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atv-e1718066265390Off-highway vehicle use typically increases during the summer months. Recently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued its annual report about rising off-highway deaths and injuries. Among other things, the report revealed that minors under age 16, as well as adults between the ages of 45 and 54 have higher death rates in off-highway vehicles. Overall, there was a 33% increase in off-highway vehicle deaths in 2020 compared to 2019—these were the two most recent years for which there was data. Males were disproportionately affected. The CPSC chair Alex Hoehn-Saric has asked that safe riding be put first and that riders should wear a helmet with proper gear.

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The CPSC report asks rider to take appropriate steps to avoid collisions. Leading causes of death in off-highway vehicles were crashes with other vehicles and stationary objects like trees. Often the occupants of vehicles would be thrown out of the vehicle during these collisions.

The report also informs us that children under age 12 constituted 44% of fatalities of children under 16. Additionally, adults older than 55 were affected; they made up 30% of related deaths.

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science-5314419_1280-e1718065686874-300x200Recently, the New Yorker ran a very important piece, reported by investigative journalist Sharon Lerner, in collaboration with ProPublica, with the headline “How 3M Discovered, Then Concealed the Dangers of Forever Chemicals.” 3M Corporation makes products like building materials and adhesives. The article tells the story of Kris Hansen, a chemist at 3M, who was asked by her boss, Jim Johnson, to test human blood to see if it had been contaminated with fluorochemicals, manmade compounds that are found in a number of 3M products including Scotchgard and firefighting foam. Unbeknownst to Hansen, Johnson had made several discoveries about the contaminants years before in some cases, he’d been directed to do the work by 3M’s lawyers.

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At that time, Johnson told Hansen that PFOS, one of these fluorochemicals, often entered the bloodstream of workers in the 3M factory but didn’t harm them. However, Johnson had also been told that an outside lab kept finding contaminants in blood samples from the American Red Cross, taken from the general population who shouldn’t have had those contaminants present.

Hansen’s job then was to figure out whether the lab had erred in its findings. In testing, she, too, found that PFOS was in the sample, which was from someone who hadn’t worked for the company; the other samples she and her team tested were also contaminated. She told her boss, but subsequently found that her warnings about the contamination were left out of official meeting notes.

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wardrobe-5961193_640-e1715228497204-300x200Recently around 1.6 million Black+Decker garment steamers were recalled by Empower Brands in a major expansion of an earlier recall of 518,500 units because of the risk of burns. Now all Black+Decker Model HGS011 Easy Garment Steamers have been recalled, including those that had been repaired as part of the earlier recall. You can identify the affect garment steamers because they have BLACK+DECKER printed at the base of the steamer, which is 11 by 6 inches. Each steamer has a model number printed on the bottom as well as on the sides of its package, and you should check to see whether you have an affected model. The affected models are HGS011, HGS011F, HGS011S, HGS011T. Packages with these UPC codes, printed on the package, are affected: 0 50875 82840 7, 0 50875 82839 1, 0 50875 82838 4, and 0 50875 00272 2. If you were burned by a Black+Decker garment steamer or another steamer, you should call the seasoned Chicago-based lawyers of Moll Law Group. Billions have been recovered in lawsuits with which we’ve been involved.

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People have reported they were burned by the affected steamers. However, people also reported that they suffered injuries due to steamers that had previously been recalled in 2022 and repaired with a replacement upper assembly. Specifically, there have been 317 reports of hot water coming out of the recalled steamers. Of those, 82 people have reported getting burned by the hot water, and of those that were burned, 7 people suffered second-degree burns. 94 of the reports, including of 19 burn injuries, involved units that had supposedly been repaired in the 2022 recall or in units that had an updated design.

The company has asked consumers to stop using the recalled steamers and to contact Empower Brands to obtain a full refund. However, if you were injured by the steamer, you may need further recourse and you may be wondering what to do. When a consumer is injured by a product made dangerous due to a manufacturing, design, or marketing defect, he or she can bring a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer. The company could be held liable for injuries caused by the defective product under theories of negligence, strict liability, breach of warranty, breach of contract, statutory violations, or fraud, depending on the state laws and the circumstances. Often, strict liability provides the most straightforward theory of liability because it requires attorneys to prove only: (1) the product was defective, (2) the defects caused your injuries, and (3) the injuries resulted in damages.

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corona-6278444_6401-e1715227682690Manufacturer ResMed makes CPAP masks that contain magnets. These masks have varying coverage of a patient’s face. Recently, the company gave consumers updated instructions for using the masks and held a voluntary global field action to update its guide for these masks. The notification warned consumers of a potential magnetic interference when magnets in the ResMed masks are close to certain implants and medical devices in a patient’s body. The ResMed masks that contain magnets are considered safe when used in line with the updated instructions for use and the field safety notice. If you were harmed by a ResMed mask with a magnet, or another medical mask containing a magnet, you should consult the experienced Chicago-based product liability attorneys of Moll Law Group. Billions have been recovered in cases with which we’ve been involved.

