign them to Superior Court Judge Rachelle Lea Harrz in Bergen County. Several hundred similar cases are expected to be filed. Those suing Ethicon allege the company designed, manufactured, marketed and sold defective hernia mesh, including Proceed Surgical Mesh, Proceed Ventrical Patch, Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh, Prolene 3D Patch Polypropylene Mesh, and Prolene Hernia System. ... Read More

Wing detachment eyed in Deadly Flight School Plane Crash

Federal investigators probing a plane crash that killed an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student and his flight instructor in Daytona Beach last week said they are focusing on the aircraft’s wing after multiple witnesses said they saw the wing fall off the plane during flight. Air traffic controllers and other witnesses said the Piper PA-28R-201 airplane spun out of control after its wing detached. The incident occurred while the plane was in “cruise climb” following takeoff from Daytona Beach International Airport. The plane crashed into a cow pasture about a half mile from the airport, killing 25-year-old Zach Capra and flight ... Read More

Appeals Court Revives Defective Seatbelt Lawsuit

A federal appeals court is allowing a wrongful death lawsuit to move forward against an automotive supplier that is accused of manufacturing defective seatbelts for Mazda. The decision by a three-judge panel on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a lower court’s judgment to toss the suit against Autoliv Japan Ltd. According to Law 360, the Eleventh Circuit will allow two of the lawsuit’s three claims to proceed after finding that a manufacturer such as Autoliv can still face liability claims even when it was not “actively involved” in the design of the seatbelts it manufactured for other parties. ... Read More

E-Cigarette Explosion Leaves Georgia Man With Third-Degree Burns

An e-cigarette explosion caused by a spare lithium battery left a Georgia man recovering from severe burn injuries to his leg, and his family in financial hardship. Atlanta’s CBS 46 reports that the man, identified in a GoFundMe post as William Dodd, was at his fiancée’s mother’s house when a spare battery for his e-cigarette exploded in the front pocket of his pants. Mr. Dodd’s fiancée, TommieLynn Jordan, told CBS 46 that she thought at first that her future husband was lighting off fireworks inside her mother’s house. “At first I thought he had a firework in his pocket. I ... Read More