Beware of the Danger of Monster Energy Drinks


Monster Energy maintains a position that their energy drinks are safe to consume as long as they are used in moderation, but the Food and Drug Administration begs to differ. According to recent reports, five people have died as a result of consuming the highly-caffeinated drinks. One young woman recently died after consuming two 24 ounce cans of the Monster Energy liquid within 24 hours. Studies show that the amount of caffeine in two Monster Energy drinks can be equated to the amount of caffeine in one dozen Coca-Colas. The 14-year-old went into cardiac arrest while watching a movie at her home. Her family has already filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Monster, which has every intention to resist the allegations.

Monster claims that they have sold over 8 billion drinks and only heard of five fatalities as a result of abusing the liquid. Monster also includes labels that warn consumers that they should not have more than one energy drink within 24 hours. Still, the family who is bereft of their teen says that Monster Energy drinks are dangerous and that the company should stop marketing the products. A coroner determined that the deceased 14-year-old died of “cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity.” While the Monster drink may have sparked the condition that caused her death, the young woman had a genetic illness that made her prone to the cardiac complications.

The FDA said that it investigates every report of injury or death that it receives in connection to Monster Energy drinks, but has not yet seen a reason to go after the company. Regardless of whether or not the FDA will announce an official warning, the bad press from the death of 14-year-old Anais Fournier has caused Monster’s sales to spiral downward. If you have been injured by consuming a dangerous energy drink, then contact a personal injury attorney at Zinda Law Group and start your quest to seek the compensation that you deserve!

Kellogg's Recalls Mini-Wheats for Metal Fragments


When you are eating your morning bowl of cereal, the last thing you want is to chomp down on a sharp piece of metal. Yet for some consumers, that’s exactly what has happened within the last week. Worse, some people have swallowed the sharp metal fragments which may cut their intestines or cause other serious internal problems. That’s why Kellogg Company has recently recalled 2.8 million packages of frosted and unfrosted Mini-Wheats cereal. The company says that there may be fragments of a metal mesh within the boxes. The cereal was distributed nationwide, so all states are affected by the recall.

The company says that the metal fragments are the result of a factory error that they were quick to correct. A factory machine had a quick malfunction that showered the fragments into the bag during packaging. The food company says that the recall is voluntary, but has been endorsed by the Food and Drug Administration. The recalled products include only the bit-sized original frosted Mini Wheats and the unfrosted wheats of the same shape. The cartons vary in size from single-serve bows to large 70-ounce cartons that are sold at wholesale markets like Costco and Sam’s Club.

The affected boxes all have “use by” dates from April 1st. 2013, to September 21st, 2013. So far, there have not been any resulting injuries as a result of the defective cereal. If you fall ill from consuming a marketed product like this one, then you should contact a personal injury attorney right away. You may be able to sue the cereal company for not catching their mistake quickly enough and facilitating your suffering. If you have to obtain medical treatment because of consuming this dangerous cereal then sue for product liability today!

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits: What You Need to Know


Transvaginal mesh is a medical procedure which was originally thought to be a solution for millions of women who have Pelvic Organ Prolapse or Stress Urinary Incontinence. While the procedure was originally thought to be a helpful cure, it has caused thousands of women to suffer painful and devastating results. For many victims of transvaginal mesh, the results of the procedure were more painful and damaging than their original conditions.

Originally, the FDA approved a variety of transvaginal mesh procedures, hoping that they would bring about cures for millions of women worldwide. The FDA approved mesh products for pelvic floor repair, pelvic organ prolapse, and stress urinary incontinence. The FDA claims that the products had already been used in other parts of the body and proven safe and uncomplicated.

While the products may not have had any complications when used in conjunction with curing hernias or other medical procedures, they were never tested for their safety when used in transvaginal mesh surgeries. This small mistake has since turned into a massive problem, as trusting women went in for surgery and came out with disastrous results. The problems started in 1999, when Boston Scientific recalled about 20,000 ProtoGen mesh units because they were giving patients complications after surgery.

