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Model Loses Leg after Developing TSS from Tampons

September 17th, 2015 at 7:00 am

leg amputation, Westport Personal Injury AttorneyIn 1980, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) began receiving reports of toxic shock syndrome (TSS). The disease was a newly recognized one, discovered by a physician at Children’s Hospital in Denver. The doctor’s findings were published in the British medical journal The Lancet in 1978.

TSS occurs when bacteria present in the body begins to produce toxins which spread throughout the body. Symptoms include a sudden high fever, a rash resembling a sun-burn, low blood pressure, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, muscle aches and seizures. Victims of TSS may go into shock or suffer from a shutdown of the renal system. Many victims of TSS have died from the disease.

During the eighties, as more and more cases of TSS were reported, research showed a direct correlation between the use of tampons during menstruation and developing TSS. By the end of 1980 the CDC had received 890 reports of TSS, with 812 of those cases determined to be caused by tampon use. Of those cases, 772 of the victims died.

A study by Yale University pointed to the change in the ingredients used to manufacture tampons as a major contributor to the development of TSS. Instead of using cotton, many companies began to produce tampons made of synthetic ingredients, like rayon and plastic, which creates a possible breeding ground for the types of bacteria which cause TSS. These deaths led to warning notices being placed on tampon packages, advising users to “change tampons every four to eight hours, including overnights.”

However, one woman and her family say that warning is not clear enough, especially to younger girls who have different sleep patterns than older women. The 27-year-old professional model had to have her leg amputated after she developed TSS brought on by using a tampon. The victim says she is lucky to be alive—she was found by a friend and rushed to the hospital. According to her doctors, when she arrived at the hospital, her internal organs were shutting down and she was just 10 minutes from death. She had also suffered a massive heart attack. The infection in her body later turned into gangrene and she needed to have her right leg amputated below the knee. Doctors say her other leg may eventually need to be amputated as well.

Although TSS does not garner the media headlines like it did in the 1980s, there are still victims of TSS, such as this young woman. If you have suffered illness or injury from toxic shock syndrome caused by a tampon, or other defective product, please contact an experienced Westport personal injury attorney to discuss your case and available options.


CVSA Pulls Trucks from Road during Unannounced Safety Check

August 13th, 2015 at 7:00 am

truck safety check, Westport Personal Injury Attorney, unannounced safety checkThe Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) recently announced the results of the organization’s annual, unannounced brake check. The event, part of the CVSA’s Operation Airbrake program, was held on May 6th in 32 different locations in the United States and Canada.

The unannounced event resulted in the inspections of 6337 commercial vehicles. Of those inspected, almost 10 percent were pulled off the road for excessive brake stroke violations. This means that the brakes of the vehicle were out of adjustment. Eight percent of vehicles were pulled for what was classified as brake component violations. These violations include air leaks, cracked or missing components, damaged brake hose or tubing, issues with drums or rotors.

In all, 14.2 percent of the vehicles inspected—approximately 900 commercial vehicles—were placed out of service because of unsafe brakes.

There were 111 vehicles inspected at the Connecticut location. Fourteen of those vehicles were place out of service for brake adjustment violations, 13 were pulled for brake component violations, and another 28 were put out of service for other brake issues.

The organization is now gearing up for its annual Brake Safety Week, which will take place from September 6th through September 12th. The event is held in partnership with U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The inspections will be performed by both federal and state inspectors, with the goal of identifying vehicles with out-of-adjustment brakes and brake-system violations.

According to the announcement released by the CVSA, inspectors will be looking for the following violations:

  • Air or hydraulic fluid leaks;
  • Worn drums, linings, pads, rotors, or other faulty brake-system components;
  • Loose or missing brake-system components; and
  • Issues of the vehicle’s antilock braking system (ABS) malfunction indicator lamps.

During last year’s Brake Safety Week, there were over 13,000 commercial vehicles inspected, resulting in 2,162 vehicles being pulled off the road.

The braking capacity of tractor-trailers (and other commercial vehicles) can be a significant factor in truck crashes. It takes a loaded truck 20 to 40 percent farther to come to a complete stop than it does for an automobile. Hence, it is critical for the braking systems of trucks to be in safe working order.

If you have been injured in a truck accident, please contact an experienced Westport personal injury attorney today to find out what legal recourse you may have for your pain and loss.

FDA to Investigate Safety of Essure Birth Control

August 6th, 2015 at 12:11 pm

birth control safety, safety of essure birth control, Westport Personal Injury LawyerReports of serious concerns over a popular contraceptive, used by countless women, is coming under federal review due to multiple reports of dangerous medical complications suffered by women who have used the device.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that they are reviewing the safety of the implant Essure. The contraceptive device is manufactured by Bayer and has been on the market since 2002. The device is made of two metal coils which are inserted into the fallopian tubes as a way to block contraception.

However, the FDA says that they have received more than 5,000 complaints of medical issues, including abdominal pain, fatigue, headaches, and weight fluctuations, by female patients prescribed Essure since its approval. More than 400 women and/or their doctors have reported the coils moving away from the fallopian tubes and into other parts of the patient’s reproductive system.

There have also been reports of five fetal deaths, which occurred when the Essure device failed to prevent pregnancy.

Since its approval, the Essure device has been implanted into approximately 750,000 women. Based on the number of complaints the FDA has received, this means approximated one in every 150 women has had a problem with the device.

The FDA has scheduled a public hearing to be held on September 24, 2015 to review the safety of the product. The hearing will include the agency’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Panel. This hearing is being scheduled due in part to a New York television news channel’s investigation regarding the inconsistencies which took place during the clinical trials of Essure. These trials, which failed to disclose complaints by trial patients, were presented to the FDA in order to get the agency’s approval for the device.

If you have experienced medical complications or other issues from having the Essure device implanted, or any other medical device issues, contact an experienced Westport personal injury attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have for your pain and loss. For a free initial consultation about your case, call Attorney Richard H. Raphael at 203-226-6168 today.

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