Dangerous Drugs & Products

M&S Wins $1.3MM Settlement For Potato Gun Injury

By Oct 17, 2018 Posted in Dangerous Drugs & Products

Houston and nationwide personal injury lawyers at Morrow & Sheppard LLP won a $1,305,000.00 settlement for a person injured by a potato gun, also known as a “spud gun.”  The settlement is believed to be one of the largest, if not the largest, reported settlement in a case of this type.  Our lawyers recovered every penny of the available insurance. What Is A Potato Gun? A potato gun also referred to as a “spud gun” or “potato cannon,” is a pipe-based cannon.  Potato cannons use either gas combustion or pneumatic air pressure to launch projectiles, usually potatoes, at high speed.  Occasionally dry ice is used as a propellant. Combustion launchers utilize (1) a fuel system, often hairspray; (2) a combustion chamber; (3) an ignition source, often a lantern switch or barbecue lighter; and (4) a barrel, often a piece of polyvinyl chloride or “PVC” pipe. Here is a video of a potato gun in action: While potato guns may seem like innocent fun, they are very dangerous, causing scores of injuries and even deaths. Potato Guns Are Very Dangerous Potato guns are capable of firing projectiles 500 yards, or even farther. A 2013 Colorado study found that acetylene propellant potato guns can achieve a muzzle velocity of 138.1 m/s, approximately 310 miles per hour.  Other propellants also achieved gun-level velocity, as follows: Credit:  Courtney, E.D.S. and M.W., Studying the Internal Ballistics of a Combustion Driven Potato Cannon using High-speed Video (2013). The study concluded, “Careless handling of a potato cannon […]

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Your Nissan SUV may pose a fire risk to you and your family

By Sep 21, 2018 Posted in Dangerous Drugs & Products

Nissan’s Recall of Nearly 240,000 SUV’s Nissan has recalled nearly 215,000 SUV’s according to reports. Why?  Well, apparently certain 2015 to 2017 Nissan Murano’s, 2016 and 2017 Nissan Maxima’s, 2017 through 2018 Nissan Pathfinder’s, and 2017 Infiniti QX60 vehicles have an anti-lock brake pump that could leak brake fluid onto circuit boards, causing an electrical short and an increased fire risk. Per Nissan, if you see the anti-lock warning lamp for more than 10 seconds after starting the engine, you should not drive the vehicle and should park it outdoors. According to estimates from Nissan, more than have of the vehicles identified above have the problem (which was traced to faulty seals around the anti-lock brake pump). This is Not a New Problem For Nissan According to reports, some Nissan Muranos were recalled for the same problem in 2016. Despite that recall, it appears the problem has persisted and sprung up in other Nissan models. What Should You Do? Documents posted earlier today to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) do not state whether there have been any fires.  However, if you are concerned your car may be a fire hazard, you can visit the NHTSA’s website and enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).  Unfortunately, it appears you may have to wait to have your brake pump replaced as dealers will not be inspecting pump serial numbers or replacing defective brake pumps until October 15, 2018. If your car is affected by the recall, you most likely will […]

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The Dangers of Essure

By Jul 23, 2018 Posted in Dangerous Drugs & Products

What is Essure? Essure, a surgical implant intended to create barriers to permanently prevent pregnancy.  Essure went on the market in 2002.  Essure was developed by Conceptus, but in 2013 Bayer purchased Essure for $1.1 billion. Investigations into Essure In April 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched an investigation into Essure after 5 women died after having the device implanted (with thousands of other women complaining of pain and other potential symptoms related to the device). In February 2016, Essure was ordered to put a black box warning by the FDA—the agency’s most serious warning—to Essure’s product label and to create a “three page checklist for doctors to use in discussing potential problems with patients before implantation.” As of July 2017, more than 750,000 Essure devices had been sold worldwide and sales were “continuing to grow.”  However, as of January 30, 2018, more than 16,100 lawsuits had been filed against Bayer on account of its product—Essure.  Now, it appears this growth has stagnated (according to a statement released by Bayer).  As a result, Bayer has made the decision to halt sales of Essure beginning December 31, 2018. Side Effects of Essure Unfortunately, many people have suffered from harsh side effects after having an Essure device implanted into their bodies.  According to Consumer Safety, the most common Essure side effects include: Fetal death Additional surgeries Brain fog Severe or chronic pain Hair loss Menstruation problems Itching Migraines Autoimmune or allergic reactions Hysterectomy Unintended pregnancy Perforation of the uterus, colon, […]

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Remington 700 Recall & Injury Lawsuits

