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Hip Replacement Recall Lawsuit AttorneyStryker Orthopaedics has announced a national recall of its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II brands of neck stems used for metal hip implants. The Michigan-based orthopedic implant manufacturer has terminated the sale of the two modular-neck stems used for hip replacement surgeries following discovery of potential risks. According to the information on the Stryker website, the devices are found to have “potential fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular-neck junction, which may result in adverse local tissue reactions manifesting with pain and/or swelling. and ” In June 2012, Stryker recalled Rejuvenate hip implants in Canada for similar reasons. With 16 percent share of global orthopedic market, Stryker manufacturers a number of primary acetabular, femoral, and restoration hip implant components. Hip replacement implant recall lawsuit attorneys have filed hip implant lawsuits against Depuy Hip , Stryker Hip , Smith And Nephew Hip , Wright Medical Hip , Biomet and Stryker.

The July 4 recall was prompted by more than 60 complaints of hip replacement failure, including 40 reports of injuries related to Rejuvenate modular-neck stem since January 2012, against Stryker hip implants filed with the FDA adverse impact reporting system. Post-marketing surveillance data shows the patients implanted with these hip neck-stem implants and metal on metal hip replacement implants such as the Depuy ASR are at increased risk of metallosis because of release of metal particles into human blood streams following corrosion and erosion of these devices. Design problems cause metal hip components in these neck stems to rub against each other leading to discharge of cobalt and chromium into the blood. The unacceptable level of corrosion also renders Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II hip implant neck stems ineffective and put patients at the enhanced risk of device failure, pseudotumor formation, tissue destruction, infection, and bone necrosis. As with other metal hip implant recalls , the depuy and biomet hip lawsuits also focus on the similar metal poison from these recalled hip implants.

Stryker , Depuy , Biomet , Smith & Nephew Hip Implant Replacement Recall Complaints and Warnings

Hip Replacement Recall Lawsuit AttorneyStryker introduced Rejuvenate Modular hip implants in February 2010 asserting that the new product would provide improved intraoperative efficiency and flexibility. The modular hip system was approved by the FDA through its 510(k) clearance program, which does not mandate any safety trials for products “substantially equivalent” to those already in the market. Stryker claimed that Rejuvenate Modular hip implants were similar to the Profemur to ease regulatory approval. The Wright Profemur has been subject to a number of attorney lawsuits, citing early failure and metallosis similar to the issues found in other metal hip implants and at the root of most hip implant recall lawsuits from a doctor and attorney perspective.

In November 2007, the FDA warned Stryker about poor and unsanitary conditions at its Mahwah manufacturing facility, New Jersey, following an inspection of the plant. The regulator had been receiving complaints about product failures and a range of associated health problems since 2005. The admonition letter held deficient conditions responsible for faulty Stryker hip implants. The inspection team also discovered contamination at the plant by Staphylococcus bacteria, which can cause staph infections.

In January 2008, Stryker recalled two of its hip implant components, Acetabular PSL Cup and Hemispherical Cups, marketed under the Trident brand. The recall was made following growing concerns of contamination of these hip implants by “manufacturing residuals” beyond the permissible standards.

In March 2009, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommended against using Stryker Trident cup hip implants because of their squeaking problems.

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Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Recall


Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Recall Modular Hip Replacement Implant Lawsuit

Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Recall Lawsuit AttorneyA personal injury lawsuit filed in the Bergen County superior court in the first week of August has sought compensation from Stryker Orthopedics alleging that its defective Rejuvenate hip-replacement parts have caused serious health problems. The plaintiff, a 66-year-old woman from Florida, underwent right hip replacement in October 2011. Within months, she felt acute pain and her blood samples were found to contain high metal level though the Stryker Rejuvenate modular hip implant was intact. In June 2012, she had a revision surgery to get rid of abnormal tissue growth close to her hip. The plaintiff had to undergo more surgeries after experiencing a number of complications, including fractures, associated with the metal modular hip implant.

On July 4, 2012, Stryker Orthopedics issued a nationwide recall of its Rejuvenate Modular metal hip implant stems along with another of its brand, ABG II neck stems. The orthopedic implant manufacturer cited the risk of “potential fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular-neck junction, which may result in adverse local tissue reactions manifesting with pain and/or swelling” as the reason for its market recall.

Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Hip Replacement System

Stryker leads the global market for hip implant components with a variety of femoral, acetabular, and restoration equipment used in artificial hip implants. Stryker Rejuvenate modular hip implant has three important parts, a titanium neck, a chromium-cobalt stem, and a ball made of non-metallic materials. Patients implanted with these metal hip components have been diagnosed with a sharp rise in chromium and cobalt levels in their blood. According to post-marketing data, as many as 60 complaints were filed with the FDA against complications caused by Stryker Rejuvenate modular hip implant components between January and July 2012.

