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Electronic Cigarette Explodes Injuring Orange County Man

By Brian Chase on March 13, 2015 - No comments

e-cigsChris Brookins, 29, of Santa Ana suffered injuries after a modified electronic cigarette exploded sending shrapnel into his hand and setting part of his bedroom on fire.

According to a news report in the Orange County Register, the incident occurred early morning on March 9, 2015 when Brookins was inside the bedroom of his unit at The Marke apartment complex on MacArthur Boulevard.

He removed an e-cigarette from a battery charger and had taken one drag when …Read the rest »

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Trinity Conducts Crash Tests On Potentially Defective Guardrails

By Brian Chase on December 19, 2014 - No comments

Guardrail TestingTrinity Industries conducted the second of eight crash tests of a potentially dangerous guardrail system as concerns remain about whether some of the units being evaluated are different than those previously installed.

According to a report in the New York Times, the testing in San Antonia is being overseen by the Federal Highway Administration.

The products in question are the ET-Plus guardrails manufactured by Trinity.

The federal agency’s associate administrator told reporters after the crash tests that the guardrails seemed to …Read the rest »

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Pharmaceutical Company Uses Shady Doctors To Market Painkillers

By Brian Chase on December 8, 2014 - No comments

Shady Drug PracticesA recent article in The New York Times talks about a pharmaceutical company using doctors with trouble pasts to market its painkillers.

The article gives the example of Dr. Judson Somerville, a Texas pain specialist who made $67,000 in speaking fees, travel and meals in 2013 to promote a powerful and addictive painkiller called Subsys, manufactured by Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics, Inc.

Even while he was on this “special assignment,” Somerville was under investigation by the Texas Medical Board after three of his patients …Read the rest »

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U.S. & Japan Grounding of Boeing Dreamliners Due to Battery Failure and Fire Risks

By Brian Chase on December 1, 2014 - No comments

Authorities in the United States and Japan have ordered airlines to stop flying their new Boeing 787 aircraft until a fire risk linked to battery failures can be fixed. According to a Jan. 17 CNN report, the move came after two emergency landings, one in Japan and another in Boston.

grounded boeingU.S. and Japanese officials have ordered all airline carriers to stop flying their new Boeing 787 aircraft or Dreamliners until they can show they have fixed a fire risk that has been linked to battery failures. According to a Jan. 17 CNN report, these moves by the two governments came after emergency landings involving these Boeing 787 aircraft one in Japan and another in Boston. CNN reports that the battery failures “resulted in release of flammable electrolytes, heat damage and smoke” aboard the airplanes. The cause of the battery failure is still under investigation and officials say if the problem is not fixed, it could result in damage to critical systems and structures and cause fires in the electrical compartment, the report states.

United Airlines is the only American carrier to operate the new aircraft and has said it will closely work with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Boeing during the technical review process, CNN reports. The first commercial Dreamliner flight took off in October 2011 flying from Tokyo to Hong Kong and no major problems were reported for the next year, the report states.

However, since July, there has been a growing list of problems on board these planes including fuel leaks, oil leaks, cracked engines, damaged cockpit window and battery problems, the article says. So far, the most serious incident involved All Nippon Airlines with 129 people on board, which had to make an emergency damage after a battery alarm and a burning smell in the cabin. Boeing has delivered 50 of these Dreamliners and has more than 800 orders from worldwide airlines, the report states.

Grounding these airplanes is the right thing to do given the seriousness of the problem, said John Bisnar, founder of the Bisnar | Chase personal injury law firm. “These are of course dangerous defects and it appears that no determination has been made regarding what caused them. In my opinion, these aircraft should not take off again until the problems are fixed satisfactorily.”

Airline crashes are rare, but when they do occur, they result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities, Bisnar says. “A number of these aviation accidents are caused by a defective or malfunctioning part. They are crashes that can be avoided with diligent inspections. I’m relieved that the authorities have taken a strong step to ensure the safety of America’s flying public.”

The California product liability lawyers of Bisnar | Chase represent victims of defective products and many other personal injuries. The firm has been featured on a number of popular media outlets including Newsweek, Fox, NBC, and ABC and is known for its passionate pursuit of results for their clients. Since 1978, Bisnar | Chase has recovered millions of dollars for victims of serious personal injuries.

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Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/16/travel/dreamliner-faa/?hpt=hp_t1

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Boston Scientific To Pay $26.7 Million In Vaginal Mesh Case

By Brian Chase on November 18, 2014 - No comments

Trans Vaginal Mesh LawsuitBoston Scientific Group must pay $26.7 million to a group of four women who alleged that the company’s transvaginal mesh implants had seriously injured them and adversely affected their quality of life.

According to a Bloomberg news report, jurors in federal court in Miami deliberated for just four hours before finding that the company’s officials defectively designed their Pinnacle pelvic organ implants and failed to properly warn …Read the rest »


Stryker $1.4 Billion Settlement For Defective Hip Implants

By Brian Chase on November 6, 2014 - No comments

Stryker Hip Implant LawsuitMedical device maker Stryker has agreed to pay $1.43 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits from patients who have had to undergo unnecessary surgery to remove the faulty hip implants.

According to a CBS news report, a New Jersey Superior Court judge brokered the deal that was reached this week. The accord resolves state and federal lawsuits against Stryker.

The lawsuits stem from two hip implants Stryker recalled due to corrosion and other issues in 2012.

One year ago, Johnson & Johnson paid …Read the rest »


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