By Feb 20, 2017 Posted in Dangerous Drugs & Products

Houston personal injury lawyers at Morrow & Sheppard LLP are evaluating Remington 700 personal injury and wrongful death cases. If you or a loved one has been injured in a shooting incident involving a Remington 700 or Model Seven rifle, a defect in the product may be to blame. Please contact us now to discuss your rights and remedies. The Remington 700 The Remington 700 is a bolt-action rifle manufactured since 1962. The gun has a centerfire bolt action and typically a 3-, 4-, or 5- round magazine. The Remington 700 is arguably the most popular bolt-action rifle in American history. The Problem Both older and newer model Remington 700 rifles and Remington Model Seven rifles have inadvertently fired with the safety on, allegedly leading to numerous injuries and wrongful deaths. The problem is demonstrated here: The XMP Recall Newer model Remington 700 and Model Seven rifles have the “X-Mark Pro” or “XMP” trigger mechanism. Remington has issued a voluntary recall of XMP triggers, which were manufactured from 2006 to 2014. The company acknowledges that that the firearms “could, under certain circumstances, unintentionally discharge.”  Published instructions on the Remington recall website detail how to determine whether your gun is subject to the recall. It has been estimated that more than 1 million rifles with the XMP trigger are still in circulation. Older Models Have Also Caused Alleged Injuries And Deaths Older model Remington 700 guns have the “Walker” trigger mechanism, which Remington still denies is defective. Ironically, the XMP trigger was introduced in […]

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Christmas Concern: Do Hoverboards Cause Injuries?

By Dec 2, 2015 Posted in Dangerous Drugs & Products

Houston personal injury lawyers at Morrow & Sheppard are monitoring reports that “hoverboards,” a popular Christmas gift this season, have caused explosions and house fires, and whether these potentially dangerous devices could cause serious injury or death. What Is A Hoverboard? “Hoverboards” entered the American lexicon as a result of the hit 1989 movie Back to the Future Part II. In the movie, iconic character Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, travels 30 years into the future –all the way to 2015!–to help his future children change their fortunes. Antics ensue. Among them, McFly has to battle the antagonist, Griff, and his band of goons. In one famous scene, McFly is able to outwit and escape these bad guys using a floating skateboard called a hoverboard: Actual Hoverboards? The Hendo “hoverboard,” a true hoverboard, was introduced in 2015. Its inventors are Jill and Greg Henderson of California-based Arx Pax. The Hendo hoverboard floats an inch off the ground, using magnetic fields, and retails for around $1,600: This Christmas season, however, the better known version of the hoverboard is more of an electric hands-free scooter than an actual hoverboard. These devices cost anywhere from $300-$1,000 and include the brands PhunkeeDunk, IO Hawk, Ninebot, Fit Turbo, and Swagway: Do Hoverboards and Other Dangerous Products Cause Injury?  Are They Dangerous? In the last eight months alone, the Consumer Products Safety Commission has received eight reports of injures involving some variety of “hoverboard.” To date there have been more than 20 reports of hoverboard injuries caused by falling. Worse, […]

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IVC Filter Injury Lawyers: Thousands Could Die From Blood Clot Device, Potential FDA Fraud

By Oct 30, 2015 Posted in Dangerous Drugs & Products

Inferior vena cafa filter lawyers (IVC filter lawyers) at Morrow & Sheppard assist victims nationwide who have suffered serious injuries caused by IVC filters, devices intended to protect against blood clots, but that have a known tendency to fail and “migrate” into the heart, causing debilitating injury or even death. What Is The Inferior Vena Cava? The inferior vena cava is one of two large veins that carries deoxygenated blood from the body into the heart’s right atrium. What Is An IVC Filter? An inferior vena cava filter or “IVC filter” is a medical device implanted into the inferior vena cava. The purpose of the device is to prevent blood clots, also known as pulmonary emboli or “PE”. The FDA has described IVC filters as follows: “IVC filters are small, cage-like devices that are inserted into the inferior vena cava (the main vessel returning blood from the lower half of the body to the heart) to capture blood clots and prevent them from reaching the lungs. IVC filters are frequently placed in patients at risk for pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs) when anticoagulant therapy cannot be used or is ineffective. Some patients may require long-term protection from PE, and implantation of permanent IVC filters is often performed in these cases. Others only require short-term protection, in which case retrievable IVC filters are typically used, as these devices have the option to be removed once the patient’s risk of PE subsides.”’ IVC Filters Do Not Work IVC filters […]

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Hillary Clinton Seeks To Roll Back Protections For Gun Corporations

By Oct 5, 2015 Posted in Dangerous Drugs & Products

Former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has proposed a new American gun protection bill that would, among other things, impose additional liability on gun manufacturers for personal injuries and wrongful deaths caused by firearms and assault rifles. 2005: Gun Companies Persuade Republicans To Shield Them From Liability To Injured Persons For many years until 2005, gun corporations and the National Rifle Association unsuccessfully lobbied Congress to pass laws that would protect manufacturers and distributors from liability to injured persons. On October 20, 2005, however, their efforts were successful, when the Republican-controlled Congress, several Democrats, and President George W. Bush enacted legislation to protect manufacturers from personal injury lawsuits. The law, called the “Protection of Lawful Commerce In Arms Act,” provides that injured persons and their families cannot bring “qualified civil liability actions,” which are defined as: “ a civil action or proceeding or an administrative proceeding brought by any person against a manufacturer or seller of a qualified product, or a trade association, for damages, punitive damages, injunctive or declaratory relief, abatement, restitution, fines, or penalties, or other relief, resulting from the criminal or unlawful misuse of a qualified product by the person or a third party.” 2015: Hillary Clinton Seeks To Roll Back Liability Shield In October 2015, Hillary Clinton unveiled a proposal that would close the “gun show loophole” and also repeal the PLCAA’s personal injury protection for gun manufacturers. PLCAA Does Not Prohibit All Personal Injury Suits While critics claim the PLCAA provides […]

