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Are Goodyear G159 RV Tires Dangerous?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating claims that Goodyear’s G159 RV tires are responsible for 95 injuries or deaths over the past two decades. NHTSA’s investigation started last year after it obtained Goodyear internal documents that were previously sealed by court orders and settlement agreements. The investigation covers more than 40,000 G159 tires manufactured between 1996 and 2003. Goodyear stopped manufacturing G159 tires in 2003, but injury and death claims persisted for more than a decade after NHTSA said it received reports of 57 injury and death claims made between 2003 and 2015. Why are safety advocates calling Goodyear’s G159 tires dangerous? The tires are reportedly prone to heat-induced tread separations and blowouts when they are used on motorhomes. Safety advocates argue the tires were designed for regional delivery vehicles, and not motorhomes that regularly travel at highway speeds. Court filings show that G159 tires may have…
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Ford Recalls 350,000 SUVs and Trucks for Gear Shift Defect

Ford Motor Company is recalling almost 350,000 SUVs and trucks with defective gear shift cables. More than 290,000 of the recalled vehicles were sold in the United States. According to Ford, a clip that locks the gear shift cable to the transmission can become unseated in the affected vehicles. Once the clip becomes unseated, the transmission can enter a different gear state than the one selected by a driver. Motorists may mistakenly believe they have left their vehicles in park. Vehicles may roll away if the parking brake is not applied. Ford recalled the following vehicles with 10-speed and 6-speed automatic transmissions: 2018 Ford F-150 trucks built at Ford’s assembly plant in Dearborn, Michigan between January 5, 2017 and February 16, 2018. 2018 Ford F-150 trucks manufactured at Ford’s plant in Kansas City between January 25, 2017 and February 16, 2018. 2018 Ford Expedition SUVs built at Ford’s Kentucky plant…
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What to Know About Third Party Claims and Construction Accidents

Department of Labor statistics show that workplace fatalities are common in the construction industry. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there were more than 990 workplace fatalities in the construction industry during 2016. Workers who survive construction accidents may suffer brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones and severe burns. After a workplace accident, the injured worker or his or her family members may be able to secure workers’ compensation benefits. It is very difficult to file a lawsuit against the injured or deceased worker’s employer. However, there are scenarios where it could be possible for the injured worker or his or her family to file a lawsuit against a third party. What is a Third Party Claim? A third party claim may be filed if a construction accident is caused by a party who is not the injured or deceased worker’s employer. Construction accidents where a…
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New Report Labels Diagnostic Errors as Top Patient Safety Concern

A recent report published by the ECRI Institute (formerly known as the Emergency Care Research Institute) shows that diagnostic errors are the main patient safety concern among health care providers in the US. Diagnostic errors, which are the most common type of medical mistake, affect an estimated one in 20 adults each year. The ECRI Institute noted that diagnostic errors lead to gaps in care, repeat testing, unnecessary procedures, and significant harm to patients. In addition, diagnostic errors may not be caught until after patients have been discharged. Diagnostic errors are not only the most common medical mistake in the US, they are also the most common reason why medical malpractice lawsuits are filed. Coverys, a medical malpractice insurer, found that 33 percent of medical malpractice claims filed between 2013 and 2017 involved diagnostic errors. Roughly 36 percent of those claims involved patient deaths. Another 36 percent of the diagnostic…
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Philadelphia VIP Names Our Law Firm as a Finalist for a Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Award

We are honored to announce that Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. has been selected by Philadelphia VIP as a finalist to receive a Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Award. Philadelphia VIP recognizes individuals, corporations and law firms who have volunteered legal services. The Brennan Awards Ceremony will be held at Philadelphia City Hall in the Mayor’s Reception Room & Conversation Hall on April 19 at 5:30PM.

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What are the Worst Mistakes During Surgery?

