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Study Finds Mesothelioma-Causing Substance in Children’s Toys

by Staff | July 8th, 2015

Exposure to asbestos—a naturally occurring, toxic substance—is known to cause a number of serious health conditions, including a form of cancer known as mesothelioma. That’s why contact with asbestos should be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately, the substance is found in many of the items we come into contact with on a daily basis.

One recent study determined several children’s toys that are available on the American market contain asbestos. Reports indicate the products were manufactured in China and were sold by nationwide retailers.

An article from SF Gate explains the Environmental Working Group tested 28 boxes of crayons and 21 fingerprint kits for toxic substances. The researchers found that four of the boxes of crayons and two of the fingerprint test kits that were purchased at nationwide retailers came back positive for containing talcum powder laced with asbestos. The products are currently undergoing a second round of testing to confirm the initial findings.

This isn’t the first time asbestos has been discovered in these types of children’s toys. In 2000, the discovery of asbestos in crayons prompted the Consumer Product Safety Commission to develop a toxin-free product.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we’ve seen the devastating results exposure to asbestos can have. That’s why our defective product lawyers are hopeful this information can help protect you and your loved ones from coming into contact with a potentially dangerous substance.

Patients Continue to Experience Failures Years After Stryker Hip Recall

by Staff | June 24th, 2015

In 2007, medical device manufacturer Stryker Corp. released a new metal-on-metal hip implant that could be used in hip replacement procedures. However, the design of the device cause the metal parts to suffer from “fretting”. This occurs when the metal parts of the hip implant come into contact and small fragments of the metal are ground off from the device. These metal fragments then come into contact with the body’s tissues, resulting in pain, swelling, device failure, and toxic levels of heavy metals like chromium and cobalt in the bloodstream.

These problems resulted in a massive Stryker hip recall that resulted in numerous lawsuits being filed against the manufacturer of the device. While billions of dollars have been paid by the company to settle a majority of these cases, many patients are continuing to experience device failures.

An article from The Baxter Bulletin discusses the tribulations one doctor and roughly one quarter of his patients have undergone as a result of faulty Stryker hip implants. He explains how the devices continue to fail and how many of his patients must undergo monitoring and testing to ensure the devices’ safety for the remainder of their lives.

The doctor goes on to urge anyone who is having problems with a Stryker hip replacement device to speak with a defective product lawyer immediately about potential compensation and the protection of legal rights. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our legal staff is standing by to answer any questions you may have regarding the Stryker hip recall and how it affects you. Call us at (800) 477-7315 to speak with a member of our team.

Are IVC Filters an Ineffective Treatment for Blood Clots?

by Staff | June 3rd, 2015

There are many conditions that can cause serious, life-threatening blood clots in our bodies. Luckily, there are treatment options that are available to help prevent blood clots from occurring. It’s important to know that some of these options may put your health at serious risk while offering minimal benefits.

Take, for instance, inferior vena cava (IVC) filters. IVC filters are small, web-like devices that are inserted into an artery in the body in order to catch and break up blood clots before they can make their way to the lungs, heart, or brain, which can cause serious adverse health events like strokes and heart attacks.

The problem with the device is that it can easily malfunction, and at least one new study shows the devices may be ineffective. According to an article from Medscape, researchers have found that a using a combination of IVC filters and anticoagulant drugs in no more effective than simply using the medication to treat a patient.

The team used concealed randomization in order to ensure the confidentiality of the treatment each patient was receiving. They concluded the use of an IVC filter plus an anticoagulant offered no better results in preventing embolisms in patients after three months than just using an anticoagulant medication.

If you’ve been harmed as the result of having an IVC filter implanted into your body, you may have a right to compensation and discussing your case with a qualified legal representative may be wise. Our team of defective medical device lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are available anytime to answer any questions you may have.