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Personal Injury Risk May Expand Takata Airbag Recall–7 New Manufacturers Identified

By Sep 29, 2015 Posted in Dangerous Drugs & Products

As our Texas airbag personal injury lawyers have detailed, Takata Corporation’s airbag recall is the largest recall in the history of the United States. Now, it looks like the recall is about to get even larger. Expanded Recall Would Cover 7 New Truck And Car Manufacturers The National Highway Transportation Safety Agency or “NHTSA” has already instigated the recall of dangerous Takata airbags installed in cars, trucks, and SUVs manufactured by 12 manufacturers.  These “safety” devices have resulted in numerous serious injuries and deaths around the country. The federal safety agency is now considering adding 7 more carmakers to the recall: Jaguar Land Rover Mercedes-Benz Spartan Motors Suzuki Tesla Volvo Trucks VW Group NHSTA has asked these manufacturers to disclose all vehicles with Takata-supplied airbag inflators that contain the deadly ammonium nitrate propellant. Text Of New Government Letter To Additional Carmakers The new government inquiries contain slight differences, but in substance all the letters are consistent with the following letter to Mercedes Benz US, LLC, which was sent on September 22, 2015: “As you may already be aware, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) has opened a formal defect investigation into certain air bag inflators manufactured by TK Holdings, Inc. (“Takata”) that may become over pressurized and/or rupture during air bag deployment, and that may cause injury to the driver and/or passenger. This investigation has been designated as Engineering Analysis, EA15-001 (formerly, Preliminary Evaluation PE14-016). During the pendency of this investigation, Takata submitted four Defect Information Reports to NHTSA in […]

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Texas Bair Hugger Lawyers—Bair Huggers Alleged To Infect Hip And Knee Replacement Patients

By Aug 31, 2015 Posted in Dangerous Drugs & Products

Texas personal injury attorneys are handling claims against the manufacturers of “bair huggers” used during medical procedures including surgeries. These dangerous medical devices have been alleged spread infection and cause severe injuries. If you or a loved one suffered from an infection after a surgical procedure, particularly a hip or knee replacement, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us now at 1-800-489-2216 for a free, confidential consultation to discuss whether you may be entitled to compensation. What Is A Bair Hugger? A bair hugger is a medical device intended to keep patients warm when they are under anesthesia. Anesthetized patients cannot keep their bodies warm, which in some cases can lead to hypothermia, increased bleeding, and slower recovery. Bair huggers force heated air onto patients to keep them warm. They carry the warmed air through a special blanket draped over the patient. Why Are Bair Huggers Dangerous? The problem is that the devices have also been alleged to spread deadly bacteria and cause infections.  This has been alleged by their inventor, who has gone on record with his regret voicing concerns about the deadly device. How Does A Bair Hugger Work? A bair hugger warming unit filters air then forces it onto the patient through a disposable blanket. Who Is At Risk From Bair Huggers? Anyone who has contracted a bacterial infection after being anesthetized may have been the unnecessary victim of a bair hugger. But the cases which tend to be the most severe involve implants, most particularly knee and […]

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Have You Contracted Cancer from a Power Morcellator?

By Aug 27, 2015 Posted in Dangerous Drugs & Products

An independent scientist first warned of possible cancer risks associated with power morcellators in 2006. Since then, it has become widely known that use of these devices during hysterectomies does indeed put patients at a greater risk for contracting the form of uterine cancer known as Leiomyosarcoma, or “LMS”. Our Houston personal injury lawyers have discussed the risks associated with these dangerous medical devices in depth, and are poised to help power morcellator victims obtain just compensation. When Do Doctors Use Power Morcellators? Originally introduced in 1991, doctors have been using power morcellators for more than two decades to perform hysterectomies and myomectomies. Thanks to their design, power morcellators allow doctors to reduce the incision sites for these surgeries from several inches down to roughly an inch and a half. Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson company, is a major supplier of power morcellators, and has supplied devices used in thousands of procedures across the country. Estimates suggest that roughly 10 percent of the 600,000 hysterectomies performed annually in the United States are performed using power morcellators. How to Power Morcellators Cause Cancer? Tragically, as early as 2006, an independent scientist warned Johnson & Johnson that instances of LMS had been shown to increase dramatically among patients who underwent hysterectomies using power morcellators. Power morcellators work by mincing the patient’s uterine tissue, and pieces of the minced tissue often get left behind. As was later proven, when this tissue contains cancer-causing cells – a condition known as uterine sarcoma – use […]

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