In February 2008, a woman underwent an elective hysterectomy at a Navy medical center. Not long after the procedure, she began to feel severe pain and discomfort in her abdomen, which was not an expected side effect of the procedure. She returned to the medical center several times, complaining of pain and pressure, but her symptoms were neither seriously investigated nor treated. In July 2009, more than one year after she had been experiencing pain, an emergency room doctor finally ordered a CT scan. The scan showed a foreign object in the woman's pelvis, which was later found to be a piece of a medical instrument used during the hysterectomy.
The purchase and use of fireworks is illegal in New Jersey and border state Pennsylvania. However, the explosives are a large part of the Fourth of July celebrations of people in both states. This is partially because of an ambiguity in Pennsylvania law that allows fireworks to be sold in the state if the buyer immediately takes them across the Pennsylvania border and into a neighboring state.
In November, the Food and Drug Administration issued letters to four manufacturers of caffeinated alcoholic drinks after receiving an onslaught of complaints from consumers. In the letters, the FDA warned the manufacturers that their products were unsafe, and that they were likely to cause injury and other lasting harm to consumers. After receiving the letter, Phusion Projects, which made the controversial caffeinated alcohol drink Four Loko, removed the caffeine from its beverage, although the company continues to maintain that combining alcohol and caffeine is safe.
Ten years ago, New Jersey metalworker Robert Nicastro was operating a shearing machine at his job at Curcio Scrap Metal. Suddenly, his right hand slipped into the path of the machine's blade, which sliced through four of his fingers. Since then, the now-59-year-old has undergone eight surgeries on his hand and has lost multiple fingers.
After millions of recalled vehicles and several years of increased costs and bad press, Toyota executives believed that they finally had reason to celebrate with the release of a NASA study declaring that Toyota vehicles did not have electronic defects that caused sudden acceleration. Last week, however, the tables turned as Toyota announced yet another recall of more than 2 million additional vehicles.
After two reported strangulation deaths in the past year, infant product manufacturer Summer Infant has announced a voluntary recall of approximately 2 million video baby monitors. The potential strangulation problem was first reported by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in October after receiving at least seven reports of strangulation since 2004. The company says that the defective products were sold at major retailers between 2003 and 2011.
"Fixodent - and forget it!" The well-known slogan for Fixodent denture cream is meant to imply that the cream allows users to go about their lives without constant worry about their dentures. However, for Mark Jacoby, whose debilitating nerve damage has confined him to a wheelchair, the slogan has taken on a whole new meaning. "Well, apparently I can't forget it because it took a lot away from me," he said. Jacoby believes that his nerve damage and resulting disability is due to Fixodent's high zinc content, and he is not alone. Several former Fixodent users have filed a class action products liability lawsuit against Fixodent's manufacturer, Proctor & Gamble, alleging that the denture cream is responsible for their health problems.
As snow blankets New Jersey and surrounding states yet again during this record-breaking winter, New Jersey residents and state officials once more find themselves dealing with snow removal, flight cancellations, slippery roads and sidewalks, and any of the many headaches that come with heavy snowfall. With a newly announced defective product recall, however, one additional consideration has now been added to the list for Ford Windstar owners.
In recent months, health care product manufacturer Johnson & Johnson has been the subject of multiple recalls and products liability lawsuits after numerous complaints about several of the company's products ranging from children's pain relievers to birth control medication to artificial hips. Because of these seemingly continual product malfunctions, it hardly even seems newsworthy when a new Johnson & Johnson recall is announced. However, the importance of the items manufactured by the company - medication, infant and child care products, health care necessities - it is important to continue to pay attention when Johnson & Johnson announces yet another recall, as it did late last week.
Earlier this week, we wrote about Johnson & Johnson unit DePuy Orthopaedics and the contention that its A.S.R. hip replacement implant is a defective product. When the A.S.R. was introduced, it was promoted as a major breakthrough, and as an implant that would last much longer than similar products. When the allegations were first brought against DePuy, the company maintained its self-promotion, claiming that surgical mistake was behind patients' pain and injury, not the product itself. Recently, however, DePuy announced that it is phasing out the A.S.R. device, but not for safety reasons. Instead, the company claims that lagging sales are behind the recall.