Medical errors are responsible for an estimated 251,000 to 440,000 deaths in the US each year. An incorrect diagnosis, surgical mistake or medication error could lead to a serious injury or death during your next visit to the hospital. Surgical mistakes are a type of medical error that affects thousands of  patients each year. Some of the worst types of surgical errors that may occur during a procedure include: Surgical fires. An oxidizer, fuel source and ignition source can cause a fire during a surgical procedure. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists estimates that 550 to 600 surgical fires occur each year. Wrong-site surgery. Surgeons may operate on the wrong part of the body (such as the wrong limb). Wrong-site surgeries are classified as a “never event”, an egregious medical error that should never occur. Wrong-patient surgery. Hospital staff may confuse patients for a number of reasons. However, this confusion…
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NHTSA to Investigate Airbag Failures in Hyundai and Kia Vehicles

An estimated 425,000 vehicles manufactured by Hyundai and Kia may suffer from a defect that keeps the airbags from deploying during a head-on crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it will investigate six head-on crashes involving these vehicles where the airbags failed to deploy. As of mid-March, the auto defect was responsible for four deaths and six injuries. According to NHTSA, the investigation covers 2011 Hyundai Sonata and 2012 and 2013 Kia Forte vehicles. Investigators have determined the issue is caused by problems with the airbag control modules, which are manufactured by ZF-TRW. It is already known that the Hyundai Sonatas included in the investigation use this computer. However, NHTSA will determine whether the Kia vehicles under investigation and additional automakers use the same product. The defect also keeps seatbelts from tightening during a head-on collision. Hyundai issued a recall for 155,000 Sonatas in late February due…
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Can I File a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?

Last week’s blog answered common questions about talcum powder and cancer. However, the most important question of all deserves far more attention. Companies should face consequences for releasing defective consumer products onto the market. More importantly, victims of defective consumer products deserve justice. More than 4,500 lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson by women who developed ovarian cancer or by their surviving family members. There are several reasons you could file a talcum powder lawsuit. These reasons include but may not be limited to: You developed ovarian cancer and have a history of using talcum powder products. Women have developed ovarian cancer after using these feminine hygiene products. Particles of talcum powder can travel through the reproductive system, where they become permanently lodged in the ovaries. Over time, cancerous tissue can develop around these particles. You lost a loved one who used talcum powder products to ovarian cancer….
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Five Common Questions About Talcum Powder and Cancer

Johnson & Johnson is facing thousands of lawsuits over its Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products. Both talcum powder products are linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer and other health problems. Talc is a naturally-occurring mineral that is composed of silicon, oxygen, magnesium and hydrogen. Johnson & Johnson’s products are commonly used to prevent chafing and other issues that cause physical discomfort. How does talcum powder cause ovarian cancer? When talcum powder is used as a feminine hygiene product, it can travel to the ovaries and cause inflammation. Over time, this inflammation may trigger the development of cancer cells. How dangerous is ovarian cancer caused by talcum powder? Ovarian cancer is highly dangerous even in cases where it is not caused by talcum powder. There may be no early symptoms of ovarian cancer until the illness has spread to other organs. What are early noticeable symptoms of…
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Could a Flu Misdiagnosis Be Medical Malpractice?

The US is experiencing its worst flu season in decades. Tens of thousands of people have been hospitalized after developing the common viral infection. However, there have also been reports of deaths caused by separate illnesses that were believed to be cases of the flu. Numerous health conditions cause “flu-like symptoms”, even diabetes. When the proper tests are not performed on patients with these symptoms, they can suffer serious or fatal health complications. In California, a 12-year-old girl died after a bacterial infection was mistaken for the flu. In mid-December, the girl’s parents brought her to an urgent care clinic after she became sick. A doctor diagnosed her with the flu and she was sent home. Several days later, she was brought back to the clinic, this time with trouble breathing. Shortly afterwards, she was dead from organ failure. In an interview with PEOPLE Magazine, the girl’s father said, “I’m…
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