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2 Dead in Michigan, 105 Infected across Nation from Meningitis-Contaminated Steroid Injections

By Lipton Law on October 8, 2012 - No comments

Two people have died in Michigan from meningitis infections caused by infected steroid injections produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC). According to a USA Today report, a total of 105 patients across the United States have been infected with fungal meningitis, with eight dying from their illnesses.

Meningitis OutbreakThe drug, a steroid injected directly into the spine known as methylprednisolone acetate, is used to treat pain and inflammation. Currently, 105 people have been reported as contracting fungal meningitis due to receiving injections that were contaminated with the infection. Eight people have died due to the illness, two of which were residents of Michigan. A total of 76 medical facilities spread across 23 states received contaminated injections and the infections have been reported in a total of nine states. Visit www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis-facilities-map.html for a complete list of facilities that received the products.

The facilities in Michigan that received the contaminated drug include: the Michigan Neurological Institute, the Michigan Pain Specialists, the Neuromuscular & Rehabilitation, and the Southeast Michigan Surgical Hospital.

Meningitis is an infection-caused inflammation of the membrane covering the spinal cord and brain. If it is not properly and quickly diagnosed, it can easily progress to becoming fatal.

NECC has voluntarily surrendered its license to operate while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigates the circumstances of the contamination. The pharmacy has also recalled not only its steroids, but all products in case of further contaminations. The FDA has told all consumers and medical professionals to cease using NECC products and for anyone who received an injection on or after July 1 and experienced meningitis symptoms to immediately visit a doctor.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or illness due to a dangerous product, the Michigan recalled product lawyers at Lipton Law can aid you in holding at-fault companies responsible and finding compensation needed to recover from injuries and financial losses. Call (248) 557-1688 for a free consultation on your case.


Energizer Night Light Sold Exclusively at Target Recalled Due to Burn Hazard

By Lipton Law on August 31, 2012 - No comments

The Energizer Rotating Night Light, imported by Energizer and manufactured in China by Ningbo Sun-alps Industry Develop Co. Ltd, has been recalled due to a potential burn hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with the St. Louis-based company, announced a voluntary recall of the night light, which affects approximately 260,000 units. The night lights can overheat and smoke, posing a potential burn hazard to consumers.

Presently, Energizer has received nine reports of the night light overheating, including three reports of property damage, but fortunately no injuries have been reported.

The Energizer LED Rotating Night Light was sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide for about $6 from February 2010 through July 2012. The night lights are white and have an LED light inside an adjustable dome on top. The model number for the recalled night light is “NLPLROT,” which can be found on the side of the night light, and the date codes between 0110 (January 2010) and 0111 (January 2011) are stamped in a circle on the back of the night light.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop use of the product and unplug the recalled night light. Customers can contact Energizer at (800) 383-7323 for instructions on returning the night light and to receive a $7 coupon towards the purchase of another Energizer product.

At Lipton Law, our Warren product liability lawyers recognize the serious harm a defective product can cause for a consumer and are fully committed to holding negligent manufacturers accountable. Our skilled legal team has the knowledge and resources needed to prove that the defective product was the sole cause of your injuries in order to obtain the compensation you need to recover. For a complimentary consultation on your case, call (248) 557-1688.


Serious Hand Injuries Lead to Kolcraft Stroller Recall

By Lipton Law on June 26, 2012 - No comments

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada, and Kolcraft Industries, Inc. recently announced a safety recall of several models of Kolcraft strollers. The strollers have a “pinch point” in the hinge mechanism on the handlebars, which can cause crush injuries or even amputation if a child’s or adult’s hands become trapped in the hinge.

The CPSC reports five separate injuries to date, including three children who needed amputation surgeries after their fingers were too badly damaged in the hinge to heal properly on their own.

The recall focuses on the Kolcraft Contours Options strollers, which come in three-wheeled and four-wheeled models. The affected model numbers are ZL002, ZL005, ZL008, ZL015, and ZL018. Look for the model number on a sticker over the left wheels or on a tag sewn into the back of the seat pad.

The strollers were available from Toys “R” Us, Target, Amazon.com, and other major retailers from January 2006 to November 2009. They sold for $150 to $160 each. For a free repair kit, call Kolcraft at (800) 453-7673. Until you can repair the hinge, do not use the stroller or allow children to use or play with the stroller.

When we buy products for our children, we examine them for obvious hazards, but we also trust that there are no hidden dangers that could hurt the kids we care for. When a child is injured by a defective product, an experienced Wayne County defective product injury attorney at Lipton Law can help you find out what happened and seek the compensation you and your child need. Call us today at (248) 557-1688.


NHTSA Examines Rollaway Complaints in BMW 7 Series

By Lipton Law on April 26, 2012 - No comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has begun investigating reports of rollaways in BMW 7-series vehicles. The rollaway problem could result in a serious auto accident, especially if the rolling vehicle collides with a person, a building, or another vehicle.