The FDA noted the recall, but failed to clear other similar products. The women who were complaining of pain said that intercourse had become particularly painful after their surgery and they were experiencing symptoms of vaginal erosion. More manufacturers began reporting that the mesh devices were bringing about complications after a Pelvic Organ Prolapse, and more women began calling in with concerns. The FDA eventually issued a health alert about mesh products in 2008, but it was merely a warning that claimed that complications were rare.

After this health report, about 2,800 women complained about pain after their surgery. In July 2011, the FDA issued another warning that specified that complications are not linked to a particular brand of mesh. The FDA eventually issued new standards in September of 2001, which require all companies that create mesh products to undergo rigorous testing before the product can be approved. The medical mistake has caused thousands to litigate against their doctors and the manufacturing companies that created the transvaginal mesh products.

Many of the lawsuits involve different mesh products from companies like Johnson & Johnson, AMS, Boston Scientific, or C.R. Bard. If you have had a transvaginal mesh implant and are now experiencing complications like millions of other women, then you will want to contact a Texas personal injury lawyer today for more information. We can brief you on your rights and investigate your case to see if you deserve damages for your suffering. Contact a lawyer at Zinda Law Group today to get started!

Study Shows BPA Leads to Birth Defects and Miscarriages


BPA is a component that is commonly found in plastics and many consumer products, but a new study is discouraging pregnant women from using anything container the substance. What is BPA? It is a low-grade estrogen that has been found in plastic water bottles, aluminum cans, and even heat-activated cash registers. About 92.6 percent of all people over the age of 6 have had detectable BPA exposure. The chemical has been associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer, and neurological disorders in the past. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently banned BPA from sippy cups and baby bottles, but it can still be found in other containers.

According to Fox News, the plastic additive supposedly messes with women’s reproductive systems. It can cause chromosome damage, birth defects, and miscarriages. The study was completed with professors from Washington State University and the University of California, Davis. The professors used Rhesus monkeys as test subjects and found that when the females were exposed to higher levels of BPA they gave birth to babies with Down syndrome or other birth defects. Sometimes, the monkeys had a miscarriage instead.

In the past, professors have studied the effects of BPA on worms and rodents. The tests have merited similar results, but many have argued that worms and rats have no similarities to humans. Because Rhesus monkeys have reproductive systems that are very similar to humans, the study hits a lot closer to home. If you have used a specific water bottle or item with BPA, and you give birth to a child with defects or miscarry, then you may want to talk to a personal injury lawyer. You may be able to sue the company that created the product that brought so much difficulty into your life. Talk to a personal injury lawyer today for more information!

Patients Suing for Metal Hip Replacement Injuries


Depuy Pinnacle recently recalled their hip replacement products after patients who received surgeries involving the replacement were gravely injured by their new hips. There are significant design defects with the hip replacement that can cause the implant too loosen or stop working only a few years after the initial surgery. This means that patients who receive the surgery then have to spend an exorbitant amount of time and take weeks off of work for recovery to get a corrective surgery. The hip replacement incident has sparked up to 2,500 lawsuits around the United States as those that received the Depuy Pinnacle hip start to feel the adverse effects.

Because so many people are filing lawsuits against DePuy because of the product malfunction, the company is concentrating all lawsuits into an MDL. This means that all plaintiffs will be tossed into a massive pool of lawsuits so that the company can sort through complaints without having to handle a variety of court appointments and rulings. In the past five years, 12 to 13 percent of all patients that received the hip replacement have voiced dissatisfaction. Because the hip replacement was expensive, they often want their money back and want reimbursement for lost wages and pain and suffering as a result of the hip.

According to the Legal Examiner, all the DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits will be considered as a total complaint in September, 2014. Legal experts assume that it will take that long to compile all of the cases and organize the issue into a lawsuit. The hip replacement was recalled in August of 2010, but this left a large population of men and women who had already received surgery and could only wait until their hips failed. If you received a faulty hip implant, then you need to talk to a personal injury attorney at Zinda Law Group today for representation on your case!

