Nearly 200,000 pounds of frozen chicken quesadillas and other meals are being recalled by Rich Products after an outbreak of E.coli The company is recalling all food products made at its Waycross, GA food plant, according to a company press release posted on the Food and Drug Administration website. The company voluntarily conducted the recall after health officials linked the E. coli outbreak to a package of quesadillas. Testing conducted by the New York State Department of Health, Wadsworth Center Laboratory, identified the outbreak strain of STEC O121 in an open package of Farm Rich brand frozen quesadillas from an ill person’s home, according to a statement on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website. The outbreak includes reports of tainted foods from 15 states and 24 individuals who have been sickened – seven of whom have been hospitalized, according to the CDC. The E. coli O121 strain is reported to be among a potentially lethal group of bacteria known as Shiga-toxin producing E. coli or STECs. While the most people recover from STEC strains within seven days, some can become severely ill with a complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome – which causes kidney failure. None of the 24 illnesses have been linked to the products included in the Rich recall, according to a company spokesman Products included in the recall are sold under the [...] Read more »
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CONTRA COSTA COUNTY – A 54-year-old Walnut Creek, CA man accused of fatally striking a Santa Barbara math teacher last September has pleaded not guilty in Contra Costa County Superior Court, Mercury News reported. The defendant, Hossein Tabrizi, was allegedly under the influence of the anti-anxiety medication Lorazepam when he allowed his pickup truck to go onto a sidewalk and strike 52-year-old Sherry Hicks, and her 24-year-old daughter-in-law, Sheng Hahn. According to the news report, just prior to the accident, Tabrizi had been seen passed out behind the wheel at a downtown stoplight. A concerned citizen shook him awake, and he continued on his way. He was pulled over by police and released after passing a field sobriety test. The fatal crash that killed Sherry Hicks occurred just a few moments later.
SAN DIEGO – Last month, a San Diego jury awarded $120,000 to a woman who was bit by a pit bull at a party. In 2009, the victim attended a house party in the defendant’s home. After a noise complaint by neighbors, the party was brought inside. The woman went to smoke in what she thought was another room, but accidentally entered the garage, where she was attacked by the defendant’s pit bull. She suffered injuries to her lip and chin requiring plastic surgery. Four and a half hours after the attack, the plaintiff’s blood alcohol level was .189 at the hospital emergency room. At trial, the defendants contended that the plaintiff was contributorily negligent and her injuries resulted from the fact that she opened the wrong door due to her level of intoxication. The jury found no contributory negligence on the part of the plaintiff despite her level of intoxication at the time.
Two survivors of the Super Bowl Sunday tour bus crash in Yucaipa have filed a lawsuit, the Long Beach Press Telegram reported February 22nd. The two individuals, Pamela Morales, and her mother Guillermina Morales, filed the complaint in San Bernardino Superior Court on Friday morning. The complaint alleged that the bus companies involved were negligent and failed to properly maintain their vehicles. Seven people died in the crash including Fred Frichardson, 72, the driver of a pickup truck that was struck head-on by the bus after it went out of control. There were 38 passengers on the bus, which had gone from Tijuana to Big Bear Lake, and was making it’s way back to Mexico when the driver lost control of the bus at about 6:30 p.m. on Highway 38, northeast of Bryant Street. Guillermina Morales suffered a fractured leg, pelvis and arm in the crash.