The NHTSA has received a total of 50 complaints about rollaways in BMW 7-series vehicles, including 16 complaints since the agency began investigating the claims in August 2011 and 5 reports of injuries. The complaints cover vehicles in every model year from 2002 to 2008.

BMW reports that the design of the 7-series transmission controls could play a role in the rollaway accidents. The vehicle is started and stopped with a button, and the transmission is controlled with a lever that has a button on it that one presses to put the vehicle in park. If the “park” button is not pressed or the vehicle’s ignition button is pressed in certain ways during or after parking, the transmission may switch into neutral, even though the driver thinks it is parked. A vehicle in neutral will roll if placed on a slanted surface like a hill, or if it is hit or pushed.

The NHTSA and BMW recommend double-checking that the vehicle is in park before getting out, and parking on flat surfaces whenever possible. The NHTSA says a recall may be forthcoming, but one has not currently been issued.

Driver negligence isn’t the only cause of auto accidents. Defective vehicle parts, badly-done repairs, or ignored maintenance problems can all cause vehicle steering or braking issues that can cause an accident and serious injuries. At Lipton Law, our knowledgeable Southfield product liability lawyers can help you get to the bottom of your accident when it has been caused by a vehicle defect and seek compensation from any parties who may have caused your crash. For a free and confidential consultation, call our office today at (248) 557-1688.


NHTSA Considers Higher Fines for Automakers Who Conceal Safety Defects

By Lipton Law on March 27, 2012 - No comments

Michigan Auto Product SafetySince Toyota faced high fines for concealing information related to safety issues in several of its vehicles in 2010, automakers have been more forward with information related to possible defects and in issuing auto product recalls. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is considering increasing the maximum fines possible in such cases.

The increase in fines will have to pass through Congress and be signed by the President to go into effect. A bill introduced recently in the Senate would increase the maximum fine to $250 million. Currently, the maximum fine is $17 million per failure to report. Toyota received a total fine of $32 million in 2010 for two separate instances in which lawmakers say the company failed to report safety defects, with deadly consequences.

Supporters of the bill say that increasing the fines would better reflect the size of automakers’ budgets, creating a real deterrent to withholding necessary safety information. They note that, while $17 million does not represent a real hardship for most auto companies to pay, $250 million would. Opponents of the increase, however, say that $17 million is an adequate deterrent, and that raising the amount would put an unnecessary burden on automakers. Opponents also note that, with millions of vehicles on U.S. roads, automakers already face a hefty responsibility to make cars as safe as possible, one that they take seriously.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by a defective vehicle part, the experienced Southfield product liability attorneys at Lipton Law can help. Call us today for a free and confidential consultation about your car accident injury. Our number is (248) 557-1688.


NHTSA and Goodyear Announce Tire Recall

By Lipton Law on February 28, 2012 - No comments

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Goodyear Tires recently announced a recall of several different sizes of Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor tires. All the recalled tires were manufactured between March and May 2009.

Goodyear warns that the tread on the tires can come loose, especially in tough driving conditions like emergency situations and bad roads. Loose tread can damage the vehicle. Worse, it can cause a serious auto accident; a tire that comes apart can easily force a vehicle to swerve, making it far too easy for the vehicle to crash.

The recalled tire sizes are sizes: LT235/80R17 LRE, LT325/60R18 LRE, LT275/70R18 LRE, LT265/70R17 LRE, LT245/75R17 LRE, and LT285/70R17 LRD. Owners of these tires can trade them in for a free replacement set. To find a place to return your tires in your area, call Goodyear toll-free at 1-800-592-3267. Goodyear has states that it expects to begin the recall on or before March 22, and that it plans to contact those tire owners for whom it has information.

At Lipton Law, our knowledgeable Southfield product liability attorneys can help you with every hurdle you face after an accident, from filing a Michigan no-fault insurance claim to holding the makers of a defective vehicle product accountable for their actions. To learn more about your legal rights after a crash and how we can help you protect them, call Lipton Law today at (248) 557-1688. Your initial consultation is free and completely confidential.


NHTSA Announces Child Seat, Tire Recalls

By Lipton Law on February 8, 2012 - No comments

The U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced two separate recalls that may affect millions of U.S. drivers. One recall focuses on defective child safety seats, while the other focuses on defective vehicle tires.

Car seat maker Britax has recalled several of its “Chaperone” child safety seats because the straps that keep the child securely in the seat can come loose, offering no protection from a crash or from an active child climbing or falling out of the seat. Owners of these child seats can contact the manufacturer at 1(888) 427-4829 or www.britaxusa.com to request a free repair kit that will reattach the straps securely.