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Summer Infant Baby Bather Recall Lawsuit


Summer Infant Baby Bather Recall Lawsuit

Do I Have A Lawsuit All Case Types WelcomeSummer Infant has recalled 2 million baby bathers sold under its two brands in the United States following consumer complaints of seat collapse, leading to fall injuries and skull fractures to infants. On August 20, 2012, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warned about fall hazard and reported injuries associated with these Chinese-made bath seats and asked the manufacturer to consider market withdrawal of these products. The recalled products include two of Summer Infant bather brands, Mother's Touch and Deluxe Baby Bathers, which were sold between September 2004 and November 2011.

Why Summer Infant Baby Bather Recall

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, faulty design of Mother's Touch and Deluxe baby bathers is the main reason for the accidental fall, causing injury to the child seated on it. These baby bathing seats, about 13.4 inches in length and 12.4 inches in width, are available with blue or pink plastic bases. The bathers have also a sling seat, a white wire frame, and five rivets holding adjustable side hinges. The folding wire frames in Mother's Touch and Deluxe brand baby bathing seats fold suddenly or detach from the side hing when lifted or carried, posing a fall hazard to the infants.

Manufacturer Summer Infants has received at least seven complaints of infant fall, resulting in five injuries. Four babies aged between two weeks and two months suffered skull fractures while the fifth one had head injuries, leading to emergency medical care.

The recall information on manufacturer’s website says this is a “corrective action program” and “voluntary recall to repair with free locking strap and instructions.”

Other Summer Infant Recalls

In February 2011, Summer Infant recalled 1.7 million baby video monitors following complaints of strangulation hazard caused by these products, which were manufactured in China and were being sold in the United States since 2003. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission admitted of receiving at least seven reports of deaths of babies and toddlers caused by monitors. Probes into incidents revealed that children died after being strangled by monitor cords placed closed to them. In one case, a toddler found with cord of the monitor rolled around his neck.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission also issued recall of 58,000 Summer Infant monitors sold under another brand, Slim and Secure, for possible burn injuries. The rechargeable batteries in these monitors could overheat and burst putting parents, children, and property at the risk of burn hazards.

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Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Recall Lawsuit Salmonella Contaminated Salmonella Peanut Butter Recall Expanded


Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Recall Lawsuit Salmonella Contaminated Salmonella Peanut Butter Recall Expanded

Salmonella Peanut Butter Recall Lawsuit

Trader Joe’s peanut butter recall has been expanded to include more products supplied by Sunland, Inc., suspecting presence of salmonella Bredeney infection following a briefing by the FDA. On September 22, 2012, the specialty grocery chain removed Sunland-manufactured Valencia Peanut Butter from all its stores following more than 30 reports of nationwide food poisoning linked to the product. Officials of the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigating Salmonella contamination have detected 29 cases of food poisoning and four hospitalizations in 19 states between June 11 and September 2. Trader Joe’s recall covers “Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter (SKU 97111), Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds (SKU 94079), and Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds (SKU 98927).”

On September 24, Sunland added 100 more nut products, including roasted blanched peanut, Tahini, peanut sauces, chocolate nut butter, almond butter, dog nut butter, and cashew butter products. These are sold under a variety of brands, such as Sunland, Heinen’s, Fresh & Easy, Silly Prices, Harry and David, Serious Food, Dogsbutter, Sprouts Farmers Market, Open Nature, and Naturally More, and have been added to the recall list suspecting presence of Salmonella Bredeney strain. All these products were manufactured using the same machinery on which contaminated Trader Joe’s peanut butter was processed.

According to the FDA, a number of companies, including Gretchen Shoebox Express, SunRidge Farms, Chattanooga Bakery, and Falcon Trading Company, have initiated recall of the aforementioned Sunland-supplied products. Whole Foods Market recalled peanut butter, mini peanut butter cookies, and chocolate chunk peanut butter cookies from its stores in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma on September 26.

The recall was second for Trader Joe’s in September 2012. It recalled Tropical Fruit Medley (SKU 94936) from its stores in 19 states after it was found that mango ingredient in the product could cause serious food-borne illness.


Salmonella Food Poisoning Lawsuit

Products contaminated with Salmonella Bredeney can cause serious infection in human beings that result in food poisoning, hospitalization, cerebral paralysis, and death. It puts children, seniors, and people with weak immune systems at a greater risk of fatal health complications. Samonellosis initially attacks the gastrointestinal tract and causes abdominal cramps, intestines disorder, food poisoning, diarrhea, dehydration, and fever. The infection gradually spreads to blood streams and affects various organs of the body leading to death.

