Asthma Inhalers Recalled

Inhaler recall

Earlier this month, more than 590,000 inhalers were recalled due to possible
defects that could pose risks to users. GlaxoSmithKline is a drug company
based in Britain which develops inhalers used by many United States citizens
for asthma control. The company received customer complaints regarding
packaging and leakage, which led to concern over the amount of Ventolin
the devices will deliver. If an inhaler were to leak, it could cause it
to produce a lower dosage than indicated when users need it.

While no injuries or illnesses have been reported because of this defect,
the British drug maker is requesting that the inhalers be removed from
pharmacies, hospitals, wholesalers and retailers immediately. Patients,
however, are not being required to return their inhalers. At this time,
the company is simply researching whether an issue exists with the inhalers,
as well as how to correct it if so.

The recall affects several Ventolin HFA 200D inhalers with lot numbers
6ZP9944, 6ZP9848 and 6ZP0003.

Asthma is a very common problem in the United States. Many people carry
an inhaler with them everywhere they go, simply as a precaution. But what
if that device fails to work as described? An ineffective inhaler can
be the difference between life and death. So make sure you understand
how to best use your inhaler and check for recalls regularly.

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Bouncer and Security Guard Injuries in Kennesaw

Many locals, tourists, and college students would agree that Kennesaw and
the surrounding areas have some great watering holes. Locally, we have
the SuBourbon Bar & Social Club, Hudson Grille, Mazzy’s Sports
Bar & Grill, the “World of Beer,” Sivas Tavern, the Electric
Cowboy, and Owlz Pub. While these establishments can be loads of fun,
there’s a darker side to the bar scene, and it’s happening
everywhere.

Whenever a restaurant, bar, or nightclub serves alcohol to patrons, they
run the risk of bar fights and overly-aggressive patrons; it’s inevitable.
In an effort to protect the safety of their patrons, bars and nightclubs
are in the practice of hiring bouncers and security guards.

It’s common knowledge that bouncers and security guards are supposed
to remove overly-intoxicated patrons and break up brawls between guests.
However, they walk a very fine line. While they are supposed to “remove”
problematic patrons from the establishment, they are supposed to do so
in a safe manner as not to jeopardize the patron’s safety.

When Bouncers Get Carried Away

Understandably, being a bouncer or security guard is not easy to do. Dealing
with violent or rowdy patrons is not an easy task. Security guards and
bouncers, as big and threatening as they may appear, should not use unnecessary
violence to remove patrons from the bars and nightclubs where they are
employed. If a bouncer or security guard is reckless or negligent and
they injure a patron, they leave themselves (and their employers) open
to lawsuits.

Suppose a patron at a bar had been drinking and after a woman politely
declined his offers to join him on the dance floor, he began shouting
at her. Two bouncers quickly sweep in and escort the man to the door.
As the man is being carried out by the two bouncers, they throw him out
the door. Unsteady, he hits his face on the ground and his two front teeth
are knocked out.

Since the bouncers were overly aggressive by throwing the man outside,
they would be considered “negligent” in their handling of
the inebriated patron. If the patron called one of the bouncers a name
and offended, the bouncer punched the man in the face, knocking him unconscious
– that too would be considered unnecessary violence and could give
rise to a lawsuit.

Under Georgia’s
premises liability law, bar and nightclub owners can be held liable when the bouncers and security
guards they employ cause unnecessary injuries to their patrons. So, if
this happened to you, we urge you to contact us about filing a claim for
compensation.

Were you harmed by a negligent or reckless bouncer or security guard? If so,
contact Jones & Swanson to speak with a Kennesaw
personal injury lawyer for free!

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Ford, Kia and Hyundai Vehicle Recalls

The news has been littered with automobile recalls in recent weeks, affecting
popular brands including Ford, Kia and Hyundai. Each of the recalls may
hit close to home here in Georgia, so be sure to check the status of your
vehicle’s recall list at
www.nhtsa.gov.

Ford recalls were announced for multiple reasons. The first defect involves
door latches not working properly, posing a risk of the doors not closing
correctly or opening while the vehicle is in motion. Last year alone this
door latch recall cost Ford more than $640 million to correct, but luckily
no injuries were reported because of the defect. The most recent recall,
added to past door latch recalls, affects 2014 Fiesta, 2013-2014 Fusion,
2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ, 2012-2015 Focus, 2013-2015 Escape and 2013-2015
C-Max Ford models.

Ford vehicle recallsThe second Ford recall affects about 360,000 2014 Escape, 2014-2015 Fiesta
ST, 2013-2014 Fusion and 2013-2015 Transit Connect models. The defect
involves possible engine fires because of coolant circulation failure,
which might lead to the cylinder head cracking and oil leaking onto hot
surfaces within the engine. 29 reports have been filed thus far, but luckily
no injuries.

