Costco berries linked to Hepatitis A outbreak

On Food Borne Illness.

A frozen berry mix sold by Costco appears to be responsible for an outbreak of a rare strain of Hepatitis A, including several cases in Arizona. Pomegranate seeds in The Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berry mix sold at Costco have been identified by health officials as the possible cause. If you have consumed the berry mix and become ill or are concerned you may become ill, you should keep your proof of purchase

How to Survive Your Hospitalization: Medical Errors Kill Upwards of 100,000 Annually

On Medical Negligence, Uncategorized.

It is estimated that at least 44,000 people, and possibly as many as 98,000 people, die each year due to preventable medical errors.  What can you do, as a patient, to minimize your risks? Beware the Central Venous Catheter These are used to deliver medication and sample blood.  They also pose a significant risk of infection.  If your doctor orders the use of one, ask your physician on a daily basis when it can be removed.  Also,

Expert’s #1 Driving Tip

On Automobiles, Safe Driving.

Many years ago, I was outside a courtroom waiting with our expert witness about to testify. As we talked, this expert, an accident reconstructionist who had studied and analyzed thousands of traffic crashes, shared his favorite tip to increase driving safety: don’t tailgate. The expert suggested that drivers should pretend their cars are equipped with long spears.  (No, not as a weapon for imaginary battles on the highway, but as a way to visualize the

Allstate Denies Claim, Then Includes Destroyed Home in TV Ad About “Caring”

On Insurance Bad Faith, Uncategorized.

It is far too common for insurance companies to wrongfully deny legitimate claims, betting that ordinary consumers will walk away rather than challenge these billion dollar bullies.  Allstate Insurance recently denied the claim of a couple whose home was destroyed by super storm Sandy, yet still had the gall to show the couple’s home in a national television advertisement about how much Allstate “cares.” All Allstate and other insurers care about is your premiums; heaven help you if you dare try to use what

Toyota to Pay Over $1 Billion in Sudden Acceleration Suits

On Automobiles, Defective Products, Uncategorized.

Toyota has agreed to settle pending class-action claims due to the sudden, unintended acceleration of its vehicles.  Toyota will pay at least $1.1 billion, and possibly up to $1.4 billion, to resolve the pending class action. The settlement provides for the retrofitting of vehicles, as well as cash payments for those who sold certain model years at a loss or those whose models are not capable of being retrofit. If you’re not sure if you’re

Important Toy Safety Product Recalls

On Defective Products, Toys, Uncategorized.

Christmas is once again upon us, the most popular time of year for new toy gifts. Unfortunately, not all toys sold in the marketplace are safe. What should you do? First, parents should understand that the toys they already own may not be safe. In most cases, toys are found to be dangerous after many thousands of them are sold and are being used by children.  Only after significant use does it become apparent that

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