Salmonella Food Poisoning Lawsuit Against Trader Joe’s and Sunland

On September 28, a salmonella food poisoning lawsuit filed at the North Carolina Superior Court seeks compensation from Trader Joe’s and Sunland for negligence, product liability, and breach of warranty. According to plaintiff Lewis Lebron, his eight-year old son suffered from gastrointestinal problems, fever, and diarrhea and was hospitalized after eating Trader Joe’s peanut butter in the last week of August. The peanut butter product named in the lawsuit was recalled after the FDA found salmonella contamination a month later.

Recent Peanut Butter Recalls and Lawsuits

On January 13, 2009, the Peanut Corporation of America issued a massive recall of 400 peanut butter products processed at a plant in Georgia following salmonella outbreak. Five days later, it withdrew peanut paste from the market citing the same reason. These products sold to hospitals, schools, and food providers resulted in over 800 food poisoning cases and nine deaths in 43 states between October 2008 and January 2009. On January 10, the corporation had withdrawn two brands Parnell’s Pride and King Nut in nine states suspecting presence of salmonella.

The family of 72-year-old woman was first to file a salmonella food poisoning lawsuit two weeks later, accusing the manufacturer of causing wrongful death. The victim, who was treated at a nursing home supplied with salmonella contaminated peanut products, died due to the infection. In February 2009, the family of 7-year-old Vermont boy sued Kellogg and the Peanut Corporation of America for selling contaminated peanut butter. The young boy remained hospitalized for five days following salmonella food poisoning. A federal judge granted $12 million in damages to 120 salmonella food poisoning lawsuits filed against the Peanut Corporation of America.

In 2007, ConAgra Foods recalled millions of its peanut butter jars of Peter Pan and Great Value brands following reports of salmonellacontamination'ss. As many as 625 users were identified with food poisoning caused by consumption of its peanut butter products.

In January 2010, the FDA ordered recall of a number of Parkers Farm products, including peanut butter, following the discovery of listeria contamination. The recalled brand products included Dutch Farms, Happy Farms, Central Markets, and Kroger brands.
In March 2011, Unilever withdrew its peanut butter products sold under the brand name Skippy in 16 states after the FDA officials discovered presence of salmonella.

Recent Salmonella Contaminated Food Recall and Lawsuits

In March 2009, SunSprout issued a nationwide sprout recall following salmonella contamination of its gourmet, alfalfa, and onion sprouts. More than 54 people in Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri, Iowa, and Kansas were hospitalized for food poisoning caused by these sprouts.

In June 2010, ConAgra Foods recalled 800,000 Marie Callender meals after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention traced eight cases of food poisoning of its Cheesy Chicken and Rice frozen food. The investigation was prompted by sickening of 29 people in 14 states due to salmonella outbreak.

On January 19, 2012, Winn-Dixie Stores recalled a variety of sprouts sold in Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, and Alabama due to potential salmonella contamination. In February, 68 people in 10 states were confirmed with salmonella food poisoning after they had their meals at Taco Bell restaurants. Federal health officials ordered for a recall of sushi in May after more than 300 salmonella food poisoning cases were reported in 26 states. On June 20, LEASA industries notified customers of the presence of salmonella contamination in Living Alfalfa Sprouts supplied by it. The sprouts were recalled after salmonella infection was detected during sample testing. In July, Sedona Labs withdrew its iFlora Kids Multi-Probiotic from the market following warning that Galactooligosaccharide ingredient in the product was contaminated with salmonella strain.

In the last week of July 2011, an Agromod papaya recall was made following salmonella food poisoning outbreak that led to sickening of more than 100 people in 23 states. A week later, Cargill withdrew 36 million pounds of meat. The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the Agriculture Department detected presence of antibiotic-resistant salmonella Heidelberg in the products, which caused sickness among more than 80 people across the country. In October, salmonella food poisoning outbreak forced Wegmans to recall 5,000 pounds of pine nuts.

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Steroid Injection Meningitis Lawsuit Attorney Tainted Steroid Spinal Injections.


Steroid Injection Meningitis LawsuitRare fungal meningitis caused by contaminated steroid injections has left 47 people sick and five dead in seven states. Preliminary investigations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that the outbreak is linked to steroid injections custom-made by New England Compounding Center, a Massachusetts-based specialty pharmacy. These epidural steroid shots used to alleviate back pain are suspected to have aspergillus fungus, a common mold considered the reason for the meningitis outbreak. FDA officials have discovered fungal infection in at least one sealed steroid vial at the production facility of the pharmacy in Framingham.


