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2 Million Baby Bathing Seats Recalled Due to Risk of Skull Fractures

By Kevin Duffan, Medical Malpractice Attorney

What Happened:

According to a report in the Long Island Newsday, more than 2 million infant bathingseats are being recalled due to risk of injury to young children. The affected device is the Mother’s Touch/Deluxe Baby Bathers manufactured by Summer Infant Inc., of Woonsocket, R.I.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has received seven reports of incidents in the United States, including five reports of infants suffering head injuries from falls from the bathing seats. Four children between two weeks and two months old received skull fractures, including one who required intensive care for bleeding in the brain. The fifth child received a bump to the head requiring emergency room treatment.

The government has announced that the products were sold in stores and online from September 2004 through November 2011. The bathing seats were manufactured in China.

Safety advocates have urged consumers to immediately stop using the bathing seatsand to contact the company for a free repair kit. Anyone injured by a bathing seat or any other product should visit the CPSC website to report the incident.

The Virginia Injury Lawyer’s Perspective:

Though something as benign as a bathing seat can hardly seem to pose a risk to your children, the fact is that even familiar items can be dangerous under the right set of circumstances.

During my more than 25 years of personal injury work in Virginia, I have represented people injured by a wide variety of seemingly innocuous devices. If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective consumer product, including baby bathingseats, consider consulting with an experienced VA injury attorney. My colleagues and I have the background to fight for the justice you deserve.

Helpful Info:

If your child has been injured by a dangerous or defective product, you may be able to hold the company that manufactured and marketed the device accountable by filing claims for compensation for medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering. Read this article to begin learning about your legal rights and options when a faulty product leads to injuries.

Have Questions?

You can learn more by reading through this online library of lawyers’ answers to frequently asked questions regarding recalled, poorly designed and unsafe consumer goods.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They, along with fellow attorney Randy Appleton, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive.


Number of Medical Device Recalls Reaches Two-Year High

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Medical Malpractice Attorney

What Happened:

According to one recent article, this past year has seen a massive number of medical device recalls. According to ExpertRecall, a company that tracks food, drug and device recalls, a whopping 123 million such devices were recalled in the most recent quarter of the year, representing a nearly two-year high.

The total number of individual units affected by the recalls passed the 100 million mark for the first time since the third quarter of 2010. The 123 million units recalled last quarter represent an astounding 50% increase on the 82 million units recalled in the first quarter of the year. Stepping even further back in time, the second quarter of 2011 saw recalls for only 16 million devices, about 1/8 as many as last quarter

It wasn’t just medical devices that saw millions of recalls last quarter, the group revealed that there were 69 pharmaceutical recalls in the second quarter of 2012 affecting a total of 12 million units of prescription drugs.

Companies involved in the recalls include Coviden PLC, which recently announced a voluntary recall of some DGPHP RFA high-power single use grounding pads. It also announced a voluntary global recall of some adult tracheostomy tubes.

CareFusion Corporation launched a recall earlier this summer of its EnVe ventilator due to potential risks that the device could compromise patient ventilation. The company also announced a voluntary recall of its AirLife Infant Breathing Circuit.

DePuy Orthopaedics has also been forced to recall yet another line of hip and other artificial joint implants. This time, the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary said that it would be pulling all of its unused custom orthopedic devices due to concerns raised by the FDA. The recall notice was issued on August 24, 2012, two years after the company issued its major ASR hip-implant recall.

Abbott Laboratories recalled some Architect Toco IGG Reagent kits while General Electric’s medical systems unit recalled X-ray machines due to faulty wheels. Perhaps most uncomfortable of all, Johnson & Johnson announced just this week that they would be recalling certain hemorrhoidal circular staplers due to the potential risks of a misfire.

The Virginia Injury Lawyer’s Perspective:

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a dangerous or defective product, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. There is a finite period of time to take legal action against those responsible for manufacturing the device and once the statute of limitations expires, you are barred from seeking compensation.

Attorneys with our Virginia personal injury law firm have helped many victims of dangerous and defective products recover damages from companies whose negligence or disregard for consumer safety led to injuries.

Helpful Info:

If you or a family member has been injured by a defective or dangerous product, you can begin to learn about your legal rights and options by reading this article.

Have Questions?

We maintain a library of attorneys’ answers to frequently asked questions regarding recalled products.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They, along with fellow attorney Randy Appleton, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive.


Johnson & Johnson Board Names DePuy Executive New CEO

DePuy ASR hip implants have been recalled.

By Randy Appleton, Medical Negligence Lawyer in Virginia

An attorney with the Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton law firm has written about the new CEO of Johnson & Johnson and his connection to the DePuy ASR hip replacement recall. The new chief executive officer was promoted from his position as the executive in charge of the medical device and diagnostic group that included DePuy. To learn more, read “Awarding Negligence? DePuy Executive Named New Johnson & Johnson CEO.”

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About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our medical/hospital malpractice focus on personal injury and accident law and have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive.

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Surgical Mesh Safety Reviewed After Patients’ Deaths and Injuries

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel is reviewing whether the surgical mesh should be more closely regulated.

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney

My colleague Jim Lewis has posted a new blog to our Virginia personal injury lawyers’  website about increased concerns over the use of surgical mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse in women. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel is reviewing whether, in light of multiple reports of patient injuries and deaths, the surgical mesh should be more closely regulated.

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose Virginia/Carolina attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctor mistakes and nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Though not every case meets our criteria, we offer free initial consultations. Give us a call at (800) 752-0042. If you can’t get through due to high call volume, leave a message so we can return your call. Also be sure to check out our free special report Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA), but we also have offices in Hampton, VA, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Our lawyers hold licenses in VA, NC, South Carolina (SC), West Virginia (WV), Kentucky (KY), Florida (FL) and Washington, DC. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. We also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services.