The third Ford recall is specifically for 2017 model F-250 trucks totaling
53,000 in number. Some sort of manufacturing error is said to possibly
cause trucks to roll even when the transmission is in park. Unfortunately,
replacement parts aren’t yet available at dealerships, so the company
is asking owners to use the parking brake to ensure the trucks do not
roll in the meantime. This defect affects trucks built in a Kentucky plant
beginning in October of 2015 – all with a 6.2-liter engine.

Hyundai and Kia auto manufacturing companies have announced a recall of
approximately 1.4 million automobiles in the United States, Canada and
South Korea. The defect involves engines stalling and failing, which increases
the risk of crashing. Affected models include 2013 and 2014 Hyundai Santa
Fe Sport SUVs and Sonatas, as well as 2011-2014 Kia Optima models. Both
companies will notify owners of the affected models so that corrections
can be made.

Safety standards for automobiles have gotten stricter throughout the years,
which is great for consumers. It means more and more recalls are announced
regularly to prevent injuries and crashes before they happen. Jones &
Swanson has witnessed first hands the horrible affects auto defects can
cause to victims, so we are happy that standards are rising year after year.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Tumblers Recalled

Dunkin' Donuts tumbler recallEarlier this year, certain glass tumblers sold by Dunkin’ Donuts
were included in a recall from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The recall included approximately 8,300 16 ounce tumblers that can be
used for hot or cold drinks. The risks associated with the tumblers is
from cracks or breaks in the glass, which poses burn and laceration hazards.

The three glass tumbler styles included in the Dunkin’ Donuts recall are:

  1. Clear glass with pink plastic lid and “BUT FIRST, DUNKIN” in
    white font
  2. Clear glass with orange plastic lid and “BUT FIRST, DUNKIN”
    in white font
  3. Plaid gray and black pattern with silicone grip showing “DD”
    embossed on the front

Each of the three styles are about 8 inches in height and have a diameter
of about 3 inches. They would have been sold in stores anytime between
September and November 2016 at a cost of $13-$15.

Thus far, Dunkin’ Donuts has received at least 19 reports of tumblers
breaking. Fortunately, no injuries have yet been reported. Even so, consumers
should cease use immediately.

If you believe your tumbler is defective and possibly included in this
recall, contact Dunkin’ Donuts at
www.dunkindonuts.com for a full refund. You may also return them to the store where originally
purchased for a recall.

We are grateful that Dunkin’ Donuts chose to voluntarily recall these
tumblers even without reported injuries. When it comes to consumer safety,
it is always better to err on the side of caution. This assists in preventing
companies and manufacturers from being held liable in legal suits for
injuries and damages.

For more information about product recalls or to report an injury from
a defective product, call Jones & Swanson at 770-427-5498 today.

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Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month – reminding
us all to evaluate current efforts being made to alter driving habits
around the United States. While technological advancements have improved
vehicle safety year after year, certain types of technology also tempt
us with added distractions while behind the wheel.

The numbers don’t lie – reckless and distracted driving is
the number one killer of teens in the U.S. There are countless forms of
distracted driving, such as eating, changing the radio station, applying
makeup, and even conversing with others in the vehicle. Possibly the most
dangerous form of distracted driving, though, is cell phone use. Even
with the introduction of hands free devices and automobiles offering hands
free services, cell phones remain a dangerous form of distraction while
behind the wheel of a vehicle. Social media platforms like Snapchat, Instagram,
and Facebook have only caused distracted driving numbers to rise –
though many states have begun cracking down on these activities.

There are so many distractions in today’s world, so it’s easy
to get caught up in other things while driving. It only takes a single
instant to cause a devastating accident. In the blink of an eye, lives
can be transformed forever. Sending a text message, scrolling through
a playlist, or taking a phone call while driving can have tragic consequences.

Experts sort distracted driving into three major categories:

  1. Visual – taking your eyes off the road to look at the scenery or
    even to catch a glimpse of another car.
  2. Manual – taking your hands off the wheel to do other things like
    texting, taking a phone call, scrolling through your phone, or turning
    up the radio.
  3. Cognitive – taking your mind off the road.

Operating a cell phone while driving involves all three types of these
distracted driving.

The attorneys at Jones & Swanson represent victims of automobile accidents
every day. Our firm has seen the devastating, and often fatal, effects
distracted driving can cause. We strongly advise adults and teens to put
down their cell phones and other distractions while driving. Discourage
others from operating a vehicle while distracted and take a stand today!

If you or a loved one has been injured because of a distracted driver,
the attorneys at Jones & Swanson are ready to help you. If you have
questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at
770-427-5498 to set up your free consultation today!

