Christmas is well wrapped-up after the New Year, and the kids have settled in with their new toys and games. In 2016, one of the most popular gifts was the hoverboard, or a self-balancing scooter, that is controlled by a rider's feet and a built-in gyroscope. If you gave this gift to your child for Christmas, they've probably got the hang of it now.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently issued an important ruling for people who develop illnesses caused by something in their workplace environments. Some diseases aren’t immediately apparent but take years or even decades to manifest. In this case, the disease in question was mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, but the ruling presumably applies to any work-related medical condition that wouldn’t ordinarily be diagnosed within about six years.
When many people in Philadelphia hear that a product has been recalled, they immediately stop using it, try to return it or look up information on what to do next. Those are all reasonable responses to a recall, which is generally only issued when a product has been deemed dangerous. So, it may come as a surprise to learn that hospitals may not always have the same approach, continuing to use defective medical products after they have been recalled. In fact, it may be even more shocking that even the most serious recall, a Class I recall, does not require a product to be pulled off shelves right away.
There’s good news from the Consumer Product Safety Commission this year: recalls involving unsafe toys are down, largely due to third-party testing requirements and more toys that violate safety standards being stopped at ports. Fewer toy recalls is good news, but it doesn’t mean no dangerous toys are sitting on store shelves.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 37,000 people sought emergency medical treatment between 2003 and 2012 after being injured by adult portable bedrails, and 155 died. Most of these accidents occurred in private homes or in nursing facilities.
A Pittsburgh-area man was killed Friday, Aug. 30, in an accident involving a riding mower. The accident, which occurred in Lawrence County around 6 p.m., was reported when someone called 911 after an individual flipped over on his mower. The unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene. An accident such as this may result in a product liability claim. If, for instance, the mower was a defective product or had an insufficient warning, the survivor's family could possibly have a valid case against the negligent manufacturer.
Parents in Philadelphia and across the country are paying attention to a recent statement issued by the Food and Drug Administration dealing with the safety of toys that include a laser component. Manufacturers of laser products that are currently targeted at kids could be at risk for claims of product liability as more people become aware of the risks lasers can pose.
Pennsylvania residents who have been harmed by the drug GranuFlo may have the ability to join a class action lawsuit against the medical supplier Fresenius Medical Care if a court certifies the action. A woman whose husband died due to heart failure shortly after being treated with GranuFlo filed a complaint in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in June. The complaint includes the request that it be made class action, which would allow individuals who suffered heart problems and their beneficiaries to join the suit.
An injury lawsuit has been filed in Pennsylvania court concerning reported injuries suffered by an out-of-state woman fitted with a pelvic mesh implant device manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. The case has been filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The surgical implant, that took place in 2009, is blamed for the woman's infection, inflammation, scar tissue, organ perforation, dyspareunia, blood loss and pain in the pelvic area.