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Pharmaceuticals Voluntarily Recalled

Pharmaceutical manufacturers issue voluntary recalls on some of their products on a very regular basis. As stated on the the Food and Drug Administration website, some reoccurring reasons are: Elevated Impurity Levels Concerns about Sterility Assurance Quality Control Concerns Potential Mold Contamination Estimates are that almost a quarter million Americans die every year from reactions and side effects of Pharmaceuticals.  Even with voluntary recalls, and government mandated recalls, there are still risks associated with either defective drugs or supplements.  The manufacturer's responsibility is broad and states their duty to provide reasonable care in preparing their products.  Even their labeling with instructions on administering and...

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Recalls

This month, a recall was issued for certain model years of the Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles.  This is a very popular and widely used model.  The reason stated for the recall states that the fuel tanks risk leakage in the case of a rear impact; and the resulting consequence could be a fuel leak that might catch fire.  If you own one of these vehicles, you should be receiving information on the recall with instructions on how to proceed.  You may also read more details here. Sometimes it is difficult to track down 2nd or 3rd owners of a vehicle that...

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President of Import Co. Sentenced

This month's Consumer Product Safety Commission  press release announced a significant Florida Federal Court sentence.  The President of an Import Co. pleaded guilty to violating US consumer product safety laws, and received a sentence involving Federal Prison time. The case involved the importing of banned children's products which presented the risk of "..choking, aspiration, and ingestion." and some with lead content above the federal limits.   This case included involvement form the Departments of Justice, and HomeLand Security.  It is comforting to know that different Agencies are enforcing laws to protect consumers. Product Liability has been a very important issue for many years.  Consumer...

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Florida Firm Recalls Dip

Over 12,000 pounds of Chicken Dip are being recalled by a Hollywood, FL firm due to an undeclared allergen and misbranding.  These products were distributed to retail grocery stores in the southeast.  This is a situation which represents a risk to consumers who are allergic to certain ingredients.  If a product label has incorrect information it could cause harm to certain individuals, and the producer and/or distributor could be held liable. If you or someone you know has had a severe allergic reaction to a product (whether recalled yet or not), it may involve your rights as a consumer and the...

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Florida “ICE” Car Accidents

Our summer season is here again, with daily thunderstorms and flooding in several areas.  The news reports how congested traffic becomes, and even worse when there are multiple car accidents due to factors such as low visibility and even Florida "ICE". We have a unique situation in Florida which newcomers and visitors rarely notice.  Locals call it Florida "ICE", and it causes as many car accidents as heavy thunderstorms.  This occurs when our roads and highways are just barely dowsed by a short light drizzle of rain.  Drivers tend to disregard the moist pavement and continue at their normal speed limits. As...

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Troopers, Paramedic Injured in Accident

A recent automobile accident on I-95 involving 3 vehicles sent two Florida State Troopers and one Paramedic to the hospital with injuries.  Apparently a vehicle lost control while merging on to the highway.  The news report states that this accident will likely result in a lawsuit, (one of the injured troopers was outside of his vehicle when injured).  These unfortunate incidents can happen at any time, to almost anyone. We have all seen accidents on I-4 or I-95 when we travel throughout Florida.  If you have ever been involved in any type of car accident in Florida, you should immediately contact...

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50K Lbs of Beef Recalled

Another meat packer issued a recall today on 50,100 pounds of Beef due to contamination issues.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture News Release states a "possibility of E-Coli contamination"; more news can be found here.  It is a relief to know that government quality controls are being enforced, even though in recent years there have been reductions in budgets and threshold guidelines for food inspections. There are also recent headlines of bagged salads contaminated with a new type of virus, these new viruses can and should be detected before products are released to consumers.  E-Coli is a well known and very...

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Florida Theme Parks Report Injuries

Major theme parks in Florida have agreements with the State to self-report visitor's injuries ( which allows them to be exempt from ride safety inspections performed by the State) that result in required hospital stays of over 24 hours. Their recent quarterly report details some of the accidents which range from swallowing too much water at a water park, having seizures on a water ride, having chest pains, abdominal pains, dizziness and headaches on thrill rides.  More information can be viewed here. There have been a lot of controversial arguments about this self-reporting arrangement, and whether or not Florida parks are under-reporting injuries....

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Convicted DUI Driver Runs Over Another Man

News about a formerly convicted DUI driver running over another man has caused serious concern.  To be injured by a driver under the influence is a serious offense, not only punishable by Law, but also requires justice in the form of possible monetary compensation for suffering and damages in order to provide for medical expenses.  The details about this particular case are still not clear as the investigation continues, more can be read about this incident here.   Anyone who suffers injuries caused by someone driving under the influence, has the right to sue.  This process should be handled by an experienced...

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