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Blog Posts in March, 2012

  • Even as Number of Childrens Product Recalls Went Down in 2011, The Amount of Injuries Rose

    According to a report released by Kids In Danger (KID), although the number of children’s products that were recalled last year declined by 24%, there was a 7% increase in the number injuries and incidents related to the recalls. The advocacy group says that because of the confidentiality involving the recall process, it can be hard to figure out the reason for the decrease in recalls. For ...
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    By Jim Gilbert and Rick Friedman (Jim Gilbert and Rick Friedman are long-time friends and fellow members of the Inner Circle of Advocates, a select group comprised of 100 of the most elite plaintiffs’ attorneys in the nation. Jim conducts a nationwide products liability and personal injury practice from Arvada, Colorado (, while Rick conducts a nationwide trial ...
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  • NHTSA Proposes New Rule Tackling Keyless Ignition Dangers

    Under a rule proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, vehicles with keyless ignition systems would either automatically put the autos in park or notify drivers when the vehicle has been left unattended. The proposed rule comes in the wake of the injuries and deaths that have arisen when people have exited their autos without realizing they’ve forgotten to shut off the ...
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  • Portland, Oregon Child Injury: 3-Year-Old Undergoes Surgery After Swallowing 37 Buckyball Earth Magnets

    A toddler is recovering after undergoing surgery to remove 37 Buckyball earth magnets that she had swallowed. The small pieces came together inside her stomach to form the shape of a large circle. Payton Bushnell was rushed to the hospital after she fell ill. Her family thought she was suffering form the stomach flu. Instead, what happened was that the magnetic balls pulled the little girl’s ...
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  • Toyota and Chrysler Announce Large Auto Recalls

    Just when Toyota had almost stopped making headlines after a few years of nonstop exposure due to claims blaming sudden unintended acceleration accidents involving its vehicles for injuries and deaths and the recalls of millions of vehicles, the automaker recently found itself among the day’s top stories once again. CNN recently revealed that it had seen a “confidential” document from 2006 noting ...
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  • Odyssey HealthCare Settles for $25M Whistleblower Lawsuit Over Medicare Billing Fraud Allegations

    Gentiva subsidiary Odyssey HealthCare will pay $25 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit filed by one of its former nurses. The plaintiffs accused the hospice care company of enrolling patients that hadn’t received terminal diagnoses of six months or less to live to receive round-the-clock care. In the Qui Tam complaint, Odyssey is accused of engaging in Medicare billing fraud between 2006 and ...
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