Does Your Car Have An Airbag That Kills?

For weeks, we have been reporting on defective airbags made by the Japanese company Takata built  into many of the cars on Connecticut roads today.  Investigators have found that when these airbags deploy – metal components found in the bags explode sending shrapnel into car occupants . A number of drivers have been killed by this flying debris – others severely injured.

It now turns out that Takata knew about this defect over a decade ago.

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Medicine and the Law. What You Must Know.

The Center for Justice and Democracy at the New York School of Law has just released a report on the state of medicine and the law called Medical Malpractice: By The Numbers (September, 2014).  It’s findings are enlightening and disturbing.

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Big Corporations Can Be Dangerous to Your Health…

Thriving companies operating in free markets are a backbone of American greatness.   But as we’ve learned over and over again throughout our history, sometimes the companies that make us great also make choices that favor profits over safety.

Think GM.

As we reported last week, for almost a decade, GM knowingly and willfully sold cars to consumers that GM engineers knew caused serious and sometimes fatal car accidents as a result of faulty ignition systems.  What’s more – they knew about the problem, designed and manufactured an inexpensive solution to eliminate the problem, and then told no one.  The result – hundreds of people were injured and many were killed in catastrophic car accidents involving these vehicles.

Irresponsible…

General Motors said just this week that it believes at least 12 people were killed by the flawed ignition switch installed in more than 1.6 million of their cars… an acknowledgment the company knows who the victims are.

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News You Should Know If You Have A Hip Implant

By some estimates,  500,000 patients in the United States have received a type ofNews-you-should-know-if-you-have-a-hip-implantartificial hip that is failing prematurely in a number of cases.

The FDA is currently proposing new rules that would prohibit manufacturers from selling these implants.

Under the proposed new rules, manufacturers will have to prove that each device is safe and effective before selling them or before obtaining approval for new all-metal versions.

Under current rules, manufacturers do not need to prove efficacy or put their products through rigorous clinical trials.

The F.D.A. rule proposal is intended to improve the 1976 federal law under which medical devices were first regulated.

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5 Step Checklist – Make Sure Your Children’s Toys Are Safe This Holiday Season!

The holidays are a wonderful time of year.  Each of us has theMake sure your kids toys are safe this holiday season opportunity to spend time with loved ones and friends, often while exchanging gifts.

As a Connecticut personal injury law firm, we all too often see cases involving defective and dangerous products.  One product category that is of real concern this time of year is the toy category.  Toys are great fun – but they can often pose very serious health hazards.

So what should you watch out for???

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Infant Seats ReCalled – Make Sure Your Child’s Seat is Safe!

A South African manufacturer is recalling about four million baby seatsKeep you child safe in the car - choose the right safety seat that were sold at major retailers including Target Corp., Wal-Mart, and Toys “R” Us after reports that at least twenty-one babies fell from the seats and fractured their skulls.

The company itself has received some 84 reports of infants falling from the seats.  This recall is the second for these seats since 2007

Infant seats are a major fixture in many households.  Choosing a safe infant seat is crucial to protecting the health of your child.

Here are some tips from kidshealth.org:

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Problems Arise for Johnson & Johnson Hip Replacement Products

The pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson could be facing a more costly problem than the $3 billion recall of its ASR all-metal artificial hips two years ago.

A replacement product to ASR, the Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip system, has nearly 1,600 lawsuits pending in U.S. courts. It is expected that more than 10 percent of the Pinnacle all-metal hips will have failed in the next two to three years.

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