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Ford Recalls Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, Lincoln for Faulty Steering Shaft

Posted by Kathlyn on October 04, 2013
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In a pre-emptive move, American auto-maker is recalling three models of cars which have been found to have a faulty steering shaft.

Ford Motor Company has recalled 370,000 vehicles of the make Lincoln Town Car, Ford Crown Victoria, and Mercury Grand Marquis from Canada and the US which were manufactured between 2005 and 2011. It was found that there was a risk of corrosion of the lower intermediate steering shaft for these vehicles, which could lead to a loss of steering control while in operation.

The car maker is set to replace the part for free for all cars that are brought back to them starting October 21 if it shows signs of corrosion, or to simply secure the lower steering column bearing. It will depend on what is found during the inspection. Car owners are encouraged to get in touch with Ford to find out more about the recall.

If the recall had not been made, and a motorist suffers injury from a car crashed caused by the separation of the bearing or corrosion of the shaft, it could mean a considerable financial settlement. Affected car owners include but are not limited to those from Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Iowa, Kentucky and Ohio.

Child Injury

Posted by Kathlyn on May 03, 2013
Child Injury, Dangerous Products / 1 Comment

Child injuries, and fatal child injuries, are unfortunately common. While the loss of a child is never easy to bear, the loss can be especially painful when the passing is unexpected, as is the case with many unintentional injuries, because the parents have no way of preparing for the shock. More than any other thing, unintentional injury accounts for 30% of all fatalities of children between the ages of one and 14 in the U.S. every year. In 2009, more than 6 million children in that age range suffered from non-fatal injuries, mostly from falls. Other deaths were the result of car accidents, drowning, fires, and suffocation.

Other unfortunately common causes of child injuries include:

  • Playground accidents
  • Bullying
  • Fighting
  • Defective products
  • Poisoning
  • Striking or being struck against an object
  • Dog bites / Animal attacks

While the majority of fatal and non-fatal unintentional child injuries occur at home, there are instances where a child is injured through the negligence or recklessness of another person. In many states, the parents of a child who had wantonly and willfully injured another child may be held liable under civil law.

Some physical injuries affecting children are mild; the more lasting injury to the victim is fear and emotional trauma. Other injuries are more severe and can have lifelong financial, physical, and emotional effects on the victim and the family, such as brain and spinal cord injuries. In cases where the negligence, carelessness, or irresponsible behavior or conduct of another person results in injury or injury-related death to a child, an attorney should be consulted. Such extreme and damaging negligence cannot go unpunished, and the victim and the victim’s family should not carry the costs of the child’s injury-related expenses alone. While nothing can erase the damage that results from a child injury, in some cases, taking legal action, or seeking counseling for both the child and their family, can help accident victims to gain closure and move on after an accident.

The Dangers of Using GranuFlo

Posted by Kathlyn on April 14, 2013
Dangerous Products, Medicine / No Comments

GranuFlo, which is manufactured by Fresenius Medical Care, is a dry acid product intended for patients suffering from kidney failure. It is used in hemodialysis, a medical procedure that helps cleanse the blood of wastes, like urea, eliminates extra fluid from the body, and returns the body’s blood to maintaining an appropriate level of electrolytes.

Despite its effectiveness in treating kidney failure, GranuFlo is not without side effects, some of which have been found to place patients at risk of serious health problems, such as cardiac arrest, low blood pressure, metabolic alkalosis, heart attack, heart arrhythmias, or even sudden death. In 2010 alone, approximately 941 cases of cardiac arrest due to GranuFlo were recorded, along with a range of other severe complications. Due to the danger it poses to patients’ health, the US Food and Drug Administration was forced to issue a Class 1 recall (the highest level of recall) on the product.

Kidney Failure, Hemodialysis and GranuFlo

The main function of healthy kidneys is to cleanse your blood of wastes and remove extra fluid by converting these to urine. When your kidneys can no longer perform these tasks, dialysis is performed to remove these wastes and fluid to keep your blood clean and healthy.

During the dialysis procedure, the blood of a patient is drawn from his or her body and processed using a dialysis machine. As blood is made to flow back into the patient’s body, urea and creatinine, which are dangerous substances, should have been removed. It is through the help of GranuFlo, a dialysate, that these substances are removed and the level of helpful chemicals in the blood maintained.

Despite its usefulness, however, you should still be concerned with any personal injury that can occur from use. If you are suffering from any of the complications of this dry acid concentrate, make sure you contact a GranuFlo lawyer immediately.