Three Injured in Dallas Car Accident

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A 3-year-old boy, his mother and another passenger were seriously injured in an accident this week in the downtown Dallas area.

The driver of the vehicle was travelling down a street when they changed lanes, colliding the back end of their vehicle with the front of another vehicle. The collision caused their vehicle to spin out of control, jump a curb, and toss both a toddler and the driver out of the rear window.

A police officer at the scene witnessed the accident and administered first aid to the child.

In some cases that involve serious accidents it may not always be immediately apparent what the cause of an accident actually is. There are many factors that could potentially result in a serious  car accident including defective products, negligence or recklessness of another driver, or even dangerous road conditions.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident contact a Dallas personal injury attorney at Heselmeyer, Zinda Law Group for legal guidance with your injury case.

Baby Monitors Recalled for Strangulation Danger

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Since 2004, seven infants have died because of strangulation from their baby monitor cords. Two of the deaths occurred with baby monitors made by Summer Infant, which has now issued a recall of 1.7 million baby monitors. Though officials urge parents to keep baby monitors at least three feet away from the crib, it is also important to keep them away from other areas where the child may be playing or sitting, such as the changing table.

The deaths have occurred when the baby monitors were attached to the crib, to the wall and to changing tables. The recalled defective products came in about 40 models, were sold in major retailers from 2003 to 2011; they were available in stores across the county. The new baby monitors will still have a cord, but they will also have warning labels and directions about how to safely mount the device.

Heselmeyer, Zinda Law Group can help you file a claim for compensation if you or someone you love has been hurt by a defective product.

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Lead in Popular Candy Prompts Recall


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recalling a popular candy called "Toxic Waste" by a company named "Nuclear Sludge." The candy, which comes in flavors such as green apple, has been recalled earlier this year as well. The current recall is affecting the .3 oz candies, whereas the earlier recall affected the .7 oz candies.

The candy was recalled because it had a higher amount of lead than is allowed in our food. It contained at least .101 parts per million and as much as .311 parts per million. The FDA does now allow food or candy to contain more than .100 parts per million.

Lead poisoning is particularly dangerous for young children, infants and pregnant women, though it can affect anyone. The main cause of lead poisoning is older houses which do not meet current safety standards.

Heselmeyer, Zinda Law Group represents victims of negligence in filing personal injury claims. Contact a Dallas Personal Injury Lawyer at the office today!

Stroller Recall Due to Fingertip Amputation Risk


22,000 strollers made by phil&teds USA which were sold in America are now being recalled. The running strollers have a defective hinge which can be dangerous to fingers when opening or closing the stroller. Only three injuries from the strollers were reported before the recall was enacted; one of the injuries involved a fingertip amputation of an adult. The strollers which are being recalled are the sport v2 and classic v1 models which were sold from May 2008-July 2010. The defective products were made in China.

Last year, Graco was forced to recall 1.5 million strollers and Maclaren had to recall 1 million strollers after almost 20 children lost their fingertips because of defective mechanisms.

People who own these strollers are encouraged to return them or to order a free repair kit from their website.

Contact a Dallas Personal Injury Attorney at Heselmeyer, Zinda Law Group if you have a personal injury claim due to a preventable accident or product defect.

Suit for Johnson & Johnson over Recalling Children's Motrin


Johnson & Johnson is facing a lawsuit from the state of Oregon for issuing a "phantom recall" of Children's Motrin. A "phantom recall" is one in which the company doesn't tell consumers or authorities about the defective product, but instead hires fake shoppers to go to the stores where the good is being sold and buy it back.

It was more than a year before Johnson & Johnson issued an official recall of the good. The Children's Motrin was defective because it did not dissolve properly, rendering it ineffective.

The fake shoppers were directed to claim they were doing an audit if there were any questions about their purchases or their activities. They were sent to 29 stores throughout Oregon.

Contact a Dallas Personal Injury Lawyer at Heselmeyer, Zinda Law Group if you or someone you love has sustained an injury or fallen ill because of a defective product.