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Philadelphia Student Burned by School Lunch

7-year-old Ja-Kaye Robinson sustained second-degree burns after opening a meal from his elementary school cafeteria only to be sprayed by the steam rising from it.

Robinson was subsequently treated at the Einstein Hospital emergency room, and is currently recovering, but now his parents have questions about how the incident happened in the first place. Though school officials brought Robinson to the principal’s office to be treated following the incident, they offered no substantial answers to the parents’ concerns about the temperature at which the school’s cafeteria food is served and where the school nurse was at the time he needed treatment.

School officials claim to be investigating this incident.

If you or your child was the victim of negligent behavior on the part of another individual, you could be entitled to compensation. The injuries Robinson sustained could be due to carelessness on the part of the school, and his parents’ concerns are as valid as any whose child was harmed on school grounds.

For a free review of your case, contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today.

Glastonbury Gas Leak Closes Main Street near Hillcrest Road

Construction crews traveling along Glastonbury’s Main Street hit a 6-inch gas main late Tuesday, causing a leakage in the area.

Official reports from Connecticut Natural Gas stated that no homes or businesses were affected by the leak, which was secured and the main shut off shortly after the accident. Luckily the leak was contained and no evacuations were necessary.

Main Street near Hillcrest Road was shut down to allow for repairs to the main, which at the time of the report were estimated to take approximately 2 hours.

Gas leaks can cause very severe injury or death to those nearby. Explosions from gas leakage can cause serious burns, lacerations, respiratory injuries and many other injuries.

If you or someone you love was injured by a gas leak caused by the negligence of another individual or entity, contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today for a FREE review of your case.

Two Watertown High School Bullys Arrested

Two Watertown high school students have been charged with breach of peace due to the cyber-bullying they have been putting their fellow students through. According to police the two teens created a fake Twitter account to harass more than 40 fellow classmates online.

The authorities received a complaint back in May about the online harassment and investigated the problem further. After working with Twitter the account was shutdown however the students created a second account shortly thereafter to continue the harassment.

Working with Twitter to get more information on the account holders, an arrest warrant was issued for the two students who were arrested and went to court on the charges. District parents are relieved and hope that these children learned that bullying is indeed a serious crime.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a bully whether, on or off school grounds, an experienced attorney can help you pursue justice for the physical and emotional distress caused by this growing problem.

Fill out the ‘FREE CASE REVIEW’ form to your right to have one of our knowledgeable attorneys review your information and determine if you may be eligible to make a claim.

Man Killed After Tent Collapses

Severe weather and high winds caused a beer tent to collapse in St. Louis on Saturday afternoon. Hundreds of people were celebrating the St. Louis Cardinals’ victory in a beer tent at Kilroy’s Bar when the thunderstorm hit. The tent collapse killed Alfred Goodman and left a 100 people injured. According to
USA Today
, the St. Louis Fire Department had to transport 17 people to the hospital.

General Motors Recall Affects 3.16 Million Additional Vehicles

A new recall from General Motors is affecting 3.16 million additional vehicles across the country. Yesterday’s recall announcement brings the total of recalled vehicles to approximately 20 million this year alone.

The affected vehicles, model years ranging from 2000 to 2014, will need to have the ignition switches and keys replaced to correct a defect which could cause the switch to slip out of place if the vehicle is jostled by a strong bump.

Though the current recall sounds similar to the recalls which began four months ago, GM says that this switch problem is unrelated to the defect which caused its initial recalls in the Chevy Cobalt.

The makes and models of the newly recalled vehicles are:

  • Buick Lacrosse, 2005-2009
  • Chevrolet Impala, 2006-2014
  • Cadillac Deville, 2000–2005
  • Cadillac DTS, 2004–2011
  • Buick Lucerne, 2006–2011
  • Buick Regal LS & GS, 2004–2005
  • Chevy Monte Carlo, 2006–2008

The new recall comes on the heels of several other recalls plaguing the GM brand. Beginning approximately four months ago, GM began a series of recalls relating to defective ignition switches in several of its models. These vehicles had the potential to slip out of gear or turn off while driving, which led to dozens of accidents and at least 13 deaths.

General Motors, who filed bankruptcy in 2008, is currently in federal court waiting for a judge to decide if the company can avoid liability for any accidents which occurred prior to its bankruptcy filing. A decision on whether or not General Motors will have to entertain pre-bankruptcy lawsuits will likely not be made until after a lengthy bankruptcy court hearing currently scheduled in July.

In the wake of several lawsuits seeking damages totaling upwards of a billion dollars, the automaker may be issuing more recalls in an attempt to head off any further liability for accidents caused by potential defects.

If your vehicle is the subject of a recall, be sure to take it to a General Motors dealership for repairs. If you or a loved one was involved in a car accident that may have been caused by a defective auto part, call the experienced auto accident and product liability attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers. Call 1-800-PERKINS today for your free initial consultation.

Consumer Watchdogs Want to Warn Women About the Dangers of Vaginal Mesh

Consumer watchdog group Corporate Action Network (CAN) has launched a campaign aimed at alerting consumers about the dangers of Ethicon vaginal mesh products. The network is seeking to hold Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon’s parent company, liable for putting profits over people.

