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  • Patients in Tennessee Undergoing Open-Heart Surgery May Be At Risk of Fatal Infections

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Jan 12, 2017

    Hospitals throughout Tennessee have sent letters to patients who underwent open-heart surgery between January 2012 and November 2016, warning them that they may be at risk of a fatal infection caused by a potentially contaminated machine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on October 13 of last year alerting patients and hospitals about the potential risk of ...
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  • General Motors Issues a Recall of More Than 4 Million Vehicles

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Nov 22, 2016

    General Motors Co. announced a recall of almost 4.3 million of their vehicles from around the world back in September of this year over a defect with their airbag and seatbelt deployment software. More than 3.6 million of those vehicles are in the United States. General Motors reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the issue in question is with the sensor ...
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  • Proposed Car Seat Changes Needs Governor's Signature

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Mar 11, 2016

    A new bill proposes to change current Tennessee standards surrounding car and booster seat usage. If passed, children will be required to ride in these protective seats for a longer period of time. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asserts that car crashes are one of the leading causes of death in children between the ages of 1 and 13. While car seats were estimated to save an ...
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  • GM liable for punitive damages in ignition switch suits

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Nov 23, 2015

    Some individuals in Tennessee may have heard about lawsuits against General Motors regarding faulty ignition switches. The company admitted it knew its ignition switches were faulty for about ten years despite waiting until February 2014 to recall the cars. At least 169 people have been killed in crashes related to the switches, and many others were injured. In 2009, General Motors filed for ...
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  • Children's sweatshirts recalled due to strangulation hazard

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Sep 9, 2015

    Tennessee parents may want to check their children's closets for a sweatshirt that was recently recalled. James Trading Group's Croker Kids Ireland Sports Hoodie is a green, blue and white sweatshirt with the word 'Ireland" across the front. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the sweatshirts pose a strangulation hazard due to a drawstring on the hood. Between November 2012 ...
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  • Lawsuits filed in deadly Amtrak derailment

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, May 21, 2015

    Most Tennessee residents by now have heard about the Amtrak passenger train that derailed in a Philadelphia neighborhood on May 12. The accident, which so far has claimed the lives of eight people and injured more than 200 others, received extensive news coverage for several days. No cause had yet been established, and an investigation was being conducted by the National Transportation Safety ...
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  • Dangerous bacteria found in ice cream

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Apr 28, 2015

    People in Tennessee who love ice cream may want to avoid purchasing any pints from Blue Bell Creameries on their next shopping trip. Due to concerns over a listeriosis outbreak, the ice cream manufacturer and distributor voluntarily issued a recall of its products on April 20. The company recalled every one of the products that it sells including ice cream, frozen snacks, sherbet and frozen ...
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  • Vaginal-mesh implant settlement reached

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Oct 13, 2014

    C.R. Bard Inc. has resolved more than 500 vaginal-mesh lawsuits that alleged that its product harmed women in Tennessee and elsewhere. The settlement averaged $43,000 per claim, which came to a total of over $21 million. This is the company's first large-scale settlement related to these devices. Other vaginal-mesh manufacturers face similar lawsuits about their devices, and the companies are ...
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  • Are medicine labels setting parents up to provide wrong doses?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Jul 18, 2014

    Parents don't want to see their children feeling ill or in pain. With this is mind, it's understandable why parents take their kids to the doctor to see if any remedy is available. Oftentimes, the solution comes in the form of a prescription. In many cases, children cannot swallow pills, so medication is delivered in liquid form. While this may provide an easy way to administer the medicine ...
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  • Powdered alcohol considered dangerous -- before it hits shelves

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, May 23, 2014

    Entrepreneurs are constantly thinking of new and creative products to market to consumers. In an effort to create a profitable enterprise, however, serious oversights in consumer safety can be made. Other times, the concerns about safety might be known, but they are simply ignored by manufacturers. Right now, public officials are weighing the possibility of approving a new product: powdered ...
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  • Report: Medical device recalls are on the rise

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Apr 14, 2014

    In recent years, Nashville area residents have been involved in some high-profile medical device recalls. From defective hip implants to infusion pumps, there have been numerous products that have made it into the medical marketplace and gone on to be implanted in patients only to be recalled. Many patients then have had to undergo surgeries to remove the dangerous devices. Medical device recalls ...
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  • Senator says recalled GM vehicles are not safe to drive

