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The NuVasive MAGEC is a rod implant system used in children for the treatment of early-onset scoliosis. NuVasive recently recalled the MAGEC system after it was discovered that a defect was causing the endcaps on the implant rod to detach inside the body. Injuries from this defect include back pain, bone abnormalities, and inflammation. Individuals who have been harmed by a defective MAGEC system rod are now filing product liability lawsuits against NuVasive.

About the NuVasive MAGEC System

NuVasive is a medical device company focused on the development and manufacture of high-tech spinal surgery implants. The NuVasive MAGEC system is a magnetic rod system that can be surgically implanted in the spine for the treatment of early-onset scoliosis (EOS) in children. The MAGEC system features a growing rod with innovative magnetic technology that enables the rod to be adjusted eternally with a remote control.

According to a new public warning from the FDA, certain leadless pacemakers made by Medtronic have a defect that may cause them to poke holes in the heart resulting in life-threatening complications.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently posted a new warning regarding a potentially fatal defect in the Medtronic Micra leadless pacemaker devices. The November 17 warning advises doctors about new findings which show that patients with the Medtronic leadless pacemaker implanted have displayed a significantly higher risk of cardiac perforation and potentially deadly complications.

Transvenous vs. Leadless Pacemakers

Paraquat is a highly toxic and poisonous chemical that is banned in over 32 countries. It is also one of the most widely used herbicides in the U.S. agriculture industry. Recent studies have linked paraquat exposure to early onset Parkinson’s disease, leading to a wave of paraquat lawsuits against the companies who make the chemical. In this post we will take a detailed look at a recent paraquat lawsuit (Barbara Kelly v. Syngenta Crop Protection, et al., S.D. Ill., Case No. 3:21-pq-1415) by deconstructing the allegations in the Complaint.

Kelly v. Syngenta

On November 11, Barbara Kelly (acting as Personal Representative of the estate of Andrew Eble) filed a paraquat lawsuit in the Sothern District of Illinois. The named defendants in the case are Syngenta Crop Protection LLC, Syngenta AG and Chevron U.S.A., Inc. The case alleges that the decedent, Andrew Eble, developed Parkinson’s disease after years of occupational exposure to paraquat.

Earlier this year, millions of Philips CPAP and BiPAP devices were recalled after it was discovered that foam used in the devices was degrading and causing users to inhale harmful chemicals. This has prompted a wave of CPAP recall lawsuits against Philips, but most of earlier complaints have only alleged consumer fraud claims.

Earlier this month in New York, one of the first CPAP recall lawsuits was filed in which the plaintiff is alleging that inhaling the foam caused physical injuries. Specifically, the plaintiff claims that 6 years of using a Philips CPAP device caused him to develop CPOD, asthma, blood clots, and a tumor in his throat. In this post will we carefully review and deconstruct the specific allegations in this complaint.

  • Video on CPAP lawsuits: a recent update and what a plaintiff needs to do to win their lawsuit (or earn a successful settlement)

November 15, 2021 Update: $13 million verdict in Camarillorazo this afternoon.  But we got a defense verdict in Palanaki. Click on the next link below for more details. 

The 5th bellwether trial in the 3M earplugs litigation resulted in a defense verdict. After 5 trials 3M has won 2 and the plaintiffs have scored victories in the other 3. Although the round 5 loss was disappointing, it was hardly surprising because the case was a defense pick that the plaintiff sought to dismiss prior to trial.

Two more 3M trials started on November 1, 2021, before different and new (new to the 3M litigation) federal judges.  There will be more trials immediately after those two trials.  So in terms of understanding the settlement amounts in the 3M lawsuits, we are getting closer to the finish line.

If you have been the victim of sex abuse or a sexual assault you have the right to file a civil lawsuit against your abuser (or the organization that enabled the abuse) and get justice with financial compensation. Almost any type of criminal sexual conduct or unwanted sexual contact can form the basis for a sexual abuse or sexual assault lawsuit. The type of conduct commonly seen in sex abuse lawsuits includes:

  • Sexual abuse of child
  • Rape

Last week, product safety testing discovered dangerous levels of benzene in several major brands of spray-on deodorant (and body spray). Benzene is a notorious human carcinogen that has been shown to cause leukemia. Unsafe levels of the carcinogen were found in some of the most popular deodorant brands including Old Spice, Secret, Suave, and Tag.

The discovery of benzene in spray-on deodorants could have major ramifications similar to those seen after benzene was found in sunscreen earlier this year. We could see sweeping product recalls before the end of 2021, followed by hundreds of product liability lawsuits against the deodorant manufacturers.

Valisure Drug and Product Safety Testing

GEICO (“Government Employees Insurance Company”) is the second-largest consumer auto insurer with over 15 million insured drivers. In Maryland, GEICO is actually the biggest auto insurance carrier. Our Baltimore accident attorneys have handled thousands of claims with GEICO over the years. In this post, we will go over the top insider secrets for how to deal effectively with GEICO on accident claims.

GEICO SECRET #1: Be Wary of GEICO Claims Adjusters

When you are handling an accident claim with GEICO your main point of contact will be a GEICO claims adjuster. The claims adjuster is the GEICO representative responsible for processing and administering your claim.

Birth injury malpractice lawsuits have the highest potential settlement or verdict value of any type of personal injury tort lawsuit. The median and average verdict and/or settlement in a birth injury lawsuit is around 30% higher than the average value of other medical malpractice claims and three times the average of personal injury cases in general. Maryland birth injury cases are worth even more, with an average payout closer to 50% higher than other medical malpractice cases.

In this post, we will take a closer look at the value of birth injury malpractice cases. We will review some sample settlements and verdicts in various types of birth injury claims and we will discuss some of the factors that drive the value of birth injury lawsuits so high.

Average Value of Birth Injury Malpractice Lawsuits

Chlorphyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide that has been very widely used in the agriculture industry, specifically in the production of fruits and vegetables. Chlorphyrifos is known to be toxic to humans and scientifically linked to neurologic damage in children. In August 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned the use of chlorpyrifos on all consumable food grown in the U.S.

Many chlorpyrifos insecticide lawsuits have already been filed against the manufacturer Corteva Inc. (formerly Dow Chemical) The lawsuits are expected to be the first of many and they allege that chlorpyrifos degrades into a chemical residue that is much more toxic than its original form and remains in clothing, walls, and other surfaces. The lawsuits also allege that exposure to this residue during fetal gestation or early childhood can cause a host of neurologic and developmental disorders.

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