Ethicon manufactures surgical sutures and wound closure devices, they even have a slogan that reads “better surgery for a better world.” However, the company is currently the target of more than 20,000 pelvic mesh lawsuits filed by patients who claim they experienced severe, life-changing injuries.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Corporate Action Network argues that Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon should be subject to charges for obstructing criminal investigations after they allegedly destroyed vital documents.

The documents were supposedly relevant to vaginal mesh litigation, but were not preserved by Ethicon according to U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin who is presiding other the multi-district litigation in West Virginia. The judge, however, found no evidence that Ethicon purposely destroyed these files to keep such information out of court and Ethicon denied it was intentional.

As part of CAN’s campaign, the group is encouraging whistleblowers to come forward and submit tips or to call on investors to stop purchasing new Johnson & Johnson stock.

The Justice Department intends to review Corporation Action Network’s request for a criminal investigation.

Ethicon lawsuits have continued moving forward in a few states already. Judge Goodwin is managing approximately eight litigations against mesh manufacturers such as Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson, American Medical Systems Neomedic, Bard and more. More than 14,600 transvaginal mesh lawsuits against Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson are still pending under multidistrict litigation.

In Texas, a plaintiff was recently awarded $1.2 million after one of Ethicon’s mesh products was found to be defective and led to her injuries. Many more victims though, are still waiting to get the justice they deserve.

Fresenius NaturaLyte and Granuflo Injury Claims Approaching Statute of Limitations

In March 2012, the official FDA recall of Fresenius’ dialysis products NaturaLyte and Granuflo was issued. As the cut-off date for filing an injury claim draws near, law firms are likely to see an influx of product liability claims from the victims of these drugs. The statute of limitations in these cases is two years, which will bar anyone from filing a claim after March 2014.

If you or someone you love took either dialysis drug, Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers urges you to file a NaturaLyte or Granuflo claim while there is still time.

Our Granuflo and NaturaLyte lawyers are ready to provide you with a free case review to help you move forward today.

As originally reported by AboutLawsuits.com on Feb. 17, 2014

As the two year anniversary approaches for the NaturaLyte and Granuflo recall issued by Fresenius Medical Care in March 2012, an influx of product liability lawsuits are likely be filed on behalf of dialysis patients who suffered cardiac arrest or sudden death during treatments.

Hundreds of Fresenius dialysis lawsuits are already pending in state and federal courts across the country, all involving similar allegations that Fresenius failed to provide adequate warnings about the risk of heart problems from GranuFlo or NaturaLyte dialysate solutions. However, the number of filed cases is expected to increase dramatically over the next month, as a potential statute of limitations may require that many cases be filed before the end of March 2014.

Every injury case has a statute of limitations, or deadline by which any cause of action must be filed in court. While different state have different time-frames and rules surrounding the statute of limitations that may apply to the Fresenius litigation, many states require that claims be filed within two years after an individual discovers or could have discovered the link between a product and an injury.

Although plaintiffs allege that Fresenius has known for years that a higher-than-expected number of patients were suffering sudden cardiac arrest or death during dialysis treatments, the first information about the risk became available on March 29, 2012, when the manufacturer sent a notice to facilities using GranuFlo and NaturaLyte about the importance of monitoring patient bicarbonate levels during treatment. The FDA later classified this notice as a recall for Granuflo and NaturaLyte.

As a result of this first warning sent to clinics throughout the U.S., Fresenius Medical Care may argue that claims involving injuries that occurred prior to March 2012 in states with a two-year statute of limitations need to be filed by the end of next month.

While plaintiffs’ lawyers are expected to argue that this warning is insufficient to start the running of the statute of limitations period, many new complaints are still likely to be filed prior to the two-year anniversary of this notice to ensure that a subsequent interpretation of the Fresenius Granuflo statute of limitations does not result in their case being barred.

Fresenius Dialysis Cardiac Arrest and Heart Attack Concerns

Granuflo and NaturaLyte are dry acid and liquid acid concentrates that were used over the past decade at dialysis clinics throughout the United States. Fresenius Medical Care manufactures the products for use at their own dialysis clinics, but also sold the product to competing centers as well.

In November 2011, Fresenius conducted an internal review of the use of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte at their own clinics, identifying at least 941 instances where patients suffered sudden cardiac arrest during dialysis treatment in 2010. While the company issued a memo to their own doctors in late 2011, warning about the importance of monitoring bicarbonate levels during treatment with GranuFlo and NaturaLyte, they failed to provide that same information to other clinics that used the products.

After an internal memo was leaked to the FDA in March 2012, Fresenius finally provided a warning letter to all healthcare providers on March 29 of that year.

While defending lawsuits filed on behalf of individuals who allege they suffered an injury due to Fresenius’ failure to provide earlier warnings, the manufacturer is likely to argue that their March 2012 warning provided sufficient notice to individuals with a potential claim about the potential link between cardiac arrest and dialysis treatments.

