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Montana Parents Say Zofran Caused Cleft Palate & Lip

Montana Parents Say Zofran Caused Cleft Palate & Lip

Over the first months of 2015, at least seven families have filed lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline, alleging that the company’s anti-nausea drug Zofran causes major birth defects. The fifth claim, filed by parents from Montana in the United States District Court of Montana, is notable for naming cleft lip and cleft palate as the birth defects allegedly caused by Zofran. In 2012, medical researchers and public health officials at Harvard and Boston Universityfound that women prescribed Zofran’s active ingredient during the first trimester were more than twice as likely to have babies with a cleft palate. Family In Montana Claims Zofran Caused Daughter’s Cleft Palate & Lip Filed under case number 1:15-cv-00026-SPW-CSO, the family’s complaint makes a number of serious allegations against Zofran’s manufacturer, international pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline. The lawsuit was filed on April 3, 2015. Plaintiffs allege that their daughter, named as M.M. in court documents, was born with a cleft lip and palate, and claim that these birth defects were caused by prenatal exposure to Zofran. The parents say that their daughter, who is now sixteen, has been forced to undergo 10 separate surgical procedures “to try and correct her cleft lip and palate.” They claim that the birth defect with which she was born “impairs her development” and hinders her ability to enjoy a normal life. PLAINTIFFS SAY GLAXOSMITHKLINE UNLAWFULLY PROMOTED ZOFRAN FOR USE DURING PREGNANCY The US Food & Drug Administration has approved Zofran, a potent anti-nausea drug, for the treatment of patients suffering from severe nausea and vomiting during the course of cancer treatments, like chemotherapy and radiotherapy. And while Zofran’s approval was eventually extended to cover post-operative...
Announcing the Largest Auto Recall in U.S. History

Announcing the Largest Auto Recall in U.S. History

Takata Corporation, the Japanese supplier linked to faulty airbags in millions of cars, has widened the scale of potential recalls in the U.S. to nearly 34 million vehicles, according to the Detroit News. Pressured by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) since late last year, the move is expected to lead to the largest auto recall in U.S. history. Nowadays, most recalls are done on a voluntary basis and it is rare for an automaker or supplier to reject a government request. But, that is exactly what Takata did. The company reportedly knew about the problem dating as far back as 2004, yet kept critical details, such as airbag ruptures, injuries, and deaths involving its vehicles, away from federal regulators and the public. In fact, Honda reported its death and injury tallies to regulators only in a confidential submission in December 2011, when it issued its fifth recall for the rupture defect, according to the NHTSA. When an air bag exploded in a Honda Accord in 2004, shooting out metal fragments and injuring the car’s driver, Honda and Takara deemed it “an anomaly” and did not issue a recall or seek the involvement of federal safety regulators. In December 2009, the air bag in another Honda Accord exploded after the driver hit a mail truck. When the air bag exploded, shrapnel propelled into the driver’s neck and chest; she bled to death in front of her three children. To date, the air bags have been linked to at least six deaths and more than 100 injuries. All deaths are in cars made by Honda. Initially the exploding air bags...
More Required Trucker Hours = More Truck Crashes

More Required Trucker Hours = More Truck Crashes

Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) is trying to put our communities’ safety in jeopardy.  We have to act, and we have to act NOW. Every year, almost 4,000 people are killed and another 100,000 more are injured in truck crashes (tractor trailer crash, semi crash).  According to a 2006 survey, nearly half – HALF! – of all truck drivers admitted that they fell asleep at least once in the previous year.  Imagine that, truck drivers pulling several ton vehicles, falling asleep with our mothers, fathers, children, sisters and brothers on the road. Before you think this isn’t your problem, know that truck crashes cost our country $99 BILLION every single year. It’s easy to blame the truck drivers for driver fatigue – the driver should have rested, should have pulled over etc.  But there are more culpable people here.  Just like you and I, truck drivers have a job to do and a boss to listen to.  Oftentimes, the trucking companies force their drivers to drive so many miles in a day that sufficient rest isn’t possible. We wouldn’t want a tired surgeon operating on us.  We don’t want tired truckers behind the wheel either. Right now, trucking companies can require their drivers to work 70 hours a week.  Sen. Collins is trying to sneak a provision into the upcoming government funding bill increasing that number. While this bill is being introduced under the guise of avoiding another partisan government shutdown, there is absolutely no reason that our roads should be made deadlier in the process.  The provision Sen. Collins has prepared would reduce our roadway protections which require truck drivers to rest/sleep for a certain...
Takata Airbag Recall Lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania

Takata Airbag Recall Lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania

Anapol Schwartz Personal injury lawyers filed a class action lawsuit in Pennsylvania against Takata Corporation, Honda Motor Co., and other auto makers impacted by the Takata airbag recall.  Eleven car makers have issued airbag recalls during the past year due to defective Takata airbags that may explode, shoot shrapnel and cause serious injuries. The Takata airbag lawsuit filed on November 18 alleges that Takata knew about the airbag defects as early as 2001 but failed to fully investigate the problem until recently. The reaction of manufacturers to this recall has been as grossly mismanaged as was the response to the original problem. The complaint alleges that the Takata airbag recall cheated class members because the vehicles they purchased were of lesser standard, grade and quality than was represented by automakers. Vehicle owners affected by the Takata airbag recall may be entitled to compensation for economic loss caused by the diminished value of cars with these dangerous airbags.  Contact an airbag defect lawyer to find out if you are eligible to join the Takata airbag class action...
Minimizing Spinal Cord Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

Minimizing Spinal Cord Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

uto accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, according to the Mayo Clinic. More than 40 percent of new spinal cord injuries each year occur during a car or motorcycle accident. Wearing a seatbelt can help minimize the risk of sustaining a spinal cord injury. Once the crash has occurred, there are additional precautions the Mayo clinic suggests accident victims can take to minimize the severity of spinal cord injuries including: Calling 911 immediately Avoiding moving the injured person. The wrong movement could exacerbate the injury or result in paralysis. Providing basic first aid such as stopping any bleeding and making the person comfortable without moving the head or neck Keeping the person still and place heavy towels on both sides of the neck or hold the head and neck to prevent them from moving. Car accidents can happen in the blink of an eye and change life at the same speed. No matter how careful drivers are, sometimes accidents and injuries cannot be prevented. No one should be left to deal with the aftermath of a paralyzing auto accident alone. Spinal cord injury lawyers can help victims get their life back. If it happened to you or a loved one, contact a Pennsylvania personal Injury lawyer to find out if you are eligible for compensation. View original article...
Fatal Hayride Accident Spotlights the Lack of Federal Regulations

Fatal Hayride Accident Spotlights the Lack of Federal Regulations

October is a time for apple cider, doughnuts, hayrides, and haunted houses. The last thing anyone expects is to be seriously injured or lose a loved one from being thrown off a hayride. A Halloween-themed hayride in Maine turned tragic when a 1979 Jeep SUV pulling the hay wagon lost control Saturday night. The wagon careened down a hill, struck a tree and overturned. A 17-year-old girl was killed; more than 20 others were injured including the driver of the Jeep pulling the wagon. The incident marks the third hayride fatality in the U.S. this fall. The accident occurred during the Gauntlet Haunted Night Ride at Harvest Hill Farm in Mechanic Falls, Maine, about 25 miles southwest of Augusta. The flatbed trailer was being pulled near a haunted house when it apparently missed a turn at the top of a hill. The trailer jackknifed and the Jeep went off the narrow, steep road. The trailer hit a tree, throwing its passengers to the ground. Authorities believe a mechanical problem prevented the SUV pulling the wagon from stopping. State police are looking to determine if the Jeep’s brakes were in working order and have been calculating the passengers’ weight to determine if the hay wagon was overloaded. The farm remains closed while an investigation is ongoing. While state fire marshals inspect and license mechanical amusement rides, most states, including Maine, have no federal regulations in place for operating hayride and a license is not required. This means that innocent people are left in the dark about which ride is safe for their families; few are aware of the lack of...