About 75 clinics in 23 states received 17,700 vials supplied by the pharmacy between July and September. A Nashville-based clinic is said to have received the largest consignment of steroid vials suspected to have been infected. The highest number of meningitis cases, 18 hospitalized and three deaths, has been reported from Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed the first meningitis case on September 21, 2012, following discovery of deadly brain infection in a patient, who had received methylprednisolone acetate spinal injection to alleviate back pain at an ambulatory surgery center. The CDC discovered another Tennessee man with a similar infection within a week. The list went up, with the increase in the number of meningitis cases reported in Tennessee, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, Indiana, Virginia, and Maryland.


Federal and state health officials are also looking for other possible reasons leading to the present fungal meningitis outbreak, such as the solution and the anesthetic used during administration of these steroid injections.


Recall of Suspected Steroid Vials


Steroid Injection Meningitis LawsuitOn September 26, 2012, the compounding pharmacy issued a recall of three lots of possible contaminated methylprednisolone steroid injections while investigations over suspected contamination and pharmacy error were continuing. It expanded the recall on October 4 to include all its injectable drugs and vials of methylprednisolone acetate products supplied since July. The New England Compounding Center at Framingham, MA, is a specialty pharmacy authorized to create custom-made steroid injections. It mixes medications and drugs taking into consideration patient conditions, dosing requirements, specific allergies, and need to change medication. The FDA has advised consumers and healthcare professionals against using New England Compounding Center products until the investigation is over.


Methylprednisolone acetate is a corticosteroid used to deal with inflammation that causes back and spinal pain. The steroid is injected into the spine directly to contain inflammation and ease pain. Hundreds of people in the United States use these injections everyday to get relief from lower back pain caused by a herniated disk. According to a report by the Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general published in 2010, about one-third of 433 injections audited as samples failed to meet Medicare standards.


Steroid Injection Meningitis Symptoms


Tainted steroid causes fungal meningitis that leads to infection of the brain and spinal fluid. The infection starts with the spinal cord inflammation and gradually contaminates protective membranes surrounding the brain. Aspergillus-induced fungal meningitis is rare, and this condition can be fatal for those with weakened immune systems.


Meningitis signs, such as headache, neck stiffness, vomiting, fever, light sensitivity, and confusion, start within three to seven days of the infection and proceed to coma and death. The transmission occurs only through direct fluid contact. In case of contaminated steroids, it develops fast because of direct delivery to spinal canal. The treatment for fungal meningitis requires prolonged hospitalization from weeks to months.


Hospital Infection and Pharmacy Error Lawsuits


According to a report by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, about 1.5 million U.S. residents die or face serious life threats due to medication or pharmacy error every year.


In June 2012, eight former patients sued the cardiac catheterization clinic of Exeter Hospital’s at New Hampshire for Hepatitis C exposure. The patients were diagnosed with Hepatitis C following their treatment at the hospital between October 2010 and May 2012. According to state health officials, 19 patients were infected with the disease after a hepatitis C infected employee of the hospital gave shots to patients with self-used needles. In February 2010, a Las Vega Endoscopy Center paid more than $3 million to settle 85 hospital infection lawsuits filed following similar outbreak of Hepatitis C in January 2008. In March 2012, reports of fungal eye infections led to recall of Brilliant Blue G dye used in eye surgery.


In March 2011, Birmingham-based compounding pharmacy Med IV recalled its Total Parenteral Nutrition products after investigating officials linked them to an outbreak of infection in six Alabama hospitals. The TPN was contaminated by Serratia marcescens bacteria that resulted in nine deaths. A number of wrongful death lawsuits have been filed against the compounding pharmacy by family members of deceased patients.


In August 2007, a Florida court awarded $33.3 million to family of a breast cancer patient, who died after being accidentally given a blood thinner dosage by technician at Walgreens Pharmacy. A superior court rejected Walgreens’ appeal challenging the judgment in the pharmacy error lawsuit and upheld the compensation awarded in March 2010.


In February 2009, Walmart Pharmacy paid an undisclosed sum to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by family of a Maryland man, who died in 2007. The pharmacy error lawsuit filed in a Baltimore court claimed that the 66-year-old died after he was given drugs prescribed for someone else. A similar case filed against Walmart in a Texas court in May 2010 is awaiting trial.


A pharmacy error lawsuit has also been filed against Detroit-based Rite-Aid Pharmacy following death of a man caused by wrong medication in 2007. According to the lawsuit filed in Michigan’s Wayne County Circuit Court in December 2009, 54-year-old John Sheridan died because of Temodar overdose. The technician at the pharmacy gave the cancer treatment drug that was 10 times more potent than the prescribed dose.

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