Toyo Tire has also recalled several of its Extensa A/S tires. The bead of the tire can come loose or twist, resulting in air loss that can cause vehicle damage, auto accidents, or both. Owners who have these tires can contact Toyo for more information at 1(800) 442-8696, or return the tires to the store from which they purchased them.

More information on both these recalls is available at the NHTSA vehicle recall and safety website, www.safercar.gov.

Injuries from defective products, especially auto parts, can seriously and permanently change the course of a person’s and a family’s life. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, the experienced Southfield product liability lawyers at Lipton Law are ready to help. To discuss your case with us and learn more about your legal rights and options, call Lipton Law today at (248) 557-1688. Your initial telephone consultation is free and completely confidential.


CPSC Recalls Several Heating-Related Products

By Lipton Law on January 6, 2012 - No comments

For families in Michigan and elsewhere, winter weather often means turning on the space heater or turning up the thermostat. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued recalls for several different types of space heaters and an electric thermostat. These five products have all malfunctioned in ways that can cause fires or burns to people trying to use them.

  1. Meijer Touch Point Oscillating Ceramic Heaters. These space heaters, sold at Meijer stores in Michigan and other states, may short-circuit, creating a fire hazard.
  2. Flow Pro, Airtech, Aloha Breeze & Comfort Essentials Heaters. Any of these types of space heaters may overheat, which can lead to fires, smoke output, or burns to people who touch the unit.
  3. Lasko Portable Electric Heaters. A connection in the base of the heater may short-circuit, melting the housing and exposing the electrical components. This can cause electrocution or fires.
  4. Honeywell Electric Baseboard and Fan Heater Thermostats. These thermostats can overheat or short out, causing them to become very hot and possibly burn anyone who touches them.
  5. GE Zoneline Air Conditioners and Heaters. A failure in the electrical system may start a fire.

Detailed descriptions of each of the recalled products and information about what to do if you have one of them is available at the CPSC’s website, cpsc.gov.

When we buy items for our homes, we feel reassured that these products will not cause serious injuries to us or our loved ones – and most of the time, we’re right. But when a manufacturer or seller offers a defective product for sale, its hidden defects can cause serious injuries. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, the experienced Southfield product liability attorneys at Lipton Law can help. For a free consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.


Public Interest Research Group Points Out Some Unsafe Toys This Holiday Season

By Lipton Law on December 9, 2011 - No comments

The winter holidays frequently mean gift-giving, and gift-givers on the hunt for their child’s most-anticipated new toy want to believe that their gifts won’t hurt the children they love. However, some of the toys on the market for this season may pose a risk for some children, according to a recent article in the Huffington Post.

A research study by the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) found that several smaller, “stocking-stuffer”-type toys may pose a risk to younger children. For instance, a stuffed Oscar the Grouch doll, a plastic book for babies, and a toy hand-held crossbow were all deemed dangerous due to high levels of phthalates or lead, or small parts that might come off and injure a child. A toy magnetic “whirly wheel” was found to have unacceptably high levels of lead, though the manufacturer of the toy argues that the lead levels are within legal limits.

PIRG also warns that toys that make loud noises could injure children by damaging their delicate and developing ears. For instance, one talking Elmo-themed toy cell phone the group tested played its sounds just under federal noise limits, but it was still too loud for some children’s young ears.

If you or someone you love is injured by a defective toy or other gift this season, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Michigan products liability attorneys at Lipton Law. We will help you secure the compensation you need so that you and your family can focus on healing. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.


Safe Costume Design Can Help You Enjoy a Happy, Injury-Free Halloween

By Lipton Law on October 28, 2011 - No comments

Costume parties and costume contests are a big part of Halloween fun for adults and children alike. When a costume, accessory, mask, or other dress-up item is defective or dangerous, however, it can cause serious injuries and turn your Halloween fun into a true horror story. Help protect yourself and those you love from injury by looking over your costume with these safety tips, courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Wear flame-resistant materials. Pre-made costumes should state on the label that they are “flame-resistant.” If you make your costume at home, choose flame-resistant materials like polyester or nylon; many fabrics sold in fabric stores are also marked “flame-resistant.”
  • Brighten up your costume with bright materials or reflective strips, especially if you plan to be outdoors at night. Reflective strips can be added creatively to many costumes so that they don’t intrude but can still catch the light so that drivers and others can see you.
  • Choose makeup, not masks. Masks can make it difficult for you to see, hear, or otherwise sense danger. Makeup, hats, and wigs are less likely to obscure your vision. When choosing makeup, test it on the inside of your arm before putting it on your face to ensure you don’t have an allergic reaction.
  • Avoid decorative contact lenses unless you have had them fitted by an eye care professional.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective product, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Michigan product liability lawyers at Lipton Law. We will examine the details of your case carefully and help you hold any negligent parties accountable for their actions. To learn more, call us today at (248)557-1688 for a free and confidential case evaluation.