Since no courts are expected to issue rulings on the applicability of the statute of limitations to Fresenius lawsuits, lawyers investing potential claims will likely file a large number of cases in the coming weeks that have been under investigation.

Granuflo and NaturaLyte Litigation

In April 2013, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) established coordinated pretrial proceedings for all Fresenius cases filed throughout the federal court system, centralizing all lawsuits before U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock in the District of Massachusetts to reduce duplicative discovery, avoid conflicting rulings from different judges and to serve the convenience of the witnesses, parties and the courts.

According to the latest update released by the U.S. JPML, there are currently at least 460 lawsuits centralized as part of the Fresenius MDL. As additional cases are filed in U.S. District Courts throughout the country in the coming weeks, they will be transferred to Judge Woodlock for coordinated handling.

A number of cases have also been filed against Fresenius in Massachusetts state court, where similar centralization has been established to place the litigation before one judge.

In January 2014, Judge Woodlock approved the use of a master complaint and short form complaint to standardize the process of filing additional Granuflo and NaturaLyte lawsuits in the MDL. The master complaint outlines all of the common allegations raised in each case, which allows plaintiffs to file a short form complaint adopting those allegations and outlining the case-specific allegations of that plaintiff’s claim.

Man Wins $7 Million in ’Popcorn Lung’ Lawsuit

On Wednesday, a federal jury awarded Wayne Watson a $7 million dollar verdict against various food companies after being diagnosed with “popcorn lung”.

In 2007, he developed a respiratory problem known as ‘popcorn lung’. Watson, a Colorado resident, ate two bags of popcorn on a daily basis for several years. Watson and his attorneys argued that he developed the rare disease from inhaling the artificial butter smell of microwave popcorn. His lung capacity has been reduced to 53 percent due to his health condition.

Typically, popcorn lung is found in factory workers that were exposed to high levels of diacetyl, an artificial flavoring used to give popcorn that buttery taste. Watson sued the popcorn maker and the grocery store for not warning consumers about the dangers of diacetyl.

Nowadays, many manufacturers have stopped using diacetyl in microwave popcorn.

If you or a loved one has developed a health condition after using a dangerous product, you may be eligible to file product liability lawsuit. Contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today to explore your legal options.

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Honda Settles Class-Action Lawsuit

A judge has tentatively approved a settlement between Honda Motor Company and Civic owners over fuel economy claims. Honda Civic owners claimed that the automaker had inflated the Honda Civic hybrids’ gas mileage.
USA Todayreports that 200,000 Civic hybrid owners will receive between $100 to $200, and a rebate towards the purchase of a new Honda in the settlement.

Last month Heather Peters, a Honda Civic owner won a $9,867 judgment against Honda Motor Company in small claims court over the gas mileage issue. The carmaker plans to appeal the judgment.

If you or a loved one has been injured or suffered financial losses due to a defective product, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Contact the defective product attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to discuss your legal options. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers offers free and confidential case reviews.

Winter Storm Pax Blasts Northeastern U.S. with Heavy Snow

The most recent winter storm Pax has set its sights on Connecticut, and with as much as one foot of snow expected to fall today and through the evening, Governor Dannel P. Malloy has ordered non-essential state employees to stay home from work.

In the face of Pax, many school districts announced cancellations and the state is bracing for heavy, wet snowfall over the course of Thursday and into Friday. Gov. Malloy released a statement, saying, “With heavy snow falling across the state and forecast to continue throughout the day, I am asking residents to avoid unnecessary travel.”

Blinding, wind-driven snow like the precipitation brought by Pax can mean not only dangerous driving conditions but also dangerously low temperatures, freezing rain and strong winds.

To say safe while Pax passes, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Put together a supply kit with enough water and food to last at least three days
  • Keep a flashlight and extra batteries nearby
  • Ensure that your first-aid supplies are fully stocked
  • Know where all medications, sanitation and personal hygiene items are
  • Keep cell phones charged
  • Secure an ample amount of alternate heating methods like fireplaces, wood or coal-burning stoves
  • Don’t forget to secure any items your pet may need while preparing for the storm (collar, leash, identification, food, bowls, etc.)
  • Have emergency family contact information at the ready
  • Keep sand, rock salt or kitty litter on hand to help with slippery walkways or driveways on your property
  • Have extra cash
  • Keep copies of important personal documents in a designated place of the house
  • Winterize your vehicle by keeping all fluids topped off and a full tank of gas, which will keep the fuel line from freezing

Prior to a storm hitting it’s a good idea to install storm windows and perform regular maintenance on chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year. If you plan to travel during the winter or will not be home for most of the season, set your heater to no lower than 55° F.

Connecticut Light & Power released a statement assuring residents that the utility company is prepared to respond to any and all outages quickly and safely. “The company will activate its emergency response plan…and we will have crews standing by across the state,” CL&P said. The company also encouraged customers who rely heavily on electricity for critical medical needs to make alternate arrangements wherever possible by switching to a backup source or securing another location.

Pax is forecast to end by early Friday. Residents should take all reasonable precautions and stay off the road until absolutely necessary.