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Masks with magnets that were listed in the notice from the manufacturer include AirFit N10, AirFit F20, AirTouch F20, AirFit N20, AirTouch N20, AirFit F30, AirFit F30i. You can locate your mask’s model number on its frame or cushion. Affected masks include full face masks, non-vented masks, and nasal masks used to provide positive airway pressure therapy; they have magnets that make it easier for users to adjust the masks’ fit. The notice to consumers was issued because the masks not only potentially interrupt the function of some medical implants, but because they can also move the implant, whether a stent or a cranial plate or another device, within the patients’ bodies, causing serious injuries and necessitating additional, likely expensive medical care.

The affected ResMed masks were sold around the country and the world from 2014 to November 2023. The company has submitted to authorities five reports they received in which there was either medical intervention or hospitalization necessary that may have been related to magnetic interference of a mask with an implanted device. So far, users have not reported deaths or serious, permanent injuries.

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baby-21998_6401-e1715227048293Public concern is growing that weighted infant sleepwear, including sleep sacks and swaddles, may be dangerous for babies, after warnings from medical experts, safe-sleep advocates and federal regulators. In response, Amazon, Target and Walmart pulled this sleepwear from their sites and shelves. A senator has called for investigation into Dreamland Baby and Nested Bean, two of the popular weighted infant sleepwear companies based on allegations that they’ve used deceptive marketing in connection with product safety. It’s terrifying to discover your baby has been injured by a product you believed was safe. If your baby was injured by weighted infant sleepwear, call trustworthy Chicago-based product liability lawyers Moll Law Group.

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Experts and regulators concerned about the weighted sleepwear believe that it could prevent babies from breathing and pumping blood, and that the sleepwear could harm a baby as he or she is developing. Additionally, they think that the sleepwear is heavy enough that it could stop an infant from waking themselves up in case they aren’t able to breathe. This group thinks the product needs rigorous safety testing prior to being made available on the market.

However, the manufacturers’ CEOs have stated that their products are safe and that there’s no evidence to the contrary; investigators are concerned that there’s no evidence of safety either. The marketing for these products has focused on their comforting and soothing effects on newborns. Nested Bean has sold more than 2.5 million units of sleepwear products. The Dreamland Baby product has been out for more than 10 years, and more than 1 million weighted units have been sold.

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baby-218149_640-e1712684043871Thousands of parents have sued both Mead Johnson and Abbott for defects in their formula. In a recent landmark jury verdict, Mead Johnson, the baby formula manufacturer who makes Enfamil, including Enfamil Premature Nutrition Products, was recently found liable for placing premature infants at greater risk for deadly diseases. Along with Abbott, it had denied that the Enfamil products caused NEC or the risk of it in premature infants and denied that there is a link between NEC and cow’s milk formula.  The jury in this case awarded the plaintiff mother $60 million—$35 million more than what was requested. If your baby was harmed by Mead Johnson formula, call the seasoned Chicago-based product liability lawyers of Moll Law Group.

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The litigation was pursued partly to alter the way preemies in the NICU are fed. The formula believed to cause NEC that was the subject of the trial was made using cow’s milk. In court filings responding to the lawsuits, Mead Johnson has written: “Mead Johnson denies that Enfamil products cause NEC or increase risks of NEC in infants.” The jury found that the manufacturer had not done enough to provide warnings to parents of increased odds of these infants suffering a deadly disease because they were given Mead Johnson’s formula Necrotizing Enterocolitis or NEC.

The case against Mead Johnson was brought by a mother who’d lost one of her twin preemies; it was made part of a multidistrict litigation. Over 330 lawsuits were filed around the country regarding the formula at issue. The trial started on February 20 and lasted four weeks. At closing arguments, the mother’s attorney called upon jurors to make the right decision after hearing from a dozen expert neonatologists, all of whom agreed that while the research about the formula was inclusive, using the formula increased the risk of NEC. It was also argued on closing that the company doesn’t warn pediatricians and parents about how serious the dangers are on its packaging or its marketing to doctors.

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hospital-840135_640-e1715226572404Around 15 million Philips Respironics CPAP and ventilator machines were impacted by a Class 1 recall. This class of recall is the most serious because it indicates that it’s reasonably probable that using or just being exposed to the affected products will result in serious adverse health ramifications or even deaths. Recently, the manufacturer Philips reached a $1.1 billion deal to settle claims from plaintiffs who alleged they were injured by the company’s CPAP sleep apnea machines, as well as BiPAP ventilators. Part of the settlement is expected to be allocated for medical monitoring. This settlement does not admit fault and it is not yet final; the deal was reached through a mediator and still needs to be formalized in federal court. If you were injured or a loved one died as a result of using a Philips CPAP sleep apnea machine, you should call the seasoned Chicago-based product liability lawyers of Moll Law Group to see whether you have recourse. Billions have been recovered in lawsuits with which we’ve been involved.