Distracted driving infographic

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What to Do When You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

It can be emotionally devastating to come to the realization that a loved one needs more help than you can provide. When the time comes to place someone you love in a nursing home, you trust that the nurses and other staff will take care of them in your place. Placing a loved one in a nursing facility is difficult enough, but how would you feel finding out that your family member is living in a facility with a D or even F grade in terms of the care he or she is receiving? Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is shockingly common and the majority of nursing homes in Pennsylvania have such ratings.

Problems with Nursing Homes in Pennsylvania
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services uses a five-star overall rating system for Pennsylvania nursing homes. Three factors are used to determine a nursing home’s overall rating:
— The state health inspection score
— Nursing staff ratios
— Quality ratings that are based on 11 criteria

According to CMS, a whopping 40% of nursing homes in Pennsylvania have a rating of just 1 or 2 stars out of 5 overall. Pennsylvania is the second-worst state in terms of CMS ratings after Texas. The Nursing Home Report Card recently gave the state an overall D grade, but an F in nursing staff and staff hours. This means most nursing homes in Pennsylvania have inadequate staff to supervise and care for residents.

A shocking 96% of Pennsylvania nursing homes have deficiencies in at least one area with an average of just two hours of nursing care per day for each resident. To receive 5 stars, a facility must offer staffing level to provide at least 4-and-a-half hours of care per day per resident.

What to Do About Suspected Abuse
If you believe a loved one has been neglected or abused in a Pennsylvania nursing home, the Department of Health (DPH) recommends the following steps:

  • Speak with the nursing home administrator to possibly resolve the issue. Every nursing home must have a system to address concerns.
  • The next step is contacting the Department of Aging, which enforces the Older Adults Protective Services Act (OAPSA).
  • Contact DPH directly to make a complaint. You can do this by calling (800) 254-5164 or using the online complaint form.

If your loved one has been injured or abused in a nursing home, your loved one has the right to recover compensation for the harm. Compensation can be used to pay for medical expenses and the cost to find another nursing facility while keeping your loved one comfortable while he or she gets better.

A nursing home abuse attorney in Pennsylvania can help guide you through this process while ensuring your loved one’s rights are protected. Contact Edelstein Martin & Nelson today for a free consultation with an injury lawyer to get the help you need ensuring your loved one is protected.

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What to Do When You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

It can be emotionally devastating to come to the realization that a loved one needs more help than you can provide. When the time comes to place someone you love in a nursing home, you trust that the nurses and other staff will take Lonely senior woman in wheelchaircare of them in your place. Placing a loved one in a nursing facility is difficult enough, but how would you feel finding out that your family member is living in a facility with a D or even F grade in terms of the care he or she is receiving? Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is shockingly common and the majority of nursing homes in Pennsylvania have such ratings.

Problems with Nursing Homes in Pennsylvania

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services(1) uses a five-star overall rating system for Pennsylvania nursing homes. Three factors are used to determine a nursing home’s overall rating:

  • The state health inspection score
  • Nursing staff ratios
  • Quality ratings that are based on 11 criteria

According to CMS, a whopping 40% of nursing homes in Pennsylvania have a rating of just 1 or 2 stars out of 5 overall. Pennsylvania is the second-worst state in terms of CMS ratings after Texas. The Nursing Home Report Card recently gave the state an overall D grade, but an F in nursing staff and staff hours. This means most nursing homes in Pennsylvania have inadequate staff to supervise and care for residents.

A shocking 96% of Pennsylvania nursing homes have deficiencies in at least one area with an average of just two hours of nursing care per day for each resident. To receive 5 stars, a facility must offer staffing level to provide at least 4-and-a-half hours of care per day per resident.

What to Do About Suspected Abuse

If you believe a loved one has been neglected or abused in a Pennsylvania nursing home, the Department of Health (DPH)(2) recommends the following steps:

  • Speak with the nursing home administrator to possibly resolve the issue. Every nursing home must have a system to address concerns.
  • The next step is contacting the Department of Aging, which enforces the Older Adults Protective Services Act (OAPSA).
  • Contact DPH directly to make a complaint. You can do this by calling (800) 254-5164 or using the online complaint form.

If your loved one has been injured or abused in a nursing home, your loved one has the right to recover compensation for the harm. Compensation can be used to pay for medical expenses and the cost to find another nursing facility while keeping your loved one comfortable while he or she gets better.

A nursing home abuse attorney in Pennsylvania can help guide you through this process while ensuring your loved one’s rights are protected. Contact Edelstein Martin & Nelson today for a free consultation with an injury lawyer to get the help you need ensuring your loved one is protected.

(1) https://www.cms.gov/
(2) www.health.pa.gov/

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