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Company recalls 6.5 million pounds of beef due to salmonella

JBS Tolleson is recalling 6,500,996 pounds of raw beef products because the meat may be contaminated with salmonella.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) identified the Arizona-based meat supplier as the probable source of products that caused people to become sick with salmonella. According to CNN, 57 people contracted salmonella illnesses in 16 states.

Where to turn for dangerous drug litigation advice

It is imperative that drugs sold to consumers in Texas and nationwide are safe to use. Unfortunately, in an effort to cut corners and make larger profits, some unscrupulous drug manufacturers put their product in the stream of commerce even though they know the product is unsafe for its marketed use.

These unsafe drugs have the potential to make a person very ill. After all, not only are they not being properly treated for the medical condition they have, but a dangerous drug could cause them to suffer further harm. When this happens, injured consumers may want to pursue dangerous drug litigation against the manufacturers responsible for putting their products in the hands of consumers.

Gadolinium can be the subject of dangerous drug litigation

The element gadolinium is used as a contrast dye when a patient undergoes tests such as MRIs or CT scans. However, gadolinium drugs can be very dangerous for patients in Texas and across the nation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has required that a "black box warning" be made a part of the drug label. However, the drug is still used and continues to harm patients due to serious side effects. Two of the most serious side effects are gadolinium deposition disease and nephrogenic system fibrosis.

Gadolinium deposition disease occurs when gadolinium builds up in a specific area of the patient's body, such as the brain, the liver, or the bones. The symptoms of gadolinium deposition disease can manifest themselves within a few days after the use of gadolinium. There is no standard treatment for gadolinium deposition disease, although anti-inflammatory medications can be used to help people with this condition.

Can Texas commercial property owners be held liable for spills?

A spill may be a nuisance if it is in your own kitchen, but a spill on a grocery store floor, ripped carpeting at a restaurant, or a broken step at a hotel could spell disaster if a patron at one of these places falls and injures him or herself. Commercial property owners can sometimes be held liable for the damages a patron suffers on their premises, but Texas residents should note that certain elements must be met to hold a commercial property owner liable in a premises liability lawsuit.

When it comes to commercial property, the owner of the property or the business must meet one of the following elements in order to be held liable for a slip-and-fall accident. Either the owner or employee must have caused the floor to become slippery or dangerous, the owner or employee must have known of the dangerous surface but failed to warn others of it or remedy it, or the owner or employee should have known that the surface posed a danger to patrons because a "reasonable" person in their circumstances would have found out about the danger and remedied it.

Defective medical device litigation may stem from lack of recalls

People in Texas who have a medical condition that can only be relieved through the implantation of a medical device, such as a stent or a hip implant, may be under the impression that the items placed in their bodies are safe and will have a positive impact on their health. Unfortunately, this is not always the case as defective medical devices sometimes slip through the cracks, harming patients. This may be especially concerning if it is found that companies manufacturing these devices may be avoiding recalling the device.

According to a new Indiana University study, instead of recalling defective products, medical device firm managers are depending on doctors to identify defects and thus cease using the products on patients. Some managers also were reluctant to issue a recall until the underlying cause of the problem is identified in order to lower the expenses related to recalling a defective medical device. Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not have specific policies on recalling defective medical devices, leaving these recalls essentially up to the judgment of the businesses themselves.

Documentary reveals need for defective medical device litigation

Some medical devices are touted as being better alternatives to traditional measures used to treat various medical conditions. However, are such claims too good to be true? According to a new documentary, "The Bleeding Edge," people in Texas and throughout the United States should be skeptical of the medical device industry.

For example, some medical devices like metal hip implants or transvaginal mesh were once seen as necessary to treat various conditions. However, physicians would even recommend elective medical devices, such as an intrauterine device (IUD) or breast implants. The problem is that medical devices often go unregulated and often are not sufficiently tested before being used on patients. Unfortunately, this means defective medical devices are slipping through the cracks causing patients to suffer worsened conditions or even death.

Absent FDA oversight, what options remain?

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Eroding safety

Texas sues Purdue Pharma over opioid misrepresentations

Our nation is caught in the grip of an opioid epidemic, and the state of Texas is no exception. In 2017, a health care consulting company, Castlight Health, ranked the leading 25 cities in the United States in opioid abuse. Two of these cities were in Texas -- Longview and Texarkana.

Many people who become addicted to opioid drugs such as Oxycontin and Vicodin were initially legally prescribed them. Later on, as they became addicted, some would move on to harder drugs, including heroin. According to one report, 175 individuals lose their lives every day due to overdosing on opioid drugs.

Wrong-way drunk driving a serious issue in Houston

Drunk driving in combination with wrong-way driving can lead to catastrophic events should a collision occur. Head-on car accidents can be very damaging, and oftentimes a person is lucky just to have survived such a crash. However, those who are fortunate enough to survive such wrecks could still experience significant injuries that could last a lifetime. Therefore, it is important for Texans to recognize their legal rights, as they may be able to take action to impose liability and recover compensation for damages that have been unfairly thrust upon them.

Weed killer Roundup targeted in cancer lawsuit

Monsanto is currently at the center of a lawsuit that alleges the company misled consumers and hid evidence. The suit claims their popular weed killer Roundup causes cancer.

A former groundskeeper from the Bay Area alleges the company was aware that one of the ingredients in Roundup, glyphosate, was a carcinogen.

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