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Doctors Warn Wire Grill Brushes Can Cause Serious Injury

Wire grill brushes many backyard cooks use to clean their grills may look innocent enough, but there is a lurking danger associated with them that could become deadly for some people. According to a study published in 2016 in the journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, approximately 1,700 people in the U.S were rushed to emergency rooms between 2002 and 2014 after inadvertently swallowing a bit of stray grill brush wire that clung to the grill during cleaning and ended up in their food. This figure, however, is believed to be significantly larger because it does not count patients who seek ... Read More

Girl’s Accidental Finger Amputation Triggers Lawsuit Against Grocery Chain

The parents of a girl who suffered an accidental amputation of her fingers on a grocery store escalator have filed a lawsuit against the company and an escalator parts manufacturer. According to court documents reviewed by Salt Lake City’s KUTV Channel 2, plaintiff Silvia Zamora was shopping at the Smith’s Marketplace grocery store in the Central City district of Salt Lake City, Utah, in September when the accidental amputation occurred. Ms. Zamora was using the store’s self-checkout when her 3-year-old daughter wandered around the other side of the checkout, KUTV reported, citing court documents. Ms. Zamora didn’t realize her daughter ... Read More

Alabama Jury Awards Army Vet $7.5 Million For Walmart Injury

Walmart representatives say the retail giant intends to appeal a $7.5 million jury award to an Alabama man whose foot became stuck in a wooden pallet at a Phenix City Walmart store, causing him to shatter his foot and hip. Henry Walker, a 59-year-old Army veteran, sued Walmart after the accident, claiming it robbed him of his ability to participate in and enjoy everyday activities. On June 25, 2015, Mr. Walker was getting a watermelon from a bin at Walmart when his foot became trapped in the pallet below. Not realizing his foot was in between the slats of the ... Read More

Dangerously old tires sold at bargain prices on eBay

Tires more than six years old pose a giant safety risk that many consumers may not be aware of, but that hasn’t stopped at least one company from buying old automotive tires and selling them to consumers on eBay. According to Safety Research & Strategies Inc. (SRS), a Massachusetts-based group dedicated to researching the safety of auto and other consumer products, an ad appearing in Tire Business alerted it to a business that willfully sells old tires to anyone who wants them. The ad states “We’re not afraid of older discontinued product and will make fair offers to clear out ... Read More

Judge upholds $8.3-million verdict against DePuy in first ASR hip implant trial

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has upheld an $8.3-million verdict in favor of plaintiff Loren “Bill” Kransky, the first plaintiff to have his case tried against DePuy Orthopedics over its faulty ASR hip implants. DePuy and parent company Johnson & Johnson asked Judge J. Stephen Czuleger to overturn the jury’s March decision awarding Mr. Kransky, a retired South Dakota prison guard, $8.3 million for severe and extensive injuries that he alleged stemmed from a DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant. Judge Czuleger said that sufficient evidence had been demonstrated that DePuy’s ASR hips were defectively designed. Mr. Kransky, 66, had ... Read More

Emails presented in DePuy trial show marketer’s concerns over ASR hip implant safety

Internal communications among DePuy executives discussing how to handle metal-on-metal ASR hip problems were presented to jurors hearing the first of several thousand personal-injury lawsuits involving the faulty devices to go to trial. DePuy is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. According to the records presented, on September 18, 2009, Paul Berman, DePuy’s director of hip marketing, sent one of many emails to company officials warning that the metal-on-metal hip devices should be recalled given the alarming number of reports that the devices were failing. Mr. Berman wrote that he wanted to “reiterate my concerns” about the safety of the ... Read More

FDA proposes new rules for metal-on-metal hip implant approval

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed new regulatory rules that, if passed, will require orthopedic device manufacturers to test their all-metal hip replacement and resurfacing systems for safety and efficacy before approval. The proposed measures come in response to alarmingly high rates of failure and injury associated with metal-on-metal hip devices, such as the ASR XL Acetabular and Hip Resurfacing Systems made by DePuy Orthopedics, which were recalled for safety concerns in August 2010 after being implanted in about 93,000 patients worldwide, including approximately 40,000 Americans. The FDA’s proposed order would require manufacturers to file a premarket ... Read More

Smith & Nephew recalls 7,700 metal hip devices

In June, medical technology corporation Smith & Nephew announced it is recalling its R3 Acetabular System, an optional metal liner component usually used in conjunction with stemmed total hip implants. This latest recall adds to growing fears over the high rate of premature failure associated with artificial hip implants made with metal-on-metal components and the speed at which many of these devices were rushed to market. “We regularly review the effectiveness of our products and are not satisfied with the clinical results of this component,” Andy Weymann MD, Smith & Nephew’s Chief Medical Officer said in a statement about the ... Read More

New study sheds light on “genotoxic” damage rendered by metal hip implants

Researchers have a better understanding of why patients often suffer from inflammation and other long-term, chronic illnesses after being implanted with artificial hip devices made from all metal parts, such as the ASR hip implants recalled by DePuy Orthopaedics in August 2010. Researchers from Ohio State University and Imperial College London have combined high-resolution X-ray technology and electron microscopy to study the inflamed tissue surrounding the metal-on-metal hip devices implanted in patients. Their study, published in the journal Chemical Communications, found that inflammation occurs when Cobalt2+ ions are shed by the cobalt-chromium implants into the surrounding tissue. Previous studies have ... Read More

Pastor awarded $2.5 million for traumatic brain injury received in truck crash

A Rhode Island pastor who received traumatic brain injuries when a tractor trailer slammed into her Volkswagen Beetle convertible from behind was awarded $2.5 million in damages following an eight-day jury trial. On May 29, 2008, Reverend Kathleen Crockford, 59, a resident of Stonington, Connecticut, was returning home after officiating a wedding in Massachusetts when a tractor trailer belonging to Metals USA of Seekonk, Mass., hit her from behind as she was waiting on Route 1 to turn left. The impact forced her vehicle to smash into the car ahead of her. According to New London, Connecticut’s The Day, emergency ... Read More