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The Philips CPAP machine recall occurred because thousands of CPAP users complained of suffering medical problems as a result of use. A subsequent investigation found that the polyurethane foam that had been used to muffle sound and vibration in the machine could break down, especially in a warm environment, such that the person using the device could breathe in bits of foam or chemicals from the foam, including formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds, that they couldn’t see. That exposure could result in toxic and carcinogenic impacts. It is expected that the impacted machines will be fixed by replacing the existing foam with a silicone-based foam.

The affected Philips CPAP devices were sold between 2008-2021. More than 116,000 medical device reports had been received since April 2021, including 561 reports of death, that were suspected to be connected to the insulating foam in the machines.

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surgery-1822458_6401-e1712683689856Surgical mesh products are used to repair and reinforce soft tissue in patients where the tissue has some weakness. In particular, mesh is used to help reinforce the hernia. However, doctors have increasingly been using surgical mesh products, even though the safety and effectiveness in breast surgery hasn’t yet been decided.  The United States Food and Drug Administration has informed doctors, nurses and other health care providers that it is imposing new labeling updates for Becton, Dickinson and Company mesh products. These products include the following: GalaFLEX Lite Scaffold, GalaFLEX Scaffold, GalaFLEX 3D Scaffold, GalaFLEX 3DR Scaffold, Phasix ST Mesh, Phasix Plug and Patch, Phasix ST Mesh with Open Positioning System (OPS), and Phasix ST Mesh with Echo 2 Positioning System. If you were injured by any of these types of surgical mesh products, you should call the seasoned Chicago-based product liability lawyers Moll Law Group.

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The FDA issued its letter to ensure that doctors, nurses, and hospitals knew that Becton, Dickinson and Company had been asked to update its labels. The company did update its product warnings to indicate that surgical mesh products haven’t been determined to be safe and effective for purposes of breast surgeries. Health care providers have been asked to read the warnings.

However, if you are asymptomatic after mesh was used in your surgery, the FDA has not recommended that the mesh be removed or operated upon. The FDA has called for clinical evaluations to figure out whether the mesh products have benefit when they’re used for breast surgery. It also commented on the lack of clinical evaluations at a General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel in 2019.

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dam-5422929_1280-e1712683251596A federal court recently approved a $1.185 billion settlement concerning drinking water that had been contaminated by forever chemicals in PFAS-containing firefighting foam. The court dismissed objections from three cities and a municipal water district court. If you were injured or a loved one died due to polluted drinking water, you should consult the seasoned Chicago-based product liability lawyers of Moll Law Group. Billions have been recovered in cases we’ve handled; we represent plaintiffs around the country.

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More than 300 lawsuits related to the contamination of the environment due to the PFAS in firefighting foams have been instituted since 2018. Many cases involving PFAS involve claims by numerous individuals that allege personal harm as a result of forever chemicals. However this particular settlement involved municipal water systems that are facing substantial testing and remediation due to the PFAS in their water.

Consequently, the settlement was reached only in lawsuits that named all public water systems in the country that receive water from at least one source that tested positive for PFAS, along with any public water systems that the law requires to test for PFAS. A number of these lawsuits were consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) based in South Carolina, with a deal announced in June 2023 and receiving preliminary approval in August 2023.

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belly-2354_1280-e1712682579349-300x200There has been a huge uptick in the demand for weight loss drugs and as a result of new drug approvals, the supply has been impacted. Last fall, the drug manufacturer Eli Lilly received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a new medication for chronic weight management. The drug is known as Zepbound, and at $1059.87 for a month’s supply, it is cheaper than Wegovy, which is manufactured by Eli Lilly’s competitor Novo Nordisk. However, much of the excitement of Zepbound and Wegovy fails to appreciate the risks associated with these drugs. If you are a patient who has been harmed by Zepbound, you should call the seasoned dangerous drug Chicago-based attorneys of Moll Law Group. We represent people harmed around the country and billions have been recovered in lawsuits with which we’ve had involvement.

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The use of diabetes drugs for weight loss has gained increasing public attention. Initially, the FDA wouldn’t allow Eli Lilly to market the diabetes drug Mounjaro for obesity, but late last year, it approved Zepbound, which is based on the same active ingredient. You should be aware, however, that there still questions about long-term health risks of using these drugs.

Zepbound, or tirzepatide, is given as an injection for chronic weight management in patients that are obese or overweight with an additional weight-related condition. Around 70% of adults around the country are obese or overweight; being able to lose 5%-10% of their weight has been linked to a reduced danger of suffering cardiovascular disease. The same drug is marketed under the trade name Mounjaro for use by adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus to better their glucose levels. Mounjaro has been the subject of increasing numbers of product liability lawsuits brought by people who took the drug and allegedly experienced gallbladder and gastrointestinal complications necessitating further expensive medical treatment.

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