The Medtronic INFUSE Bone Graft uses a genetically engineered protein to help fuse damaged vertebrae and was deemed “revolutionary” when launched in 2002. The bone graft offered doctors an alternative to more traditional forms of treatment for patients suffering from degenerative disc disease, but the medical device was (and is) only approved for use in the lower back region. Allegedly, this did not stop Medtronic from marketing the INFUSE Bone Graft as a form of treatment for injuries of the cervical spine (neck region). It is important to note that it is illegal for a medical device manufacturer to market a product for purposes other than approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Complications Associated with Off-label Use of the Medtronic INFUSE Bone Graft In 2008, the FDA warned physicians of the dangers associated with the “off-label” use of the INFUSE Bone Graft. (The term “off-label” is commonly used to describe the use of a drug or medical device for purposes other than approved by the FDA.) The FDA warned physicians that use of the bone graft in the cervical spine could cause life threatening complications, including compression of the airway and neurological structures of the neck, severe dysphagia (difficult swallowing), and swelling of the neck, throat, mouth, and shoulders. If not treated promptly, these complications could result in the death of [...] Read more »
SAN DIEGO – A woman and her daughter who owned two pit bulls involved in catastrophic attack in 2011 were both convicted yesterday if involuntary manslaughter and two counts each of owning a mischievous animal that caused death, the Union Tribune reported. On June 18, 2011, 75-year-old Emako Mendoza was mauled by two female pit bulls in her own front yard in Paradise Hills. Emako had walked outside to pick up the newspaper around 6:30 a.m. when she was brutally mauled by the two dogs who had squeezed through a hole in the front yard. Her injuries were so severe that her leg had to be amputated below the knee and her arm was amputated below the elbow. She underwent eight surgeries and eventually had to have her right leg amputated as well. Emako was readmitted to the hospital on December 23, 2011, and died the next day. She was 76. The owners of the dogs, Alba Cornelio, 39, and Carla Cornelio, 19, bred and sold puppies, and had previously faced other criminal charges including serious bodily injury from a mischievous animal, failure to provide public protection from dogs, owning or having custody of a dangerous animal/dog causing injury and failure to restrain a dog. The same two dogs that attacked Emako Mendoza in June 2011 attacked a neighbor’s poodle puppy on Christmas Day in [...] Read more »
ALABAMA — After a week long trial, a jury has awarded $15 million to a group of four plaintiffs who were involved in a fatal accident on May 2, 2007, in which a BP gas station sold alcohol to a group of minors. Drew Robertson, 13, was killed in the crash. Prior to the crash, Robertson had ben part of a group that went to the 14th Street BP in Bessemer, Alabama to purchase alcohol. The gas station initially denied ever making the sale to the group of minors. The four lawsuits, which were consolidated into one, were filed under Alabama’s Dram Shop Act that allows lawsuits to be brought against restaurants or stores that sell alcohol to minors that result in damages, injuries, or deaths.
Medical and fitness experts have heavily scrutinized Skechers Shape-ups toning shoes unstable, thick sole. These experts agree that the shoes rocker bottom sole can cause serious injuries one of two ways: either from falling or from extended wear. Despite the rampant reports of injuries related to the use of Shape-ups, Skechers has recently marketed the toning shoes to young children. Children are very susceptible to serious injuries while wearing Shape-ups for a number of reasons. Most children are exploring the world around them and may not be as careful as an adult when walking or stepping up or down in Shape-ups. Children are also still developing motor skills, such as balance and coordination – two skills needed when walking in unbalanced Shape-ups. Finally, children’s bones are still developing and extended use of a Skechers Shape-ups could interfere with a child’s growth process. Types of Skechers Shape-ups Children’s Injuries Children can suffer from the same types of Shape-ups related injuries as adults. Bone fractures, or broken bones as they are also referred to, are one of the most common types of Skechers Shape-ups related injuries. Head injuries, muscle strains/tears, lacerations, spinal cord injuries, Achilles tendon injuries, back injuries, bruises, and neck injuries are also common. Children can also suffer emotional injuries after experiencing a traumatic accident and injury. Getting Legal Help As a parent, you [...] Read more »
Personal injury accidents include any type of accident in which one party’s negligence or recklessness causes harm to another individual. Although there are several different legal codes that apply to personal injury claims such as local traffic laws, product liability, medical malpractice, and premises liability, all personal injury claims seek to recover financial reparations for the damages incurred by the accident, and in rare cases involving egregious negligence, punitive damages may also be awarded to plaintiffs. Because many personal injury claims involve large insurance companies it may be prudent to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer before entering into any settlement talks. Types of Personal Injury Claims Of the many types of personal injury accidents, motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of unintended injuries and wrongful death. In 2010, motor vehicle collisions caused over 2.7 million injuries and more than 30,000 deaths. Over the years, insurance companies have mapped out the general procedures for recovering compensation after a car accident, raising awareness amongst motorists of their rights to file for and receive compensation. Another type of personal injury claim is slip and fall accidents. While most fall accidents do not require any medical attention, fall accidents can cause substantial injury to individuals whose accidents were caused by the general carelessness of another party. In such cases, premises liability laws may allow the [...] Read more »
SAN FRANCISCO — Seven cable car passengers were injured Wednesday morning when the cable car they were riding hit a small metal object lodged in the line and slammed to a sudden stop on Nob Hill, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Five people were transported to a hospital, with one person suffering life threatening injuries. The accident was reported on Powell Street near Washington Street at about 10:15 a.m. Both the conductor and the grip operator were among the injured. Another cable car had safely travelled over the spot about 10 minutes before the accident occurred, according to the director of the Municipal Transportation Agency. Mile for mile, cable cars get in more accidents and cause more injuries than any other form of transportation in the country. Cable cars run on 19th century technology that uses underground cables and wooden blocks to stop. The collision injury rate for cable cars is more than double the rate of Muni buses and 3-5 times the rate of light rail and electric trolley buses in San Francisco. Injured victims of this accident may benefit from speaking with an experienced personal injury lawyer who has represented victims of cable car accidents. If the transportation agency is determined to be responsible for this accident, the injured passengers may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and related expenses. [...] Read more »