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Getting The Word Out

Posted on: October 30, 2015 by in Features
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Shigella, a bacteria related to salmonella, is one of the leading causes of diarrhea. In 2006, the World Health Organization reported that Shigella causes about 165 million cases of dysentery annually, resulting in about a million deaths every year, mostly children in the developing world. When a Shigella outbreak at a San Jose restaurant poisoned dozens in October, information became instantly available to millions through Yelp.com. With 135 million monthly visitors and millions of restaurant reviews, Yelp provided details about the Shigella outbreak to those who needed it quickly – consumers choosing a restaurant for dinner the same evening.

“PLEASE DO NOT EAT HERE!” one Yelp reviewer pleaded in all capital letters. She explained that four of her family members ate at Mariscos San Juan #3 seafood restaurant, and all four were hospitalized with food poisoning. On October 18, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department shut down the restaurant. Since then, the outbreak has grown to include Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Marin, and Merced County. On October 26, KGO-TV reported that the number of suspected Shigella cases linked to the restaurant had climbed to 182.

Shigellosis is a contagious diarrheal disease that can be spread when people don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom. More than half-a-million cases are reported in the U.S. each year. Shigellosis can cause severe dehydration or fainting and in some cases is fatal. Some public health professionals believe sites like Yelp can help them pinpoint and respond quickly to similar food poisoning outbreaks in the future.

If you are a food poisoning victim in southern California, after receiving medical treatment, contact an experienced Pasadena product liability lawyer. If you can prove that someone else’s negligence caused you to suffer food poisoning, you are entitled by law to full reimbursement for all of your medical costs and all of your related expenses. In most California food poisoning cases, victims have two years from the date of the injury to file a claim. Don’t wait two years. In a food poisoning case you must act swiftly. Try to retain a sample of the food or have a lab test that proves you ate contaminated food, and contact an experienced Pasadena product liability lawyer as quickly as possible after any food poisoning incident. If you’ve been injured by negligence, compensation is your right, but you must make the call promptly.

E-Cigarettes – More Than One Danger

Posted on: October 16, 2015 by in Features
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We have written previously about the potential hazards of E-cigarettes. The liquid nicotine cartridges can break and cause nicotine poisoning. Children are particularly at risk. If you or your child becomes a victim of nicotine poisoning from E-cigarettes, speak immediately with an experienced Pasadena product liability attorney. It turns out now that broken nicotine cartridges are not the only danger posed by E-cigarettes. A woman in Riverside County was set ablaze when her E-cigarette battery exploded, and in October she was awarded $1.9 million dollars.

Jennifer Ries and her husband were in their car when Jennifer decided to charge her e-cigarette battery. After plugging in the device, the battery exploded, and Ms. Ries’ dress and seat caught on fire. Chemicals fell into her lap, leaving her with severe burns. Her husband doused the fire with iced coffee. Ms. Ries said she sustained second-degree burns on her legs, buttocks, and hand in the 2013 incident. She still has physical and emotional scars, she said.

A Riverside County Superior Court jury awarded her nearly $1.9 million in a lawsuit she brought against the electronic cigarette’s distributor, VapCigs; its wholesaler, Cartons 2 Go; and the Corona store where she bought it, Tobacco Expo. Her product liability lawsuit charged that businesses in the supply chain were “involved in the distribution of a product that failed to conform to any kind of reasonable safety expectation … and failed to warn about known dangers.”

If you can prove that you’ve been injured using E-cigarettes – whether by nicotine poisoning or by a battery explosion – you are entitled by law to full reimbursement for your medical treatment and related damages. An experienced lawyer can evaluate your case and offer the advice and guidance you need. If you or someone you love is injured using any consumer item, arrange as quickly as possible to speak with an experienced Pasadena product liability attorney.

Legal Marijuana Could Be Dangerous

Posted on: October 14, 2015 by in Features
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If you become injured in southern California using any consumer product that should have been safe to use, you need to be reimbursed for your medical expenses and related losses. In other words, you need to speak promptly with an experienced Pasadena product liability lawyer. Many defective products are merely nuisances, but when you are injured by a prescription or an over-the-counter drug, the consequences can be catastrophic for your health, and you’ll need the maximum available reimbursement.

One Colorado man recently filed a product liability claim over his medical marijuana. The target of the lawsuit, LivWell, Inc., owns nine pot shops in Colorado, which legalized recreational marijuana use last year. LivWell operates one of the largest grow houses in the world, an asset they protect with pesticides. Flores’ attorney told the Los Angeles Times: “They are growing hundreds of thousands of plants indoors under lights, and now they are seeing spidery mites, fungus and other plant diseases they fear will wipe out millions of dollars of profit.”

It is the first product liability lawsuit against the marijuana industry. The lack of any federal guidelines for growing pot underscores the continuing problems in an industry still considered illegal by the U.S. government. Flores himself said, “These warehouses are getting big and really sloppy. They are adding chemicals to make things more efficient and more potent.”

If you have been injured in southern California using any consumer product that should have been safe to use, you are entitled by law to full reimbursement for your medical treatment, days lost from work, and all of your additional injury-related expenses. However, that entitlement doesn’t mean you’ll simply be handed a reimbursement check. You’ll have to prove that you were injured and that the product that injured you was contaminated or defective. If you’re injured using any consumer product in southern California, obtain the legal help you need and contact an experienced Pasadena product liability lawyer as quickly as possible.