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Overmedication of Nursing Home Residents: What You Need to Know

Posted On Nov 2, 2016 @ 02:46 PM by Ira Slavit

As many as 1.4 million American seniors are residents of nursing homes, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although the vast majority assisted living facilities are committed to providing optimal care for their patients, others subject their residents to abuse and neglect. Many may be surprised to learn that 30 percent of all nursing homes are the site of some form of resident abuse. Nursing home abuse can include, but is not limited to, malnutrition, physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological distress, neglect and exploitation. One of the most prevalent forms of nursing home abuse that occurs is overmedication of residents.

$70 million Verdict Over Baby Powder

Posted On Oct 15, 2016 @ 04:00 PM by Ira Slavit

After having two New Jersey lawsuits previously dismissed against the company in September, Johnson & Johnson is now facing a verdict handed down by a St. Louis jury for $70 million. Similar to the two New Jersey lawsuits, the claim against the baby powder company was that the use of the company’s product caused a woman to develop ovarian cancer. While the Plaintiff was arguing for more than $285 million total, the jury awarded $575,000 in economic damages, $2 million in compensatory damages, and $65 million in punitive damages to her. Additionally, Johnson & Johnson was required to pay $65 million in punitive damages. Following the decision, Johnson & Johnson announced it would appeal.

Samsung Faces First U.S. Suit Filed Over Exploding Samsung Galaxy Note

Posted On Oct 10, 2016 @ 03:00 PM by Ira Slavit

Samsung is currently facing a class-action lawsuit in the United States after angry customers filed the first claims against the company over its exploding Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. The three plaintiffs – from Nevada, Pennsylvania, and California – are accusing Samsung Electronics America of fraud and breach of warranty and good faith. The suit itself does not seek any damages over the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that actually caught fire, but rather Samsung’s mistreatment of customers. It claims that the customers had to keep paying on their contracts during the weeks after Samsung recalled the phones, but before any replacements had become available for use. Customers are waiting several days to several weeks for replacement phones while they continue to incur monthly device charges for phones they cannot safely use.

The Importance of Product Registration Cards

Posted On Sep 30, 2016 @ 03:00 PM by Ira Slavit

 September is Baby Safety Month and this year’s theme, “Baby Safety Right Out of the Box,” focuses on the importance of product registration cards and product recalls. The theme is designed to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of filling out the registration cards included with most baby and toddler products. For many parents, it can be overwhelming to think about registering the seemingly endless amount of baby gear. However, this is a good way to stay informed about recent product recalls and to ensure that these products for the baby are safe.

Invokana's Side Effects Put Users at Risk

Posted On Aug 8, 2016 @ 09:51 AM by Ira Slavit

Recently, an Illinois couple filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey, Trenton Division against Jassen Pharmaceuticals and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, claiming that the use of Invokana caused a stroke. According to Invokana, the medication (Canagliflozin), when used along with diet and exercise, is proven to significantly lower blood sugar (A1C) in adults with type 2 diabetes. Since the launch of the treatment, many Invokana lawsuits have been filed, citing dangerous side effects, including diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), heart problems, kidney damage, kidney stones, urinary tract infections, stroke, coma and death.

New York State DMV Urges Drivers Not to “Catch ‘Em All” While Driving

Posted On Aug 5, 2016 @ 02:38 PM by Ira Slavit

Citing a growing number of car crashes related to playing Pokémon Go behind the wheel, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, along with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, recently issued a statement reminding drivers not to play the game and to focus on the road. This was reported by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

Children's Toy Companies Recall Products due to Excessive Lead Levels

Posted On Aug 5, 2016 @ 10:07 AM by Ira Slavit

Recently, Far East Brokers and Consultants, Inc. of Jacksonville, FL has recalled its Leisure Way pink-butterfly-themed children's camp chair and swings and LaRose Industries of Randolph, NJ recalled several of its Cra-Z-Jewelz Gem Creations products due to excessive levels of lead, which is a violation of the federal lead standard. Lead is a cumulative toxin that affects the body's nervous system and bloodstream and is particularly harmful to young children.

Electrical Accidents Rank Sixth Among All Causes of U.S. Work-Related Deaths

Posted On May 31, 2016 @ 01:45 PM by Ira Slavit

Electrical accidents rank sixth among all causes of work-related deaths in the United States and are both fatal and costly. Recently, the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) has taken actions to improve the safety of its workers through its new safety procedures.

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Deadly 64-Vehicle Pile Up Under Investigation

Posted On May 25, 2016 @ 09:00 AM by Ira Slavit

On February 13, a massive pileup on I-78 in Pennsylvania that involved 64 vehicles and sent 73 people to hospitals is currently under investigation. Among the three fatalities was a 50-year Long Island resident who died at the scene.

Claims Against New York City Department of Correction Rose in 2015

Posted On May 18, 2016 @ 09:00 AM by Ira Slavit

Recently, New York Daily News reported that in 2015, there were more than 2,800 personal injury claims filed by inmates in city jails against the New York City Department of Correction. This is a 27 percent increase from 2014, costing 66 percent more in settlements and judgments. The majority of the claims come out of Rikers Island, which comprises 9 out of the 12 New York City inmate facilities.

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