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Mar 28, 2014

    There has been a lot of troubling information in the news lately about automakers knowingly putting Americans in harm's way. On the heels of Toyota's sudden acceleration nightmare, General Motors recently admitted that there are potential problems with ignition switches in many of its vehicles. In both cases, the automakers reportedly knew of the potential defects long before issuing any ...
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  • Sudden acceleration lawsuits move to settlement negotiations

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Dec 13, 2013

    Nashville residents may be aware that Toyota Motor Corp. is entering negotiations to settle hundreds of lawsuits related to sudden acceleration. The shift from defending itself against claims that defective vehicles have caused accidents by accelerating unintentionally comes after the company lost a significant jury trial. In October, the automaker was assessed a $3 million verdict after a jury ...
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  • Is birth control making women sick?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Jun 3, 2013

    Many women are put on birth control without ever even giving the product much thought. Year after year these same women also go to their doctors to get prescriptions and for check-ups, yet do not even realize that their contraception could be causing severe damage or even killing them. Take for example NuvaRing . This contraception is available through prescription and is manufactured by Merck. It ...
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  • Investigation into certain Type 2 diabetes medication risks

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Mar 25, 2013

    Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes among Americans. And with millions of people living with the disease, there are no doubt a good number of people in Tennessee who either have been diagnosed themselves or know someone else who has. With Type 2 diabetes the body either does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Typically, the solution to this is diet, ...
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  • App alerts consumers to potential vehicle safety issues, recalls

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Mar 22, 2013

    When buying a car, Tennessee residents like to think that all of the safety features are working and that the car is up to the highest safety standards. And while this is true for a good number of cars, there are still recalls made on numerous makes and models of vehicles due to defects that could -- and in many cases do -- lead to accidents. To try and combat this, the idea is that education into ...
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  • Tennessee Infants at Risk of Injury From Defective Cribs

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Nov 2, 2011

    An infant should be safe in his or her own crib. But when cribs are not designed and manufactured properly, they can cause serious children's injures - including death. One particular problem with crib construction led to a product recall this month. Drop-side cribs that were imported from Taiwan by J.C. Penney were the subject of a recall because the drop-side rails have a propensity to become ...
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  • Restrictions on Cadmium in Jewelry Help to Protect Children From Injuries

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Sep 28, 2011

    It's fairly widely known that there are still problems with lead in children's toys. That issue has been around for several years, and it is not yet fully resolved. Meanwhile, other dangers have appeared. One such danger that is cause for concern is cadmium in jewelry. Cadmium is a bluish-white metal that can become an environmental hazard. It is used in many children's jewelry and other trinkets ...
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  • FDA drug recall: Over 500 prescription cold and allergy drugs

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Mar 8, 2011

    The FDA has ordered more than 500 common prescription drugs pulled from the market over concerns that they may contain ingredients that are not proven to be safe and effective, and because they may cause harm to children under two. The drug recall affects cough, cold and allergy drugs that have been marketed to both adults and children for years, including industry standards such as Accuhist, ...
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  • More drop-side cribs recalled; 20 child injuries, 3 infant deaths

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Feb 8, 2011

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced yet another recall of drop-side cribs -- cribs that appear to be identical to defective drop-side cribs the same manufacturer was forced to recall in February 2010. The manufacturer is Generation 2 Worldwide of Dothan, Alabama. The cribs being recalled in 2011 are SafetyCraft-brand full-size and portable drop-side cribs manufactured ...
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  • Middle Tennesseans join hip replacement product liability suit

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Jan 26, 2011

    Just last year, DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, undertook a voluntary recall of defective prosthetic hips used in hip replacement surgeries. The company allegedly started receiving complaints about the defective products in 2007, but it did not recall the hip replacements until 2010. A number of multimillion-dollar lawsuits have been filed across the U.S. seeking compensation ...
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  • Parents sue crib retailer for one-year-old son's wrongful death

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Jan 13, 2011

    A one-year-old boy from North Attleboro, Massachusetts, was asphyxiated in 2008 by a defective baby crib that has been recalled. Although the particular crib -- the Simplicity Ellis Deluxe 4-in-1 Convertible Sleep System -- had been recalled before the boy's parents purchased it, they were never warned of the danger, according to their wrongful death lawsuit. "In the full history of Simplicity ...
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